A Spiritual Awakening Morsel: The Awakened Turning Point

The awakened turning point is a sacred moment when someone moves from being in resistance to their inner growth to embracing it. It often comes as someone finally has enough perspective on who they were to see the depth of unhappiness or out-right misery that they’d been living in. This is vital because most … [Read Entire Story]

Spiritual Sound Bites: Alive and Natural Relationships

For the next couple of months, I’ll be scaling back the length of my posts into these short spiritual sound bites. I’m focusing most of my writing energy on writing a second book, so for the time being, I hope you enjoy the plethora of spiritual awakening posts that are already on this site as well as these quick spiritual thoughts.Alive … [Read Entire Story]

Spiritual Depression and Unconscious Ego Resistance After Awakening

Once again, I return to the post bliss state story of awakening. I get to talk about this part a lot because far fewer people go searching for answers when they're in spiritual bliss compared to when they drop into what I'll call today, "spiritual depression."And the story is the same as most of the … [Read Entire Story]

How to De-energize Old Pain With Relaxation

I will start by simply saying that using relaxation to release issues is not a new idea. I'm not the only one who talks about it, and I've already talked about it in a number of different ways in past posts like these two:Dissolving Issues With AwarenessHow to Find and Release Physical Pain During a Spiritual AwakeningFurthermore, I want to be clear that having awakened spiritually is not a prerequisite to using your awareness to dissolve issues. Any one of you can do this.When we look at an issue or old pain with awareness, we are taking our energy away from it. We relax to make space for something to… [Read Entire Story]

Webinar: Feeling Spiritually Lost and Finding Your Way

Many people feel spiritually lost at different times of their lives. In the context of a spiritual awakening, we often feel this way because a lot of our ego and the reference points we used to have dissolve. In this way, we stop having a clear direction about where to go.A lot of what the ego does is to tell us what to do to stay "safe." It is often quite wrong, and as we become more conscious and focused on the present moment, it is quite normal to feel lost. This is part of the sacred adjustment time where you realize that … [Read Entire Story]

The Peace of Natural Spiritual Growth

It's my genuine belief that if people allow themselves to just be, then we would all naturally grow spiritually. It would simply be how we engage with ourselves and with life. We'd grow in the same way that our bodies grow. They naturally come into their appropriate shape, albeit some people have genetic diseases … [Read Entire Story]

The Unwanted Awakening: Denying Your Self and Your Love

Spiritual awakening is always a surprise. As many of you already know, I speak of awakening as the spontaneous shift from unconsciousness to consciousness. But the light of awareness doesn't mean that we are free from all unconsciousness. Instead, that light allows us to see unconsciousness. It allows us to have a perspective and discern the difference between unconsciousness and consciousness that may have been totally invisible before.What Is … [Read Entire Story]

Finding Alignment With Life

One of our newest and most popular spiritual terms is "alignment." People are trying to find alignment with life, with relationships, with jobs, and other things. It sounds like a pretty difficult thing to do if you listen to some of the ways people are talking about it. But alignment isn't a difficult thing. Finding alignment with any moment is a process that isn't a process. It's a letting go of ideas and beliefs about how some thing should be … [Read Entire Story]

The Uncomfortable Truth About Being Open-Hearted

The uncomfortable truth about being open-hearted means that you accept all of your emotions.When you read that on this spiritual awakening website, you're probably not that impressed. You may think, "Well, yeah. The heart is open. It lets everything come and go. Sure. What's the big deal?"Let me say this again.The uncomfortable truth about being open-hearted means that you accept ALL of your emotions.All of them. No emotion is left out. Cranky, crabby, scared, tired, bored, … [Read Entire Story]

Webinar: The 3rd Annual All About Energy Talk

Every year, I like to hold a webinar to talk about the wide-ranging experiences people have with energy and the different sensations people often feel. This year will mark the third time I've done so, if you can believe.To be sure, the number of ways we can experience energy is infinite. But for many who awaken, they often have no idea why they are sensing what they are sensing nor how to interpret… [Read Entire Story]

Signs of a Maturing Soul

The signs of someone maturing on the spiritual path aren't that hard to spot. Especially for those of you who have awakened, embracing your spiritual awakening lends itself to often dramatic inner shifts. However, that still doesn't mean that other people will notice. In a world where people are caught looking at the surfaces, many people won't be able to see past the packaging to notice all the inner crap that has been removed from inside.Which as always is why we don't… [Read Entire Story]

Webinar Recording: Highly Sensitive People and Living a Spiritual Life

Once a year, I like to turn my attention to the topic of highly sensitive people. As a highly sensitive person, I understand a lot of the unsettling emotions and energies that are going on around me pretty much all the time, but because of the spiritual path, I’ve learned how to be at peace with a lot of it. I’ve also learned how to use those different energetic feelings to help me go… [Read Entire Story]

7 Signs that You’re a Wounded Healer

The wounded healer is anyone who serves others, but who has not healed many of the issues that they aim to help others heal. The wounded healer is also someone who attempts to do lots of helpful and healing things for other people as a means of avoiding taking care of themselves. The unconscious mentality is that if they can help enough other people, then they'll feel good or safe or loved.Of course, this is unconscious… [Read Entire Story]

