Awakening. It’s a big term, one that encompasses a lot of spiritual arenas, and it’s mired in false definitions and proclamations. So I feel compelled to shine some light and clarity on this topic. I have been in the unique position to work one-on-one with hundreds of others who have had these various combinations of awakenings, not to mention experience my own personal emergence. But even though I am uniquely qualified to offer some clarity here, it’s an awkward subject to talk about in such general terms, because “awakening” is not black and white—there are a lot of grey areas.
When I had my own awakening into original nature, including the emergence of a full psychic awakening, there was a lot of disorientation. I was lucky enough to have had access to great teachers like Adyashanti and Eckhart Tolle, but I also met a lot of people proclaiming a direct realization with God when they were, in fact, not at all realized. I was confused and shocked at the number of teachers who were instead deeply involved in trance work, or projecting these illusions about their teachings for marketing purposes. Many simply had a real delusion and misunderstanding about what a real awakening is.
I also met many who were truly awakened to their true nature, but their lives were utterly dysfunctional; they had no skill for navigating life. What is freedom unless you can be free inside of your daily life?
And so, even for me, who was in the throes of awakening first-hand, I found it very difficult and confusing to understand. Sadly, awakened spiritual teachers can be as full of shit as the leaders of other industries, like movie producers, venture capitalists, therapists, doctors, lawyers, etc. Continue reading…