Waking Up
Over 30 Perspectives on Spiritual Awakening--What Does It Really Mean?

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An in-depth series exploring the process of spiritual awakening and how it transforms our lives and world.
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Waking Up: Over 30 Perspectives on Spiritual Awakening—What Does It Really Mean?

A growing number of people are beginning to see things in a radically different way. In other words, more and more of us are starting to “wake up” spiritually—to discover an entirely new identity beyond the usual sense of who we think we are.

But what is spiritual awakening, really? How does it happen—and what are the consequences? Is it possible to attune to this dimension of experience at any moment?

In Waking Up, Sounds True publisher and founder Tami Simon speaks with 34 of today’s leading authors and teachers about their personal understanding of spiritual awakening—how it takes place, what changes (and what doesn’t), and how their experiences can inspire and inform our own realization.

Waking Up Topics and Guests:

  • “The Death of the Little Me” with Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now
  • “Dropping the Mind into the Heart” with Cynthia Bourgeault, author of Love Is Stronger Than Death
  • “Aware of Awareness” with Peter Fenner, author of Radiant Mind
  • “Awake, Yes, But Keep Practicing” with Sally Kempton, author of Meditation for the Love of It
  • “Polymorphous Aliveness” with Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness
  • “There Is No End to How We Explore True Nature” with Hameed Ali (aka A.H. Almaas), author of Runaway Realization
  • “The Neuroscience of Awakening,” with Rick Hanson, coauthor of Buddha’s Brain
  • “Removing the Armor of the Heart” with Chris Grosso, author of Indie Spiritualist
  • “Nothing Special” with Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
  • “Loving Ourselves into Freedom” with Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
  • “Recognizing Your Original Face” with Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything
  • “The Call of Aliveness” with Mark Nepo, author of The Book of Awakening
  • “The Process of Continual Awakening” with Richard Freeman, author of The Mirror of Yoga
  • “Divinized and Humanized” with David Frenette, author of The Path of Centering Prayer
  • “Enlightenment Is Nothing but the Development of a New Habit” with Bentinho
  • “Discovering Happiness Independent of Conditions” with Shinzen Young, author of Break Through Pain
  • “The Mandala of Awakening” with Jack Kornfield, author of A Lamp in the Darkness
  • “Remembering” with Sera Beak, author of Red, Hot & Holy
  • “Dying into the Light” with Andrew Harvey, author of Radical Passion
  • “One with the Infinite” with Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning
  • “Directness with Life” with Thomas Hübl, author of Sharing the Presence
  • “Life Is Here: Awakening Is Not a Destination” with Jeff Foster, author of The Deepest Acceptance
  • “Whatever Arises, Love That” with Matt Kahn, author of Whatever Arises, Love That
  • “Opening Our Whole Being to Fundamental Consciousness” with Judith Blackstone, author of Belonging Here
  • “Waking Up, Waking Down, and Waking Out” with John J. Prendergast, author of In Touch
  • “Saying Yes to Being Found” with Richard Rohr, author of Eager to Love
  • “Shifting to the Infinite Lifestyle” with Robert Thurman, author of Essential Tibetan Buddhism
  • “Stopping in Our Tracks—The Turning Point of a Lifetime” with Gangaji, author of The Diamond in Your Pocket
  • “Being a Light in the World” with Sandra Ingerman, author of Walking in Light
  • “Remembering Our True Nature As the Ground of Being” with Tsultrim Allione, author of Feeding Your Demons
  • “A Freedom That Leaves Nothing Out” with Reginald A. Ray, author of Touching Enlightenment
  • “Small Glimpses, Many Times” with Loch Kelly, author of Shift into Freedom
  • “A Radical Shift in Identity” with Adyashanti, author of Falling into Grace
  • “What Is Stillness?” with Mukti, author of The Self in Full Bloom

 

A radical shift in identity. The direct experience of unity with all things. Unexplainable joy and a blissful ease of being. These are just some of the ways in which people have described the experience of spiritual awakening. But is it the same for everyone? What if we’ve only had glimpses of “waking up”? How does the process unfold—and does it end? Join us in Waking Up for an exciting investigation of these profound questions and more.

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Significant Spiritual Questions Review by Dean H

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Through a series of interviews with spiritual teachers, Waking Up examines some of the enigmas that seekers have been investigating for millennia. What does it really mean to raise your consciousness? Does it happen in an instant, or is it more of a gradual process? Does awakening perfect all aspects of your personality? Are people beginning to wake up more now than ever before? I find these questions to be of great importance, and hearing a myriad of perspectives was enlightening.

