Waking Down exists for our mutual awakening and embodying of Infinite Consciousness. We have found that the direct route to this type of awakening lies not in striving to rise above our human tendencies, but in falling totally into them with conscious awareness. This, along with an investigation of Consciousness, and transmission of Being, catalyzes a quantum shift in identity. We find that we are no longer exclusively identified with our finite human self, but have shifted to a profound, unshakable, paradoxical knowing of ourselves as unbounded Consciousness and finite matter simultaneously. Continued deepening in mutuality with others leads to an ever-increasing ability to live a compassionate and skillful divinely human life.
Three Synergistic Elements
Waking: Our path of awakening includes the investigation and realization of Consciousness as our own fundamental identity, and as the core essence of all life. This realization is made possible in our work through the direct imparting of the awakened condition from one individual to another. This involves a living transmission of "Being" that simultaneously nurtures and challenges the receiver to claim this awakened condition as his/her own. The further enlivenment of the student's state of Self-awareness is facilitated by engaging in optional gazing meditations, private sessions with awakened teachers, self-inquiry, and spending time listening to and reading available books, CD's, videos, and other writings. In a relatively short time, students may notice that something is shifting in them, and that this shift is clearly having an impact on almost every aspect of their lives. Within a few years, most serious students complete this transition of awakening into what we call the "second birth." and are well on their way to integrating that awakening into all aspects of their lives.
Down: WD teachers guide the student to awaken as Divine Consciousness in this human form. Because of this full presence in the body, it is our experience that students may re-encounter difficult feelings and material from their past. We encourage each individual to follow the prompts of their own being, learning to allow and be with all that is arising in their bodies and feelings. Even though integrating these emotions and feelings is a natural part of the embodiment process, feelings may be intense and move quickly at times. We recommend that participants use their WD teachers, mentors, and friends as support during this process. Support teams can also include other therapeutic modalities outside the WD community. In addition, several WD teachers are trained in helpful therapeutic and shamanic modalities.
The Down aspect of Waking Down also refers to the descent of the Divine into this human form. This involves a gradual embracing and claiming of our innate magnificence, universal support, and interconnected creative purpose. The unfolding of each individual's unique soul nature is celebrated in the Waking Down community.
in mutuality: Much of our healing and unfolding of Self can only occur in relationship with others. Others can call us forward to be all that we are. Others can greenlight us in wounded places that we often reject. Others can do for us what we often cannot do for ourselves, initially. Valuing mutuality, we agree to try to do our best to honor our own true selves in all communication and action, while simultaneously honoring and respecting others who are attempting to do the same. We continuously cultivate a respect for the validity of each person's unique perspective, as well as a willingness to be with the inevitable discomfort of the differences between our truth and that of others. We understand that while there is an egalitarian honoring of each other's truth and essence in Being, mutuality simultaneously calls us to respect the natural structures of eldership in our process.
September 2013: Refinement on "What is