Amoda Maa is a fresh clear voice of the grounded feminine, now offering satsang internationally. She speaks directly to the embodiment of nondual understanding in body, speech, and action. As she writes: "Enlightenment is no longer a secret reserved for mystics, nor a luxury indulged in by privileged Westerners seeking to become 'more spiritual.' If we are to take a quantum leap into a new future, enlightenment is a necessity, and it needs to come down from the mountaintop and get its hands dirty in the marketplace of human affairs."
Something that has never happened before is happening today: we can actually participate in the awakening process. Historically, enlightenment has been regarded as an extraordinary experience, usually reserved for the male aspirant. Today, however, the good news is that although awakening itself is the same as it was thousands of years ago, it’s more directly available to each one of us in the midst of ordinary life.
These days, more than ever before, an intensification of energies is available that compels us to consciously collaborate in waking up out of the dream of separation. It’s a new frequency that demands our yes, because nothing less will do if we are to successfully survive and thrive, both as individuals and as a species. This yes has nothing to do with willfulness; it’s not a big shout of “I can do it.” On the contrary, it’s a profoundly silent yes that chooses to meet life from the luminous wholeness of an inner dimension of consciousness. And yet it is infinitely more powerful than any action taken from a divided mental perspective. Perhaps it’s gradually dawning on us that the dissolution of egoic identification and the ensuing discovery of our underlying true nature might well be the answer to our global problems.
And yet, something more than the orthodox model of enlightenment is required today. Traditional spiritual teachings all emphasize the cultivation of an inner state of stillness that awakens us to the truth of our being-nature; and this, they say, is achieved by turning away from worldly activity. Whilst the recognition of our essential nature as this being-ness is the foundation of awakening, what was relevant thousands of years ago is not so relevant today. An exponential increase of pace and pressure in today’s world brings a new perspective to enlightenment that asks us to reframe our understanding of what it means to be an awakened human being. What’s important now is that awakening is no longer about abandoning physical reality in order to live a spiritual life; rather, it’s about the fulfillment of our divine destiny by living the truth of our inner radiance whilst in earthly bodies.
If awakening is to serve a real purpose in our lives, it needs to find new forms of expression through our everyday interactions. And if this awakening is to serve a purpose in the bigger picture of birthing a new humanity, it needs to engage us fully with the evolutionary impulse of existence.
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