Awakening Apollo
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The Practical Work of Awakening

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Awakening requires practical work. This means, first of all, learning to understand the difference between imagination and presence. We acquire this understanding by making regular efforts to be present. The Fellowship of Friends provides its members with many exercises and disciplines that help to initiate and prolong presence, as well as work against imagination. As a member’s understanding deepens, these exercises and disciplines acquire a more personal character, as he or she comes to understand the meaning of sleep and the necessity of awakening.

Our efforts to be present can acquire the objectivity of a scientific discipline, the accomplished skills of a craft, and the subtleties of an art form. Through trial and error, and through the vast experience available from other Fellowship members, we learn how to apply the right effort at the right time to help evoke and prolong presence.