Spiritual BS

“Spiritual Bypassing” - what is it, and what is it not? It means something akin to pretentious self-righteousness to the point of willful ignorance and/or unhealthy selfishness.  A psychologist coined the term in the 1980s referring to the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to sidestep uncomfortable feelings and avoid authentic, vulnerable connection.  Harsh, right? … Continue reading Spiritual BS

Diving into Darkness

I came up through the mud, baptized in fire and blood.  I’ve been beaten and bruised, homeless and hungry, addicted and depraved.  I’ve been abandoned, neglected, blamed, and drained. When I broke free of imposed circumstances, I proceeded to recreate a hell for myself – and it was a dark, hard escape.  Like the lotus, … Continue reading Diving into Darkness

How to Yoga Nidra in 10 Easy Steps

Yoga Nidra is a very cool practice that progressively visits the 5 Koshas – or, layers of the Self - beginning with the body, then energy and breath, followed by thoughts and emotions, into our wisdom, all the way to joyfulness. As I said in yesterday’s post on the same topic, the practice of journeying in … Continue reading How to Yoga Nidra in 10 Easy Steps

Reiki One Attunement

During an intense weekend of yoga teacher training, I was given the Reiki I attunement, activating my ability to channel “universal life energy” in the specific way passed on through the lineage of Reiki teachers.  What follows is an excerpt describing the experience. Reiki energy was flowing and present all day long, becoming more palpable … Continue reading Reiki One Attunement