The Big Picture for Seekers

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you can get caught up in the game of intuition development and lose sight of the big picture goals of the spiritual path.

Of course, focusing on developing your ability to communicate with the higher realms is a perfectly natural impulse if you’re a spiritual person. But it’s easy to get too focused on the small things – like how easily you can get into trance or sharpening your clairvoyance or manifestation – when the larger goals of the soul offer a much broader experience of well-being and a more wholistic understanding of what it is we’re doing here as souls incarnated in the physical realm.

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Why Generating Positive Emotions Matters if you are an Intuitive

Many in the spiritual community say that the ability to generate positive emotions in the heart is the key to mastering this life. Well, I have to agree with this, because I’ve seen it in my own spiritual unfolding and intuitive development. Mastery of your emotions is a huge key to achieving psychic coherence with the higher dimensions and the divine realm. Achieving “coherence” means feeling a fundamental state of peace. When you can entrain and align with this energy, you are dancing with the divine. Resonating with peace allows the intuitive or meditator to receive divine guidance, wisdom and healing.

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What is Mysticism?

The mystical experience isn’t just for saints and monks. It’s possible for all of us.

Here at the Diaries, I often refer to myself as a mystic. What I mean by that is that I cultivate in my spiritual life a direct connection to God. I personally contact divine presence through a daily practice of sacred meditation, but other mystics may achieve a connection with God through art-making, walking meditation or even dance. Everyone’s process is different, but I will focus mostly on meditation in this post since that is what I recommend to get started. 

A mystic believes that it is possible to make direct contact with their higher power through inner seeking, and they pursue that connection in their spiritual life through the artful cultivation of their consciousness. 

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The Ambitious Seeker

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?

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Are Ghosts Real?

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.

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Be Patient with your Creative Growth

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?

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Shadow Work

Our personal spiritual development unfolds in cycles. Most agree that just as there are ascending and descending phases cosmically that govern planetary consciousness, there are also light and shadow phases that catalyze an individual soul’s realization. At this point in my journey, I have a strong sense of my own light and shadow phases, so I thought I’d share with you what to look out for during both of these seasons and some navigation tips that will hopefully help you on the path.

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Symbolism & Intuition

Did you know that Spirit will talk to you in meditation and dream time through symbols?

Yep! Symbolic communication is one of the main ways our spirit guides speak to us, because as meditators we contact divine presence with our subconscious mind which speaks primarily in symbols.

Here’s what you may not already know. There are two levels of symbolic meaning in meditation. One level of understanding is universal, or true for most everyone. Symbolic meaning that most of us can agree on, like water represents emotion or lion represents courage etc. Here’s a great dictionary of symbols that I find super thorough and useful for the academic level of symbols. (Despite the title, it’s great for both men and women or any gender ID.)

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The Lion’s Gate Portal

What is the August 8th Lion’s Gate portal?

Some of my friends in the spiritual community have been talking this week about the Lion’s Gate portal that happens every year around August 8th. Previously, I hadn’t really explored much about it, but this year I sat with the energy and read it as best I could in meditation. So, I figured I would share with you guys what I sensed. Though, I suppose it’s possible everyone will sense something different.

What is the meaning of the portal?

I’m no expert in astrology, but the idea of an energy window or spiritual portal is an astrological one mainly. Lion’s Gate specifically refers to the day when Earth and Sirius are in alignment, and when the sun is directly in Leo. Some say that the powerful spiritual energy from Sirius is especially available on Earth during this time, and that Leo’s energy is helpful in assisting us in discovering our unique expression of these divine emanations. I’ve spoken at length about Sirius here, and the leonine spiritual energy here.

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Shamanism

How to use Earth-based spirituality to heal yourself and grow

Over the years, I’ve had many meditation experiences that I would describe as shamanic. Visions of inner shamans that were initiating me, or messages from my guides about shamanic practices that could heal me in specific ways.

I find the shamanic element so fruitful in my own journey, so I wanted to share some of those insights with you guys in case they will be helpful.

WHAT IS A SHAMAN?

I believe a shaman is a mediator between the world of spirit and the world of matter. Often a healer or a guide. Someone who goes into the spirit world in meditation time to help others, by finding out information or invoking healing.

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