The Awakened Life
A Journey Into the Heart of Meditation
With Craig Hamilton
Deepen your experience of Direct Awakening meditation practice in an accessible ongoing graduate membership program offering you the tools, training and support to catalyze and sustain a genuine spiritual awakening
Enlightenment is and always has been the ultimate goal of human life.
Blazing forth from a depth beyond our mind’s comprehension, this paradigm-shattering, life-altering discovery has inspired and compelled the devotion of sages and mystics for thousands of years.
Today, thanks to the abundance of spiritual teachings available to us, more and more of us are having authentic experiences of the power and freedom of genuine awakening.
But as most of us have discovered, Enlightenment is not something that simply happens to us once, leaving us forever changed by its intensity.
Like flashes of lightning on a hot summer night, these openings to ultimate reality can in an instant illuminate everything in sight, only to fade from view as quickly as they appeared.
These moments of Enlightenment are always inspiring. They reveal to us the sacredness and depth at the heart of reality and they show us a possibility for living that is unimaginable to our conventional small self and mind.
But if you’ve been on the path for any length of time, you’ve probably realized that spiritual life isn’t about having more moments of awakening.
It’s about being Enlightened. It’s about becoming so deeply rooted in the infinite depth of awakened consciousness that your entire life becomes an expression of that depth.
For anyone serious about their spiritual transformation, the question is not just how to awaken to our true nature, but how to sustain that awakening consistently over time.
The Keys to Sustaining Spiritual Awakening
Achieving this level of spiritual stability requires more than simply attending retreats, taking courses or even doing a daily meditation practice.
To stabilize authentic spiritual awakening, we need to turn our entire life into an incubator of Awakened Consciousness. We need to live an awakened life.
For most of us that means we need a structure to our spiritual life that includes regular opportunities for direct spiritual guidance, a committed and varied practice regimen, and the supportive field of a community of kindred spirits who share our powerful intention to awaken.
To support you in your journey toward a truly sustainable awakening, we’re excited to join us for an ongoing graduate membership program with spiritual teacher Craig Hamilton.
The Awakened Life
A Journey Into the Heart of Meditation
The Awakened Life was conceived as a simple and accessible structure to support you in activating, deepening and sustaining spiritually awakened consciousness.
The Awakened Life will provide you with:
- Regular infusions of potent spiritual guidance to activate the miracle of awakened consciousness within you.
- A coherent, structured program of both self-directed and guided meditation practices to help you deepen and stabilize your awakening.
- Frequent opportunities for meditation coaching to help you maximize the time spent in practice and ensure that your meditation is effective.
- An ongoing support structure to help you express and live your awakening in every moment of your life.
- A vibrant community of practice to enliven and support your awakening.
Through frequent opportunities for live virtual engagement with spiritual teacher Craig Hamilton and a structured practice program within a dedicated community of support, each month you’ll penetrate deeper into the mystery of awakening and strengthen your ability to sustain your awakening throughout the ups and downs of daily life.
Master the Practice of Direct Awakening
You’ve probably heard about The Practice of Direct Awakening–the unique approach to spiritual practice pioneered by Craig Hamilton.
After decades of spiritual practice and consciousness research, an unexpected breakthrough led Craig to create a radical new form of spiritual practice that can give us direct and immediate access to what has traditionally been called our “true nature” or the realization of Enlightenment.
The revolutionary discovery at the heart of the Practice of Direct Awakening is that we don’t have to wait for Awakening to happen to us.
Nor do we have to spend a lifetime practicing various “indirect” techniques in the hope that one day we will stumble upon awakened consciousness.
It’s possible to directly practice being Awake, or resting in our true nature which is always already awake.
To make spiritual awakening truly accessible, Craig has developed a series of “inner postures” that are derived from the experience of Enlightened consciousness itself.
These inner postures enable us to directly recognize our Enlightened essence or what is often referred to as “awakened awareness” or “awakened consciousness.”
