Another Way of Looking at Fatigue and Depression Original Essay by Charles Eisenstein Depression, anxiety, and fatigue are an essential part of a process of metamorphosis that is unfolding on the planet today, and highly significant for the light they shed on the transition from an old world to a new. When a growing …
Original story written by Linda Eliasen at Quartz Two months ago, I quit my job at Dropbox because something was very wrong. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew that I was broken and that I just needed to go. I already look back at that girl like she’s someone else–like I’m watching …
I had just moved to Houston, Texas from Los Angeles. I had just discovered spiritual things, and was looking to switch from an ambitious “I have to be a success” path to more of a spiritual path, but I had no idea how to do that. I was still very much practical and was trying …
Stage one – AWAKENING
In stage one, we are the restless. We go through life asleep to our true purpose for existing. We feel restless, searching for meaning in the meaningless things of the world. We live a never-ending search, looking for happiness and peace in everything outside of ourselves. At some point, we realize we are barking up the wrong tree and turn within.
Each of us has an inner compass, an infallible mechanism for self-direction or guidance. You can call it your inner pilot or, if you like, you can call it your soul. It doesn’t matter what you call it. What does matter is that whenever you are actually listening to this inner compass and following its guidance, you tend to feel peaceful, focused, dynamic and alive. When you do not listen to its guidance, you tend to feel scattered, unfocused, nervous, lethargic, and possibly ill.
All spiritual paths tell us the same basic truth: your natural and divine state is one of Joy. When you strip away the dogma and sectarianism that spiritual and religious organizations can false promote, deep spiritual teachings also concur in telling us that what keeps us from our joy, and keeps us in dissatisfaction, misery and sometimes pain, is a result of pursuing illusory sources of happiness. In our search for happiness we actually pursue things that end up contributing to our dissatisfaction instead. Correcting this illusory search is a basic aspect of the human journey to its spiritual goal.