Songs for the Advanced Path – second edition

Songs for the Advanced Path is a collection of lyrical verses about the direct path of awakening — now released as a second edition with 25% more poetry! Packed with spiritual insights and reminders to follow the guidance of your own inner wisdom, this book will inspire and motivate you on your personal journey to liberation. 

Doubt as a Spiritual Gift

On the spiritual journey, doubt can either cripple us or it can free us. When doubt it is expressed as a negative emotion, it causes us to stall out in practice by creating fearful responses and blocking change. Or it can be a powerful tool for awakening when it’s used as an invitation to challenge what you think you know.

Spiritual Tests

New spiritual breakthroughs need to be integrated into your being to become permanent shifts in consciousness. One of the ways that awakening deepens and becomes more embodied is through spiritual tests. This is the way to gain insight into the depth of your realizations and to further your journey into expanded and bright fields of awareness.

Spiritual non-violence

The practice of non-violence is usually understood as doing no harm physically. But from a spiritual perspective, non-violence includes refraining from both physical and energetic harm. In Buddhism and Hinduism, the practice is called ahimsa, which Mahatma Gandhi defined as non-violence in thought, word, and deed.

Spiritual pathways: practice and pitfalls

The common pathways to enlightenment offer a set of unique tools with the same ultimate goal: full awakening. Yet any technique, strategy, practice or experience will have its limitations. Take a closer look at the various spiritual yogas, including: service, devotion, inquiry, energy practices, and mysticism, to understand their benefits, as well as their potential pitfalls, so that you can travel with eyes wide open on your own path.

Traps of the spiritual ego

The ego is very clever and turns itself into many forms as a distraction from authentic awakening. This results in various forms of ego-based spirituality, including spiritual materialism, bypassing, mastery and elitism. The spiritual ego can arise before and after liberation, and will continue its efforts to trap you. Ultimately, limiting identities, beliefs and practices must be discarded in order to be free.

How to get what you want

What you want with all your heart is what will manifest sooner or later. Be honest with yourself about what you want, and allow that to evolve over time. If you don’t really want something, then you will be miserable pursuing it. Follow a simple 3-part guideline for getting what you want.