Spirituality

Spiritual revelations do not arrive from thinking long & hard about Divinity. They come through silencing our thoughts, moving our ego out of the way, and opening up to the quiet, mysterious, spiritual realm that is always here with us. The world of soul is here and now, superimposed and woven through the world of the five sense. It doesn't take belief. It is Reality itself.

 


Living with Your Soul as Your Guide


If you are very still and listen beyond the noise of your mind, you can discern something very subtle - a compassionate, all-knowing, feeling that does not impose itself, for it is without violence. This is the voice of your Truth; this is your soul speaking to you. Think of your soul as ‘the God in you’ - the part of you that is able to remain outside of your self-delusions (created by the mind & emotions) and outside of your external influences (created by society, family, religion.) Soul does not communicate in a mental form through ideas or reasoning. Soul communication has its own character: a calm and luminous understanding that comes from beyond the mind. Oftentimes, the insistence of the other noises in your head - especially fear and ingrained habits & beliefs - are so persistent that you are misled into listening to them simply because they make the most racket. But in moments of great decision, the soul understands what neither the mind nor emotions can conceive. Remember: 

 

It is the soul’s desire to bring you back to God…to bring you home.

People often come to me seeking guidance on how to re-connect with their intuition, with their soul, with God, and with the abundant flow of creative energy surging through the Universe - energy they (rightly) believe will help them transform their most beloved dreams into Reality. To this desire I respond:

“How deeply and totally do you wish to be Divinely aligned?” If you seek help from the Universe in co-creation, your desire must not be superficial, fear-based, or there to serve your ego. God appears when you are aligned with the intention to evolve spiritually. Align with that intention, and you will be lead - swiftly carried away - by all the gracious powers that be. As we work together, I'll teach you how to authentically connect with your soul and how to keep that feeling audible, always.

Remember: If you don’t act upon your soulful callings because you don't think they are ‘reasonable’ or they make you feel afraid, your guidance will become quite dim. Soul guidance is like any muscle - if you fail to use it, it becomes weaker. It atrophies.

Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.

– Terence McKenna

Clockwise: "Through the Veil" by Daniel Mirante; on Krishnamurti's property in Ojai; Jaclyn in forest, in Scottish Highlands

What is prayer? 

A Monk's Reply

Reality & Identity

The sacred texts of all religions tell us that our life’s purpose is to understand and develop the power of our soul. We must learn to surrender personal will to Divine will, to honor ourselves & one another, and to live with love, sincerity, and truth. We must recognize that all is one - the entire Universe in connected - and everything is unfolding exactly as it should.

 

To see these truths clearly, there are many veils of identity that must be lifted: biological impulses, psychological tendencies, cultural biases, and reason itself. A release from ‘reason’ can by difficult for many people to accept because in the contemporary Western world, logic and reason reign supreme; but while these attributes may be essential to navigate the empirical world, the spiritual realm does not revolve around a logical, reasonable, human understanding things.

 

I created this diagram to outline an interpretation of the various spheres of identity - the veils that must be lifted before one can perceive Reality clearly. At each level (within each sphere), we identify with a certain aspect of self. This isn’t bad - or something we must transcend - however, at each level we run the risk of forming an unhealthy attachment to that aspect of ourselves; it is that attachment that requires relinquishing. A detailed explanation can be found below the image. 

1) Too much ego = we become egocentric and lack compassion.

 

2) An un-examined attachment to the ideals, beliefs, and relationship-models we are born into (rather than synthesizing the Truths we discover along the way) leads to the risk of holding ourselves back due to ‘blood loyalty.’

 

3) Tribes can be religious groups, like-minded peers, or any other gathering of individuals who bond together. There is nothing inherently wrong with tribes (we need tribe to survive!) However, if we become too inclusive & elitist about our tribe/our tribe’s lifestyle (even if our tribe is truly loving and spectacular), we fail to honor the simple truth that we are ALL in this together.

 

4) Similarly, loyalty to country can feel honorable and patriotic, however it’s dangerous to allow borders to define us and lead us to ethnocentricity.

 

5) The next sphere of identity is where it really gets challenging; imagining the Universe through a non-human perspective is difficult to fathom. But we MUST acknowledge that humans are merely a small part of a much greater cosmic arena. Indeed:

 

A real understanding of human existence requires the de-humanization of Truth. If we fail to grasp this, our Reality, Gods, and perceptions of Truth will always be diluted & anthropomorphic.

 

6) Moving further outward on the diagram, we have the ‘Other than Human’ sphere. But even here - in our wildest, most open-minded, most ‘out there’ understanding of all that possibly exists in all potential realms & Realities - we are still thinking of various forms of existence. Indeed, we are still thinking. So where does that leave us?

 

What is the purest form of identity?

Non-identity.

Non-form.

Pure, energetic consciousness.

