Beautiful Sleepwalkers

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Bipolar Disorder and Spiritual Awakening

Are people who suffer from bipolar disorder really just spiritually awakened?  Is enlightenment in the modern world being diagnosed as a mental illness? People are… 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

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

Q&A

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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

Awakening Q&A: How Do I Get Stuff Done?

Questions and answers about sudden enlightenment and daily functioning. How do you get stuff done? Q: I’m finding it so hard to get my brain working at times. I had to sit down and write a hundred word statement for something the other day and I really couldn’t get it… Read more

The Martial Art of Managing Bipolar Disorder

Q: “To effectively manage their condition, they need to vigilantly watch their thoughts, examine their thoughts, and challenge the reality of their thoughts and the emotions that follow. It’s imperative..It’s absolutely a martial art” : this deeply resonates with me but how do I establish this vigilance/form a container for living… Read more

Awakening Q&A: Who Wants To Know?

Questions and answers about the changes that occur after sudden enlightenment. Q: You wrote that having one’s consciousness up above your head is normal and is happening for a reason. Would you be able to elaborate a little? is it simply part of the process of realising that one is… 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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Depression After Spiritual Enlightenment

Realizing the emptiness of all things is a normal part of spiritual awakening. For some people that leads to serious depression and the feeling that life is pointless. If you feel stuck in this painful nihilistic perspective, you are not alone. I received a very poignant message from a reader who… 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

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