Is spiritual awakening an altered state of consciousness?

The answer to this question turns it right upside down. Because all other states of consciousness are ‘altered’, whilst our awakened state is our natural state, and everything else arises out of this. Many of us have experienced altered states during our spiritual journey – extended periods of absolute bliss, peace, oneness and an unconditional […]

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Why we can never ‘have’ awareness

It’s impossible to understand or grasp awareness with the mind, because the mind arises within the awareness that we are. And the mind can only understand things that arise within it. So, we cannot ‘think’ what we are, because what we are exists before thought, before emotion, before the physical form. It is the space […]

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Be this moment

I look out from the stillness, and see people running all around. They run through their stressful busy lives, endlessly seeking, chasing, grasping, wanting… looking for love, fulfilment, wholeness, and an end to their suffering. They are all on a path to somewhere. Some barely shuffle along their paths, almost overwhelmed by their crippling emotional […]

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Wholeness can never be ‘found’

We are all seeking wholeness… …and the ultimate answer to our seeking is always available, intimately soaking through every unfolding moment. But the truth is, the answer to our seeking, is not actually an answer. And this is why our seeking is endless and futile, but it’s impossible for the confused mind to understand that […]

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It’s time to stop ‘doing’ meditation

Many of us believe what our mind tells us, so we believe that meditation is a practice… something we should ‘do’. We chant mantras, use mudras, try visualisation or breathing techniques, to help us ‘get there’. We believe it’s about reaching states of ‘higher’ consciousness and raising our vibrations. Or it’s about stopping thoughts and silencing […]

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The end of spiritual seeking

Sometimes, our minds can spin chaotically, as endless thoughts tumble over themselves in a frantic race to be heard. And they are very good at making themselves heard – ‘I need to get rid of my fear, anxiety, confusion, anger… I need to fix myself… I need to heal… I need to keep my awareness… […]

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The truth about enlightenment

I thought I knew what enlightenment was. I thought it was something I could find or achieve… I thought it was about getting rid of my ego and healing my emotional wounds… I thought it was about love, connectedness, easy bliss and expansive serenity… I thought it would be the end of all my suffering… […]

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Letting go of all thoughts

Have you ever tried to control your thoughts? Perhaps you have tried to think only positive thoughts – love, kindness, compassion, optimism, joy, gratitude. And you have tried to banish negative thoughts – judgement, worry, fear, anger, guilt, jealousy. Does this strategy work? When you meditate, you may notice that thoughts just arise, all by […]

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Dissolving the story of ‘me’ and ‘you’

Imagine us both, sitting opposite each other, right now… Who do I see? Who do you see? Do we see our idea of each other, our labels for each other, our judgements of each other? What stories do our minds tell us? What ideas and beliefs do we project onto each other? Perhaps, simple labels […]

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Awakening begins with ‘Who am I?’

I sit on a chair, and ask, ‘Who am I?’ My mind answers with labels – woman, mother, writer, yogi, happy, sad, worthy, unworthy…an endless list of labels, moods and judgements. As a child, my mind answered differently – daughter, school-girl, dancer, actress, musician, naughty, funny, clumsy, good, bad. My mind’s labels and ideas about […]

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The dirty secret behind law of attraction

As I turned the pages of a book on law of attraction, I felt my body tingling with excitement. My eyes skipped over each word, hungrily soaking up the promise of abundance – my dream life, the perfect career, soul mate, opportunity, freedom, happiness… all wrapped up in a neat little mind trick. Over the […]

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The seductive trap of the spiritual playground

‘Spirituality’ is such a delicious word – it rolls off the tongue with mystery, intrigue and seductive promise. And it certainly seduced me. From the moment I discovered yoga, I was utterly smitten, immediately sucked into the charm and charisma of the spiritual scene. Literally overnight, I established a daily yoga and meditation practice, and […]

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