281: Re-Release: Mary O'Malley on Practical Awakening


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Mary O’Malley is an author, teacher, and counselor whose work awakens others to the joy of being fully alive. Her inspired and transformative approach to compulsions offers a way to replace fear, hopelessness, and struggle with ease, well-being, and joy. Through her individual counseling and coaching, books, classes, retreats, and ongoing groups, Mary invites people to experience the miracle of awakening.

Acknowledged as a leader in the field of Awakening by many Mary clearly sees both the big picture and the details of human patterns and conditioning. She possesses an extraordinary ability to understand and connect with people. And she is skilled in empowering people to work with difficult mind states resulting in greater inner awareness and presence and a greater capacity for joy. Eckhart Tolle says, “Thank you, Mary, for your contribution to the evolution of human consciousness.”

Her latest book is called What’s In the Way, Is the Way: A Practical Guide to Awakening.

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In This Interview, Mary O’Malley and I Discuss…

  • The intertwining of good and bad, the yin and yang
  • Dealing with eating problems
  • How what we fight, we empower
  • Creating a relationship with the dark side
  • The impact of the early years of our lives
  • The conditioned self
  • How we are addicted to struggle
  • Being present to life instead of thinking our way through life
  • The “low-grade suffering” that permeates our lives
  • The storyteller in our minds
  • The Four Lets
  • Learning to not listen so closely to the storyteller in our mind
  • The difference between being here for life and being in a conversation about life
  • The power of curiosity
  • The 8 core spells that we tell ourselves
  • Look to Unhook
  • The power of human attention to heal
  • Sticking with these practices even when it seems to be going slow
  • Watching for tightness in yourself as a trigger to let go
  • Learning to be here for whatever life presents
  • The gift of our compulsions
  • Having a set of beliefs that empower us versus take our power away
  • Life is set up to bring up what is bound up so we can open up to be freed up so can show up for life
  • Not being the victim of life
  • Having the ability to come back to the heart

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