If you are participating in one of my free, open, group sessions, chances are that it’s being recorded…   Here’s why, and the options available to you if this makes you uncomfortable:


On the Topic of Privacy

If you missed our opening group session last night, that’s perfectly okay.  I’ll be posting a recording of the session on my YouTube channel and sharing a link on Facebook and in our private Facebook group. 

This brings up an important point though – these sessions are free, open, online group sessions that are meant to reach as many people as possible.  They are recorded and shared – and for good reason.  Our world is in a state of chaos and disarray, and the message of Self-realization is more important now than ever before – it is, in fact, essential to our very survival.  I offer these types of free events because I have seen these teachings radically alter my own life and the lives of many, many people.  Sometimes, however, participants will express a concern or a preference to be private, to not be broadcast or recorded.  I always want to honor the requests of everyone who has taken the time to entertain and investigate the material that’s being shared, but at the same time it’s very important to me that the larger necessity of openness, transparency, accessibility, and availability be kept in mind.  Therefore, I’d like to make the following suggestions. 

If you prefer to remain private, to not be seen, heard, broadcasted, or recorded during the live group sessions, you can:

1) Leave your camera and microphone off, using the chat to ask questions or make comments, and/or schedule a private session afterwards where we can discuss your own questions, concerns, interpretations, or experiences.  During this series I’ll make free weekly sessions available to anyone who would prefer to just listen in the live group sessions, and then ask their questions or go deeper into the content in a private setting instead. 

2) Or, follow the live session through FacebookLive instead of Zoom.  The FacebookLive stream doesn’t have visual or audio recording functions available within it.  You can use the comments area to ask questions or make comments without really exposing yourself in an uncomfortable way.  You may find this preferable to the use of Zoom if you want to exercise a greater degree of privacy.

Please note however that I tend to wait until later in sessions to read comments and questions from the chat windows in both Zoom and on Facebook; usually as part of the Q&A period.  I will however get to your questions – and make sure that anything asked receives a response. 

I hope this clarifies my position on broadcasting and recording these sessions, and offers you a few alternative options to help you feel safe and protected if you have a preference for a greater degree of privacy. 


I’m still not sure I understand why you record these sessions…

I record and share these sessions because many people do not or can not participate.  Or may not be aware that the sessions are available.  Or may stumble across the website a year from now and say ‘wow I wish I would have seen this sooner’.  Some people may also be fearful of attending in person and want to encounter the material on their own terms instead.   

It is also very very common for nondual teachers to record and make public group sessions freely and openly available – not private sessions of course, and not paid group workshops – but when we do these things freely, from our hearts, it’s because we are extending an invitation and doing our best to make these teachings and this way of seeing broadly available to all.  

We are also not likely to concern ourselves so much with matters of privacy, as we do not see privacy as a reality of realized awareness.  We try to respect where others are in their own understanding and apply appropriate levels of confidentiality to private sessions, but when someone attends a free, open, public session and is uncomfortable with being recorded, I and others like me, will suggest that they use their discomfort to examine what it is they are trying to protect or defend, what aspect of the ‘self’ exactly is uncomfortable?  

This is the way nondual teachings work.  Our suffering, discontent, and discomfort are the raw material of awakening – and reveal what needs attention, what we are holding onto, and what we need to let go of.  

Again, these sessions are free – and I ask nothing in return for this work.  I do this because of how deeply I value the transformative potential of nondual realization – and because I want everyone, everywhere to have the opportunity to encounter and experience these teachings.  Because this is why I offer these free, open, public group sessions, I must make the materials available in the manner of their intention – which is broad dissemination.  

The goal of these sessions is not so much community-building as this is essentially a brief psychoeducational group with a focused curriculum and clear endpoint.  Our focus is on elucidation, investigation, and examination.  Also keep in mind that whatever issues you might be contending with or hesitant to reveal, pretty much everyone is in the same boat with the same challenges and questions.  Your own willingness to be vulnerable has the potential to serve as a gift to others.  But I leave it to you to decide what you are comfortable with.  

I would also encourage you to watch and listen to other nondual teachers, like Adyashanti and Rupert Spira. You will see that they are doing exactly what I’m doing and they encourage openness and vulnerability in public because it is such an important part of letting down our guard, opening up, and being vulnerable – and when we do so together, we all learn from each other.  This is just the way it is with nondual teachers – and how it has been done for thousands of years.

