The Time is Ripe For Finding True Freedom

The Time is Ripe For Finding True Freedom

The Time is Ripe For Finding True Freedom

It’s clear we are living in an evolutionary time of major social and geo/political change. Most of us are also acutely aware that this time of change is stirring up powerful emotions, feelings, energies and conditioned behavioral reactions.

Basically, everything is undergoing significant and profound transformation, including our own personal and spiritual evolution.

Anyone who is actively engaged in their personal and spiritual development knows the best time to work on our “stuff” is when our world and our lives are really stirred up.

This moment qualifies as a rare and ripe opportunity.

In my work, people typically come to me not when all is well.

People come when their lives are turned upside down and inside out. This is when they are raw, open and vulnerable. This is when they can most readily identify the presence of their deep conditioning and subversive behavioral patterns. This is when the ego is shaken and perhaps more willing to surrender and give over to something bigger.

What’s Blocking Us?

Oftentimes, people don’t really know what is at the root of their suffering, confusion, overwhelm and angst. Subsequently, they don’t always know what support they need.

They do, however, have a good idea of what they want.

They want freedom from their ill-behaved mind. They want to live with more peace, love, joy, clarity and confidence.

So, what is blocking the experience of these desired states of being?

What most people don’t realize is their self-identification is mixed up with their thoughts, beliefs, conditioning, programming and egoic story. And that’s a problem.

They have identified with a story of self that’s been constructed in their own minds. And even if they understand that, they mistakenly believe that rewriting a better story is going to solve the problem.

Any story of self that is constructed and maintained in the mind, will never stabilize.

When we are disconnected from our eternal spiritual nature, we will feel not enough. We will feel an emptiness that cannot be filled in any other way than by awakening the true grace of our BEing.

Imagine if you could live in a more stabilized and consistent state of grace, peace, love and confident presence. One not as a result of better thoughts, but an awakened and embodied experience of what you really are.

“The awakening of global consciousness will continue to blossom into full brilliance through each divine soul who is willing to step into their truth and Self realize as the pure radiance of unconditional loving awareness.”

~Chess Edwards

Now more than ever, in these times of great challenge and transformation, when we have this precious opportunity to reshape the world, we need people who can live and act more from love and less from their wounded story. We need people who can reshape a world not meant to satisfy the separate personal egoic identity, but meant to reflect and celebrate the infinite grace of divine consciousness itself.

If we are to make the most of this revolutionary time of transformation and usher in the awakening of loving consciousness, we each will be called to awaken from our egoic identity and discover the awesome wholeness of our true divine grace.

We are not our separate minds and constructed egos. These are but temporary experiences arising and passing within the imperishable awareness of consciousness. We are each a precious and divine modulation or expression of One Love. Our convincing dream of self is veiling the knowing of our true nature.

The Muddy Water Has Been Stirred

To make this evolutionary leap into an awakened unified consciousness, we must take full advantage of this rare opportunity to spiritually awaken while we are so powerfully experiencing the effects of our personal egoic disturbances.

We can liken this work to clearing a jar of muddy water. Before pouring the muddy water out of a container, it must first be stirred up. If the mud is settled and undisturbed at the bottom of the jar, it won’t be available to clear.

Well, the stirring up has certainly been done! Now let’s start pouring in the pure love that will dilute the cloudiness of mind appearing as division, shame, guilt, self-deprecation, fear, smallness and separation.

The dawn of a new era is upon us. While everything is stirred up, now is the time to do our work and meet our entrenched judgements and shadows. Now is the time for devotion and dedication. Now is the time to discover and embody our deepest and truest nature of being, which is loving awareness.

It’s time for an evolutionary leap. It’s time for bold Self Realization. It’s time to empty the old stories. It’s time to surrender the predominant position of the egoic identity. It’s time for the egoic mind to humble itself in service to the wisdom and leadership of the heart. It’s time to realize our highest consciousness.

It’s Time to Discover Freedom

Freedom is not someday, somewhere down the road. We are already free and whole. The present opportunity is to discover that freedom, beyond the noise and distraction of the “you” you’ve built in the mind.

