How to navigate in a quagmire of questionable "gurus", "teachers", and "healers"

Return to reason. Your own natural faculty to reason is your best guide to achieving a positive life experience. Keep in mind that the narrative is always being deployed to convey a higher concept. Just like the poor atom, it can sometimes fall outside of what is "true", while still preserving the intention and integrity of the information. It can serve as a guidepost, but we must push beyond it to find higher meaning and deeper truth.

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The Ocean and The Wave-Monday Meditation

A wave swells, the ocean diversified and distinguished. Thoughts flash like diamonds on the sun-dazzled sea. Sadness, anger, and fear ebb and flow through Presence, profounder than the deepest blue. Every drop of life is eternal. Every finite form is infinite. What a beautiful metaphor. The ocean, and the wave.

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Pixie Dust and Presence-Meditation Tip

Use this time to remember your true nature, as the spectator of the Universe’s breathtaking performance. You are the Presence beneath your thoughts, the Awareness which envelops your feelings. You are the Formlessness beneath the ever-morphing forms. You are God’s witness, and Mother Nature’s eternal eyes.

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Is there One Path to Healing? Meditation Tip

There is no “six-step” program to a peaceful life. There are no “quick-stitch” solutions to our suffering. Indeed, healing usually involves the breaking open of old wounds and traumas, as we learn to make space in our presence for the pain of our past.

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Learning To Wield Fire-Meditation Tip

Rather than being about bliss and transcendence, spirituality is about getting down and dirty with our darkest feelings. Of course, there are those moments of “satori” and “out-of-body” experience, but they only serve as fuel and courage to face the less ecstatic energies of our earthly journey.

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New Year Resolution: Meditation Tip

Close your eyes and imagine that your body is made not of a single form, but of millions of smaller forms, vibrating in unison. Now imagine that the ground under you is not solid, but a liquid composition of infinite particles, clustered neatly together to appear “solid.” Now, imagine that vibrating atoms from your body are not actually separate from the surface you are sitting on. Cells from your body mingle with particles from the floor, so that there is no real way to distinguish where your body ends and the floor begins!

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The Celebration of Life-Meditation Tip

Rather than trying to celebrate every moment of life, try to see that every moment is already a celebration. Even your dark energies are dancing. Your sadness is unfurling like a spring bloom. Your anger is burning like an ethereal fire. Your anxiety is twirling in an endless pirouette. It is not in your best interest to “crash the party.” It is in your best interest to let them dance!

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Climbing the Mountain: One Conscious Breath at a Time

The only way to make space for lighter feelings in the future, is to make space for the darker feelings of the present. This is the path, and any thought or feeling allowed is a step in the right direction. Choose to feel sad over pursuing the “end of sadness.” Choose to feel angry over chasing the “end of anger.” Choose to feel “lonely” over seeking the “end of loneliness.” Make space for the darkness, and you will soon be filled with light.

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How to Mend a Broken Heart-Meditation Tip

Today’s entry is about mending a broken heart. But I am tempted to call it “How not to mend a broken heart,” and I hope that by time you’re done reading, you will know why.

What do you do if you see a child crying, and want to make her feel better? Do you tell her to stop crying because whatever is upsetting her isn’t worth it? Do you tell her to grow up and stop being so dramatic? Do you tell her that life is pain, and that she should learn to get used to it?

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