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Guest Post by Chantal Monte: Infinitely Awake and Already Free

August 23, 2012

As summer winds down, and my kids head back to school (which means more posts here, as well as some new teleseminar offerings to be announced next week) I am so happy to share a guest post from Chantal Monte, whom I interviewed here back in January. In this beautiful offering, she invites us into our simplicity and silence, where we are ‘infinitely awake and already free’:


If you’re like me and have tried everything else, try sitting in the silence and see what you find in this spaciousness within you…


A teacher once told me, “Stop! Stop everything! Drop all your spiritual knowledge. Stop seeking, acquiring, and attaining. Let go of all your tools, books, teachings, and see what is right here…always here.”

In our busy, fast-paced lives, “stopping” seems almost unheard of. When do we have time to stop – to simply stop and see what is right here? But in so many ways our lives are being lived just on the surface of our profound nature; not in a superficial way but compared to what’s possible, to what we long for, to our biggest desires. And this stopping is not necessarily about discovering enlightenment or self-actualization. What it is about is allowing the extraordinary force that created our whole world into being to be expressed through you, unencumbered and without any effort.

Our natural state is one of ease, love, joy, radiance, peace, and timeless awareness. This is the place where we are infinitely awake and already free. There is nothing to fix or improve about ourselves. I am speaking about an aliveness that is in you, in everyone, and already consciously awake.

We put so much value and attention on our thoughts and mind; on acquiring knowledge, believing our beliefs, learning new information, and identifying closely with our ideas about what life is or what we want it to be. We seem to believe that if we learn one more thing or try something new and different, we will be better, smarter, happier, more abundant, and ultimately free. It’s always one more thing until we get “there,” wherever we imagine “there” is.

How many times have we tried this? And yet thoughts are invisible. Not until we pull one thought down and manifest it into form does it have a life of its own.

Thoughts arise. Some get our attention, and many more dissipate before we know it (we have over 60,000 per day!). With some of these thoughts in our favor and others going completely against us, we will create our reality based on this duality.

Sometimes thoughts even seem to have a mind of their own!

The mind is either moving toward, away, or against something or someone. It is always in motion. And this ceaseless motion is where we become distracted by thoughts –  pushed, pulled, and swayed.

Have we ever really stopped, looked, and asked ourselves, “Where do our thoughts arise from?”

A Direct Experience:

Generally, we first learn information with the mind to gain an understanding, then we might have an opportunity to practice the new information in our lives, where it travels into our bodies. We get to fully feel the experience. This is where understanding takes place on a cellular level, and this new information or energy continues to grow and become whole as it moves into the emotional and spiritual bodies. The mind becomes the gateway or access point guiding us into the next, important phase – where we leave thought “at the door” as we merge into a fully awakened, present state of awareness.

Please do not confuse having knowledge or information with raising levels of consciousness. Learning new information may help us to understand or assimilate information, but expanded awareness is always a matter of our direct experience. Direct experience is when we have a full-body knowing on multiple levels, not simply an understanding with the mind.

The following awareness practice can be used as a simple tool for inviting direct experience.

A Practice of Self-Inquiry

Sit for just a moment, right now, and notice: Where do your thoughts arise from? Simply tune in and see. What point of view are you taking? What are you focusing on right now?

And now, in this moment. Where is your awareness?

Wherever your consciousness is…there you are!

In YOUR experience, how does a thought move into and through your life? What actions does it give rise to?

Notice how your conscious awareness is untouched by any movement of thought or action. There is a deep and profound stillness in which everything arises – all thoughts, all ideas, all creations. In this silence, our deeper self naturally emerges and reveals itself.


This alive awareness or consciousness is in everyone, fully present.

Simply stop and see what is right here. Always here.


Raised by my beloved Indonesian grandmother in the San Francisco Bay Area, my training in the healing arts began in early childhood. Growing up in an Eastern household while living in the West showed me how to blend the two worlds—one world offering a rich internal reflection of life, and the other world offering a rewarding external expression of living. I have always desired deeper wisdom and continue to ask big questions and seek even bigger answers. For almost 20 years, I have studied and practiced with teachers and healers throughout the United States and Bali, Indonesia. I offer intuitive sessions in person or by phone and would love to share this work with you through a special 2-for-1 offer. Please learn more at

14 Comments leave one →
  1. jamie permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:12 pm

    Beautiful! Just what I needed to read right now.

  2. August 23, 2012 5:17 pm

    You are fast, I just posted! I agree, this is so beautiful, verbally and energetically. I find if i read it slowly, and just take it in, it has a real transmission to it…takes me deeper…good spiritual writing does this, it is not about the words but the vibration/transmission…hope you are well:-) – Lisa

  3. August 23, 2012 7:20 pm

    Reblogged this on The Spirited Soul and commented:
    “Mystical is the unknown that encompasses all — matter, energy, space, love, nothing, waves — and the way that all interacts; it is at one and the same time the merging of one’s love with the fundamental organizational energy. The mystical is numinous: we are in awe; we are terrified by it. The mystical resides in the infinite; it is the acceptance that the infinite can never be known. It is the knowledge and experience that the Self and the inifinite coincide. It is the unknown that is unknowable.” ~ Christian Gerike

    Given the personal challenges I am going through at the moment, focusing on the mystical, pausing for stillness and connection, is even more important to me now. I haven’t had much time or energy for blog posts, so today I decided to share the quote above, from a discussion on my Facebook page with my friend and supporter, Christian. I thought pairing this with an entry from a fellow kindred soul on WordPress was appropriate for today.

