Group Info

 

 

Living Realization meetings are divided into three groups:

 

1) The Awareness Group

2) The Inseparability Group

3) The Middle Way Group

 

 

The meetings for the above groups are scheduled for different times. Through the years, as Scott has worked one-on-one with people, he has come to see that speaking to a large group assumes that everyone’s experience is the same. This is not really the case. Although each of us has the inherent capacity to realize the same freedom in our lives, we find ourselves in different places experientially.

In order to meet people where they are, and give more one-on-one help, Scott has divided the meetings into three different groups. If you decide to join the Living Realization online meetings, you will want to decide which group would benefit you the most. The subject matter moves in degree of depth from group 1 to 2 to 3. If you start by participating in a certain group, you are always free to move to the next group.

Scott also suggests meeting with a facilitator one-on-one. In one-on-one consultations, the conversation can be directed very specifically to where you are. In your private session, you can ask any questions or express any concerns that are meaningful to you. Scott has found the most success with those people who really dive into the Living Realization method, attend meetings, and meet with one-on-one for a while. This is just a suggestion. Anyone is free to come and go as they please or to participate as much or as little as they wish.

With regard to meetings, we recommend that you have some familiarity with the Living Realization text to decide which group would benefit you the most. If you are unsure, start with Group 1 (The Awareness Group), as it deals with the basics. The subject matter of the meetings for each group is as follows:

 

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1) The Awareness Group

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The Awareness Group deals with the basics of Living Realization, the crux of the central invitation to recognize awareness and let all appearances be as they are. Even if you have been seeking for years, these meetings can be helpful to really simplify things. These meetings are based mostly on Chapter 1, Recognizing awareness. However, in these meetings we also deal, in a basic and introductory way, with Chapters 2 through 7, Appearances.

With regard to recognizing awareness, these meetings are often directed at simplifying the way you look at your present experience and seeing that awareness is always present, no matter where you are or what you are doing. This recognition is essential before moving into the other groups.

These meetings also deal with seeing that all appearances (i.e. thoughts, emotions, sensations, states, and experiences) come and go to awareness temporarily, spontaneously, and inseparably. In these meetings, people start to experience a real stability in their lives, a peace and freedom that is available no matter what appearances are arising. Keep in mind that these meetings deal with Chapters 2 through 7 only in a very basic way. For a more detailed look into those Chapters, join the Inseparability Group Meetings.

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Those who might benefit from the Awareness Group Meetings:


● Anyone first coming to Living Realization or non-dual teachings generally.

● Anyone who cannot seem to find stable, ongoing contentment in life no matter what they do or where they are and are looking for a simple approach to recognizing that contentment is already here.

● Anyone dealing with personal suffering, including emotional and psychological pain surrounding the past or fear/anxiety about the future. Always check with a physician before starting Living Realization if you are suffering from any mental, emotional, or psychological disorders.

● Anyone who is experiencing seeking of any kind, including those who have been seeking for a long time but cannot move beyond the intellectual engagement with non-dual teachings, and is looking for a more experiential approach.

● Anyone who has had glimpses of non-dual awareness but for whom there has been no stabilization of that awareness.

● Anyone who is experiencing awareness as ever present but is having some difficulty seeing all thoughts, emotions, sensations, states and experiences as coming and going temporarily, spontaneously, and inseparably to awareness.

 

 

 

 

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2) The Inseparability Group

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The Inseparability Group Meetings are directed at looking more deeply into the inseparability of life. In these meetings, we look at how all appearances are inseparable from awareness and how no object has an inherent, separate nature.

In these meetings, we also discuss oscillation. Oscillation is one of the most common traps Scott has seen in working with people throughout the years. Chapter Eight deals with Oscillation very specifically. However, the entire text is directed at moving beyond the sense of oscillation and the belief in separation generally.

Chapter 8 defines Oscillation as follows:

Oscillation (like a fan moving from left to right) is a movement back and forth between moments of recognizing, peaceful, restful non-conceptual awareness v. moments in which appearances (i.e. concepts, emotions, objects, the world) are predominant. It’s the sense of “I’ve got it” and “I’ve lost it.” The world is seen to be the enemy and awareness is seen to be escape from that world. So when the world and its events seem to be taking up your attention, it seems that you’ve lost it. And when those events fall away and you are sitting peacefully, it seems that you’ve got it.

In meetings for the Inseparability Group, we focus on the equality of all appearances, the seeing that the entire world of phenomena comes and goes equally and inseparably to awareness. We observe our tendency to move towards positive states and away from negative states. This observation reveals a natural equanimity in our experience.

