Category: Survival Guide

It’s Just a Phase

How not to end up in a spiritual niche or dead end after spiritual awakening. Whatever your perspective of the moment, it’s just a phase, if you let it be. This applies to the insights and experiences you enjoy as well as the ones you don’t. For those of you reflexively intoning that you are …

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Fledgling Fascination with the No Self

Get over your {no} self! Let’s face it, apprehending that you are not a Self and that the Self you always took for granted as being real is just a sock puppet you carry around with you is pretty mind blowing. But it can also bring on an awkward phase where you are repeatedly asserting …

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How to Engage in Life Again

After spiritual awakening, you may spend some time in the Hermit’s Cave. If it’s been a long time, you may be asking how can I have a life again? Whether it’s a literal retreat from the world a la Himalayan monastic cell or moving back into your mom’s house while cutting work and social responsibilities …

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Bad Behavior: When People Try to Harm You

Losing your persona may mean losing your status as a person. It can be like having your citizenship revoked, only for the whole human race. In a conversation I was having with a reader on the role the mind plays in what and when we eat, he recounted a story he read about an Indian …

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Karma Accelerator

After enlightenment, my karma unwound with breathtaking speed. I also noticed that I catalyzed the karma of those close to me. Finished. Done. Nothing Left. These were the overriding feelings after the jaw dropping novelty of the first few weeks settled in. It wasn’t a decision, it was an inescapable observation. This world held nothing …

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Sayonara, Samsara. I’m Going Home.

Going, going, gone. Counting the seconds to the end of rebirth. “Hell is other people.”    -Sartre Suffering, pain and an appalling level of brutality is built in to Earthly life. It’s no wonder many sensitive souls look around and say, “What do I have to do to get off this miserable prison planet?” It …

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They May Not (they do not) Understand You

And yet we keep talking. Why bother? Hands up, who here is enlightened? You? Okay, good. This is for you, then. Pull up a chair and let’s talk. Have you noticed that no one really understands you? I mean, you are describing something that is so obvious and clear to you, you’re looking at reality …

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Losing Your Trajectory

A sudden and profound spiritual awakening can knock you clean out of the life you knew. Many people who contact me after an abrupt spiritual awakening do so because they’ve lost their bearings, either a little or a lot. Whether you have really shifted permanently into an awakened state or you’ve had a life altering …

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Me, and My Imaginary Friends

After spiritual awakening, the people in your life can suddenly seem like a cast of fictional characters. This post is inspired by a reader who shared that, after awakening, he is trying to learn how to deal with the fictional characters in his life. I laughed in recognition. For the first couple of years, all the …

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The Source of Love

If you thought this post was going to be inspiring or uplifting, think again. I kind of got you on the title, didn’t I? You would be forgiven for expecting a serious Kumbaya session, but that’s not what’s about to happen. One of the effects of awakening in the way I did is the gift …

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