Webinar: Highly Sensitive People and Living a Spiritual Life

Once a year, I like to turn my attention to the topic of highly sensitive people. As a highly sensitive person, I understand a lot of the unsettling emotions and energies that are going on around me pretty much all the time, but because of the spiritual path, I've learned how to be at peace with… [Read Entire Story]

How to Resolve Power and Authority Issues

Power and authority issues are about as common as cockroaches in New York City (or bed bugs during those occasional outbreaks). They're unwelcome cohabitants in your life, and they're best eliminated as soon as possible.Putting aside the sacred right of all beings to live for the sake of the metaphor, you get the point. Power and authority issues are nothing but trouble, and actually, they cause more than just a bad night's sleep. They corrupt our relationships, our societies, and our governments. The greater the issues people have around power, the more likely they are to abuse power, act… [Read Entire Story]

Webinar: Spiritual Awakening Stages and Cycles

I recently wrote a blog post about different spiritual awakening stages and cycles, but I wanted to take time in a webinar to answer some of your questions on this topic. If you haven't read the blog post, you can do so on the link below:Spiritual Awakening StagesOne of the things I like to emphasize is that awakening is not linear. So the idea that you go from spiritual awakening stage 1 to spiritual awakening stage 2 to spiritual awakening stage 3 is generally speaking incorrect, although there are some shifts from which you generally do not go backwards. In speaking about spiritual awakening stages, we should not be harboring the idea that we'll get to … [Read Entire Story]

5 Popular Spiritual Awakening Videos

For those of you who are new to my spiritual teaching or didn't already know, I have a YouTube channel with a bunch of spiritual awakening and other spirituality-related videos. The channel is under my name: Jim Tolles.Since my channel has been up for awhile, I felt like sharing the videos over there that… [Read Entire Story]

Enlightened Exercise: Discovering Your Body’s Natural Shape

Enlightened exercise is not about a certain state of awareness or fitness goal. It's about aligning to your body's needs and how to achieve your optimum health. That last phrase may sound a little cliche and like a goal. But your body does know what optimum health is, and it can't be described by a nutritionist, doctor, personal trainer, or whomever. Only your body truly knows what that feels like, and while we certainly take advantage of what… [Read Entire Story]

Am I Having a Spiritual Awakening?

I get this question a lot: "Am I having a spiritual awakening?" The short answer is probably not. Spiritual awakening–as I define it–is actually quite rare. That doesn't mean that you're not having a spiritual shift, but allow me to expand your spiritual vocabulary. Our English language is quite lacking in this regard, and while I am making up definitions, they're only meant to be pointers to help you address your situation appropriately.Because there are all kinds of spiritual shifts. Spiritual shift is my over-arching term for pretty much any … [Read Entire Story]

Speaking Your Truth

Speaking your truth should be a natural and effortless action, but this is rarely the case. Too many ideas, fears, and lies have gunked up the vocal cords. People don't know what they're saying or why they're saying it. Because human beings are creatures that mimic patterns, we mimic our family and social circles. If there is a lot of freedom in speaking, them we have an easier time speaking our truth. If there is a lot of repression and judgment, then we may have a great difficulty in speaking about meaningful things. Even for someone who talks a lot, it doesn't mean that anything they'… [Read Entire Story]

Spirituality, Food Ideologies, and Diets

There's a lot of confusion and misconceptions around spiritual diets/ways of eating, and with the eating habits of Western Culture having becomes so warped, people just don't even know what they should eat anymore. Add on top of that, we have some of the weirdest situations and choices to make in the history of humanity with issues around pesticides on foods, growth hormones in animals, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), animal cruelty, sourcing of the food (Is it local or not?) and more. This has turned a trip to the … [Read Entire Story]

Honoring Your Sacred Body

It's time to talk about the body. Sure, I've referenced it a lot, but until now, I haven't really spent a ton of time talking about it exclusively. Of course, nothing is really exclusive in terms of the heart, body, mind, and spirit. It's all intermingled together. So in that way, these types of separations can be a little bit of an absurdity. But not too much. Because clearly we have bodies. And clearly they function in certain ways that our emotions do not and that our minds (no matter what they think) do not.Honoring your sacred body starts with understanding this: your body is the … [Read Entire Story]

Numbing Yourself to Life and Over-stimulation

As a whole, Western Society is heading down a very strange path. On the one hand, we have learned how to numb ourselves to pain. We numb ourselves in a variety of ways so that we can't hear thoughts we don't want to hear, feel emotions we don't want to feel, and can't sense physical pain that we don&#… [Read Entire Story]

The Many Levels of Ego

You did it! You let go of something that had plagued you for years. You feel like you've come a long way, and you feel like so much ego crap that has kept you tied up in unhealthy patterns is gone. But no sooner than this release comes does a new perspective and deeper perception arise that thrusts the next level of ego crap right in your face. To the unskillful, this is demoralizing, and there is a sense that you have failed somehow. But quite the contrary, if you can see new levels of ego, this is because you have successfully let go of some old blockages that kept … [Read Entire Story]