The Practice of Direct Awakening is an approach to meditation designed to bring us into the immediate and direct awareness of our true nature beyond the mind and ego.
Instead of spending decades preparing for a future moment of Enlightenment, we can literally practice aligning with the limitless energy, intelligence and freedom of Enlightenment right now.
“The teachings and explanations were so clear and helpful.”
“What a wonderful session! I really enjoyed the power of the collective and felt it strongly. The teachings and explanations were so clear and helpful and I got so much out of each of the practices.”
“These seemingly simple meditations have an incredible effect.”
“For the first time in my life, I can clearly see the benefits of meditation in my daily life. Every day. These seemingly simple meditations have an incredible effect.”
“I see and feel results already.”
“It’s the first time in my 58 years that I’ve made a commitment to really study meditation. I see and feel results already.”
“I felt as if we were pushing the boundaries in order to grow.”
“The collective energy emanated during the workshop was very uplifting and felt as if we were pushing the boundaries in order to grow. I am new to the sit still concept of meditation, but I must say that Craig’s guided meditation makes it possible for me.”
“Something deeply transformative is happening.”
“Something deeply transformative is happening that is so subtle I can find no words to express it, and it seems like a mystery from beyond. Craig, I’m so grateful for your ability to share your teaching so clearly.”
“A personal meditation experience beyond what has come before.”
“Craig, the evolution of your spiritual wisdom as a teacher is truly inspiring! For me, the clarity and quality of your facilitation has resulted in a personal meditation experience beyond what has come before … thank you!”
“People are responding to me differently and me to them.”
“This is incredible! I am feeling so uplifted and propelled in daily life as a result of my meditation. People are responding to me differently and me to them. Life is flowing.”
“My heart is full of wonder.”
“Stunning shifts all day long. I’m SO grateful for this clear teaching and guidance. Ever deepening. My heart is full of wonder. Thank you.”
“Your teaching was beautifully accessible.”
“I wasn’t sure what to expect but your teaching was beautifully accessible and after the session my home seemed to be luminous and glowing with the collective energy of the session. . . it feels like something has started!”
I created The Awakened Life to serve a deep and compelling need facing nearly all of us on the spiritual path: the need for ongoing structured training and support.
In my decades of practice and teaching, I have become convinced that the most powerful step we can take to accelerate our spiritual awakening is to commit to a sustained structured program of spiritual guidance and practice.
Most of us already know that it’s much easier to stay on an exercise routine or achieve our fitness goals when we have either a physical trainer or a committed regimen of exercise classes to attend.
But the need for structured training and support is even greater when it comes to spiritual practice.
Because, although you might be able to learn or even master an exercise routine by reading a book or taking a course, the subtleties involved in meditation and spiritual awakening are greater than most of us can navigate on our own.
The simple truth is that without ongoing guidance and support, most of us find it difficult if not impossible to consistently sustain access to the ineffable and sacred mystery of our True Nature.
It was this recognition that compelled me to create The Awakened Life Meditation Program.
In creating The Awakened Life, I set out to do something I haven’t done before, which is to offer an ongoing training and support program to help you master The Practice of Direct Awakening over an extended period of time so that its fruits will transform every aspect of your life.
I have poured my heart and soul into creating a transformational journey that can genuinely open you to the miracle of awakened consciousness, and more importantly, give you the tools to sustain and deepen this awakening over time.
My goal is to give you everything you need to live your life rooted in the boundless energy, intelligence, creativity and love that has always been your own “true nature.”
The insights and practices I will be sharing in this program have radically transformed my own life and have already impacted thousands of students.
And if you decide to join me on this journey, I look forward to working directly with you to help activate the extraordinary transformative potential of this practice in your own life.
