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Ten Tips For Cliche-Free Spirituality

New age spiritual language has become a bog of well meaning terms that in effect mean whatever you need or want them to need, or, in fact, nothing. …

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7 Things I Learned While Going Through a Spiritual Makeover

People call it by different names: energy shift, vibration rising, spiritual transformation, soul expansion, the force awakening (I'm not making this up). All these labels describe the experience when your entire energetic makeup -- what you normally identify as your "self" -- is taken apart, …

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How to Find Spirituality in the Age of Distraction

Walking the spiritual path has been likened to traversing a razor's edge, a narrow path with dangerous drops on either side. Falling off the edge comes down to one thing: distraction. The modern world is rife with distractions. Understanding how they can seduce you is the first step to keeping your …

Nature, Gratitude and Contemplation -- a Recipe for Spiritual Growth

Photo: Robin Gottfried<p>Here on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee we all are grateful for the sun and the early spring flowers. We've had a long gray cold winter and the clear skies bring much appreciated relief. Nature has a talent for making us grateful. Not surprisingly, in the Christian …

12 Practices For Spiritual Dating: Finding A Soulmate By Tending The Soul

I am a feminist and mystic and do not seek peace in my life through others. I am a yoga, gospel music, and prayer junkie. I hated to admit that I wanted to love again. I was whole. But I was curious. I wanted my heart to feel free again and not stalled after a bad break up. So after a two-year …

Namaslay -- Your New Mala Beads Are Cute, But They Don't Make You Spiritual

The juice cleanse you've been raving about, or Eckhart Tolle's latest book might not be everyone else's end-all cure-all too. As we embark on our spiritual journey, it's natural to want to inspire those around us, but we may just end up pushing them further away.<p>Here are seven sure ways to keep …

'Valley of Love' is a spiritual trip into Death Valley for French couple

Grief, loss and love manifest themselves in metaphysical and mysterious ways in Guillaume Nicloux's "Valley of Love." Starring Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu, the film is a reunion of sorts for the pair, who starred in Maurice Pialat's 1980 film "Loulou," especially since "Valley of Love" is …

16 Children's Books For 'Spiritual But Not Religious' Families

And kids with big questions.<p>While a growing number of Americans are forsaking traditional religious identities, they're still asking the big questions: What is God? How do I make meaning in my life? What is the purpose of it all?<p>In fact, although the religiously unaffiliated are now the …

The Challenge of Depression After a Spiritual Awakening

Becoming spiritually awakened for most people is not a one-time experience and forever after they are awakened and free. People have Near Death Experiences, enlightening dreams, visitations of relatives from the other side, meditation and prayer experiences which uncover their normal awareness to a …

Depression and Spiritual Rebirth

A friend expressed skepticism this Easter season about the literal resurrection of Christ. I am not interested in arguing one way or another, but this year, Easter had a special meaning for me because I have never before felt the promise of the resurrection so strongly as I have recently, after …

We Care Spa: Inside the Secret Celebrity Fasting and Spiritual Retreat

As I drove through the hot Mojave desert valley, my stomach felt as empty as the dry tumbleweeds rolling around me. I had started fasting prior to my visit to one of the biggest secret destinations among the Hollywood elite. The We Care Spa is located in Desert Hot Springs, California, about 15 …

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Watch: Touching story of a boy answering 'Can Video Games Be A Spiritual Experience?'

Did You Go To Costco For Your Spiritual Evolution?

I've met a lot of people in my life that are on the spiritual path of evolution.<p>But the problem is, they went to Costco to get spiritually grounded.<p>You know when you go to Costco and there's that cute, little lady with the fish net stocking over her head? And she's giving out little tidbits of …

Spirituality and Illness: The Connection You Might Not Expect!

Photo by Austin Schmid via Unsplash<p>First, so you know a little about me, I am an intuitive counselor and spiritual activist, founded a nonprofit organization in 1983, have written 5 books, done 3 CDs of original music, am a blogger, workshop leader, have a popular YouTube Channel and host a radio …

How to Maintain Your Spirituality (Even With a Busy Schedule)

As a writer and woman, I find that discussing my spirituality and spiritual practice with others is extremely difficult. But I find that unless I can connect with that inner voice, access my own intuition, and make time for meditation and yoga (both of which are parts of my spiritual practice), I …

Welcome to the Global Spiritual Revolution

<i>Authored by Jared Michaels for Psyched in San Francisco Magazine. Jared is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and Berkeley and a Zen teacher in the San Francisco Zen Center lineage.</i><p>We may not recognize it, and there may be quite a bit of evidence to the contrary, but I am …

Got Spiritual Homework?

Spiritual homework can be found anywhere -- <i>yes anywhere.</i> I found my most recent assignment on the basketball court while at a tournament of the resident teenager. You see, you can run, but you can't hide. If you've got homework to do -- there's no escaping it until completed. I know, you must be …

Marian Apparitions: Blessings or a Curse?

May 17, 2016 by Jonathan Ryan<p>As a kid, I grew up in the Charismatic renewal that swept its way through the Catholic Church in the late seventies and …

'holy hell' documents 22 years of ecstasy and insanity inside a spiritual cult

Filmmaker Will Allen spent over two decades as a member of a spiritual group called The Buddhafield, founded by a charismatic dancer and bodybuilder in 1980s Los Angeles. His documentary about the experience, ‘Holy Hell’ (executive produced by Jared...<p>When the documentary <i>Holy Hell</i> first screened at …

A Simple Practice to Work With Self-Centered Fears

The Buddha noted that the mind precedes all experience, that we view life through a haze-like filter of expectations of the world and self-beliefs, often referred to perceptions (<i>sanna</i> in pali). Our self-esteem (<i>sakkaya-ditth</i> in palii), our beliefs about what is possible to achieve in life grow out …

Jolly Phonics and Teach Your Monster to Read launch apps for children

Phonics are now a standard part of early-years education in British schools, with millions of children learning to read through letter sounds. Inevitably, there are apps for that too.<p>Two have been released this week based on familiar phonics brands in the UK: Jolly Phonics and Teach Your Monster to …

Daily Meditation: In A Trance

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's meditation features a didgeridoo performance by musician David Hudson. The haunting notes of …

The World’s Largest Clairvoyance Experiment Has Begun

I met with Hunter Lee Soik, the 33-year-old behind Shadow—an app that lets you record your dreams upon waking and enter them into a massive database.<p>Icelanders call it <i>Berdreymin—</i>the ability to see the future in dreams. On my travels collecting dreams from around the world, clairvoyance has been one …

I Took a Clairvoyant to London's 'Haunted' Crossrail Plague Pit and She Started Crying

She said she was "speaking" to the spirit of a boy who'd died during the Great Plague and been buried under Liverpool Street, along with 3,000 others.<p>Three hundred and fifty years ago, London was in the process of being ravaged by the Great Plague. Between 1665 and 1666, around 100,000 people – a …

Are We Becoming Spiritual or Sh*tty?

Has spirituality become our favorite form of snotty laziness?<p>We go to expensive mystical retreats in far away lands, and come home miraculously …

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John G. Messerly Review of Sam Harris’ “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion”

if topical_image_articles}{/if}I recently finished Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, and found it a welcome addition to the …

18 Spiritual Teachings that Blew my Mind Wide Open

<i>Sponsored Links</i><p>by Michelle Margaret Fajkus <br>elephantjournal<p><b>I have been a grateful sojourner on the winding spiritual path for as long I can …

7 Science-Backed Books About Spirituality That Will Change Your Life

These days, it seems like there’s a new spirituality book that comes out almost every other day. The problem with some of these so-called …