Halloween, the Day of the Dead, and Other Afterlife Celebrations

As of this initial posting, Halloween is tomorrow, and I felt like taking an opportunity to offer some thoughts on the spiritual side of Halloween, the Mexican Day of the Dead, and afterlife celebrations.It's very common in many societies to have beliefs focused on honoring the dead or warding off "bad" spirits, and I'm sure some of my readers have those beliefs or even experiences with other dimensions. In being in the present moment, we learn to be with a lot of different experiences and perceptions, and some people have more access into other worlds and the spirit realm than others.But I am concerned about what Halloween has become. According to History.com, Halloween generates $6 … [Read Entire Story]

Focusing on the Wrong Pain, the Wrong Issues

Everybody has different kinds of comfort zones, and somepeople are already comfortable and able to work through certain types of pain and discomfort. For instance, an ultra-marathoner may know all about physical pain. She can push herself through excruciating segments of a long race and has little to no fear of her body's limits. But then, she runs up against an issue of the heart. Maybe it's a man she's been longing after but can't express it. Maybe it's an inability to speak… [Read Entire Story]

Shattering Core Issues With Spiritual Awareness

Today's blog post continues along the lines of many of my past blog posts. Two of the more notably similar spiritual blog posts are as follows:Dissolving Issues With AwarenessReleasing Issues IntentionallyThe difference in today's post is really about the intensity that grows within us as we have learned how to shed top-level and mid-level issues. The more we understand through experience how much we benefit from… [Read Entire Story]

How to Break Out of Repeating Issues

Many people feel like they end up dealing with the same issue over and over again. No matter how much they work on it, it seems to come back.To break out of a repeating issue, we have to look at how we are working on an issue as well as paying attention to what we identify as the issue at hand… [Read Entire Story]

Free Webinar: Holistic Approach to Emotional and Addiction Recovery

I have the honor of being part of a panel of healers discussing how to heal from addiction. The talk will be happening this coming Thursday (March 16), and we'll all offer our insights into what it means to heal.As usual, my focus will be on getting to the core issues because when you get to the core issue, all the other issues and patterns created out of it tend to fall apart. It's like uprooting a weed instead of cutting off its… [Read Entire Story]

A New Morality in the Age of Technology

Times are changing. The advantages of technology we now have go far beyond building a wheel or controlling fire. We are reaching right down into the very genetic core of life itself.At the same time, we are able to communicate faster and faster. Just take this blog for example as an amazing form of technological communication. All around the world people can come here just like you, and they can do it almost instantaneously. I can also publish extremely rapidly without waiting for months or years for a publisher to post it. This is truly a miracle of science and technology.Yet… [Read Entire Story]

My BATGAP Interview

Thanks to everyone who voted for me and thanks to the kindness of Rick Archer, Irene Archer, and their whole team, there is now an interview posted about me on Buddha at the Gas Pump (BATGAP).I don't talk about myself too much on this spiritual awakening blog because I want people to focus on themselves. It's easy for a lot of people to get caught up adoring, idolizing, and demonizing the spiritual teacher (sometimes all at the same time). But within you, your own greatest teacher is already here. So I do my best to keep the focus… [Read Entire Story]

Maintaining Your Spiritual Practice During Hard Times

Life doesn't ever stop being life. That means there are easy moments and challenging moments for us all. It doesn't matter how clear and free of ego you are, dealing with tuberculosis or cancer is a challenging set of moments for any human being.Which is why a regular spiritual practice is so crucial. Your practice helps to take care of your heart, body, mind, and spirit right when you need it the most. It is during difficult times that we most need to be open-hearted, clear of mind, and at ease in our bodies–as best as we're able. Those qualities help us to work through any… [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: Awakening to Action

People are often confused by the idea of “non-action.” Many think that this means we don’t take any action at all, but I think it’s pretty clear that spiritual people take actions all the time. Acting in this world is a prerequisite of living it.But initially, the primarily encouragement for people on the spiritual path is to go within and reduce the … [Read Entire Story]

Rising Up to Face Abuses of Power

The realm of power abuse is far and wide these days. It doesn't take long to find something whether on the news, at your work place, at home, or even walking along the street when you see someone swearing at someone else over something inconsequential like who should go first at the stop sign. Truly, people are in a lot of pain if abuses of power can be so prevalent.But let's take a step… [Read Entire Story]

Is There a Multiverse?

