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The Creation of the God Pod

Ever since we first discovered the abandoned mountain farm of Quinta da Mizarela in 2007, I had a vision of an old dillapidated shack that was built into the overhanging rockface by the stream, being transformed into some kind of hermitage.

In the last three years, especially after spending periods of time in Tiruvannamalai, India, where I spent many hours meditating in the caves on Arunachala mountain that were frequented by the great sage Ramana Maharshi, I began to speak about this vision with the residents here at the Awakened Life Ashram.

So it truly was an enormous blessing, and absolutely wonderful surprise, to find that when myself and Cynthia returned from India, the God Pod had truly manifested.

This beautiful video not only tells the story of its creation in practical terms, it also conveys the ecstatic joy and love of the members of the Awakened Life Sangha who all contributed to making it happen right up to the day of our return.

Now I begin my day every morning by going to the God Pod to meditate and give thanks to wisdom streams and Grace of the great Masters whom I love with all my Heart.


Pete Bampton


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The Awakened Life Project is situated in a beautiful and wild ecological reserve in the mountains Central Portugal. We offer volunteer programs, courses, events and retreats to support the liberation of the human spirit in a context of evolutionary emergence and communion with the ecological web of life.


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