Awakening is a Kriya Yoga ministry affiliated with the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE), with world headquarters in San Jose, CA. Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, Founding Teacher and Spiritual Director of CSE, was ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda who brought the teachings of Kriya Yoga from India to the West. The Awakening community carries on the vision of individual and planetary awakening to the One Truth known by many names.
Awakening has blossomed into the beautiful spiritual community it is today as a result of Rev. Nancy Ballinger’s dream of creating a welcoming home on the central coast for all sincere seekers of Truth. Rev. Ballinger, founder of Awakening, was ordained by Yogacharya O’Brian in 2000. In 2001 we became known as The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, Morro Bay.
In 2004, as the teachings of Kriya Yoga grew here on the central coast, Awakening received our 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status from the IRS and the State of California. At that time, with the blessing of CSE, we stepped forward and established the name Awakening Interfaith Spiritual Community. Today we continue to thrive and are known as Awakening Meditation and Kriya Yoga Center.
Awakening provides a place of refuge for sincere seekers of Self- and God-realization to gather for study, prayer, meditation, and warm-hearted fellowship and conversation.