The 2015 Annual Easter Enlightenment Intensive has begun here in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. It's day one.
For many the trek to the Mountain Top of Awakened Consciousness is an arduous journey. It can sometimes feel that it can't be done. Or that it's only for a Buddha or a Jesus. But the journey does get much easier if you let go of the stuff you are trying to drag along as you climb the Mountain of Awakening. Many don't even realize all the stuff they are dragging along. Some try to hide all the stuff both from themselves and from others. They try to make the climb pretending all that stuff isn't there. But you can see it in their face and disposition. They look exhausted and want to quit.
Seng Tsan, a 6th Century Zen Master gives some wise counsel about this state of affairs when he says to "follow your nature and flow with the Tao. Enjoy yourself and stop worrying. If your thoughts are confused and tied in knots you will spoil what is genuine. A wise person doesn't strive. It's the ignorant person who ties himself up. If you work on your mind with your mind, you won't avoid an immense confusion."
The Enlightenment Intensive dyad practice is built upon the principle that honest communication can lesson your heavy load as you climb up the Mountain Top of Awakening. It's communication to a receptive listener who understands without evaluating or judging that empties the mind and lessons the load you are dragging up the mountain.
Charles Berner, the originator of the Enlightenment Intensive said that: "presentation is the secret to greater consciousness, and consciousness is proportional to the degree of interchange between you and others. That is why we set you up an interchange situation called a dyad. But you must interchange in it. You have to take your chance. Maybe others will hate you. Maybe your reputation will be ruined forever. So what? Your passion for the Truth should be more valuable to you than your reputation and your ego. Presentation is the secret to greater consciousness."