Welcome to my framework for awakening the whole of our beings.
In order to be present, people need to be in touch with every aspect of their being.
The purpose of this framework is to support you to deepen your practice, to reflect on the different aspects of your being and to open up possibilities for you to be more present.
On this page you will find:
Courage & Generosity
Rather than working towards some unattainable state of transcendence, this framework is about facilitating you to be more present in your life for the benefit of you and all beings.
Rather than trying to bypass reality, we are using the most deeply personal aspects of experience to get intimately in touch with the true nature of what it is to be us.
In spiritual practice we can go through awakening experiences that give us glimpses into different ways of being, but if we want to make lasting changes we have to be willing to meet our resistance and connect with experience honestly.
The more courage and generosity we can bring to our practice and life, the deeper it will take us.
The framework divides experience into four parts, presenting the personal and collective aspects of each.
You can work your way through the different parts, or start by taking this quiz to discover which area would be most exciting and beneficial for you to focus on.
Embodied and Interpersonal
The embodied and interpersonal nature of this way of practicing makes it hard to capture in writing. We are connecting with our eros, energy, creativity and whole-heartedness. We’re finding ways to become full and inclusive expressions of our beings and life-force.
The end goal of this practice is to be living an embodied alive life. This is a completely different ballgame to a lot of contemplative practices. We aren’t shying away from the challenges this brings, we are seeing this as an opportunity to create a life that is dedicated to both service to the world and deep pleasure and enjoyment.
We aren’t looking for a way to check out of experience, we are becoming more present in our lives. We are bringing ourselves to life by being willing to embrace all experience and not turn away from it, to welcome it into our experience whole-heartedly for the benefit of us and all beings. We are exposing our vulnerabilities and seeing this as a chance for growth. We are accepting the imperfections of ourselves, others, our experiences and the world and including this in what we are becoming awake to.
We are using all this as fuel to create a better, more fulfilling life for both ourselves and the people around us, as well as to see and feel deeply into every aspect of our experience.
“Awakening is a combination of heart-break, clear seeing, self acceptance, and cosmic jokes”
This approach considers people and their practice to be an eco-system.
Rather than focusing on ‘tipping points’ such as Stream Entry or Enlightenment, this practice focuses on people shifting towards different attractor points over time.
An example of an attractor point would be becoming more open-hearted. These shifts will affect people’s behaviour, sense-making structures and ways of experiencing the world.
There is an encouragement to be ambitious with what can be achieved – the changes can be quite radical and life-changing – while also recognising that it is all a journey and we will never arrive anywhere.
We are cultivating change from the inside, rather than moving towards an external goal.
These diagrams show how this way of practicing differs from a lot of more traditional meditation approaches.
It is through unpacking our subconscious beliefs and emotions and connecting with all the different aspects of our experience that we are able to come into a healthier, more balanced, more alive and more aware version of our being.
Here are some resources for working with the framework in more depth.
I have received feedback that filling these in is incredibly interesting and helps people recognise:
- Why using a holistic approach is important
- The depth and breadth of wisdom that already exists in their practice and teaching
- The gaps in knowledge or areas that need to be refined or developed
Whole Being Framework For Teachers
An exploration into the different aspects of experience and how you incorporate them into your teaching.
Whole Being Review For Practitioners
Links to True Nature Framework
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