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.
I had a great humorous email exchange with a guy named Dan
I had a great email exchange with someone named Dan:
Dan’s emails are in BLUE
My responses are in BLACK
In the fifteenth year of his current incarnation, Dan had a powerful spiritual awakening that opened up not only his third eye, but a third ear and nostril as well, utterly transforming his life into an orificial smorgasbord that thereafter made annual physicals and body cavity searches take twice as long.
While this initial awakening later proved to be acid reflux, it did initiate a spiritual journey that eventually led Dan to India, where he met his beloved master, Sri Gulab Jamun, or as he lovingly called him, “Donut Hole.” Sri Donut conferred upon Dan his highest blessing, and transmitted Shakti along with several non-communicable diseases. Thereafter, Dan began seeing spirits, floaters, and the occasional stripper. “It was as if blinders had fallen from my eyes at last, and everything I saw thenceforth was a student in need of my teachings.”
I’d like to devote this blog post to helping you adjust your spiritual aim, because locating, aiming and hitting the correct spiritual target is vital in your path to peace, happiness and fulfillment. If you aim a rocket at the moon, you can be off by a half a degree and miss the moon by thousands of miles. The same holds true for aiming your life at spiritual fulfillment. There are hundreds and thousands of people who claim to be living or interested in spirituality who have missed the moon by many miles. Unless you aim correctly in a blink of an eye another decade is going to pass you by and the moon you have been looking for will still be no where in sight. I want to help you to NOT do this.
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.