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Awakening through the Veils takes the reader, step by step, through the mysterious process of awakening. For most seekers, it will be a direct and practical guide towards an actual awakening. For those already awake, it will help to deepen them from where they are now.

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Awakening through the Veils takes the reader, step by step, through the mysterious process of awakening. For most seekers, it will be a direct and practical guide towards an actual awakening. For those already awake, it will help to deepen them from where they are now.

"During the last ten years, I have had the privilege of following Ric's awakening path, and it has produced a huge transformation in me. I have worked on my inner constraints, freeing the issues that caused me great fear and suffering. Through Ric's guidance, I have been able to walk step by step on a road that leads to awakening to our true nature, creating a life with more freedom and openness. It has been a journey from the shadows to the light. I am completely sure that as you read this book and put your consciousness into it, you will have the same wonderful experience."
-Santiago Ardissone, President of the Columbia Foundation on Consciousness and Energy

"Of all the teachers, guides, and masters who I have met in my forty years of seeking spiritual fulfillment, Ric Weinman has the ability to map not only consciousness but that most elusive of qualities: awakening. VortexHealing® provides a path that anyone can tread to that end. What more can you ask? I thoroughly recommend the VortexHealing® path, Ric, and this great book he has written."
-Richard Farmer, Founder, Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing; Dir. Rising Dragon Tai Chi Living Ltd.;
Hon. Pres. Tai Chi Union of Great Britain

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Weinman's (Your Hands Can Heal: Learn to Channel Healing Energy, 1992, etc.) guidebook to spiritual awakening is well-suited for beginning seekers and those already on the path to spiritual awakening. Prepare to take this one slowly in order to fully digest each intricately rendered idea (or veil) about the process of awakening. Though the book is written in a way that suggests how to move past one's ego, explicit instructions on how to begin are scant (this is no "how to meditate" guide). Instead, Weinman dives into a description of how the world appears with the lifting of each veil, and he trusts that the reader will follow his intricate explanations. The author discusses how to ripen for awakening, release karma knots and progress from basic awakening to new levels of awareness, although he stresses that merely reading about spirituality doesn't guarantee genuine understanding. Once a searcher is "ripe," true awakening could take anywhere from one day to several lives. Weinman observes that becoming more spiritually astute is an ongoing struggle and doesn't free anyone from suffering or his or her own karma, which may cause readers to question their initial commitment. At times, it seems as if Weinman is almost discouraging the pursuit of awakening. It's not until the midpoint of the guide when his reasons for recommending the practice become clear: "In general, the deeper your awakening goes, the more ‘real' you become, the more you become what you really are. So you become more open, more present, more heartful." He delves well below the surface of the familiar New Age concepts and leads a profound excursion into the multiple levels of being present. Tackles the multilayered topic of spirituality without oversimplifying.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781452573922
  • Publisher: Balboa Press
  • Publication date: 6/3/2013
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,508,098
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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Awakening through the Veils

A Seeker's Guide


Balboa Press

Copyright © 2013 Ric Weinman
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4525-7392-2



What do we mean by Awakening?

We have to be careful with the language we use, because language has history and baggage. As they warn you at the baggage carousels in airports, many other bags may look like yours but aren't. For instance, I used to use the term Self-Realization to refer to a certain level of awakening. But I discovered that the term had too much baggage, some of it ancient and some of it modern. Following the consciousness of the various teachers using the term, it became clear that everyone meant something different by it. And for students of mine who had moved through that particular level of awakening, as they would interact with other groups or with people who had read material from other teachers, it created all sorts of confusion. So, I had to abandon the term and look for new language—not just for that term but also for each level of awakening. I had to find language that was relatively free of baggage but was also vibrationally aligned with each level, so the new language could help to define the Map of awakening that I was being shown through my own process.

The one word I could not get away from, though, was the word 'awakening'. Thankfully, it has less baggage than most other terms in common use. Of course, other people using this term may still mean something different than I do, but I will define specifically what I mean by it so there is no confusion.

General vs. Specifics: The word 'awakening' has a general, commonly understood meaning that simply refers to the idea of waking up out of some kind of sleep or dream or trance. Extended to the spiritual realm, the general concept is that the individual, separate person or ego we experience ourself to be is really just a dream that our greater self is having, and we are caught in this dream, taking the experience to be reality. In this context, the idea of awakening is that it presents the possibility of coming out of this dream of separateness and awakening to our greater, true reality.

