Spiritual Survival Skill #3: Giving Up the Illusion of Control

The third Spiritual Survival Skill is especially relevant in our current moment. It’s about learning to surrender our need to be in control so that we can more fluidly and effectively respond to what seems to be the constantly changing reality that characterizes our lives right now.  In the 18-minute video below, I explore this skill and lead a guided …

Spiritual Survival Skill #2: Staying Centered No Matter What Happens

I hope you’ve found the “Spiritual Survival Skills” I’ve been sharing to be helpful in supporting you during this volatile and disruptive time. In the 15-minute video below, I explore the second of these skills, which I call “Staying Centered No Matter What Happens.” I’ve found it to be a crucial skill to navigating the fast-changing terrain of modern life, …

Meditation Mistake #3: The Misguided Quest for Peak Experiences

In my last article on the most common meditation mistakes that people make, we discussed how the quest for a feeling of inner peace can block us from discovering the profound potential of meditation. In this article, we look at a similar meditation detour–the quest for “peak experiences” during meditation. Many of us come to meditation practice because we’ve read …

Spiritual Survival Skill #1: Being Comfortable in the Unknown

Over the past few months, I’ve been watching this global health crisis ripple through the human community, and I’ve felt compelled to share some simple but profound spiritual tools and practices to support people in navigating the challenges we’re facing on a day-to-day basis.  I recently offered  a series of online virtual workshops to explore the key “Spiritual Survival Skills” …

Meditation Mistake #1: The Myth of the Quiet Mind

What is the greatest obstacle to deep meditation? If you ask a thousand spiritual seekers that question, the vast majority of them will give you some version of the same answer. “It’s the mind. It’s my busy, relentless mind. I just have so many thoughts. And this seemingly endless stream of thoughts prevents me from really going deep in meditation.” …

What it Really Means to Consciously Evolve

A Q&A with Craig Hamilton Question: “You often say that we need to evolve ourselves to address the problems facing our world. But isn’t this preaching to the choir? It seems like the people who need to evolve most are those who are enslaving others and creating atrocities. And they would never be interested in this work. Are you saying …

Is Enlightenment Possible?

As a teacher of Direct Awakening, one of the questions I hear most often is, “Is Enlightenment really possible?”  Of course, it doesn’t always come phrased in such simple terms.  But, however it is expressed, the question so many of us are asking is, “Can I really elevate my consciousness and my life into a consistent, sustained expression of the …