When trying to reveal the true nature of humanity, spirit, world, universe and reality there is no substitute for experience. All Blue Collar Enlightenment content is dedicated to your attainable experience.
Blue Collar Enlightenment / www.bluecollarenlightenment.com (BCE) offers spirituality, mindfulness and awakening related articles, videos, media, courses, books, and products. BCE content strives to embrace both scientific practicality and heartfelt mystery in an effort to provide authentic transformational insights, spiritual experiences and radical shifts in perception and understanding. BCE content is selected from a variety of modern teachers, authors and creators.
What the name and subtitle refer to:
In this instance blue collar does not refer to the social stratum of “blue collar” workers, but to the quality of character, intellect, emotion and circumstance of the spiritual seeker. This quality includes normal / average amounts of honesty, sincerity, work ethic, intelligence, awareness, responsibilities, obligations, obstacles, difficulties, and challenges. “Blue Collar” refers to the fact that most of us are not pre-ordained, divinely destined, uniquely reincarnated or spiritually chosen; most of us are not yogis, mystics, avatars or saints; and most of us are not phds, geniuses or famous individuals. Most of us are normal or average human beings, doing the best we can, and in some shape, way or form, are seeking to improve our lives for the better.
Enlightenment here does not refer to the traditional, historical, mythical super-human, golden-buddha-on-the-mountaintop version of enlightenment, but to the approachable, possible and attainable version prevelant in society today. This attainable enlightenment is usually referred to as “awakening.”
Modern implies that the content on BCE strives to be alive, vibrant, democratic and intelligent.
- Alive- in that BCE content is from individuals who are currently living or individuals who have recently deceased but whose teachings have continued living in a fresh and authentic way.
- Democratic- in that BCE content strives to be derived from a pluralistic, multifacited, peer reviewed and scientifically arrived consensus, as opposed to a single voiced teaching or authority.
- Vibrant – in that all content here is meant to be positive, healing, beneficial and helpful.
- Intelligent- in that content here considers both scientific/logical/researched points of views and paradoxical/mysterious/esoteric points of views.
Nuts & Bolts:
Nuts and bolts implies that content here is presented and/or taught in a way that is understandable, logical, practical and attainable. Nuts and bolts implies that the language used to do so strives to be clear, articulate, concise and free from cultic, religious and/or new-age-metaphysical jargon.
Spirituality is a broad term that covers a wide variety of topics. Below is a list of topics both covered and not covered at BCE:
- Spiritual topics covered at BCE:
meditation, yoga, retreat, silence, satsang (a spiritual discourse or teaching gathering), psychotherapy, psychology, shadow work, dreams, relationships, sex, family, career, work, mystical experiences, out-of-body experiences, subtle energy, synchronicity, reincarnation, health, nutrition, creativity, travel and inspiration.
- Spiritual topics not covered at BCE:
ufos, conspiracy theories, law-of attraction, ghosts, astrology, tarot, psychic readings, esp, channeling, shamanism, crystals, psychedelic drugs, mainstream religions- including christianity, hinduism, islam, judaism and buddhism
There are many forms, names and practices that the term mindfulness points to. Mindfulness at BCE refers to:
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as founded by Jon Kabat Zinn
- The modern, secular, neuroscientific branch of mindfulness as researched and taught in over 250 colleges and universities.
- The traditional Zen Buddhist form
- Mindfulness in other traditions known by such names as: Self-Inquiry, Centering, Witnessing and Insight Meditation
- The practice of noticing awareness
On the far end of the mindfulness spectrum is spiritual awakening (aka- blue collar enlightenment). Awakening at BCE refers to “spiritual awakening” as commonly expressed and taught by past and present nondual, advaita, neo-advaita and zen teachers.
Some examples of past teachers include Ramana Maharshi, Papaji (H.W.L. Poonja), Osho, Adi Da (Franklin Jones), Alan Watts, Richard Rose, Sailor Bob Adamson, Franklin Merrell Wolfe, Jean Klein, Jiddu Krishmamurti and Chogyam Trungpa, to name but a few.
Some examples of modern teachers include Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti, Cathryn Ingram, Andrew Cohen, Ken Wilbur, Gangaji, Eli Jaxon Bear, Jeff Foster, Mooji, Tony Parsons, Wayne Liquorman, Arjuna Nick Ardagh, Chuck Hillig, Michael Regan, Francis Lucille, Peter Fenner and Saniel Bonder to name but a few.
Today there is an ever blossoming proliferation of individuals who report, write about, inspire and teach “awakening.” Some indicators of awakening include, but are not limited to:
- A recognition of a timeless, unconditional, truer, deeper self/truth/state
- A recognition and deep resting in the present moment
- A recognition of the limitations of mind, ego, identity and personality
- A transcendance of the personal “I” point of view
- A recognition of the absence of “self” or that there is no “self”
- A recognition that everything is happening within and as consciousness
- A recognition that reality is a dream realm as opposed to a physical locale
- A recognition of the dream and the single one who is dreaming
- A recognition that the heart (emotional and/or physical) is the seat of awakening
- A complete welcoming of the body and all its flaws
- A complete welcoming of mind and all its flaws
- A complete welcoming of emotion and all its flaws
- A recognition of non-separation from life, world and others
- A heightened sense of compassion, love, happiness, fulfillment, gratitude, joy and freedom
- A reduced sense of limitation, fear, unhappiness, reaction and judgement
- A recognition of both the necessity and futility of spiritual seeking and effort
- A recognition, embrace and acceptance of paradox, mystery and the unknown
- A recognition and embrace of our flawed, imperfect humanity