Waking Up with Everyone Around Us
by Tej Steiner
Waking Up With everyone Around Us is a practical step-by-step guide, a personal memoir, and a clear vision of how circle dynamics can transform our culture; all of this blended together to form an alive manuscript that gives you all you need to know about the purpose and power of Heart Circle.
From The Author:
In the past, only a handful of people awakened out of separation and into heart-connection during any given era. We still know the names and revere some of these saints and sages from our past. But today, instead of a handful, there are now millions of people awakening all at once.
This is new.
Something else is new. You and I are included in the millions of people awakening! It’s our time to shine. Literally.
The timing for our collective bloom couldn’t be better. Along with many other reasons, our planet is warming and requires unprecedented heart-centered cooperation to bring her temperature down. Our very survival depends upon our awakening in connection together.
This book is about heart-awakening, but not in the way you might expect. While I’m interested in ways we can awaken individually, it’s not my primary interest. There are thousands of other teachers and teachings that offer that.
I am not that kind of teacher. My life work centers around a far different question.
I’m interested in how we can transform our existing friendships, families, schools, businesses and organizations so that they support us in heart-awakening rather being what they often are today; social environments that discourage heart-awakening.
Instead of having to go to yet another weekend workshop, to an ashram or self-help teacher for heart-awakening support, I want us to be able to go to work, to school, to meetings or just stay at home for that same support. I’m interested in how we can transform all of the social groups in our culture so that the culture itself supports our individual transformation.
Doing this can accelerate individual heart-awakening considerably.
But how do we do this? The idea may sound good, but practically speaking, where would we even start with this kind of social make-over?
This book is about one way we can do this. It comes out my spending forty years facilitating thousands of support circles where I’ve directly experienced the power and wisdom that arises when people sit together with the simple intention to be present and attentive to one another. It’s a way to make any group heart-supportive. It’s called Heart Circle.
Through this book, I want to share with you how Heart Circle works and how you can create and sustain your own Heart Circle.
Waking Up With Everyone Around Us is a new kind of book. And its timely. We are leaving the old pyramidal social structures of hierarchy and dominance and creating new circle structures of cooperation and community.
Heart Circle is a contribution to this movement.
A Passage from the book:
The coming times are already here. The old ways are collapsing to make room for the new. The breakdown in the trends and patterns that have defined our lives can easily produce instability and fear. To truly meet these times, we need the wisdom of several million saints.
Fortunately, plenty of saints have signed up for this—more than enough to handle the job.
What we really need now are circles for the saints to sit in: supportive environments to greet and meet each other: places to huddle together so we can come up with the next play.
A Poem from the book:
Your Time of Hiding
We found the crown
You had hidden so well
And we placed it on your head today.
Your time of hiding is over.
Those countless years
Spent in the crowded market place
Posing as a buyer
Of day-old bread
And spoiled fruit
It’s time to sit upon your throne again.
You have suffered enough.
You have died more times
Than you can remember.
Your heart is ready to rule.
We’re not asking for your opinion about this.