School of Awake by Kidada Jones

School of Awake by Kidada Jones

In a world that seemingly has lost the ability to initiate the next generation into anything other than consumeristic values it is interesting to be introduced to a book that digs into the essence of what modern life is like for a young girl with a desire to engage with a more meaningful set of values. School of Awake is a book which its author, Kidada Jones “…wanted to write since I was 9 years old and the one I wish I had as a tween.” The result is a…

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Letting Go of Good by Andrea Mathews

Letting Go of Good by Andrea Mathews

There can be little doubt that whilst a great deal of today’s New Age spirituality distances itself from established religions such as Christianity it still harbours more than a thin connection to their traditional values. The most prominent example of this exists in the idea that in order to be a worthy human being we have to be ‘good’, we have to do good things, or carry out good works. Similar ethical ideas permeate many other fringe areas of occult and mystical philosophy. As a result we find that many…

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The Way of Rest by Jeff Foster

The Way of Rest by Jeff Foster

The path towards awakening and self-realisation is harder, longer and more dangerous than many give it credit. One of the greatest obstacles to be faced along the way is in having to deal with the deep personal sense of loneliness and isolation that accompanies it at all times. If you are one of those people who is truly struggling with the magnitude of the task in hand then you may gain a sense of comfort and support through the words of spiritual teacher and writer Jeff Foster Rest is Best…

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Make Peace With Your Mind by Mark Coleman

Make Peace With Your Mind by Mark Coleman

How many times a day do you openly criticise yourself for one perceived misdemeanour or another? We in the spiritual community with our self-imposed emphasis upon self-improvement are probably more aware than most of our own personal failings. As a result we tend to be more sensitive of those times when we fail to come up to our expectations of ourselves and are more critical of them. According to senior meditation teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre we are all suffering from a worldwide epidemic of self-criticism. Sometimes this habit…

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Start Right Where You Are by Sam Bennett

Start Right Where You Are by Sam Bennett

Even when you know and understand the personal journey that lies before you in life the actual act of trying to get from where you currently are to where you want to be fraught with problems and challenges. In fact, the busier we become in our daily life more difficulties appear to be thrown up in front of us – issues that twart our every move and which try to deflect us from our path. What if there was only someone that we can call upon at such times, someone…

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Fully Engaged by Thomas M. Sterner

Fully Engaged by Thomas M. Sterner

Ever notice how little time we actually spend during the course of a day focussing upon the moment that we are in? As work loads increase, future deadlines loom, projects are planned, and to-do lists are made, we are constantly under pressure to operate from a need to catch up with the future. The result of this constant projection of consciousness out and away from the current moment means that we tend to miss out on the fact that we are constantly allowing ourselves to be driven relentlessly forward by…

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Dropping the Struggle by Roger Housden

Dropping the Struggle by Roger Housden

Very few of us are unfamiliar with the immense struggles that life presents us with. Sometimes these challenges intensify even further and push us to breaking point; occasionally they abate and our world returns to a more tolerable condition. Whatever our personal circumstances are and the type of problems that life throws up at us we, as humans, tend to make our personal suffering more intense through our own striving for personal improvement or in our constant search for material security. It seems, however that the more we struggle against…

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Discover Your Authentic Self by Sherrie Dillard

Discover Your Authentic Self by Sherrie Dillard

Who are you? Are you a living your life as a fully conscious being aware of every aspect of your true divine nature or are you little more than a train making its way along pre-defined tracks to an unknown destination? In order to survive in this world we all need to compromise our true ourselves to some degree by offering up only a small part of ourselves to society and even then in a way that keeps everybody feeling comfortable. For most of us this process occasionally becomes too demanding and…

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On the Verge by Cara Bradley

On the Verge by Cara Bradley

Cara Bradley is a former professional skater and mental strength coach. She is also the founder of Verge Yoga and hosts the popular podcast Real Women, Courageous Wisdom. As a professional athlete, Bradley experienced a supreme state of motivation which she describes as “high-definition, high-voltage living” or, as she personally describes it, “living on the verge”. In her book of the same name, she states that “The verge, by nature, is fleeting and elusive. You can!t hold on to it, and you can,t search for it. You simply need to…