 

All the names we come up with to describe the Divine - Allah, Anima Mundi, Brahma, Buddha, Christ, Divine Mother, God, the Great Integrity, the Infinite Mystery, Krishna, Shakti, Source, Tao, Truth, Ultimate Reality, Universe, Yahweh (and countless others) - are all ultimately names for the one, unified, vibrant field of formless energy that we are all a part of. That Source of connected, conscious, God-energy is where we all come from. That is your home. 

 

God is your home.

The importance of Daily Meditation

& creating a sacred space in your home

The Path of the Mystic & the Shaman

 

The mystical journey involves an enormous capacity to bear the truth. As Caroline Myss explains: lessons on the path of the mystic are lessons in physical, emotional, and spiritual loss & disempowerment, followed by rebirth to a new relationship to power. Through anguish and ecstasy, mystics gain access to Spirit that is so profound, they become capable of breathing Divine energy into ordinary words and acts. They become able to heal others through acts of genuine love, forgiveness and faith. The world ‘behind their eyes’ is infinitely more real than the world in front of them. They are detached from the illusions of the physical world and see symbolically, clearly, because they are awake. Although the path to attaining this degree of consciousness can be arduous, no matter how much misery mystics encounter along the way, none of them ask to return to ordinary consciousness.

 

Somewhat similarly, the shaman is commonly born along the path of the ‘Wounded Healer’ archetype. Along his/her own journey towards ascension, the shaman often suffers from a physical illness or psychological crisis (referred to by St. John of the Cross as a dark night of the soul), which pushes him/her to the brink of death. This crossing over to the underworld is necessary so that the shaman can delve into the depths of darkness and come to know the deepest contents of his/her Mind, heart, and soul while confronting fears and challenging false notions of Reality. Often a shaman is destined to go through this initiatory phase of madness or sickness so that they can come to understand - from an experiential vantage point - madness, sickness, disillusionment, pain, and all other ails of humankind; for it is only from truly understanding an illness that the antidote is revealed.

 

Whatever your path may be, your soul-guidance is there to help you navigate your way through the external world and its seductive forces. You must be able to interact with the world without negotiating yourself. It takes devotion & stamina to have a rich interior life AND be active in the world, but this is what is necessary in order for consciousness to evolve.

 

Does this all sound nice, but you need help turning these ideas into your lived reality? Do you often confuse your intuition with your thoughts or emotions? Do you fear you're not living to your full potential because you ignore your soul's callingsDoes your ego refuse to budge? That’s why I’m here - to guide you beyond your perceived limitations, expand your perception of what Reality can be, and act as a compass calibrated to CLARITY as you embark on the adventurous journey of creating the life of your dreams.

 

I have spent my entire life nurturing my relationship with God & exploring my own vast, inner-mystical terrains, and I would be honored to act as your guide. If you would like to read about some of my own personal, soulful experiences, click on any of the first three entries below. Of course, the spiritual realms are beyond the power of the human mind to accurately describe, and as soon as we attempt to put our spiritual experiences into words, we have already shrunken them - regardless of how beautifully we speak. Even so, I invite you to read with an open heart.

a personal

Transformation

In hindsight, the night was gift - but while I was writhing on the ground screaming “Mercy!” in terror of the stifling prison-life I’d created, I remember thinking “I would rather have someone cut off my actual, physical limbs than continue the psychological torture I’m undergoing.” That’s the kind of gift it was.

When you are dreaming at night, no matter how real the dream seems, once you wake in the morning and move through your day, you can typically look back and say, “That was just a dream. Now, I am awake. I understand the difference between the two.” Similarly, in the midst of a mystical experience, you can clearly look back at day-to-day living and say, “That is but a mere dream when compared to this Reality.”

Message Through the medicine

The Medicine Man leaned over and whispered into my forehead.

“I want you to take yourself home now. Find a shrub or tree in your yard. Tell me when you get there.”

“I’m there,” I said.

“Good. Ask the tree this question: What does it take to be truly happy?”

The importance of retreat

When we move back and withdraw from our everyday lives we gain perspective, clarity, and focus. Our spirits become rejuvenated after spending time in nature, in spiritual contemplation, alone or with individuals on similar, soulful paths as our own...

Mystical Meditation 

Some Lasting Thoughts for You


Nothing ever goes away until it has taught you what you need to know about where you are separating yourself from Reality.

 

“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.” 
- Pema Chodron

 

The path and the goal are one.

 

“When I’ve asked Shamans about the sickness of the West, they say it’s quite simple…you guys have severed your connection with Spirit. Unless you re-connect with Spirit and do so soon, you’re going to bring the whole house of cards down around your heads and ours.”

 - Graham Hancock

 

“We are all just walking each other home.”

- Ram Dass

 

“Tenderly, I now touch all things, knowing one day we will part.”

- St. John of the Cross

My tiny Buddha Article:

'The one realization that helped me forgive

my father and myself'

The potato meditation:

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