“The Library Is Open”

An Index of My Medium Articles

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This index includes 3 sections — a section of featured articles, an alphabetical list with paywall links (for Medium subscribers), and an alphabetical list with friend links (for those without a subscription).

My Top Articles

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Accept Yourself, Just as You Are, Right Now

Awakening Your Power to Bend Time

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Can We Let Go of These 5 Spiritual Words in 2021?

Can We Speak the Same Spiritual Language?

Coming Out of the Psychic Closet

Consciousness Without Identity — Path to Enlightenment or Expression of Privilege…


#3: You’re able to forgive yourself and others.

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In 2018, I stopped practicing law and began working as a conscious channel and spiritual adviser. In that time, I’ve met so many wonderful people, and thanks to their connection, I have come to appreciate the signs that you are doing the hard work of healing your sense of separation from the world and reconnecting with the Divine.

What follows are the nine areas I most often see where spiritual seekers have engaged in soul-level healing. These have been part of my healing journey as well. I share them not to suggest that you’re somehow failing if you struggle with…


It’s what no one wants to admit.

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Here’s the blunt truth: You are not likely to make a lot of money on the spiritual path.

Whether you’re working as a healer, a psychic, a meditation instructor, a tarot reader, a spiritual teacher, a writer, or a coach, the chances are low that you will find your bank account flooded from your services.

What’s the Spiritual Problem with Money?

For some spiritual seekers, there is deep resistance to money. That resistance stems from a valid concern for the inequities in our society. If you’re on a spiritual path, you’re committed to reducing harm and not depriving others. …


They reminded me to stay rooted in love when I was in pain.

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As I sat in a local church’s garden, an anguished cry erupted from within: Who will take care of me?

I knew that voice. It was the voice of a 10-year-old child who did not understand his father’s departure or parents’ divorce. It was the voice of a child who questioned a world where one of them could leave so easily. This was the first rupture that caused my heart to close and steep in bitterness.

Before me stood a tree, beckoning me with the soft sway of its branches.

Just breathe and be with this tree, I told myself…


You might be if you’re repeating these 3 ideas as absolute truth.

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Over a decade on my spiritual path, I’ve come to see a trend among spiritual seekers. I call it “spiritual gaslighting.” It’s sometimes directed at other spiritual people, but most often at those who have not embraced some of the main principles of New Age spirituality.

Gaslighting, as you likely already know, is essentially a form of psychological manipulation in which you make someone else question their understanding of reality by imposing your version of the truth. It’s derived from the 1944 film Gaslight, in which a husband convinces his wife that she is going insane.

The spiritual version of…


Not having our own has turned out to be a blessing

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It was 2013, and I was at a fundraiser for Family Equality Council, an organization that supports LGBTQ+ couples raising children. A friend of a friend who was part of the planning committee invited us. My then-boyfriend/future husband and I did not plan to have kids, but we wanted to support queer couples’ desire to have children, so we attended the benefit. (The fabulous Heather Cox stole the evening with a stunning song.)

As speaker after speaker droned on about how their lives were empty until they had children (please, Heather, sing another song!), someone at the table — let’s…


It was the space we needed to survive the pandemic, but it came with shame.

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Sanctuary or Cell?

I stood at the corner of our street, and in every direction I looked, there was an ambulance with spinning lights to warn you that disease was nearby. We live in New York City, just 10 minutes from the original epicenter of the pandemic, Elmhurst Hospital. In the early months, sirens routinely intruded into our home to remind us of what that meant.

When the pandemic hit, our life became an exercise in space management, as it did for so many others. Coming home meant spraying our masks liberally with alcohol as if coming out of a CDC lab. Every…


I was forced to end a life-long love affair

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The Beginning of the End

Okay, truth be told, I didn’t break up with chocolate, my life-long lover. My body ended the relationship.

This might be the hardest break-up I’ve ever endured. Yes, the end of my 11-year relationship, the one before I met my husband, was agonizing. The end of any relationship is a form of death; that unique connection between two people will never be the same again. But this is a break-up with chocolate.

I’ll cut to the chase: Sometime last year, my body told me, in the language of itchiness, no more. Eating a small square or a forkful of chocolate…


It’s not about the male version of God we know all too well.

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As I sat in front of the shaman who was doing a candle reading of my energy, he said to me, “You really love Jesus.”

It’s true. I do. But not in an overt, Christian way. Although I spent many years going to Sunday mass and catechism, the Christian Jesus, hanging on the crucifix, was never a source of inspiration to me. In fact, when my parents stopped taking me to church as a kid, I never balked or pined to return.

But somehow the image of Jesus remained very potent for me. At a meditation retreat in Massachusetts some…


Here’s a different way to think about what it means to be you.

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For many of us, our lives are spent in search of a deeper meaning, a sense of purpose, a desire to become the most authentic version of ourselves. The spiritual path asks us to contemplate the nature of who we are from a new perspective.

That path does not deny that we have a biography, stories of pain and trauma, or labels that define our identity, profession, or family roles. …

Patrick Paul

Former Spanish lit prof & lawyer, now author & channel for spiritual wisdom. **** Books: https://amzn.to/2K9AG8b. Website: https://www.patrickpaulgarlinger.com.

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