Why a Wandering Mind Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Meditating

Question: I find that my mind wanders a lot during meditation, and it’s hard not to follow my thoughts. Am I doing something wrong? Answer: This is a common experience, even for the most seasoned meditators. Many of us experience our minds wandering during meditation, and it can be very difficult not to follow our thoughts.   In response to a …

Does the Ego Ever Disappear?

Question:  Does the ego ever come into alignment with the evolutionary impulse? And if so, what happens to it? Does it go away or dissolve? Answer:  It depends which ego you’re talking about. Ego is a term that is used in different ways, by different people to mean different things. So when you hear the word ego, you might have …

Is it Safe to Let Go? Facing Existential Fear on the Spiritual Path

Question:  The more I’ve been engaging with spiritual practice, the more I’m starting to feel a deep existential paradox. On one hand, I recognize that the only thing standing in the way of awakening is my investment in self-image. It seems so simple, logical, and achievable.  But while awakening feels within reach, it’s still so terrifying to let go. The …

If You’re Awake, You’re Responsible: The Evolutionary Leadership Challenge

When we think about spiritual awakening, most of us tend to think about it in experiential terms. In other words, we relate to awakening primarily in terms of how it’s going to change our experience of being alive.  When we devote ourselves to a path of spiritual transformation, it’s natural that most of us focus on the experiences and states …

Where Being Meets Becoming: The Miraculous Power of Letting Go

In this 45-minute talk, Craig explores one of the most confusing and fascinating elements of the spiritual life: the relationship between the meditative experience of emptiness and the exhilarating energy and creativity of the evolutionary impulse. Below the video player is an MP3 version of the talk, if you’d prefer to engage the content in that way.  Want to download …

How I Discovered the Evolutionary Self

Conversations about the “self” have always been a big part of humanity’s spiritual dialogue.  Traditions ancient and modern have talked about there being a “Higher Self,” a “True Self,” a “Self Absolute,” an “essential Self,” an “Unmanifest Self,” or even “No-self.”  But historically, within the great wisdom traditions of the world, when we hear about our spiritual Self by any …

How Independent Are We Really? Why We Need Each Other to Evolve on the Spiritual Path

As a spiritual guide and teacher, I’ve worked with thousands of people aspiring to realize their spiritual potential. And if I’ve learned anything in the process, it’s that to evolve on the spiritual path, we need each other. To truly realize our highest potentials, we need to engage in transformative interactions with other people who share our aspiration to evolve. …

The Practice of Conscious Evolution: Aligning Your Life with a Cosmic Purpose

In this 35-minute audio, excerpted from module 7 of Craig’s Integral Enlightenment 9-week course, he shares the four essential principles of the dynamic approach to spiritual life he calls “evolutionary life practice.” He then guides you through three specific practices you can do to infuse your life with the transformational power and cosmic sense of purpose that arises from the …