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Spiritual Awakening and Depression

Many people talk about experiencing a deep and oppressive depression, either just prior to or after spiritual awakening. Are enlightenment and depression connected? I’ve read… Read more

Surviving Child Abuse

Does being abused as a child damage your soul? Is it possible that the current received wisdom of psychology is incorrect? I was adopted as… Read more

Why You Should Believe Me

Spiritual teachers say a lot of conflicting things. How do we know what is true? This is such an important question. Leaving the issue of… Read more

Q&A

You guys ask the greatest questions.
Check out the Reader Dialogues.

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Q&A Persistent Déjà Vu and Is This Normal?

The usual hatchling questions: Am I going insane? Is this normal? Am I the only one? WTF? A reader shared an experience he had around 7 months ago, which brought on changes in the way he sees things. He’s 19, and I believe he had this experience while he was… Read more

Q&A: How to Deal with Losing Your Motivation

Some people experience a profound loss of motivation, and lose the desire and ability to set goals and accomplish them during or after spiritual awakening. The word at the heart of motivation is motive, which means a reason for doing something, causing or being the reason for something that happens. To… Read more

What Should I Eat When Transitioning to Living Without Food?

Q: hey dude  id like to talk to you about being inedic. im not inedic yet, but am on the way, i feel as though ive ate enough and maybe too much in this incarnate already and through my spiritual awakening im finding the urge to stop eating all together, i… Read more

Feeling Alienated From Your Culture and Traditions

When you live in a homogeneous religious culture, sudden spiritual experiences can leave you out of step with all that you know. A young man in his late teens wrote me from Egypt. He has recently had some very powerful spiritual experiences that have expanded his consciousness, and also left… Read more

Survival Guide

“I’ve seen through the illusion of self. Now what?”
Exactly. How do you live after spiritual enlightenment?
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When Life Loses All Meaning: Coping with a Pointless Life

Often, sudden spiritual awakening can be followed by a profound lack of motivation and the feeling that life is meaningless. How do we navigate this? I’ve been having an interesting exchange with a reader of MA who has expressed something I’ve heard many times from different people who have experienced sudden… Read more

The Path of Integration: Why Are People Reacting Strangely to Me

After spiritual awakening, you may notice that people treat you differently.  And not just people close to you, but people you’ve only just met or people you have casual contact with, such as at the grocery store or post office.  What’s going on? Are people suddenly really attracted to you,… Read more

spiritual awakening and insanity

Spiritual Enlightenment and Mental Illness

So many of the effects of sudden spiritual enlightenment are similar to those of the mentally ill.  What if you are just insane? This is a really important issue.  If you are having a psychotic break, then you need help.  If you are going through sudden spiritual enlightenment, you should… Read more

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