    Stop, drop and listen…It’s all right there…

  4. Annie Johnson permalink
    August 23, 2012 8:09 pm

    Thank you so much Lisa for posting this. I am just coming in from a walk where I had the thought that I just wanted to feel what I felt without any analyzing or ascribing any meaning to it. I literally imagined never reading another “spiritual thought”, and just felt the peace of an inner knowing that all is OK….and will always be …..Your words and Chantal’s really resonated with me.

    Thank your for sharing your wisdom so eloquently.


    Sent from my iPad

  5. August 23, 2012 9:23 pm

    SpiritedSoul, thanks so much for the reblog, and I am so glad this resonated for you.

  6. August 23, 2012 9:25 pm

    Hi Annie, yes I am in Zion right now, and I feel the same way. On the other hand, words are how we connect. They can point us towards our inner knowing, or away from it…So good to hear from you!! XO- Lisa

  7. Pam permalink
    August 24, 2012 1:40 am

    “Learning new information may help us to understand or assimilate information, but expanded awareness is always a matter of our direct experience. Direct experience is when we have a full-body knowing on multiple levels, not simply an understanding with the mind.” – this was a ‘click’ moment for me. I know this, but I forget, and worry that I don’t know enough or need to know one more thing. Thanks for the reminder.

  8. August 24, 2012 5:08 pm

    Thanks for reading Jamie! So glad it resonated.


    Dear Spirited Soul,

    Thanks so much for reblogging my article! What a beautiful reflection from your friend Christian. It’s so interesting that most Teachers speak about the infinite and what it is not. It is very difficult to put into words what it is because words can’t really describe it. It is an experience – a very personal one and everyone’s experience is different.

    I understand about taking a break and not blogging too much while going through personal challenges. I took down my own blog after an experience of Samadhi. My world is turning upside down and I’m all alone in it. And truly, I have never felt so free. Wishing you complete trust and openness during this challenging time.

    May this give you some inspiration: “We have to stay true to ourselves, no matter how it looks to the outside world because we know internally what is real.” ~Chantal


    Dear Annie and Pam,

    I LOVE this: “I literally imagined never reading another “spiritual thought”, and just felt the peace of an inner knowing that all is OK.” What freedom this can hold!

    What if we were completely omniscient?! That we are whole and have all the answers inside us already. It can be very helpful to be guided by someone on how to traverse your inner universe and have them point you to where you will find your true self and all it encompasses. It’s always here. As the great Masters say – Everything is already within you.


  9. August 25, 2012 2:33 pm

    Dear Lisa,

    Thank you so very much for sharing your blog with me! I truly value you, your work and our friendship.

    You have such impeccable knowledge that lives on so many levels. I love knowing you!

  10. August 26, 2012 4:58 pm

    Thank you Chantal, and all who have read and appreciated this. I so value your friendship and readership! I have been slow to respond myself because I was off in Utah unplugging and opening to my own direct experience:-) I don’t seem to have the brain for poetry, so I never really try to express it myself, sticking instead to ‘information’ based topics as I think that is my strength, but I so appreciate beautiful writing such as yours, where you can feel awakened awareness coming through. I got several emails about it too, including from my mother, who thought it was quite beautiful:-)

    Anyway, I find that especially being online, it is so important to unplug. Online is so word-based, it enforces our tendency to live, and experience, at the level of language. Your post reminds us how important it is to let go of this, to let of of everything, to surrender. And then to be true to what appears. XO

  11. Lisa DW permalink
    August 28, 2012 1:34 am

    I appreciated this very much, and it’s proving quite relevant to my life right now. My estranged father committed suicide last week, and I have been incubating for the most part in a sort of deeply reflective, occasionally weepy state. It was a difficult relationship with massive gaps of no contact, so digesting the reality of his departure has been rather surreal. My hunger for quiet and inner silence has been surprising, in that I would have thought distraction to be my balm of choice. Instead, I have been fully letting my inner world go to work on me in both waking and sleeping states (active dream life and a need for excessive amounts of sleep since it happened). Thank you, Chantal, for helping me see that my needs right now are very healing and revelatory.

  12. August 28, 2012 2:19 am

    Lisa, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you as you mourn him and process this. Take care- Lisa

  13. Lisa DW permalink
    August 28, 2012 12:16 pm

    Thank you so much, Lisa.

  14. October 17, 2012 8:49 am

    Just what i say about your post.Only one word is enough to describe and i.e. “Beautiful”. The message and description is just awesome.

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