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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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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The Whiplash of Sainthood: Why Your Awakening Can Look Like a Soap Opera

Myth: Awakening is an exit door out of this duality gong show where you get to leave behind identification with emotional content and plot-thickening storylines such as betrayal, abandonment, jealousy, blame and shame. Truth: Awakening is more like entering a fast track through some of the most crazy-ass chaos you will ever encounter, a manic, magnified […]

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