Steve Taylor, PhD, is the author of several books on spirituality and psychology, including The Fall and Waking from Sleep. He has also published two books of poetic spiritual reflections, including The Calm Center. Steve is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom. Since 2011, he has appeared annually in Mind, Body, Spirit magazine’s list of “the world’s 100 most spiritually influential living people.” His new book is The Leap: The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening with a foreword by Eckhart Tolle. Please visit Steve at We think enlightenment takes years of meditation and study, is confined to Eastern religions and only possible for a handful of highly dedicated spiritual people. Enlightenment is actually much simpler and available to all of us. In fact, many have already attained this state spontaneously or naturally without trying. Enlightenment, or wakefulness, is simply a shift in consciousness, a different way of being in the world, a lighter, easier way of living life. A couple days ago, I went to an appointment only to discover that the other person had forgotten. I was non-judgmental and open to rescheduling. Her response was: thank you for being so Zen-like. I suddenly realized how different my reaction used to be to this kind of situation. I have no more desire or need for drama and chaos, and I’ve let go of the people who used to bring that into my life. Even Westerners can live with peace of mind and in harmony. Please join us Thursday to learn how ordinary people are lightening up.

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