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Awakening Into Life is a living collection of heart-centered wisdom offered by Bradley Bemis; a deeply conscious Florida-based author, speaker and guide who openly shares his ongoing insights into the nature of non-duality, Self-realization, and the embodiment of awakening.
Simple, deep, and direct, his humble offerings are a modernized encapsulation of an ancient truth, presented without the trappings of misguided religious belief systems, culturally-inspired spiritual traditions, or confusing metaphysical theories. It is the truth of our being, stripped down and laid bare for all to see, through direct experiential realization – if they so choose.
His own teaching approach ‘The Inner Science of Self-Realization’ is a harmonizing framework that draws from a variety of disciplines to help guide spiritual seekers toward their own direct, immediate, and intimate experience of the Self; of who and what we truly are…
Bradley may indeed be a useful resource if you enjoy the work of modern-day spiritual teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Ram Daas, Adyashanti, or Mooji; or past spiritual luminaries like J. Krishnamurti, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramana Maharshi, or Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. His awakened spiritual guidance is in direct alignment with the core foundations of all esoteric mystical transmissions; including Gnosticism (Christianity), Zen and Dzogchen (Buddhism), Advaita Vedanta (Hinduism), Sufism (Islam), Kabbalah (Judaism), Yoga (Jnana), Taoism, Sikhism, and several other lesser known contemplative wisdom traditions; combined with ongoing research into the modern-day fields of neuroscience, transpersonal and experimental social psychology, linguistic anthropology, and more.
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How would you characterize your own teachings and teaching style?
No teachings. No teacher. And yet here we are. So I teach by being and I teach by teaching being. It is really quite simple – just be – that is all. And yet for most it is not enough. For realization to occur ‘work’ must be done. So I say “know mind as mind, nothing more is needed unless you ‘think’ it is”. For many, this is still not enough. ‘How to know’ becomes the next question – and so I offer these five things:
- love yourself, trust yourself, and honor your own journey,
- practice mindfulness and meditation,
- learn to face and let go of your pain,
- pay attention to synchronicity, and
- be wary of your traps.
From here some still wish for more – they put forward their own spiritual models, notions, and conceptions in an effort to find validation or support for them – to which I say “that is all well and good, but you cannot find what you seek in such things – take as much time as you need though – there is no rush”. Indeed, much of the spiritual work being done by the seeker is to entertain and exhaust the ego – to ultimately burn it up, and to put it out. It is all happening of its own accord anyway – that you still see yourself as a person on a journey, trying to get somewhere, with a separate sense of self that is identified with the limited ‘I’ of body-mind phenomena, is just an appearance in the mind. This appearance arises out of being – as its own expression of being – serving the purpose of being – which brings us right back to the beginning of the circle – just be – that is all.
The Truth remains the Truth whether we have experienced it as the Truth or not. Direct experiential realization just makes it easier to relax into what is present here, now, in this moment, from one beautiful unfolding moment into the next, no matter what the moment may contain. Here, one dwells in the spaciousness beyond mind, as a being of infinite love, in harmony with the perfection of all things as they are, flowing as one with the effortless way of being; moving through the world with love, kindness, generosity, gratitude, grace, forgiveness, patience, compassion, and acceptance; empty of self, but filled with the presence of being – residing in the Self as the Self – silent, still, and quiet – even amidst the noise and chaos of the world that appears to our senses.
There is more – and there is less. Less is always better. All answers are found in simplicity. Just be – this is the essence of simplicity expressing itself. So I teach by being and I teach by teaching being.
~From the Heart of Bradley
Core Teaching Series (‘These Five Things’):
Tilting Yourself in the Direction of Awakening (Series Preamble)
Loving Yourself, Trusting Yourself, and Honoring Your Own Journey
Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation
Facing and Letting Go of Your Pain
Paying Attention to Synchronicity
Being Wary of Your Traps
And for those interested in Bradley’s story of awakening that led to these teachings: