The Highest State of Consciousness by John White (Author)

What is the highest state of consciousness? St. Paul called it “the peace that passeth understanding” and R. M. Bucke named it “cosmic consciousness.” In Zen Buddhism, the term for it is satori or kensho, while in yoga it is samadhi or moksha, and in Taoism, “the absolute Tao.” Thomas Merton used the phrase “transcendental unconscious” to describe it; Abraham Maslow coined the term “peak experience”; Sufis speak of fana. Gurdjieff labeled it “objective consciousness” while the Quakers call it “the Inner Light.” Jung referred to individuation, and Buber spoke of the I-Thou relationship. In this anthology John White brings together a diverse collection of writings by contemporary thinkers such as Aldous Huxley, P.D. Ouspensky, Alan Watts, Kenneth Wapnick, Richard Maurice Bucke, Abraham Maslow, and many more, and asks the question; What is the Highest State of Consciousness?

John White is an author and educator in the fields of consciousness research and higher human development. He has been Director of Education for The Institute of Noetic Sciences, a research organization founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell to study human potential for personal and planetary transformation, and President of Alpha Logics, a school for self-directed growth in body, mind and spirit.

Mr. White is author of The Meeting of Science and Spirit, A Practical Guide to Death and Dying and the forthcoming books Enlightenment 101: A Guide to God-Realization and Higher Human Culture and America, Freedom and Enlightenment: An Open Letter to Americans about Patriotism and Global Society and other books. He has also edited anthologies, including The Highest State of Consciousness, Psychic Exploration, Kundalini, Evolution and Enlightenment and What Is Enlightenment?. His writing has appeared in Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, Esquire, Omni, Woman’s Day and other publications, and his books have been translated into ten languages.

Mr. White was born in 1939. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College (1961) and a master of arts in teaching from Yale University (1969). A Vietnam veteran, he attended college on an NROTC scholarship and then served four years as a naval officer, primarily in antisubmarine warfare and nuclear weapons. He and his wife Barbara have four children and five grandchildren, and live in Cheshire, Connecticut, USA.

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Freedom from Fear-Based Beliefs

Published on Apr 1, 2015

Freedom from Fear-Based Beliefs (03/18/2015)

This talk looks at how we get imprisoned in fear based, limiting beliefs. We then explore key meditative steps that help release these veils and reveal the fullness and goodness of our essential being.

From the talk: “My prayer to god every day is ‘Remove the veils so I might see what is really happening here and not be intoxicated by my stories and my fears.’” – Elizabeth Lesser

The Unselfish Spirit: Human Evolution in a Time of Global Crisis by Mick Collins (Author), Tim O’Riordan (Foreword)


Becoming Divinely Human: A Direct Path to Embodied Awakening by CC Leigh (Author)

Have you run out of steam for any more self-improvement? Do you sometimes despair of ever attaining spiritual enlightenment? Many seekers flounder at some point, and feel thwarted from fully living the illuminated life. Author and Senior Teacher of Waking Down in Mutuality CC Leigh tells the truth about the challenges you will likely undergo during the heroic journey of awakening, and offers a proven, step-by-step process to guide you to a confident, stable, whole-being transformation. You will discover:

• How to tell if embodied awakening is right for you—the melding of your infinite conscious
nature with your unique human individuality
• Why the darkest times often precede radical transformation
• The mystery of transmission and its powerful role in awakening
• The Inseeing Process™ for healing broken parts of yourself with spacious, compassionate
• How to get beyond fleeting illumination and achieve permanent, stable awakening
• How the company of like-minded others can nourish you and accelerate your awakening process

This inspired book shines light upon the often-bewildering journey from the dark night of spiritual disillusionment into the light of embodied awakening—so you, too, can become divinely human.


CC Leigh – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Mar 31, 2015

CC’s passion for helping people awaken came to the foreground in 1989 when she had a startling vision of a star appearing near the ceiling of her bedroom and streaming forth a download. The message was clear: she was to play a role in helping humans awaken, and in paving a new understanding of spirituality for the world. But first she had to awaken.

After some years of rapid spiritual growth and openings to subtle dimensions, CC landed in the darkest of nights as her early attempts at offering her gifts to other seekers “failed” rather dramatically. She lost her livelihood, home, community, and self-esteem, and ended up living in a small RV borrowed from an ex-boyfriend for 3½ years in the mid 1990’s. Ultimately, she learned the truth of these words by Leonard Cohen: “There’s a crack, a crack in everything—that’s how the light gets in.”

And the light did enter. The depths of disillusionment, despair, and ruthless self-judgment gave way to deeper explorations and radical samadhis, and led, by 1995, to a profound, permanent knowing of herself as the infinite ground and totality of Being. The next phase of her life was about trying to integrate that awakening with her human patterns of thinking and reacting—no easy matter. Yet she felt called to embodied awakening even when her Advaitic-oriented friends were telling her to bypass her human tendencies and simply abide as Consciousness.

After years of attempting to make her human life make sense in light of her awakening as Consciousness, at first on her own and then in the company of a group of people practicing “Waking Down,” it all gelled into a sense of undivided (though often paradoxical) Onlyness. At that point CC began teaching again. She loves to bring light to other seekers, especially those who find themselves lost, confused, alone or discouraged by the difficulties of being a conscious person in a deeply unconscious world.

In 2005 CC co-founded the Waking Down Teachers Association to provide an alternative to guru-centric, strongly hierarchical spiritual communities, and to help stem the tide of ethical lapses on the part of spiritual authority figures. The teachers of the WDTA meet regularly in mutuality and hold one another to standards and ethics around their teaching work, as well as experimenting with a more democratically-oriented society of awakened and awakening divinely human beings.

CC’s unique approach to teaching focuses on radical awakening to our true and total nature as both Consciousness and matter (divinely human), but does not stop there. Her Inseeing Process TM helps people experience radical self-acceptance, deep compassion, and “inner mutuality” which in turn leads to much greater ability to feel compassion and tolerance for other people: “outer mutuality.” That and much more is spelled out in CC’s highly-acclaimed handbook, Becoming Divinely Human: A Direct Path to Embodied Awakening.

Following the heartbreaking death of her beloved husband Michael in the spring of 2012, CC once again lives in a (slightly larger) RV with her dog Tucker and cat Bodhi.

Her embodied awakening and integration is continuing and becoming ever-more “seamless.” She loves the freedom she experiences living this unconventional lifestyle, and appreciates how advancements in technology are enabling her to stay connected even while living like a modern gypsy. She is currently (in 2015) offering a year-long in-depth program called “A Year of Living Deeply,” and plans to offer other online programs during the year.


Interview recorded 3/28/2015

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