One common fallacy tends to dissuade people from doing this work. Most people feel that in order to be truly free and at peace, they must first vanquish all their shadows and troublesome conditioning. They believe they must first rid themselves of all the limiting beliefs that make up their false self-image. Only then, will they finally be free and at peace. 

They believe their freedom lies on the other side of what is typically a daunting tangle of emotional and mental confusion and distress. With this belief in place, it can feel near impossible to imagine ever truly being free.

But authentic peace and grace is not found in some distant destination where we may one day arrive. Our authentic Self is of course what we already are and have always been. Most of us simply have never accessed this true Self because we are so thoroughly occupied with the alluring egoic construct of self.

The Work

In my practice, I work with people one-on-one to help them realize a clear and powerful separation between their truth and their story.  Standing in awakened clarity between truth and illusion, they can more readily choose to abide their truth and stop believing their story.

This is transformational work, where we quickly and powerfully move beyond the tangle of your egoic limitations so that you discover your true self, already free, whole and at peace. Not to ignore your wounding and conditioning. That would be spiritual bypass. Instead, I help you discover your stability of grace, so that you have a knowing of your truth. From this stability, you can then meet your wounding and conditioning with love. So that you may heal it and let it go while rested in the powerful knowing of your true Self.

This work is remarkably powerful and liberating. It is rare for someone to walk away from an initial session with me without expressing some version of stunned amazement about how they could have gone so long in life without being introduced to these fundamental and transformational truths.

It is important to know that I teach and guide directly from my own experience. What was 50+ years of relentless anxiety, fear and uncertainty has blessedly become a life of ever-deepening and sustained peace and love.

This deep and sustained presence of peace is not a peace that comes from having more peaceful thoughts. Is is an awakened and embodied peace that is the very nature of consciousness itself. In other words, in this work, we don’t think peace. We move beyond all discord of thought and into the eternal and imperishable peace already there.

If we are to know a world of peace, compassion, love, intimacy and connection then we must first discover that we already are the very peace, compassion, love intimacy and connection that we’re seeking.

That is the opportunity within this work. It may seem a grandiose claim to say that anyone could help guide you to your ultimate truth. But after years of dedication and devotion, honing this work with many hundreds of clients and students and thousands of hours of sessions, I can confidently say that the processes, meditations, models, pointings, focused inquiries and teachings that are the core of this work do effectively and rapidly transform lives.

Now is the time for you! Now is the time for us! Now is the time for a revolution of unity consciousness.

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It’s Time – The Next Evolution of Consciousness

It’s Time – The Next Evolution of Consciousness

It’s Time – The Next Evolution of Consciousness

It’s clear we are living in an evolutionary time of major social and geo/political change. Most of us are also acutely aware that this time of change is stirring up powerful emotions, feelings, energies and conditioned behavioral reactions.

Basically, everything is undergoing significant and profound transformation, including our own personal and spiritual evolution.

Anyone who is actively engaged in their personal and spiritual development knows the best time to work on our “stuff” is when our world and our lives are really stirred up.

This moment qualifies as a rare and ripe opportunity.

In my work, people typically come to me not when all is well.

People come when their lives are turned upside down and inside out. This is when they are raw, open and vulnerable. This is when they can most readily identify the presence of their deep conditioning and subversive behavioral patterns. This is when the ego is shaken and perhaps more willing to surrender and give over to something bigger.

What’s Blocking Us?

Oftentimes, people don’t really know what is at the root of their suffering, confusion, overwhelm and angst. Subsequently, they don’t always know what support they need.

They do, however, have a good idea of what they want.

They want freedom from their ill-behaved mind. They want to live with more peace, love, joy, clarity and confidence.

So, what is blocking the experience of these desired states of being?

What most people don’t realize is their self-identification is mixed up with their thoughts, beliefs, conditioning, programming and egoic story. And that’s a problem.

They have identified with a story of self that’s been constructed in their own minds. And even if they understand that, they mistakenly believe that rewriting a better story is going to solve the problem.

Any story of self that is constructed and maintained in the mind, will never stabilize.

