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Worthy or Unworthy?

Worthy or Unworthy? Whether I’m working with clients coming to me for psychological help, spiritual help or both, I notice a consistent pattern: everyone feels and believes themselves to be essentially unworthy.  On an ego level this is usually because they’ve started to notice themselves and feel inferior in comparison to others, or because someone […]

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Using Intuition to Wake Up

Using Intuition to Wake Up When the logical, language-generating mind is ‘foggy’ as mine has been this last week or so, I like to change the focus of attention to my intuition.  Intuition is another way of ‘knowing’ or ‘learning something’ that seems to bypass the normal channels of words and logical thinking.  It’s easier […]

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Words, Words, Words…

This “Enlightenment Now” Blog is the first time that I’ve attempted to do a weblog on a regular basis, and is the most writing that I’ve done, since writing a book in the 2000s.  Though the blog is posted here, I also post it on other Facebook pages and groups.  The purpose is to learn […]

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Don’t Pretend to Know What the Future Holds or How You’ll React to It

This is a piece written from the Relative/Dualistic Side of Life.  This morning I was driving my spouse to a 7:15am appointment for a routine test at a nearby hospital.  It was rather an unusual morning for me, since I don’t start work until 11AM and generally work until 7 or 8PM as a psychologist.  […]

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Believe NOTHING: Validate Everything for Yourself by Your Own Experience

Walking the dog this morning, I was remembering a conversation I had with a client this week about belief and faith.  Awakening or Enlightenment is NOT a faith-based activity.  You do not have to believe the arcane religious dogmas or doctrines of any faith in order to wake up. In fact, quite the opposite.  You […]

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Enlightenment Now: Three Essential Practices to Uncover Your True Nature

In my many years of spiritual practices, and the study of various religious and spiritual traditions, I find myself offering three basic practices to those who come to me for psychological or spiritual guidance: Meditation Practicing Presence (meditation in the midst of everyday life and activity) Thought-busting (challenging all thoughts for truthfulness) There are so […]

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Enlightenment Now: I Don’t Know

One of my favorite personal expressions is “I don’t know.”  If someone asks me ‘is that really true?’ about almost anything, I will say ‘I don’t know.’ There is wisdom in ‘not knowing.’  In reality, what humans consider ‘knowledge’ is usually expressed in words.  Words are a poor approximation of reality. If I ask myself […]

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Enlightenment Now: Ego – The Dead End of Personal Development

When developing the Ego (a set of thought and feeling processes usually involving the word-concepts “I” or “me” or “mine”) becomes the end of our personal and societal development, we end up in a world where everyone is mistakenly defending a ‘self’ and ‘my own interests.’  The result is the chaotic scenes we see everywhere […]

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Enlightenment Now: Emptiness and Fullness on Thanksgiving

Clearly, many in the United States are feeling a fullness in their bellies right now, after Thanksgiving dinners.  A different kind of fullness arises out of Inner Emptiness, once one realizes that there is no self, simply a spontaneous cacophony of perception, action, thought, and emotion without a center.  All of this Fullness, arising out […]

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Enlightenment Now: ‘No Self’ is Finding a Voice

I recently had some encouragement to put all of my spiritual books away.  I was surprised, and not surprised, at how eager I was to do so.  For a long time, I’ve longed to find a unique voice and use it.  Today, paradoxically, I read another encouragement to put everyone else’s voices away and find […]

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