Many of us study the healing properties of crystals and keep an altar, meditation has become so commonplace that mainstream scientific institutions are presenting research to validate its personal and worldwide benefits- there are even meditation apps easily accessible, and it is uncommon to meet anyone who hasn’t at least heard of Reiki, energy healing or chakras. No doubt about it, neo-spirituality as a focus and a lifestyle has only grown in influence since the ‘free love’ days of the 60s and 70s, the popularization of yoga from the 80’s through the present, and many worldwide esoteric lineages feeling the call to disseminate knowledge for the enlightenment of humanity and the good of the earth.
Perhaps one of the last and most central spiritual practices of our generation is to turn those spiritual realizations inward to shine the light into our most cherished relationships. Just like everyday life can begin to feel mundane or even like a constant...
I struggled with premature ejaculation and low sexual confidence for years. I avoided sexual encounters with women because I was afraid of ejaculating too quickly, and I was addicted to porn (while being too ashamed to talk about it).
At the same time, I meditated, practiced yoga, listened to spiritual talks, did nightly lucid-dream practice, played in a kirtan band, and had great girlfriends. Can you see the disconnect?
There was zero integration of sex and spirit in my life, and the concept of healthy sexual power was non-existent.
I share this with you upfront, so you know where I'm coming from, and so you know that the practices I'll share with you in this article work (I'm telling you this from personal experience, and from witnessing many men go through their sexual transformations).
If you've ever struggled with anything like this, you're not alone. No matter where you are right now, you have the opportunity to align your sex and spirit and feel sexually incredible,...
When summer begins to surrender to fall, do you feel a slight melancholy watching the leaves fall and feeling warmth slipping away? When winter is in full effect and the earth seems in a deep sleep, do you also find yourself yearning for a deep and dream-filled rest? Have you noticed you feel more social in the bright and juicy months of summer? Or are you particularly more likely to deep clean your house and purge your belongings when the green buds appear on the trees, and you can open up the windows for the first time each spring?
Though our modern homes are well-equipped to protect us from the onslaught of the weather changes brought about by the seasons, we still instinctually respond to these natural transitions. Each season not only brings with it a change in weather conditions but energy unique unto itself. We feel it. We are much more like our ancestors than we may realize.
The Pagan Wheel of the Year
Though in our left-brained technological society, we often...
Although I escaped it quite a few years ago, my single friends tell me that the dating world can be quite a task to navigate. Rife with plenty of pitfalls from never hearing back from someone you were interested in being practically or literally stalked by someone you are not interested in, it’s quite hard to strike the right balance. Not to mention the existential quandary of whether that special soul, with whom you can share unique chemistry and relationship, will ever find their way to you or you to them.
It’s true, our human nature dictates us to crave connection, intimacy, and love. Yet many people go about it blindly and with little self-awareness or clear intention. Conscious dating is a philosophy, you could say, in which you bring the same mindfulness you cultivate in meditation, yoga, self-healing, or other spiritual practices, and weave it into your dating life.
By showing up prepared with self-awareness and some important interpersonal...
Whether you’re wanting to take a long term relationship to the next dimension of spiritual connection or would like to launch a new love affair from a spiritual foundation, deciding to cultivate a spiritual relationship can take your life to the next level.
Relationships are the lifeblood of the heart and when we weave the awareness and compassion of spirit into our romantic connections we can often either avoid some common relationship pitfalls altogether or navigate them with a greater sense of grace, forgiveness, and awareness.
Rather than being caught in negative and defeating cycles with your lover, cultivating a spiritual relationship can create a meaningful love relationship that actually supports your spiritual growth and allows for positive transformation during tough situations. Let’s take a look at some important focus areas for creating a spiritual relationship.
Do Shadow Work Together
On the spiritual path of life, many of us find...
“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks.” –Richard Bach
We’ve all experienced- firsthand or as witnessed the meeting of a soulmate and the joy, fulfillment, and pleasure that accompanies it. With the soulmate relationship, there is a magnetism of attraction, an understanding of one another, and a deep bond that forms. Soul mates can be romantic, platonic, or familial. Soulmate relationships can also end. What then is a twin flame? Many people may equate them to be the same type of relationship, but through more than mere nuance, they are not the same.
The twin flame takes on a distinct role and importance as well as relating to the timeline of our soul differently. Let’s take a deeper look at what the two things are and some signs that you may have met your twin flame.
Soul Mates vs. Twin Flames
Each of us exists as a spark of the divine light, as we branched off into the experience of physical reality,...
Many of our most loved and cherished modern holidays and seasonal festivities harken back to the ancient peoples of Europe- particularly the Celtic people. Celebrations finding their origins in ancestral Europe include Yule and Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, May Day, and the list goes on. One lesser-known celebration of significance to the Celtic tribes is known as Imbolc. The word means ‘in the womb’ or Oimelc, meaning ‘ewe’s milk,’ about the birth of the first new livestock signaling the beginning of spring and initiating a time of relief at the returning light of the sun, a source of sustenance precious and sacred to the ancients.
The Celtic Wheel of the Year
The Celtic year revolved around two major themes of significance; the alignment of the sun relative to the Earth and the phases of the agricultural process of sowing, planting, harvesting, and resting. In those times, everyday life and survival depended...
How important is sound to our existence? How powerful is the influence of sound? The Bible itself states that "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God," and goes on to describe God as bringing the world into existence using speech (sound). Biblical lore is not the only cultural or ancient source to describe the origins of creation as being attributed to the use of pure sound.
As sound is made up of waves and expressed through vibrations of specific frequencies, the human brain and nervous system instinctually register and respond to these stimuli of sound, essentially attuning to the frequencies presented. We are beings of sound, and as such, sound healing has an obvious advantage as a powerful healing technique for body and mind.
How Sound Therapy Works
The further modern scientific disciplines progress, the more apparent it becomes that most human dis-eases are created or triggered by stress and inflammation. Stress on the cellular level...
Mantras are powerful phrases that have been called "vehicles of the mind." Similar to the figure of speech referring to our' train of thought', we recognize the ability of thought processes and language to carry our minds and ourselves into various experiences and even dimensions of reality. The mind is a powerful force, and our choices regarding how to direct its activity and programs will largely decide the direction our emotions, experiences, and lives take.
Using mantras, therefore, provides forms of movement and focus for the mind and thus gives a framework to move our minds and experiences in specified desired ways. Mantras are special words or phrases that are repeated in mediation via speaking, singing, or chanting, to assist in entering a different state of consciousness. Used frequently in Hinduism and Buddhism as well as many other religious systems, they are a powerful spiritual resource we can all use.
The Shurangama Mantra is a particularly powerful and revered mantra,...
Recent surveys report that up to 85% of American adults believe in the existence of angels. Imagery and lore of angels span many cultures, and angelic energies interweave many religious stories and texts.
Archangels mainly stem from the Abrahamic religions and are written about repeatedly in the Christian Bible. Coming from the Greek, the prefix “arch” means ‘ruling,’ or ‘chief,’ references the elevated status or powers of archangels as being direct extensions of God and heavenly influence.
Dawn Demers of beliefnet.com says, “the exact number of archangels is unknown (…) many traditions and faiths reference seven archangels. Who these seven are is also a source of debate varying from faith to faith. Many scriptures tell of the archangel's great abilities as healers and guides, intervening with assistance in many of life’s challenging situations.”
Modern Western interest in the archangels has not waned. It is a natural...