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The Most Important Element of Spiritual Practice

I’ve been doing this spiritual thang for over thirty years. In that time, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve also learned that I know nothing. Indeed, realizing how little I know is one of the most valuable things I’ve learned. But there’s something else I’ve realized, a truth I keep returning to again and again. A […]

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When Is It Okay to Be Selfish?

Dear Meli, Is it okay to be selfish? I always think of it as a bad thing, but recently someone pointed out to me that the people accusing you of being selfish are often wanting you to follow their agenda. How can I learn to be selfish without being obnoxious or overly self-involved? Scared to […]

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Why Following Your Bliss Doesn’t Always Feel Good

Many moons ago, a guy named Joseph Campbell told us we’re supposed to follow our bliss. If we do that, according to him, everything gets seriously groovy. Doors start to open. Money flows in. Our chakras get all lined up and our aura turns into a Technicolor light show. Speaking as someone who is currently […]

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How Do You Conquer Low Self-Esteem?

Dear Meli, I’ve been doing spiritual stuff for years. Meditation, affirmations, yoga. You name it, I’ve done it. It’s definitely helped me, but I still have this issue. It’s my self-esteem. Even with all the years of spiritual work, I still feel insecure. I still don’t feel good about myself. Sometimes I do, but a […]

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The New Age Virus and How to Avoid It

We’ve all seen it. A co-worker gets sick and wonders what she “did wrong” to cause the illness. A friend loses his job and blames it on his “lack consciousness.” A family member gets dumped by her boyfriend and beats herself up for not being a good enough “love magnet.” They’re all victims of that […]

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How Elves Can Heal Your Life

Step aside Carl Jung. Step aside Ken Wilbur. There’s a new psycho-spiritual theorist in town and her name is . . . . Dr. Z! It doesn’t matter that I’m not actually a doctor. That didn’t stop me from coming up with a new theory that totally explains the entire scope of human spiritual and […]

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