In these meetings, we take a very deep and specific look at the belief in separation. This is an active looking into whether objects exist separately. There are particular exercises and inquiries that we do in order to see that nothing exists separately. Oscillation often happens because the belief in separation is still operating within us on some level, even if we have recognized awareness.

*This meeting series involves interactivity where participants may interact and inquire based on the content of their own lives and the issues that are relevant to them.

 

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Those who might benefit from the Inseparability Group Meetings:


● Anyone who is recognizing awareness in her life but still sees the world as separate from awareness. This includes anyone experiencing a detached “witnessing” state where there is a strong disconnect between formless, unchanging awareness and the world of temporary, changing form, as if the two are completely separate.

● Anyone experiencing a belief in separation of any kind.

● Anyone experiencing Oscillation, as described above: moments of peace followed by moments of being “lost in stories” or “lost” in personal suffering, seeking, and conflict.

● Anyone looking for a deeper, more experiential recognition of the inseparability of awareness and appearances coming and going to awareness.

● Anyone ready to look deeply into whether the self and other objects exist separately. There are very intense inquiries in these meetings.

 

 

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3) The Middle Way Group

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In the Introduction to the Living Realization text, the Middle Way is explained as follows:

In seeing through the belief in separation, we see that thoughts, emotions, sensations, states, and experience continue to arise. We do not deny or suppress those appearances. We see that the world is an inseparable appearance within awareness. We do not privilege the world over awareness or awareness over the world. We see that they are completely dependent upon one another. We continue using language and speaking of “conventional existence.” This is the Middle Way.

In these meetings, we move beyond dualistic extremes of every kind. Our focus is not so much on non-dual pointing, but rather balance or equanimity. We move beyond over-reliance on extreme viewpoints such as self v. no self, existence v. non-existence, non-conceptual v. conceptual, silence v. noise, absolute v. relative, being v. becoming, awareness v. the world, Oneness v. the many, emptiness v. form, consciousness v. content, and essentialism v. nihilism.

The Middle Way is an experiential liberation in which it is seen that nothing exists separately and yet conventional existence remains completely. In the Middle Way, there is a natural flow and balance to our everyday life. We move beyond recognizing awareness as a practice and into the experience of life as a fluid, ever-changing, seamless river. We move out of reliance on the Living Realization teaching and into life itself. We come to have no fixed conception of reality. No ground is needed. We are that free.

This freedom allows us to start seeing life from many perspectives. We stop essentializing our viewpoints about ourselves, others, and the world. The mind becomes more pliable. All things and viewpoints are seen as empty (i.e., lacking a separate or inherent nature) and this allows change to happen freely.

The Middle Way is the release of interpersonal conflict and personal suffering. Peace, freedom, bliss, love, wisdom, and compassion are online for us fully. We live from abundance, rather than lack. We find ourselves wanting to be of service to others. Selflessness comes very naturally in the Middle Way.

*The Middle Way, as described in Living Realization, is not the exact same as described in Mādhyamaka and other forms of Buddhist teachings (although elements are similar to those teachings).  It is redefined and placed in the context of the awareness style message of Living Realization.


**It is not recommended that the following people join the Middle Way Group Meetings until fully participating in the Awareness and Inseparability Group Meetings:

  1. Anyone having difficulty recognizing awareness as ever-present.
  2. Anyone still experiencing oscillation or separation to a significant degree.

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Those who might benefit from the Middle Way Group meetings:


● Anyone who is in the process of a post-awakening unfolding and is open to the deepening of seamless experiencing.

● Anyone interested in freedom from dualistic extremes.

● Anyone interested in “the return to the marketplace” where one begins to move and act more in the world, having realized its illusory nature and having seen through the belief in separation.

● Anyone experiencing a “deep rest” period and ready to move beyond it. This is a period where an awakening has happened but the mind is so quiet that there is a subtle repression of thought, stories, views, or other phenomena. In this period, people often experience the end of seeking and suffering but also a lack of motivation. They are not sure what to do in their lives, having lost interest in things that were once motivated only be self-centeredness. They are often overly-identified with a transcendent state, using a vocabulary that over-emphasizes such notions as “awareness,” “no self,” “void,” “Oneness,” or other, similar ideas or states. There is often a denial of even conventional existence in this state.

*This meeting series involves interactivity where participants may interact and inquire based on the content of their own lives and the issues that are relevant to them.

 

 

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