In this broadcast I get together with my longtime friend, Saniel Bonder, who’s also the pioneering originator of one of today’s new approaches to psycho-spiritual transformation, Waking Down in Mutuality. Saniel and I met nearly 38 years ago as new devotees of the young American spiritual master Bubba Free John (later known as Adi Da), who had begun teaching only two years earlier. We worked together closely then, and have remained friends ever since. As we reminisce, you may find interest in the similarities and the differences between our paths and our unfolding views.
We’ll explore many of the hard questions practitioners are beginning to ask, such as: “Are our spiritual paths sufficient now – even if we ‘upgrade’ and integrate them into our lives today? Is something missing in my core that I need to access to handle the sheer speed of change that both the world and I are undergoing?”
And we’ll explore a crucial arena of current questioning among many evolutionaries: What is the place of ego in effective growth and practice? What exactly is ‘ego,’ anyway? Should we rigorously work to go beyond all identification with it? Or are there justifiable perspectives from which an ‘ego-friendly’ orientation is appropriate – and maybe paradoxically strengthening of our development of ego-transcending awareness and character, and our effective service as ‘Unique Selves’?
About Saniel Bonder
Saniel Bonder received an honorary scholarship upon entering Harvard in 1968 – but promptly had it revoked for helping occupy a building in a Viet Nam War protest. Soon afterward, he began two decades of spiritual quest, mostly with the 20th century Heart-gurus Ramana Maharshi and Adi Da. (He did come away from Harvard with a B.A., in Social Relations.)
After leaving Adi Da’s work in 1992, to his surprise Saniel quickly underwent the radical shift he had sought. Since then he has helped hundreds of people awaken similarly and then clarify and express their distinctive gifts in service. The international Waking Down in Mutuality movement he founded now has over 30 awakened teachers. His books include Waking Down, Healing the Spirit/Matter Split, and an acclaimed new novel, Ultimaya 1.0.
Saniel and his wife Linda were founding members of Integral Institute and regularly teach at Integral Spiritual Experience. Always active in the Waking Down work, they teach around the world. They’re now co-founding Human Sun Institute to “awaken and empower leaders for the Third Millennium” and co-authoring The Human Sun: Radiant Gateways to Your Awakening, Wholeness, and Unique Purpose (forthcoming). They live outside Sonoma, California. See http://heartgazing.com and http://sanielandlinda.com.
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The Beyond Awakening Team