8 Life Lessons

Great spiritual masters are littered throughout history and some can even be found in this day and age. These people are those who go through their lives working to teach those of us who are lost.

While not all of us will reach enlightenment or truly become awake, these spiritual teachers have faith in us all. They give us all of the tools we need to get where the universe wants us to go. Below I am going to go over some of the lessons that I have noticed are quite common from one spiritual master to another regardless of the religious views each one holds. These are things that will truly benefit each and every one of us if we can fully grasp them.

8 Lessons All Great Spiritual Masters Set Out To Teach Us:

1. Without compassion, there can be no peace.

You cannot find peace without showing compassion. Compassion is something we all must have on some level for others. It is needed more so than most people realize.

2. Tomorrow is never promised.

Tomorrow is not something we are always going to see. Being in the moment and mindful of the here and now is important. Life is too short to waste doing the things that you hate. Go out and do what you love, show a stranger kindness, and really connect with the people around you.

3. There is no such thing as perfect.

Perfection does not exist; you are not perfect and no one else is either. There is no room for jealousy in this world.

4. We are responsible for our own lives.

We are the ones who have to pay our dues and see the results of our actions. If you don’t like where your life is going, make the changes you need to make. You are the only one who can control yourself

5. We are all one.

We are all one and the universe is deeply connected to us all. There is no separation in the world of energy. This life is not what it seems.

6. Pain holds an important message.

Pain is important for each of us. It teaches us a lesson and brings us to a new place in life. While it might suck in the moment it is important.

7. Simplicity is essential.

Simplicity will bring you more happiness than living in luxury. Being yourself and being surrounded by people who actually care is worth so much more. Don’t fall victim to the idea that money buys happiness.

8. Forgiveness is needed even when you don’t think it is.

In this world, we do not forgive others or ourselves as often as we should. We forget how important it is and don’t give it much thought. Holding grudges is never a good thing and will only hold us all back.


12 Major Signs That You Are On Your Predestined Soul Path

The concept of spiritual awakening is one that most of us will aspire to attain. Seen as the ultimate quest for happiness and understanding in the world, we often overlook the many struggles and changes that will come with this journey.

In order to experience a true spiritual awakening, we must first grow to become the person capable of this level of understanding in the Universe. Anytime that we undergo significant growth, it will require conflict and self-discovery. This will fundamentally change the way with think, act and react to the world around us. How do you know that you are on the right path?

Watch for these 12 signs that you are on your predestined soul path:

#1 – You learn to genuinely value your alone time.

Going through this journey, you will find that you need time along with your thoughts to decompress from the day and process everything that has happened. This is a process of growth and development. You will start to enjoy and value this time alone.

#2 – You experience moments of heightened sensitivity.

As your heart and soul are opened up to the true energy and love of the universe, you are going to experience deeper and more profound emotions. Embrace these emotions, as your sensitivity will become one of your greatest tools.

#3 – Nature will draw you in as you start to feel more connected to the world around you.

You will start to experience feelings of connection with the natural world around you, desiring to spend more and more time outdoors. Even a simple walk through the local park can bring you feelings of peace, tranquility, and relaxation in an otherwise busy world.

#4 – You may struggle with feelings of fear and uncertainty.

As you continue moving along your journey to spiritual enlightenment, you will have to step outside of your comfort zone. This isn’t going to be easy. Instead, you will find yourself feeling uncertain of the path you have chosen, but that’s completely normal.

#5 – Your struggles can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.

While this doesn’t always happen, those who find this uncertainty to be too overwhelming may eventually find themselves struggling with something deeper. Often those who are working towards spiritual awakening will have moments of extreme anxiety and may even slip into depressive episodes.

#6 – You being to notice more experiences of synchronicity in your life.

The saying goes that everything happens for a reason, but we often overlook the ways that this actually works in our daily lives. As your eyes are opened to the bigger picture, you will start to notice these moments of synchronicity more frequently.

#7 – You feel as though your life is going to change forever.

