Mutual Awakening—A Workshop that Embraces Unity
by Roberta Bolduc
Donna Rodriguez is a dedicated, soft-spoken, and unpretentious teacher of a course that calls for us to put aside our egos and discover how to embrace unity. Mutual Awakening is a 2-day, WE-Meditation workshop developed by contemporary spiritual teacher and author Patricia Albere. It has been hailed by the late author and visionary Barbara Marx Hubbard as “a vital evolutionary necessity for the quantum jump that is imminent when we humans are connected as a whole at the proper scale.”
The Mutual Awakening 2-day course consists of two workshops one week apart, covering five separate modules of instruction, that will be held on Saturday, July 27 and Saturday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Highland Lake Cove Retreat Center in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
The Mutual Awakening website, DiscoverMutualAwakening.com/DonnaR, explores the belief that we are living in an unprecedented time of social upheaval and division and that a shift in consciousness is necessary, or as Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh puts it, “We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.”
The Mutual Awakening course is designed, through meditating with a partner, to do just that. The practice is called Meditation for the WE-Space. Those who have experienced the workshops and wish to further their studies and practice can join a group called the Evolutionary Collective, which is both national and international in scope.
The EC meets regularly through online video workshops and in person to deepen the practice of partnered meditation through engaging in the WE-Space.
Using Quantum Physics as an example of connectedness at the most minute level, the workshops guide participants through “three dimensions of self” and explain how to navigate through each one. Module One and Module Two introduce the concept of Mutual Awakening and the WE-Space. The WE-Space is that level of consciousness where partners share an intimate connection of consciousness that is difficult to explain without experiencing it.
The sessions delve into “setting aside past concepts and working instead with what emerges in the present moment.” It also explains “how engaging and sustaining a Mutual Awakening Practice creates new pathways in our brains, cultivates ‘flow states’ and develops empathy.”
Module Three shares Patricia Albere’s personal story and the origin of Mutual Awakening. It also describes the eight activating principles of Mutual Awakening–and how you can use them to access higher dimensions of love and creativity.
Module Four optimizes the Mutual Awakening practice and provides tips on where to come from as you begin the practice, and what to pay attention to during the practice, in order to ensure maximum benefit. Throughout the practice, participants change partners several times and spend 5 to 10 minutes focusing on the WE-Space or joint consciousness. Then each partner takes a turn answering the question, “What are you experiencing?” exploring the deeper side of the experience that is separate from the mind and the incessant chatter of the ego.
Module Five includes exclusive access to Albere’s pre-recorded introduction to the Mutual Awakening Practice for you to share with a partner of your choosing. According to the website, “Similar to using a guided meditation for solo-practitioners, you and your partner will be guided into your shared practice. A bell will sound at the end of your timed practice, followed by another set of pre-recorded instructions from Albere that will guide you through to its completion. You are invited to listen to this module over and over, as it contains comprehensive wisdom and direct transmission that will allow your practice to deepen over time.”
The Mutual Awakening practice is a unique and powerful experience that needs to be experienced to fully appreciate. As noted on the website, it erases the boundaries between yourself and the other, allowing an experience of deep connection to all of humanity and existence, while still feeling your own distinctness and individuality.
For those who are ready for a spiritual workshop of this intensity, it can be a life-altering experience.
For more information and to register for the workshop, visit DiscoverMutualAwakening.com/DonnaR.