Category Archives: Contemplative Essays

Integrating the Shadow in Awakening

Integrating the Shadow in Awakening by Amoda Maa The striving for spiritual attainment while excluding the personal dimension of life, is often a big error on the path of spiritual inquiry. Ignoring unresolved psychological contractions is a danger that is … Continue reading

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Exploring the Connection Between Awakening, Attachment and Non-attachment

In the past several decades, four major influences have been radically transforming the field of psychotherapy. Mindfulness, drawn from the Buddhist tradition, has become an essential tool that therapists can both use themselves to attune to their clients and teach … Continue reading

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Are Practices Necessary to Realize The Self? The Sedona Method.

By David Ellzey, Author, Teacher, Transformational Entertainer Are practices necessary to realize the Self? Here I will share a few thoughts as to why the answer is both yes and no – and why The Sedona Method is one practice … Continue reading

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Sacred Calling

How does the Sacred call to you? Through a deep longing? Through loving? Through the birth of an infant or the death of a beloved friend? Through the silence of a forest or the magnificence of waves crashing at sea? … Continue reading

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On the Spring-Squall Arrival of a Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)

First, A Sorrowful Dedication The whole leap depends on the slow pace at the beginning, like a long flat run before a broad jump. Anything that you want to move has to start where it is, in its stuckness. That … Continue reading

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Reconsidering Ego Death and the False Self

Is it true? Must my ego die? Is my sense of self merely a false self that needs to be dissolved? Must I negate my ordinary humanity and reside only in the eternal present? Are these ideas helpful as I … Continue reading

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