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Spirituality & Transformation

Spiritual Seeking for Fun and Profit

No Comments 05 March 2011

Or..going for broke spiritually without going broke financially.

Or..why the Eckhart Tolle park bench and spiritual shabby chic is way overrated.

These are a few of my tips and recommendations from 23 years as a sometimes earnest, sometimes disenchanted, often dazed and confused consciousness cosmonaut and spiritual polyamorist.

A few breadcrumbs as you make your way down the spiritual path.

Tip 1:Don’t dabble. Don’t try to squeeze it in on the weekends or 2 weeks a year on vacation. Follow the sage advice of Sri Ramakrishna who said, “Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond.” Throw yourself completely into the spiritual washing machine tosses you out. As quickly as possible get over the idea that it is out there..there is no out there out there.

Cure the addiction to spiritual seeking the way some people do with smoking–chain-smoke the whole dang carton in the car in the garage until the thought of ever going to another workshop again makes you feel sick. Up-level your addictions to things that are at least partly wholesome and light-filled and then let release those too.

Tip 2: Don’t Forget the Inner Journey
Of the Buddha’s Three Jewels (buddha, dharma, and sangha) the most important of all in his view was sangha. And you
will find fellowship and friends at retreats, conferences, workshops and other spiritual gatherings but the real spiritual journey is the 18 inches from your head to your heart. For some that is a solo journey, others find the passageway through comnitted relationship.

Tip 3: Give Yourself Permission to Float and be Soulfish
Be clear about what you are up to..tell your friends and family up front that you are going to be a spiritual self-obsessed odd one for a while until either your money, cultural conditioning, or resistance wears out.

Tip 4: Don’t over-rely on invisible means of support. As spiritual as it may seem to renounce all your worldlies, American culture doesn’t support or even acknowledge 21st century sadhus. Being a spiritualized poverty case can make you sensitive to all the wrong things. It’s not more spiritual to be poor and living on a park bench for two years won’t make you Eckhart Tolle. The New Earth needs karma yogis who can live powerfully in the material and spiritual and bridge both worlds.

Tip 5: When the going gets weird the weird turn pro.
I’ve made a semi-professional lifestyle out of traveling in spiritual/transformational circles with evolved and conscious beings. You can too. There is a temptation with consciousness exploration or spiritual practice to get more and more extreme or esoteric or weird in pursuit of truth..its not better or worse, just weirder, and a symptom of being what is affectionately known as a “bliss junkie” or monkey.

Because more and more people are opening to new dimensions and realities of being, lots of spiritually powerful places and techniques are really exploding in popularity. That means they are hiring and you can work in exchange for attendance/room/board or real money. Might as well get paid to be who you are, do what you love, and actually live like you are on retreat or in a conscious loving workshop 24/7, instead of having peak experiences and post-workshop traumatic stress disorder when you slink back to your cubicle like an occupational veal calf.

Likely Stops on the Journey of the Peace Pilgrim

Yes, the “path” is a pathless one, a gateless gate, a journey and not a destination..and still..there are space/time coordinates where other peace pilgrims and members of our tribe are likely to gather. These are a few to help focus your spiritual wanderings.

Groovy Workshop/Seminar Places Where People will Love on You No Matter What

  • Esalen Institute
  • Omega
  • Hollyhock
  • Feathered Pipe
  • Harbin Hot Springs
  • Findhorn
  • Mount Madonna
  • Nine Gates Mystery School

Conferences & Events With the Vibe

  • Bhakti Fest
  • Burning Man
  • The Rainbow Gathering
  • Yoga Journal Conferences

Buddhist/Meditative Havens & Sanctuaries

  • Spirit Rock
  • Plum Village
  • Dhamma Vipassana
  • Deer Park
  • Green Gulch
  • Tasajara

Where the Energy/Healing/Intuitive Types Go

  • Carolyn Myss
  • Barbara Brennan
  • John of God
  • Theta Healing

Where the Cerebral Types Go

  • Integral Studies
  • Alan Watts
  • Andrew Cohen
  • Ken Wilber
  • Robert Thurman

