Wisdom of the Ages

Wisdom of the Ages is a show that taps into the many expressions of universal, ancestral and personal wisdom to ignite evolutionary consciousness. Ayn Cates Sullivan, MA, MFA, Ph.D. is an award-winning, best-selling author focusing on mythology and folklore for the modern age. Dr. Sullivan obtained her BA with honors at Hollins University and her master’s and doctorate degrees in Literature from Columbia University and King’s College London. Dr. Sullivan co-owned and ran the Healing Center of Santa Monica in the mid-1990s. She continues to offer private consultations and runs workshops for people interested in the Heroine’s Journey. Her books include Consider This, Tracking the Deer, The Windhorse,and Three Days in the Light, as well as an award-winning children’s series including Sparkle & the Gift, Sparkle & the Light, Ella’s Magic,and Sparkle & the Rainbow Dragon. Her best-seller, A Story of Becoming, sold over 250,000 copies and won 18 literary awards. Her books on Celtic mythology include Legends of the Grail: Stories of Celtic Goddesses and Heroines of Avalon & Other Tales. She has won over thirty literary awards. Her passion is in re-discovering the Sacred Feminine traditions, especially in the West.

Spiritual Awakening

This Wisdom of the Ages Monologue is on spiritual awakening, and I focus in this talk on five aspects of the path. I also share a bit about my story of becoming and how true nature has revealed itself to me over a period of time, and I hope that might inspire you. I believe that there are five main paths to becoming free, to spiritual awakening. On my show, many people have gone into one or many of these paths, but today I’m going to talk about five. 

The first one is education, which I believe is really important, and I’ll get into it in a minute, but really education is about learning to ask questions so that we grow and learn. It’s about becoming curious. Two is nature, because nature, when we spend time in nature, can really open us up to our true nature if we do it correctly, if we enter into the natural world with awareness. The third path is really through the spiritual teacher, the guru, the person who’s a little bit further ahead on the path. There are all kinds of traps with that too, and people quite often don’t like to go to a spiritual teacher, but I found it to be quite helpful. Of course, what I’m really interested in is direct knowing, but sometimes a spiritual teacher can just quicken us on our path, and when we’ve established direct knowing we don’t need the teacher anymore and that spiritual teacher might drop away, but we would always love that person. A spiritual teacher is someone we really have to fall in love with in order for it to be effective. So four is selfless service or karma yoga, that’s Seva, I like to call it a Seva. It’s really where we just give out of the generosity of our own hearts to others, and I’ll go into that a little bit more. Then the fifth path might be the most important path for me, but that’s the path of inquiry, and I’ll talk a little bit about self inquiry and also dialectic inquiry where we speak, where we find out our true nature with a partner, that’s really great for.

In this episode, I’m going to tell a few stories about how each of these paths helped me open up in a way, and perhaps in my storytelling, you might think of your own moments of awakening, or it might stimulate some awakenings for you. Keep in mind that everyone is already enlightened. We’re already self-realized. It’s already happened. It’s our true state. It’s just that beliefs and events and cultural programming and other things get in the way. It’s really about taking away what keeps us from living in a state of freedom or liberation.

I engage in private work for a selected group of people in the active process of spiritual awakening called “Shimmer,” which is really where you start to feel your own radiance, your own inner light, and establish direct knowing.

I hope these words help you find peace and understanding so that you are strong and clear, whatever is happening in the world.


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