The Realization Process is a series of practices for opening the body, heart and mind to nondual reality. In this approach, the radical openness of nondual awakening is found through inward contact with the internal space of one's body. In this way, we uncover a qualitative, authentic experience of ourselves as individuals at the same time as we transcend our individuality. Personal and spiritual maturity occur at the same time as we realize the subtle fundamental dimension of consciousness that pervades our body and environment as a unity.
The Realization Process differs from most other methods of nondual awakening in its focus on embodiment and relationship and in its understanding of the individual self. Today, most methods of nondual awakening work mainly with the mind. They are concerned with recognizing and cutting through the process of mental elaboration that may limit or distort our perception of the present moment. Students of these methods are usually instructed to train their attention on whatever is happening in each moment. But nondual consciousness is more subtle than simple attention to phenomena. It pervades phenomena, suffusing all of one’s experience with transparent, radiant spaciousness.
Also, the fixations that obscure nonduality are not just conceptual. They are also rigid holding patterns throughout the whole body, limiting our capacity for emotional responsiveness and physical sensation. By embodying nondual consciousness, we can let go of our fixed patterns of self and other, so that they actually dissolve. When spiritual teachings do not recognize the transformation of the body, the result is, at best, a partial, imbalanced spiritual openness. Students can follow a path for many years without ever finding the spiritual dimension of life. In the Realization Process, opening to nondual consciousness does not depend upon a volitional attention to the present moment. Instead, it is an enduring transformation of one’s whole being that persists even during reflexive thinking, intense emotion or while engaged in the I-Thou activity of relationships.
Although the Realization Process is a technique, requiring volition and concentration, nondual realization is completely effortless. Nondual reality is self-arising: it appears spontaneously. However, it is not enough to simply relax, or let go of our grip on ourselves for nondual reality to appear, because that grip is for the most part unconscious and deeply entrenched in our bodies. In order to know ourselves as this extremely subtle transparency, we need to let go from deep within ourselves; we need to become open throughout our whole body.
The Realization Process is accessible to both beginning and experienced practitioners. It is particularly helpful for people who have glimpsed nondual reality and wish to stabilize there. The work includes practices for direct attunement to nondual consciousness, for moving as nondual consciousness, for releasing holding patterns from the body, and for relating with other people without losing one's realization.
When two people attune to nondual consciousness together, they experience mutual transparency: a single expanse of consciousness pervading them both as a unity. They also experience resonant connection between the essential qualities of their being, such as intelligence, love, and physical sensation. Nondual realization cultivates our capacity for contact—with ourselves, with our environment, and with other human beings.
The Realization Process was developed by Judith Blackstone, but is now taught by certified teachers throughout the world. It is available in private sessions, classes, workshops and teacher/certification trainings. Please see the events page for Realization Process classes and events.
Paintings by Mary DeVincentis