On the importance of inner work and attending to one’s shadow.

Consciousness as a phenomenon itself is difficult to explain as it is, but most of us understand what we mean when we talk about conscious awareness. It is the unconscious mind where the mysterious depths lie.

We have a vague notion that our unconscious mind plays a role in the unfolding of our lives, but it often remains too abstract to really do anything with. …

On patting your dragon, feeding the dark wolf, and finding harmony within.

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Yet what we find with these ominous shadows is that as soon as we turn a light on them, their true form is revealed. The tall elongated figure that stared down upon us with a persistent gaze was only the bedpost. The craggy arm that reached into our room threatening to…

All completely hypothetical of course.

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It is time to shake off your dusty critical-thinking cap and jump into some good old fashioned ethical scenarios.

  1. Your friend has a product that could generate astronomical wealth if widely adopted (say, $26 billion in a single year). Your friend also happens to have immunity from any legal liability for that product. Are you justified in being skeptical of your friend’s claims? Does he/she have an inherent conflict of interest that might cause them to lie or skew information in their favor? Why/why not?
  2. Your old friend Sam calls and invites you to partner with him in business. You…

Looking at the deeper layers of desire for hidden truths.

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If only…

On choosing the thoughts that serve you.

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I’ve made improvements in some areas but still struggle in others. While there is certainly no one answer, I have noticed a pattern in the areas where I’ve seen improvements versus the areas I have not. The areas I’ve grown the most are the areas where I’ve been able to create a new vision for myself.

In other words, I started focusing…

On avoiding the pitfalls of our well-intentioned pursuits.

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Two of the more common approaches to long-term goal setting could be overly simplified as:

  1. Envision your future self, who you want to be, and what you want to accomplish. Then, orient your daily tasks and activities toward realizing that future self.
  2. Go deep within yourself to get in…

On protecting your mental and emotional vitality.

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We are dealing with a major energy problem in our current age — one of internal origination. Each of us has our own fluctuating supply of emotional and mental vitality. And the innumerable forces vying for a portion of that vitality are overwhelmingly neutralizing.

What that means is that we can feel our vitality being drained from us through the things we consume, think, and engage with; but the net result of that vast energy expenditure is largely intangible and unseen. Our vitality is neutralized.

What has anyone manifested through arguing with strangers on the internet? What has anyone gained…

Finding equilibrium and buoyancy in a turbulent world.

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On top of all the circumstantial issues and current events, it seems there has been an exponential shift in the way that we relate to one another. We are continually pushed to judge and segment those around us into categories based on the tenor of their social media posts, who they follow, what they like, or what types of…

You are the one who hears it.

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Every system resonates differently depending on where you are in life. If I tried to explore Jungian psychology at any other time in my life, I don’t think I would connect with it as I do now. …

A four-step process for doing your own dream work.

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There are dream dictionaries and such resources that attempt to explain what certain themes and symbols mean but these are not reliable. While there may be some archetypal patterns that can be objectively interpreted, dreams are unequivocally subjective. The…

Lance Baker

A fellow observer on the journey through life. Trying to cultivate a deeper way of being in the world.

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