10 Reasons Why Waking Down Works So Well
for people who want to
Awaken whole-bodily and live an authentic conscious life
1. Waking Down
"greenlights" every part of who you have
been, are, and are becoming.
The whole spirit of the Waking Down
work continually says "YES!" to your whole being. It welcomes you to be here,
become whole, and fulfill your optimal potential. No part of you is
fundamentally wrong or bad. There is no call to fundamentally reject, resist,
fear or despise even your most cut-off parts or anti-social or self-destructive
And, your most sublime potential self-awareness and
expression is in many ways more shy, vulnerable, and tender than even those
anti-social, cut-off qualities of self. Here all of your parts get greenlighted.
Paradoxically, that deep acceptance leads not only to recognition and release,
but also, over time, to conscious reconfiguration and regeneration.
2. Waking Down is democratic, warmly humane, pragmatic,
experiential, and "sticky."
There is no pecking order in terms of
personal worthiness or having your voice heard. Disrespect of others is not
welcome but those who might display it get treated warmly and welcomed in humane
ways to recognize and correct their course. Teachers and other leaders do not
deliberately embarrass anyone. They don't preach at or disparage people and they
are accountable for their speech and actions as is everyone else. They know how
to apologize and they don't put themselves on pedestals or allow others to do
that to them. When any of us make mistakes, we work things out with one another.
We really do love each other a lot. And we show it.
Because each one's
uniqueness is so highly valued, everyone's approach to finding their own
distinctive path is cherished. And the work is quite pragmatic. It's both
experiential and experimental. Because they are not being required to conform
themselves to outward ideals, people find that the insights, transformations,
and awakenings they undergo are "sticky." They tend to last.
Waking Down is ego-friendly and ego-transcending.
that's right: both, or "both/and." Your fundamental, individual sense of "I" or
"me" gets included in this approach. You don't have to fight to overcome it. It
doesn't get bashed or humiliated or subjected to "crazy wisdom" by teachers who
assume it's the enemy of your growth and transformation. You don't have to "get
over your (ego's) story." Instead, we welcome your story and all your egoic
You may have been fighting a war against obvious limits of your
seemingly false self in order to attain the limitlessness of a true Self beyond
ego. As that war comes to an end, you in effect sign a peace treaty with all
your parts in your heart, soul, and whole body. This includes even your most
cut-off shadow material, your "broken zones" or disowned voices of self. The
energy, attention, and awareness that get liberated for your further integration
and your whole-being Awakeness "with your ego intact but, gratefully, no longer
separate from your impersonal, transcendent yet all-inclusive essence" will be
a wonderful discovery.
4. Waking Down is generated
from the very root-source of your life and awareness.
In this work,
you soon recognize that the state-of-the-art evolutionary force of
transformation you're plugged into is self-activating from your own source. The
living Spirit-fire of Being is like a pilot light at the heart-core of your
bodily and spiritual existence. It's as if the gas mysteriously gets turned up
at that pilot light. The "Sun" of awareness at your core starts rising, becoming
The juice of the process comes from beyond your
thinking mind or your will to practice effectively. It feels greater than you
and yet deeply intimate to you. You then cooperate with this core-generated
power that's changing you from within. It's much more like flowing downstream in
a river than like a climber heroically ascending the vertical face of a high
5. Waking Down is
Most spiritual practices rely heavily on
your capacity to practice primarily by dint of intention and will even if the
goal is surrender to some form of grace. This work relies most in the early
phases on your receiving and metabolizing the transmission of the Awakened
condition, principally from awakened Waking Down teachers.
presence tends to "turn up the gas at the pilot light" in your own essential
core. You may also find this activating transmission in various teachers'
writings, audio recordings, and videos. More and more, it's coming alive in and
among community members, especially when they gather, even virtually, to explore
and celebrate this Way of living.
