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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

Spiritual Enlightenment: A Cure For Mental Illness?

Many people who are spiritual seekers have mental health issues. Some are aware of this, have been diagnosed and are either in or out of… Read more

After Spiritual Awakening Everyone is Mentally Ill

Before spiritual awakening, there were Spiritually Enlightened People (I didn’t know any personally, but believed in their existence nonetheless), Sane People, and Mentally Ill People.… Read more

Q&A

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Why Breatharians Continue Eating Food

Do you ever wonder why someone who no longer needs to eat doesn’t just stop eating entirely? If you are really a breatharian, inedic — someone who no longer needs to eat food to live — why do you continue eating the occasional (or daily) fruit, chocolate, bag of crisps… Read more

Enlightenment, Fluoride and the Pineal Gland

Is fluoride in your water and toothpaste preventing you from spiritual awakening? No fewer than four people have posed this question to me in the past ten days, so let’s talk about how fluoride might affect spiritual enlightenment. The theory, in short, is thus: The pineal gland enables a person… Read more

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

The Martial Art of Managing Bipolar Disorder

Taking responsibility for managing bipolar episodes and symptoms: how much of my mental health is under my own control? 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… 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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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? Read more

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