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Patricia Albere – Mutual Awakening
Are you ready for a paradigm shift in your spiritual practice, one that takes you beyond the ultimately isolating model of solo practice and into a living, evolving field of mutual awakening — whether with one other person or a whole group?
Are you eager to participate in the highest level of adult human development and evolution?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then it may be your time for a shift of awareness that can open up a whole new reality!
For millennia, most transformational practices have been focused on slowly but surely transforming, growing, deepening and expanding your individual self.
From Buddhist vipassana to Freudian analysis to personal growth seminars… the task has always been to create a more evolved, clear, awake, healed and empowered you, OR to transcend this separate self altogether into a kind of undifferentiated nirvana.
While the individualistic model of growth has resulted in some real developmental advances, and even breakthroughs (especially amongst advanced practitioners), it also has profound limitations.
When you begin to reach those limitations, the old practices and perspectives begin to feel stale. You begin to hunger for deeper communion with like-minded others. You wonder how to really live in an embodied, divine way in loving connection and in relationship.
Slowly but surely, you are no longer as enamored by improving, fixing or enhancing your individual self and your being starts yearning for participation in something wider, more alive and more vibrant.
At the deepest level, you begin to seek an identity that goes beyond your personality that has access to larger fields of energy, insight and love.
From Individual Awakening to Mutual Awakening
This identity can best be described as a kind of shared consciousness where two or more people are both part of a larger field that holds and embraces them. In this way, they literally begin to share awareness.
If you’re lucky, you might have had some glimpses of this different kind of spiritual realization in which you enter into a shared consciousness — a higher, divine “We.”
When such a glimpse happens, it’s as if the floodgates have been thrown open and far more sacred energy travels through your body and mind. There’s a kind of electric pulse in the air as the boundaries between yourself and others begin to thin and you learn to merge into a beautiful state of loving resonance.
As you connect with this larger field of consciousness, you also open to more intuitive knowing, grace and creativity. Your collaborations begin to come alive as you, quite literally, begin to feel and think as one.
As it turns out, this emergence into a higher “We” is a natural evolutionary progression, one that is now accelerating as more and more humans continue evolving into a sufficiently advanced state for us to experience it.
Mystics throughout the ages have revealed that our sense of separation is an illusion, and in a very real way we are all part of the fabric of a larger Being.
While this mystical truth may sound wonderful in the abstract, most of us don’t feel it day to day, even in our spiritual practices.
But what if that’s simply because you haven’t learned to cultivate the skills for engaging mutual awakening as a spiritual practice?
What if there are techniques and methods that are evolving, right now — at the leading edge of human evolution — which can make this joyful, ecstatic dance of communion with others a new baseline for your life?
What if the deep sense of aloneness could drop away while the boundaries and barriers that separate you from others soften and release?
Imagine the staggering beauty and love you would begin to feel, moment to moment.
That’s precisely what transformational teacher Patricia Albere has been pioneering — a path for advanced practitioners who are ripe to enter into new dimensions of relating and expanding consciousness together.
Patricia’s approaches are both unifying and viscerally satisfying — unleashing more creativity, joy and collaborative magic than going it alone could ever produce.
This shift into a “higher We” requires entering a new paradigm, which has been called the “Inter-Subjective Age,” “Inter-Being” or the “Era of Unity.”
In the process of fixating on the individual self, we haven’t honed our understanding or skills for sensing, moving and living in a larger field of shared intelligence.
We haven’t learned to awaken TOGETHER, which has actually slowed our spiritual progress WAY down — because we are not accessing the creative and liberating power of the group field.
Harvard developmental psychologist Robert Kegan writes that the highest level of human development is NOT self-authoring — focusing on one’s own awakening, healing and individual actualization. Instead, it’s about what he calls the “self-transforming mind,” where you start to foster and pay attention to the potent space between things.
Your consciousness becomes more flowing and you can begin to locate yourself in multiple dimensions.
