THE AWAKENING WORKSHOP: The Development of Emerging Human Consciousness
WELCOME to THE AWAKENING WORKSHOP
The Awakening Workshop is a resource website for the development of; Consciousness, Self-Awareness, Relationships, Spirituality, and Joy!
For us, The Awakening Workshop is primarily a "labor of love" because we are compelled to share what we have come to understand. As our state of being and experience of life continues to improve, we have come to recognize how important this information and support can be. My wife and I created this website so that we could share the most profound and helpful information we have discovered throughout our continuing journey towards self-awareness and enlightenment. These discoveries have helped transform our lives from fear, misery, and isolation, to an experience of overwhelming peace, love and joy!
Awakening to "Reality" is a solo journey. No one can do it for you, and only you hold the answers for your own salvation. When you have suffered enough, you will finally be ready to face your fears and insecurities that have kept you stuck in an illusional "Hell" created by the deceptions of the ego and social conditioning.
"Ultimate Reality" is the awareness that we are more than just Human Beings having a physical experience. As you become conscious of your spiritual-self, along with Universal Truth, your perceptions and experience of life will begin to change. Increasing one's level of consciousness by becoming self-aware, determines your state of being and the depth of happiness that can be experienced. By taking responsibility for your life, you empower yourself to make the changes necessary to alter your experience.
Happiness can only be found by turning your focus inward.
Facing your fear, inner demons, and supressed pain, is the toughest and most important step in your journey towards peace and happiness.
Although this process can be a little unnerving, this website will provide the resources, validation and support, along with personal experiences and insights to assist you in facing this monumental, yet life altering, challenge. Take it from us, any hardship you encounter on this journey can be faced and transcended, and the pay off for doing so is well worth it!
When the Awakening Process begins, it is a Gift from God. So don't try to make it happen because when you are ready, consciousness will emerge automatically as a natural consequence of your spiritual evolution.
WHAT YOU DO WITH THAT EMERGING CONSCIOUSNESS, IS UP TO YOU.
I should clarify that we have all been awakening since incarnation so there isn't really a specific time when the process begins, but there is a specific time when we begin to notice. When we become consciously aware that it's happening, that's when we become active participants.
As Deniece and I began to recognize this internal shift taking place within us, we were overcome with an unquenchable desire to understand why happiness had eluded us for so long. Our longing to know the answer to this question became the driving force behind the new direction our live's would begin to take.
Since the inception of our relationship, my wife and I have boldly sought "Universal Truth" which led us to study many topics such as; awakening, emerging consciousness, self-awareness, relationship, the ego, social conditioning, human behavior, and much more. As a natural consequence, this study re-aligned us with our "Higher" selves and opened our eyes to another way of life.
Our personal experiences, along with our spiritual development, led us to write our book;
"Manifesting Consciousness" A Personal Journey Through The Awakening Process
Our story shares the many challenges and pitfalls we encountered along this difficult, yet deeply enriching, transformative journey.
The following is a brief synopsis:
Manifesting Consciousness is one man's incredible real life journey towards happiness. Follow him as he courageously confronts his fears and insecurities, finally emerging victorious over his inner demons. This heart-wrenching story truly celebrates the power of the human spirit while demonstrating that we each hold the keys to our own salvation. Through self-awareness he transcends the nightmarish deceptions of the ego making it possible for him to experience life, as "Heaven on Earth".
The insights contained within its pages can be so validating and transformational that we felt we must make the e-book version of our book free so that anyone can utilize this extremely helpful information. We also kept the costs down for those who like to have an actual print book in their hands and you can order one for only $12.95!
Go to the "Download Our Book" page to get your free download or to order a copy.
As Higher Consciousness manifests within, day to day life begins to transform as perception of ones self and the world at large begins to bathe in the glow of new light. This perception is pristine and unspoiled by the fear the ego would have us believe. Eventually happiness and joy engulf you, but not before earnest, resolute inner work and self evaluation on the part of the seeker.
Our book and workshops are designed to stimulate and encourage dialogue about awakening in order to better understand the role of emerging consciousness in altering our lives. Deeper understanding changes your perceptions leading you to further integrate the "awareness of reality" into your daily routines and regular activities.
