My name is Stephen D'Amico and I'm the founder and spiritual leader of this group.
I started GAIA back in 2007. Although it has gone through several changes since then, it has always remained a platform for my teaching work.
Currently, my focus here at GAIA is facilitating group explorations into the mysteries of being as a way to raise the consciousness of ourselves and the planet.
Engaging in social action and charity is another important part of the work we do.
We also celebrate life by doing fun things together like ecstatic dancing, watching spiritual movies, and attending interesting events as a group.
If the opportunity to connect with me and this group resonates with you, then I encourage you to become a member and join us at one our upcoming events soon.
Here's a bit more about my background:
I'm a spiritual teacher, social activist, author, and poet. At age 22, I went through a profound spiritual transformation that culminated in a permanent realization of my true nature. Since then my life has been devoted to understanding the spiritual path from an evolutionary perspective, and helping others reconnect with their true nature in order to help bring about a global awakening in human consciousness. The main way I do this is through the direct transmission of the enlightened state of being, which connects others with their own true nature. This being-to-being transmission is a silent teaching.
When I do speak, what I teach does not come from any theory, belief system, or body of knowledge gathered from other sources. Different teachers and teachings have helped me to integrate my experiences and develop a better understanding of them. But what I share primarily comes from my own journey in life, both inner and outer.
Ultimately, all the information I impart is meant to connect people with the nondual realization that all the forms and forces in creation come from an eternal formless dimension, and that each of us, as an incarnated soul or individual consciousness, is a living embodiment of that formless substance in human form. And more broadly, that it is the divine destiny and evolutionary purpose of humanity to awaken spiritually and live from this level of enlightenment in a permanent way.
In the past, I've worked in the field of conflict resolution and restorative justice as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and project leader for youth social action groups. I've also taught at both the elementary and high school levels, focusing on the special needs of students with learning disabilities. Currently, my wife and I run Millwood Melt, a grilled cheese restaurant in Leaside, Toronto. I'm also the founder of this Meetup group GAIA, which is dedicated to pushing the spiritual evolution of the planet forward.
A Brief History of My Life
My spiritual journey began in early infancy. Every night while falling asleep, a recurring metamorphosis of consciousness opened me up to luminous and nirvanic states of being. This continued throughout my childhood. A sequence of other mystical states of awareness and out-of-body experiences also occurred from a young age that helped maintain an almost uninterrupted connection to the formless dimension. The constant recognition of the source and substance of everyone and everything in existence was accompanied by the knowledge that the purpose of my life was to maintain and ultimately share this realization of oneness with others.
Upon entering adolescence, I deliberately chose to relinquish my access to this level of self-realization, knowing in advance that I would eventually rediscover and fully embody it once again in adulthood. After the decision was made at the start of adolescence to forget about the absolute truth, a series of significant experiences then followed that inspired the search to rediscover it once again.
This search eventually culminated in a direct encounter with the very source of existence, which completely transformed my life in early adulthood, marking a permanent shift in consciousness beyond ego. In the midst of this reawakening, I received a calling to tell others about the ultimate nature of reality, which reminded me that it is my destiny to help seekers discover their true nature.
This spiritual transformation occurred in 1996, but I didn't discuss it with anyone until many years later, mainly because there was no clear language or context to describe it until then. The intervening years were dedicated to fully integrating my true nature. The first few years were spent stabilizing a transcendental level of self-realization, during which my consciousness hovered above my body.
This was followed by several more years to complete a grounding phase, which involved getting re-embodied while staying connected to my higher self. Meanwhile, this entire period was defined by the dual challenge of comprehending what had occurred and finding a way to communicate it clearly. In addition, a series of other unusual phenomena, supernatural incidents, and significant processes and realizations continued occurring, all of which had to be integrated and then understood conceptually so that these developments could be communicated, as well.
In 2006, shortly after I began offering teachings on the process of spiritual awakening and the evolutionary destiny of humanity, I underwent another transformation that led to the ability to channel divine energies down into the world, making them more accessible to others. During the process of developing this ability, I realized that it represented the highest function I could perform in life to help others awaken their true nature, as well as contribute to the collective awakening of humanity. Through this work, my goal is to keep liberating people and pushing the spiritual evolution of the planet forward.
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