The Awakened Body

Explore a revolutionary view on embodiment in this talk, The Awakened Body: Opening to the Spiritual Wisdom of the Body with Diamond Approach co-founder, Karen Johnson. Listen as she describes how the physical and spiritual are inseparable and how to embody our being in ways that allow our spiritual nature to function through this fleshy medium.

The reality of our body can be investigated and recognized for what it truly is – not just an object we experience consciousness through, but that our body IS consciousness itself.

This Zoom event was recorded live on January 29, 2022. Over 1000 people joined the live event from The United States, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France and the Netherlands

Show Notes

0:00 - 1:35

Welcome with Daniela (Zoom Host)

1:35 - 9:48

Welcome and Meditation with Karen Johnson

9:48 - 46:18

Karen Talk: The Awakened Body

46:18 – 47:04

Intro to questions and comments with Daniela (Zoom Host)

47:04 – 51:52

Question: “Is consciousness only good? Or can it be angry?”

51:52 – 58:44

Question: “Does something live on when the body dies?”

58:44 – 1:01:35

Comment: “It seems that the heart is the doorway to opening the body.”

1:01:35 – 1:09:34

Question: “How to I work with the pain in my body and heart when my sister is suffering physically?”

1:09:34 – 1:15:52

Question: “Is the body the unconscious? Are there universal meanings to different parts of the body?”

1:15:52 – 1:24:36

Question: “What does it mean when the body does strange sudden movements? How do you work with it?”

1:24:36 – 1:26:28

Karen describes the importance of the topics in Spiritual Wisdom of the Body series.

1:26:28 – 1:31:46

Question: “How do I help my clients if they can’t feel their bodies?”

1:31:46 – 1:37:28

Question: “How do you define presence?”

1:37:28 – 1:38:11

Karen’s closing comments.

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What has been the role of your body on your spiritual journey?

Based on Karen's talk, what do you see as your next embodiment inquiry?

What questions arose for you in response the talk?

Share your thoughts, comments and experiences below.

14 thoughts on “The Awakened Body”

  1. i was transported by the softness and wonder Karen transmitted through the heart to those attending. I look forward to hearing more from her… Spending more time in her presence. Sending Love and Gratitude to Karen for giving her time and sharing her wisdom.


  2. Jaiia Earthschild

    I am completely delighted to witness this aspect of the Diamond Approach through Karen and very grateful to you for sharing this with us. It has been part of the work of my lifetime to explore the spirituality of the Body Temple. Seeing this work so beautifully and honestly presented only deepens my gratitude that I have recently found my way to the school. It is now clear to me that both ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ approaches are interwoven. And in our time, that balance is critical for us all. Thank you!

  3. Loved it !! Karen Johnson has an amazing soft, loving and soothing personality, loved the way she explained about the body, that the body is not just the vehicle for the consciousness but it IS the Consciousness, and the way she has answered the questioners is so amazing that it felt like that we are in her workshop class and that was the real experience of kind of like walking through exercise in opening up our energy that has been traded in some form or the other and that was for me the best experience. so grateful to Sounds True to working hard to bring this kind of help for Free in times like this that we all need help for our emotional body to be nourished in a true way that it can be strong again to explore the world of emotions that it is created to enjoy for!!! Love and gratitude to Karen NAMASTE !

  4. I have been a long time student of Diamond Heart and always think of my learning as
    food for my soul. I am happy to see there is this medium to get more. Please keep me
    posted. And I would happily like to listen once again.
    This is great to know and find online.

  5. Thank you Karen for your demonstration of embodied inquiry. It was very moving to feel along the process and experience the tenderness and opening of the heart.

  6. How can someone pour presence into somebody else.?
    Is presence transferable by intention?
    I really don’t understand this and find it very hard to believe. Why are we not all just showing up to have presence poured into us if this is a possibility?

    1. It’s more mysterious than that since everything is fundamentally presence. So, what is really happening? Is presence pouring from one pool of presence into another? Why would a pool of presence need more presence? Is it possible to increase the amount of presence in presence? A lot to ponder…

  7. Rebecca Brumbaugh

    The third discussion of our relationship with our body brought up the question of how to inquire/ heal the body if we left our body during childhood abuse… if we blocked where the abuse directly landed?

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