When you are ready to tackle this work head on, our workshops can make this transformation a little easier. In our workshops we delve even deeper into how this life-altering work has personally affected our lives further validating the purpose and reasons for wanting to become conscious and self-realized.
Go to our "Video Workshops" page to order one of our latest video workshops or; go to our "Awakening Workshops" page to learn more about our live workshops and seminars.
Deniece and I have come to realize that each of us hold the answers to all of life's difficult questions. They're buried beneath a profuse layer of beliefs and misconceptions created by the ego. As we clear away those positions, opinions, and our strictly held beliefs, our own internal guidance system (that originates from spirit), begins to emerge and challenge the thoughts that have distorted the image we have of ourselves and the view we have of the world around us. As we share new insights and understandings that come from the "Source" or the "One", we accelerate the awakening process for ourselves and in turn raise the level of consciousness on the planet. Since we are one and therefore connected to everything, a global shift in consciousness occurs as each of us re-aligns with spirit.
I have found it helpful to validate my internal guidance by sharing my insights with others in order to distinguish whether it is coming from the Ego, or from Divinity. Direction from others who are recognized as being further up the path, can ensure momentum in the right direction while helping you to sidestep obstacles along the way.
You won't find much sensationalism in our story or our workshops. There will be no accounts of travel to far off lands or mysterious magical answers to impossible questions. Nor will there be mystical entities being channeled in languages that no one has ever heard of. No promises will be made of instant transformation into the enlightened being you hope to become, because that's impossible. You are already an enlightened being who is merely confused, but what you will find in all of our work is down to earth, real life examples of how the awakening process has personally altered my own life and that of my wife. Throughout this journey our lives have taken unpredicted turns leading to controversial choices that have struck fear into the hearts of the unconscious. Living outside of the proverbial box is a natural byproduct of increasing consciousness which brings greater focus to the the dysfunction and insanity that is common place in the world today.
This body of work is not for the squeamish, as we tend to reveal what can only be seen by some as profoundly personal by bringing to light our obvious similarities in thought and experience, further pointing to our "oneness" and challenging us to see beyond what we currently believe to be true. Through exposing insecurities, fears, weaknesses, and our social conditioning to the light of day, we diminish their power. Once the painful and sometimes terrifying aspects of our lives are seen for what they truly are, (illusions created by the ego), we can finally start to challenge the stressful, unhealthy, inaccurate thoughts that create them, giving us the opportunity to see through the illusion.
To transcend our fears, insecurities, and supressed pain, we must first recognize and understand the truth about them. Then by taking ownership and responsibility, we empower ourselves to finally have a chance to change weakness into strength. Eventually our experience of life will be dominated by peace, love, happiness, and joy. Once our fears are fully diminished, love will be our constant companion and peace will be our state of being.
The experience of "Heaven on Earth" is not only possible for all of us to achieve, it is our Divine right as human beings.
Every aspect of our lives has meaning as everything is divinely orchestrated to help us reach enlightenment. That may be hard to believe given the fact that some experiences seem utterly horrific at worst, and merely terrifying at best. Through honest sharing we learn to negate negative social stigmas, cruel judgments, and societal conditioning; all things the ego uses to keep us imprisoned in fear. This unconsciousness prevents us from taking the necessary steps to challenge the ego thereby giving it the power to control our lives. By design, we will remain confined behind these illusional walls until we are ready to remove the veil by being willing to drop our sacredly held beliefs and finally awaken to reality.
"Reality" is; Life happens for us, not to us.
It may not be easy to see the dysfunction in your life and even more trying to accept that "difficulty" could possibly be a positive thing. I have come to see that hardship is a great blessing. Until we have suffered as a result of entertaining the desires of the ego, we typically don't choose the arduous road to self awareness. In fact, suffering holds the key to our salvation. If one is not suffering there simply is no reason to search for another way. You must touch the fire to know what it is to be burned and you must be unwell to recognize and appreciate wellness.
