Dark Night of the Soul · Dharma Diary

Shadow Attack: Instant Karma & a Wake-up Call

Awakening is a tricky business. Pre-satori, I believed that if I could see clearly, all my problems would be solved and I’d live happily ever after. My hang-ups and fears would magically dissolve and I would be free. Ha! It’s a little more complicated than that. To grow on the spiritual path you must become whole,… Continue reading Shadow Attack: Instant Karma & a Wake-up Call

Psychology

Evolution of Consciousness: Kinks in the Mind

Last time we looked at how consciousness evolves through various stages of development. In this post we’ll look at what happens when this process goes wrong. Back to the house building metaphor: as the foundations for your character are being laid problems can arise which lead to difficulties later in life. If the support structures… Continue reading Evolution of Consciousness: Kinks in the Mind

Psychology

Evolution of Consciousness: How to Grow a Person

Growing a person is a mysterious process. Most of it happens in the dark, but we have discovered certain patterns that unfold in all people in more or less the same way. Imagine you’re building a house. This is less complicated than growing a person, but it’s a useful metaphor. We’ll leave aside the problem… Continue reading Evolution of Consciousness: How to Grow a Person

Psychology · Writing

Science Proves Writing Is Good For You!

Writers have always known this, but writing every day can improve your physical and emotional health, and even make wounds heal faster. A variety of studies have found that just 20 minutes writing each day could change your life – for the better. And you don’t even have to be any good at it. The… Continue reading Science Proves Writing Is Good For You!

Astro Journal

Spiritual Awakening with Astrology

Most people don’t know what astrology is. They think it’s about how the planets and stars affect us down here on earth and that it’s used for predicting events. Astrology is seen as entertainment for gullible fools, and the way it’s often presented in newspapers, magazines and online just reinforces that view. This is a… Continue reading Spiritual Awakening with Astrology

Book Reviews · Psychology

Psychology Bookshelf

A selection of recommended Psychology books for anyone on the path to awakening and self-knowledge. These are some of the books I’ve found particularly helpful or inspiring over the years. There are longer reviews attached via links, and more to come… Roberto Assagioli – Psychosynthesis Believing that psychoanalysis was incomplete, Roberto Assagioli began to formulate… Continue reading Psychology Bookshelf