What we’re about
Many of us recognize that our culture’s established mindset of “What’s in it for me, at all costs and without consideration for humanity and Mother Nature” is neither satisfying us as individuals nor serving humanity. There is a longing for a shift in consciousness. As Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, puts it, “We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.”
For most of us, that path of awakening has been strictly an individual journey. Most of our spiritual practices have a deep inward focus, and we’ve been taught that meditation is something we do quietly, in solitude and with our eyes closed. And while it’s important to awaken and develop individually . . . it can make us feel achingly alone – as if we have to carry the future all on our own. So instead of retreating within ourselves . . . to truly wake up from our separateness, we can turn toward each other to bring forth this new consciousness, together.
Mutual Awakening is an emergent, spiritual practice that's done together, speaking and with our eyes open. Unlike our solo journeys of transformation and enlightenment, we can't do this work alone. In this practice, our shared attention opens up a field of possibility between us - it literally awakens the space We are in. We feel an incredible sense of unity with each other, and we ignite a field that orchestrates movement in our individual and collective lives, opening us up to something beyond Self and Other.
At a time when everything destructive in the world is coming from the degree to which we “other” each other, this practice strengthens our capacity to be awake with/in a sustained consciousness of Unity.
Until recently, people have had to travel to New York City or San Francisco to experience this practice, but it's now being offering online in free introductory sessions, small group classes, and an ongoing, daily practice community.