Awakening Together is Moving to a New Location with New Operating Hours

August 29th, 2016

New Location in Paltalk for the Awakening Together Sanctuary

Starting September 1, the Awakening Together Sanctuary will be located in a new area of Paltalk. The Sanctuary is moving to Education, Other from the Religion & Spirituality section of Paltalk. We are making the move because Education, Other is a quieter area in Paltalk, which will enable us to be more easily focused on purpose with fewer distractions from those who ‘surf’ rooms in Paltalk.

 

New Hours for the Awakening Together Sanctuary

Starting September 1, the Awakening Together Sanctuary will begin a new reduced operating schedule. The Sanctuary will be open the following hours:
Sunday, 9:30am ET – 11:30pm ET
Monday, 7pm ET – 11:30pm ET
Tuesday, 7pm ET – 11:30pm ET
Wednesday, 11:30am – 11:30pm ET
Thursday, 7pm ET – 11:30pm ET
Friday – Closed
Saturday – Closed

 

My New Teaching Schedule

My teaching schedule will change somewhat as a result of these changes, although The Guiding Light and The Seven Steps teachings will remain at the same time.

Click here for more information about my teaching schedule.


Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com

What’s the Rush?

August 29th, 2016


I am an impatient person. Almost nothing happens fast enough for me. I want things yesterday. Wait for something? No thanks. This is an attitude supported by our society, in my opinion. There's an underlying belief if something isn't happening on our timeline we need to move on. I notice in myself and others we don't want to wait – we want things to happen instantaneously.

I reflected on this during my meditation the other day and what bubbled up is, “What's the rush?” What's the rush indeed. Why am I in such a hurry to get where I'm going? Can I let things unfold naturally, and slowly?

My spiritual teacher says, “Suppose, immediately after planting some saplings and seeds, someone digs them up to find out if they have taken root or sprouted. That would not be considered wise.” He also says, “Each action has an equal and opposite reaction provided the three relative factors of time, space, and person remain unchanged. Whatever you do is an actional expression determined by your past actions. Your actions will certainly have reactions, but you may have to wait some time for their expression.”

Can we wait for flowers to bloom?
Can we wait for flowers to bloom?


Again with the waiting. We all know patience is a virtue and things get better with time, like wine and cheese, but I don't consume either of those things so I don't connect with that comparison. What helps me is I think of my mother. My mom graduated from medical school when she was 64. That in itself is inspiring, but particularly what I think of is how she opened her own medical practice. In the first year, she barely made anything, she hardly saw any patients. It would have been very easy for her to say, “Oh well, not happening fast enough, time to move on to the next thing.” Instead, she stuck with it. It's been a couple of years, but she reached a point where she needs to hire someone a few hours a week to help out around her office. It didn't happen quickly, but she's finally seeing results.

That also reminds me of a podcast I listened to the other day on fear and creativity by Elizabeth Gilbert. One of her guests was comedian Michael Ian Black who said persistence is the most underrated quality a creative can have and talent is the most overrated. That concept stuck with me like a burr because it says to me if I persist, I can be successful. If I keep putting in the work, eventually it will bear fruit. The timeline is not up to me, but the work sure is.

I'm not saying stick with something if it makes a person miserable. But maybe we're giving up on things too soon? Maybe if we had a little patience we'd see the results we're after? There are no hard and fast rules on this unfortunately, but for me, erring on the patient side often seems more beneficial than the action side. Maybe that's true for others as well.

I dream of a world where we are a little more patient to see results. A world where we're a little more patient with ourselves and each other, understanding not everything can be hurried. A world where we ask ourselves, “What's the rush?” and realize often there isn't one.

Another world is not only possible, it's probable.

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Seven Steps to Awakening, Quote #730

August 28th, 2016
In this audio I shared three practices that are conducive to awakening.
Listen to this audio
Read along in the journal

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You can listen to all of the Seven Steps audios at this link.


Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com

The Guiding Light – John 17:1-12

August 24th, 2016
In this audio we listened as Jesus prayed two prayers. First, he prayed for guidance and help to awaken. Second, he prayed that his disciples would receive help to discern between their false selves and true inner wisdom.
Listen to this audio
Guiding Light Archive Audios
Please join me live for The Guiding Light each Wednesday at 2:30pm ET in the
Awakening Together Sanctuary
.


Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com

A Meditation: Looking at the Past & Present

August 24th, 2016
Find a place where you will be undisturbed. If it is comfortable, put on headsets or earbuds.

Relax, and enjoy this meditation.

Looking at the Past & Present – A Meditation
The music played during the meditation was Tibetan Healing Sounds #1 provided by Soft Music and Yoga.


Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com

Awakening Together Fall Retreat – Only 8 Weeks Away! Discounted Rate When You Register for All 3 Retreats

August 23rd, 2016

This October Awakening Together Sponsors
Three Retreats, Right in a Row
In Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Register for 1, 2 or All 3 Retreats
 
Sign Up for All Three Retreats at a Discounted Rate!

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October 23 – October 27
Fine-Tune Your Awakening Skills

Sharpen meditation, contemplation, inquiry, journaling and mind-watching skills in this ‘less talk, more practice’ retreat.
More information.

 
 

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October 28, 9am – 3pm
Faith Without Works or How Does Faith Work?

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to interact with the scribe of ‘Journey Beyond Words’ & ‘The Other Voice.’
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October 28 – October 30
‘Living in the Light’ Playshop

Through laughter and dialogue with One Who Wakes, embrace the ability to see behind the veil to the Christ Mind.
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Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com