When you are moving forward towards spiritual awakening and fulfillment, you may find yourself feeling as though something is just ‘right’ about your current situation. You may not be able to put your finger on why, but don’t dismiss your gut feeling. Your intuition is a powerful gift.

#8 – You will start to question the meaning of everything.

Spiritual awakening is that moment in which your eyes are truly opened to the bigger picture of the universe, allowing you to see how you fit in as one tiny piece of a much bigger puzzle. This discovery will come with many questions, like what your purpose is here in this life. Embrace this curiosity as with it will come knowledge and learning.

#9 – You will start to let go of the past and the future, focusing instead on the present.

As a society, we have a bad habit of holding onto anxiety for the way things have gone in the past or worrying about what is yet to come. However, as you begin to understand the bigger picture you will slowly let go of this need to control everything. This will allow you to practice mindfulness, living in the here and now.

#10 – As your view of life changes, so too do the things you are interested in.

As you continue down this path to spiritual awakening, your heart and soul will be opened to a new way of looking at the world around you. This will change you at a deep level, impacting many areas of your life. With a new perspective on life, you may no longer care about the things that you were once interested in.

#11 – You begin to develop a greater empathy for others.

The process of spiritual awakening helps us to let go of our selfish mindset, opening our hearts to the pain and suffering of those around us. This increased level of empathy can empower you to bring peace and healing to those that you meet if you choose to embrace it for good.

#12 – The more that you learn, the more you will desire to learn.

The path of spiritual awakening involves opening a door to a whole new way of living. As you learn and grow, the feeling of fulfillment that you will start to experience will leave you longing for more. Turn this desire into motivation, continuing to push you through the challenges to grow and evolve into the best version of yourself.



The Levels of Consciousness

Your consciousness is your ability to be aware of yourself and the world around you and to feel connected to it.

Raising one’s consciousness while often used with specific spiritual connotation is becoming more aware and in tune with your life, having less misconceptions, false beliefs, and traumas running your life from behind the scenes.

But how does one measure consciousness? We are all conscious to some degree, and so are animals. Even trees have shown that they are conscious, even if not self-conscious. Many spiritual leaders say that absolutely everything that came from Earth has consciousness.

When it comes to people, there has been a great push towards raising the consciousness of society as a whole — and this evolution starts with each person individually.

Rev. Dr. Michael B. Beckwith, minister and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, grouped human consciousness awareness into four distinct stages. While it is possible, to be between any two stages, most people fall into one of these belief systems.

They are:

  • Life happens to you.
  • Life happens by you.
  • Life happens through you.
  • Life is you.

Level of Consciousness #1: Life Happens To You

Unless you were lucky enough to be born quite awakened, chances are we have all been there — feeling like the victim, feeling powerless, and blaming the world for everything that has ever happened without taking any personal responsibility.

A lot of people you know may still be stuck at this stage. When you feel like life is happening to you, suddenly everything is moving too fast around you and everyone is out to get you.

Bosses at work are ruining your peace, family members are being rude and selfish, friends are being flaky, and the government is the root of almost all of your other problems.

All of these are just stories people tells to themselves. They are not reality. It also leads to complaining and a pessimistic outlook on life. This attitude does not help, but only manifests more of what you do not want.

This is how many people get stuck on this level one consciousness, because their beliefs feed into the reality they do not want, thus confirming their false beliefs about life such as “life is unfair.”

Level of Consciousness #2: Life Happens By You

In many cases, a person eventually gets tired of constantly being the victim and begins to believe that life can be controlled by them. This is when the person rises to the second level of consciousness.

At this level you can take your power back, which is a good thing and a step forward. The downfall at this level is that a person can become controlling and greedy and begin to put others down—consciously or unconsciously.

This is where politicians, misogynistic men, radical religious groups, and all extremist groups re-enforcing an “us vs. them” mentality, are born.

Another level of negative control that can stem at this level is controlling yourself in a way that prevents you from being you. Instead, you are constantly hard on yourself and are pushing yourself too much. Making goals can be used as a control tactic at this level.