This general sense of awakening is fully aligned with the way the term will be used in this book. In addition, because the Map presented here will point to various levels of awakening, I will develop specific language to differentiate these unique levels, as we go along.

Basic Awakening & the 'Core Veil': The term I use for someone's initial awakening, for the first level of awakening, is 'Basic Awakening'. People have all kinds of experiences that they like to think are awakenings, but most aren't. Most of those experiences are just expanded ego states. Most of the rest are simply a momentary taste of something deeper, and then the moment passes. The Map provides a clear definition of how to tell a true awakening from one of these other kinds of experiences. Here is a quick rule of thumb: if the description of the experience has the word 'expanded' in it, then most likely it was an expanded ego state. The overriding quality of a true awakening experience is most aligned with the word 'empty', for one's familiar sense of self has 'emptied', leaving a space in its place. And if it is a true awakening and not just a taste, then what has become empty stays empty. The sense of expansion, on the other hand, usually refers to an expanded sense of self. In awakening that sense of self does not expand, it disappears.

Here's an example: a student of mine—we'll call her Alice—had a shift of consciousness that stayed stable for over a month. She believed she had awakened, but I was doubtful. At first glance, there seemed to be an emptiness that resonated with true awakeness, but my 'spiritual intuition' told me I was missing something. A red flag then popped up as she described, among other things, "feeling expanded". So, I looked more closely. To understand what I saw, imagine writing the word 'I' with an orange marker on a small, green balloon, and then expanding the balloon to 100 times its normal size. Now, you would no longer see the I that you had written on the balloon because the letter would be so stretched out it would just look like odd bits of orange on the green background of the balloon. Alice was like that: her I, her ego, had been so expanded that it had become almost transparent, making it very hard to see. Yet it was still there, and my spiritual intuition had sensed it. At the same time, I could see that she was actually ripe enough to have a true awakening, so I worked with her to facilitate it. The moment the awakening happened, her expanded state broke down, and I couldn't sense that I any longer. I asked her how she felt now, and she said, "Well ... nothing," in quite a surprised tone. The expanded state and the sense of I in it had been a 'something', and that something was now gone. This was not what she expected, but it was the real thing. Now she was awake.

Awakening is never what we expect. This is both because the ego expects to be there in the awakening, and because with Basic Awakening, you have awakened out of the illusion of who you thought you were but not yet awakened to what you are. That comes later, as a deeper awakening. Yet even the deeper awakenings are never what we expect.

We still need to define what happened to Alice. What was the nature of her Basic Awakening? What happened to her sense of I? To bring this out of the conceptual realm, let's try this: for a minute or so, close your eyes and tune in to your sense of I. Notice that there is a sense of I, there is a separate sense of 'me', and there are lots and lots of I-thoughts, thoughts in which I is the subject of the thought (as in 'I am hungry'). Notice if you can that this basic sense of I actually centers in the area of your heart in the center of your chest (not the physical heart). Notice that if you intentionally think the word I you will hear this I-thought in your head; but if you connect to the sense of self it gives you and track that to its source, you will be drawn to a place in your heart. This is logical because your heart is where your identity sits. Since your core identity is that of a particular I, its root is going to sit in your heart.

So, I is not just a thought but is an ego center that gives rise to I-thoughts. I has a particular feeling-sense. You can sense it as being present in all your history, in all your mental images of yourself, and in the inner story you constantly narrate to yourself in your head. I is your basic identity, residing in your heart. Now imagine that sense of I suddenly disappearing. The history, the mental images, and the story remain, but the sense of I in them is gone. That is what happens in Basic Awakening.

Let's look at this more carefully. What is this I-sense that you take for granted as your self but which can disappear? It arises from a deeper truth, from a place that is free of ego and self-reference, free of thought and emotion, and free of the divisions that the mind imposes on reality. It arises from the deepest knowing of what you truly are, from where you are absolutely transcendent of all time and space and form, and yet are absolutely one with the tiniest expression of life, everywhere. That oneness becomes all of life's individual and localized expressions, including the particular ego-identity, the particular person that you know as I.

If you think of the deepest reality as the source of identity, as Identity Itself, it has somehow localized its pure, transcendent sense of Identity-Without-Self into a localized sense of identity as a separate someone, a particular 'me' with a particular history.

