Sangha members are individually committed to a regular practice of meditation, right life disciplines and study, and collectively to monthly in person/online meetings and weekly online "holon" meetings in smaller groups. The Men's and Women's Collectives are the primary structures within the Sangha, however there are also Mixed Groups and Sangha Retreats. The membership of the Awakened Life Sangha has gradually grown over time and is currently around 70 people.
Ideally it is an egoless structure defined only by the actual differences between the individuals' relative levels of development and experience. While the ground of relationship is oneness and non-difference, the relative reality of difference, which is the fabric of a developmental perspective, is embraced and recognized. So the relationships between evolving human beings would ideally demonstrate the absolute truth of non-difference while simultaneously respecting differing levels of experience, understanding and authority.
This model of leadership places full responsibility on every individual to participate at the leading edge of their capacity and development. It is an emergent potential that operates between the poles of a traditional top-down guru/student model on one hand, and a pluralistic "everyone is the leader" or "there are no leaders" paradigm on the other. In this model leadership is fluid and should be self-evident and based on mutual trust. Those who are more advanced should naturally lead, but in a natural hierarchy there is no fixed structure and anyone can lead the inquiry further and deeper at any given time. Ideally a natural hierarchy is evidenced as a hierarchy of humility, which works to help everyone develop. Instead of being a "dominator" hierarchy that works to keep everyone down and in their fixed place, a growth hierarchy pulls everyone up.
A healthy natural hierarchy in a spiritual context rests on our capacity to embrace the paradox that we are all One in the Absolute dimension and we are all "works-in-progress" in the Relative dimension. Hence it is essential that we do not hold onto perspectives or ideas that oversimplify the nature of relational reality and create any degree of separation. This demands that we always see the other freshly an that we are always open to change. This requires courage, transparency, profound trust and a willingness to engage in creative friction.
Pete and Cynthia endeavor to lead the Project in a way that does not create any fixed structure or unhealthy shadows. They do not make any claim to "have arrived" or to be "masters" of any kind. They are fully transparent that they are "works-in-progress" and encourage people to question.