I, too, used to obey the Law of Attraction. But no more! Here is how I get away with that. Last year, oh I remember it well, ’twas the first day of January. Every year on the first day of January I draw a card from my Aleister Crowley Egyptian Tarot deck. I draw one…

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Report of a shamanic journey into self-love and healing the inner child Many years ago, around the same time that I started kundalini yoga, I joined in a shamanic ritual that was truly life-altering. But it also put me at a crossroads. Would I continue the shamanic or the yogic path?  From the yogic point…

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I thought I was done writing about Yogi Bhajan, but I am not. I don’t know if many people know the term ‘iconoclasm,’ but in Dutch, we have this word “beeldenstorm.”  It roughly means “image storm” or “statue storm” in English.  The Black Lives Matter movement tears down the statues of slavers still revered as…

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What it is, how it works This article is about the mind in the yogic sense. The ideas that I discuss here are now slowly trickling into individual scientific branches such as metacognitive psychology. Still, by and large, I am presenting a model of the mind that has not yet been discovered by Western science…

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A meditation on the role of words in teaching “You can be happy no matter what.” A strong statement that reaches into at the heart of many teachings. When you ask people, especially spiritual people, whether they believe that is true, most people would say: yes, I believe that is true. But I am also…

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Smell. At least, in the Kaula Tantra tradition, that’s what you do: you get right up to them, and if she smells right, that’s your teacher. In practice, the process is rarely so clean. We get stuck with whomever we end up with. The yoga teacher on the corner or the internet. Perhaps a famous…

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