As a young man, I ventured out into the world searching for truth, not for ‘spiritual things.’ I was curious about why things worked the way they did, and realized understanding human consciousness was the key to most of the things I was interested in.

In my experience, that requires a peek into the Pandora’s box of what can’t be seen, smelled, tasted, or measured. A place where relinquishing what you know is the rule, alignment with your heart is the measure, and intuition is the guide. In other words, science only tells us part of the story—the part we can observe. But how much exists in the Universe that you haven’t seen? How much exists that you can’t possibly sense with your five physical senses? How much exists that you don’t know that you don’t know exists?

We already have seen how our individuated minds pervade space beyond our physical body. This person in front of you is the culmination of generations of culture, genetics, and energetic forces that continue to shape her or him at this very moment. And because of that fact, this being has the ability to shift to a new reality, a new vibration, in any moment, at any time. That is an amazing ability! That is spectacular to see!

I went out to be a research scientist studying how the brain works and why people think and act the way they do. I found that science can’t even measure what it is we’re studying. I dove into Eastern philosophy and metaphysics, reading luminaries who were essentially the first psychologists tackling these questions as well, and I found that they produce real, replicable results! They were practicing and refining techniques that worked within various fields including: meditation, martial arts, and magick.

I wasn’t looking for ‘Spiritual’—but the irony is that in my search for truth, all roads led to the spiritual.

Over the last few years, I’ve attempted to describe, analyze, explain, and clarify what ‘spiritual’ is as it relates to my work. Three years ago, I even wrote a blog called *drum roll please* “Personal Spiritual Development.”

However…I have a dirty little secret.

The dirty little secret is that the term ‘spiritual’ frustrates me. It’s like trying to describe ‘water’ to a fish. When we’re surrounded by all things spiritual everyday, how are we to distinguish what’s spiritual from what is not?

There has to be a fundamental awareness of what’s in front of us first—we have to truly see concrete reality, objective reality (ironically) before we can see the spiritual. That’s because our minds makes up all sorts of stories to explain away what’s actually happening in front of our very eyes. And this makes it difficult to truly see the divine in action.

We give our power away to authority figures—PhD’s, government agents, news reporters, etc. rather than take the time to think for ourselves. These ‘authorities’ give us stories to explain what’s happening, and we fail to see the alternatives parading themselves in front of our very own eyes.

When we take on another’s point of view rather than observe our direct experience, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to transform our reality.

My goal is to transform lives, but I can’t do it for others. If people can’t see the results I’m creating in my life, or value what I’m able to accomplish with freedom and ease… if they have an idea about what the right way to do things is at the expense of seeing what actually works…then I’m probably not going to be able to help.

The best I can do is demonstrate what works by living my life with integrity and transparency and invite people along for the adventure than try and logic with their minds.

You’ll either want to get on this ride with me or you’ll want to stay where you’re at. Both can be true perfection—if you understand why you’re making the choice you’re making.

But do you? In a universe as vast and complex as the one we are still discovering, do you really know your place in it? Aren’t you curious about how you came to be born at this time and in this small corner of the universe?

I encourage each of you to find something you’re truly attracted to, that’s living the kind of life you want to live. Then put your stories aside and listen with your heart.

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