When we are disconnected from our eternal spiritual nature, we will feel not enough. We will feel an emptiness that cannot be filled in any other way than by awakening the true grace of our BEing.

Imagine if you could live in a more stabilized and consistent state of grace, peace, love and confident presence. One not as a result of better thoughts, but an awakened and embodied experience of what you really are.

“The awakening of global consciousness will continue to blossom into full brilliance through each divine soul who is willing to step into their truth and Self realize as the pure radiance of unconditional loving awareness.”

~Chess Edwards

Now more than ever, in these times of great challenge and transformation, when we have this precious opportunity to reshape the world, we need people who can live and act more from love and less from their wounded story. We need people who can reshape a world not meant to satisfy the separate personal egoic identity, but meant to reflect and celebrate the infinite grace of divine consciousness itself.

If we are to make the most of this revolutionary time of transformation and usher in the awakening of loving consciousness, we each will be called to awaken from our egoic identity and discover the awesome wholeness of our true divine grace.

We are not our separate minds and constructed egos. These are but temporary experiences arising and passing within the imperishable awareness of consciousness. We are each a precious and divine modulation or expression of One Love. Our convincing dream of self is veiling the knowing of our true nature.

The Muddy Water Has Been Stirred

To make this evolutionary leap into an awakened unified consciousness, we must take full advantage of this rare opportunity to spiritually awaken while we are so powerfully experiencing the effects of our personal egoic disturbances.

We can liken this work to clearing a jar of muddy water. Before pouring the muddy water out of a container, it must first be stirred up. If the mud is settled and undisturbed at the bottom of the jar, it won’t be available to clear.

Well, the stirring up has certainly been done! Now let’s start pouring in the pure love that will dilute the cloudiness of mind appearing as division, shame, guilt, self-deprecation, fear, smallness and separation.

The dawn of a new era is upon us. While everything is stirred up, now is the time to do our work and meet our entrenched judgements and shadows. Now is the time for devotion and dedication. Now is the time to discover and embody our deepest and truest nature of being, which is loving awareness.

It’s time for an evolutionary leap. It’s time for bold Self Realization. It’s time to empty the old stories. It’s time to surrender the predominant position of the egoic identity. It’s time for the egoic mind to humble itself in service to the wisdom and leadership of the heart. It’s time to realize our highest consciousness.

It’s Time to Discover Freedom

Freedom is not someday, somewhere down the road. We are already free and whole. The present opportunity is to discover that freedom, beyond the noise and distraction of the “you” you’ve built in the mind.

One common fallacy tends to dissuade people from doing this work. Most people feel that in order to be truly free and at peace, they must first vanquish all their shadows and troublesome conditioning. They believe they must first rid themselves of all the limiting beliefs that make up their false self-image. Only then, will they finally be free and at peace. 

They believe their freedom lies on the other side of what is typically a daunting tangle of emotional and mental confusion and distress. With this belief in place, it can feel near impossible to imagine ever truly being free.

But authentic peace and grace is not found in some distant destination where we may one day arrive. Our authentic Self is of course what we already are and have always been. Most of us simply have never accessed this true Self because we are so thoroughly occupied with the alluring egoic construct of self.

The Work

In my practice, I work with people one-on-one to help them realize a clear and powerful separation between their truth and their story.  Standing in awakened clarity between truth and illusion, they can more readily choose to abide their truth and stop believing their story.

This is transformational work, where we quickly and powerfully move beyond the tangle of your egoic limitations so that you discover your true self, already free, whole and at peace. Not to ignore your wounding and conditioning. That would be spiritual bypass. Instead, I help you discover your stability of grace, so that you have a knowing of your truth. From this stability, you can then meet your wounding and conditioning with love. So that you may heal it and let it go while rested in the powerful knowing of your true Self.

This work is remarkably powerful and liberating. It is rare for someone to walk away from an initial session with me without expressing some version of stunned amazement about how they could have gone so long in life without being introduced to these fundamental and transformational truths.

