The Transformative Aspects of Awakening
The other tract of the Awakening and Embodiment Process is less spoken about and focuses more upon the transformative aspects of the process. It addresses the actual changes in our lived experience, what it actually looks and feels like for our Divine Realizations to come in contact and engage our everyday human life and relationships. This tract is much more gritty, real, and grounded in our human experiences because it addresses the actual changes, challenges, and transformations that people can go through as their Awakening becomes more deeply integrated into their lives, relationships, and their way of Being in the world. In essence, this area deals more with the integration of our spiritual experiences into the everyday moments of our life, and the ways our lives are literally transformed, rewired, and re-birthed.
I feel it’s important to bring attention to both areas of the Awakening and Embodiment Process as they invariably show up for people, whether we are prepared for it or not. As a teacher and coach I'm most interested in what actually works and is helpful for people, and what helps people in integrate, ground, and embody what they know and Realize in deeper and deeper ways. I feel it’s important to have a clear context of the landscape of the deepening dimensions of our Spiritual Awakening and Realization, as this helps us to find a kind of orientation for an unfolding series of experiences that transcends our normal way of experiencing and understanding both our self and our world.
I've found immense utility in the context of the Awakening of the Head, Heart, and Gut/Body which the spiritual teacher Adyashanti and other traditions have explored. This is partly because it describes my own experience so clearly, and partly because this context also addresses the process of integration, transformation, and re-orientation that we are bound to go through in the Embodiment Process. Because this context is based in actual direct experience, its revealed an immense utility to me as a teaching tool, and continues to help many people find orientation and understanding for their spiritual experiences and realizations.
I've found that the context of the Awakening of the Head, Heart, and Gut not only describes a certain shift in identity/consciousness and one’s perspective and relationship to their self and world, it also points toward a certain level of spiritual practice that can unfold, especially in one’s practice after spiritual awakening. My Online Course ‘Toolbox for Awakening’ was more focused on this relationship between spiritual practice and spiritual awakening, but elements of this are included in this course as well. I feel that a large part of my teaching work focuses on demystifying the spiritual awakening process, and clarifying what the actual, human experience is like, while addressing the changes and transformations that begin to infuse our everyday life and relationships.