“Our deepest fear is not that the saints, sages, and mystics are wrong; it is that they are right. If what we perceive ourselves to be is grounded in ignorance – and turns out to be illusory, insubstantial, and imaginary; what then are we beyond the veil of our perceptions? Only those who have learned to crest the waves of fear and swim beyond them can answer… but the words are useless to those who are not yet ready to drown themselves in the great sea of Love.”
THESE FIVE THINGS:
- 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.
Bradley Bemis is a spiritual teacher of nonduality and Self-realization, who experienced a profound awakening to open, spacious awareness in October of 2014. He spent the first eight months of his awakening experience completely dedicated to living a life of spiritual study, contemplation, and service. In May of 2015 he sold his possessions and voluntarily entered into the homeless life. He spent three months living on the streets of Seattle, freely sharing the wisdom and insights of awakeness. In June of 2015 he moved to Florida and began offering formal teachings and instruction.
Bradley’s teachings come from his own direct experience. His awakened spiritual guidance is in full alignment with the core foundations of all esoteric mystical transmissions; including Christian Gnosticism and Monasticism, Several sects of Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta in the Hindu tradition, Sufism within Islam, Kabbalah within Judaism, Taoism, Sikhism, many forms of Yoga, 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.
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.
Bradley’s teachings represent an arc; a journey that unfolds in three primary stages while going absolutely nowhere.
Tilting in the Direction of Awakening
Devoted to the plight of the one who suffers, Tilting in the Direction of Awakening is Bradley’s main teaching series for those who are ready to begin doing the deep work of inner exploration. While there are no rules to the process of awakening, These Five Things represent well-established, foundational practices that tend to deliver a transformational experience. Continue reading…
Moving Through the ‘I’ of Awakening
As we begin to awaken from the conditioned views of the notional mind, the experience can range from curious to terrifying. Many people struggle to let go of their habitual patterns of thought and beleif. Awakening is very much a process of deconstruction that requires a deep devotion to the Truth above all else – for it is indeed the Truth that will set you free. Continue reading…
Relaxing Into the Embodiment of Awakening
At a certain point, when we see for ourselves what has always been True, the bonds of seeking fall away and confusion becomes impossible. Here however, we must come back down the mountain and surrender into our humanity. We start to embody the fullness of life with the fullness of love and give ourselves over to the alive intelligence of the infinite reality. Continue reading…
Below is an explanation that may be more familiar to those who have studied nondual teachings…
There is no teacher… yet here we are!
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 can I 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, 2017
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Working with a living teacher is not like reading a book or watching a video. The teaching is very much a process of deconstruction; a dissolving of everything that supports your belief in separation – your belief that you are separate.