It is important to know that I teach and guide directly from my own experience. What was 50+ years of relentless anxiety, fear and uncertainty has blessedly become a life of ever-deepening and sustained peace and love.

This deep and sustained presence of peace is not a peace that comes from having more peaceful thoughts. Is is an awakened and embodied peace that is the very nature of consciousness itself. In other words, in this work, we don’t think peace. We move beyond all discord of thought and into the eternal and imperishable peace already there.

If we are to know a world of peace, compassion, love, intimacy and connection then we must first discover that we already are the very peace, compassion, love intimacy and connection that we’re seeking.

That is the opportunity within this work. It may seem a grandiose claim to say that anyone could help guide you to your ultimate truth. But after years of dedication and devotion, honing this work with many hundreds of clients and students and thousands of hours of sessions, I can confidently say that the processes, meditations, models, pointings, focused inquiries and teachings that are the core of this work do effectively and rapidly transform lives.

Now is the time for you! Now is the time for us! Now is the time for a revolution of unity consciousness.

START YOUR JOURNEY

Book Your FREE 30-Minute
'Call to Freedom' with Chess
Today!

CONFIDENCE

CONFIDENCE

CONFIDENCE

Developing self confidence with the aim of stabilizing our inner sense of peace, is a flawed strategy.

A more powerful and enduring endeavor is to focus our attention on self realization – discovering the Truth of who we really are.

A byproduct of realizing our true infinite nature is confidence.

While it is certainly healthy and helpful to believe in yourself, a deeper exploration reveals that the “self” in which one endeavors to believe doesn’t actually exist, except as a collection of thoughts and beliefs. Thoughts and beliefs are ephemeral, they come and go, they are transient.

What we’re really after isn’t actually confidence, it is TRUST. We are looking for something in which we can trust. Looking to the conditioned and mind constructed self as a stable place to put our trust is an inherently unstable strategy.

What we are looking for is an eternal truth into which we can surrender, let go and simply BE. This feeling of angst that spurs a search for confidence is the nagging feeling of our soul desiring to be free of the illusion of self and reunited with the truth of our eternal nature.

Self doubt is natural and healthy.

Typically the self that we are doubting is the story of self
that we’ve constructed in our own mind.

That constructed self very well should be doubted.

Awaken the true self that is beyond doubt.

To work on self confidence while neglecting the explorations into the true core nature of our being only prolongs our seeking. Go straight to what truly brings peace – Realizing your Truth.

What we find when we stop trying to bolster the illusion of self and we begin to inquire honestly into the true nature of who we really are, before all thought and all constructs of self, is not a “thing”. We find the pure, infinite and eternal “IS-ness” of the life force that breaths us all into existence. And there, we find a sweet and abiding trust.

When we surrender the illusion of a self that needs to control and manipulate the world to generate and maintain a feeling of self-confidence, we find a natural, infinite and unshakable TRUST.

Ultimately the invitation here is not to strengthen your belief in your story of self, but to know and embody the eternal truth of who you truly are beyond the illusion of self.

Within that knowing one discovers their already present, natural and unshakeable confidence and one gains access to a universe of possibilities.

The Reward of Mastery is Going to Cost You

The Reward of Mastery is Going to Cost You

The Reward of Mastery is Going to Cost You

Some of the best carpenters I’ve ever met are missing a finger or two. Some of the best mechanics have seriously calloused and scared knuckles from all the times that the wrench has slipped. Some of the best singers in the business have at one time or another entirely lost their voice. Any seriously dedicated and committed gymnast is impressively bruised.

To be a master at anything you must rub up against the edges of your profession or passion. And often daringly so. Edges are rough, they hurt, they’re abrasive. Edges define things, often with a sharpness that cuts to the bone.

 

I don’t know anyone who has dedicated themselves 100% to their craft who doesn’t bear the scars of their commitment.

“The more outrageous the dreams and hopes and actions of those who dare to let their deepest spark ignite into flame, the more outrage they will encounter from those who are threatened by the consuming fires of change.”

When you’re willing to push yourself right up to and beyond the edge of your comfort and skill and knowing, you’re going to get roughed up.

