Conscious Community

The secret to our optimism about the possibility of creating a functional and liberatory diverse conscious community comes from both;

  • a lived experience and palpable knowing of the extreme nature of the environmental crisis that is fast approaching, and
  • the radical abandonment of faith in the human mind in solving the problems that it created itself. There is an older operating system intrinsic to each and every human being. The being. And it is mind that obstructs one’s knowing of self in this way, as it unfolds in the timeless present moment.

“Qualities such as kindness, humility, dignity, compassion, respect, generosity, courage, integrity, humor and creativity all arise from the recognition or intuition that beneath our differences we share our being. Such qualities are expressions of the divine in a human being.”

Rupert Spira “You Are the Happiness You Seek”

In this module, we explore “flow state,” which is the experience of the captivating intelligence that only manifests when the mind goes quiet (and disappears when the mind reactivates.) Artists, musicians, athletes, mystics and children all know this state well.

Flow State Explorations through:

  • Forest batheing (Shinrin-yoku)
  • Dancing
  • Improvisation
  • Movement
  • Drumming
  • Music
  • Meditation
  • Silence
  • Whatever works for you

We will also explore the descriptions of this knowing in many of the world’s spiritual traditions — this is typically found in the “mystical traditions” of each religion, and in the embodied knowing that arises spontaneously and then dies with dogma. Taoism, Sufism, Kabbalah, Christianity, Baha’i, Shamanism, Dzogchen, Advaita, Non-duality (and many more.) Words, being a tool of the mind, are at an inherent disadvantage in describing this truth, but we still use them as the flawed road signs they are.

“I don’t ask anybody to follow any particular path. I just tell them to be what they are, in their natural, spontaneous state. Stabilize there, in the beingness.”

Nisargadatta Maharaj

How each human mind relates to, and make meaning from, this experience, is a personal choice. Suffering is everyone’s teacher. When someone has gone through absolute hell and emerged from it with more joy and less ego, we are curious about that.

Ramana Maharshi, the self-realized sage from south India, barely spoke during his 55 years of teaching. But once he described his own teaching as “the stick that stirs the fire,” because whatever method one uses to understand truth with the mind must also eventually burn.

Whether it’s a doctor, a spiritual teacher or a helper, their credibility rides on how their model liberates you eventually from needing them. Any therapeutic or spiritual model that cultivates dependence is not grounded in the deepest truth.

Yes, this is radical.

It is an abandonment of identification with the habitual, conditioned patterns of mind. What impact does this have on community dynamics? Let’s find out.