Mutual Awakening

Moving Beyond Brokenness

For centuries now, humans have been struggling against one another.  In fact, we even struggle against ourselves. My years of wrestling with depression, eating disorders, alcohol abuse, relationship issues, and bursts of reactive rage at the injustice of it all, revealed something to me about myself.  Being close to my own suffering brought me closer to the suffering of others, and ultimately illuminated the human condition.

We are all broken.  We all have our reasons. Sometimes we’re shattered by the choices we make ourselves; other times we are fractured by things that happen to us, and that we would never choose.  While our brokenness is one aspect of our shared humanity, and is the basis for our search for comfort, meaning, and healing, too often it becomes an identity that keeps us in the cycle of suffering instead of popping us into a new way of living and being together.

A Living Relationship of Love

The inter-being, emergence, the spark of shared-realization, and the interdependent relationship of love are alive in so many places.  While I generally talk about these rich topics in relation to the Mutual Awakening Practice, developed by Patricia Albere, here is beautiful rendition of these truths as they emerge through music.

I invite you to check out this interview with Sam and Paula Guarnaccia about The Emergent Universe Oratorio (EUO).  EUO is an hour-and-a-half long choral and orchestral piece composed by my friend Sam, produced by Paula, his wife, and often co-presented with a series of dynamic paintings created by the extraordinary visual artist, Cameron Davis.


Moving Beyong "Barbed-Wire Entanglement"

For me, this poem beautifully points to the expanded realm of consciousness that is made available to us as we enter into collective, or mutual awakening. Doing this simple, eyes open meditation practice with another person reliably takes us beyond the “barbed-wired entanglement” or separation, that we currently live in, into a shared reality that is truly “…a marvelous rich world of contact and sheer fluid beauty,” one where we know we are intimately connected.