The Dangers of Spiritual Bypass

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Spiritual bypass can best be described as: “the tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid facing unresolved emotional issues, psychological wounds, and unfinished developmental tasks”(Welwood, J. (2000) [1984]. “Between heaven and earth: principles of inner work”. Toward a psychology of awakening: Buddhism, psychotherapy, and the path of personal and spiritual transformation. … Read moreThe Dangers of Spiritual Bypass

Entering into the Darkness to Bring Forth the Light

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Last Friday I hit the wall. I found myself overcome with the darkness of our world, despairing over that which causes me pain, confusion, frustration and deep sorrow.  As I shared my experience, I was surprised (not really) by the deafening silence when speaking of the darkness.  The only thing interrupting the silence was a … Read moreEntering into the Darkness to Bring Forth the Light

Spiritual Initiation: Standing at the Crossroads

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The journey toward self-actualization is in fact, one spiritual initiation after another. Spiritual initiation takes place every time we are faced with an opportunity to remain in the perceived safety and security of what we have known or take another step toward the fulfillment of our life purpose.  The spiritual initiation is successful when we … Read moreSpiritual Initiation: Standing at the Crossroads

Spiritual Development – Surviving a Freefall

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I define spiritual development as: the process through which we uncover the answer to the following questions: Who am I? Whose am I? (Where do I find peace and belonging?) What are my gifts and how am I called to use them for the sake of my own fulfillment and in service to the betterment … Read moreSpiritual Development – Surviving a Freefall

The Call of the Prophet and the Prophet’s Revenge

The call of the prophet is to change the world. As prophets we are gifted with the ability to see what in our world is in need of healing and transformation and how to support that transformation.  Prophets come in all shapes and sizes and walk among us within all sectors of our culture.  Prophets … Read moreThe Call of the Prophet and the Prophet’s Revenge

Existential Rage, Appropriation and Sheeple

Yesterday it hit me like a ton of bricks: Existential Rage – the energy of my mission, purpose and calling seeking its fulfillment coming up against the brick wall of perceived obstacles to its fulfillment.  It was another one of those days where I felt like a voice crying out in the wilderness speaking only … Read moreExistential Rage, Appropriation and Sheeple

Staying Sane in an Insane World

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Staying sane in an insane world is about tools, practice and support. Below are my thoughts on staying sane along with resources and support for doing so: It’s getting pretty crazy out there! Just yesterday I posted two comments on Facebook, one about not knowing what to believe, or if there is anything to believe … Read moreStaying Sane in an Insane World

United States of Trauma

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On September 11, 2001, the United States suffered it greatest trauma, 2996 people were killed and another 6000 wounded. As the first act of such magnitude to be committed within the continental U.S., America lost its innocence along with any sense of domestic security.  As the deadliest terrorist act in world history, the world, but … Read moreUnited States of Trauma

Mass Shooting – Why it’s Easier to Look Away

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Another mass shooting? More innocent children and their teachers dying?  Another mentally unstable adult with an assault rifle taking out their unhealed wounds on society and then themselves? Mass Shooting – The New Normal? With Wednesday’s mass shooting, we are reminded that violence against the innocent has reached epic proportions, and yet what is sadly … Read moreMass Shooting – Why it’s Easier to Look Away

Self-Actualization – The Journey of Finding Ourselves

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Self-Actualization is the process of  finding ourselves. The purpose of the human experience is finding ourselves. I was recently asked to describe my mission and how my spiritual awakening and journey toward self-actualization informed that mission.  Here is my response: Finding Ourselves You ask me the question of mission. Concisely naming and identifying my mission … Read moreSelf-Actualization – The Journey of Finding Ourselves

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