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LATEST DIALOGUES Fully Awake and Fully Human

There’s a new conversation emerging in spirituality today. What was relevant thousands of years ago is not so relevant today. People are asking new questions that challenge the traditional view of the spiritual path as a turning away from worldly activity. People want to know what it means to awaken in the midst of ordinary life: Can we awaken out of the dream of separation when relationship triggers us? What happens to sex in awakening? Is there such a thing as an enlightened relationship? Does physical health and well-being matter in awakening? Are work and spirituality incompatible? How do we live selflessly in the modern world? Does the ego die and how can we function in the world without an ego? How can money and spirituality be friends? And so on. This is uncharted territory.

As we take steps towards this exploration, what’s emerging is a whole new relationship to life that gives birth to a whole human being — one that is both fully awake and fully human. To be fully awake is to be empty of identification with form, to stop giving your allegiance to the story of “me”, to know yourself as undivided silence and to allow this silence to emanate through you as the invisible light of unbounded awareness. To be fully human is to embrace 100% the bittersweetness of the earthly experience and surrender wholeheartedly to the waves of life as they pour into you and through you, to allow life to break your heart wide open so that compassion becomes the ground of your being, and to stop trying to avoid or transcend anything in order to “be spiritual”. To be fully awake and fully human is to know emptiness as fullness, and fullness as emptiness.

Perhaps you have touched this paradox in moments of unspeakable stillness amidst the turbulence of life, or when resistance to what is unbearable totally falls away. It’s the inexplicable recognition of nonduality within duality, the ultimate cosmic joke that resounds across the universe as “the peace that passeth all understanding”. When this unconditional laugh lands in your belly, the spiritual search is over. You simply become a lover of what is.

Amoda Maa is a spiritual teacher and author. She offers meetings and retreats, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events, attracting spiritual seekers and people looking for peace and fulfillment in an increasingly chaotic world. Her teachings are free of religion and tradition, and she brings to them a deep understanding of the human journey. Amoda Maa is the author of Radical Awakening and Embodied Enlightenment. She will be presenting at SAND17 US.

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Amoda Maa offers a gentle yet uncompromising pointer to authentic freedom. Her teaching – which is free of all dogma, ideology or tradition – has evolved out a direct experience of awakened presence amidst the depths of personal suffering. Having taken many years for this nod-dual awareness to integrate into ordinary life, today she offers satsangs and retreats to a growing global community. Her invitation is into the untamable fire of truth and to live the luminosity of this truth amidst the mystery and mess of human existence. Amoda Maa is the author of How to Find God in Everything and Change Your Life, Change Your World, and is currently working on a third book called Radical Awakening. She is also the founder of the ‘Foundation for Conscious Change’, a non-profit organization that supports her teaching.

3 Responses to “Fully Awake and Fully Human”

  1. September 08, 2017 at 6:56 am, jayoh said:

    “ …to be fully awake is to be empty of identification with form,”
    Hmm zounds as though this dude is once again selling the separation of mind from body and extrapolating to separating the individual from the environment. Why does it need to be one or the other? Isn’t that a prescription for duality? Seems so to this scribbler. The most ancient of symbols is the Yin/Yang circle of existence. All form is contained within duality. The seeds of all ‘newness’ arises from within each other. Consciousness is experienced in the body as well as the mind. Strip yourself of all sensory input and try to experience consciousness again. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to remove memory of what you did experience with your senses. Humans are not amoeba. Consciousness is not a higher level, it’s only another layer of what it means to be fully human. To call mind which comes from the brain in each of us a higher level is to debase by inference, that which occurs within our bodies. One of the most esteemed teachers of the modern era is ET. Eckhart never says “we are not our body”. He repeatedly states: “Feel the aliveness within your body”. Try to be fully human by not experiencing consciousness without your body? ‘Sides, that which occurs outside such as the back to back hurricanes need not be bothered with, since we are above that. So much BS these ‘daze’ where BS stands for Belief System. Too many new age teaches are inadvertently changing nonduality into NonDualism. Sad!

  2. September 10, 2017 at 2:52 am, MJ said:

    Hi Jayoh, I appreciated your comment, which caught my attention – there are many teachings that I find extremely confusing. I interpreted this differently though, the author may have her own definition of ‘identification with form’. She mentions being fully human, and to embrace the earthly experience, and ‘Embodied enlightenment’ is part of her book title. Personally I feel to be more present is to be more ‘in the body’, the awakening process happening in my body, as you mentioned, we need our bodies to feel. I have found Florian Schlosser and Judith Blackstone to be very clear on embodiment. I may buy this author’s book as well. You have made some really good points here, thank you. All the best

  3. September 23, 2017 at 9:18 am, Roosmarijn said:

    Get connected with

    Acharya Prashant,
    contemporary mystic and non-duality teacher with whom you can interact on the questions you encounter in your present day life.

    Real life and online satsangs and one-on-one meetings.
    Watch him on YT:

    “Real Yoga is not about self-improvement,
    Real Yoga is self-annihilation.

    Real Yoga is not self-decoration,
    Real Yoga is self-dissolution.”

    Excerpt from the book ‘Book of Myths’ by Acharya Prashant

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