Even spiritually-driven individuals can get caught up in this level, thinking that it is possible to create any reality. While the statement is mostly true, gaining full control of reality separates you from the natural flow of life and other people’s wishes and freedoms.

Level of Consciousness #3: Life Happens Through You

Chances are the first two levels did not work out for you. Feeling like a victim and constantly trying to control everything both lead to burning out and unhappiness.

At this point you may be able to rise to the next level of consciousness where you believe that life happens through you. That means that you trust in life itself, and that everything that happens in life is meaningful and has a purpose.

When you achieve this level of understanding you should be able wake up each morning with feelings of peace, joy, and excitement for the new day and what it brings. You are no longer reactive to things that happen, neither are you trying to control every single part of your life.

Instead you are going with the flow and enjoying every moment while feeling immensely grateful for everything. You feel alive; you feel free; and you feel deeply connected to the universe.

To stay this present, each moment you can practice repeating to yourself what Ram Dass wrote:

“Where am I? Here. What time is it? Now.”

Level of Consciousness #4: Life Is You

“You are not in the universe; you are the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.” — Eckhart Tolle

Once you have realized through level three that everything in your life flows, you open yourself to the possibility of reaching the top level of consciousness. This is the realization that life is you, and you are life.

You are not separate from anything around you. Nature, animals, people, and every experience anyone has ever had are all connected to you. You are experiencing life, and life in experiencing itself through you. And everything is perfect; everything is love.

This is the level of consciousness where you come home to the universe and fully enjoy the miracle that you are — and you just are.

This state of being is also known as being Enlightened, Self-Actualized, or being a No Limit Person. There is nothing specific that you need to do, achieve or have. All you have to do is trust the universe, and just be.


Conscious Parenting: Accepting Our Children As They Are

“In seeking to restore an experience of oneness between your children and yourself, the path leads by way of the discovery of communion with your own forgotten self. This is the case because establishing a meaningful partnership with your children will inevitably cause you to attend to the development of your own authentic being.

As your growing awareness disintegrates the parent-child hierarchy, it will spontaneously equalize the playing field in your family. Moving away from egoic behavior- surrendering your opinions of how situations ‘ought’ to be, and how people ‘should’ act- will allow you to step off your pedestal of dominance.” ~ Shefali Tsabary, Phd, author “The Conscious Parent”

Often we get so stuck in our roles as “mom” or “dad”, that we forget what it truly means to be a parent. We create an image in our minds of what it means to play the roles of mother or father, and consequently we take the authenticity out of the moments we spend with our children. We are so busy playing the part, that we forget to savor the beauty of the time we spend with them.

Since our children are younger, and know less about the world than we do, it’s easy for us to buy into the illusion that it is only us that is teaching them, rather than realizing that they are teaching us as much as we are teaching them. A hierarchy gets established.

An underlying feeling of, “I am the parent, they are MY child. I tell them what to do, how to live, how to be, and ultimately mold them into what I want them to be or what I believe will make them happiest, most successful and well-rounded” begins to be the motivating force behind our actions as a parent.

However, what many parents fail to realize, or often forget over time, is that our children are not our possessions. They are not our little living dolls to make become whatever we think they should be. Our children are called forth from us to teach us about ourselves.

concparentimage1And it is only in our truest and most authentic relationship with our own selves, and our own inner child, are we able to establish a conscious relationship with our children.

If we only focus on molding our children into what we want them to be by using forms of control, power, manipulation and discipline we run the risk of denying our children the right to be who they truly are.

The child who is denied the ability to be able to be his own self, and accept his own self for what he truly is, becomes the adult who often is disconnected from their own hearts and starts to try and live the life everyone else wants them to live. Then this child has children and you can see how the cycle begins.

