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virginiabeachHumanity has been on the verge of a collective awakening for thousands of years. Great teachers dating back to Buddha, Aristotle, Plato; or more recently Joseph Campbell, Eckhart Tolle and the Dalai Lama show us this metaphysical world where every reaction is governed by action. A world where karma creates our events and destiny; and energy is the paying currency here now and hereafter. Quantum Physics is now revealing our kinship at the subatomic level. Meditation shows us another world, free of false-self; unadulterated and liberated; a new voice emerges… your inner wisdom; speaking truths; birthing your epiphany of existence.  This is what it means to be awake and this state of being; this non-duality is the next evolutionary goal for humanity.

Now, with the internet, social media unites this new renaissance in thinking and expression. This dissemination of energy and wisdom is catching on like wildfire to a dry field of wheat; our once stale, dogmatic world is ablaze as the flames of enlightenment ignite the embers of our being. We are all now connected to the great teachers, poets and champions of enlightenment. Information is now available so that the collective world can weed out the truths and fallacies that surround us.  There is this new pulse reverberating outward. As we breathe in and become mindful of our inner and outer surroundings we inhale this energy and wisdom; thus creating our own ideas of the why and how. The more awake you become the larger your energy footprint becomes… To be awake is to understand universal love and wisdom. Fear dissolves and empowerment sits at your finger tips. You might not be able to explain it eloquently but deep down you know the truths of our connection to energy and Universe. You can feel this connection. You understand that everything is going to be okay. For those that have awakened, each will have their story to tell; their own path and interpretations and yet the common denominator will be the same. Our paths come from different places but the journey always leads to the same destination: self-actualization…

Why are so many missing the bigger picture? Why aren’t more people awakening? That question might be more complex than the social conditioning that shapes each of us. Ego would be the biggest barrier which creates so many control dramas in our short impressionable lives that it is too easy to grow old unknowingly missing the gifts that have been there all along. Evolution is slow and tedious; as reflected by our own world. Humans are championed by our greatest discoveries and achievements and we are at the same time horrified by the war, famine and persecution that still plagues earth today. How do we make any sense of it? All you can do is follow your inner wisdom for it is that arrow that shoots straight from the heart.

Still, the bright light of energy, wisdom and love cannot be extinguished.  The essence of our True Nature is indestructible and always present.  Everything you need to unlock life’s most intriguing questions resides in your heart. Yearn to awaken to this wisdom; be mindful of the gifts awaiting you and this increasingly expansive Responsive Universe we all live in.

John C. Bader

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A really good question was directed to me during a recent newspaper interview for my book release – The Responsive Universe, Meditations and Daily Life Practices.

The question was: How do you define an “Awakening”?

I actually found that this question was difficult to fully answer – especially with the questioning party awaiting a comprehendible answer. During the interview I tried to find words to describe such an experience and few words were available to capture the sublime energy that surrounds such an event.

I did a little research on the subject and found that there are varying definitions and varying degrees of awakenings depending on the person and situation. An awakening is basically a spiritual arousing that includes the complete dissolution of one’s identity as a separate self with no trace of the ego driven mind remaining to govern our actions. In Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, he describes his awakening as a jarring event that immediately stripped his ego away to the point that he was somewhat disconnected from his previous self (false-self)  and even reality as he used to see it – a complete departure from the “ordinary world” we live in. That is an intense awakening!

Then there are awakenings that come in waves or as epiphanies that are more subtle and palatable to the human consciousness. These types of awakenings tend to evolve over time into something authentic. Though the ego is not entirely dissolved, there is a new shift in perspective and energy that over time is self-actualized.

I have read that for many to experience such an event there needs to be intense suffering or some sort of traumatic experience that may spur or trigger such an event. I have seen documentation that NDE (Near Death Experiences) or even deep meditation can trigger such an event. In my book, I even theorize that spiritual legends like Jesus, Mohammad and Buddha underwent awakenings – later to be interpreted as their specific culture found fit.

I experienced an awakening about 12 years ago on a cold November day at the beach. It had been about six months since my wife and I buried our full term still-born boy and I was struggling with depression, dependency, lack of faith and shallow self-esteem. I remember the day vividly as I was sitting on the beach pondering my life. My awakening was subtle but also an immediate realization of a reality different from what I always believed to be true. I like to call this different reality a “True Reality”, sans of ego. For a moment, I was egoless and felt an energy and existence that transcended any previous experience. I would have other awakenings months later including one while driving out in the country. Waking up from my ordinary life and seeing how things fit together has propelled me forward to fulfillment. It was like getting a download from the Universe. The knowledge and wisdom I gained wrote the Responsive Universe. I did not study this stuff – it came to me in an awakening. This quality of knowing is like seeing 20/20 for the first time. This vision, the awareness, and the feelings sound like they would be jarring and intense, but my awakenings felt like a pleasant windfall. I immediately knew how to act and react to challenges and stress. I had a new openness and clarity with life. Things were brighter and clearer. Even my most challenging problems seem to be palatable. I guess the best way to explain my awakening is to imagine living under a veil of clouds your entire life. You suspect that there is something warm and positive behind those clouds because on certain days you can feel the warmth permeating from behind the grey. Then imagine one day the sun parts from the clouds and warmth and light shower down on you for the first time EVER. It is an amazing feeling!

The problem was, the static of life would return and quickly close off this new found world. Fear and ego would quickly return to smudge out this new found light. Through meditation and mindfulness, I am able to return to the light but it takes effort and though everyday gets easier, it is an uphill climb. I wrote the Responsive Universe in an effort to share this knowledge and even create a simple path for others to follow. I penned Nine Mandalas (chapters) that in effect shed light on a path less trodden that will lead to a shift in perspective – I live in the Responsive Universe everyday and my life has completely transformed into something so much more authentic. The gifts are there for everyone, we just need to awaken to the possibility that…. anything is possible…

John C. Bader


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