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Waking Up and Growing Up Blog

  • Why It’s Important to “Grow Up” before “Waking Up.”

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    Adyashanti said in a recent talk that some people are “big experiencers” and others are not but that neither was a determinant of a higher state of awakening. I found this reassuring since I have never been a “big” experiencer. My growth has been a gradual awakening to a more expanded way of seeing the universe, more serenity, more ability to be in this world but not “of” it, greater ability to be in the present – basically a life filled with increasing beauty, truth, and goodness.…
  • Ten Principles: Principle #4

    The remaining posts of the Ten Principles are now available on Amazon as an ebook: After the Wrecking Ball:  Ten Principles for Finding Peace Amidst Conflict by Lynn Fuentes…
  • Ten Principles #3. “You Could Be Wrong, Lynn”

    This was one I really needed to hear.  To accept that we could be wrong means we have to take off the blinders, to let go of our tunnel vision, and to begin to accept into our consciousness the perspectives of others.  It also means we accept our failings instead of trying to justify them or cover them up.   Says Susan Thesenga,”[We] need to avoid the traps of projection, self-justification, self-righteous exoneration, blaming of others, and making excuses for the self, or the traps of self-indulgence, denial, repression, and evasion [and] be willing to feel the pain of our real guilt for abandoning or rejecting others .…
  • Ten Principles: #2 Trust

     It was hard for me then in the fall of 1995 to trust in the basic goodness of the universe, even to accept that there was a divine purpose to it all that we may not understand.  But over the years I learned many things about trust:  that if we trust in a beneficent universe then we do not need to worry about whether or not an individual person is trustworthy.  Because they are human, human beings will inevitably disappoint us, hurt us, and betray us.…
  • Ten Principles: #1 Love Is the Only Transformative Thing

    Over a period of two years beginning with Thanksgiving 1995, ten guiding principles “dropped” into my mind accompanied by an electric ‘felt’ sense (a feeling I have sometimes that heightens my awareness and powers my body in some way) and a ‘knowing’ that these were absolutely true and very significant to me. I continue to find them a source of inspiration and wisdom and have more or less lived by them ever since.…