Each Month You’ll Receive
90-Minute Direct Awakening Meditation Workshop with Craig Hamilton
These dynamic audio workshops are the heart of our course experience. Each month, Craig will take us on another journey into the Practice of Direct Awakening, combining insightful talks and guided meditations. In each of these intensive training sessions, Craig introduces a potent meditation practice and offers in-depth instruction and guidance to enable you to use this practice to step directly into your true nature. He then leads a guided meditation, further clarifying the practice and inviting you to experience awakened consciousness here and now. These sessions are deeply experiential, so please make sure you’re in a place where you can give your full attention to the material. Direct Awakening Meditation Workshops are 90 minutes in length and are released on the first day of each month at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time.
Four Weekly 30-minute Guided Meditation Audios
Each week throughout the month, you’ll receive a new 30-minute guided audio meditation elaborating on that month’s meditation practice. These guided meditation audios will bring additional depth and subtlety to the monthly practice focus, enabling you to advance rapidly into the freedom and illuminating potential of direct awakening.
LIVE Interactive 2-Hour Virtual Retreat with Craig
On the third Saturday of each month, we’ll gather for a dynamic opportunity to engage LIVE on video with Craig in an exploration of Direct Awakening practice. Craig will begin each Virtual Retreat with a guided meditation and some further reflections on the monthly practice theme. This is followed by an opportunity for you to share your practice with Craig and receive his direct coaching to help you overcome any challenges you’re encountering and guide you deeper into the practice. Many participants report that listening to Craig coach others is as powerful as asking their own questions, and reveals questions they didn’t know they had. You are welcome to attend these sessions live each month to get your questions answered, or post questions in advance for Craig on the Online Learning Portal. These Virtual Activation Retreats will take place live on video on the third Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. US Pacific time (12:00 p.m. Eastern). As the program unfolds, you will also be able to listen to the recordings of these valuable retreat sessions if you are unable to attend them live (listen online or download the mp3 files to your audio player).
Written Practice Guides
Each month, you’ll receive a written practice guide summarizing the month’s core meditation practices. Practice guides will also include instructions for “awakened life practices” you can use to remain centered and awake in your daily life. In combination with the weekly guided meditation audios, these practice guides will create a potent support system for your daily practice and a gateway to the stabilization of awakened consciousness.
Transcripts of Monthly Meditation Workshops
Edited PDF transcripts are a great resource to go back to and quickly reference key concepts and answers to questions as you step fully into the practices and principles you’ll explore in the monthly Meditation Workshops. These transcripts of the monthly workshops will be released via the Online Learning Portal.
Unlimited Access to our Meditation for Evolutionaries Wisdom Library
Between 2011-2017, Craig presented a series of 50 monthly meditation workshops sharing the life-changing principles and practices of direct awakening with the public. These 50 potent teaching sessions are now archived and available for online streaming exclusively to members of The Awakened Life. Each 90-minute audio includes a talk, guided meditation and Q&A session exploring a different facet of direct awakening practice.
Craig Hamilton is a pioneering spiritual teacher whose refreshing, contemporary approach to authentic awakening is redefining the spiritual path for a new era.
Craig Hamilton is a spiritual trailblazer whose innovative approach to transformation is bringing enlightenment down to earth and unlocking the codes to our highest human potential.
With more than 16,000 graduates to date, his in-depth online courses have transformed the lives of seekers in over 85 countries worldwide.
These courses offer practical spiritual tools and training that are in step with our times and informed by an up-to-date understanding of the human condition. In this unique training ground, Craig brings together core insights and approaches based on decades of on-the-ground research at the leading edge of spiritual practice and inquiry.
Craig began his spiritual journey in the ashrams and monasteries of the East, but ultimately found himself at the forefront of consciousness research in the West, playing a key role in a series of contemporary laboratories of conscious evolution.
It was in these cutting-edge spiritual experiments that the key insights that inform his work took shape. He has personally logged over 18,000 hours of meditation, including multiple intensive retreats, the longest of which was six months in duration.
Craig’s programs integrate his decades of intensive spiritual practice with insights gleaned during his eight years as Senior Editor of the award winning What Is Enlightenment? magazine.
