The Fullness of the Ground
A Guide to Embodied Awakening
by Judith Blackstone, Ph.D
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Pub Date 12 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 15 Sep 2023
Sounds True Publishing, Sounds True
An inviting guide to nondual awakening that is fully embodied, deeply connected, and available in every moment
The Fullness of the Ground distills Dr. Judith Blackstone’s decades of teaching into the essentials of the nondual spiritual path. Embodied nondual realization can have a profound effect on your senses, your experience of your own authentic existence, and your relationships and ability to love.
The first part of this guide introduces the lived experience of nondual awakening as the uncovering of a subtle, fundamental consciousness that pervades your body and environment—the ground of your individual wholeness, the fullness of your embodied being, and unity with everything around you. The second part shares Dr. Blackstone’s signature path to nondual awakening, the Realization Process®, with effective practices for recognizing, embodying, and stabilizing nondual realization. And the third part describes ways to bring this awareness into your daily life and relationships.
In practicing this work, you will learn how to:
• Deepen your connection with your body, your breath, and your environment
• Attune to fundamental consciousness at any time, in any setting
• Awaken to a stable realization of nonduality
• Cultivate happiness, authenticity, and presence
This guide offers a powerful yet accessible invitation to experience the essential oneness that underlies all life.
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I opened this book as a curious skeptic. By the end, Judith Blackstone's combination of insight, care, and practical application won me over. Completely. Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the eARC.
I've mentioned before that Sounds True publishes some of my favorite authors, inclining me to give any of their books a chance. And I am so glad I did this time! The Fullness of the Ground combines theoretical/philosophical groundwork with practical step-by-step instructions, all using carefully considered language. Blackstone addresses issues such as gender with nuance and compassion. Whether I end up coming to the same conclusions as the author or not, I appreciate how much this rather short book gave me to think about and discuss with others. It is the perfect combination of explanation and exploration. While it will not take much time to get through, it will live for a long time in any reader's head.
My background is in Christian theology where the phrase "ground of being" is often used to talk about divinity. It was fascinating to compare and contrast those ideas with the ones Blackstone presents here. Panentheism is another concept from Christian theology which this book illuminates and dissects. Much of the material was in direct conversation with other books I am reading, I am probably the ideal reader. As always, your mileage may vary. But if you are looking for an alternative to your current meditation practice, or merely want to think about the nature of reality, I found much to appreciate in The Fullness of the Ground. It pairs beautifully with The Dawn of a Mindful Universe by Marcelo Gleiser.