Throughout our entire life - from birth to death, in moments of great joy or utter darkness - we are intimately connected with the Open Ground of Being. When we live in conscious connection and understanding of this fundamental reality, our lives become infused with Love and Openness and we know ourselves to be home.
The Open Ground of Being is so unassumingly simple and ever-present that we tend to easily miss it. Innocent misunderstandings, cultural conditioning, trauma or looking at reality through the conceptual mind, make us believe that we are inherently deficient and separate from Love or Spirit. Not recognizing that what we are looking for is the one who is looking, we erroneously seek then fulfillment and peace in objects, others, future goals or special experiences - which is fleeting and temporary at best. Equally, as spiritual seekers we might believe that true love or freedom are a grand place to be found "over there" - or that we first have to get rid off our "problems" in order to come home.
In my offerings I embrace an integrative approach: We want to recognize and remember that which is already complete, naturally awake and undamaged - and, also take a compassionate look at our conditioned patterns and liberate the trances of deficiency that create suffering in our lives. The practices and skillful means of my approach stem from Eastern contemplative traditions, modern Western modalities of psycho-spiritual integration, somatic approaches to repair trauma as well as earth-based, more feminine ways, to source our life from the Open Ground of Being.
"To be whole, we need to include,
accept, and connect all parts of ourselves.
We need acceptance of our conflicting
qualities and the seeming incongruity
of our inner and outer worlds.
Wholeness does not mean perfection.
It means no part left out.”
- Frank Ostaseski