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The One Presence

I remember that I felt honoured by the invitation to join the men’s group in 2011. It was the second gathering of this recent emergence in the Awakened Life Project (at that time we were only 5-6 men) so therefore an exciting novelty to be part of. Soon it became obvious that the more we were capable of laying aside our conditioned habit of identifying with all the phenomena arising in daily life - for instance making frustrations in our sex life mean something about us personally - the more we realized that there were not so many "different" men present as there appeared to be. All of our conditioning was essentially revealed to be all the same! Surprised and relieved we became more and more aware of the One Presence that was emanating from within and between us.

This Presence is always empowering when we tap into it at the same time. This Presence is who we all essentially are and, in a very beautiful and precious way, it ensures that we in the group that now numbers over 20 men increasingly care for each other and what needs to be cared for.  And this always happens in a loving, sometimes light, sometimes strong and fiery, but never casual way. For me the WE that arises through this collective experiment is far more real and trustworthy than the stubborn illusion of the separate “me” that I resolve to keep in the back-seat of the car.

Poul Olufson

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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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