The Journey Of Awakening Teaching Series
Throughout the year we will be joined by guest teachers who, in exclusive 4 part series of classes, will share their wisdom and offer practices designed to deepen your awakening experience.
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Coming in 2024
The Four Major Movements on the Awakening Journey
IN JANUARY 2024
There are many ways to describe the awakening journey. Ultimately the right way to wake up is the way you will wake up. There are as many paths as there are people.
With this said, there are key insights and motifs that are shared among all who awaken.
In this series with Angelo, you will investigate these key insights characterized by four major movements: Recognition, Identity as Consciousness, Traversing the Shadow, and Dispelling the Fundamental Illusions.
About Angelo DiLullo
At the age of 24, after years of intense internal suffering and an intuition that something about the way we interact with our thoughts causes a lot of unnecessary suffering, Angelo had a fundamental shift in the way he experiences reality. This was a pervasive transformation and was life-altering at every level. It suddenly became clear that thoughts, and the way they “paint” our experience of ourselves, time, and space, are essentially unreal, something like ghosts. What replaced this world of thought, struggle, and suffering, was boundless clarity and intimacy with all immediate textures of phenomena. It became clear that this is simply the natural state of things and that it is true for everyone, even when veiled by thought.
Letting Stillness Reveal Itself
IN MARCH 2024
Join the creator of the renowned Samadhi movies, Dan Schmidt for a series of guided meditative self inquiry experiences, leading to choiceless awareness or "just being" in the present moment.
The conditioned mind is full of unconscious processes, like little programs running in the background. By making the unconscious habit patterns of the mind conscious, they are able to drop away.
Learn to observe the operations of mind, making the unconscious conscious, and dis-identifying from all of the phenomena so that you come to realize all processes of mind to be empty of self.
In this way we create the conditions which make awakening more likely.
About Daniel Schmidt
Daniel is the creator of the award winning film “Inner Worlds Outer Worlds” the “Samadhi” film series and is also one of the creators and speakers in the Awakening Mind series. It is Daniel’s intention to convey the one perennial teaching that is inherent within all of the spiritual traditions. Daniel created the Samadhi Center in Ontario, Canada and the Awaken the World Initiative as an outer reflection of his inner world. His approach combines self-inquiry with traditional forms of meditation so that participants have the opportunity to simultaneously realize their transcendent nature, and to purify themselves of conditioned patterns so that the human vessel becomes permeable to their true nature. Daniel emphasizes that Samadhi can be experienced not merely as a temporary “state” but as a “stage” of development. Check out this interview with Daniel from the Awakening Mind film.
The “pathless path” is to realize an ever-deepening development process within the self-structure, and to simultaneously realize the emptiness of the self-structure. When these are realized as one, it is Samadhi.
Four Steps to Awakening: Cultivating the Qualities of Spiritual Enlightenment
IN JULY 2024
We will cultivate these qualities through meditations, exercises and discussions, gaining contact with the spiritual essence of our beings, and so experiencing a profound sense of peace and harmony. Steve will also read several poetic meditations to illustrate these qualities.
About Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor, PhD, is the author of many best-selling books on psychology and spirituality, and a spiritual poet. His new book is DisConnected: How Connection Can Heal the World. His other books include Extraordinary Awakenings, The Clear Light and The Leap. His books have been published in 20 languages, and he writes blog articles for Scientific American and for Psychology Today.
Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ Steve lives in Manchester, England, with his wife and three children.
Expectation and Surprise Along the Way
It is beneficial for a seeker to have conscious awareness of underlying assumptions and desires regarding awakening. Something motivates a person to want to wake up in the first place.
What do we suppose awakening will be like?
What will it relieve us of?
We may think we know what it will be like to live as an awake person, that after the dramatic turning point, things inside will be the same ever after. A good part of what we believe or long for is below the surface of conscious awareness. To the extent that we can lift such imaginings into the frank light of recognition, our explorations along the way -- before and after waking up -- will bear more fruit.
About Jan Frazier
In 2003 Jan experienced a radical transformation of consciousness. While she lives a fully embodied human life, she does not suffer. Her new podcast is "Dear Heart: Sitting with Jan Frazier." Jan's books are When Fear Falls Away: The Story of a Sudden Awakening, The Freedom of Being: At Ease with What Is, The Great Sweetening: Life After Thought, and Opening the Door. Her new book (tentatively titled Love Incarnate: 20 Years after Awakening) will be released in 2023. Jan is available for consultations.
Awakening the Sleeping Mind
Lisa will use a combination of teachings from A Course in Miracles, Advaita-Vedanta as well as her own personal experience to facilitate a direct experience and clear understanding of the simplicity of what awakening is.
Lisa's approach to healing and awakening involves being completely present in the body, completely present to whatever emotions are arising in your experience as a doorway to realization of Self.