It seems the biggest challenge we have as parents is defining the boundaries between being a good role model, a person who embodies all the qualities we wish for our children to emulate. While at the same time not denying our children’s own personal spirit to the point that they abandon themselves to become the person we want them to be, or worse, they rebel against everything we say and play out the role of the “troubled child” in order to teach us the meaning of unconditional love.

In order to establish the most effective and authentic relationship with our children, one that allows us to be able to be our best self and for them to be able to be their own best and authentic selves, we must first and foremost tend to the relationship with ourselves and our own heart.

“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

The more rooted in our own awareness we become and the more we challenge our own limited beliefs about society and life, the better our relationship with our children becomes. Instead of operating off of the belief that our child must be this or that, or play this sport, or get these grades, or look this way in order to be “worthy” or “valuable”, we begin to accept our children exactly as they are.

Because we begin practicing unconditional love to our own hearts, we consequently create the space for our children to celebrate their own unique traits and attributes which allows them to flourish into their own best version of themselves. Point blank, a happy and well rounded child, young adult and adult is the child who is taught to love himself.


A child that is taught to adore and be proud of the strange little quirks that make them who they are is the recipe for the adult who is confident and independent.

The child that feels free to be himself without fear of disappointing the parent or angering them for simply being who they are becomes the adult who openly accepts not only himself and his path, but more readily accepts others for who they are. Now of course, parenting won’t always be easy. There will be times when our children challenge us, and go against our rules, or maybe even get in trouble.

Instead of disciplining from the standpoint of control and exerting power, the conscious parent sees these behaviors as a cry for help. The troubled child isn’t getting in trouble because he is a “bad” kid, he is only showing us that there is something they are not loving about themselves.

Because the child doesn’t know how to go about getting our attention or how to love and nurture themselves, they often unconsciously act out “bad” behavior in order to bring attention to this.

Often parents will start labeling the child the “bad” one, the “troublemaker”, or the “delinquent”, but what they are not realizing is that the child will live up to our expectations of them. If our expectation bar has been set low, they will only go as far as the bar has been set.

Instead of focusing on the details of the “bad” behavior, focus on the child’s relationship with his own self, mainly the good things about the child rather than what the child has done “wrong”, we give the child the tools to be able to love his own self through adversity.

When the child can love and nurture themselves, and forgive themselves for making mistakes and learn from the mistakes they make, they begin to establish a trust within themselves that is invaluable. The unconditional love we show for ourselves, spills over to our children which allows them to feel free.

“Love your children, but never hope through them.” ~ Osho

The beauty of conscious parenting is that it happens naturally as a result of getting in touch with our own awareness, and loving and healing our own inner child. The more rooted in love and acceptance of our own selves we become, we automatically begin to heal the relationship with our children.

Parenting and being a good parent isn’t about being perfect. The most important thing we can show our children is that we are authentic. It’s not about having all the right answers, or being a “super-hero” mom or dad that does no wrong, it’s more about teaching our children that we are all, imperfectly perfect.

By looking at our children as our little spiritual gurus that have been called forth from us to teach us about life or to remind us of the magic in our own selves that we may have left in childhood, an amazing spiritual partnership gets established. They teach us and we teach them.


Taoist Ascended Masters Comment On How Religions Enslave Us Instead Of Awaken Us

“Most religions do not guide people in the direction of spiritual growth. They practice enslavement instead of awakening or enlightenment.” ~The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth

It’s impossible to grasp the full significance of the fact that of the world’s two major religions, one is engaged in a generations long campaign of torture and murder of non-believers, and the other is always mired in sex scandals involving child rape, pedophilia, molestation and high level cover ups. If our spiritual leadership is guilty of the worst kinds of crimes, and with such outstanding impunity, what chance do human beings have of rising above our current level of destructive consciousness?

The amount of cognitive dissonance it takes to seek spiritual growth in the footsteps of such seriously corrupt organizations is overwhelming. And somehow, people still show up to churches and mosques to worship the stories, symbols and figures of organizations that abuse their good faith.

But spirituality is a major part of being human, and we need leadership in order to cultivate the best virtues within ourselves. But something has gone wrong.

