There are so many paths out there that it can get quite confusing (I have written articles about this on the about page). In my own life I've followed several paths that were not integrated, all the way into several brick walls. It would have been a waste of time, except that it sparked a passion to find an authentic, workable integrated pathway to Enlightenment, Joy, Freedom, Abundance and Love, Inc. (Yes, Inc.! It means Incorporated, and that's the problem with most paths: they are not incorporated––i.e. embodied in the corpus).
What I have found really works for myself and many, many others (thousands of people over several decades, btw), is a BIOSPIRITUAL Heart-based Solution, that involves three parts:
2) Getting a spiritual understanding of Oneness, along with a direct realization of the Infinite, Invisible "Iwareness" that is who you really are. Both are essential: understanding and realization. That's the SPIRITUAL part (duh!) and the "I" part of iWave (The Infinite, Invisible I aka as your Real Self/Source).
3) Love: inner and outer: the extreme generosity, gratitude and vulnerability of allowing your own heart to be broken OPEN by life's slings and arrows (instead of hardening and defending itself). HEART––that is true, not simulated, heartfulness––links the BIO with the SPIRITUAL. Integrated, heartbased biospirituality takes you home faster.
iWavework (the name of the methodology I have created/downloaded and taught through iWave Institute for nearly 20 years) attempts to provide all these 3 aspects of growth and awakening as an integrated experience that includes all parts of you. If you can't feel it in your bones and cells, that ain't it. And also, if you can only feel it, but keep thinking you are a separate entity who has to manipulate life, money, people, your body, etc., that ain't it, neither. And if you have knowledge and experience yet are not becoming kinder by the hour, go back to Go, and do not collect $200.
How it works: in seminars, at first you learn practices that awaken these 3 aspects one at a time; eventually you can practice them simultaneously. In private sessions, it's more organic; we bring in the aspects of the work as needed for your goals. It's about YOU (but perhaps not the you you think you are).
Many methods brilliantly cover one or two of these three, and I follow them respectfully (but there is a lot of "back-and-foth," a lot of cobbling methodologies together!).
For example, some paths are purely SPIRITUAL with no BIOlogical aspect. I'm going next week to Hawaii to be with two of my teachers of The Infinite Way, a path brought forth by the great American mystic Joel Goldsmith, who died in 1964, before I even started on my spiritual journey. Yes, this IS why this path is called The Infinite Wave. I am endeavoring to integrate waviness (chi, embodied awareness, energy, the Goddess, Shakti) with mystical wisdom (consciousness, enlightenment, God, Shiva, etc.). These teachers (and many long-term students, mostly older than me) live in a powerful understanding of Oneness, and the path involves a deep contemplative meditation: You contemplates core spiritual Truths, then the mind stops and you disappear into union with… (whatever you call it).
When I sit in the rooms with these Infinite Way teachers, even though I have amazing awakenings (why else would I pay the airfare?), I notice that no one in the room is really bothering with their bodies, (in the energetic sense that I practice wetness and fluidity a lot of the time), because that's not the emphasis in that path––although people have extraordinary physical, financial and relational healings through the work. The idea is that by imbuing your mind with mystical Truth, you can actually cross over into embodying it. But for me, all that sitting on uncomfortable chairs for long periods doesn't lead to integrated realization.
In the purely "SPIRITUAL" department, I have also travelled to spend time with Mooji (check him out on YouTube), whose teaching is almost completely mental, although he glows with a gentle loving heart (which is what I really go for). When I was on a longish retreat with him, we had one evening of dancing, but other than that, it was the usual sitting on chairs (or cross-legged on the floor) for hours and hours listening to talk (called "inquiry").
And on the mostly BIO side, I have travelled around the country for years to hang with various accomplished teachers of body-centered methods, such as Continuum teachings, yogis and especially chi gung teachers, because that teaching matches best, in my experience, what I feel as the waves (chi, kind of, but iWave is multidimensional) in the bod. These teachers/teachings are often quite centered, and very powerful in a non-force kind of way. But the thinking that predominates is the repetition of ancient Indian, Chinese, New Age theories: very metaphysical, not really enlightened or mystical. What is the difference? Coming soon in a post here! I left the chi gung classes I was attending recently, because I got tired of all the "illness-speak"––the constant repetition of beliefs about various diseases that are gonna git ya! I've come to feel this to be practically (unintentional) malpractice: you set up all these alleged problems, then offer to cure them.
On the BIO side of things are also the many popular kinds of ecstatic dance, which are also a place to enjoy group and tribal energy (which can sometimes be mistaken for awakening!).
If you have to pick one, pick the path of HEART. (You knew that!) Love is the answer, whatever the question and, amazingly, due to a kind of invisible, unconscious authoritarianism that permeates everything, all thinking, all psychology, all so-called spiritual practices, Love is not always first and foremost in all BIO or SPIRITUAL paths out there. Getting it right is often the priority.
Duh! It's all about opening our hearts! Everything else is just icing on the cake! So my main teachers are the many ordinary mystical human teachers whom I meet all the time, including several of my very close friends, who are becoming more and more deeply heart-centered and loving, as life breaks them open. And LOVE drives many humble people who serve others (when it's not done to see and be seen). Many service-oriented people become deeply loving without much deliberate spirituality or moving their bodies at all.
So which is the right way? My approach has been to develop a practice that covers all these bases. And I think that anyone who has practiced iWAVE (and its predecessors Soulwave and Motherwave) would agree that all these bases ARE covered in this work, and that one gets to the point where they are all one thing.
Because I find for myself that just going with the body-waving practices (that are very popular in my trainings because they awaken sensations of bliss, an incredible "buzz," a feeling of renewed aliveness, and so on), JUST DOESN'T DO IT, unless I am also "thinking in Oneness." Or rather, it will do it for a while, but when the buzz fades I will just reconstitute my frozen ways of thinking, defending, reacting, fearing––in other words, I will feel separate again.
And if I just go with pondering and contemplating the higher spiritual Truths in my head, and ignore (i.e. freeze) my body in its default tension and stuckness, the truths don't stick, either. Pretty soon, the build-up of stuck energy comes into my mind like a toxin and reactivates the seeds of fear.
And if I don't love others, and if I don't feel loved by Life Itself, the true Beloved, then as it says somewhere in the Bible, I am like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If you think of these three aspects: the WAVE (the biological), the Infinite "I" (the spiritual) and the Heart (opening to Love) as doorways to awakening, then: is it possible to go through all 3 simultaneously? Yes! That's the point of the Infinite Wave or i-WAVE.
Right now I'm teaching iWavework through individual sessions. I stopped doing trainings a couple of years ago because of many family illnesses and deaths in England, and haven't yet felt to start up again. I'm loving my work with my wonderful private clients. And I'm also open to teaching the work in new ways. I have a book that sometimes writes itself with a lot of energy (but not this week). I am considering an online course. I'm waiting for inspiration on all this––I have absolutely no interest in pushing or trying to make anything happen, but a lot of people have asked me for new trainings (and specifically, a practitioners' training).
So we'll see what downwaves come...