“When we see the same inner light of awareness in another’s eye, a person that is not from our neighborhood, tribe or culture then we have the first glimmer of hope for peace on earth.” ~Loch Kelly
The Open-Hearted Awareness Institute is open to all people, and is the educational training division of the Natural Wakefulness Center (NWC), a national 501(c) 3 non-profit Public Charity. The Open-Hearted Awareness Institute is dedicated to the teaching of direct methods to access awake awareness, learning to live from a flow state, effortless mindfulness and heart mindfulness. It is the institute’s goal to make this next stage of development, often called awakening, more accessible to everyone.
The primary mission is adult educational style trainings, which help us discover awake awareness as the source of intelligence, compassion and flow to improve our overall well-being and to increase loving and respectful relationships with others. The unique, modern versions of ancient methods of meditation and inquiry are available to everyone, regardless of their background or beliefs. The awareness trainings help us to learn how to navigate our own consciousness in order to relieve the bind of suffering and increase compassion.
The institute has a research component called The Effortless Mindfulness Center for Research, which is focused on bringing together science, contemplation and psychology to discover and verify real results in the reduction of suffering and improved human relations. Contemplative science is a new field that brings together neuroscientists, psychotherapists and meditation practitioners to look at the real observable changes in the brain, behavior, perception and sense of self that come about through intentional awareness practices.
“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.” -- Albert Einstein, The World as I See It, 1934