“If you’re invested in security and certainty,
you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön


Awakened Fearlessness – Dale Borglum

May 12, 2024

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How can our relationship with fear deepen our practice?
In this rich talk, Dale Borglum explains that in fear, we are separated from our feeling of unity. Yet, all true contemplative traditions teach that the end of the spiritual path brings us to the realization that all is one.

He speaks of the two main spiritual paths: Devotion and Self-Inquiry.
Both share the practice of meditation to realize oneness and the fact that we are not the contents of our thoughts or experiences.

To approach that sense of oneness, Dale shares several methods for dealing with fear, including:

  1. BECOME GROUNDED – inhabit the part of our body that is supported by the ground beneath us, even as we experience life events. The goal is to pay attention FROM being grounded, rather than paying attention TO being grounded.
    • Be mindful of the feeling: feel the fear rather than just think about it.
    • Feel compassion for the part of yourself that has become lost in fear;
    • Tantra practice, experiencing being at one with an enlightened being.
  3. DEEPEN YOUR FAITH – believing that we are whole already and can let go of the concept that everything needs to be fixed.


Dale Borglum founded and directed the Hanuman Foundation Dying Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the first residential facility in the United States to support conscious dying. Working with Ram Dass and Stephen Levine, Dale helped found the conscious dying movement in the West. He has been the Executive Director of the Living/Dying Project in Santa Fe and since 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He is the co-author with Ram Dass, Daniel Goleman and Dwarka Bonner of “Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook,” Bantam Books and has taught meditation since 1974. Dale lectures and gives workshops on the topics of meditation, healing, spiritual support for those with life-threatening illness, and on caregiving as spiritual practice. He has taught with Ram Dass, Stephen Levine, Joan Halifax, Robert Thurman, Joanna Macy, Jack Kornfield, Annie Lamott, Jai Uttal and many others. He has a doctorate degree from Stanford University.
Learn more at www.livingdying.org