As this happens, you become cognizant of many things simultaneously. In this way, mutual awakening practices begin to shift the linear way you may focus your awareness. When you shift from the personal to the collective space, you shift from unidimensional perspectives into a multiplicity of perspectives that also include transpersonal states of knowing.
Mutual awakening is emerging as the wave of the future as more and more of us go beyond sitting on our zafus seeking individual enlightenment, to awakening as an engaged collective or in partnership with a beloved.
But mutual awakening doesn’t happen magically… it takes learned skills to cultivate a sensitive, intimate field of consciousness and connection. It also requires a new inner orientation and alignment.
This shift allows you to transform old habits of thought, old views of yourself and ways of relating that keep you feeling separate.
When you learn to lean into the spaces between you and others, and feel the boundaries and edges, you eventually enter into a state of shared consciousness. It’s as if we suddenly merge our “bubbles” of self-awareness into one, and we are all on the inside looking out.
Experiencing this doesn’t have to be random luck. It’s a skill that you can practice and cultivate.
As we hone these capacities and shift our perspectives, we can open to remarkable shared experiences where we deeply recognize each other, unite in spontaneous upwellings of love and surrender into the sacred connection of Oneness.
We begin to revere the Beloved in each other (and in ourselves), as the shimmering dance of the Divine becomes far more present and palpable.
The Importance of a Skilled Guide
Building upon more than three decades of teaching (including working closely with Werner Erhard in the early years of EST), Patricia Albere is highly skilled at creating the practices and context for entering into this new level of “We-mysticism.”
She personally discovered this new possibility in a mysterious and beautiful relationship with an advanced spiritual adept who was killed four years after their union. While the end was heartbreaking, the experience of a shared and mutual awakening propelled Patricia into the next phase of her spiritual journey.
Out of that journey and Patricia’s awakening which occurred through the shared field, she created her larger work — initiating groups to enter into mutual awakening together. The results have been extraordinary, as more people learn to shift into a collective consciousness and experience the joy, creativity and dynamism of this multidimensional level of consciousness.
If you are hungry to go beyond your current practice of awakening and begin to relate to others in a wholly new way that calls your full being into the dance… her virtual Mutual Awakening course was created for you.
Patricia presents a profoundly different paradigm in which to grow. Mutual awakening is designed to take you beyond the current boundaries of yourself… not through a loss of identity (indeed, you actually retain and enhance your uniqueness), but by an expansion of your awareness into a space of shared consciousness.
This doesn’t mean you’re not still growing individually (in fact, even though you’re not focused on it, rapid personal growth does happen) It’s about experiencing an enhanced way of connecting with others that takes the focus off yourself and speeds up your process because you’re intently focused on the “We” instead of the “me.”
The space of “We-mysticism” goes beyond what we typically think of as the “We,” which is often still very interpersonal and about an interaction “between people.” Instead, Patricia helps people enter into a shared subjective experience where a deeply connected state of being opens up. It’s a whole different way to experience one’s self and one’s development.
Once you’ve access this shared experience, you can never return to your individual quest for growth and healing. You’re instead embarking on a whole new, more expansive journey.
During the 12 weeks, you will learn:
- Why solo practice tends to reinforce parts of your identity and constrict your access to a multidimensional level of higher consciousness
- How to cultivate the essential skills of mutual awakening to easily access the interwoven field of connection
- How to actively create a shared field of awakening that fosters greater human capacity for collaboration, creativity and healing
- Ways to deepen your relationship with others by awakening to your greater capacity for connection and receptivity
- How to decenter your spiritual practice from your individual body-mind
- Ways to sense and experience the larger field
- How your participation in the shared field is part of a larger evolutionary shift
- Ways to speed up your self-transformation through tapping into the power mutual awakening
- The keys to sourcing yourself deeply from the shared essence of the “We”
- Ways to increase your capacity for fully entering and showing up in each moment
- How your shared participation in the greater living intelligence of the planet gives you more access to the emerging paradigm shift
What is particularly exciting to us at The Shift Network is that this paradigm shift in spiritual practice also holds great promise for a critical mass of people entering a higher state and then being able to make positive shifts in our world.