6. Waking Down is
NOT cookie-cutter, regimented, hierarchical, or dissociative.
likes to say, "This is not a cookie-cutter process!" It's not one-size-fits-all,
so that everyone does the same practices. It's uniquely tailored to each
individual. The teachers are happy to advise but they will not tell you what to
do. There are no strict regimens, dress codes, dietary restrictions, required
disciplines, required ways of speaking and acting, and so on.
functional advancement of teachers and others is recognized and put to use,
there is no assumption of anyone's existential, hierarchical superiority.
Dissociation and alienation are generally viewed as symptoms of spiritual
bypassing. But people are not made wrong for manifesting such symptoms. They're
greenlighted, held, supported, and helped to feel deeper and open into real
7. Waking Down is Matter-positive,
body-positive, and Earthly life-positive as well as Spirit-positive.
We see Matter as being equally real, divine, and important as Spirit.
Waking "Down" involves coming into a fusion of Spirit and Matter, and of
instinct and intelligence. It also involves a quality of embodiment that, so
many of us have discovered, you have to experience to really appreciate. It's
just so deep and unexpected, it can't really be described.
of years much advanced spirituality has been built upon and perpetuates a
Spirit/Matter split or chasm in human consciousness and character. Even today,
if you listen closely to their teachings, many of the most awakened and
life-positive spiritual leaders are still trying to negotiate an uneasy truce
with Matter from the Spirit side of that split. Waking Down is
radically Matter-positive. It greenlights our animal nature as much as our
spiritual refinement. It's body-positive and profoundly positive about Earth,
the biosphere, and our earthly lives.
8. Waking Down
is a welcoming melting pot from the Global Living Lineage of spirituality
where something new is always cooking!
People have come into Waking
Down, and continue to, from many different schools, traditions, lineages and
teachings. Practitioners are encouraged to love and respect the real gifts
they've received in the past ' and those from whom they have received them. We
honor the traditions and teachers that have preceded us and made our Way
possible. We also honor that we are the beneficiaries of sacrifices that
millions of dedicated people worldwide have made for the sake of wisdom and the
betterment of all.
Still, we are not constrained by being beholden to
any tradition other than that of truth, love, and service to all. Our Way
diverges from its predecessors in ways we're pointing to here. As one great
scientist said of his own innovations several hundred years ago, if we see far,
it's because we're standing on the shoulders of giants. As inheritors of the
Global Living Lineage, our emergent tradition is also a kind of melting pot. And
we feel we honor our predecessors best by letting whatever we are, transform or
cook into whatever it can best become.
9. Waking Down is you-centric and us-centric, not tradition-centric,
doctrine-centric, or teacher-centric.
Part of the newness of the
tradition we are establishing is a different centeredness. So many of the old
ways teach people to cherish elements of tradition, doctrines, shrines, special
objects and artifacts, or living and dead teachers much more than themselves and
Waking Down is aspirant-centric. It invites you to hold
yourself as the most precious dimension of the whole Way, for you. And it
invites you also to hold as precious the "We" space you have with all of us as
your fellow practitioners, teachers, and leaders. It doesn't make a fetish of
any teacher, any sacred object or text, any special place or teaching, but only
values all of these as servants of the real human beings who together comprise
this wonderful emerging community.
10. Waking Down
is an unstoppable, bio-spiritually natural evolutionary event.
the Sun in your heart is activated, not even your most broken zones can prevent
it from rising. They cannot prevent your full, bio-spiritual, awakened wholeness
and unique purpose from coming front and center in your life.
have thought or been trained to think of yourself as a small, somewhat
miserable, spiritually impoverished ego struggling to climb the great Mountain
to spiritual awakening and freedom. In Waking Down, you begin to
realize that this is a terribly inaccurate view. The process itself changes your
mind about you and about everyone. You realize that you are part of a great
Event in nature ~ that the Sun in your heart-core is truly rising and nothing
can stop it ~ that you are that Sun, you are that Event and that we are all
here for a grand, cooperative evolutionary transformation in service to all
on behalf of the Waking Down Teachers Association