To facilitate the creation of this localized I-sense, Divinity evolved life forms so that they would have specific constructs in their consciousness that would become focal points for I. These focal points sit in the core of our human and incarnational consciousness, in the center of our heart. The sense of I that arises there becomes our most basic experience of who and what we are. Yet because we are not truly separate individuals—we are that One, the ground of being itself—the creation of this core identity, veils us from our true nature. Therefore, I call this consciousness structure in our heart, which creates this core I-sense and veils us from our true nature, our Core Veil.

The identity created by your Core Veil is like an ongoing dream. When you dream, images, feelings, and your sense of yourself arise in your consciousness, and as long as you are dreaming you take this for reality. In a similar way, your Core Veil generates a sense of I arising in your consciousness, and as long as the Core Veil is doing that, you take that sense of I to be reality, to be what you are. Yet this I is just a construct in consciousness that can be broken down when 'it is time'. When this happens, the particular I-sense and identity it has created disappears with it, and it is like coming out of a very deep dream. Awakening is the movement which brings you out of the sense of I. Sometimes I refer to the Core Veil as the 'door to awakening', since its loss is the first true awakening movement.

So, this is my definition of Basic Awakening: Basic Awakening is losing one's Core Veil, which is synonymous with losing that core sense of I in the heart. This is not an awakening to your true nature yet, but rather the awakening out of the illusion of who you thought you were. This is what happened to Alice when she came out of her expanded ego-state: she lost her Core Veil and her core sense of I went with it. When asked how she felt, she went to see how her familiar, core sense of I was feeling, but because she couldn't access that I, all she could say about what she was feeling was, "nothing". Where her sense of I had been, now there was nothing there. She had awakened out of her false sense of self but had not yet awakened to what she truly was.

It was exactly like this for my own Basic Awakening: one moment the core sense of I was there, and in the next moment it wasn't. One moment I knew who I was, and the next moment, to my surprise, I hadn't a clue, because the experience matched nothing in my expectations. There was no explosion, no bliss, no omniscience, no all-pervading oneness; just a quiet sense of natural beingness arising from the heart with all the old chatter still running around in my head. I knew the beingness was more real than the ongoing story about myself in my head, but there was still a lot of identity tied into all that story—even though the main character of that story now seemed a bit unreal. Of course, this confusion was just my initial experience. Awakening is what it is, but our experience of it is unique for each individual. It also changes, of course, as we 'grow into it'. Awakening had happened now, but I still had a lot of growing to do, and part of that growing would involve dealing with my false expectations.

Coming Out of Trance: Imagine that you are in a theater group and are performing a play. To help the performance, you hire a hypnotist to put everyone in a trance, so that they believe they actually are the character they are playing. Your own role is that of a street vendor. At the end of the show, the hypnotist will break the trance. But after putting everyone in a very deep trance, the hypnotist disappears. The show ends, and everyone continues believing they are their stage character.

For you, though, your trance doesn't hold as deeply as everyone else's. At some point, you suddenly see through it. Although the trance hasn't cleared completely, there is now a place within your consciousness where you have broken free of it. So, it is as if you are still in the trance, with your mind still filled with all the supposed memories of that role, as if they were real, and yet you know this isn't you. You know that you aren't really a street vendor. Yet because of the depth of what still remains of the trance, you can't quite remember who you are, and the few images you can recall seem no more real than the memories created for your stage role by the hypnotist. You try to explain this to the other actors, and you try to convince them that they, too, aren't who they think they are, but the memories given to them by the hypnotist support their new identities, so they just think you've lost it. And you have—you've lost the core of the trance that kept you in the same frame as the others.

However, you are not completely free of the trance. Because of how immersed you were in it, part of your consciousness is still in it, and whenever you relax your focus, you start slipping back in. Letting go into the familiar sense of the trance is easier than doing the work of keeping yourself aware of the unreality of it. You may slip back into it for minutes or hours or even days at a time. But even while you're seemingly lost in it, something in you knows this isn't real. The awakeness is still there, and whenever you choose, you can gather your focus and see that who you seem to be in the trance isn't really you. Unfortunately, even when you recognize this, you still don't know what you actually are, which makes the situation that much more difficult. And when you are most clearly seeing that your trance experience isn't real, you don't understand why that isn't enough to just make the whole of it disappear at once. Yet the residue of the trance persists. It will take Grace, as well as effort on your part, to get more awake.

