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Discover who and what we are ~

  • as human beings, each with a unique personality
  • as spiritual beings, each with a unique purpose.

Learn how to understand yourself and others at a deeper level:

The story of my own lifelong search for understanding could be a useful starting point.

Learn about the seven chief features of ego (…it’s all to do with fear) — Can you figure out which one is yours?

Introducing an intensive process for self-realization: the three-day Enlightenment Intensive.

Why are people so fundamentally different?  In essence, we each represent one of seven archetypal roles.

Not just a nice idea … it’s what we are all doing here! Learn about the whole process of soul evolution from Infant Souls to Old Souls.

Lots more articles can be found here.

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My first Michael reading, rediscovered

Box of papers

BACK IN THE LATE 1990s, just as I had started getting into the Michael teachings, I had a number of Q&A sessions with various Michael channels. I kept records of the sessions, printed them out, and filed the papers away for safe keeping … as any Scholar would.

After several house moves, however, their whereabouts became unknown and I forgot all about them. Recently, though, it occurred to me that it would be fascinating to look back at them. But where on Earth were they?

One day I asked my wife, who always knows where everything is, “Do you happen to have any idea where I might find all my old Michael stuff?”  Before she even answered, I noticed on the desk right next to her a big white box marked “Barry’s Michael Stuff.” She herself had just been doing a lot of tidying and filing, came across my old readings, and put them all together in this box.

Where would I be without her?

Opening the box was quite a moment. There were my original notes, diagrams, downloads, and transcripts from 1998 and 1999.

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The Relating Manual – how to make your relationship work

All That We Fought For

How do successful relationships actually work? How can we sustain a positive and intimate relationship over years, even decades? A new website relating-manual.com lays out the answers.

I’m fortunate enough to be in a positive long-term relationship. Both my wife Emma and I share an explicit intention and commitment to make it work, to make it last, and to keep going deeper.

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This Is What Shamanism Can Teach Us About Ourselves And Our Future

Reprinted with kind permission of The Mind Unleashed website.

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Regeneration by asage @ deviantart.com

I don’t often reprint other people’s articles, but this one by Gilbert Ross so inspired me to rethink my understanding of shamanism in today’s world that I immediately requested permission to share it here. The article was originally published on The Mind Unleashed website (11 March 2015):


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2014: An inner journey

As we start the new year, I feel the urge to review and assimilate my own inner journey over the previous twelve months. 


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A dream, awakening, and healing: (3) All shall be well




On September 8th, 2014, I found myself having a lucid dream.

The dream was evidently orchestrated by some intelligence higher than my own, as I unexpectedly met the group-entity popularly known as “Michael” whose teachings I have been following for the last 15 years or so.

They then proceeded to give me a spiritual initiation — an energetic jump-start known in Hinduism as shaktipat.

At that moment I experienced full-on self-realisation and Kundalini awakening, and my life was transformed.

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The Nature of Arguments


Many relationships run into arguments, from marital tiffs to inter-ethnic disputes, and everything in-between. Below is something that came to me all at once while pondering about relationship difficulties (as you do). I’m not sure where it came from, but I thought it worth sharing.

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A dream, awakening, and healing: (2) Living with Kundalini

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— Previously on Personality & Spirituality
In the early hours of 8th September, 2014, I had a lucid dream in which I was aware that I wasn’t merely dreaming. In fact, I was in contact with the Causal plane teaching entity known as Michael, who proceeded to give me a Shaktipat initiation. This not only gave me a full-on experience of Self-Realisation, it also triggered a Kundalini awakening. Now read on.

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A dream, awakening, and healing: My initiation from Michael


Me + M.E.

(July 2014)

Ok, this is pretty phenomenal. And I don’t often say that when it’s just about me.

Some of you will know my recent history. I have been badly troubled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / M.E. since 2008. It’s a massive depletion of energy, which I’ve described as feeling like a frail 90-year-old with a bad dose of ‘flu.*
* If you want to know more, see my About page.
I had really feared that this was a permanent condition from which I would never recover. It has had a dramatic effect on my life, my work, my family, my income. Also my ability to run this website. It has severely dented my sense of worth as a person, an employee, a man, a father, and a husband.

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Cynicism – bad for the brain?

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It has already been found that a cynical outlook is linked to heart disease. Now, research shows that people with high levels of cynicism in later life are also more likely to develop dementia.

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How to spot an Artisan soul

Hipster Ariel

Oh yes it can…

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Enlightenment Intensives

A way to discover who you really are.

Enlightenment Intensives offer a short (3 days) but intensive way to experience that which is known as self-realization -- the direct experience of one's true self or true nature.

There are no teachings, no cults, and no gurus. Just a beautifully facilitated process of seeking one's own truth in a group setting.

If you sincerely want to know who you really are, the Enlightenment Intensive process is highly recommended.

Further information

We (Barry + Emma) run Enlightenment Intensives in England:

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Recommended book

Spiritual Turning Points

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Victoria Marina-Tompkins

Xlibris, Corp. (January 25, 2011)

Spiritual Turning Points : A Metaphysical Perspective of the Seven Life Transitions ... From birth to death through the lens of the Michael Teachings, Shamanism and Astrology.

Amazon: Spiritual Turning Points


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