As we experience and live from this state — truly experiencing ourselves as part of a larger whole — we collaborate with each other far more gracefully. Like the cells in a body, we start to operate as a stronger whole.
And that may well be the key to building a world that works for all. Mutual awakening can accelerate our collective evolution and produce far more conscious, embodied and fully engaged humans… which is exactly what we need to turn things around.
So, if you’re intrigued and want to go beyond the ultimately isolating model of solo practice and into a living, evolving field of mutual awakening (with one other person or a whole group), or you’re curious about the highest level of adult human development now emerging — this will be a fascinating and important course for you.
What You’ll Discover in These 12 Weeks
Course sessions are on Tuesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
In this 12-week transformational intensive, Patricia will lead you into new ways of relating and expanding consciousness that unleash more creativity, joy and collaborative magic.
Each weekly, LIVE contemplation and training session will build harmoniously upon the next, so that you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to relate to others in a wholly new way in which you access the deeper potentials of every relationship and moment.
This course has been divided into three modules that each include four weekly sessions. Each module takes you into an essential perspective of mutual awakening, where you will be introduced to new ideas and have the opportunity to experientially embody those ideas through profound paired and small group exercises. As the modules unfold, you will gain direct access to the practices and perspectives that are the living consciousness of mutual awakening.
Module 1: Awakening Mutuality
The Higher We
Reality exists for the purpose of relating. This module will introduce the domain of “intersubjective awakening” or the “Higher We.” We’ll explore the reality of what some call “Inter-Being” — where two or more people enter into a mutual field of awakening. As this occurs, we experience the receptive and interwoven fabric for human relating. When two or more people enter into awakened mutuality they come in contact with the true source of each other’s being. We’ll explore a profound new possibility for human relationships that open between us into a space of tremendous creativity and love.
Session 1: What is the “Higher We?” (December 6)
The 20th century has been called the “century of the self.” It ushered in an age of subjectivity and individuality. What Sigmund Freud and other early psychologists illuminated was an inner world as vast and rich as the outer world. The 21st century will open up the shared inner world of intersubjective consciousness in the same way that the 20th century opened up the individual inner world of subjective consciousness. There is a vast universe of inner being that is shared between us and is ready for exploration. It’s the space where relatedness exists — the space “between us” or “We-space.”
Session 2: The Practice of Mutual Awakening (December 13)
The possibility of “awakened mutuality” depends on our individual ability to meet others beyond the constraints of limiting ideas and beliefs. In this session, you will experience the power of the practice of mutual awakening that has become the core principle for developing our capacity to enter into this consciousness reliably. You will be initiated into a powerful practice of awakened mutuality that will be worked with throughout the three months.
Session 3: Evolutionary Mutuality (December 20)
In this new paradigm, mutuality is paramount — rather than focusing only on our individual capacity to be with life and each other from only our 100% sense of responsibility (or in the negative sense, blame). We now begin to pay attention, together, to how we are influencing each other and the mutuality we share. Mutuality is where our souls overlap, the confluence of our consciousness. There is an expansive world to explore when we mutually agree to be consciously related. We’ll explore some of the activating principles that turn on the power of our relatedness.
Session 4: The Power of Mutual Commitment (January 3)
In order for awakened mutuality to reach its full potential it must rest on a sacred commitment with each other. In this session, you’ll learn to always stay on the inside of relationship and avoid the isolating “us/them” consciousness that so often separates us from others.
