The Joy of Third World Spiritual Travel

One of the greatest joys of third world spiritual travel is the rawness of life. The people don’t have the luxury of first world distractions, so every day is real. They can’t afford or can’t get an aspirin for their aches much less a Xanax or Percocet so there is no escape from their feelings. […]

I Don’t Know How to Be Spiritual

More and more often I hear people say, “I don’t know how to be spiritual.” This saddens me greatly. That’s like saying, “I don’t know how to laugh” or “I don’t know what my stomach feels like.” Not knowing how to be spiritual is a state of separation from yourself. Spirituality is not something that […]

Creating a Relationship With the Dead

Fall is upon us. It’s time when the dead roam the earth more freely (because there is more darkness after the fall equinox). And on the upcoming three day period (Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day), contact with the dead is easier. So this is when the dead come back to visit – […]

The Poison of “I Deserve”

I see a lot of coaches, motivational speakers, and spiritual leaders who use the term “I deserve” to get people to create change. It’s a strong statement that works to create movement. Let me explain why acting from this standpoint is poison. You’re Already Worthy “I deserve” makes it seem like things only come to people […]

Is Your Spiritual Group a Cult?

Someone recently asked me if I was leading a cult. Once I got over the shock, I decided to explore what makes a spiritual group a cult. Here’s what I came up with. A “Cult” is defined as a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc. Although the […]

When Spiritual Growth Leads to Loss

People often think that as you become more spiritually aware, your life gets better in every way. While that can happen, it doesn’t tend to be the norm. What’s more common is that spiritual growth leads to loss. You lose old values, interests, and friends. This could make your growth really lonely. All growth requires […]

Never Give a Sword to a Man Who Can’t Dance

Confucius said, “Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.” Oh, that confusing Confucius! Whatever did he mean by that? In some medicine wheels, the warrior energy is found in the north. The south is the direction of music, dance, beauty, creativity, and inspiration. It is the energy that allows us to feel […]

Don’t Lose Your Stories

If you look at all the ancient people, they are all steeped in story. There are stories about their heroes, why things are done the way they are, how things got to be the way they are, codes of conduct, and other things that are woven into every day life. These create the threads by […]

Dreams – The Free Spiritual Development Tool We All Have

Want a free spiritual development tool? You’ve got it. It’s dreams! Yep. Before there were Bibles, monasteries, or rituals, we all had dreams. Freud called dreams “the royal road to the unconscious” meaning the hidden part of yourself. Jung felt dreams were the way to tap into the collective unconscious, which is  the hidden parts […]

The Spirituality of Surfing

If anyone had ever told me that surfing was a spiritual pursuit, I would have said they were completely nuts. The spirituality of surfing? Bah! Funny, but it really is. I finally get why all those lonely guys in wet suits would be out riding the waves long after the summer crowd had gone. They’d […]