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God Must Have Created the Bad Along With the Good

Running through the muggy night air with a mason jar and lid, chasing fireflies with all the neighbor kids. We wear big, crazy smiles, alternately giggling and screaming. Tomorrow all the fireflies will be dead at the bottom of the jar. Diving into the blue water at the deep end of the swimming pool and sitting on the bottom with my best friend, Julie, playing tea party until we bolt to the surface,...

The Phenomenon & Gift Comes to The U.S.

I used to have a fantasy that one day I would travel to India, study with an enlightened master, and attain awakening. My rational mind always told me this was ridiculous. But another part of me believed the impossible would someday happen. Then it did happen. But it took me several months after the fact to realize that my “crazy” prayer had been answered. For me, that’s how my prayers do get...

Trusting the Divine No Matter What

Olga Llerena had just spent an awesome month at Oneness University in India in August 2014 where she experienced high states of consciousness and a close connection to her personal Divine. She arrived at the Chennai airport for her trip back home to the United Sates, feeling a state of bliss. Then something completely unexpected happened: a simple text from a relative suddenly sent her into a tailspin...

The 3 Phases of Awakening, According to Teal Swan

Spiritual teacher Teal Swan explains the path of awakening that many people experience. In this YouTube video she says the process of spiritual awakening happens in three distinct steps that she calls Spirituality 101, Spirituality 2.0 and Spirituality 3.0. “To begin with, you start out in unconsciousness. You are asleep, and you are not aware that you are asleep,“ she says. But at some point it...

Book Explains The Oneness Phenomena

There are only a handful of books about the Oneness phenomena, so the newly published “The Oneness Blessing” by Paula Rosenfeld provides a great overview of the topic, including the Oneness blessing, developing a personal relationship with the Divine and awakening. Rosenfeld draws on interviews with awakened Oneness trainers to provide anecdotes and different perspectives for her topics. For instance,...

Grace Will Find You

When Peter Beach was only 24, he had a profound awakening experience while practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM). He had been meditating for many hours a day for several months when, “The kundalini just rose up in space – not even in my body,” he says. “When I felt my body, it was just this wide open space at the top of my head, with the universe within and without at the same time.” He...

Post-Awakening Can be Awkward

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For those going through an integration period after awakening, it’s helpful to have a spiritual friend to talk with, says Patricia Keel, who experienced her awakening in 2012. Keel, who is a retired Unity minister and host of the Oneness Program online radio show, says people have this idea that they’ll get awakened and then everything in their lives will be easy, when in fact, that’s not the...

Miracles Point to Awakening

Nancy Henderson experienced a shift into awakening after a euphoric evening receiving blessings from some Oneness leaders. She then began experiencing miracles in her life, unaware that she had awakened. It was September 2012, and Henderson had just spent 10 days traveling across Ontario, Canada, with three Oneness people – one from India, one from Sweden and one from the United States –...

Film Depicts Yogananda’s Struggles

The documentary film, “Awake, the Life of Yogananda,” made it seem as if the great Indian sage didn’t enjoy his life very much. Yogananda, who came to the United States in the 1920s and made a splash with his exotic spiritual teachings, is most well-known for his famous book “Autobiography of a Yogi.” Yogananda was drawn to spiritual things from an early age. The first page of his book tells...

A Modern-Day Awakening Experience

For years, Sri Amma and Sri Bhagavan at the Oneness University in Southern India said that human consciousness would undergo a major shift beginning around 2012. Julia Desmond, who had been visiting Oneness University for several years, was part of the early wave of people who awakened there. Her awakening occurred in September 2012 on the last day of a 28-day “deepening” process at OU during a...