Subconscious Processing and Awakening

We don't understand everything immediately at all levels. In a culture that is often very mind-centric, it seems important to emphasize this reality again and again.As usual, I love the metaphor of dance in regards to spiritual integration. How quickly can you intellectually understand the steps in a dance? Pretty fast. Depending on your mind, you may only need to read and watch the moves a couple of times, and then boom, you got 'em in your mind. But can you dance?Probably not or at least not very well. And can you dance with all your heart and soul in the steps? Definitely not.In this way, we learn to appreciate that the mind, heart, body… [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: How to Be with Awakened Energy

Awakening one’s energy has become an aspiration for many spiritual seekers, but there’s a lot to know before attempting to do so.And there’s a lot more to understand if your energy is already awakened.Awakened energy should be viewed like a river. It has a force and direction all its own, and you aren’t going to control it. Learning to be with it, however, is far more than just a “go with a flow” mentality. If you try to “go with the flow” in an actual river, you’d end up hitting a whole lot of rocks, capsizing, or getting … [Read Entire Story]

Repairing an Awakening Gone Bad

A spiritual awakening is a discovery of the truth. It is an opening to our true nature. It is a return from ego illusions into the reality of the present moment. It is many, many things, but it is not bad.So how do so many awakenings go badly?Resistance. It's not the awakening going badly. It's the person's total lack of preparation for… [Read Entire Story]

Expressing Love in a Cynical Society

Let's get right to it:I love you.Immediately, all kinds of responses have been triggered in people, depending on their relationship to love. Some of you accepted this easily. Others who are more open felt it. Yet others may have even experienced an energetic surge ripple through letting you know just how deeply I have expressed this.But far more rejected this simple statement. The basic responses are as follows:Doubt. Because we are taught to have all kinds of beliefs about when and how love should be offered, doubt … [Read Entire Story]

Imbalances Caused by Spiritual Growth

I frequently get questions from people when they feel imbalanced in some way. What do I mean by imbalanced? I mean the mind is upset, or there are a lot of turbulent emotions. Sometimes people have very strong physical sensations or energetic experiences. These experiences are not part of the person's usual set of experiences of themselves, or they're lasting longer than usual.So if someone is processing through a lot of fear, it may last longer than they're used to feeling scared. This fear isn't a "balanced" state. It's an agitated state, and sometimes people get into these imbalanced states for awhile as they grow. Many people worry that something is going wrong.In general, most painful experiences that … [Read Entire Story]

Are You Interested in Working with a Spiritual Teacher?

Are You Ready to Dive Into Spiritual Work?There are many reasons that people become interested in working with a spiritual teacher, and part of the journey to truly be "teachable" involves understanding why you're even interested in the spiritual path.When you know why you're really on the spiritual path, that makes it so much easier to figure out what kind of teacher with whom to work. You understand… [Read Entire Story]

Updated Dark Night and Spiritual Pain Blog Posts

The ongoing renovation of old blog posts continues! This time around, I completely re-wrote posts on spiritual awakening and pain as well as the post about the dark night of the soul. Hopefully, they are clearer than they were before.As a short aside, thanks to all my donors. All your donations help [Read Entire Story]

Recording: Feeling Split from your Ego

The first time someone feels split from the ego can be quite shocking. Since most people aren’t prepared for such an experience, a person can jump to all kinds of conclusions and have all kinds of reactions. If someone doesn’t resist, the person can have a very beautiful experience. If someone does resist, they can freak out and leap to crazy ideas of thinking they’re possessed by a demon or entity!Nope. No possession. You’re just finding out that you’re not your ego.Then, many people go back to their typical identification with their egos, and nothing further happens. However, some people let go just enough that they don’t go back to full identification. Instead, they feel caught in… [Read Entire Story]

A Spiritual Thing Happened on the Way to the Market

One time there was a very serious spiritual student who wanted spiritual freedom more than anything else. He found a spiritual master and got up to ask him a question as soon as he could."Dear master, please…."But the master cut him off before he finished his sentence. "My good man. We are all out of milk. Could you get some?"Taken aback, the student objected, "But I have a very important question. I… [Read Entire Story]

Updated Posts About Healing, Spiritual Ego, and the Spiritual Path

At the time of this post, I've been blogging for almost 8 straight years. That's a lot of spiritual blog posts. Some have stood the test of time, and some have become dated in terms of how I share my thoughts about spirituality. As such, I've been taking time to re-work some of these older posts … [Read Entire Story]

Feeling Uneasy in Spaciousness

There are moments when we arrive at the cusp of a spiritual shift, and in those moments, we can feel uneasy as we start to tip over into an inner space that is new to us. If we make it past the cusp and drop into this spaciousness, a whole new world of understanding can unfold. That understanding or those understandings aren't necessarily intellectual. There are many levels of understanding that arise when we cross a threshold within ourselves, and while it usually feels good at first [Read Entire Story]

The First Spiritual Teacher for Most People and Going Beyond

The first spiritual teacher for many, many people is not a person. The first spiritual teacher–and often an ongoing and subsequent teacher for years–is pain and suffering.It's pain and suffering that teaches most people that something is wrong. It's pain and suffering that drives a person to find the truth and to find freedom from the discomfort.Without this motivation, few people do anything with the spiritual path. Most people are happy on the cruise ship while things are working. Few people give God a second-thought. Sure. Some do, and there are some who are simply so passionately called to the Divine that they are willing to shake up their lives and dive… [Read Entire Story]

