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Setting intentions and working on spiritual exercises helps you to see parts of yourself that you’re currently unconscious to and have no authority over — and it is seeing that disparity that begins to bring those parts into proper alignment […]

Anytime you touch the truth of yourself through the work of realizing a deliberate intention to do the same, three events take place at once: the truth you touch transforms you – so that your intention to touch and be […]

There is a natural hope in aspirations, but when that hope formulates an identity it sows the seeds of conflict…

Often, when we first set out on the path of self-study, we begin with unrealistic or just plain mistaken expectations about what it will do for us. The unconscious wish that fuels this early stage of self-study is simply to […]

“Know thyself” is perhaps the oldest, wisest, deepest, and most succinct spiritual instruction ever given. In fact, it is our nature to know ourselves. To one degree or another, each of us is born with the inner longing to seek […]

Here is why honest self-examination is always the best prescription for whatever troubles the heart: the light of higher self-knowledge not only reveals those secret places within us where hides our pain but, for its enlightening action upon those still […]

Question: I have been struggling for years with the fact that I often desperately want people to like me. It is clear that my needy self causes the opposite effect by making me nervous, tense, and artificial. It seems obvious […]

When it comes to our wish to make real changes in ourselves, good intentions cost us nothing… and that’s why the road to hell is paved with useless coins. On the other hand, making a conscious effort to change – […]

We need never accept the presence of anything in us that wants us to ache over who we are — or are not — for it is given to us to outgrow ourselves anytime that we awaken enough to see […]