3 Refreshed Spiritual Awakening Blog Posts

I’ve been writing this blog for more than 9 years, so occasionally, I go back to some older posts to refresh them, syncing them up with my current way of discussing the spiritual path.Here are 3 posts that have had a refresh. Enjoy!What Is a Spiritual Awakening?Assigning Your Pain to Another5 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening [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]

The Spiritual Bypass: The Illusion of Avoiding Your Difficulties

Here's a fun phrase: spiritual bypass. It's gotten popular as some people have realized that's what other people are doing on the spiritual path. As always, it's easier to point out what others are doing wrong rather than to look at oneself, but there is a lot of truth about this.Oh right. What's a spiritual bypass?A spiritual… [Read Entire Story]

Webinar: Achieving Your Highest Spiritual Potential

The topic for this spirituality webinar was a request from one of my students, and I think it's a topic that definitely needs our attention. It needs our attention not for actually explaining how to achieve your highest spiritual potential but to help you understand the ego self that is seeking this end goal.Now, let me be clear; at the outset of a lot of spiritual journeys, many people need this kind of self-improvement mentality… [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]

Soul Shifts: Transformative Wisdom for Creating a Life of Authentic Awakening, Emotional Freedom & Practical Spirituality

     There are pivotal moments in the lives of all seekers when we realize that we’ve been traveling on our path of growth toward happiness and ful­fillment, but, simply put, we want to go faster. How we have been living, working, and loving just isn’t enough or even acceptable anymore. We know we’re being called [More About This Book]

After a Spiritual Awakening Unleashes All Your Emotions

After a spiritual awakening opens up your heart, every emotion you can imagine becomes available to you–every single one. In an open heart, we embrace every emotion that we can humanly experience. We remove our limitations on what we can feel, so we can feel the fullness of love, compassion, terror, hatred, sadness, and more. This is what it means to be truly open-hearted.Do you understand what it means to be unlimited now? I hope you … [Read Entire Story]

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Waking Up is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that [More About This Book]

The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning

I Am Not Perfect is a simple  statement of profound truth, the first step toward  understanding the human condition, for to deny  your essential imperfection is to deny yourself and  your own humanity. The spirituality of  imperfection, steeped in the rich traditions of the Hebrew  prophets and Greek thinkers, Buddhist sages and  Christian disciples, is a message as timeless as it is  timely. [More About This Book]

Webinar Recording: Spiritual Awakening Stages and Cycles

I wrote a blog post about different spiritual awakening stages and cycles, but I soon decided to follow it up by holding a webinar on this topic. If you haven’t read the blog post already, 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 … [Read Entire Story]

The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times

From the New York Times Bestselling Author. Can God be revived in a skeptical age? What would it take to give people a spiritual life more powerful than anything in the past? Deepak Chopra tackles these issues with eloquence and insight in this book.  He proposes that God lies at the source of human awareness. [More About This Book]

7 Common Spiritual Awakening Experiences

There are many spiritual websites discussing all kinds of spiritual awakening signs and symptoms, and I know that it can be quite confusing. In my spiritual awakening blog post "5 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening," I offer my definition of some of the most basic aspects of an awakening. These are what I call primary spiritual awakening signs. From these signs, all kinds of byproduct experiences arise. What do I mean by byproduct experiences? I simply mean that an experience results because of the existence of the other signs of awakening. Without those signs, fatigue may simply be a sign that you aren't sleep well and not that any kind of spiritual shift is going on. You see what I mean?After … [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]

I am but a traveller , a man on a journey on the path of life

I am but a traveller , a man on a journey on the path of life. I have been many places I wish I could had avoided and a few I was glad to had visited. I had spent many years just wandering in search of who and what I am. Many… [Read Entire Story]

Spiritual Awakening and Holidays

Spiritual awakening is a big light bulb that illuminates all of life, and the holidays and their myriad of cultural illusions, beliefs, obligations, and myths get illuminated much like everything else. For many of you, you may suddenly be wondering, "Why am I doing this?"I'm not writing to say that any holidays are bad, but there certainly is lots of unconsciousness around them. People don't really know why they hand out candy for Halloween in the U.S. or what flying reindeer have to do with the birth of Jesus. But since everyone else seems to go along with it, we do too. Then the light goes on, and we have to look. We can't close our eyes anymore, … [Read Entire Story]

A Pebble in the Pond

Sometimes in life, your life starts to completely change itself over without you realizing it. It's a little pebble that got dropped into your pond, and a small ripple ran out from it. In most circumstances, that ripple runs out of energy and dissipates. The pond remains the same. But every now and then and with a little bit of grace, a pebble … [Read Entire Story]