This is a brief introduction to The Awakening Process.
"Awakening" is to become Self-Aware and Conscious of Reality.
Awakening to reality is our primary purpose as human beings by unveiling ourselves from the illusions of the ego. But what reality am I talking about? This "Reality" is; We are infinite, spiritual beings having a physical experience. In "Spirit" we have access to all the knowledge in the Universe, but as humans we have been veiled to this knowledge until it is time for us to re-connect with it. This is so that we can experience what we are not.
The relative world provides an excellent platform to understand "infinite life" better by demonstrating it's illusional, finite opposite. For instance, our understanding of water is limited until we introduce the relative comparison of hot and cold, which provides a broader view and deeper meaning. So to understand ourselves better, we incarnate and veil ourselves so as to experience something other than our true nature.
Some of the deceptions created by the ego and social conditioning are;
We are alone. We are not one. All we are is our physical body. We have to live in order to survive. Happiness can be found outside ourselves. We need something. We're not good enough. We're not loved. etc.
"Ultimate Reality", which embraces our Higher or Spiritual Self, is free from the deceptions of the ego, and therefore is free from pain, suffering, anxiety, and fear. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all heading towards the ultimate goal of being self-realized and enlightened. As a consequence, everything in our lives is specifically designed and divinely orchestrated to achieve that important conclusion. Once the ego has been transcended, the state of being one finds himself in has been called "enlightenment" or in other words, "conscious of reality".
Everyone is an "Enlightened Being" that is merely covered up by stressful thoughts and superficial desires that are created by the ego.
The journey towards being fully self-realized and aware can include arduous challenges and numerous painful realizations as the truth shines forth on the surface of the human condition. Discomfort is inevitable as you begin to see the lies you have believed and the resulting insanity of your own thoughts and actions. You may even feel betrayed by the ego because you have chosen to be drawn in by it's illusions. Farther into the process, you may become frustrated by what you recognize about how the world as a whole operates, what is valued and rewarded, and what is perceived as weakness.
So often in the market place, particularly when I've watched a company from the inside as an employee, I see devious, blind ambition being rewarded with promotions and higher pay, while honest hard work can sometimes be perceived as complacency and lack of drive. One must be strong enough to follow his own internal guidance system in the face of such upside down values because living in your own strength has it's own reward. This change in learning to believe in yourself instead of seeking approval from others, is actually quite simple but our thinking can make it difficult.
The reality is this; There is nothing new to discover or learn, all that is required is a clearing away of the illusory toxic thoughts that block the truth. Every one of us already possess within ourselves the answers to any question we have about life. If you can form the question, the answer exists within you. All we need do is ask with a sincere desire to know truth for it's own sake and the answers will be revealed. As we see and accept the truth we will find the clarity that carries with it the experience of peace, joy, and love. Awakening is an ongoing process that continues throughout life. The overwhelming majority of us never reach the point where there is nothing left to transcend. It is always about the journey not the destination so why not sit back and enjoy the ride?
We are one with Divinity and one with all of that is. This explains why we have the answers to life's questions at our disposal. It is often said that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience but so often we are caught up in daily routines and the drama of life, that we forget that our earthly lives are but a breath in reality. Instead of seeing the divinity in the events of our lives, we suffer because we have forgotten that we cannot ultimately be harmed. We so often choose to be offended or hurt by circumstances giving the ego something to feed on. Awakening helps us realize that nothing happens by chance or accident. And EVERYTHING that happens is for our spiritual growth!
LIFE IS HAPPENING FOR US, NOT TO US.
Our experience with the ego in the drivers seat includes the illusion of fear, separation, isolation, and the belief that we are in control of the events that occur in daily life. These fearsome illusions are not real but they create the misery and discontentment that serve to motivate us to seek a way past the suffering. Most people fear the discomfort that change brings, to the point that they typically aren't willing to embrace it until life becomes unbearable. In the meantime, as a way to cope with the distress associated with living a lie, many people turn to alcohol, drugs, and sexual perversions, but even if we find ourselves free of such darkness we might realize that we also use less obvious coping mechanisms such as food, shopping or any number of other distractions to deal with fear and deep seeded pain.
