Beautiful Sleepwalkers

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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

Bipolar Disorder and Malfunctioning Antennae

An Ultra Sensory perspective on bipolar disorder. A lot of people come to this site who are diagnosed bipolar, and while I never intended to… 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

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

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

Does Eating Food Affect the Process of Kundalini or Spiritual Awakening?

Here’s a question from a reader about the effect of eating, or not eating, on the flow of Kundalini and the spiritual process. Q: Diet seems a big big part of my awakening. For the past 5 years I’ve practiced a mostly raw vegan, fruit based diet… now mostly just… 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

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