Eyes Wide Open & Peace in the Heart

Four Essential Practices for Awakened Living in Times of Turmoil

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In times of chaos, the work of living consciously takes on more challenging and perhaps more important dimensions. When our outer and inner worlds feel pushed to extremes we have a choice about what to do and how to respond, but only if we have enough awareness to guide us.

How do we find a place of peace and calm in challenging external circumstances? What enables a response from love to the world around us during times of turmoil?

In what ways do we know how to act or when action is required, and how can we be certain that our actions are “Right Actions,” actions that come from the heart, rather than the divided mind.

In this four week online course Jennifer Mckeown, Spiritual teacher and counselor, reveals four essential practices that guide us towards living with eyes wide open and peace in our hearts. Students will receive four spiritual talks introducing and explaining the practices as well as four short guided meditations to incorporate these practices into daily living.

Students and clients know and love Jennifer for her direct, straightforward teachings that connect with everyday circumstances. Jennifer uses her own journey of awakening to teach ancient lessons that show us how to live a full, free, and love-filled life. Jennifer’s challenge to her students is to practice what they learn. Engaging in a course with Jennifer means that your life will be changed if you take her offerings into practice in your own life.

Your Instructor

Jennifer Mckeown
Jennifer Mckeown
I opened my counseling practice in 1980, practicing traditional Western psychotherapy. After a decade, I felt a frustration from not seeing the transformation, for myself or my clients, that I longed for. I began to study Eastern psychology. I was on a mad search to discover what was missing. I literally came upon a paragraph that explained so much. It said that traditional Western psychotherapy is based on a false premise that who we are is our personality. The word personality translates as “mask.” Getting a healthier mask was extremely helpful, but, alone, was not resulting in the transformation I was after. I needed to blend psychotherapy’s approach with the spiritual approach, and that began to produce the transformation I was seeking.

The Eastern approach differed in one important way. Rather than “heal” the personality, they recommended discovering what lies behind the mask … our own true nature. In the West we call that “Spirit,” and in the East it is called “consciousness.” It is simply ever present awareness. This awareness lies dormant, in a sense, until we bring our attention to it. To become aware of awareness is the journey to awakening. We direct that awareness to shine the light on our psychological structure to free ourselves from being run by our habituated patterning.

To identify with our personality as who we are results in a sense of a separate self, which is the cause of our suffering. This separate self is simply an accumulation of our beliefs, strategies and perceptions—in short, “our stuff.” I discovered that there would be no end to “resolving” my issues. In the practice of meditation I became more and more aware. With that expanded awareness, I began to practice letting go of control. There was a willingness to directly experience whatever was arising, without resistance or attachment. Gradually I began to experience the transformation I had longed for. It seemed radical to me at the time, but I began to realize I could choose to simply experience whatever was arising. When I did this, it felt like freedom and also brought more presence. As I became more present, I then could notice the underlying peace and contentment that is always there.

Because awake awareness makes very different choices than conditioned consciousness makes, our choices begin to shift. That awareness remains whole and content no matter what is going on in the play of life. As the sense of a separate self dissolves, we become free of being run by our history. We feel more free from the controlling mechanism of the separate self. As we in turn become more present we have greater access to more conscious choice. We become free of being run by our mind.

My counseling practice now focuses on teaching and coaching people to live in the practice of becoming more and more present to their experience by letting go of the impulse to control anything. It is very fulfilling to see people return to their true self and find that underlying peace. There is an aliveness and a deep sense of well-being that is available to each of us. As we relinquish our cherished illusions and limiting beliefs and assumptions, we begin to experience our true nature … always free, unlimited, full, whole, and joyful in all things. It seems the purpose of our life is to experience that expansive happiness.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course materials will be available February 8th. It is a completely self-paced online course though we recommend doing one class each week.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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