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    The Vedic Way and the Indwelling Beyond

    This paper is a brief summary of the Vedic Way of Self-Illumination, from the Self-Illumination Therapy Training Intensive taught by Joan Harrigan.

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    Awakening Through Trauma

    This article discusses the issues around awakening through trauma and discusses ways that our culture can support people as they go through the process.

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    Post-Traumatic Growth and Spiritual Awakening: How We Sometimes Gain by Losing Our Most Precious Attachments

    The material from this article comes in large part from the book Out of the Darkness: From Turmoil to Transformation by Steve Taylor. This article is meant to clarify my own experience and add some bits to the ongoing discussion of the process and many paths of spiritual transformation.

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    Spiritual Transformation, Trauma and Psychotherapy

    The process of spiritual transformation is happening in all of us. Some have a stronger focus than others depending on their interest and past efforts.

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    The Value of Suffering

    What is true about the Kundalini or the awakening process is that it is dangerous. It will lead one into the deepest, most unresolved places inside us—and to terror and rage. Without proper guidance, one can get in severe trouble. It is why I have great respect for those who aren’t ready to face their own demons. One can spend years coming to the edge and backing away.

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    Dealing with Deep Trauma in a Relationship

    “Expecting the worst, you look, and instead, here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see. Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every […]

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    Trauma and Spirituality

    “When a man has learned within his heart what fear and trembling mean, he is safeguarded against any terror produced by outside influences.” -I Ching, Hexagram 51 “For in my flesh I shall see God.” -Book of Job Perhaps the best work done on the […]

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    Emerging from the Depths of Trauma

    “The culture expects one to be manic: hyperactive, spend and consume and waste, be very verbal, flow of ideas, don’t stay long with anything—the fear of being boring—and we lose the sense of sadness…It’s so ego identified that we don’t even see it as a […]

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    Attachment Mastery

    Attachment Mastery and the Confusion Caused by Detachment as a Spiritual Practice “Be very kind to yourself as you explore early attachment. You’re going into very tender territory.” -Diane Poole Heller “It is all about love!” -Diane’s Heller’s father’s last few words before he died Introduction […]

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    An Esoteric Version of Handel’s Messiah

    The following is my own translation of the Messiah oratorio in which I turn the story inward, showing that the story of Jesus as the Messiah is also the inner story of one’s own spiritual transformation and awakening, available to us all. Jesus not only […]

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