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The Great I AM

I will share two points of great importance to me since I joined Awakened Life Project in the summer of 2016. I AM, I have always been and will always be complete; the Great "I AM" that transcends and includes all. Nothing at all is missing!! Becoming aware of the ego movement in me and how it generates separation between the Great I and the other, together with acknowledging through meditation that I already am the Great I AM, took me naturally to a place of inner silence and quietness. I had a very constant and noisy voice (ego) in me telling a lot of things that has progressively faded away. So despite the frenetic action I frequently experience, I am quiet and calm inside. And that makes a major difference as it brings me much more life quality and not leaking my energy. The most important and liberating understanding is this: gaining the awareness of the movement of ego is not getting rid of it but NOT IDENTIFYING/feeding it. This understanding has helped me to accept more whatever life brings me in every moment without judging, criticizing etc….again, much less weight on my shoulders.

The second point, is related to my experience with the men´s group. A lot I could say, but making it simple, it is a profound level of brotherhood. We are invited to share with the others about ourselves and about experiences that are moving or affecting us at some point. In the beginning, fear was there, because opening makes me vulnerable, and that fear of being criticized or judged was present. But I took my time, step by step. What happened is that when any of us is sharing, everyone is very present listening care-fully, together with the one sharing. I felt I was seen, and this “just” seen, brings a lot of respect, togetherness, support, allowing a man to be vulnerable between other man. A very strong sense of WE….and this is so amazing ….it took me sometime to realize how big this is. Truth, vulnerability, joy, oneness, confidence, this and so much more is what makes this brotherhood so profound…co-creating and shaping a new man´s culture. 

Pedro Pinto

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The Awakened Life Project is situated in a beautiful and wild ecological reserve in the mountains Central Portugal. We offer volunteer programs, courses, events and retreats to support the liberation of the human spirit in a context of evolutionary emergence and communion with the ecological web of life.


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