There are recorded discussions with over 30 authors and teachers: many of them I had not heard of before, others dove deeper into those I’d been familiar with previously. Adyashanti’s contribution was by far my favorite. I highly recommend listening to his session. Tami Simon does an outstanding job interviewing everyone, and she synchronically has a way of asking the questions I myself was curious about. After hearing the program, I feel one step closer to realizing for myself the state of awareness many of the speakers are obviously operating from! (Posted on June 2, 2016)

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Wonderful! Review by StinaDevi

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I love it! I love how Tami is able to ask so brilliant questions and stay in such a space of open curiosity whatever reply she receives. It has opened my eyes to many new inspirational pathways and also to my own awakening.
I would recommend this to anyone who is on the spiritual path searching for some kindred spirits.
Wonderful Tami <3 Thank you for creating Sounds True - such a gift to us all.
Stina Devi (Posted on April 21, 2016)

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Amazing array of thinking and experiential relating that has been valuable in my writing. Review by Whole of The Whole

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Listening for the fourth or fifth time and still picking up new things. I enjoy Tami's way of clarifying; and the way she combines covering the same basic topics while also tailoring each discussion to the speaker. (Posted on February 13, 2016)

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Invaluable Review by ElBell

This series is invaluable. It gives us an opportunity to hear the variety of approaches, direct experiences, and language used to describe the indescribable, and re-cognize the non-conceptual, non-dual, essential, luminous and open nature inherent in all of us. A must for meditation and yoga teachers. Recommended for all sentient beings! (Posted on October 15, 2015)

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Inspirational Review by Elizabeth

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It was fascinating, the glimpses into different awakening experiences! It opened my mind to many more possibilities and showed me that my view, of which I was unaware, was limited and pre-determined by my associations with past traditions I had studied and learned about. And yet, there was something they were all pointing to. Very exciting to open up the vista on the universe of possibilities. And thank you Tami, for your wonderful questions, which would have been my questions had I been as sharp and on the ball. They were logical, appropriate and elicited more elucidation from the speakers.

It was awakening to listen. I was charged. I recognized the territory and my being resonated with the truths enumerated. I felt intimate with the teachers who shared their personal experiences. They showed their real humanity and so encouraged me to believe it possible that I too could be awake, indeed I recognized my own awake-ness.

And thank you Tami, for your kindness in leaving them available a little longer so that I could hear them all, as it is not in my budget to buy them. (Posted on June 4, 2015)

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Excellent insights Review by Poteau

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I especially appreciate the interviewer who asks pertinent and insightful questions.
Each of the persons interviewed added a facet of spiritual awakening according to their experience. They all add up to a whole, pointing to the Truth as I see it in my own experience.
Also they are useful motivations for anyone seeking and yearning for spiritual awakening at any level.
(Posted on June 2, 2015)

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Wonderful! Review by Margaret

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I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to this series of interviews. The best interviewer I've ever come across. Each voice has been special and put a unique view on this amazing topic. It has been a joy to experience. Well done Tami. X (Posted on June 2, 2015)

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good, but repetitive and topical Review by Dave

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I quite enjoyed the 8 interviews I listened to, and was inspired by them to explore those people's materials further, along with the material or teachers they referenced.

But I can't recommend this as a stand-alone product, especially for $200. Each interview was about the same subject matter and arrived at nearly-identical conclusions. Some speakers got there by different means and of course that has tremendous value for folks with different backgrounds and beliefs, but while speakers and Tami were very authentic and engaged, the structure was informal and conversational, best suited to a free series via podcast or radio.

If "spiritual awakening" is really important or even fundamental to you and your path, you may value this style of series more than I did. That said, my interest in Sounds True was certainly piqued and I'll be looking into more of their offerings! (Posted on June 1, 2015)

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I'm so grateful for the generosity of " Sound True ". Review by Yasmina

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This program had me to stay engrossed in listening for the entire month in amazement. I feel I'm coming closer to the world I have been subconsciously seeking. (Posted on May 31, 2015)

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I'm most grateful for the generosity of Sound True. It gave me a great opportunity to discover the greater field of spiritual world. Review by Yasmina

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It has been highly valuable daily source to discover limitlessly for the whole month. The interviewer's approach in questions to each author was admirably and truthfully candid. There was much to be gained from, and it means a great new step to have discovered " Soumd True". (Posted on May 31, 2015)

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Date Published May 01, 2015
ISBN-10 1-62203-666-2
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-666-0
Product Code DD04659W