Discover the teachings that have been distorted into obstacles on the path

Avoid the pitfalls of commonly misrepresented spiritual teachings.

What are ‘near enemies to the truth’?  Borrowing this phrase from Buddhism, we use it to refer to slightly distorted versions of spiritual teachings—statements that are close to a profound and subtle truth, but are distorted just enough to make a big difference over time. When we’re talking about deep and fundamental truths, getting it a little bit wrong doesn’t matter in the short run, but it does in the long run, just like a tiny adjustment to the rudder of your boat makes little difference at first, but after 1000 miles, it lands you on a different continent.

Now, some people object to the use of the word ‘wrong’ in the previous sentence, subscribing as they do to the idea that the only necessary criterion for truth is it feels true to me. This view is as dangerous in spirituality as it is in politics. If you tend to this view, or if you doubt whether there really are facts or universal truths, this course is for you.

Understanding the Near Enemies to the Truth, and why they are near enemies and not the truth itself, is hugely important for any spiritual seeker who wants to get past the beginner stages and into the deep (and deeply fulfilling) spiritual work. Having said that, it’s important to note that if a Near Enemy is near enough, it can actually be a Temporary Ally for a beginner. But as the stakes get higher in spiritual practice, there is no such thing as ‘close enough’ anymore, and your comforting sacred cows must be sacrificed on the altar of truth, or else your spiritual progress stalls. 

Are you inspired to uncover the truth behind the teachings you’ve heard before?

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This self-paced online course explores the following Near Enemies of the Truth with 16 in-depth pre-recorded webinars:

Follow Your Bliss

Negative Energy

Energy Healing

Be In The Present Moment

You Create Your Own Reality

You Can Choose How To Respond

Finding Your Soul’s Purpose

I Want To Be My Best Self

Love Yourself

Listen To Your Heart

Speaking Your Truth

Everything Happens For A Reason

Everything Happens For The Best


All Paths Lead to the Same Goal

I Am My Own Guru

Meet Your Guide

Hareesh is the author of Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition and The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece. Initiated into the practice of yogic meditation at the age of 16, Hareesh received traditional yoga education at ashrams in upstate New York and India. He then gained higher education at university in religion and classics, Sanskrit, and classical Indian religions.

Are you ready to scratch beneath the distortions and challenge yourself?

When you enroll, you will automatically gain access to all of the course content as well as a special bonus resource to further deepen your knowledge. You will have lifetime access to this course and all of the tools listed below.

  • 16 engaging video lectures with Hareesh Wallis
  • Recommended supplementary resources to take your study further
  • Lively student discussion in the course forum
  • Access to a community of students


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