What is Consciousness and Enlightenment Work?



The beauty Of increasing Consciousness

The beauty of working to increase the depth of our Consciousness is that it provides a means to investigate the very processes by which we perceive.

In our experiential inquiry we use facilitated dialogues, interactive exercises, diads, communication, guided meditations, contemplation, and other means to investigate, confront, study, and experience subjects ranging from the nature and purpose of a self or the design and structure of mind and perception, to effective communication, the nature of intention, or the absolute nature of Being. Our ontological approach is one of rolling up the sleeves and diving into our experience to investigate through a variety of methods and discover what it is all about.

Consciousness is at the source of everything we do and are. It is the first and most essential aspect of “being”, and yet we seldom venture to look into the source of consciousness itself.
— Peter Ralston

Consciousness Work Principles and Essentials

Our central goal is to personally and consciously experience what ever is true about existence—that includes the true nature of the existence of self, life, reality, and every aspect of experience. 

  • Toward that end honesty, including self-honesty, is essential. 
  • Personal and active participation is essential. 
  • A commitment to the truth is essential.
  • Real wonder, curiosity, and questioning are essential.
  • Embracing and accepting the possibility that you can personally and directly experience whatever is true, beyond personal bias or filters, is essential. 

Benefits of consciousness work

  • Enlightenment. A Direct Consciousness of your true Nature
  • Freedom
  • Personal Transformation
  • Happiness
  • A Life of Integrity, Honesty, and Clarity
  • Greater Consciousness
  • Learning how to learn
  • Mastery
  • Increased Skill
  • More effective Communication
  • New and creative possibilities for life and relationship, thought and perception.

what others are saying

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Cheng Hsin has changed my life. I'm not afraid to be afraid anymore, wow! I can rely on the Cheng Hsin principles to teach myself what to do. In short, I've learned how to learn. Cheng Hsin's consciousness work has changed my world around. I'm living more consciously than I ever had before and enjoying every bit of my life.

Rather than being taught a whole new set of rules to live by, I was showed a set of tools and all I needed to do was to investigate, stay honest, contemplate and keep on going from there. The more I do, the more I learn and the deeper I go.

Thank you Peter.

~Elizabeth Saetia - Mulhouse, France

Ralston is unparalleled in his ability to clearly articulate both the key questions to contemplate, and the life-changing insights one can gain from doing so. I’ve learned more from him than any other author.

~David Spivak, Ph.D. Research scientist in mathematics at MIT

True innovators are, by definition, ahead of their time. Therefore, they remain largely unrecognized, except by a few. How many of us wished we had met Bruce Lee, sat in a session with Carl Jung, or walked around Walden pond with Thoreau?
Too late for that, but not too late to take notice of Peter Ralston. His creativity, commitment, and clarity shine through his teachings as he articulates higher principles based on direct experience and piercing insight.
A superlative martial artist and caring teacher, he has been to the mountaintop and bathed in the underground spring of Being. His insights speak to us all.

~Dan Millman – Author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior—USA

It’s like you discovered the cure for cancer but nobody knows about it

~Oksana - Russia

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The understanding that everything is the way I am holding it was fundamental in shaking my normal sense of affairs and preparing a new openness to something beyond my thinking and feeling.

~Jurgen Brandt - Germany


Join a local community

An increasing consciousness group is a 20 week course that is offered for those who are interested in participating in consciousness work at an entry level. They meet once a week and participate in dialogue, lecture, and diad practices (conversations between two people.) to facilitate personal growth and an increase in consciousness.


Join in a live event

The best way to get the most out of the consciousness work that is available is to sign up for a workshop. In a workshop setting you get live exposure to a trained facilitator which is much different then trying to learn on your own via dvd or e course. There are workshops held in many parts of the world.