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The Ultimate Secret of Life

Many years ago I had an encounter with the most amazing spiritual teacher. I had been studying the works of Nisargadatta Maharaj and loved his work. And then something unusual happened that pushed me onto a new path. This post begins with the story of that experience.  Meeting Nisargadatta Maharaj In my early twenties, while I was at university, I started ...
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Energy and Energetic Patterns

Energy, Energetic Patterns, Energies - An Introduction to the Human Energy Field Energy is the 'stuff' from which the selves that make up our psyche are made. Each self is an energetic pattern and has its own energy that you can perceive. A rational self has an impersonal, mental energy. An emotional self has a more personal, feeling energy. The energy ...
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What is The Aware Ego?

Here's what the Aware Ego is in a nutshell plus an exercise to kick-start your Aware Ego Process. The Aware Ego is the ability to stand between opposite selves, experiencing and understanding both sides, yet not identifying with either. It's a place from where you feel the tension between opposites. From an Aware Ego you can choose which side to go with, ...
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What is Awareness?

Here's a brief explanation of what awareness is, and of the difference between awareness and consciousness, and between awareness and the observing mind. If you have trouble meditating or when you meditate you get caught up in your thoughts, this information might help you understand why.  Awareness is a state of consciousness where you can 'see' or witness yourself, as if you were looking ...
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What Captain Jack Sparrow Taught Me About Work Life Balance

If you're an overly responsible person whose work life balance is out, or a parent who takes your parenting responsibilities really seriously and you're not having much fun, here's what you can learn from Captain Jack Sparrow.  I watched the first Pirates of the Caribbean film with my kids the other day (again) and found myself wishing I could meet Captain Jack Sparrow - or run off ...