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Men's & Women's Culture
At the Awakened Life Project we are endeavoring to manifest a new human culture that is based on the individual and collective awakening to our fundamental unity. When we trust each other so deeply, when we see ourselves in the eyes of the other, we can experience that, as expressions of pure Life, Spirit, Consciousness, there is ultimately no difference between us and this intuitive knowing also transcends our gender as men and women.

But when we get really interested in what it means to actually live an Awakened Life, which means to express that understanding through the relative vehicle of our individuality, then we also want to embrace our gendered polarity and all the complexity that implies. We want to explore all the ways in which men and women are biologically, psychologically and culturally conditioned. Why? So that we can free ourselves from the habits and patterns that keep us locked in repetitive cycles of suffering and conflict, and discover what an authentic, awakened expression of our gendered embodiment might be.
Cynthia Lea Rose founded the Awakened Life Women's Creative in 2009. Over the years the group has changed in many ways and today we are around 40 women from different nationalities and paths of life that come together in Freedom, Love and Truth. Cynthia lives at the Awakened Life Project Ashram in central Portugal, many of the women live in or around the Ashram but also in different parts of Portugal, and spread throughout Europe. Guided by Cynthia we have gone on a journey of ecstatic freedom and liberation. It has not always been easy and many stories can be told on how we avoided each other in many ways at the beginning. Being together demanded each of us to be real and vulnerable.

With a lot of trust, humour, courage, passion and tears everyone has continued to this day to lean into deeper intimacy, love and ecstatic joy and freedom even when we are afraid or feel uncomfortable.

From the very first day Cynthia laid the context of prior freedom and Non-Duality as the foundation of our work together. Only with this context has it been possible for us to grow individually and collectively to ever more mature women and human beings, who take responsibility for our deepest longing of freedom and our actions in this world.
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We discuss deep spiritual Truths while supporting each other in living up to our deepest understanding of these Truths in our everyday lives. In order for us to thrive together there is a strong commitment to participate, transcending any fears that may arise as we all understand that everyone's presence is important and we all have something to say and to share.

We are breaking the shackles of mistrust and competition every time we dare to be ourselves. We love truth more than we fear to face our imperfections. We love true connection more than we want to keep wearing our socially appropriate masks. We have come to know ourselves as fiery warriors who not only strive for the liberation of the awakening woman but also support the liberation of the awakening man. The time has gone where we blame patriarchy for everything bad that has happened to us. We don't deny that women have and continue to suffer under patriarchy but we understand that men also suffer under this system. More importantly we have recognized that we have co-created the structures that are holding patriarchy in place and we understand that we must work together with men to deconstruct this structure. This is an important part of our work together.

Practically we meet physically once a month for an entire day and during the week we also meet online in small groups of 5 or 6 women. Every year in July we come together for a 7-day retreat which always sets the tone for the next step in our evolution.

Besides the Women's Creative we also have a Men's Collective. Each group explores their individual gender conditioning and together we look at the negative dynamics that tend to play out between men and women and we enjoy the freedom and intimacy that emerges in our collective commitment to Love and Truth and being truly together. Every year we attend two retreats with both the Women's Creative and the Men's Collective.

Every day we are finding our way, every day we fall ever deeper in Love with God, Truth and each other.

Below is the Mission Statement of 2022 that summarises the deep love and commitment that we have given our lives to. May it touch you as it touches each one of us, and may it inspire and awaken the true and real woman within you.

Love is our ground
Trust guides our actions
Surrender is our practice
Simplicity brings us to our knees

A posture where curiosity and humility are constantly present
Deep ease of being makes itself known,
As we allow ourselves to be interested,
To feel and transcend egoic patterns

As women of the Awakened Life Project, we give our lives to spiritual freedom
We are committed to learning what this means in every moment
We will not hold back in the face of fear or desire
We recognize Freedom is always Here and Now
It is not based on how I feel or what I think
It is to be lived in real relationship

Freedom is my true nature shining in the world of form
I am Consciousness prior to all matter
I willingly participate in the purification of the body/mind called me

I welcome the heat of purification as a gift from God,
Allowing Love to burn through un-love,
Allowing true Sisterhood to burn through superficiality,
Allowing Light to be an expression of Truth in my actions.

