Spiritual Awakening for Geeks provides guidance, inspiration, and community for independent spiritual explorers who seek peace of mind, better relationships, and a more meaningful life.
In this community, we value spiritual independence. We trust our own sense of who to follow and how to do spiritual practice, and we try to maintain this basic trust in ourselves—even when we choose to join a religion or follow a teacher. We try to avoid becoming true believers of any particular belief system, and we try to avoid becoming unquestioning devotees of any particular religion, teacher, or tradition. We prefer open, flexible, self-guided approaches to spiritual practice; we like to experiment and discover what works.
We also value spiritual diversity. We’re passionate about awakening, but we know there are many approaches to awakening, and we know each approach has its merits. We respect each other’s choices.
Spiritual Awakening for Geeks was started by me, Jacob Gotwals: psychotherapist, spiritual explorer, and geek. My work is informed by my experiences with a diversity of mentors, teachers, and traditions. I don’t claim any special authority (other than the authority gained through personal experience), and I believe each of us should have authority over—and responsibility for—our own spiritual journey. My livelihood is based on psychotherapy, not spiritual teaching; I see myself more as a spiritual friend or mentor than as a teacher. (You can learn more about me here.)
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