In traditional spiritual lineages, practitioners could count on a teacher to hold them accountable to their vows and commitments. However, in post-postmodern culture, a spiritual teacher is not always available or advisable. So how do we attain a high level of intensity in our practice? These days, we need other kinds of support structures, such as groups, coaches, or our own system of “practice tracking” to help us maintain the fire required to fulfill our sacred life mission. But the doesn’t make the path any easier! And as we give up our old luxuries and means of consolation, a higher sense of “sacred mission” can emerge to guide our lives.