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Last week I caught up with an old friend whom I haven’t seen for many years. After briefing each other on how things had been, it was clear that how we had lived life couldn’t be  more different from each other. At one point my friend mentioned a difficult career choice of his. I told him how I’d go about it. And my friend said: “Well that’s too idealistic. You think you can just have…

It is common wisdom that perseverance is a virtue and the ability to keep pursuing one’s goals in the face of setbacks is essential for achieving success in any area of life. On the other hand, many spiritual teachings advocate the value of surrendering to the higher will, because there is a bigger plan and the ego’s desire may or may not be in alignment with the highest growth path of your soul. So what…

The ego’s job is to get boundaries and create individual identity. It’s usually so good at this job, that even personal growth teachings that are supposed to help transform and integrate the ego can be used to create new personal identities. Ironically, spiritual identity has nothing to do with actual spiritual growth. For many self-identified seekers of higher consciousness, it ends up being merely a different way to solidify the divide between me and them,…

“Ego” is the scapegoat word that some people blame every undesirable human quality on. It’s a concept that, more often than not, masks the lack of clarity in awareness, rather than helping to create constructive internal change. In this video, I talk about what ego is — the part of your consciousness that is programmed to preserve the most recent version of an isolated individual identity. I also talk about how most “self improvement” schemes center…