He is a founding member of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute, a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Forum, and was a participant in the Synthesis Dialogues, a 35-person interdisciplinary think tank presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
He is considered by many to be a “teacher of teachers” and counts several of today’s leading spiritual luminaries among his students.
What Luminaries Are Saying About Craig
Author of Life Visioning and Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential
“It is rare to find a spiritual teacher who imparts the depth, the clarity, the humility, and the wisdom that Craig Hamilton does. Craig’s transmission of the very spirit of evolution reaches right down into the core Self, awakening his students’ desire to reach their highest evolutionary potential. If you have the good fortune to learn from him, I wholeheartedly encourage you to take advantage of it.”
Barbara Marx Hubbard
Author of Conscious Evolution, Emergence and The Hunger of Eve
“If I had to pick one teacher to take a deep dive with around conscious evolution and evolutionary spirituality it would be Craig Hamilton. He is attuned to the frequency of the Impulse of Evolution. He empowers us to make the shift from ego to essence, and from essence to emergence as an expression of the Impulse itself. This is very rare. To be one of his students in depth is a great privilege. Besides all that, he will care about you and stay with you for the long haul of your self-evolution.”
Gay Hendricks, Ph.D.
Author of Conscious Loving and The Big Leap
“Craig Hamilton is the kind of meditation teacher we most need in the twenty-first century: clear, wise, heartfelt and free of dogma. His approach is dedicated to helping us bring forth the part of us that is already harmonious and happy, the natural wellspring of creativity that bubbles within us all. Craig’s deep understanding of the evolutionary process provides a foundation for the specific techniques he teaches. Beyond any technique, however, is the rare quality Craig brings as a living example of the centered clarity his teachings assist us to develop. When you learn from Craig, you know you’re in the hands of a master teacher.”
Author of A Passion for the Possible, Jump Time and The Possible Human
“Craig Hamilton is a living example of everything he teaches: one who combines passionate commitment to the evolutionary path along with dedicated practice of the core integral ways that expand and deepen the human mind, heart and soul. His superb and sensitive teaching gives the participant both inspiration and potent methods to pursue the path of enlightenment and thereby to profoundly make a difference in both self and society.”
Dr. Brian Thomas Swimme
Author of The Universe Story and The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos
“Craig Hamilton is a fresh, original voice calling for nothing less than the reinvention of spirituality for the 21st century. If you want to discover what it feels like to be the very impulse of evolution, spend some time with Craig. His inspiration is contagious!”
Author of The Soulmate Secret and Wabi Sabi Love
“After years of trying to do “mantra-based” meditation, and failing miserably, I gave up….until I found Craig Hamilton. Craig’s wisdom, guidance and frequency has opened a spiritual pathway for me that I had heard about but never before experienced. He truly is a master teacher.”
Founder of Feminine Power Global Community
“I am humbled, awed and inspired by the depth of wisdom, clarity and integrity that shines through Craig’s remarkable teaching work. He provides a rare portal through which any sincere seeker can gain access to authentic spiritual illumination.”
Co-Author of Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity and Spiritual Awakening
“Remarkably poised, flexible, dynamic and passionate, Craig Hamilton is a wise voice in the emergence of integral enlightenment—a new spirituality deeply committed not just to awakening, but to action—furthering human evolution and sustainability.”
Discover the Keys to Catalyzing and Sustaining a Genuine Awakening
When you join us for The Awakened Life, each month you’ll receive:
- One 90-Minute Direct Awakening Meditation Audio Workshop with Craig
- One LIVE Interactive 2-Hour Virtual Retreat with Craig
- Four Weekly 30-minute Guided Meditation Audios
- A Written Practice Guide summarizing the month’s core meditation practices
- An Edited PDF transcript – a great resource to go back to and quickly reference key concepts
- Custom Online Learning Portal
- Online Community Forum for Discussion and Connection
- Unlimited Access to our Meditation for Evolutionaries Wisdom Library containing 50 pre-recorded meditation workshops
Special Limited-Time Graduate Offer