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Against the Pollution of the I by Jacques Lusseyran

Against the Pollution of the I by Jacques Lusseyran

Jacques Lusseyran (1924 – 1971) was a teacher, French author and political activist Born in Paris, France, he became totally blind as the result of a school accident at the age of eight and he spent the rest of his life learning to adapt to the circumstances that having no vision brought to him. Whilst many disabled people during that era were drawn to live very limited lives with equally self-limiting concepts about what they could do, this proved not to be the case with Lusseyran who, with the support…

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Stop Being Lonely by Kira Asatryan

Stop Being Lonely by Kira Asatryan

In this fast-paced, technological world that we live in, it is astounding to think of just how many people and different organizations we interact with during the course of a single day. From receiving regular emails and mobile phone calls, following trends on Twitter and watching out for the latest news posts place on Facebook – each of which requires some personal response from us, the list of connections that we make can run into the hundreds. Given all this high level of social interactivity why is it that we…

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Expectation Hangover by Christine Hassler

Expectation Hangover by Christine Hassler

We all expect so much from life. Whilst some of the things that we desire are within our grasp to attain others are not. In fact sometimes the expectations that are placed upon us are not based in reality. Either way life so very often pans out for us in ways that were either not planned but which emerge as obstacles and failings along the way. So often when we look back at the aspirations that we held in our youth and compare them to the reality of where we…

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You Are Not What You Think by David Richo

You Are Not What You Think by David Richo

One of the more contentious debates to be heard within the world of modern spirituality is that which surrounds the perceived role and function of the human ego and the part it plays in defining who we are. Some sources insist that in fact the correct approach to spiritual and psychological development is to completely subsume the ego – to relegate it to the position of inferior cousin and unwelcome outcast. Other sources go so far as to suggest that a strong, defensive and well-armoured ego is imperative to protecting…

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This Is Woman’s Work by Dominique Christina

This Is Woman's Work by Dominique Christina

The spiritual journey that make throughout our lives is one initially of exploration and then of transformation and finally integration. But what if we encounter problems along the way whilst trying to assimilate our life experiences into our psyches – what happens then? And what do we do with all that dark, suppressed, raw and disassociated material? How do we even find a way through to it in the first place? A Dark Road The unspoken and tragic history of women, throughout time, is one related to the constant struggle…

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Awaken Your Genius by Carolyn Elliott

Awaken Your Genius by Carolyn ElliottAwaken Your Genius by Carolyn Elliott

We tend to associate the word “genius” with a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability In Ancient Rome, however, a slightly different connotation was placed upon the word; for them the ‘genius’ was the guiding, or instructional, spirit associated with either a house, place or a person. In her book ‘Awaken Your Genius’, Carolyn Elliott observes that from her perspective a genius is … a generative energy that manifests creations that are original, alive and individual – soulful. Her perspective on our personal genius – one that is the essence…

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Clearing Clutter: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual by Alexandra Chauran

Clearing Clutter: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual by Alexandra Chauran

For many people the annual Spring-clean offers a good opportunity to get rid of all that excess stuff that tends to accumulate over the course of a year. The job is not an easy one! How do we decide upon which items we can safely dispose of and those that we need to keep? What possessions do we currently have that are worth keeping in order to ensure our continued spiritual growth? Which are essential parts of ensuring a happy and health-sustaining domestic environment and which bring in dissonant energies…

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Radical Awareness by Catherine Dowling

Radical Awareness by Catherine Dowling

It often comes as a great surprise to anyone who decides to dedicate themselves to a spiritual life just how much personal work is first needed in order to clear sufficient inner space for the spirit to grow and develop. Before the ‘Great Work’ can even begin an initiate into any spiritual, magickal or mystical tradition will inevitably have to experience the long, hard road through mental and emotional self-analysis and psychological clearing. One of the more popular methods used today to prepare the ground for deeper states of mystical…

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