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Most people are wired to believe that the status quo = safety. A corollary to that belief is that if you keep going on the path you’ve already been on (and are familiar with), you incur the least risk.  Most of us can’t even help believing that. It’s a deeply programmed script for survival. It’s deeply programmed because it’s so helpful. Because in 99 out of 100 routine scenarios, this programming is probably right.  But…

A caterpillar walks into a therapist’s office. “I’m depressed,” he says to the therapist. “Because you know what the problem of my life is? No wings. I have no fucking wings, man! Can you fix that? How can I get me some butterfly wings?” If the caterpillar were your friend, as the wise person you are, you’d probably try to talk some sense into it. You’d probably say, “Sweetheart, you don’t become a butterfly by…

Many spiritual people have this subtly misguided belief, which says if you’re sufficiently enlightened and your “vibration” is high enough, things should go your way– the Universe should shower you with flowers, miracles and synchronicities, and angels should sing your name to eternity. On the other hand, if shit happens, that must mean you’re unconscious and somehow misaligned with the higher order. That belief should probably be ranked among the top 3 all-time most-unhelpful spiritual…

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,…

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE ON SOUNDWISE Most spiritual traditions teach the virtue of surrendering, letting go, and trusting the higher plan. But if it’s that easy to do, there wouldn’be be any need to preach about it. “Let go and let God” is one of those things easier to talk about than to actually implement. In this episode of the True Voyage I tell you about how I learned to step back, relax, and let…

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE ON SOUNDWISE How much spiritual practices should you do to get you enlightened, transcended, purified, [fill in the blank of other lofty spiritual goal]? This episode of the True Voyage helps you break down what a spiritual practice is and what it should help you accomplish. I also propose five questions you can ask yourself when you’re consider whether you should keep doing a certain practice, spiritual or not. Subscribe to…