Category: Beautiful Sleepwalkers

Getting to the root of a spiritual crisis

Spirituality can fuq you up. Spiritual pursuit, meditation and practices can illuminate a few corridors, while leaving you blind to everything else. Sometimes spirituality is the worst thing that can happen to you. How can you tell if you're having a spiritual problem, or a problem with spirituality?

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Will enlightenment make you happy?

Enlightenment does not happen to improve life. To an unenlightened person who is inclined toward happiness, life can be glorious. To those who suffer a great deal with d****ssion or people who tend toward negative emotions or feelings of low esteem or loneliness or persistent feelings of lack, for those people enlightenment might “improve” their …

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Recommendations: One More Bump Should Do The Trick

People often contact me asking for recommendations on spiritual books, workshops or practices after having a significant spiritual experience. Full awakening is life altering. Seeing through the illusion of self is life altering. If you are looking for more practices, books, retreats and methods I can only surmise that you have not in fact seen …

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Fist Full of Dollars

I don’t do spiritual practices in order to have specific experiences. I find that the process has its own momentum and I don’t need to organize it as such. I’ve also learned that there is nothing special about the experiences, no matter how amazing they seem at the time. One tends to chase after experiences …

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Inner Dialogue vs Outer Diaologue

Normal is not the same as sane. What makes you different from the crazy homeless lady, dressed in rags, talking nonsense day after day?  She’s having an animated dialogue with herself, and if you actually stop to listen to what she is saying, it’s usually rather unpleasant.  We are all grateful not to be so …

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Demystification of Enlightenment

When a secular person goes through an intense enlightenment process, it is natural to look around and try to find others who have gone through this, to look for context. And what you often find is one of two things: a religious context or a new age ascension context.   There is nothing wrong with …

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The Door That Death Opens

A reader asks a poignant question about life, love and death after losing his father. Life and death are bound together. You can easily grasp this intellectually. But look deeper. We focus on the Life part and exclude Death as long as we can, we trick ourselves into believing that Death comes at the end of a life…not with life, in every moment.

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The Difference Between Enlightenment and Having Spiritual Experiences

So far I’ve spoken pretty much exclusively about having, surviving and integrating radical spiritual experiences and not so much about enlightenment. Let’s talk a little about the difference between the two.   Enlightenment is not an experience. It is a state of being. It is a radical state of clarity. It is a continuous state …

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