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1st-8th July: "The Transfiguration, a rolling journal..."

The Transfiguration closing,
But the heart still goes on:

As with so many of our experiences on this amazing gathering of souls that was The Transfiguration 2011, our parting was a heavenly paradox of mixed emotions. We had bared our souls and found an eternal bond of connection. We had gone deep into our darkness and discovered an eternal light. Join us then with a few final words to sum up our feelings as the course closed until next year. From Trinity and myself, we'd like to offer a profoundly humbling and heartfelt thanks to those who took part physically, and of course to those of you joining us in spirit through our virtual community Openhandweb. "Near far, wherever you are, I know that the heart does go on"...

04/06/11: "The challenges of Gateway 2..."

Learning to follow our "Spiritual Compass"
Right now, I'm hearing from lots of people within our virtual community who have awoken and are beginning to step onto the spiritual path in earnest, they're being drawn to Gateway 2 - the "Realignment" - as we've termed it. It can be a very challenging yet profoundly rewarding experience. In essence we're making a quite profound shift of consciousness inside. Prior to this shift, like most people in the world today (even many awake ones), we create our lives really by making decisions about "how to move the external pieces on life's playing board". But afterwards things change dramatically...

02/06/11: "New Openhand Facilitators Program..."

How can we serve the light and help others evolve?
The Openhand Philosophy and Approach to Spiritual Enlightenment is helping evolving people around the world make sense of what is really happening in their lives and how to catalyse their next evolutionary step. We feel given to extend our help to the evolving human consciousness by training and certifying facilitators who feel very aligned with our Five Gateways core philosophy.

If you resonate strongly with the Openhand Approach and feel a compelling inner calling to facilitate in the global shift of human consciousness, then maybe it is appropriate for you to become engaged in our newly launched Facilitators Program? Here in overview is what the program is about...Openhand Facilitators Program

25/05/11: "Gateways Facilitators Course beginning tonight..."

Hi friends,
We're gearing up right now for our first "Gateways Facilitators" course to begin tonight to a focused enthusiastic group. It will be our first course of this format and designed to initiate facilitators to assist in the evolutionary unfolding of others. It will be an interactive course covering how to empower others by using intuitive questioning and self realisation techniques. It will blend in a thorough understanding of the Gateways Philosophy to 'diagnose' where someone is at on their journey. Finally it covers building a 'Spiritual Business' that you can ethically and successfully live from through creating a "Community of Common Interest". We're getting interest in our Five Gateways Philosophy from all around the world so we feel to expand our reach by creating a global network of facilitators (over time of course!). So maybe it's something you'd be interested in for the future? You can find out more here...Gateways Facilitators Course

19/05/2011: "Forgiveness and the art of letting go..."

What does forgiveness really mean?
Of course in spiritual work, it is so essential we master the art of forgiveness. Without it, we create or hold in place an identity - an ego - which is being the victim of particular events and circumstances. However from the Openhand perspective at least, true and lasting forgiveness can only really happen if we find the deeper meaning in the event in the first place. We won't solve it simply by pretending "everything is okay now"...

17/05/11: "The story of Openhand (so far!)..."

Hi friends,
I'm frequently asked by people who come across Openhand, "exactly what is it, where did it all come from?" Interestingly Openhand has never been something that I intended to create. It has always had a life entirely of its own and thus far, it's been a magical mystery journey. Its organic evolution has taken me in a direction to strip away conditioning - any notion that things "should grow this way". The moment I started to structure anything, immediately the brakes would slam on..."What do you think you're doing Chris? Do you think your mind is running this show?" I've learned to laugh loudly at myself, to keep dropping out of mind and back into the heart. But I do believe Openhand is now flowering into springtime. I do believe I can safely say what it is and how it can help evolving people everywhere...

26/04/11: "Spiritual Activism, changing our world from within..."

Sewing the seeds of love
As you walk the path and unfold inwardly, do you find yourself having an increasingly catalytic affect on your surroundings? It wouldn't be at all surprising if you did. Whether we fully appreciate it or not, we live in an interconnected flowing field of energy. As is the case with society, sometimes that flow gets stagnated by persistent conditioned, judgmental attitudes - lower vibrational harmonies leading to injustice and inequity. So as we unfold, we unleash higher authentic beingness within which infuses greater light into the field and with that, action that breaks down the lower harmony. You could call it 'sewing the seeds of love' and right now, this "Spiritual Activism" it is inspiring all manner of positive uplifting behaviour...

20/04/11: "Openhand gearing up for Way of the Heart..."

Hi friends,
We're in the final couple of days preparation for our popular course Way of the Heart. For those who've not done it yet, the course helps participants 'dissect the moment of now'. What do we mean by that? It is recognising that every event and circumstance in our lives is deeply influenced by a benevolent, compassionate organising energy of the universe. We're living in a society that has built fixed patterns and systems - a Matrix of conditioning which cuts across this natural flow and frequently drowns it out. Hence we end up living unsatisfying life-styles which are not destined and therefore don't truly suit us. Many accept this fate because there doesn't seem to be an alternative and better possibility. But there is! Read on...

14/04/11: "What do you stand for in life?..."

I was deeply moved by a story in the news today...
It's about a Bahraini Woman who has gone on hunger strike in protest at the brutal treatment of her father by the Bahraini Regime. As a mother with a young baby, it is clear that this is very committed and passionate action. To me it is very reminiscent of the action of Gandhi in India several decades ago. He realised that fighting a system of injustice simply gives more energy to it which causes it to persist. But by recognising the freedom of our consciousness cannot be controlled by anyone or anything, no matter what dehumanising control may be in place, gives us amazing power - that of the universe. It is clear to me that such actions are taking place with increasing regularity across our planet. They show that our Revolution in Consciousness has begun...

10/04/11: "2012 Mass Awakening? Or evolution as usual?..."

Forging the diamond in the crucible of life
My heart is greatly inspired by the revolution in consciousness I feel happening all around us. I see it predominantly through the people that are increasingly showing up on the Openhand courses and seminars. I see it also on the internet, on facebook and youtube. Yes indeed, there's a great deal of excitement about our awakening. However all too frequently, it seems there's a view our Enlightenment is simply just going to happen, around 2012 for example, and then a new paradigm will unfold without us having to do anything much at all. I am definitely not a subscriber to that point of view! I think it undermines and undervalues the very purpose of life itself: to test oneself in the crucible of change, to burn away the dross, and unveil the brilliant light of the soul. It takes just a moment to produce a cheap, plastic, assembly line replica. But it takes eons to forge the diamond. Would you really want it any other way?...