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Science and Spirituality of Gender Fluidity

“Once a young woman asked me, “How does it feel to be a man?” And I replied, “My dear, I am not so sure.” Then she said, “Well, aren’t you a man?” And this time I…

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Dark Side of the Moon – Spiritual Teaching & Identity

A popular misconception around spiritual teachers is that their work is complete: they are free, happy and at peace and there is no longer a need to suffer. The spiritual seeker may be driven by the…

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How to Drop Identification with the Body

When I used to read the spiritual traditions that put forth the instruction to reach “no thought” or “no mind” it seemed like an impossible task. But I was just naive enough to try. And when…

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‘I AM THAT’ as Mental Identity

“I am consciousness” or “I am awareness” are often emphasized in the nondual teachings, as nouns. Like a trophy you win, you are considered awakened if you realize that you are THAT. Although the words seem…

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Enlightenment’s Evil Twin

Exploring the Shadow Side of Meditation In 1974 Hans Burgschmidt was sixteen years old, living in the Canadian Prairies, working in a photography studio darkroom, elbow-deep in chemicals all day long. “Is this what life is…

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