Where the Movement and Yoga Types Go

  • Kripalu
  • Yoga Journal Conference
  • Moving Center School
  • Nia Now
  • Five Rhythms

Spiritual Colleges and Universities

  • California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
  • Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP)
  • Maharishi University of Management (MUM)
  • Naropa University
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • University of Santa Monica (USM)

Spiritual Mentors & Teachers

  • Adyashanti
  • Byron Katie
  • Eckhart Tolle
  • Gangaji
  • Jeddah Mali

 

Tools & Techniques

  • The Hoffman Process
  • The Sedona Method
  • The Diamond Approach
  • Holotropic Breathwork
  • The Work

Enjoy the journey! Feel free to share your experiences and recommendations here.

Spirituality & Transformation

Revenge of the Lightworkers

1 Comment 03 February 2011

Have you noticed the new premium on essence and the space around things? A ping-or-be pinged world demands constant curating and can create bone-weary word fatigue so deep even a 100-character tweet washes over us in a haze.

The virtual becomes hollow so fast that even among hardcore digiterati there is a head to heart flight to “slow food”, email curfews, wisdom circles, and community gardens..anything embodied and unplugged.

Thankfully, technology can help silence itself and our tech gadgets are getting smart at filtering pesky thought forms, blocking  popups, silencing robot telemarketers.

We are now learning to do the same with our energy hygiene—to filter our influences at etheric level, to block lower and increase higher frequencies and make conscious choices about who/what/where we let our beingness be. In these transitional times, it is increasingly vital that we become fluent in energy cultivation and exchange and learn to speak the lingua franca of life, and synchronize to wiser, broader rhythms.

An etheric digital divide is forming in the New Earth. Knowledge workers are being replaced and eclipsed by light workers. A light worker in the broadest sense is someone who helps others grow in love or holds space and energy to create what desires to be done. Light workers are people who live cultivating, directing and applying light consciously, who up level every situation and environment by their “mere” presence.

Doreen Virtue’s definition of a lightworker is: those who volunteered, before birth, to help the planet and its population heal from the effects of fear.

I love this definition because it includes way more people than just energy healers, clairvoyants, or those in the traditional helping professions. There are thousands of flavors of light workers in all occupations and roles of society.

If you are a light worker, you may have noticed (and smiled) at the fact that you now have a seat at the economic and political table. Not just the kiddie massage table off in a darker corner somewhere, but the real grown-up middle of the dining room, silverware and service table.The personal economies of shamans of energy and space are transforming from microeconomics to macro. The empaths/healers/clair-anythings who were at the fringes and margins of society are being pulled into the middle  by necessity. No longer confined to spiritual refugee camps like Sedona, Boulder, or Marin County, energy and vibrational “bridge people” now have the critical mainstream mass to catalyze global transformation.

This is bigger than just a woo-woo healing weekend thing, crystals, Tarot cards, or a Reiki master. I’m talking about a whole new way of living where we don’t wipe our feet on being en route to crossing off a task. I’m talking about measuring and graphing the vibration of your website or a thought or a song in a concrete, tangible way, and deliberately creating a certain frequency as a kind of lighthouse beacon to your tribe. I’m talking about calibrating every single thought, color, fabric, space, sound, smell with a level of specificity that would make David Hawkins gasp.

We are moving beyond knowing to unpacking the resonant vibrational signature of something. Beyond personal illness to a broader awareness of its role in the planetary ascencion.  Beyond being entertained to deeply appreciating. Most importantly from human doing to human being.

Light workers are leading this silent revolution in vibration. This wave of conscious energy movers, healers, and shakers is the second or third generation or second wave of “cultural creatives” and pioneers in the New Earth.

Conscious beings of light and love are taking their seats at the head of the socioeconomic table and it’s happening now. Can you feel it?

How will your vibration help shape this new Earth?

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