Enlightenment: Give Up the Spiritual Chase

I know many of you have heard this before, but I'll add my voice to the chorus anyway:Give up the chase for enlightenment.Now, I didn't say to give up spiritual discipline. I didn't say to stop coming back to awareness. I didn't say to stop doing inner work. Those are the tools that help peel away the ego to realize that you ARE.But that's not what the spiritual chasers are doing. They're chasing an idea. They're chasing a happy ending. They're chasing a resolution to all their problems. They chasing whatever ego goals they have been taught to have, and … [Read Entire Story]

Spiritual Small Bites: Doubt

Doubt is one of the great absurdities of the ego. I’m not talking about doubting ideas and conjecture. There are lots of ways that questioning the words of another are important with so many people speaking falsities and half-truths.No, I’m talking about when doubt arises in the face of what you are actually experiencing. I’m talking about how people doubt their own truth and their own pain.For instance, a powerful memory re-emerges, and the person doesn’t want to believe it. When someone remembers repressed childhood trauma, it often upsets their ideas of their family life, who their parents and siblings are, … [Read Entire Story]

The Children of the Maize: Seven Ancient Mayan Secrets to Spiritual Enlightenment, Peace and Happiness

The Children of the Maize is an extraordinary tale of genocide, ancient wisdom secrets and resurrection: the true story of the early childhood of Arnulfo Oxlaj, K’iche’ Mayan medicine man and guide from the Q´amol B´e lineage in Guatemala. Arnulfo was born without hearing, sight or voice but with a special gift – to be [More About This Book]

The Dark Night of the Soul: A Sacred Journey to Joy and Enlightenment

In this series of teachings, you will not only find your way through the confusing times of life often referred to as the Dark Night, but you will also experience the healing energy of Ron’s prayers as he demonstrates the laying on of hands during an actual Healing Celebration, which includes “Chanting the Names of [More About This Book]

The Animal Within: Retraining the Primal Instinctual Body

A lot of times, I hear people in the spiritual world say that fear is just a word. Well, the word fear is a word, but the experience of fear is obviously much more than a word. It's a whole body experience, which–by and large–we don't enjoy. Some people learn to interpret fear in some different ways such as excitement, and while I don't know if there's a difference in the biochemistry of general fear versus excitement fear from something like bungee jumping, I don't think that most people want to feel that much agitation and intense energy on a regular basis.Thinking of fear in terms of agitation can also be a helpful road … [Read Entire Story]

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Now on CD, the best-selling Power of Now shows how a combination of Buddhist principles, meditation theory, and relaxation techniques can connect a person to ?the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” ?A reminder to be truly present in our own lives…. The result? [More About This Book]

5 Types of Spiritual Awakening Sleep Problems and Insomnia

Spiritual awakening shifts around a lot of stuff in our inner worlds, and having all the inner furniture moving can certainly cause a lot of ruckus in other rooms in our inner home. One notable room is how we sleep. Because sleep is one of the fundamental elements of being a human being, not getting enough or not getting the right kind of sleep directly impacts how you … [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]

Webinar: Spiritual Awakening and Family Issues

We can't kid ourselves–family issues can be some tough stuff with which to grapple. Why is that? Those issues are all interlinked with some of our most basic patterns and concepts about life. Family and the people closest to us during our upbringing taught us everything. They taught us how to eat, clothe ourselves, think, speak, act, and live. It's no wonder that these can be some really tough issues to crack.But in so doing, we are not in a place of blaming, appeasing, or coddling our families. They are who they are. They have their paths to follow just as we do. Depending on your relationship with your… [Read Entire Story]

Webinar: Spiritual Awakening and Letting Go of Your Old Life

Between a Rock and an Awakened PlaceMany people have a great deal of fear and anxiety around letting go of their old lives. It is the way most humans are conditioned socially and instinctually–to see the unknown as a threat. Letting go of the familiar ways of living takes us straight and unequivocally into the unknown. But then again, we have already been there. It is only through our illusions and delusions do we think that we can keep everything the same and that we know how anything will go in life. And holding on brings about no small amount of stress and upset, so once again, spiritual… [Read Entire Story]

The Spiritual Backslide

The spiritual backslide is when we return to an old habit, lifestyle, social circle, job, or something else that no longer serves us. It can happen with food. It can happen with relationships. It can happen with jobs. It can happen with pretty much anything. The main thing is that you are done with this old thing, but a part of you is still attached to the idea of it.The spiritual backslide is a great teaching moment because you get to see what you're attached to, why, and how things really are. That last part is important, and the less aware you are, the more likely you are… [Read Entire Story]

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

It’s no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and [More About This Book]

Enlightening Lectures: The Self That Thinks by Manly P. Hall

The Five-Fold Nature of the Self “The Self That Thinks” – Lecture by Manly P. Hall Related posts: Enlightening Lectures: Wisdom of the Greeks Can Help Solve Problems of Modern Society by Manly P. Hall Enlightening Lectures: Learning to Know the Dweller in the Flesh by Manly P. Hall Educational Talks: Success is the Accomplishment of the Necessary by Manly P. Hall The Solar Christmas – Manly P. Hall From Knowledge to Wisdom – Manly P. Hall [Read Entire Story]

