The Awareness Principle: A Radical New Philosophy Of Life, Science And Religion – Peter Wilberg (Author)


Awareness of the different elements of our conscious action and experience frees us from restricting attachments to them – from confining identification with anything we think, feel or do. This ‘Awareness Principle’ is both a liberatory life principle and a life practice of a sort long recognised in yogic philosophy. As well as being healing and freeing The Awareness Principle is also a new foundational principle for the sciences and religion – offering the sole possible philosophical basis for both a new Theology and a truly scientific ‘Theory of Everything’. For the most fundamental scientific fact is not the objective existence of a manifest universe but awareness of that universe.

Peter Wilberg’s writings on ‘The Awareness Principle’ reaffirm and re-articulate in a new and clear way a centuries-old understanding of Hindu tantric philosophy – namely that the ‘1st Principle’ of the universe is not matter or energy but the innate potentials and power (Shakti) of pure awareness (Shiva).
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY Acharya Peter Wilberg is an Indian spiritual teacher reborn in North-West London in 1952 of German and German-Jewish parentage. Peter Wilberg’s past-life and inter-life spiritual knowledge, psychic abilities and profound intellect came to expression in his early childhood – during which he already cultivated and practiced advanced yogic powers or ‘Siddhis’. When only eight years old he spontaneously wrote an essay for his Religious Education class which expressed the essence of the Hindu- Tantric philosophy of time (Kaala), creative vibration (Spanda), and ‘energy’ (Shakti). Whilst still in primary school he practiced the yoga of dreaming – the ability to visualise and enter a dream directly from the waking state with his dream body – and retain full awareness within the dream. He also used daily classical music listening to cultivate a yoga of ‘inner sound’ and ‘feeling tone’. This involved using his face and eyes as an instrument by which to express, embody and amplify the inner music of the soul – its tonal qualities of feeling. Later he assiduously cultivated a new ‘yoga of the face’ with which, simply by meditating the ‘inner sound’ of their look and facial expression, he could directly sense the inner feeling tones or ‘soul’ of another person within his own body.

Acharya Peter Wilberg first practiced the yoga of ‘out-of-body’ travel as an adolescent. Yet in early adulthood, whilst studying philosophy at Oxford’s Magdalen College, he was a frequent invisible flyer over its quads. Whilst studying philosophy Acharya Peter Wilberg gave deep attention to Eastern as well as Western thought. His subsequent MA dissertation in Humanistic Psychology was an expression of his experience of the yoga of dreaming – being based on experiential research into inter-personal dimensions of ‘lucid dreaming’. In his own lucid dreams he encountered numerous teachers and Gurus, travelled beyond our planetary system and experienced planes of awareness beyond the dream state.

This phase of his work culminated in a single dream which led him beyond the dream state itself into a deeper layer of awareness and a profound trans-personal experience of his own ‘great soul’ or ‘Mahatma’. .From within it he was wordlessly imbued with its higher knowing or ‘Vijnana’, as well as being and instructed with his spiritual life-mission – that of re-conceptualising that knowing in a new, more refined ways. Over subsequent decades he therefore continued to practice and seek new ways of articulating his many self-discovered Yogas, in particular that of using his face and eyes to mirror the looks of others and sense their souls – feeling their own soul in his body and his own soul in theirs. As a result, in 1975 he had the first experience of what was to become the new mode of ‘Tantric Pair Meditation’ that he describes in his essays and books – a form of tantric union or ‘Maithuna’ that he has now practiced for over 30 years. Through it, he cultivated his most important ‘Siddhi’ – the capacity, through his inner gaze and inner touch, to not only embody different qualities and faces of the Divine-Universal Awareness, but also to channel them directly into the body of another – the mark of a teacher with powers of initiation.