You don’t hire a carpenter with smooth hands. You don’t bet on a boxer whose nose isn’t a bit smashed and crooked.

The wastebaskets of all writers worth their salt are overflowing with defeat.

The bank accounts of every Rock Star who has ever lived were once a frightening pittance. And they were told all along the way to cut their hair, get a job and “Really, you’re going to wear THAT on stage?”

Swimmers and bikers and runners cramp in exhaustion and cry out in pain. Olympic divers land on their backs or bellies with a sickening smack during practice as they push the boundaries of their aerial mastery.

Musicians pushing the edge wince at missed notes that nobody else notices. And if they do, they don’t care. The rest of the bold artistry has already captivated the heart and soul.

When I was first learning to play blues harmonica one of my teachers shared the sage advice that when you’re on stage playing, more than wanting people to say, “Damn that guy’s good.” It’s more compelling when they say, “Damn that guy looks like he’s having a really good time.”

People are much more strongly attracted to your authenticity than to your perfection. What compels and inspires others most is your authentic love, joy, enthusiasm and passionate commitment to your work, cause or purpose. This is the law of attraction at work. Your authentic expression of life compels and draws out the same authentic expression and courage in others, which is yearning to be met and matched.  Since pure “perfection” doesn’t really exist, then our strident attempts to be perfect at the cost of our authenticity doesn’t have an equivalent reflection within others with which to resonate.  This is where there is a dissonance and true connection is lost.

Mastery is not a matter of perfected skills. Mastery is a result of persistent, focused and dedicated passion and a reflection of purely authentic expression.

It is our love and passion driven dedication that compels us to stretch beyond the limiting constraints of pure skills based perfection and into the realm of fearless presence where we meet ourselves anew at the rough and awakening edges of life.

Serious mountaineers often have less than 10 toes. And even if they do have all their wiggling digits, I guarantee that they have less living friends than they had when they first fell in love with mountains. This is true for all who have committed to becoming a master in any art from that defies gravity.  Sky diving, race car driving, surfing, space exploration and all other edge defying endeavors. The object of their commitment is known for taking lives.  But that to which they have dedicated their love is also known for giving life in ways that a rare few can truly know or imagine.

I used to be a raft guide and we had a saying. “There are those guides that have flipped a raft and those that will flip a raft.” You stay in the game long enough at anything that you’re willing to push to the edge and beyond, and you’re going to get bruised, battered, beat up and smacked about.  You’re going to lose some skin.

That’s the price you pay for mastery and excellence. You pay with your pride and your hide. But that’s nowhere near the price you’ll pay for not taking the risk and sitting this one out.

For that you pay with your soul.

E M B O D I M E N T

E M B O D I M E N T

E M B O D I M E N T

I sat in meditation and pointed awareness to a concept of inner peace that my mind had already distorted since my last mediation.
 
There I sat trying to stitch fragments of uncooperative and fleeing thoughts back together into a reliable truth.
 
It was like chasing birds resplendent with beauty that are always flying this way and that and fading into the distance.
 
The mediation turned into an exercise of begging these beautiful thought birds to return and to come to rest, roosted within my mind and not to scatter and fly again, as is the nature of birds and thoughts.
 
Then I sat in meditation and instead pointed awareness to a practiced embodiment of peace and stillness. I went to a familiar and formless spaciousness that over the years has gradually been revealed. Revealed not in thought, but more as a reliable sensation or presence.
 
That which was sought was no further away than my breath. I was simply turning attention away from thought and instead pointing it toward the awakened self that is always right here. So close that it is mostly overlooked by the seeking mind.
 
It’s important to remember that the body and the heart is merely a portal to true peace, not a container. How could the limitations of a body contain the infinite?
 
We go within to meet the call of the infinite and the imperishable grace of love that transcends all form.
 
We go within to the experience of embodiment. But we don’t stop when the awareness arrives in the heart. We don’t stop with the experience of peace. We continue beyond the heart to the source of that experience.
 
We follow the awareness beyond the open portal of the heart and into the vastness of imperishable stillness and peace of infinite love.