The ego creates the belief that not only are these illusions and coping mechanisms true but that they are necessary for our survival. To the contrary, the ego's very survival depends upon on it's success in convincing us that we need to be fearful. The minute we begin to awaken to the illusions and misconceptions the ego creates to ensure its survival, the ego immediately starts to loose its power over us. Therefore, awakening to reality is the means for our salvation.
Fear is a byproduct of living unconsciously and simply allowing the ego to take control without noticing who is actually running the show gives the ego more power over us. However, fear is just an illusion, but one that must be faced down rather than simply ignored or justified. Facing fears and insecurities sometimes seems overwhelming, but with the realization that you can't change something you haven't first acknowledged, you may find it easier to take the first step. As we take responsibility for the thoughts that cause the fear we empower ourselves to find the truth and change the thoughts.
At the onset of "Awakening" or in other words, the transition into conscious living, one may find life to be difficult, upsetting or even greatly disturbing, but as the process continues you will progressively experience more peace until at long last, love and joy begin to dominate your life. This website and Our Book "Manifesting Consciousness" may help to make that transition a bit easier by providing resources and information along with examples of our personal experience in facing the challenges that will undoubtedly arise on your journey towards awakening.
This is a brief synopsis of Our Book; Manifesting Consciousness Sub-titled; A Personal Journey Through The Awakening Process.
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".
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One important note to remember is that awakening or becoming conscious is a gift from God. It can not be forced. When "Universal Timing" is right for your spiritual evolution, awakening begins automatically so you need not worry about trying to manufacture it. The real truth is that we are all headed toward clarity even if we don't recognize it and simply by virtue of the fact that you are interested in the subject matter, you are well on your way.
We have less control over running the show than we think we do. It's a simple concept, yet difficult for most of us to accept. While we are unconscious the ego is constantly striving to convince us that we control all aspects of our lives. It's satisfying to believe that we call the shots, its a primary way we use to manage fear. I am an observer of human nature and it has occurred to me that the most fearful people are also the most controlling. Our ability to discern truth from falsehood is limited to what the mind thinks it knows and since most of us make choices based on what we believe to be true, not on what is actually true, I remain grateful that there is a higher power at the helm. What we can control is our reaction to the stimuli being sent our way. If your car is hit by a driver who has run a red light there is little that can be done about it, but you can choose whether to launch into an unwarranted frenzy, or handle it with grace. The car will have sustained the same damage, as the accident has already occurred, so the question becomes, will YOU emerge unscathed?
As we begin to recognize that there is purpose in everything that is laid out before us, our resistance to change will certainly diminish and our experience of life becomes more peaceful and filled with joy and love.
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The Awakening process increases your level of consciousness. In fact, the terms Awakening and Consciousness are interchangeable because they both mean being aware of reality and in alignment with "Universal Truth". As clarity emerges, your world will begin to transform from dull and drab to
Colorful and brilliant!
Awakening simply means waking up from the illusions the ego prefers to believe and seeing life as it actually is, rather than through an obscured lens.
The information, insights and descriptions given in the following pages come from my personal experiences and those of my wife. We feel called to share what we have come to understand through our own journey toward happiness and peace. The information contained here is the culmination of what we have learned about ourselves and others, through the experiences and transformations that have largely taken place over the last sixteen years. Actually, it's the result of what we have leaned and experienced throughout all our lives (past and present). We are all the culmination of our sorrows and joy and the lessons learned and incorporated along the way.
Your journey will evolve and change as you gain momentum and move from one step to the next as you progress. We say "I am searching for happiness" or I can't find happiness", as if it is lost and needs to be found. Of course we know that it isn't a physical destination. No "place" on earth can bring us happiness. Peace, joy and happiness, are simply a "State of Being", and can only emerge from within. As consciousness increases, we experience peace more frequently and for longer periods of time not due to a change in circumstance but a change in perception, and the purging of unhealthy thoughts and fears. Then the ego comes up again because if it is still alive within us, it will need to feed once again.
Your willingness to take full responsibility for your own choices, behavior, and perceptions directly affects your level of consciousness by clearing the way for change, and being unwilling to see your part in the events that happen, will inhibit forward progress.
