In this past year we’ve had many demonstrations in Washington, DC, Berkeley, New York City and all over the United States and in the world. Millions have gathered to continue the fight for civil rights and to further perfect the reality of our freedom and respect for one another. More than ever, human progress depends on the establishment of freedom in all dimensions of human life – outer forms and inner. Many of us have fought for freedom in the outer world for equality, human rights, freedom from oppression and in our inner world as well, freedom from our inner limitations, self-imposed suffering, negative beliefs, shadow issues and much more. We have fought to find our inner freedom so we can love fully, think clearly, express ourselves clearly and find fulfillment and peace..
This fall as I was teaching and working in California, I was moved by how much territory has been taken in the domain of individual awareness and personal liberation. Some people have explored many different paths, others more singular in their devotion and study, but in the end, it’s clear that many of us have more real freedom from habitual patterns of our egos and the all-consuming issues of fear and survival.
I’ve met a wide assortment of courageous and beautiful human beings that have studied, meditated, cried, surrendered, breathed and worked their way through so much of what displaces our personal freedom – our ability to truly know who we are and awaken to why we are here and have greater capacity to take action in the world.
From a world centric perspective, it’s obvious that work of establishing greater freedom and equality needs to continue until we have a world that respects and cares for all of us. From a cosmo-centric perspective, the question arises as to where the next conquest of freedom for human consciousness lies? What is the edge of development that human beings who are relatively free, need to discover and embody?
The kind of freedom I am being drawn to now happens with others. Together we are discovering a shared consciousness that is fluid, flowing, interpenetrating, attuned and unselfconscious. As I’ve become more stable in this quality of consciousness, I find the idea of focusing on ‘working on oneself’ a bit heavy and limiting instead of liberating. To stop the flow of the moment to bring forth an issue or shadow piece, to create strategies or goals or to try to manipulate the content or quality of my consciousness seems not only disruptive but strangely, counterproductive. All of those things are still important and arise in the present but they are happening spontaneously and unselfconsciously.
As the complexity of freedom develops for human beings, it makes sense that we would begin to move into a kind of consciousness that is completely free and unaware of self. It’s a consciousness that is liberated from the compulsion for constant self awareness, it is free of the need to be conscious of being consciousness. We begin to experience freedom from self sense of even witnessing consciousness. We awaken into a flow of action that feels free of us. ‘We’ aren’t doing anything – it’s just happening and the desire to discuss and breakdown what happened or tell a story about how it felt, also feels disruptive to the flow.
This kind of freedom of Being maps onto the quality of consciousness extreme athletes find themselves in or people in the midst of an entirely creative act. This consciousness could be called freedom itself.
The development of this freedom is being revealed in the work I’ve been sharing around the mutual awakening practice in particular. The practice of mutual awakening and the continual building of the connectivity and intense focus on the space between us dissolves the membranes of separateness and self-concern and allows this consciousness of unity to have a foothold in our daily existence. As we embody this freedom – we are more powerfully orchestrated by something greater – so that we can together bring beauty and justice to this world.
If you are curious about this practice, I am doing a short intensive focused solely on mutual awakening – check it out here – people can join us as late at Wednesday, July 5th. http://evolutionarycollective.com/mutual-awakening-course/
Come if you are moved to – the space between us is where it’s all happening….
With Appreciation & Love,