Submitted by peterbampton on Thu, 11/26/2015 - 23:39
"God wants, Man dreams, the Work is born"
Why are we compelled us to seek, to meditate, to inquire and to reach for that which is higher and deeper? What is it in us that longs and aches to bring ever more Truth, Love and Beauty into our tormented world? This is an endlessly fascinating and ever ungraspable question!
While I am quite sure that I can never really know the answer, or fully express my deepest intuitions about this mystery in words, I will nonetheless attempt to convey the nature of this inexhaustible flame that lights up my life every single day…
Simply put, the Evolution of Consciousness is all about the sacred passion to bring Heaven to Earth, to realize and then manifest the Divine through, and as, our Awakened Humanity. In my experience and understanding this journey has two distinct phases that we can liken to the journey up, and then down, a high mountain. While we can experience and practice both of these phases simultaneously on our journey of Awakening, the first phase—the journey up the mountain—is the prime mover of the ascent motivated primarily by seeking, and the second phase—the journey down the mountain—is the prime mover of the descent motivated primarily by giving.
Submitted by peterbampton on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 12:46
As the imaginary shell of the “separate-inside-self “ dissolves through sincere meditation and contemplation, the divine fragrance of spiritual love gently dawns upon us. It is an inconceivably delicate and vulnerable opening to the mystery of life that fills us with profound gratitude, awe and wonder.
This kind of love far transcends the conventional experience of personal love as a quality of intimacy that characterizes a small circle of relationships or partnerships, connecting one person to another. Rather it is the discovery of an impersonal or universal love that is the natural condition of all relationship, of all experience, and therefore is the very essence of the myriad expressions of Creation itself.
Submitted by peterbampton on Tue, 10/20/2015 - 19:41
This past weekend I experienced the most deeply joyous and profound gathering of the Awakened Life Project Men’s Group so far. In this gathering there was a spectrum of men from those who have been engaged in our transformational process together for 3 or 4 years to a new man who was joining the group for the first time.
I set the context for our gathering by speaking about the potential for the group to achieve what I called “escape velocity”. By that I meant the concentrated force that enables a rocket to break free from the gravitational pull of the earth, never to return again. In my metaphor the rocket symbolized our shared intention to evolve beyond separating and limiting structures of consciousness so that we could explore, and become grounded in, new worlds of liberated possibility. The gravity symbolized the individual and collective forces of resistance to change that pull us back to the sphere of a known, habitual and familiar pattern of being and relating.
Submitted by peterbampton on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 20:20
I recently led one of the most powerful weekend retreats here at The Awakened Life Project. It was a very sincere group of participants many of whom were completely new to meditation. I was struck, as I often am, by how the people who are complete beginners are impacted more deeply by the retreat than those who have already been doing some kind of meditation practice for some time. They are wide open and have no ideas or expectations based on past experience so they are able to let go in a way in which experienced meditators often find threatening. Why? Because they have nothing to lose! There is innocence. No spiritual self-image or attachment to past "spiritual experiences".
Submitted by peterbampton on Thu, 09/03/2015 - 23:04
Someone who is visiting asked me the other day what I meant by the “Awakened Life” Project. I answer that question in many different ways but this time I said it had a lot to do with creativity. Not just the creativity of art, or music, of doing something creative, but the art of being and living as an ongoing creative act.
When one pursues one´s deepest longing for liberation with singular intention at some point the context of Life undergoes a profound shift. This shift occurs at the root of one´s perception of reality.
Submitted by peterbampton on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:01
Once we discover that the deepest dimension of who we really are is not our historical psychological identity but is the mystery of Life or Consciousness itself, then our entire relationship to what it means to be a human being can potentially undergo a radical shift.
Instead of being driven through life primarily by the fears, desires and psychological suffering of a separate ego, we discover a source of motivation for being who we are in this world that is absolutely positive, that flows upward and outward as if from an overflowing cup. This pure conscious intelligence of Life is experienced as a Big Yes that calls us to the task of transformation and the creation of a new awakened culture.
Submitted by peterbampton on Sat, 02/21/2015 - 23:41
How do you know if you or another is living an authentic spiritually awakened life? One way you can know is by asking the question: am I, or are they, a genuine mystic?
Submitted by peterbampton on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 23:19
There was an exploration that occurred in a meeting of the Awakened Life Project men’s group recently that got me thinking about the nature of awakened action. I had encouraged one man to put more effort into publicizing his evolutionary ventures when another man expressed his preference that we should let things happen “naturally” and not try to “make something happen”. I responded by asking, “what does “natural” mean in this context? I used Gandhi as an example asking if he let everything happen “naturally” or was he making things happen “unnaturally”?