The Shadow Side of Awakening: False Prophets, Nasty Gurus & Bliss Babes


In the seven years since an overnight spiritual awakening catapulted me into a surreal peace with a months-long afterglow—followed by years of increasing hyper-synchronicity, mini-miracles and rare but intense episodes of suffering—I have learned two true things: Nothing is static, especially enlightenment.  And awakening to true nature does not mean liberation from the personality (and […]

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Awakening and the Radiance Factor


You know those halos on the heads of saints in medieval Christian art, the solar disc in Egyptian hieroglyphs or the flaming nimbus in Asian holy art? Well, I call it the radiance factor. And everyone has it. The thing is your radiance factor might be shining at only 40 watts instead of say the […]

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What to Do About Apparent Evil?


I’ve given up being Zen about Donald Trump. The truth matters. A refrain has been stuck on repeat in my head for the first week of the new US Presidency: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” These words were spoken by president John F. Kennedy (and […]

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What if Your Awakening is Not Just for You?


Have you noticed there’s a not-so-subtle narcissistic weather pattern that prevails in today’s awakening and non-duality climate? It’s a kind of low pressure system of “how can waking up make MY life better” and unfortunately a whole lot of contemporary teachers—me included—have at times accidentally or even purposefully catered to that self-serving impulse. I’ve watched people in […]

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