The path of personal transformation.

This is a brilliant model / map for personal transformation. Written by Advanced Life Skills blog The 7 stages of personal change. 1) Awareness. The initial motivation for change starts with a sense that something is no longer working as well as it once did. This awareness can be extremely subtle at first. Maybe you feel uncomfortable [...]

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The truth of the nature of being.

Today's post is a quote from Osho about what we truly are, but many of us don't see because it's obscured by the identification as a self. We're spellbound by the mind. Assuming we're something, that we are not. "This is a matter of being, and not of becoming… Striving towards truth is nothing but [...]

The searching, is the suffering.

“Any time you are trying to get out of suffering, that is suffering.” - Lisa Cairns The searching for something else, other than this right now. Something over there, something better, is what causes us to suffer, in my opinion. The searching is a lie, a mirage. It's a distraction from what is already here. It makes [...]

The Hero’s Journey; How to make living in Hell more tolerable.

Suffering is all relative. There's many different types of Hell. It is my belief, that the journey into Hell, through Hell and out the other end of Hell, is The Hero's Journey. For me, for the past 3 years, I haven't been working or living really, due to anxiety, severe depression and burnout. Just surviving, [...]

Wishing to be ‘normal’

There's personality traits that I used to want to have more than anything, (like: extraversion, sociable, fun-loving, care-free, laid-back, out-going). I was very jealous of the people who had these traits, because I was so insecure about my traits. That insecurity gets triggered every time I see or meet someone with those traits I desired. [...]

Are you hypnotised by thoughts?

How much of your time are you in thought? For me it has been 100% of my conscious time. I had no idea it was possible to be not in thought, until recently. I've always found myself mesmerised and hypnotised by thoughts, often without realising it. There's a lot of self help out there for [...]

Don’t let thoughts make you their bitch.

Just because thoughts appear in our awareness, it doesn't mean we have to do what they say. We don't have to listen to thoughts, or engage with them or believe them. We can instead just see them happen, not judge them, not try to get away from them, or fight them, and not follow them [...]

Using dream symbolism to guide us in our lives.

In my view, dreams can often have very powerful and meaningful symbolic messages that can inform us about what's going on inside us and in our lives. But most people I know don't seem to realise this. We can learn about ourselves and grow, thanks to these messages (from our subconscious?). Everything in those kinds [...]

A prison made of thoughts.

Being attached and identified with our thoughts and the thinker can create a prison (which is an illusion), and and it can be torture to live from that place; you are not really living right now. You're living in the past and future. There is no peace there. It is constant grasping and striving. It [...]

Meditation and ‘enlightenment’ are not special. They’re so ordinary; you might miss them.

There is this picture of what meditation looks like and what ‘enlightenment’ looks like. And there's a tendency for many of us to believe that that is it, and anything else isn’t it. It can make me feel like it's not for us, and that only certain people get it, or see it, who are [...]