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Neuroscience is catching up to Spirituality

Last fall I took a Mindfulness and the Brain course at the University of Virginia’s Mindfulness Center. It was a revelation; not in terms of the mind’s potential, or it’s power to change or its’ more esoteric capabilities. Nope. I learned those lessons from some twenty-five years of spiritual seeking and now teaching in the schoolhalls of new-age metaphysics, yoga, guru admiration, advaita vedanta, and zen mindfulness. Got it. What was revealing about this class was hearing about these same concepts sans the flowery-spiritual-new age speak. The clean vernacular in this class was culled straight from the departments of neuroscience, medicine, and biology. I was simply blown away. I had no idea neuroscience was that close, that broad, that courageous, and well, that spiritual. This jaded spiritual teacher was impressed.

It’s a new day Charlie Brown. As a spiritual teacher I cannot tell you how relieved I was to discover this. No more vibey, new age, lingo. It always felt inadequate to me. No more touchy-feely overly dramatic and long-winded explanations.

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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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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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Video 2- Neuroscience & the #1 Key Awakening Ingredient

It may be surprising to find out that neuroscience can genuinely assist you in the awakening process.  Here’s a little more about it and how it relates to “satsang”

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sick, tired, groggy, grumpy and enlightenment

Nondual headcold? Advaita puking? Enlightenment sickness? Yep- here’s a back stage look at being awake and being sick. It ain’t pretty, but it da truth.

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Spiritual Awakening and the physical heart

A video about the importance of recognizing the innate wisdom of the heart and body- minus all reference, ideas, and symbols to the metaphorical heart.  There’s also a mini-exercise here to help you recognize this wisdom.

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Blue Collar Enlightenment and the L word

I don’t often use the L word, but it came up the other night in a webinar. Any good process or method of spiritual awakening involves meeting and loving all our broken, lost and wounded zones. Who or what does this loving? Find out in this video…. (PS- with me is BCE guest teacher Peter Cutler)

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The Neuroscience of a Spiritual Teacher

I find it very odd that humanity still retains an old school resistance to and distrust of spiritual teachers, gurus or religious authority figures. We haven’t let go of those old wounds or deep fears which over the eons have collectively lodged themselves into our unconscious. We are still throwing the baby out with the bath water. We are still shooting our own foot- to avoid conflict. It’s an adolescent disposition reminicient of the teenager who wants to skip school. So if you would, I’d like to take a minute to examine this old paradigm, deconstruct it and rebuild it in the light of modern day neuroscience. If spiritual growth interests you- being anti-guru, anti-religious or anti-spiritual authority is hogwash and flies in the face of today’s neuroscience.

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