I surrender to the silence that calls from deep within,
'My' life and our lives together are transformed,
in every moment, by this commitment.
Women's Creative
So what is an Awakened Woman? Who is she, how does she live, why is she here? Here is an extension of what our Mission Statement means and how it answers these questions.

"Love is our ground"

An awakened woman surrenders to a force within herself that is Love. It is from this Love that she finds the courage and strength to see the whole picture and her role in it. It is also from this Love that she embraces the Truth of Unity over the lie of separation and limitation. She must face the contraction in herself where she is holding on to the belief that she is separate or a victim. She must be willing to let go of any identity that imposes this position on herself and others.

"We are Consciousness prior to all matter and Freedom is our true nature shining in the world of form"

An awakened woman's primary identification is of Consciousness Itself, that is already free and prior to anything that has happened in time. Simultaneously she understands her purpose as an incarnated woman is to transcend all conditioning that has been accumulated in time, that is causing suffering to herself and others.

The unification of these truths changes everything as it gives all women a bigger purpose for the lives they have been given, while simultaneously giving her the understanding she needs to embrace her True Nature as herself. She recognizes she is in this life to purify the body mind she calls herself so she can manifest the bright Light of Consciousness as herself. She can now look at challenges in her life as not something to avoid but something to embrace, as not something negative but as a positive fire that burns away that which blocks her true nature from shining forth.

"Trust guides our actions and surrender is our practice"

An awakened woman will express deep ease of being, egoless passion, a deep care beyond herself, courage, fearlessness, softness and strength. These are not characteristics that she can manufacture; they will emerge only when she surrenders to that which is beyond all conditioning, when she surrenders to the Light of Consciousness Itself as herself. We as women must let go of all ideas about who we think we are and how we should be. We must leave space for something far beyond what we can imagine ourselves to be. Being an awakened woman is not an identity one can hold onto or try to manifest; it is something that one manifests in every moment when we are willing to truly BE FREE.

"As women of ALP we give our lives to spiritual freedom and we are committed to learning what this means in every moment"

We need to understand why we do what we do and why we think what we think. We need to learn to inquire deeply into our experience, beyond the surface fluctuations of our emotional experience. We need to investigate our history and understand the evolutionary unfolding that has created the conditions that we still operate from today. We need to learn and understand that our level of consciousness has evolved over time and that so much of our female conditioning was created for specific reasons that are no longer valuable to our further unfolding today.

As One Consciousness ALL history is our history.

As we let go of our fears of true intimacy, we are finding a Love within us and between us that transcends time, personal history, cultural differences and at the same time includes all of these things. We discuss cultural structures that inhibit the free expression of ourselves and others and we reach to understand how these structures function and inhibit all participants. We have gone deeply into patriarchy and women's history and we are actively working with the Awakened Life Men's Collective to transcend divisions that are caused by misunderstanding and mis or lack of communication. We all understand that we must stand in prior unity with everyone in order to transcend the illusion of separation that causes all Beings to suffer.

"We will not hold back in the face of fear or desire"

This path is not an easy one to walk and it demands everything from any woman that chooses to walk it. As women we must be willing to stand up and to stand out. We must be willing to be leaders of a new culture. All women are conditioned and all women have the choice to be free and act free every day. Do we as women have the courage to embrace all of our feminine qualities and not use them to manipulate others so we feel secure? Do we have the courage to let go of control so we can learn to respond in any way that is needed and not just in ways that keep our feminine ego intact? Do we have the courage to drop the victimised position that we have co-created with men?

In the end do we love enough to BE LOVE itself?

As we come together as true sisters, as one Consciousness shining through the many forms, we are finding a new woman emerging that doesn't exist until she emerges. She is strong, soft, intelligent, humble, funny, serious, courageous and persistent. She emerges between us as we dare to drop our egoic defences and be together beyond the illusion of separation and limitation. When we dare to do this, we can then answer the question, do we love enough to BE LOVE itself? The answer to this question is always YES as we are drawn beyond ourselves and all limiting ideas about just about everything!