What is awakening? From the point of view of the East, awakening is any realization or insight or knowledge that one didn’t have before. The “how” of awakening is the willingness to find out what it is. If you don’t have the aspiration or the motivation you can’t find it. You have to want it and you have to trust that it’s there.
So what would happen if we turned the “me” thing upside down? That is if we acted out “not-me” in order to free ourselves from our habitual identity. We call this action “the Challenges!” It’s a way to determine our own karma.
Historically, spiritual training took place almost exclusively within the monastery or convent. Nowadays few of us spiritual practitioners enter that kind of orthodox context. What then? We suggest that the workplace – whether a company, clinic, factory, studio, etc. – comprises our contemporary spiritual training ground.