It was out of this rich history of continuous yogic practice and aware inner experiencing that Acharya Peter Wilberg was able to fulfil his life-mission and to formulate, over many decades, the original Principles and Practices of Awareness which make up ‘The New Yoga’. In doing so, he has not only become the preceptor or Acharya of a new spiritual teaching. He has also become an empowered and initiatory ‘Guru’ (‘Siddha Guru’ or ‘Diksha Guru’) in the most traditional sense – capable not only of embodying Divine potentials and powers of awareness (‘Siddhis’) but also awakening them in others – thus bestowing initiation (‘Diksha’).

Together with his lifelong studies of both Indian and European philosophies, this extraordinary experiential history enabled Acharya Peter Wilberg to evolve, over several decades, the metaphysical principles and meditational practices which together make up what he calls ‘The New Yoga’ – a yoga of pure awareness (Shiva) and its innate potentials and powers of manifestation (Shakti).

Having a lifetime’s study of profound European thinkers and philosophies behind it, The New Yoga is – in the most literal sense – a European ‘reincarnation’ of the sublime tradition of tantric teachings known collectively as ‘Kashmir Shaivism’. For in the same spirit as its great 10th century adept and teacher – Acharya Abhinavagupta – Acharya Peter Wilberg has again, after a gap of ten centuries, further clarified and refined the principles and practices of this tradition. The New Yoga makes them profoundly relevant to today’s world – capable of being applied directly in everyday life and relationships as well as to numerous modern fields of knowledge. That is why, in addition to his many essays and books on The New Yoga, Acharya Peter Wilberg has also contributed several articles to journals of philosophical psychology, written countless essays and published a variety of books on themes ranging from science and religion to medicine and psychiatry, politics and economics, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy

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Key Questions:

Question: How do you know that anything at all ‘is’ or exists?
Answer: Only through an awareness of it.

Question: How do you even know that you exist or ‘are’?
Answer: Only through an awareness of being.

Question: If this is so, how can that awareness be regarded as ‘yours’ – or as the property of any person, being or thing that we only know of through that awareness?

Answer: It cannot.

‘The Awareness Principle’ is the principle that awareness cannot – in principle – be explained by or reduced to the property or product of anything of which IT is aware – any self or world, body or being, even a Supreme Being or ‘Being’ as such.

On the contrary, every being is an individualised portion, expression and embodiment of a beginningless and boundless Awareness – a Universal Awareness Field that is beyond explanation.
The Awareness Principle is therefore the recognition that awareness alone is, in principle, the sole possible reality underlying and constituting all things, all beings and all worlds.

For again, its basic ‘principle’ is that awareness cannot – in principle – be explained by or reduced to the property or product of any thing or phenomenon, being or body, self or world, that we are aware of.

The Awareness Principle is thus also all of the following:

· The sole possible ‘Theory of Everything’.

· A Unified Field Theory of reality which recognises all things as the expression of a Universal Awareness Field.

· The foundation of a comprehensive set of Practices of Awareness with the power to transform our lives and our world through the cultivation of Unified Field Awareness.

· A radical re-interpretation of the fundamental nature of ‘God’ and ‘Spirit’, ‘Matter’ and ‘Energy’, ‘Space’ and ‘Time’, ‘Creation’ and ‘Evolution’, ‘Being’ and ‘Consciousness’, ‘Soul’ and ‘Body’, ‘Life’ and ‘Death’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Enlightenment’.


· The Awareness Principle
transcends ‘science’ as we know it today, because it recognises that the most basic scientific ‘fact’ or ‘reality’ of all is not the ‘objective’ existence of a universe of matter and energy but a subjective awareness of such a universe.


· The Awareness Principle
transcends ‘psychology’ as we know it today, because it recognises that awareness is universal and all-pervasive in character – not a purely personal and privately owned ‘soul’ or ‘psyche’ that is bounded by our bodies or a mere product of our brains.

· The Awareness Principle
transcends ‘religion’ as we know it today, because it recognises that ‘God’ is not a ‘supreme being’ that simply happens to have or ‘possess’ awareness but rather than God is awareness – a universal awareness field of which all individual beings or ‘souls’ are a unique portion and personification, a unique expression and embodiment.

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