The Ego's Conundrum

All of the issues in our emotional drama can be viewed as a smokescreen for the ego's larger issue: its ultimate mortality and insignificance. Although we occupy the center of our own personal story, we live out our lives and then we die. And our lives are nothing but a collection of memories, desires, and plot lines, all of them ultimately insignificant. All the meaning in our lives is self-created, and even the most profound lives end with death. All egos sense this, and even though the knowledge is usually suppressed, it is like a shadow that follows them. The existential weight of it would be overwhelming if the ego allowed itself to take an objective view of its existence. Most of humanity would be clinically depressed.

So, the ego develops strategies to avoid facing this reality: (1) like a racehorse with blinders, it just focuses on what is in front of it, and/or (2) it continually distracts itself, and/or (3) it uses drugs or alcohol to escape, and/or (4) it tries to convince itself that fame, or being remembered, or 'making a difference' will somehow give more ultimate significance to its existence, and/or (5) it projects a fantasy of an everlasting heaven, where it will continue to exist and be happy. For most people, these strategies successfully push their existential reality to the background, where it haunts them but stays out of the main flow of their life.

Yet this ultimate issue for the ego is only an issue for you if your experience is that you are this ego. That fact creates the perfect setup, for when the ego runs out of defenses against the experience of this issue—usually because of trauma, disease, approaching death, or the death of a loved one—its carefully constructed web of meaning breaks down. Then, it can no longer find a satisfying answer within the confines of its own personal reality, forcing it to look elsewhere. And that's when the turn in its path comes: instead of only looking to itself, it is forced to look beyond itself. Eventually, it comes to the idea of awakening. From an awakening perspective, life is simply the opportunity for the Source of All to experience its own potentiality. Every trivial moment is actually filled with Grace and presence. Plot lines don't need to go anywhere; desires do not need to be fulfilled; death is just another experience. If you bake a cake, it is not supposed to last forever; it was baked for the tasting and eating of it. Our lives, including both our most profound and idiotic experiences, including even our deaths, are like that for the Source of All. It all exists just for the taste of it, for the Divine to experience the potentiality of its own creativity. As the ego takes in the idea of awakening, it hopes to use awakening to escape from its existential predicament; it hopes to find a way to live from that deeper place of eternal significance. Yet it can never accomplish that, for there is no room for ego in that place. And hence the ego's conundrum: it doesn't want to live a mortal, insignificant existence, but it doesn't want to sacrifice its egoic existence for freedom.

Your path through this conundrum will be realizing that you are not that ego.

Excerpted from Awakening through the Veils by RIC WEINMAN. Copyright © 2013 Ric Weinman. Excerpted by permission of Balboa Press.
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Table of Contents


Introduction....................     xvii     

I. THE NATURE OF AWAKENING....................     1     

Chapter 1: ABC'S OF AWAKENING....................     3     

Chapter 2: THE FANTASY & THE REALITY....................     12     

Chapter 3: AWAKENING'S MAGICAL MOMENT....................     27     

Chapter 4: AWAKENING'S AFTERMATH, Part 1: Confusion....................     32     

Chapter 5: AWAKENING'S AFTERMATH, Part 2: What Happened to my Awakening....     41     

Chapter 6: THE MAP FROM ABOVE: Divinity has an Emanation...................     47     

Chapter 7: MAKING THE JOURNEY....................     66     

II. THE JOURNEY INTO AWAKENING....................     95     

Chapter 8: THE MAP FROM BELOW: THE JOURNEY....................     97     

Chapter 9: MANIFESTING BASIC AWAKENING....................     116     

Chapter 10: GOING FORWARD....................     128     

Chapter 11: AWAKENING TO BEING CONSCIOUSNESS....................     141     

Chapter 12: THE 8th DIMENSIONAL PARTY....................     159     

Chapter 13: FURTHER AWAKENING MOVEMENTS....................     177     

Chapter 14: AWAKENING TO DIVINITY....................     192     

III. EVERYWHERE YOU ARE....................     199     

Appendix: Dimensions....................     203     

About the Author....................     209     

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    This is a book I keep by my bedside.  When ever I have a spiritual problem or am wondering what to do, and what is 
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    The book itself is not only a guide to awaking along the lines of what Adyashanti writes about, but I believe that the book 
    also has a transmission in it.  I gave away my own book to a friend, and I now am buying my second copy.

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