Michael A. Rodriguez on Awareness and Awakening (#63)
Michael’s spiritual path began 23 years ago with Zen and subsequently included a master’s degree in theology from Harvard, long-term stays at two monasteries, and profound engagements with Vedanta, Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, Kashmir Shaivism, and Christian mysticism. He was especially influenced by Nisargadatta, Mooji, and Rupert Spira. During a five-year period of purification and intensive self-inquiry, his search came to an end with an Awakening that revealed the infinite and eternal nature of the Self. His body and mind then underwent a radical transformation that established the seamlessness and aliveness of all experience.
Drawing always from his direct experience, Michael speaks with great clarity and compassion about the undivided nature of Life or Consciousness, always pointing to reality in a way that is free from dogma, ritual, or adherence to any particular tradition. He draws skillfully from the world’s wisdom traditions and also integrates Jungian psychology, literature, music, and art into his work to address the full range of human potential. He offers meetings, retreats, and private sessions here in the United States and abroad. His book–Boundless Awareness: A Loving Path to Spiritual Awakening and Freedom from Suffering–will be published by Non-Duality Press / New Harbinger in March 2018 (though you can now pre-order the book on Amazon).
In this episode, we discuss:
- the role of literature in spiritual practice
- the vibratory potency of words in both literature and religious texts
- how the awakening process can be supported through the recognition of beauty
- the difference between the punctuated periods of bliss and the process of awakening
- the difference between boundless awareness and bound awareness