For me, the greatest challenge of the Awakening Process has been the victim persona. I've become ultra aware of the ego at work as it makes me perceive myself as the victim. Every person has this archetype alive within their being, some experience it rarely in passing and others use this way of being in the world as their chief operating system. Any situation can be seen as a blessing or a curse. You may ask how a grave illness can be seen as a blessing, but to one who has received the gift of illness and has come to understand and appreciate good health because of it, there is no doubt. Every time you see yourself as being victimized, challenge yourself to see what benefit might be hidden beneath the surface. But be kind to yourself and know that you have always made the best choices you could with the understanding you had at the time. This is what is meant when Jesus said; "Forgive them for they know not what they do." When we know differently we choose differently so don't let "so called" mistakes make you feel inadequate because that is but another way for the ego to feed on victimhood. There are great rewards that accompany the new awareness you will receive when you keep the victim at bay such as;
Peace of Mind, Increasing Joy, the transcendence of Fear, and the experience of Love.
(Not to mention Empowerment.)
Love is nothing like the adolescent idea of unreserved adoration from another. I sometimes hesitate to use the word "love" because it has been so misunderstood and misused. People desperately run from one relationship to the next, feeling that if they find the "right" person, they will have found love; that in the other, they will feel fulfilled, secure and loved. But love cannot be found outside of one's self. In order to experience love, one must first love oneself and then all of life. When you learn to love yourself, a loving partner is simply a bonus and a blessing. I have been blessed to have found a partner who is also interested in awakening; she provides me an opportunity to experience love on a level that shakes the very ground beneath my feet! Our union leaves me in a state of awe and wonder to think that God has sent me a partner so willing to walk the path at my side and enrich my life every step of the way.
Have you become aware of the awakening that is taking place within you? You would not be interested in this subject matter if you were not somewhat aware. Once you begin to question, the truth will be revealed to you. The desire to do so comes from the Spirit. When the apple is ripe it falls from the tree. In other words, when you are ready to become conscious of reality, you will.
This website was created for the individual who is interested in discovering Universal Truth and becoming self-aware. Change can be difficult, but there is support to be had. In this website we provide; resources, personal examples, validation, and inspiration to help you stay the course and sustain you along the way.
The following web pages offer further insight on the given topic. Volumes could literally be written about each topic, but that is not the intention here. Consider reading a page or two in the morning while you sip your favorite beverage. Then contemplate the information throughout the rest of your day. I prefer contemplation to meditation because there are no special conditions required. Meditation can be very helpful in getting us to slow down from our hectic lives and take a moment to be still and present, which for many can have a profound influence in helping us reconnect with our spiritual selves. However, integrating a contemplative state as the fully present, fully conscious, and fully aware witness, is what works best for me. This aware presence allows us to take part in worldly experiences without being controlled by them. This is what is meant when Jesus said "Be in the world but not of it".
"For real change to occur, we must first understand and accept who we are, what our current life situation is, and how we operate in this world." Travis Dumont
"Dedication to truth itself is the rapid road to its discovery." David R Hawkins
"The realization that there is a source of joy and happiness that is beyond the ego is a major step. Then curiosity and an interest in how to reach spiritual goals arises. Belief also arises, which is then bolstered by faith, and eventually by experience. Next follows the acquisition of instruction, information, and the practice of what has been learned. By invitation, the spiritual energy increases, followed by dedication and the willingness to surrender all obstacles. Even the decision to turn one's life over to God brings joy and gives life a whole new meaning. It becomes uplifting, and the greater context gives life more significance and reward. One eventually becomes unwilling to support negativity, within or without. This is not because it is wrong, but merely futile. Although the journey to God begins with failure and doubt, it progresses into certainty. The way is really quite simple." David R Hawkins
"The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy." H.H. The Dalai Lama
"Gloria in excelsis Deo"
"Sanity doesn't suffer, ever." Byron Katie
"Mine is not a better way, it is merely another way." Neale Donald Walsch
"What one man can do, another can do." Movie-The Edge
"When you learn, teach." Maya Angelou
The Goal of this Website:
The Awakening Workshop's primary purpose is to help others transform their experience of life into one that is authentic and joyous by providing resources and personal examples to assist in becoming self-realized and conscious of reality.
Our workshops provide the "tools" and support to help you create a happy, peaceful life!
In sharing our experiences, along with the challenges and pitfalls that accompanied them, we hope to bridge the gap between the message of great spiritual masters throughout history by showing how their teachings play out in everyday life.
Facing one's fears, insecurities, and suppressed pain, is a monumental undertaking, but with help and guidance, you will discover that no challenge is to difficult to handle and no obstacle is to high to climb.