Is our “drive” really helping us in our meditation and spiritual practice, or is it just another hindrance?
Happy Winter Solstice, friends! I hope everyone is enjoying the beginnings of a cozy winter hibernation, despite the tulmut of public life these days. I thought I’d check in about the seeker’s path and how ambition actually holds us back in meditation.
If you’re anything like me, sometimes if you pay close enough attention you can feel a chord of ambition running throughout your meditation practice or spiritual life in general. It’s an interesting element to notice, because meditation and spiritual practices are more often about obtaining increased peace, inner stillness and transcending the incessant activity of the mundane mind. Often, spirituality is about our being-ness rather than our doing-ness. So, what place if any does ambition have in our spiritual life?
Check out my Haunted House story in the short video below and decide for yourself.
Who can resist telling ghost stories this time of year? For a lot of us, encountering strange phenomena in a spiritually active (a.ka. haunted) house was the first moment we really considered the possibility of the other side.
Here’s why I think ghost stories are so important. It’s because they are reminders that we have a soul. That there’s more to this life than science and materialism can explain.
Have you ever had an experience with a spirit in the house? For a lot of us, experiences with ghosts are the moments that clue us in to the possibility of the “other side.”
In this ghost story, I tell how I encountered a poltergeist in my ex-boyfriend’s house. This spirit messed with electricity in the room and opened and closed cabinets. They would rap on wooden furniture just to get a rise out of us. Spirits like this can often be mischievous and harrassing. But not all spirits are negative.
One of the perennial issues that comes up for a lot of us with big goals (whether they’re in meditation, fitness, intuition development, creativity, etc.) is that sometimes we can struggle against the pace at which we are developing.
This can come up in almost every area of life, but let’s limit our conversation to creativity just for the sake of conversation. I’m a writer, so applying patience to the areas in my creativity where I’m still developing is important. For instance, prose poetry has always come naturally for me. Short story, not so much. And sometimes it’s just hard to stomach when something isn’t coming to us effortlessly in our creative work. Or is that just me?
As a mystic and healer, I make it my business to achieve optimum wellness in my life and assist others on their healing journeys. As a meditator, I have established a strong connection with my higher wisdom and inner guides who advise me on my daily actions and life path. Over the years, I’ve received lots of positive news and tips from my inner wisdom, but I’ve also received some messages regarding potential dangers to my bodily health and psychic system.
Since this blog is dedicated to sharing tips about how to advance consciousness through meditation, technologies that cause potential harm to our psychic wellness is relevant. Without being too alarmist, I’ll share some research I’ve found on the topic of how EMF and heavy metals effect our bodies.
I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m fortunate enough to have an online group of mystic-friends. A group where we share our most transcendent meditations, our super out-there psychic experiences and deep, probably unanswerable spiritual questions.
This community has been so nourishing to me, and keeps me super checked into my spiritual life. For a long time, I was going the meditation path alone, so now that I’ve found it, my little community of mystics is mucho important to me!
I wanted to share a little with you guys about what we’re up to over there. This week, we’re generating some dialogue and answering a list of Cosmic and Intuitive questions under the #starseed tag – which just means we’re talking about cosmic consciousness.
As some of you may know, our dream time can be a deeply spiritual time. I think there’s a spectrum of dreaming, from the totally mundane dream that echos the day’s events to the highly spiritual visitation where you encounter an angelic presence. In our lifetime, we’ll likely get to experience this entire spectrum.
But how is dream content spiritual? The main thing to know is that our mind is divided into two main aspects, the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind is the part of our being that we can see and know clearly. The conscious mind is where the limited, individual sense of self resides. It’s practical and useful. The subconscious is that part of our psyche that is just beneath our conscious awareness. We can sense it intuitively in dreams and meditation, but not quite “see” it directly. The content and experience there is not limited to the small self or the individual personality. Rather, it reflects the higher-self, the broader consciousness that connects all things, and the higher soul.
What does creativity have to do with spirituality? These two areas of life are closely related in my opinion. Of course, plenty of people explore art in a secular way, but I think it’s really fascinating when these two otherwise disparate aspects of life intersect.
Firstly, I believe that pursuing those activities that bring us joy reunite us with divine presence. That’s because joy is resonant with God. Find that which brings you the most happiness and fulfillment. That’s your spiritual center.
For a lot of us, creativity and making art is that thing that brings us joy and makes us feel alive.