Dharma in the Zen Tradition • Realization Process Practice
The Realization Process is a series of gentle but precise exercises developed and taught over the past four decades by psychologist and spiritual teacher Judith Blackstone, Ph.D. These embodiment practices, done primarily while seated in a chair, directly facilitate body-mind integration through inhabiting the internal space of one’s body—space that many of us have never before realized is there. This space is called fundamental consciousness. Fundamental consciousness, which pervades the body, is the basis of our sense of being an individual. It deepens and refines all of our human capacities: for physical sensation, emotional responsiveness, understanding, and perception. It opens us to our innate happiness and enriches and refines our contact with other people and with all of nature. In other words, it is a gateway to wholeness.
The Realization Process draws on a number of Asian spiritual teachings: the Buddhist teachings of Mahamudra and Dzogchen and certain Hindu teachings such as Advaita Vedanta Kashmir Shaivism. But you need not be knowledgeable of or even familiar with any of these traditions.