There are no "Magical" steps that will guarantee certain results in the awakening process. All that is required, is increasing self awareness through the pursuit of truth for the sake of truth it's self. We often seek the truth to validate ourselves or to prove our "rightness" but if one really wants to know truth it must be sought with a pure heart and absent of motivations.
After receiving the gift of realizing that Awakening has begun, comes the next step of finding the motivation within to change one's life. Never fear loosing your way because when you're ready and the time is right, desire will land on you like a thirst, one you won't be able to resist. You may ask, "why do some seem to be so much farther along the path?" One must earn peace of mind through karmic inheritance and you must be ready to receive the truth; the fruit doesn't fall from the tree before it is ripe.
First you are "shown" the door, then the real blessing comes when you feel an overwhelming desire to walk through it.
For thirty years I followed society's rules to chase success, strongly believing that worldly success would bring me happiness. The reality unfortunately, was that this only led me to the pinnacle of misery and despair! No matter how hard I worked or what I accomplished, I couldn't manufacture the peace and happiness I so desperately sought.
Upon reaching my thirtieth birthday, I was so miserable that I no longer cared whether I lived or died. In fact, death seemed like it would be a blessed relief from the confines of my pathetic life. Yet during this dark stage I received the gift of emerging consciousness and new awareness's began to flood in. Instead of remaining a chronic victim, I began to see that "I" was responsible for every aspect of my life. I also began to see that the choices I had made and the thoughts that I was attached to, were the cause of all my suffering. Up until that realization I had perceived life as something that I had to fight in order to survive, but slowly I began to recognize that life couldn't be conquered, it could only be lived. I saw that learning to flow with life instead of resisting it, changed my experience from one of fear and struggle to one of peace and joy.
Over time, as I consciously delved deeper into self evaluation, I challenged my insecurities and fears, leading to the discovery that I wasn't actually damaged beyond repair. In fact, despite how things appeared, my life was surprisingly perfect! It was merely my unhealthy thoughts that led me to believe otherwise. Next I started to recognize the perfection in everything around me no matter how painful or difficult some of those experiences at first glance, looked to be. I no longer saw life as the enemy, instead I began to see it as a wonderful opportunity for growth where everything had meaning and nothing was a coincidence!
Awakening might seem frightening or even impossible at times, but those challenging moments just let you know you are getting to the "Heart" of the issue. The Spiritual Journey will eventually diminish the fear as you begin to see and understand the true purpose behind everything you experience.
"Along the spiritual pathway, blocks and temptations appear, as do doubts and fears. Classically, they have been termed "tests" that arise from the ego, which does not relish relinquishment of dominion. These are overcome by reaffirmation of goals and commitment, as well as by reinforcing counterbalancing principles such as dedication, tenacity, constancy, courage, conviction, and intention. The greater the challenge, the greater the development of inner strength, decision, and determination. By persistence and discipline, it can be seen that temptation is an option to merely refuse rather than an impulse that calls for attack or negation." David R Hawkins
"Inner satisfaction becomes more important than worldly gain or the desire to control or manipulate others. Attraction replaces promotion. Eventually, resistance is no longer related to worldly life and its perceived values. Instead, the inner intention is one of purity and selflessness. Thus, evolution becomes the consequence of the process itself rather than a consequence of "seeking" or acquisition." David R Hawkins
"Question: What characteristics facilitate comprehension and transformation? Answer: Dedication, devotion, faith, prayer, surrender, and inspiration. When the barriers are relinquished, Truth reveals itself spontaneously." David R Hawkins
"Disruption of life by the unexpected also creates anxiety at the forced realignment, which may require major decision making. It is important to know that spiritual research indicates that all suffering and emotional pain result from resistance. Its cure is via surrender and acceptance, which relieve the pain." David R Hawkins
"To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else." H. H. The Dalai Lama
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change." Buddha
"The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." Gloria Steinem
Becoming Consciousness can be a difficult and startling experience for those who are not educated about the awakening process. This is what we hope to lessen with the support and information that is in this website and our book.
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.