Who are you really? Are you your body, mind, and personality? Or are you the spacious awareness in which they appear? Questions like these point us to the infinite Oneness and Presence that is the true source of peace, happiness, and love. Satsang means "gathering together to inquire into our true nature." It is an opportunity through inquiry and dialogue to discover that the love, peace, and happiness you have been seeking are available inside of you here and now. Satsang is a chance to finally rest from all seeking and struggle and to experience directly the completeness and perfection of your Being. You will discover the sweet richness that is revealed when you give the truth your undivided attention.
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Online Christ Consciousness Transmission Gatherings Are Now Offered Four Times a Week
What is love and where is it found? We search for love and try to get love, and yet it seems like we never get enough. Even when we've found it, it can slip away as time passes. What if there is a source of love that never fades and is always available? What if love is as near and easy as breathing? What if you have been "looking for love in all the wrong places" instead of actually lacking love?
Love is both simpler and more mysterious and subtle than we imagine it to be. Love is simply the spacious, open attention of our awareness, which is the gentlest, kindest, and most intimate force in the world. It touches things without impinging on them. It holds all of our experience but doesn't hold it down or hold it back. And yet, inherent in awareness is a pull to connect and even merge with the object of your awareness.
It's this seemingly contradictory nature of awareness-the completely open and allowing nature of it and its passionate pull to blend with and even become the object of its attention-that gives life its depth and sweetness. There is nothing more satisfying than this delicious dilemma of being both apart from and, at the same time, connected to something you see, hear, or feel.
Awareness is the beginning of all separation. Prior to awareness, there is just oneness or "is-ness," with nothing separate from the oneness that would be able to experience it. With the birth of awareness comes the subtle distinction of two things: that which is aware and the object of awareness. And yet, those two are connected by this mysterious force we are calling awareness, or love.
This flow of awareness and love that connects you to all you experience is the true source of satisfaction and joy. We have all experienced it to some degree. Whenever you fall in love with a person, pet, piece of music, beautiful object, or anything else, you have felt this flow of intimate, connected awareness. Unfortunately, we've been taught to believe that the source of this good feeling was the object of our affection. So we suffered whenever we lost our apparent source. When your lover leaves, your beloved pet dies, the concert ends, or your dream home is repossessed, you feel bereft of that loving, connected feeling....
What Christ Consciousness Transmission Is and Is Not
We call this Christ Consciousness Transmission, so I wanted to say a little bit about what Christ Consciousness is and is not. Christ Consciousness is a higher dimension or aspect of consciousness. Even though it is called Christ Consciousness, it does not belong to Jesus even though he experienced it in his life on earth very fully, and he continues to experience it very fully now. And in the same sense, it does not belong to anyone here today, although everyone here today has an equal capacity and potential to experience it.
When we say that we are transmitting Christ Consciousness, it really just means that Gina and I, Peter and Jenai, and all of the ascended masters that participate in this gathering (including Jesus, Mother Mary, Yogananda, Anandamayi Ma, and several others) are experiencing this higher consciousness to such a degree that we also act as antenna and transmit it to others. But to some degree, every one of you on this call will experience the same higher consciousness and so you will also naturally and inherently transmit it to others, including your family, friends and acquaintances. And everyone on this call can to varying degrees even embody this dimension of consciousness.
Once you have experienced this Christ Consciousness, then you will also naturally have the ability to connect to it anytime. So you can tap into it during the rest of the week and under any circumstances. Simply by holding the thought of Christ Consciousness, you will to some degree connect to it and experience it.
These gatherings are simply an enhanced opportunity to connect in this way. The 27 ascended masters and others from higher dimensions that assist on these meetings work with each person here individually to provide just what is needed to more fully awaken and heal each of you. They have shared that they literally duplicate themselves to give you exactly and specifically what you need. This can be both a direct transmission of higher consciousness and/or a clearing of any blocks or conditioning that might be limiting your ability to connect with and ultimately embody and live as this higher consciousness.
No one here owns this Christ Consciousness because it is ultimately a fundamental aspect of who and what you are. Do you own awareness? Or do you share it with every other being? It is both your birthright and your unlimited potential to experience Christ Consciousness and to know it as a fundamental part of your true nature, and it is our deepest wish and intention that these gatherings support and enhance your innate ability to experience and live this capacity to its fullest potential.
We offer online transmissions every Thursday and Sunday at 11:00 am Pacific time, and also every Tuesday and Saturday at 5:00 pm Pacific time. Everyone is welcome the first time for free (by donation after that). More info is here.
What Is the Role of a Spiritual Teacher or Mentor?
In general, a teacher or mentor is a person who guides, instructs, or helps another in the process of gaining knowledge, understanding, or skills. What about a spiritual teacher or mentor? What is their role? And more specifically what does a spiritual teacher or spiritual mentor in the nondual or Advaita tradition do?
A spiritual teacher/mentor’s role is unique in that the goal is not to transmit knowledge or understanding as much as it is to somehow bring about a recognition in the student of the student’s own pre-existing nature. This is a much more subtle thing than simply teaching someone a skill or understanding. It is not that a spiritual teacher never provides spiritual teachings or knowledge or understanding, but that knowledge or understanding by itself is not the goal. A student can have a broad knowledge of spiritual principles, and yet can still not have truly recognized those principles as being inherent in his or her own being. So spiritual teachers or mentors may teach a lot or they may not teach anything, depending on what the student needs in that moment to experience this deeper recognition of their own true nature.
This may seem like a subtle distinction between the role of a spiritual teacher and a regular teacher, but it makes a huge difference. The regular teacher usually has something specific to transmit, and there is often an implied assumption that the student will have more understanding or be better off when the teaching is completed. But the spiritual mentor or teacher is pointing to something that is already present in the student. It is like teaching someone to have shoulders. You can’t really teach the having of shoulders to someone who already has shoulders! But you can help them become more aware of the shoulders they already have....
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Nothing Personal: Seeing Beyond the Illusion of a Separate Self by Nirmala.
Nothing Personal leads you to the experience of your true nature and helps you explore its depth. Through exposition, questions and dialogues, it brings you to a place of realization of the Truth: you are the spacious Awareness in which everything appears.