Loch Kelly ~ Direct Inquiry: The Power of How
Sunday, November 1, 2020 @ 10:00am-12:00noon (Pacific Time)
“Loch Kelly is one of the clearest expressions of authentic awakened freedom and love that I know. He offers wise, loving medicine and direct, practical guidance which evolved from Loch’s vast experience and deep commitment to help others awaken to spiritual freedom.”
~ Adyashanti from Shift Into Freedom
The two most common approaches of direct awakening are 1) the do nothing or resting method and 2) the looking or inquiry method.
The Direct Inquiry approach begins with a looking method of awareness of awareness. However it does not stop with pure awareness but continues to untie knots of confusion to abide and live an awakened life. This natural unfolding moves from Waking up — from small self, Waking as—the ground of awake awareness, Waking in — awake awareness arises simultaneously as energy, love and embodiment, Waking out — to create and relate from embodied, loving, awake consciousness.
How do we recognize our True nature if it can’t be done by the seeker, ego, doer, self, will, attention or a meditator? Our already awake awareness can intentionally unhook from being identified with our small self-center.
In Zen direct inquiry is described as “taking the backward step” In the Toasist book, The Secret of the Golden Flower, the secret is “turn the light of awareness around.” In Tibetan, the word “recognition”, is translated as “looking back at your own face.” In Mahamudra, it is described as “child awareness returns to mother awareness.” Only then do we have the capacity to unburden traumatized parts of us and reveal flourishing positive qualities.
Awake awareness is not ultimately passive but has intelligence and intentionality which allows us to live an awakened life. Direct Inquiry becomes the power of how to awaken when local awake awareness is discovered to be a reliable tuner.
Please join Loch in this experiential opportunity to learn how to access local awake awareness to intentionally glimpse and live from embodied open-hearted awareness.
Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is an author of the award winning book The Way of Effortless Mindfulness. He is a licensed psychotherapist and recognized leader in the field of meditation and awakening. Loch is the founder of the non-profit, Open-Hearted Awareness Institute and has worked in community mental health, established homeless shelters and taught meditation to first responders in NYC during Covid-19. Loch graduated from Columbia University where he received a traveling fellowship to Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. Loch is known for his warm sense of humor, and his trust that awakening is the next natural stage of development. He teaches the advanced, yet simple, nondual pointers and direct methods of effortless mindfulness, informed by psychology and social justice. Loch collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU in the study of how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing.
Suggested donation: $15 to $25
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Please register early if you can.
The event will be recorded and emailed to participants within a week.
To check your local time, use a tool such as: Time Zone Converter
As of SUNDAY morning 2 AM on NOV. 1st, clocks in the USA are turned back 1 hour.
Daylight Savings Time ends. Times shown here will be Pacific Standard Time starting early am Sunday Nov. 1, 2020