“The spiritual confusion of the human world is indeed expressed in its religions. Religions have distorted the emotion of sincerity or piety: thus followers never have the opportunity to correctly reach the exquisite reality of spiritual truth.” ~The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth

While this might seem like an exclusively modern problem, the religious mindset, as presented in the form of so many organized religions, has long been recognized by many as being toxic and dangerous to the world at large. Of note here is the perspective of Taoism.

Looking through a translation of the ancient Chinese text of divination, the I Ching, I found a passage telling of a legend in which ascended spiritual masters describe what they saw as the faults in the human race, many of which were related to religion and its effects on humankind.

As the legend goes, in short, a family of highly evolved spiritual beings chose to incarnate as humans on earth many times over a period of six-thousand years in order to guide humans toward spiritual clarity. At the end of this experiment, these masters meet up to discuss what they saw and what they learned by living hundreds of human lives.

Consider the following passages as quoted from their report on the decline of the human race. Note how they view religion as a source of confusion, chaos and destruction in our world.

“I have witnessed both the growth and decline of our human friends. They have become trapped by their own creations: social systems, religions and other such weapons. Their common problem is a lack of spiritual clarity. Although they can intelligently handle small matters, they are unable to perceive the whole.” ~The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth

Regarding how religions use fear as their main selling point:

“Artificial religions make people behave decently out of fear of being punished by Heaven. This fear is widely preached and is the degradation of human spiritual dignity. Thus, people are losing the true knowledge of their deep inner root of universal life.


“With their spiritual focus misguided and misused, our human friends have lost their natural direction and seek the temporary relief that some religions offer. They cannot see that the most important element of a religion should not be fear of some remote and omnipotent god.” ~The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth

The purpose of this is noted here:

“The general purpose of established religion is to teach people to worship a single spiritual image for the purpose of authority and power rather than to guide them to achieve true spiritual growth. Individual development is curbed by dogma, which causes people to eventually stray from a liberal-minded, meditative and reflective spiritual growth.” ~The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth

Religions use symbols and idols to mislead people:

“External religions focus on the shell of what God looks like, what kind of robe God wears, what kind of crown is on God’s head, etc. Awe is merely an elementary passion or emotion that supports the religious establishment of an external image of authority.” ~The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth

And by using exaggerated public displays of piety, religions trick people into a perceptual authoritarianism:

“Making a public declaration and spectacle of one’s piety does not indicate real spiritual growth. Such people have known to criticize, attack and murder those of different beliefs in order to demonstrate their piety. In reality, they are totally lost.”

“A social design that was given the term ‘religion’ by earlier leaders, cannot be good for all times and all people. Any system that imposes rigid patterns on a society must inevitably lead to suffering, pressure and tension. Any benefit, including military ‘strength,’ is ultimately nullified by the resulting deadlock of inflexible conditions. Compare this to a society that is naturally free and has less armed strength: the people stay open-minded, free, natural and harmonious.” ~The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth

The religious mindset is not easily questioned or deposed once one has accepted it as part of their reality:

“Recent converts, or people who are born into a particular religion, are usually not objective about their religion. They are affected by stories that temporarily correspond in some manner to their own emotions and life experiences. As strong sympathizers and firm believers, they reinforce their emotional patterns and follow the particular destiny of the religion they have chosen. The direction of their lives is not based on spiritual growth or deep individual awareness.” ~The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth

Human beings are incredibly diverse in ideas and culture, but the presence of dogmatic religions creates conflict, as it violates the truth of the individual’s experience.

“No one should be forced to accept only one interpretation of the truth. Religious conflicts exist because people insist that their interpretation is the only one.” ~The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth

Final Thoughts

This Taoist legend is ultimately about the total spiritual development of human beings and how religion leads us down the wrong path toward enslavement rather than awakening.

“With true piety, a person will never be evil or cruel. With true piety, one will always be gentle. With true piety, one will always cherish and maintain purity and clarity.” ~The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth