New to this site?
So, you've heard about Waking Down and now you want to learn more about it? Welcome!
This section, for Newcomers, is designed to help you get a sense of whether this path might be useful to you at this time. The section "About" provides much more information about Waking Down when you are ready to dive in. Our teachers and mentors are listed on their respective pages-where many have posted bios and other essays of interest about this path. Workshops, seminars, and retreats are posted in the "Events" section, along with a page listing all the regular sittings that are offered in different areas of the country. Visit the "Resources" section for available books, recordings, and some relevant links. And contact information is available on the "Contact Us" page.
Do any of these sound like you?
If you are like many of the people who find themselves drawn to this path, you are likely to be aware of your spiritual nature but somehow feel frustrated with your attempts to embody it-to live your life as an awakened person. You may have spent years trying to improve, fix, or transcend your human limitations, only to find that ultimately you have little to show for all your efforts. Or perhaps you have had some significant spiritual opening, only to watch it fade away leaving you with an aching longing to recapture the sense of wholeness and unity it revealed.
You might feel like you are having a mid-life crisis, because the strategies you used in the past to make your life work just aren't working for you anymore, and your life is unraveling around you in small, or perhaps quite significant, ways. You may be feeling discouraged-or even despairing-of ever realizing your heart's desire to realize your true and total self and awaken fully in this lifetime.
If any of these sound like you, take heart! These signs may be symptoms of a spontaneous ripening and readiness for a different approach, one that doesn't involve strategies of self-improvement but instead a deep, total encounter with the truth of how things are.
Even if you have already had some form of awakening, you might be drawn to Waking Down if you 1) are oriented toward embodiment and mutuality or 2) want to connect with others who can see you in your totality, and meet you as that.
In most cases the only real prerequisite for this work is a sincere interest in discovering how it might support you in your awakening process and a willingness to give it a try. If you feel drawn, if you have a deep heart-longing to reach your potential for a permanent awakening in this lifetime, you are welcome!
What you can expect from following this path
A remarkable percentage of those who find their way to involvement in Waking Down achieve a permanent shift of awakening at the core of their being within a relatively brief time (the average is about two years). They go from feeling fundamentally confused, separate, or insufficient to "landing" in a direct knowing of their nature as both infinite Consciousness and finite human being. They become divinely human-not just conceptually but as a lived experience.
Along the way, they also learn how to be kinder to themselves and others, knowing that we ALL share the predicament of being mortal and imperfect beings. But this is not just a school of "nice." Embodiment in this work means being fully alive and fully expressed-including the entire range of feelings and emotions. It means finding your authentic voice, and your passion. It means giving yourself greater permission to be here, and to live out your potential in ways you might not have imagined before.
The road to this is not always an easy one, and it would be unfair of us not to acknowledge that. But the payoff of this work is a profound, lasting, and ultimately unshakeable wellness of Being that persists no matter what storms may be brewing in one's outer life. Most participants find themselves discovering a new sense of ease within themselves and with life, new possibilities opening before them, and a growing confidence in Being. Their relationships unfold in amazing ways, and more and more, their lives become an expression of what really matters to them.
If you found yourself in the descriptions above, or if any of this sounds like what you'd like for your own life, we would like to offer our support to you as you travel this path.