13 Practices of an Awakened Person

Tog-me Zong-po lived nearly 800 years ago yet his 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva is still considered a pinnacle list of traits a person who wishes to become enlightened for the benefit of all beings has. The following 13 practices (which I’ve put into simpler terms to make them easier to understand) are what I consider the most practical and helpful out of the 37 and by applying these practices to our daily lives we can make a lasting positive impression on the collective consciousness of humanity…a positive influence that is deeply needed in this time of transition from the old order to the new paradigm. Some of these are not easy but for those of us that want to embark on the journey to awakened enlightenment, these are practices that will lead us there.

1.) Day and night, be fully alert and present. Listen, reflect, and do a lot of meditation.

2.) Attraction to those close to you catches you in its currents. Aversion to those who hate on you burns inside. Indifference that ignores what should be done is a black hole. Take a step outside your comfort zone.

3.) Some so-called friends take you further and further away from the path to awakened consciousness. These kinds of friends ridicule and discourage learning, reflection, and meditation. These kinds of friends make you lose kindness and compassion. Give up these bad friends.

4.) All suffering comes from wanting to please our own selves. Enlightened awakening arises from when our thoughts and actions help others. So, in exchange for our selfish desires and neglect of our suffering humanity, replace thoughts of self with concern for all others.

5.) If someone spreads ugly rumors about us with cruel words, and even if what that person has said spreads to others and gains wide acceptance as being the truth; wish for that person to overcome their troubles and gain peace of mind. Applaud all their positive traits and treat them with kindness.

6.) If in a crowd full of people someone exposes our faults before others and points out the flaws we still have; do not get angry or become defensive; just listen in silence and reflect on their words. Treat this person as a teacher.

7.) If someone we love and have cared for with kindness treats us with thankless resentment and treats us as if we are their most hated enemy, then see these acts as a terrible sickness that has infected and affected their mind. Treat them with even more love and affection.

8.) Even when you are famous, praised, and rich don’t be arrogant. Know that the magnificence of existence, as awesome as it is, ultimately has no substance. Cast out what pride you might have as a result of fame.

9.) If we are not able to take control of the anger inside of us, although we may overpower and conquer others outside, the anger will just keep coming. Turn inwards and tame the wild flow of your mind-stream.

10.) Whatever appears to be truly real is simply what a mind in delusion creates. This mind of ours is also from the beginning devoid of an essence inherently real. Realize Truth is beyond the conceptions we have known and beyond the knower as well. Dispel the belief in inherent existence.

11.) Abusive words and language that we say in anger cause others a lot of pain by disturbing their minds and we who are striving to be enlightened will find that our practice will decline. So seeing the faults that arise from harsh language, abandon abusive and hurtful language.

12.) Without making efforts to clearly analyze delusions we have and mistakes we commit, then even though on the outside we look and play the part, we may simply be spiritual materialists. For this reason, try to examine mistakes, delusions, and faults you possess, then afterwards try to remove them completely.

13.) In everything you do, be mindful of what is happening in your mind. By being constantly present and aware that you are feeling, thinking, and acting in a way that helps others.

About the author

Paul is the founder & director of SHIFT>, a conscious evolution guide, author of The Creation of a Consciousness Shift, intentional evolutionary & celebrator of life working to provide an integral role in the positive social transformation of humanity.

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Existence: Science, Spirituality & the Spaces Between by Brett Hayward (Author)


What’s it all about? How did we get here? While the vast and ever-changing universe is a complex concept, and spirituality often an inaccessible one, Existence delves into these aspects of our lives with a fresh and engaging nonjudgmental perspective to open our minds to new ideas. Exploring human evolution and consciousness, Hayward argues that science and spirituality need not be in opposition, but are instead two viewpoints which help us grasp the wonder and awe of our world.


Brett Hayward has spent his lifetime working with animals as a veterinarian and otherwise, learning and wondering about life, death and the existential questions in-between. An activist on social issues, particularly homelessness, mental health and drug addiction, he has worked with several agencies, including abroad with a missionary organization, and now lives on Vancouver Island.

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Time Loops and Space Twists: How God Created the Universe by Fred Alan Wolf (Author)


In his most important book since Taking the Quantum Leap, Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., explains how our understanding of time, space, and matter have changed in just the last few years, and how with these new ideas we have a glimpse into the “mind of God.”

Making comparisons to Hindu Vedic and Judeo-Christian cosmology, Dr. Wolf explains how the universal command of the Deity “Let there be light” now takes on a new scientific meaning: Everything is literally made of light and the reader will learn how quantum physics proves this is so.


Fred Alan Wolf is a world-renowned physicist, writer, and lecturer who also conducts research on the relationship of quantum physics to consciousness. He is the author of 13 books, 3 audio CD courses and received the National Book Award for “Taking the Quantum Leap”. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars and was Professor of physics at San Diego State University for twelve years. Dr. Wolf has appeared in many nationally released films including “What the Bleep Do We Know?” and “The Secret.” His latest book is “Time-Loops and Space-Twists: How God Created the Universe.”

He has been interviewed on several radio and television programs including New Dimensions Radio, Western Public Radio, National Public Radio, and many others. He was the visiting scholar/scientist-in-residence in the Pacific Northwest sponsored by The Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy during the spring season, 1994. He has spoken numerous times before The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, and several other prominent organizations and been interviewed on a number of television shows between the years 1995 to the present including: The Discovery Channel’s The Know Zone, Sightings, The Thinking Allowed Television Series, The Malone show, The Evidence for Heaven. Star Trek IV, Special Collector’s edition, The Fabric of Time, The Case for Christ’s Resurrection, Down the Rabbit Hole, and the PBS series Closer to Truth.

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Fred Alan Wolf – Time Loops and Space Twists

Dr. Fred Alan Wolf discusses some of the ideas and concepts explored in his book Time Loops and Space Twists.

In his most important work since Taking the Quantum Leap, Fred explains how our understanding of time, space and matter have changed in just the last few years and how within these new ideas we have a glimpse into the ‘mind of God’.

Making comparisons to Hindu Vedic and Judeo-Christian cosmology, he explains how the universal command of the Deity ‘Let there be light’ now takes on a new scientific meaning: Everything is literally made of light, and the reader will learn how quantum physics proves this is so.

Quantum physics can be daunting to the lay person, but Fred has simplified and made these abstract concepts very comprehensible. He uses the wisdom from science and challenges our thoughts on religion while reminding us of true spirituality. His approach leads us to a new view of how consciousness and science are related.

Dr. Wolf is a physicist, writer, and lecturer who earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at UCLA in 1963. He continues to write, lecture throughout the world, and conduct research on the relationship of quantum physics to consciousness.

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Awakening from Trance – Embracing Unlived Life


Published on Sep 19, 2015

Awakening from Trance – Embracing Unlived Life (08/26/2015)

When physical or emotional pain is too much, our conditioning is to pull away and avoid direct contact with raw feelings. The result is a trance – we are split off from the wholeness of our aliveness, intelligence and capacity to love. This talk explores how this dissociation shows up in our lives and a powerful way that mindfulness enables us to integrate cut-off parts of our being.

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