Two Ways to Go Beyond the Mind

In spiritual teachings, we’re often told that we need to let go of our minds and embrace the unknown. But how can we do that in a healthy way that doesn’t involve dumbing down or fighting with our thoughts? And what, specifically, are we letting go of? In this audio, Craig explores the two elements of mind that we can …

Never Doubt Your Intention

Question:   Recently, I came to a point on the spiritual path where I had a real reckoning with my soul. I realized that at this point, I needed to choose whether or not I wanted to “go all the way” and really align my life with my highest spiritual calling. It was a powerful moment of clarity for me …

Do You Trust Enough to Let Go?

Question: At the heart of your teaching, and of many other spiritual teachings, is a kind of demand to let go of our ego’s wants and needs. I get this at a cognitive level. And when I sit down to meditate, I find it fairly easy to simply let go of everything. But when I get up off the cushion, …

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 …