120. Katie Davis

Katie DavisKatie Davis is a spiritual teacher and author who offers satsang worldwide. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, a former secondary school educator, a former owner of aerobics studios in the Pacific Northwest and mother of two.

She is author of Awake Joy: The Essence of Enlightenment and since 1999, she has been traveling to share with people the radical possibility of Self-realization that is the end of all suffering, separation and the key to world transformation.

Katie Davis was a Keynote Presenter at the Vancouver BC Convention Centre in Canada. She offers spiritual talks at church services or spiritual gatherings, corporations, hospitals, professional communities and organizations, schools, television and radio shows, as well as for community organizers worldwide that are offering talks in the form of satsang in public meetings, intensives and silent retreats.

In 1986, Katie Davis radically and spontaneously awakened to the ultimate reality of who we really are without practices or teachers. She had never meditated or even heard of enlightenment, Advaita Vedanta, Non-duality or Self-realization. Katie had no intellectual reference whatsoever for what had occurred.

In 1988, Katie met her future husband, Sundance Burke, author of Free Spirit: A Guide to Enlightened Being, who had similarly awakened in 1982 with Satoshi (Osho) and Shunyata, named the Rare Born Mystic by his friend, Ramana Maharshi, one of the most cherished sages of modern day India.

Katie Davis is a world spiritual teacher and a current resident of Seattle, Washington, USA.

Katie’s website: katiedavis.org

Katie’s book, Awake Joy: The Essence of Enlightenment

Interview recorded 4/29/2012

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

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  1. I noticed from Utube that most people liked this. I did not. I found her extremely dreary and Rick practically had to drag the words out of her. I almost fell asleep with boredom with the run-of -the -mill satsang fodder. so much so I switched off after 20 minutes. I watch half an interview with my main 2 meals every day and very much enjoy this site, apart from the psychic new agey superstitious nonsense that sometimes comes up. I know after 40 years on spiritual paths when you tell someone to say ‘just rest in Being’ they can’t do it otherwise they would already be there. I also take issue with someone, simply because of a transforming experience, thinking they are qualified to teach and have the wisdom, experience and understanding to do so. Also there needs to be a clear distinction between simply an awakening experience where the sense of being a personal me is lost; and Enlightenment which is the realization that there is only one thing everywhere, there is no inner or outer, no sense of having a body, and where everything is seen as being contained within your awareness all the time. There is only you, the Singularity that has swallowed past and future in timeless stillness, while the personality, its desires ended, is just a series of thoughts, impulses, genetic tendencies and emotional reactions depending on habit. The personality never gets enlightened. We simply have a cluster of realizations around the fact that Enlightenment was always enlightened and always will be, but no mind or person ever will be anything but flawed because it is just a vessel. So then the problem becomes how to embody that state in form. This brings peace. But the fact is that most people do not want freedom or truth or reality. They want a romantic fiction, a fantasy, an unreal dream. They want to change, and yet remain the same. They want freedom from struggle, but they don’t want to meditate to get there. They want to listen to others and do nothing. And satsang teachers come along and foster the lie that by doing nothing you get everything; give up and attain. It is true that anything in meditation is just an experience and they don’t last, but meditation prepares the way just as it has done for thousands of years, and maybe since beginningless time. The trouble with a lot of people on a spiritual path is that they swallow everything. They have little discrimination and not enough wisdom.

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