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issue six

Will It Work For Me?

by Harry Palmer

will it work for me?

Most of the people who sign up with a Master for the Avatar training have the goal of improving their lives. Social connections and intellectual curiosity may be factors in their decision, but the tipping point is: "Will it work for me?"

This is not always a question that an Avatar Master can answer. Showing someone how to use a tool, even when the presentation includes many hours of drilling and exercises, will not always turn out a successful or motivated craftsman. Verifying that the tools work for others is still not an answer to, "Will it work for me?"student smiling

The real answer to this question is a question in reply, "What are you willing to allow make an impression on you?"

Resisting is not letting something make an impression on you, experiencing is allowing something to make an impression on you. You have probably heard the legendary proverb, "What you resist persists." But have you also heard, "When you DELIBERATELY experience what you are REALLY resisting TRUE wisdom arises."


Source Being: Deep Awakening

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There are moments on The Avatar Course when all thought processes stop, and one becomes fully aware of existence without creating any reaction or response to it. Self moves beyond the scope of daily concerns, slips time and definition, and realizes itself as a facet of the description-less source in which all things, real or imagined, have their beginning. It is a moment of intuitive insight. An epiphany.

The Avatar student learns firsthand that no words or symbols will ever contain this state. And even though it is the source of description, it is itself always beyond description.

This is the transcendental experience, the divine ground. It turns the abstractions of philosophy into an experience that is profoundly more real than any other life event. It is a spiritual awakening. A wave of understanding is released that flows backward into the past and forward into the future of your life. The upsets and injustices of the past are soothed. The fears and anguish of the future fade back into the imagination. This is consecrated ground, the source from which all differences arise and to which all differences ultimately return. It is an eternal moment in which the seer and the seen, the knower and the known, share the same breath.

In this state there is no conflict with the interests of others, no struggle between opposites. With crystal clarity, you know both your own suffering and the suffering of the world as the result of the arbitrary structures of indoctrinated preferences and judgments. The illusion of separation vanishes. In all probability, your eyes will overflow with compassionate tears, and your heart will open to more love than you can imagine.

Attention-energy, once trapped in emotionally painful memories, returns to empower the senses to new thresholds of perception. Detail and beauty return to the world.

You realize that this state, which is far closer to your true essence than the labels you wear in ordinary existence, is always available to you. It is deeper than the changing qualities of the world. It prioritizes the importances of life. In all probability, you will have a good laugh.*image of sky

Buddhist scriptures have called this state of awareness nirvana. Hindu scriptures have called it Brahman. Christian scriptures have called it Christ consciousness. But the experienced Buddhist, Hindu or Christian will all quickly tell you that nirvana, Brahman, or Christ consciousness are really just labels that point to an experience that cannot be described or conveyed by words.

So just relax and enjoy the experience.

Avatar students, who typically encounter this state in the third or fourth day of training, refer to the state as "source awareness." Presence replaces preconceived notions. Observation replaces judgments. Self-criticism and asserted rightness give way to a nonjudgmental, compassionate view of existence.

The value of Avatar (and the principle reason for its worldwide success) lies in the ability of a well-trained Avatar Master to lead a student through a custom-fitted series of practical exercises that unlock the suffering and struggle of restless mind, and open a path to a source awareness state of being.

An Avatar Master is the key. The path is narrow and its sides slope steeply. The unguided seeker is more likely to fall into delusion or discouragement than he or she is to experience effortless source being. You can't see something while you are being it. You can't drive a car by looking at the road behind you. The great trap – and whole nations have succumbed to this trap – is following the leaders and teachers, even those of good will, who preach out of the experience of delusion or discouragement. It is the world's misfortune that they didn't have an Avatar Master who really knew the path.

* While some people may liken this experience to descriptions of states induced by psychoactive drugs (e.g., LSD, mescaline, psilocybin) or yogic breathing exercises, it should be emphasized that Avatar does not employ either chemical or physical means to reach and sustain a transcendental state.


The Story of The Avatar Course

I have enough problems, why worry about spiritual awakening?

image of contemplationPutting aside all the spiritual reasons, the practical answer is: the closer you come to source awareness, the more control you have over your life.

When you can experience yourself as distinct from the intellect, you are able to see the patterns of assumptions and beliefs that filter and distort your understanding of (and control over) reality. These assumptions and beliefs, either because they were indoctrinated to serve someone else's interest or because they were embraced in a painful moment of fear and resistance, are rarely beneficial to you. More likely, they are limiting and self-sabotaging. In the worse case, they are completely debilitating. They are hidden from your ordinary awareness, yet collectively, they determine your patterns of behavior and your viewpoint of life.

The first task is discovering the existence of these beliefs (along with the motives that are sustaining them), and the second task is replacing these beliefs with choices made with a self-controlled, discriminating wisdom. Change your viewpoint, and you can change your life.

picture of Harry PalmerFor anyone who is encountering the subject of Avatar for the first time, Avatar is a nine-day self-empowerment training delivered by an Avatar Master.

The Avatar tools are a synergy of exercises, drills, and procedures that, when properly understood and used, increase your ability to live deliberately. They are remarkably effective and efficient tools for taking control of your life.
If you need to identify and resolve a self-sabotaging belief or behavior, the Avatar tools can help.

If you want to create a harmonious relationship, or achieve success, or just reach a pleasant state of joy and contentment, the Avatar tools can help you. They are also effective for removing grief and stress from your life, for restoring health, and for achieving peace of mind.

The evidence that the Avatar tools are working for you is that certain things that you could not previously create, control, or change through your effort and willpower alone, you now can.

Extraordinary Moments

students applaudingI have had many profound, compassionate, and loving experiences on Avatar. My favorite so far is after the Source List I went home feeling content, connected and pain free. This was a great relief as I have had a lot of chest pains in the past related to anxiety. For the first time I can remember I had absolutely no chest pains all night! The masters were very talented at feeling for my secondaries during my personal creation list. Once I had created my next steps, I felt revived and extremely excited. I knew I had created exactly what I wanted, with nothing in the way. I had tears of joy.

Anyway, I'm blabbing now. It's amazing how we realize how much blabbing we do after awakening as source and hearing ourselves – like the ego has to catch up! –N.P.

I experienced an incredible feeling this morning as I was practicing the source list. I am source! Not just the words but the feeling of inspiration and love within me, radiating out through me to everyone and everything in the world. If I leave with nothing more than this feeling, my trip will have been wildly successful. –R.P.

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With Avatar everyone wins. Every person who becomes an Avatar shifts the collective consciousness toward greater tolerance and understanding. Helping yourself with Avatar helps everyone else at the same time. – Harry Palmer


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