One popular topic for many people on the spiritual path and those who are interested in metaphysical inquiry is the question of whether we live in one universe or many universes. Many people wonder about how many dimensions there actually are as well as what are the essential building blocks of life.However, I am not going to answer these questions. Generally speaking… [Read Entire Story]

7 Tips for Mindfully Processing the U.S. Presidential Election

This past U.S. presidential election cycle has been particularly base and disgusting. It seems to have pulled out all the stops in appealing to people's most basic fears and interests. To date, I don't remember any candidate in my lifetime discussing his penis in a debate. That, of course, is hardly the worst… [Read Entire Story]

Free Talk: Sexuality and the Spiritual Path

A couple times a year, I like to talk about the beautiful expression of living that is sexuality. Too often, sexuality is relegated to the shadows in some spiritual traditions, but sexuality is equally embraced by the Divine as everything else. Furthermore, sexuality is a fundamental aspect of life. It keeps our species alive and thriving, so how could any true spiritual path ignore this sacred space?In this talk, I will touch on the beauty and importance of… [Read Entire Story]

Expanding Into New Levels of Consciousness

I want to start off by saying that I don't like the terms "levels." It's too problematic for most people on their spiritual journeys because most people are immature and think that there's somewhere to get to. If today I say there are 100 levels of consciousness, then somebody is going to think they have to get to level 100 to be safe, complete, happy, or something else. That's part of… [Read Entire Story]

Recording: Confronting Core Issues

I’m sure many of you have heard me mention core issues before, so I directed this talk right at them. Core issues are things like fear of the unknown, fear of being socially rejected/outcast, self-hatred/lack of self worth, trauma, and other big monsters that define your whole outlook on life as well as your way of living.Most of our initial spiritual work is just clearing the ground to dig down and root out these beasts. It’s not fun work, but it is immensely rewarding work. So long as a core issue like self-hatred has a foothold … [Read Entire Story]

Recording: How to Heal on the Spiritual Path

In this spiritual talk, I delve into the topic of healing on the spiritual path. It is a topic that I am passionate about because humanity is so deeply wounded. Before we can even think about spiritual growth, we need to understand healing.First of all, needing healing doesn’t mean you are… [Read Entire Story]

How to be Spiritually Conscious With Unconscious People

One of the truths of human life that people become immediately confronted with is that no matter how much you change yourself, others are unlikely to do so. Most people prefer the familiarity of their unconsciousness, and of course, the horrible truth about unconsciousness is that people don't know that they don't know. That ignorance fuels many ideas for others about themselves such as, "this is just how life is," "my life is fine," and many, many other beliefs. These blind beliefs are often clung to religiously by those are still unconscious, and many of them will want nothing to do with seeing life or themselves in any different light.And yet, you will be interacting with unconscious people… [Read Entire Story]

Life After Spiritual Death and Truly Living

Most of this spiritual awakening blog is devoted to death–spiritual death. By this, I mean I help people learn how to die to their old unconscious egos. I help people to prepare for this death for those who haven't had an awakening, and those who awaken, I help them complete their spiritual death so that they can be reborn. Because it is only … [Read Entire Story]

Online Talk: What Maturing After Awakening Is Like

I’m hoping to get rolling on online talks/webinars again. For the next one, I’ll be back live streaming on YouTube, and I’ll be discussing maturity on the spiritual path.The rock and roll of the initial years of a spiritual awakening tend to lead us towards greater maturity if we engage with our work. Unlike most people’s perceptions of maturity, this inner maturity is timeless. You don’t actually need work to achieve it. The spiritual work we do is a revealing of this innate maturity, and in that revealing, a human maturation process emerges. In this way, we go inwards to oneness before growing outwards into the ever-changing and evolving human… [Read Entire Story]

Spiritual Sticking Points and Why People Like Being Stuck

I get a lot of questions and concerns from people when they feel stuck. In these instances, feeling stuck feels bad to the individual. But there are times when people like being stuck. They like it because they have gotten something in life that they really want, and they want to hold onto that. When this happens, the spiritual path can be viewed as a … [Read Entire Story]

The Neglected Spiritual Awakening and its Results

I want to start by saying that I cannot predict how anything unfolds for another in life much less on their spiritual path. Today's topic about what arises for some people after a neglected spiritual awakening may reflect some people's experiences or it may not. This spiritual awakening post, however, is a reminder that certain moments in our lives are particularly precious, and… [Read Entire Story]

Fundraising: Donate to Help Cover my Costs

I want to send a heartfelt “thank you” to all the people who have donated to me this year. Because of you, I have been able to dedicate my full time to working as a spiritual teacher for most of the year.Woohoo!All of your donations for meditation recordings, sessions, ebooks, weekend intensives, webinars, and goodwill donations have added up. You’ve given me the gift to be able… [Read Entire Story]

Webinar: Spiritual Awakening and New Sensitivities

As people awaken or generally shift on their spiritual paths, they often have new sensitivities to life. In truth, this is part of the un-numbing and re-sensitization process. People have been so numb and out of touch with themselves that they can barely feel. If this is your general state of living, then that lack of sensitivity becomes "normal…. [Read Entire Story]

Webinar: Natural Spiritual Growth and the Calming of Awakening

The intensities of the initial spiritual awakening can be many and destabilizing, and that's to be expected when people have been living lives so cut off from their truth, kindness, and love. The rush of your own divine energy in the space created by awakening takes many off guard, shaking up their whole world. Most just want to get this whole thing over with. Very few embrace it, but to those who do, a great gift … [Read Entire Story]