I’ve offered some alternatives for attendance if privacy is important to you, but the material itself and the availability of it cannot be limited by the discomfort of one participant.  We can always meet separately and privately if there are things that you would prefer to address behind closed doors, but as we continue, these free, open, public sessions will be shared on FacebookLive and recorded to make them available to others in the future.  

If you feel that this is not in alignment or accord with your preferences and choose not to participate in the future, I totally understand, but I hope that you will consider one of the alternative attendance options or use this as an opportunity to examine your own discomfort.


I will continue to add additional comments to this topics as an FAQ to address any additional related concerns.   Thank you for your time and attention regarding this important matter. 

~Bradley

Sunday, the 13th of October, marks the 5-year anniversary of the day that everything fell away for me, the day that awareness became aware of itself within the context of ‘me’.  In conjunction, I’ll be launching a new Campaign of Consciousness; a special 9-week series of on-line group and private sessions – all offered freely from the heart…

~Bradley

A Campaign of Consciousness

14 October – 8 December 2019


This online event series includes seven free group sessions and three free private one-on-one sessions, all hosted via Zoom, FacebookLive, and then posted to YouTube afterwards.  If you have concerns about being recorded, please see my recent blog post addressing this issue. 

If you are interested in participating, please just send me a quick e-mail at bradley@awakeningintolife.com.   You’ll receive a detailed e-mail response with all of the information needed to schedule your private sessions and attend the group sessions.  Everything is optional though.  You can come and go as you please, participating only in those sessions which resonate with you.

Did you miss a session?  That’s okay!  You can join at any time…  just send me an e-mail as described above and we’ll get you squared away. 

Note: While primarily presented in a nondual spiritual context, the themes and methods that we’ll be discussing are also represented within psychological theories and therapeutic models such as Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems Theory, Dialectic Behavior Theory, Jungian Theory, Existential Theory, Transpersonal Theory, and more…  The entire series is FREE – with no hidden catches, will be hosted on-line, and includes both private and group sessions that are ultimately designed to instill a greater sense of peace, joy, and connection within ourselves and the world of our experience.  We hope to see you there.


***First Private Session***

  • Your Journey So Far (Should be scheduled to take place between 14 and 20 October):  In this session we’ll discuss what your life and spiritual journey have looked like so far, where you feel confused or challenged, and what you hope to get out of this series as we work together in the spirit of mutual curiosity. 

First Group Session (audio recording available below)

  • Tilting in the Direction of Awakening (Sunday, 20 October, 8 pm – 9:30 pm EST):  In this session, we’ll talk about the nature of an authentic spiritual awakening as a ‘seeing through’ of conceptual reality, into the infinite space of our Being which ultimately leads to a completely embodied expression of wisdom, compassion, joy, and virtue. 

Second Group Session (video recording available below)

  • Loving, Trusting, and Honoring Yourself (Sunday, 27 October, 8 pm – 9:30 pm EST):  In this session, we’ll explore the sense of unworthiness that so many of us experience in our daily lives, and how to begin loving ourselves, trusting ourselves, and honoring the journey that is unfolding before us until we arrive at a state of greater peace and harmony within ourselves. 

Third Group Session

  • Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation (Sunday, 3 November, 8 pm – 9:30 pm EST):  In this session, we’ll discuss the purpose and foundations of mindfulness, and explore a variety of meditation and self-inquiry techniques that can serve as practical tools throughout the awakening process and help us move through whatever is arising in the present moment. 

Fourth Group Session

  • Facing and Letting Go of Your Pain (Sunday, 10 November, 8 pm – 9:30 pm EST):  In this session, we’ll discuss the challenging topic of psychological suffering and what it’s inviting us to investigate, address, or let go of; revealing deep insights about how our attachments are exposed in the light of awareness and present us with an opportunity for true healing.

***Second Private Session***

  • How Are You Doing? (Should be scheduled to take place between 11 and 17 November):  In this session, which takes place after the group session on “Facing and Letting Go of Your Pain”, we’ll discuss any difficult issues or challenges that may have come up for you while working within yourself to process the content.

Fifth Group Session

  • Paying Attention to Synchronicity (Sunday, 17 November, 8 pm – 9:30 pm EST):  In this session, we’ll discuss the phenomena of synchronicity as the language of the universe that is teaching us, guiding us, and revealing our true essential nature, the timeless perfection of being, and the intelligent aliveness of life that is ever-present and unerring in its wisdom.

