Recording: How Oneness and Duality Can Coexist

Thanks very much to everyone who has donated to keep the talks going! Thirteen people offered almost $400 in donations. Since I’m offering a talk for every $150 in donations, I’m moving forward on offering two more talks, starting with this one. We’re only $50 away from funding another talk, and if you’d like to support these talks, you can donate here. Leave a note saying that the donation is “for online talks” so that I know. Thanks!Donate to Support More Online TalksWith that said, this talk and the others will continue to be ABSOLUTELY FREE to anyone who wants to come thanks to the generosity others.Oneness and Duality, Together ForeverOneness and duality … [Read Entire Story]

Spiritual Self-care and Rest After Processing

A lot of this blog focuses on the inner work aspect of clearing away ego attachments. Despite some of the hyperbole of a lot of spiritual talk, a lot of things don't fall away without some amount of attention to what is being held onto. Any time some thing just drops without some kind of inner work or intentional surrender (which is a kind of very, very light inner work), that's grace. Be grateful if God throws a kind pitch your way like that.However, with inner work, there must be time for rest. If someone is endlessly dredging up … [Read Entire Story]

How to Guide Your Awakened Energy

Surrender.This one little term seems to endless perplex people, and yet it is so integral to today's topic and most spiritual healing and growth. In surrender, we let go of holding on to our ideas about how life should go. In surrender, we let go of being in control or out of control. Strangely enough, we can be holding on … [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]

How to Be More Spiritually Conscious

I speak about spirituality in two key ways. One way is from the perspective of non-duality. In non-duality, all is one. The other way is from the perspective of duality. In duality, there is separation. There is a "me," and there is a "you." While ultimately that separation is a fiction, clearly we have to live and operate in a world based on separation. Thus, I often blend together these two perspectives because despite being paradoxical, they are also … [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]

How to Rebuild Your Life After Awakening

For those of you who have really come through the fires of inner change, this topic might not be a question anymore. You may truly and deeply trust the flow and see how rebuilding a life is nothing more than living in the moment. But then again, maybe you do still have some questions, so I felt like writing about rebuilding after a spiritual awakening for you.However, far more likely is that some of you who have just awakened and just … [Read Entire Story]

Shifting Perspectives: Walking Through a Weird Wonderland

Both spiritual healing and spiritual growth tend to bring about changes in perspective. Obviously, a spiritual awakening can bring about a dramatic change in perspective depending on the individual. The result is that at times you can feel like you're walking through a hallway of mirrors. You see all these warped and twisted versions of yourself and others, and it can trigger fear for more than a few people. When someone has essentially had only one perspective–has been looking into the same warped mirror–their whole lives, it is jarring to look into another mirror. It… [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]

Online Talk: How to Heal on the Spiritual Path

My next spiritual talk will 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 broken. Most people are far more wounded than they understand. The label and the feeling of being “broken” are part of a victim identity, and the victim ego will always be broken because it separates itself from other parts of your experience. It cuts you off from you. However, the true you is not broken. The true you is divine and never separate from the beauty of oneness.So the ego … [Read Entire Story]

How to Grow up Smart and Live Your Dreams

I have the honor to work with a lot of young people. Late teenagers and early twenty-somethings often find their way to my spirituality blog, and I am always happy to get a chance to influence them. There are so many ways that as we do not mature as we grow up in this culture. We do not grow wise. In general, we grow up… [Read Entire Story]

7 Popular Spiritual Awakening Questions

I get more than a few questions about spiritual awakening for obvious reasons, but there are a couple that come up repeatedly. Hopefully the following list will have one of your questions. If the question isn't in this list, however, I've probably answered it at some point somewhere on this blog.If you can't find what you are seeking, I am always happy to answer questions through my contact form. For those who have awakened or want support [Read Entire Story]

Using Intuition to Make Stressful Decisions

I've spent more than a minute talking about intuition on this spiritual awakening blog. You can find several of those posts in the following compilation to help you in your development of your intuition:Intuition: A Short Guide to Improving Your Inner KnowingEventually, though, life will probably give you a situation or two where … [Read Entire Story]

Webinar: Unmasking the Need for Safety

The need for safety is a topic that comes up repeatedly for people on the spiritual path. They want emotional safety, financial safety, and of course physical safety. There’s even a search for some kind of spiritual safety, although what that may mean varies widely by person.This drive for safety tends to have enormous amounts of fear in it, and … [Read Entire Story]

Becoming a Phoenix Rising After Your Spiritual Awakening

In my most recent blog post, I talked about the potential outcomes of neglecting, avoiding, or ignoring a spiritual awakening. Today, I'd like to go in the opposite direction and talk about what can arise when you embrace your awakening in the metaphor of the phoenix.For those who are unfamiliar with this… [Read Entire Story]

Spirituality Snacks: Ego Stories

I occasionally receive extremely long emails from people telling me their whole life stories. While I am honored that people can be so open with me, it can be disappointing for some of them that I am uninterested in those tall tales. Because it is a tall tale. Our ego stories are conglomerations of very few events while we have forgotten numerous other events and situations that have not fit into our overall idea of ourselves. For instance, trauma survivors sometimes forget or… [Read Entire Story]

Webinar: Holiday Giving and Receiving

As the holidays roll around once again in the Western world, the practice of giving and receiving comes to the forefront of everyone’s minds. Why we need one season in a year to focus on reciprocity is a little silly though. The entire year is an opportunity to give and receive selflessly and deeply. But cultural practices being what they are, people remember that giving and receiving is something that they should put time and focus into in November and December in Western Culture. So I’ll discuss this practice in this next free webinar to help shed some light on ways we can mindfully give and receive as well as offer tips on dealing with feeling obligated to give, not liking what we receive, and so… [Read Entire Story]

A Spiritual Appetizer: The Trap of Spiritual Ideas

Words and ideas are tools tell help us express ourselves on the spiritual path. They should not be our masters and constrict our ability to understand life or ourselves. The spiritual path shows us that words and ideas simply point to things. They are not the things that they point to. I can write about “oneness,” but that word is not the totality of oneness. It is an idea.Too often people get stuck hanging onto ideas or searching for the best ones. This is particularly problematic on the spiritual path. Many religions and spiritual traditions tell people what to believe and what to do. In… [Read Entire Story]

Spiritual Awakening and Enhanced Energy Sensitivities

Spiritual awakening takes you where you want to go…where your true self REALLY want to go.This is often very different than where your ego thinks you should be going. Unfortunately, some people are pointed in such unhealthy and harmful directions that they have to do a complete 180 degree turn, and this really is the end of their old lives. To someone so deeply unconscious and now awakened, this feels like a horrendous trial, but it… [Read Entire Story]

Emptying Out Your Ego

After awakening, it typically becomes a going-out-of-business sale for the unconscious ego. Everything must go. Sure, some people get a bliss high for awhile, but that never lasts. No human experience does.This leads us right into the going-out-of-business sale, although it's not even a sale. It's more like you take all your ideas, desires, fears, hopes, issues, expectations, and pile them in your yard while setting them… [Read Entire Story]

Webinar Recording: Spiritual Awakening and Body Transformations

A spiritual awakening takes you towards what is most true, natural, and healthy for you, and that includes your body. If your body wants more weight on it, it’ll add weight as you shift and grow. If it wants less, it’ll lose weight. If it wants different kinds of food, it’ll make that request known–loudly and clearly. It can be surprisingly vocal.And we have been surprisingly deaf to the needs of our bodies. Our bodies are our one and only… [Read Entire Story]

Webinar Recording: 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 at first. This is part of the sacred adjustment time where you realize that “lost” is a concept. The … [Read Entire Story]

The Number One Ego Issue

Our unconscious egos can seem to offer us an endless array of issues to sort through. It can seem like you've no sooner tackled one than another issue pops up, leaving you in an endless game of ego whack-a-mole. But the deeper you go, the simpler things become. And the further you journey inwards, the more you find that it really is the same main issue that is being dealt with again and again in a hundred masks.Nonetheless, I encourage you to respect your process. If you need to understand why you are choosing certain toxic relationships or bad job … [Read Entire Story]

Webinar: Embracing All of Your Emotions

Many people think that spirituality is a path that allows us to feel good all the time. This is not the human experience. It has never been the human experience, and I find it very difficult to foresee that it'll ever be that way.Yet, many people are constantly trying to have only… [Read Entire Story]