Mutual Awakening

A Breath Practice for the New Paradigm

After we learn the Mutual Awakening Practice and are able to enter into Shared-Unity, we can begin to bring Mutual Awakening into our daily lives more actively.  For example, when we are consciously engaged in the activities of our daily lives from within the Shared-Unity — with our eyes open, our bodies moving, speaking or silent — our breathing is one way in which we naturally inhale and exhale Love.  Breathing is a dynamic exchange of Love that continually nourishes our Shared-Reality.  

As we breathe in (receive) Love fully and exhale (give) Love fully, we create an atmosphere in which we can all thrive.  We wake up to the fact that we are always in, and contributing to, the endless slip-stream of Love. Cultivating our ability to exist inside this field of mutuality while we are engaged in the activities of our lives — thinking, eating, remembering, planning, sensing, relating, working — will take us into a new way of being together where Love is the natural exchange.  

Beyond Conversation: Awakening the Space Between Us

We have a family text thread that includes my husband and me, our son, Colin, who is away at college, and our daughter who is at home.  Last night we received a text from Colin that said “word is going around that Paul H. passed away today.” Paul is the younger brother of one of Colin’s close friends.  Sadly, we soon learned that it was true. Paul had indeed died by taking his own life. In our grief, we struggle to understand how this can be true. Paul was a senior in high school who did well in school, went to church, played sports, had a loving family, yet here we are with this tragic truth.  Paul is no longer with us.

Many of us are throwing up our hands in dismay these days.  How can we move through this time? How can we make our interconnection visible?  Some say that conversation is the answer, yet civil conversation seems to be a thing of the past.  Conversation is defined as “the informal interchange of thoughts, information, etc., by spoken words.”   I don’t know about you, but I’m noticing that very little information actually gets exchanged in the divisive climate we are in.

Beyond Contemplation

After his transformative experience at the corner of Fourth and Walnut in Louisville (now Muhammad Ali Boulevard), Thomas Merton wrote “I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness. . . .”

This experience of universal love, of recognizing one’s self in the other, is directly facilitated in the Mutual Awakening Practice.  Like Merton, we discover our interconnectedness with one another, and something larger, but we do it together.