Already Calm, Alert, Loving & Wise
“We are in need of straightforward, direct, and approachable forms of spirituality* that are firmly grounded in the ancient wisdom traditions of our ancestors, while at the same time fully embracing the modern wisdom of both psychology and science. And while good and useful maps of this inclusive terrain of liberation are important, we also need wise and loving guides and mentors who themselves embody the road ahead – lest we end up staring at the map instead of taking the journey ourselves. This is no small task, but it is a necessary task if we are to continue to evolve our experiential knowledge of who and what we are, and to embody ever greater vistas of freedom and love in this ever-changing world of ours. For our human heart cries out for freedom, just as the heart of the world cries out for our wise and loving participation within it.” Adyashanti
“Shift into Freedom is designed to help you shift out of the separate, small sense of self that makes you feel alienated, alone, anxious, and fearful and into the support of awake awareness that is already calm, alert, loving, and wise.”
Loch Kelly. “Shift into Freedom. The Science and Practice of Open-hearted Awareness.” Sounds True, 2015.
* " Spirituality, if we look back through history, was never meant to be separate from daily life. ... Spirituality is living in harmony with life, with our own personal life, with our own inborn imperative to develop and evolve and mature and grow. It’s about living in alignment with the life around us in the human community and the community of all that live. And it’s about living in alignment with the universe."
Reginald A. Ray “Somatic Descent.” Sounds True, 2016.
* "Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don't know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry asleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. You know, all mystics – Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion – are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare.”
Anthony de Mello. “Awareness. The Perils and Opportunities of Reality.” Doubleday, 1992.
Katie Hoffman "Fuschia Branch" www.katiehoffman.com