Feelings vs Emotions

princess pout

On this blog, I use Emotions and Feelings to mean different things, although English is a little limiting. For example, we “feel emotions,” we don’t emote them (although some sure do (laughs)). I use this classification because of how I subjectively experience them. Your experience may vary.   The first thing to understand about emotions is they’re not concepts. Trying to figure them out with the mind is an exercise in futility. This also means we’re not actually feeling, we’re thinking. We may have learned to avoid emotions by staying in the head. And that means we’re repressing how we … Continue Reading…

The Association of Professional Spiritual Teachers

APST Panel

Through the cycle of descending ages, most spiritual traditions came to overemphasize the masculine – both in approach and in domination by men. This has led to drier, more austere forms of spirituality and issues with repression. Those traditions cultured well-prepared teachers though. Teaching did not begin until they were trained and deemed ready by their mentors. Rising consciousness is bringing a gradual restoration of the feminine. This means healing emotions, relationships, and raising women into leadership roles. It also leads to a much richer unfolding when both our masculine and feminine aspects are supported. Today we see many independent … Continue Reading…

The Unbalanced Masculine

dead tree

I often write articles about personal inner work but current events are bringing large shadows to the surface. It’s important to talk about so we have a reasonable perspective on the issues being highlighted.   For a long time, the masculine has been dominant in global cultures. This takes the form of a dominant 3rd chakra. This has led to an emphasis on power, the mind, and in the West, individuality – the personal self. Culturally, we’re like pre-teens focused on me. This is an evolutionary step up from survival and tribal cultures. But if it becomes entrenched, it becomes … Continue Reading…

Acceptance

globe

I often talk of the value of letting go, allowing, or surrender on the spiritual path. It is key for letting in the light. For the new to arise, let go of the old. But letting go means a value of acceptance, particularly self-acceptance. If we’re seeing ourselves as not good enough in an overt or subtle way, if we’re ashamed of ourselves, or are driven by fear it’s very difficult to accept. As long as we’re contracted we can’t let go. Happily, we don’t have to be perfect on that front. Just enough to remove some shadows. Then the … Continue Reading…

How Far, How Fast

awake

On a recent post, questions came up about why some seem to move quickly and some slowly on the spiritual path. Also, why some seem to go further than others. The biggest thing to note up front is that it’s very difficult to gauge progress subjectively. Much of the progress and preparation takes place out of conscious awareness. We’re not conscious of changes the crown chakra is making, for example. We also have no idea how much work there is to do. But there are milestones on the journey. I can’t suggest every variable but there are some typical factors … Continue Reading…

Layers of Fear

Mushroom in Egg Cup

We associate fear with alarm over safety, anxiety, and resistance. Oddly, reverence for God is also associated with fear. But that would be related to God being unknown, unpredictable, and potentially vengeful. For example, some Christians may not understand karma and attribute difficulties to God. The Divine is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, the Divine is love incarnate. For a while, I’ve associated fear with the root chakra. But recently, I realized fear can be associated with any or all of the chakras. Essentially resistance on any level is fear. Here’s a rough list: 1: Root: fear around … Continue Reading…

The Healing Algorithm

I often get questions about energy healing as I regularly mention its importance. My process is largely self-learned and informal, adapting to what is arising. I’ve not developed a specific formula. Essentially, I notice a sensation or emotion arising in day-to-day life that has a flavour of resistance, allow it to be expressed and it resolves. With a little practice, this becomes mostly automatic. We shift from repressing to releasing. I don’t go looking for contraction, I just notice them when life events bring them up. If you have not yet woken, you may also notice a flavour of grasping … Continue Reading…

The Power of Loss

moon over death valley

Our response to a major loss can be considerable grief. So much so that unresolved grief often follows us forward into future lifetimes until we can resolve it. We might call this the shadow of our past. As a repressed feeling of loss, it adds fear of loss to our filters through which we perceive and choose. This adds a resistance to growth experiences, including awakening. This is because the ego often sees awakening as a loss of its control and dominance. For example, when we graduate from high school, we may celebrate the accomplishment and the beginning of a … Continue Reading…

Dumping vs Repressing

hanging pots

While I often write about repressing our emotions, there is another style of dealing with overwhelm. In the past I’ve called it spewing. This is venting it out on others and the environment.  Just as repressing doesn’t resolve it, “sharing” it doesn’t help either. What we repress leaks out too, especially through the lower chakras. Suppression is not a great idea but spewing can be worse. The first is more common in the west but some cultures favour the latter. For one, spewing on others causes further consequences in obvious and less obvious ways. How others react or poisoning a … Continue Reading…

On Animals

In a recent discussion, animals came up and I thought it worth touching on a few points. DNA tells us that animals are built of the same stuff as we are. We also share a lot of the same DNA blueprint. Similarly, animals have souls, chakras, feel pain & emotions, have thoughts, and have many of the features we attribute to humans. Yet most animals live in the flow of life. Humans are distinct because we have the gift of perception of free will plus the higher intellect. This gives us the opportunity to understand and change the world but … Continue Reading…

Success

dylan drums

When we’re young, we often feel inspired, full of life, and desire experiences of all sorts. As we move into child-rearing years, our priorities may shift and security & stability become more important. By the time we get to mid-life, our dreams are often forgotten. Failures may have overcome our willingness to take chances. We may just ride our life out, enjoying the moments we can. Perhaps we plan for retirement, not realizing that what we’re bringing to the table is more important than the events around us. If we look at models like Jane Loevinger’s stages of ego development, … Continue Reading…

Types of Pain

Goddess Temple firepit, Indian Springs, Nevada

In the notes for a recent distance healing by Dorothy Rowe, she made a useful observation I wanted to share. She differentiated pain born of karma and pain born of illusion: “Pain born of karma is sharp and drives awareness inward toward the pain’s place of origin, to be thus addressed and eliminated. Pain born of illusion is remembered or anticipated pain. It drives thoughts and action while yet remaining unrealized in the present moment. When recognized and handled with discernment, pain born of karma is a tool for evolution. Pain born of illusion is a tool for creating more … Continue Reading…