The Three Stages of the Spiritual Journey: Stage Two

September 20, 2021   |   6 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 28:48.

Dear Open Heart Project,

Hello and welcome to video #2 in our latest series, the three steps of the spiritual journey. Today we discuss the second step. (If you missed it or would like a refresher, the first video is here.) And stay tuned for video #3 in two weeks.

While the first step focused on stabilizing your personal situation (and practice), the second step is about the heart opening that ensues organically. Please have a listen and let me know what you think. I always love to hear from you.

Love, Susan

PS I’m teaching an in-person retreat on the three stages, Nov 3-7 in Austin, TX. It’s limited to 11 people (includes one full scholarship). All the details are here.

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  • Posted by:  Donna Obermiller

    Hi Susan, I think I may have gotten a glimpse of absolute bodhichitta before I was ready many years ago. My experience was that there was so much synchronicity around that the universe must be in some conspiracy to mess with my head. Lol. I like your sitting program because the simple act of sitting helps me just sit within my life. Thanks for all you do.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Glimpses mean the world! So happy we can sit together through it all. xo S

  • Posted by:  Bhakti

    You rock the Buddhist wisdom. I come from Yoga lineage, and of course, its all the same! Different paths. Witnessing the self is key. I find the mere act of disciplined sitting reveals so much knowledge. Curious why the ennigram is essential in your eyes ? does it hasten the process or just another good tool to investigate?


    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thank you, Bhakti!

      The enneagram has been, for me, a fantastic tool to develop greater compassion for myself and others.

      With love, S

  • Posted by:  Sue May

    The talk by Karl Brunholtzel (?) a couple of years ago on the “Heart Attack Sutra” was amazing. I think it is still somewhere in the video archives. I remember being reduced to tears with all of the pounding “no” aspects, then laughing out loud at the phrase, “Since there is no obscuration of mind, there is no fear.” Mind blown. It still amazes me.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      ditto on all counts!

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