Why Music is a Powerful Therapeutic Tool, Especially in Ceremony

Why Music is a Powerful Therapeutic Tool, Especially in Ceremony

Music is a very powerful tool in so many of life’s situations, from the ‘every day’ to the complex. Even music that we don’t think can affect us can do so, turning our moods dramatically. It has a strong influence on our emotions, and when used as a component of or complement to a plant medicine or DMT trip, music plays a vital part of the set and setting…

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True Awakening: Is Righteous Anger Holding Us Back?

True Awakening: Is Righteous Anger Holding Us Back?

There are many who claim to be ‘awake’. Yet they appear to forget that feeling awake does not equip us to accurately judge the paths of others. Awakening is a personal process. It is very difficult to measure where you are in that process – there are no official milestones, and although you may be able to discern general levels of consciousness, it is a mistake to think that we can judge another’s capacity or position fully...

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Transformation of the Individual: Upping Our Game for Conscious Evolution

Transformation of the Individual: Upping Our Game for Conscious Evolution

There's no doubt about it. We are living in testing times. All is not what it seems, but even when we realise this, it seems that others around us don't. This is a frustrating and bewildering experience; one that can take time to process and accept. The question is, when you know that things are not 'right' (from a material world perspective, at least), how do you affect positive change?

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Don't be Afraid of the Dark

Don't be Afraid of the Dark

Before we reject that innate part of ourselves, that unhealed part that wants to scream at a parent, judge someone’s behaviour, cry in public, etc.; let’s remember that we have all possibilities within us. Everything from a murderer to a ‘saint’. There are times when you have to visit your pain, really feel it to stop rejecting it. The creator gave us the ability to cry tears and feel anger and confusion for a reason...

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The 'Guilt Complex': How Guilt Stunts Spiritual Growth

The 'Guilt Complex': How Guilt Stunts Spiritual Growth

Guilt seems to be a transient emotion that arises as a result of some definable event or other within which we made an error; generally at the emotional cost of another, or perhaps to the detriment of the environment. It is more frequently extended to the self, thanks to habits and tendencies deemed destructive by society, and especially close peers. If left unchecked, it will stunt your spiritual growth...

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No One Guru

No One Guru

Once we start subscribing to only one teaching or teacher, we become exclusive. We tend to forget that the message is more important than the messenger. When we pledge allegiance to say, only Buddhism, we dismiss new information and look to this one teaching for all answers. Can you think of any person or teaching, historical or otherwise, that had the answer to absolutely everything?

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Self Love: The Importance of Consciously Valuing You

Self Love: The Importance of Consciously Valuing You

As is often the case, it took me a long time and a lot of painful lessons before I was to appreciate myself for what I am. I am sharing this piece with the aim of giving hope and some support to those out there struggling with self-esteem and self-worth issues. It can be a long journey but it helps to know we are not the only one making it…

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Facing Your Death is the Ultimate Motivation in Life

Facing Your Death is the Ultimate Motivation in Life

Facing one’s own death is an abstract concept. How do you begin? It doesn't mean standing at the edge of a cliff, risking a fatal fall. It simply means to consider it. Some say they don't fear death. Perhaps it is more that they don't take the idea too seriously. If the fear is acknowledged, it may be rooted in several things: Pain, change, attachment, loss of identity, and mostly fear of the unknown...

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