Spiritual Awakening Clearing and Processing

As far as I can think, I really haven't given too much time to what clearing is like. I've given a general sense of the over-arching process of expansion and contraction, healing and growing, and those types of paradigms. But I don't think I've really said too much about clearing and processing after a realization or release. This is actually a very interesting topic because much like the spiritual awakening (which is the beginning not an ending), a realization and release can lead to a lot of clearing and processing on internal and external levels. A realization around food arising within you can be one example. If you suddenly realize that dairy has been … [Read Entire Story]

Pausing the Awakening

It may sound absurd to some of you in awakening, but you can pause it. You can hit the brakes. But I wouldn't recommend it.So why write about it? It's because in some instances, I think a few of you may need to know where to find the pause button so you can catch your breath. The wash, clean, rinse, and repeat cycles can be intense, and while they may seem completely involuntary, they are us. This energy is us. Us has been coming out of seclusion and suppression and reshaping us into our natural form. It is a beautiful process, and it is … [Read Entire Story]

The Joy of Not Needing Anyone or Anything

I know this title sounds a little bit like the start of one of those American country songs where the guy or gal is proclaiming their freedom from a bad relationship. This isn't about that. I mean it could be, I suppose, but mainly the joy people feel in those situations is because they no longer have to have their own issues mirrored back to them. They are in a period of relief as opposed to release, which is when an… [Read Entire Story]

Awakening and the Return of Normality

This is probably one of the spiritual blog posts many of you have been waiting for me to write. You've been wondering, "When do things go back to normal after awakening?" Well, they don't. Not really. But there can be a leveling off of the intensities. The flow becomes more regular, and it feels more stable. Some of you may almost feel like nothing has changed, but this is not the truth. All of life is change, and depending on how you've embraced or not this profound [Read Entire Story]

Dissolving Issues With Awareness

This will probably sound so fantastical that you won't want to believe it. But it is the truth. We can dissolve fear, pain, anger, sadness, or anything else simply with awareness of it. We look at it, and it evaporates.It sounds too good to be true. I could tell most of you that you need to do 30 years of penance, 4,000 hail Mary's, and meditate for… [Read Entire Story]

Spiritual Poem: Meeting Sun

Here's the latest poem from my student, Jackie. If you'd like to check out more of her poems as well as all the spiritual poetry on this blog, you can click on this link:Spiritual PoetryEnjoy Jackie's latest creation. I know I did.Meeting SunRead more » [Read Entire Story]

Spirituality Poem: Unspoken

It's my pleasure once again to share another poem from my student, Jackie (The picture comes from her as well). I love this poem much like her others because of the truth of the awakened state she is sharing. After the bliss comes this abiding awareness that does not celebrate as loudly as that initial bliss state did. Rather it celebrates continually and creates a lovely sense of normalcy that you almost don't realize is there.Okay. Enough from me! You can read her poem "Unspoken" below, and if you'd like to read more poetry [Read Entire Story]

March 2014 Free Local Spirituality Talk

After having had a wonderful talk on Sunday, February 16th, I'm excited to announce another local talk here in the San Francisco Bay Area coming this March. For the next local event, I'll be offering a guided meditation and talk on abundance and finances in San Francisco. This will be a great chance for those of you who haven't… [Read Entire Story]

The Fire, Strength, and Resilience of Awakened Love

In the midst of the burning of the initial shifts that spiritual awakening calls forth, one often has to ask oneself, "Is this really love?" And of course this is the unconscious ego self speaking. And of course this is love, but since so few of us ever really touch the fullness and bright intensity of our inner most love and feel its… [Read Entire Story]

The Embracing Your Light Phase

Following up from the dispelling the darkness phase spirituality blog post, we naturally must talk about embracing of the light. In fact–as I mentioned before–they're not really separate. They are whirling together at all times post spiritual awakening. They are very much intertwined with the phases of expansion and contraction that are inherent in the rebirthing process, and there's a lot of overlap in these ideas with the way I write about "The Process of Healing Pain from Your Energy Body." It's all just made-up words anyway, and there's no need to hang onto words or ideas for any longer than necessary.The more you step into your inner radiant light, the… [Read Entire Story]

The Shadow and Dispelling the Darkness Phase

I've been toying with a new way to discuss spiritual awakening and the arising of consciousness that emerges from that deep connection. Once again, I always like to remind people that I am using the term "awakening" in a very specific way. I don't use it as a verb that means to gradually become more aware. I refer to that as the path of consciousness. On the path of consciousness, we can become more aware. We can improve. We can see more. It is an important path of self growth, and one that also naturally arises from the awakened state when we no longer resist who and what we are.So while awakening includes this, the individual who awakens feels … [Read Entire Story]