Read about the framework
Welcome to my framework for awakening and enlivening – becoming more conscious of what is happening in experience and connecting with the part of you that wants and needs to come alive.
This framework is here to facilitate you connecting more deeply with your experience of the world and life. It brings in every aspect of experience to create a harmonious and holistic approach to life.
A lot of meditation and spiritual practice focuses on the mind. There’s no problem with this but if you want an awakening to be long-lasting and have depth to it, it needs to be balanced across the whole of experience.
Consciousness or awarenesss is only one aspect of experience, in exactly the same way that your mind is only one aspect of your being – this framework incorporates every part of you: the body, the heart, the mind and the soul.
This framework is about feeling into your own sense of what these different aspects of experience mean to you, how you construct a sense of reality through them and what would be most beneficial for you to work with.
Rather than working towards some unattainable state of transcendence, this allows you to land more in your experience as it is.
Connecting with it whole-heartedly gives you the opportunity to delve deeper into what really matters and what is really present in your experience. 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 experience.
The structure – of body, heart, mind and soul – echos through cultures and people’s natural way of making sense of the world. Some examples of this are the shadow work four quarter model, the elements, the heart states and the four directions of the mandala.
The purpose of this framework is not to create a concept that you can land on as truth. Each part of us – the body, the heart, the mind and the soul – is an intrinsic piece of the system of life and so no single part can hold all the truth.
Instead, they are a reality that we feel into and make sense of intuitively. There isn’t a single formula or concept we can apply, the four parts are always dancing with each other in a way that means it is impossible to pin down a single system.
The purpose of this framework is to increase the degree of sensitivity and clarity that we can feel into this experience with, in our own unique ways.
One of the aspects of connecting with this more deeply is reimagining how we relate to time. If we can let go of a normal sense of timeline in our practice, we are no longer stuck in a world of justification and cause and effect. We can become present with what is here in this moment for us without judgement.
We are relating to our experience in a timeless way that creates more space, freedom and ability to connect with ourselves and each other.
In order to drop the sense of causes and conditions and arrive in this moment, we need to cultivate a few things:
These three things allow our sense of self-identification and self-consciousness to dissolve. Rather than being caught up in what something says about us, we are being present with what is really here.
If you have done any journeying or imaginal practice, you may have experienced this sense of timelessness and dropping out of the normal timeline of life. It opens a new realm – we drop into a more flowing timeless realm of being because things are allowed to be exactly as they are in this moment; there is less resistance in our minds so we don’t create such a fixed series of events.
When we let go of intellectual grasping, this is the aspect of experience that we land in. It is an intuitive, sensing aspect of life where we allow experience to infuse our entire beings.
Letting go of intellectual grasping doesn’t mean that we can’t connect with this part of experience and understand it in a different way. Instead of fixating we are embracing a more nebulous way of making sense of the world. We are developing a sensitivity towards it and allowing ourselves to be absorbed into the flow of life.
Through connecting in this way, we start losing the separation between what is me and what is the rest of the world. We are letting experience saturate every aspect of us and infuse our experience, whether it is positive or negative. In order for this to work, we have to let go of our ideas about what is right and wrong and allow things to be a more free expression.
We are destroying and transmuting the parts of us that resist certain energies or emotions. We are opening up our bodies, energy bodies, minds and hearts to allow more of life to freely express itself – liberating life to dance freely through us without us rejecting or controlling parts of it. This requires a radical acceptance of all experience.
A sense of physical and psychological safety gives us the permission and confidence to really go to these places, to not hold back and to allow all of experience to permeate us.
This is how we transform karma or trauma within us – by being willing to face our shadows and integrate them, rather than enacting them in the world.
Rather than turning away from what is difficult, we are embracing our suffering, going through it and trusting that we will be carried out the other side.
By embracing our place in the suffering, that is the only way we can integrate it. Integrating suffering is not an intellectual concept that we are understanding, it is an embodied experience, we are whole-heartedly accepting it and the impact it has on us.
If we make changes at this level, then we will see radical and lasting transformations that will benefit us and all the people around us. It will also open doors for us to reach new depths of experience and practice incredibly quickly.
Through this process we are rewiring and recalibrating how we respond to things – not just how we think about things, but how we feel about things and how we intuit or sense the world around us. We are developing the capacity to be resilient and capable human beings that can meet experience with a sense of clarity, fearlessness and compassion.
This opens us to a radical and deep-seated place of compassionate presence in our lives, no matter what it throws at us, and an increased capacity to reach interesting states of consciousness.
If we can be with the raw edges of life, see them for what they are and not be judgemental about them, we can speak honestly and with a degree of clarity that is incredibly powerful.
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, embracing our whole selves and finding ways to become full and inclusive expressions of our beings and life-force.
Music, imagery and shared practice in the right setting is perfect for bringing this to life in us. We want to be connecting in a way that feels like it has depth, soul and layers to it. We want to be in a physically and psychologically safe environment that is allowing us to let go of judgement and fear.
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 bringing ourselves to life by being willing to see the hardship and not turn away from it, to welcome it into our experience whole-heartedly. We are exposing our vulnerabilities and seeing this as a chance for growth. We are accepting the imperfections of ourselves, others 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 the true nature of our experience.
In this way of practicing there is less separation between what is practice and what is life. We are developing a sensitivity to the subtlety of concepts and experiences, through every aspect of experience.
We are engaging more whole-heartedly with people and allowing the world to impact us, both in a meditative setting and in our wider life.
This way of approaching spirituality is a process of discovering your own story and connecting with your own experience. No-one can tell you the truth of experience, you need to go on your own journey and work through your own process. This holds the keys to what you are here to do and who you are here to be.
Cultivating this sense of awakeness, depth and presence will inherently be creating the capacity in you to be able to hold space for others; we can only meet in others what we have met in ourselves. Deep suffering in life can lead us to deep wisdom, when we are willing and able to show up and really feel it in experience.
I have found that this style of practice tends to be attractive to people who have had a hard life, who know what matters and who are determined to create a better world by supporting themselves and others to thrive.
We aren’t expecting the Universe to hand the perfect experience to us on a plate – we recognise the darkness and challenge of life and are willing to walk through the storm to come out the other side simultaneously stronger and more open to the world for it.
The world needs people who can see things for what they are and face them with integrity. People who know what matters and who know what leads to real deep-seated joy for themselves and others. People who are willing to stand up for these things.
This is the path that waking up to the full-spectrum of experience will take you on.
The true nature of reality
Is there is no true nature
Every part of your experience
Is as valid as every other part
Find the people that feed your soul
Be fierce in the fight for wellbeing
Open your heart and mind to change
Tell your story bravely
This is how you become the creator
Of a truly joyful life
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