Do you recognize yourself in any of these scenarios? You’re passionate and independent and motivated for transformational change, yet you work all the time, and are stressed out. You’re creative and inspired and like people, and you still feel lonely or struggle with career and money. You value community and are extremely dedicated, and you work so hard to make things better, and feel despair sometimes at all the challenges...
Spiritual Awakening in This Lifetime
Life is FULL. How do you get your spiritual practice in the driver's seat?We integrate four approaches to fulfill our mandate – supporting as many beings as possible to experience spiritual awakening in this lifetime.
1) Spiritual Awakening Through Action
This recognizes that we spend the majority of our hours focusing on our careers, whether that’s helping run a company or non-profit, being self-employed, raising children, working in academia or being a volunteer. We make use of karma yoga training to use our day-today activities as a spiritual path. Karma yoga has been a viable path for thousands of years, and comprises a viable alternative and addition to hours of solitary meditation.
2) Spiritual Awakening Through Meditation
Some meditation is indispensable to awakening. In its various forms –such as sitting practice, prayer and contemplation – it speeds up an individual’s spiritual and personal unfoldment. It helps us integrate the various parts of the psyche. It develops great calm and concentration that lead to greater states of bliss. Everyone wants that!
Meditation also brings us vast insight and understanding, the building blocks of wisdom. We use both Eastern and Western methodologies to achieve these aims.
3) Spiritual Awakening Through Learning
A spiritual path of learning includes discovery, exploration and study, and incorporates both formal study and apprenticeship-style modalities. The universe is an amazing, interactive campus, and there is so much to learn and discover. In addition to philosophy, we use science, the arts, kinesthetics and other kinds of direct experience to develop and integrate our various interests.
4) Integrating the Shadow
What Freud called the subconscious and Jung called the shadow are the buried aspects of our psyche that became suppressed due to our family and societal conditioning. One aspect of spiritual awakening is making this unconscious aspect conscious. Transforming the shadow into a fully integrated human being is what medieval alchemists referred to as turning lead into gold. We can consider it top-quality psychic composting.
Now What?You may be wondering if our teachings really fit you. So take a look at this page “Is This You?”
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