This is an opportunity to engage in intimate dialogue, ask questions, investigate, explore and gather with others who are interested in waking up to their true nature and living an awakened life.
About Lisa Natoli
Lisa Natoli shares her story of healing and awakening in a way that is down-to-earth, simple and easily understood. She was an alcoholic, cigarette smoker, food addict, type-A personality with roller-coaster emotional mood swings which all got healed with A Course in Miracles. Even though she felt happier than before, sober, living life in a more conscious loving way, she knew deep down there was more to the journey. But no matter how devoted she was to forgiveness work and spiritual development, she could never quite reach the goal of complete happiness, peace, and freedom which she knew was available to us all. She still was stressed out, overwhelmed, and filled with guilt even though she “knew” intellectually she should “let go” of these emotions.
In 2013, she got sick with an incurable autoimmune disease that conventional medicine, alternative approaches, and spiritual practices could not heal. This ended up being the best thing that ever happened to her. After trying everything to heal with no success, she began to welcome the pain and symptoms starting in October 2018. This practice of welcoming led to an interest in nonduality teachings which led to practices of inner investigation & self-inquiry which led slowly and gradually to the recognition of Consciousness as the true Self, our real Self which is complete happiness with no suffering or sorrow. She writes on the topics of mind-body healing, transformation, enlightenment, and consciousness.
The Art of Embodied Enquiry: The Inner Postures of Peace
Embodied inquiry welcomes our direct experience, exactly as is invoking deep self-exploration and Self-discovery through the integration of our mind, heart, and body.
Embodied inquiry is an experiential, meditative practice that invites you to explore and understand your inner world by paying close attention to bodily sensations, thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. It gently unlocks the door to Self-awareness, which holds the key to initiating profound change, silently reshaping our lives from the inside out.
About Heena Vasani
In her early 20's Heena faced a serious health problem and was put on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. This life-altering experience led her to question the meaning of life, birth, and death. On the day of her transplant, she had a profound glimpse of her true nature, which caused her to reflect on the responsibility attached to receiving a donated organ.
She embarked on a spiritual journey spanning over 25 years, exploring consciousness through non-dual paths like A Course in Miracles and Advaita Vedanta. Meditation, body-mind disciplines, and in-depth psychology have helped to integrate these teachings into her life. Her core teachers include Chloe Goodchild, Rupert Spira and AH Almaas.
Her late grandmother, a devout Hindu, also played a significant role in shaping her path by inviting her to explore motherhood as a spiritual practice. This brought her face-to-face with her own conditioning and childhood trauma, leading to transformation and a deeper connection with her true self and the oneness of life.
Remarkably, after 25 years, her transplanted kidney remains healthy, which caught the attention of her consultant, leading to the suggestion that she share her story and meditation techniques with others.
Heena is now training with Dr. Gabor Maté and teaching non-dual meditation and self-inquiry practices online. Her book, "Fragrance of Freedom, Discovering Peace through Mothering", is due to be released in late October 2023.
Beginning December 4th!
Live Teaching, Q&A and Practice
Enter the Stillness: Live from the Silent Heart
BEGINNING DECEMBER 4TH!
"Enter the Stillness: Live from the Silent Heart" is a contemplative exploration of the universal Truth that lies at the heart of all spiritual traditions. The nature of this Truth is a profound and transformative silence that cannot be accessed by the mind.
Draw inspiration from diverse spiritual traditions and immerse yourself in mystical poetry that beautifully articulates the depths of stillness and the ineffable nature of reality.
Susan will guide you to a direct experience of the profound stillness and silence beyond words, thoughts, and concepts, that is the true nature of reality.
Together, we will experience the stillness out of which all things are born and the silent heart from which all wisdom flows.
"Teach us that even as the wonder of the stars in the heavens only reveals itself in the silence of the night, so the wonder of life reveals itself in the silence of the heart. In the silence of our heart we may see the scattered leaves of all the universe bound by love."
The Bhagavad Gita
About Susan Telford
Susan is an ordained interfaith minister and the author of An Endless Namaste: Poems of Awakening, in addition to being the brilliant Program Manager for the Evolve Community here at Center for Awakening.
In her work for Center for Awakening, Susan’s roles include managing Evolve and hosting the Living an Awakened Life segment of The Awareness Podcast.
Susan is a spiritual coach and mentor in private practice and the founder of Slowing Down to the Speed of Grace™ and The Seventh Sense Symposium, transformative programs for spiritually awakening women.
Susan believes that as we clear away the conditioning, the 'shoulds' and 'supposed tos', what emerges is what she calls the Seventh Sense: that stream of joyful, creative intelligence that is our birthright.
Learn more about Susan's work at www.susantelford.com.
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