Quitting Spiritual Work After Resolving the First Issue

Very often, there is a pain that draws a person to the spiritual path. It's usually something that other means of resolution have failed to resolve. That means the self-help books haven't worked. The therapists haven't helped. Friends and families suggestions have been no good. Maybe medication was tried, and it too… [Read Entire Story]

6 Types of Spiritual-workaholics

As my regular readers know, I’m a proponent of spiritual inner work. Actively identifying and working on releasing ego attachments can be a very important part of the spiritual path. Without work, most people stay in their ego patterns. Human beings are very much creatures of habit.However, any good thing can be done to extremes. Spiritual work can become a crutch or a means to a goal people don’t truly understand. It must be done with the mindset that we are perfect as we are. This runs counter to the way people think of work. They often… [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: Building the Right Spiritual Network

I often talk about the importance of spiritual community, although I want you to consider my rungs of the ladder metaphor in understanding this. When you’re on the first rung of the ladder, that’s important. But later on you, you don’t use the first rung of the ladder when you’re on the sixth. While the spiritual path isn’t that linear, I encourage you to appreciate how we develop. Some things are important at one time, and later on, they’re not important at all. Spiritual community is often one of those things.Initially, having the right spiritual network to guide and support someone can be critical to helping them see their ego and get out of old behavior patterns. Since it is very common for someone to seek… [Read Entire Story]

How Can I Connect to my Higher Self

On the path to spiritual freedom, the topic of connecting to a higher self comes up from time to time. By and large, I don't think too much about it. The concept of "connection" is a kind of misunderstanding. The higher self or true self is always here. We are never disconnected from it. What is usually the case is that we are distracted from it… [Read Entire Story]

Donations for May Online Talks

Thanks to everyone who has stepped up and donated to support my online talks. I truly appreciate it.If you already know that you'd like to support the talks coming up in May, you can do so on this link. Please leave a note that this is a donation for the talks.Donate to Support More TalksYou are also welcome to request a topic. You can leave a comment below.For those who… [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: An Explosion of Spiritual Discoveries

Sometimes, there are these bursts of spiritual discoveries. Maybe it’s therapy that opens up the mind. Maybe it’s a spiritual awakening. Maybe it’s nothing in particular, and for whatever reason God just hit the download button on the Divine computer. Then, spiritual epiphanies, realizations, and revelations by the gigabyte flow into someone’s noggin. I won’t say why or why not they happen, but when they do happen, it can be quite the experience.To be clear, these spiritual discoveries run the gamut of… [Read Entire Story]

An Explosion of Spiritual Discoveries

Sometimes, there are these bursts of spiritual discoveries. Maybe it’s therapy that opens up the mind. Maybe it’s a spiritual awakening. Maybe it’s nothing in particular, and for whatever reason God just hit the download button on the Divine computer. Then, spiritual epiphanies, realizations, and revelations by the gigabyte flow into someone’s noggin. I won’t say why or why not they happen, but when they do happen, it can be quite the experience.To be clear, these spiritual discoveries run the gamut of enjoyable and unenjoyable. People discover how wrong they are about themselves and about life. People also find confirmation of truths they always knew but never honored or affirmed for themselves. These … [Read Entire Story]

Recording: Choosing to be a Spiritual Teacher or Leader

For the purposes of this talk, I focused primarily on upper level spiritual teachers and spiritual masters. For an explanation of what “upper levels” means, please check out my blog post at the bottom of the page on what a spiritual teacher is.In general, I feel there are enough resources available to those who want to follow an easier spiritual teaching route. By “easier,” I mean that to be a Catholic priest there is already a whole support network of resources to guide someone to that type of service and to support the teacher. That doesn’t mean that what they’ll do will be easy, but the support… [Read Entire Story]

Finding Out You’re Wrong About Yourself

There are very few egos that like to find out that they're wrong, but a big part of the initial stages of the spiritual path show people just that. Particularly after a spiritual awakening, people find out that their ideas about themselves and about life are wrong in countless ways, and to go further on the spiritual path, they have to accept that. Yet, many people won't.It's surprising how much people prefer their illusions to reality, and even when reality continues to frustrate them and confound them, people will choose to be "right" about their beliefs, their self-concept, their … [Read Entire Story]

5 Energy States and Experiences

There are many ways people experience energy, and after a spiritual awakening, a person may feel any number of energy states. For most people, these energy states are brand new even for the sensitive person, so I felt like offering a few thoughts on some common energy states.Additionally, none of these spiritual energy states and experiences are limited to those who have had a spiritual awakening. Actually, the first one doesn't have anything to do with awakening. It is just serving a baseline for what many people call, … [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: Choosing to be a Spiritual Teacher or Leader

For the purposes of this talk, I’m going to primarily focus on upper level spiritual teachers and spiritual masters. For an explanation of what “upper levels” means, please check out my blog post below on what a spiritual teacher is.In general, I feel there are enough resources available to those who want to follow an easier spiritual teaching route. By “easier,” I mean that to be a Catholic priest there is already a … [Read Entire Story]