To retreat is to immerse in your own true natural state of unconditioned awareness. A non dual state where realization of self spontaneously blossoms without any effort. When we gather as a group to explore this state together, the Undivided focused presence spreads like a field and becomes the catalyst for enabling & deepening self realization. This field of presence is extended to all within the retreat space, amplifying the internal metamorphosis.
We devote this period to collectively gather in recognition of our Self as formless, eternal, non dual awareness. It is a commitment to the real Truth of our being, to reflect and integrate in the conducive loving presence of others in the same process.
These days are spent basking in the field of presence and flowering into realization as well as to challenge the various ways that we hold on and resist letting go into the truth. We are challenged to re-evaluate our internal psycho-spiritual dynamics, to dissolve and reforge all fragmented aspects of our psyche, investigate into our long held beliefs and programmings which shape and shift relationship with ourselves and subsequently with the external world. To deeply inquire with courage and perseverance, the root of the illusion of separation.
What emerges is a transformed being, free from illusions, with a deeper realization of the true Self.
OUR NEED FOR RETREAT
In ancient cultures, those that chose a spiritual path often isolated themselves from society, they removed themselves from the typical mundane details of human life. By retreating from our mechanistic left brain logic dominated lives, our routines and schedules, we can awaken and harness the energy and clarity to live in a spontaneous way that does not involve incessant activity and noise of the mind.
Thus it can be said to be an act redirecting and introverting the outwardly focused consciousness back towards the inner self. By reducing the usual stressors and stimulus from the mind, we can dislodge the psyche and its fluctuations, we can be truly present with our self, engage wholeheartedly in self inquiry that can not only create an opening in the retreat, but also help us sustain and integrate the realization.
The modern capitalistic social focus is on attainment, pushing ahead, ambition, all maintaining the false sense of individuality. Unfortunately, without periods of re-orientation, without fulfilling our need for silence and self reflection, we often burn out the candle on both ends, lose the purpose of our activity, getting too caught up in the content of consciousness.
We need retreat more than ever, not just a vacation to escape the practicalities, but a retreat with a dedicated intention, not just for a few days a year, but everyday as well, in our time set aside for meditation. We need the time, space, and intention to refocus on what truly matters in our life, and to awaken inner knowing that leads us to understand and act from a deeper level of consciousness.
With the support of the retreat space, the field of presence and direct guidance by the Teachers as well as other devoted participants holding space, One can deeply and sincerely commit to meet each moment as it is, so that the truth can shine forth. The experiences may be subtle, intense, or profound, but transforming never the less. We may be challenged by undesirable unresolved emotions or issues may rise to the surface, but bliss of being and discovering your true essence are equally possible, and far more rewarding. All is held in the wisdom and compassion of the retreat environment and its participants.
This is a unique opportunity to end seeking, contact and immerse ourselves in the peace that lies beyond all understanding and establish ourselves in that.
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