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.