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Stalled Out on the Way to Your Goal?

Facing the possibility of failure can be daunting. Too often, our default is to cling to the familiar even if we’re dissatisfied with our current situation. Pessimism about possibilities offers some comfort, which is why we can find ourselves thinking, “I have to accept that I’m destined to be stuck in a low-paying job” or “I’ll never find the time to learn how to sing, and anyway, wh...

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The Mysterious Beauty of a Synchronicity

My friend was walking in the woods thinking about his father, who had recently died, when a huge buck emerged from the trees and stepped onto the path in front of him. It looked directly into his eyes, and my friend paused to take in the mysterious beauty of the deer’s appearance. Then it lost interest in him and disappeared into the woods on the other side of the path. “I knew with certai...

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Initiation and Your Spiritual Essence

To become aware of your spiritual essence is to experience an initiation. Sometimes called a rebirth or peak experience, a spiritual initiation involves a profound shift in perspective as you experience that you’re more than just your body or your identity as an individual. It expands your identity beyond "me" to "me, who is part of the we that has always been and always will be." Humans natu...

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Free Yourself from the Familiar

Our stories are often reflected in what we say to others when they ask how we are. You might tell a story like, “Everyone in my family has bad luck, so no, I haven’t tried to find a new job even though I can’t stand the one I have.” Or, you might say, “No, I haven’t done meditation since we last talked. I know they say it can help with anxiety, but anxiety runs in my family. I’ve al...

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From Fractured to Whole: Individuation and the Ouroboros

In some ways, all of us are fractured, a collection of selves that can be at odds with each other. The dreamer self might wrestle with the practical self. The self that strives to please others might be in competition with the self that resents the burden of having to conform to people’s expectations. When we come to peace with our many selves, accepting them rather than denying them...

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