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Your desires are your friends…

“Shakyamuni Buddha ‘renounced’ most of his worldly desires, for he didn’t have them! His particular soul was already fulfilled as far as his human nature is concerned. He brought this emotional completion from past lives. All he needed to do was to reach the beyond, to merge with the unborn…But his life cannot become a model for everyone. It was appropriate for his particular soul and blueprint. If you, for instance try to fit this model, you will hurt your soul and cripple yourself. If you follow the Theravada philosophy and attempt to eliminate all your desires, exercising detachment, you will go against your soul. You will block the positive expansion in your evolution. You need to have many experiences and desires. They help you. Your desires are your friends! How otherwise could you possibly grow? Having no desires has nothing to do with being a buddha. A person who has no desires is dead!” – anadi

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Phases in the Process of Transmutation in Spiritual Awakening

Last time we looked at the crises that can happen in reaction to a spiritual awakening on the path towards Self-realisation. In this final post we explore exactly what it takes to transform yourself and to embody the potential glimpsed during your awakening. The following notes are taken from Psychosynthesis by Roberto Assagioli:

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Reactions to Spiritual Awakening

Last time we looked at the crises that are caused by spiritual awakening on the path towards Self-realisation. In this post we explore the difficulties of maintaining the awakened state and the tendency to fall back to ‘lower’ levels, which can include an experience of the dark night of the soul. The following notes are taken from Psychosynthesis by Roberto Assagioli:

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Crises Caused by Spiritual Awakening

Last time we looked at the crises that can precede spiritual awakening on the path towards Self-realisation. In this post we explore the kinds of experiences that can happen as a result of awakening and the problems they can lead to. The following notes are taken from Psychosynthesis by Roberto Assagioli:

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Crises Preceding Spiritual Awakening

Last time we looked at the process of Self-realisation and how it differs from self-actualisation. In this post we explore the kinds of issues that can arise prior to awakening and what the crisis of awakening itself involves. The following notes are taken from Psychosynthesis by Roberto Assagioli:

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Self-Realisation and Mental Disturbances

Continuing our look at psychosynthesis and how it can help us to navigate a spiritual crisis or dark night of the soul. The process of awakening can be complex and confusing because there’s so much movement going on in the psyche. It can help to have a map and pointers to explain what might be going on.

Here we explore the nature of self-realisation and how it happens, and how it differs from self-actualisation. We also look at how it relates to the idea of synthesis and achieving a mature level of development as an individual. The following notes are taken from Psychosynthesis by Roberto Assagioli:

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