Join us this Sunday for our Weekly Gathering with Reverend Joanne Schneider
Rev. Joanne’s topic is “Coming to Peace with Pain”. Rev. Joanne will share about how we go through most of our life trying to avoid pain. But pain can be an important part of our spiritual journey. In the teaching this week we will discuss how we have avoided pain and how we can use pain to deepen our spiritual experience and to find peace. The reader will be Kathy Smith reading from Adyashanti’s True Meditation: discover the freedom of pure awareness.
Our Weekly gathering is held every Sunday morning at 10:15am ET in the Awakening Together Sanctuary. Join us after the Gathering for our Fellowship Hour, hosted by Ken and Rebecca Gibson.
Amoda Maa is a contemporary spiritual teacher and author. In 2002, after many years of spiritual seeking, meditation and immersion in psycho-spiritual practices, an experience of the dark night of the soul led to a profound inner awakening. In surrendering wholeheartedly to the unfolding unknown-ness and aliveness of this moment, she became a “naked lover of what is”. Since that time, all seeking stopped, all methods dropped, and a gentle but unequivocal coming home to rest in unconditioned non-dual awareness has become embodied as a living reality. In 2012, Amoda started speaking from silence in small gatherings in the UK. Today, she offers meetings and retreats to a growing global audience, and is a frequent speaker at SAND conference and other events in the USA. She has recently moved from England to the Bay Area with her husband and beloved, Kavi. She is the author of Radical Awakeningand the soon-to-be-released Embodied Enlightenment.
She says ..
“Awakening hinges on your genuine desire for the discovery of your true nature. If it is to flower in you, you must truly want liberation from everything that is false in you, you must want to give yourself totally to the inquiry into what is true beyond all inherited concepts, ideas and beliefs.
The purpose of my teaching is to ignite this wanting in you. When the flame of this desire becomes an untamable fire, it flips a switch inside of you and the direction of your destiny is irrevocably altered. It’s like turning on the light only to discover that you are this light. This in itself is extra-ordinary: even though you may have heard the words a thousand times, nothing can prepare you for the naked reality that is revealed.
And yet the living experience of this revelation is very ordinary: you have simply re-discovered the innocent wholeness of your essential nature. It’s the you that never was and never will be separate from anything at all. This discovery is the end of suffering and the beginning of freedom.
But awakening is just the beginning. The adventure begins, not in the rarified atmosphere of transcendence, but in the midst of the chaos of life. And living the truth of awakening has perhaps never been more of an imperative than in today’s rapidly changing world.
The invitation is for you to awaken to the pristine perfection of your inner light and then to fully embody and express this light amidst the mystery and mess of human existence.”
Her website … www.amodamaa.com
Common Ground Mini-Series – Rev. Regina Dawn Akers
Please join us in the Awakening Together Sanctuary at 9pm ET – 6pm PT
Regina is sharing a 6-week mini-series called Awakening at Home. She will repeat the teaching she shared at the Awakening Together Fall Retreat. Just like at the retreat, Regina’s mini-series will be focused on awakening skills including meditation, contemplation, journaling, inquiry techniques, mind-watching and awareness. The first two programs will be pre-recorded. As usual, you can donate to support the mini-series. However, Regina has decided that donations for her mini-series will support the Retreat Center Fundraising Campaign. You can donate to Support the Current mini-series under Donate at awakening-together.org.