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Existential Depression is the doorway to Spiritual Awakening

-I did some serious time in the existential-depression penitentary.

-I spent a good twenty years of my life wallowing in the black depths of the dark night of the soul.

-I paid my rot time enlightenment dues. (Rot- school of waking down)

-And…I contracted a severe case of decades long zen sickness.

In other words, for a very long time … I was a miserable fuck.

Funny thing though- probably with the exception of my closest family, nobody had a clue I was going through this. How could this be? How did I function? How do I retain my sanity? How did I get beyond it? Have a seat my weary souled friend and I will share with you a few helpful secrets…

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Insult- Zen and the Art of Kicking your Ass into Spiritual Awakening

So, you want to wake up do ya? Hmmm? Really?…

Great. Well then, come sit on my knee and allow me to insult you.  Every tradition has their equivalent of a zen beating: an austerity, or test, or bare bones knock down fist fight that really tests the limits of your determination to actually go through with this waking up business.    … (continued)

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Spiritual Enlightenment Cliche’ # 54231516 What is true Spirituality?

Jed McKenna is my hero. There’s a passage in his book, Spiritual Enlightenment- The Damnedest Thing, that gets right to the root of our post modern spiritual materialism: He calls it en-lite-enment; where a person’s got all the goods, but none of the substance. Goods being meditation pillows, incense, rock gardens, statues, crystals, Oprah recommended books, and guaranteed techniques that will get you from point A to point B. All of this -out the proverbial yin-yang. Substance of course being enlightenment. (Oh yeah that)

Funny thing about waking up- it gives you a birds eye view of the spiritual landscape. And let me tell you: the view stinks. BUT- there’s hope…

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Awareness- Are you missing this step?

I’m passionate about this subject because I see many seekers who are stuck in the mire of endless advaita / nondual teachings, satsangs, books and videos- all of whom have skipped or avoided this vital step.

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If you are not sure which body scan to choose and want a general (mind/body/emotion) approach, choose this one.

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Polarity and The Tao of Awakening

There’s always a polarity in life and you’ll need to see it, feel it, and accept it in order to wake up. Here’s how…

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Are you making space for SPACE? Somethings gotta give…

Are you making space for SPACE?   Spiritual Awakening is the ultimate recognition of space / spaciousness / emptiness / consciousnes.  In order to recognize this ( down to the bone marrow ) somethings gotta give.  You need to make room;  set aside the frivolous, the unnecessary, the useless..  Are you doing this?  Or does your precious time, energy and life resource get sucked away by menial things?  Let’s investigate…

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Spiritual Humor, Sarcasm, Cynicism & Nihilism

Nihilism Humor

So as a first foray back into the world of PIE let us address the newly returned elephant in the room: Spiritual Humor, Sarcasm, Cynicism and Nihilism.  I am a fan of all four- to a certain extent. Part of the awakening process inevitably and naturally produces shades or vestiges of these things, but like anything else, they can also show up in over-abundant, rotten spades. Humor > turns into sarcasm.  Sarcasm > turns into cynicism. Cynicism > turns into NIHILISM.  When this happens… when the spiritual process turns into Nihilism…you’ve just become fucked, stuck and lost in a hole, seldom escaped from. Ooops- Not so funny anymore.

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spiritual awakening intensity

An often missing ingredient for those longing for awakening is intensity- the buildup of pressure and release while on the path. In other words if you’re just surfing spiritual you-tube videos or reading books- without the intensity I speak of in this video- you won’t get far.

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Confusing Spiritual Awakening Professionalism with Sainthood

It’s very easy to confuse spiritual awakening with sainthood. Often teachers speak beautifully, eloquently and clearly- and yes, this is how they should speak (professionally). But the mind then creates a story about that teacher which says they are perfect, pure and very very spiritual.  And then a GAP between who they are and who you are is created.  Oops.  Let’s demolish that idea…and this gap…. in this video.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Whattyda say we take a break from the  usual BCE video blog posts and take a peak at this utterly charming video snippet of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?  Willy Wonka is a spiritual awakening path metaphor.  Five kids win a golden ticket to journey through Willy Wonkas world- a world connected to joy and peace through  candy (on the exterior) ;  and to heart on the interior.  Little Charlie is the only kid  with heart who makes it through the factory without succumbing to its temptations. In the end he inherits Willy’s factory….Willys heart and Willy’s awakening.

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