Module 2: Understanding “A Higher Order of Human Relatedness”
In this module, you’ll discover what this new paradigm is, and how by shifting your attention and focus into this new world, everything in your life can be transformed. A shift in paradigm is entirely different than learning more inside the paradigm you currently exist in. It changes everything — how you experience yourself, the world and what potentials you can actualize. At certain times in human history, certain individuals find the courage to leave one paradigm behind and embrace a new one — to shift from one reality to another. This emerging paradigm of unity and a higher order of human relatedness is where humanity is headed. By being on the cosmocentric edge, the wave of transformative energy that new eras contain lives through you — which is an extraordinary opportunity.
Session 1: What is the New Paradigm? (January 10)
We see the world through a pre-existing paradigm or worldview that shapes our experience of reality entirely. When there is a shift into a new paradigm, the world changes shape, and who we are and our experience is transformed. Our lives and concept of ourselves function on a different plane. The world is on the precipice of a shift into an evolved paradigm. We’ll distinguish the elements of a paradigm and the power of a true shift for you and for the world.
Session 2: The Self-transforming Self
Highest Level of Human Development (January 17)
The pursuit of evolutionary spirituality leads to a more connected sense of identity, one that Harvard Psychologist Robert Kegan has called the “self-transforming self.” In this session, you’ll experience a sense of self that flows through time in a process of ongoing self-transformation.
Session 3: Working With Emergence (January 24)
Most of us have been trained to work through the willful achievement of goals and forwarding of our agendas. In this session you will discover a different way of being in the world in which the living intelligence of our relationships reveals the appropriate way forward for this moment. In this space things occur that are beyond what we ever could have imagined as goals for ourselves. You will learn what cosmocentric care is in relationship to emergence.
Session 4: Unity & Uniqueness (January 31)
We’ll explore the five different levels of unity and learn the powerful difference between traditional impersonal unity states and the kind of unity that arises from essential uniqueness and particularity. Teilhard de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo and George Gurdjieff all emphasized that the evolution of consciousness moves towards being more “personal” — but not the usual sense of “personal.” What is the spark of divinity, the origination point of our existence that is distinct and utterly unique… and how do we discover that in each other? We’ll explore the “soul tincture” of our essence together — which happens to be the root of essential love.
Module 3: Igniting the Power of We-mysticism
Mysticism is the realm of human endeavor aimed at making direct contact with the Divine. The passion of the mystic is to touch the hidden depths beyond the world of appearances. For thousands of years men and women of different spiritual traditions have followed mystical paths into the higher reaches of human potential. Those who had the courage and commitment to embody what they found became harbingers of new ways of being human. In this module, we’ll discover a new realm of mysticism that can only be entered into together — in sacred union with the Divine in each other and with something even greater.
Session 1: Sacred Longing (February 7)
The mystic is initially awakened with a kind of discontent, an ache, a longing that begins to burn and drive them into a new relationship with love and with the Divine. How do we recognize this soul-desire in its desire for the sacred in each other and the multiple Beloveds? By surrendering into this longing that has the power to transform and transfigure us so that fulfillment is truly possible, we become capable of something greater.
Session 2: Love of the Truth (February 14)
The mystic is driven by love for the truth and compelled to experience reality directly. In this session, you will learn to recognize and embrace the “love of truth” that brought you to this point in your spiritual journey.
Session 3: Dimensions of Mystical Experience (February 21)
Our mystical experiences are the markers that lead us along the path to awakening. In this session, you will learn the unique characteristics of these experiences and give voice to the realizations and breakthrough insights that have guided you. We’ll illuminate the two essential qualities for We-mysticism.
Session 4: Creative Union (February 28)
The Christian evolutionary thinker Pierre Teilhard De Chardin described evolution as occurring through a succession of creative unions that result in new forms of being. In this session, we’ll work with the principle of “creative union,” and show how it comes to life in this consciousness. We’ll practice mystical co-creation and explore the significance for the future evolution of humanity.
The Mutual Awakening Bonus Collection
In addition to Patricia’s transformative 12-week virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions with leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions complement the course — and promise to take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
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