Path Three to Raising Consciousness – Jnana Yoga

Path three to raising consciousness is the path of intellectual discrimination. Within Hindu tradition, this path is called jnana (or jnani) yoga. This is the path of merging with the Absolute by discovering the true nature of world phenomena by the means of the mind, particularly, the intellect. The followers of this path reject everything that is transient, apparent, and superficial, saying “not this, not this,”(in Sanskrit, “neti-neti”) until finally,…

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Path Two To Raising Consciousness – Karma Yoga

Path two to raising consciousness is the path of selfless, God-devoted and God-dedicated action, the path of dedicating the fruits of one’s work to God. Within Hindu tradition, this path is called karma yoga. Dedicating the fruits of our work to God is based on a deep inner-knowing that the union with the Absolute Truth (or God) is superior to any sort of worldly actions; that actions and the fruits of…

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Path One to Raising Consciousness – Bhakti Yoga

Path one to raising consciousness is the path of deep, loving devotion to God. Within Hindu tradition, this path is called bhakti yoga. This path is expressed by means of worship, rituals, prayers and the repetition of a mantra – the holy name of a chosen aspect of God. Followers of this path worship either a specific aspect of God – such as, Shiva, Vishnu or Devi – or a divine…

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Four Paths to Raising Consciousness

In the previous post, I talked about various ways of assessing the level of our individual consciousness. Today, I will start a discussion on various paths to raising consciousness. These paths – in one manner or another – have been pinpointed in almost all sacred texts of all religions. However, in the most clear and expansive way – at least from my point of view – they were described in…

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Consciousness Assessment

In my previous post, I gave a few definitions of consciousness and stated that our access to the Heart (also know as Spirit, Soul, Higher Self, Love, Truth, Essence, or God) is determined by the level of our individual consciousness. The higher the level of our consciousness – the freer the access to the Heart. How can we assess the level of our individual consciousness? In my opinion, the most…

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What is consciousness?

In my previous post I stated that the Power which helps us tame our mind and strengthen our will is our Heart. Using some other names, we can also call this Power Spirit, Soul, Love, Grace, Truth, or God. Our access to this Power is determined by the level of our individual consciousness. The higher the level of our consciousness – the freer our access to our Heart. What is consciousness?…

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The mystery we call “the heart”

In my previous post, I stated that although I have been fascinated with the human mind as long as I remember myself, my greatest professional and personal discovery was not about the mind. It was about the heart. What is this mystery we call “the heart”? Is this just a physical organ that pumps blood in the body? Or the dwelling of joys and pains? Or the ability to love and…

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Why did I become a psychotherapist?

My friends and clients often ask me, “Why did you become a psychotherapist?” “Isn’t it hard to listen to people’s problems all day long?” Here are some of my answers. I was privileged to be born to the parents whose love I never questioned. Being the only child and having two highly educated people as parents, I grew up surrounded by books, scientific journals, and the philosophizing of my parents…

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Why am I starting this blog?

I have been working as a psychotherapist for the past fifteen years. Throughout my career, many people asked me, “What is it like to be a psychotherapist?” “Do you think of your clients’ problems outside of the office?” “Do you feel your clients’ pain?” “Can you read people’s minds?” “Does your profession help you solve problems in your own life?” Therefore, I have decided to share some of my experiences, insights,…

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