Sixth Group Session

  • Being Wary of Your Traps (Sunday, 24 November, 8 pm – 9:30 pm EST):  In this session, we’ll talk about the appearance of ‘traps’; what they are, how they ensnare us and what they have to teach us as we fall down, get up, and fall down again, over and over until we’ve learned how to walk the infinite last mile in complete acceptance of life’s great mystery.  

Seventh Group Session

  • The Dance of Fear and Surrender (Sunday, 1 December, 8 pm – 9:30 pm EST):  In our final group session, we’ll revisit the major themes that have been addressed during this series and discuss the appearance of fear, uncertainty, and doubt that will present itself at each stage of the awakening journey – how to be with it, move beyond it, and learn from it.

***Third Private Session***

  • Your Journey Forward (Should be scheduled to take place between 2 and 8 December):  In this session, which takes place the week following the end of the series, we’ll discuss your experiences with the course, any comments or feedback that you may have, and how you plan to integrate the materials into your life. 

Getting Signed Up:  If you are interested in participating, please just send me a quick e-mail at bradley@awakeningintolife.com.   You’ll receive a detailed e-mail response with all of the information needed to schedule your private sessions and attend the group sessions. 

This series is free, but donations are accepted and appreciated.

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—Bradley Bemis is an Orlando-based spiritual teacher of non-duality and Self-realization, an inner presence coach and guide, and is currently working toward his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He offers a combination of public discourses and private sessions for those who are interested in exploring the enlightened insights of nondual wisdom.  Learn more at: https://awakeningintolife.com/aboutbradley


Session Recording Archive

 Session 1: Tilting in the Direction of Awakening

Session 2: Loving Trusting and Honoring Yourself

Session 3: Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation

Session 4: Facing and Letting Go of Your Pain

Session 5: Paying Attention to Synchronicity

Session 6: Being Wary of Our Traps

 

 

Satsang…  a spiritual discourse or sacred gathering that explores the nature of Truth.

An Introduction to Nonduality: The Sacred Heart of All Traditions

Many people are unfamiliar with this word ‘nonduality’.  If it does have a ring of familiarity, it’s usually associated with eastern traditions like Buddhism and Hinduism, and yet a quick review of works like ‘Intimacy with God’, by Father Thomas Keating, or ‘Everything Belongs’ by Father Richard Rohr, we see that nonduality is indeed essential to Christianity.  The book ‘Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judiasm’, by Jay Michaelson, makes it easily accessible to those of the Jewish faith.  Nonduality is at the core of Sufi mysticism in Islam, and written about extensively in the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, and many more.  There is also nondual Shamanism as presented by Jason Schulman in his book ‘The Nondual Shaman’, or the sacred ways of the Lakota people as spoken of by Black Elk.  It is of course central to Taoism, to all contemplative Yoga’s, and to all other mystical or esoteric paths that turn one inside – toward the dissolving of all illusions.  In his seminal work ‘The Perennial Philosophy’, famed author Aldus Huxley explained that the same basic themes are repeated over and over again throughout every spiritual and philosophical tradition.  If we look for ourselves and do our own research, it becomes clear that nonduality has something very powerful and important to say about who we truly are and what life is really all about. That’s why it keeps showing up as a common theme, as an underlying principle – and that’s why you’re being invited into it right now…  

Come join us on Sunday, 20 January, for an open discourse on nonduality and its presence in all of the various places that we might look, sincerely, for truth.  We will be meeting in the park, at Winter Park from 3pm to 5pm, near the Harp fountain.  All are welcome to attend.  No familiarity with nonduality is required.  Please feel free to bring a blanket or chair to sit on, since we will be meeting in the park.  If it is raining, we will be meeting at the Winter Park Starbucks instead that’s just down Park Ave.   If you need any further guidance or directions, or have any questions, please feel free to text of call Bradley at 425-233-2571. 

[SIT Series 6: Session 3] [Jan 2019]


—Bradley Bemis is an Orlando-based spiritual teacher of non-duality and Self-realization, an inner presence coach and guide, and is currently working toward his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He offers a combination of public discourses and private sessions for those who are interested in exploring the enlightened insights of nondual wisdom.