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An Invitation into
Awakening & Embodiment
Meetings in Being are a gathering and invitation in Non-dual Presence to inquire into, explore, and directly experience our True Nature in this very moment. Everyone is invited to give up their searching and striving, their trying, wanting, and struggling, and to instead simply notice the Awake, Still, Spacious Awareness-Presense that is always already here. Once that is noticed, the invitation is to abide in and as this simplicity of our Deepest Essence, and allow whatever wants to happen to happen.
Greg Marian facilitates the satsang gatherings and invites everyone to recognize their True Essence and Nature, right here and now, just as they are. He shares the timeless wisdom of Self Realization, Non-Duality, and liberation in a succinct and direct way, offering refreshingly unique and intuitive pointers to our Ultimate Reality, as well as integrating teachings from various spiritual traditions. Words and Silence are offered as an invitation for people to notice what is aware prior to thought, and to rest in the Presence of this Awake, Aware Beingness. Every inquiry, experience, and situation that arises is welcomed as an invitation for our Awareness to return back to its natural, unbounded state of openness, peace, and freedom.
Beyond awakening, the ever deepening process of integrating and embodying our spiritual realizations and insights into our everyday lives and relationships is welcomed and invited. Connecting with people whose spiritual awakening process is already unfolding, and supporting them in the unique set of issues and challenges that can occur after a spiritual awakening is one of Greg's greatest joys and passions.
Our True Nature
Our True Nature is one undivided Wholeness which simultaneously embraces and transcends all things. The direct, felt experience of Presence and Unity is a realization that comes from a fundamental shift in our Consciousness, whereby we experience our Awareness as unbounded and unlocalized. This recognition reveals that our identity is not bound within the individual mind and body, but instead exists as an infinite Field of Pure Awareness-Presence and Consciousness. This Awareness eventually reveals that it is also the essential nature of all forms and phenomena, that our Essential Nature is both pure, Absolute Nothingness as well as the living 'substanceless substance' that enlivens the entire Universe. A wordless
intimacy with What Is is eventually revealed which is beyond all description and experience, prior to even consciousness and the sense of 'I Am', which invites all sense of separation and identity to completely dissolve back into our Infinite, Unborn Source. Out of the recognition of this indescribable Space spontaneously flows an infinite wellspring of Wisdom, Peace, Compassion, and Love.
Although our Ultimate Reality is often spoken about, it can never be fully communicated or understood through words, only directly realized and experienced as our own True Nature and Being. Whatever one says about our True Nature never completely grasps it, which is why sages throughout time have pointed to our deepest Reality through negation, often using such words as Non-duality or Advatia which translates as 'not two'. Everyone who realizes their True Nature has their own unique way of expressing and experiencing this wordless Truth and Wholeness, be it through Silence, Words, Poetry, Dance, Music, Art, Service, Healing, Listening, Devotion, Love, or simply through their way of Being and Relating in the world. When we know ourselves as that One, Singular Essence, its infinite intelligence spontaneously expresses itself through each one of us in an endless number of unique and creative ways.
The Essence of Satsang
The word 'satsang' is a Sanskrit word which means "association in Truth" and is a place where inquiries into our True Nature can be addressed, explored, and directly experienced. At its essence, satsang is simply the invitation to come together to non-conceptually abide and interact in the direct experience of our True Nature. Meetings in Being are an invitation into this Essential Nature, inviting everyone to awaken, abide, and express their True Nature, as well as to share their insights, inquiries, and challenges in an understanding and supportive environment. The intention is to meet everyone where they happen to be in the moment, and to engage their experience in a way that is meaningful to both their specific life situation, and the spiritual path that they are (or aren't) currently on. Beyond questions, inquires, explorations, and dialogue, there is also an invitation for Being to express Itself through whoever is present, in whatever way is most natural to them. The recognition for this potential for Being to collectively express and relate to Itself is where the name 'Meetings in Being' initially arose from.