I hope you found value in your participation at the 2016 Winter Enlightenment Intensive. This is a rather long Post-Enlightenment Intensive Teaching but within it I believe you’ll find some useful and valuable information about enlightenment and the Enlightenment Intensive. In fact, I’d suggest you read it more than once if you find it of value.
I’ve said many times, the Enlightenment Intensive is no different to your ordinary life in respect to the mind and it’s mental impressions that you bring to the retreat. In daily life the mind you have is the obstacle to your self realisation. And at the Enlightenment Intensive retreat you bring that same mind with you. It’s the mind and it’s mental impressions that troubles you and keeps you separate from Absolute Reality, God Consciousness, Enlightenment or whatever word you use to refer to the Numinous. The essential difference is that at the Enlightenment Intensive there is a structure that keeps your attention focused on self inspection of who you are while also encouraging openness and honesty in relating to others what you discover about yourself.
Ordinary daily life doesn’t generally hold you to such high standards of relating, communication and self reflection. Ordinary daily life doesn’t consistently remind you to not blame, criticise, evaluate or gossip about others and to take responsibility for what is arising in your consciousness. In this respect it is unique as compared to your daily life.
But blaming others will not work to relieve you of the distress you feel nor will running away remedy the existential crisis of no knowing who you really are.
The Enlightenment Intensive is structured to facilitate the revelation of your true self which is at odds with your ego’s inhibition for telling the truth. This confrontation brings on a healing crisis. In actual fact the crisis of identity in respect to who you are is already active and in play when you come to the Enlightenment Intensive.
The author and psychologist, Arthur Janov, offers a psychological origination for this split and describes the crisis that one suffers from this mind/body/spirit fracture in his book, The Primal Scream, first published in 1970.
From the time of this fracture forward you do not relate and live from conscious, direct knowing. Instead of relating and communicating yourself directly, you relate yourself indirectly using attitudes, personalities and various states of being. States of being like, “I’m not good enough.” Or “Life is a struggle.” Or “I’m not safe with those I love.” You will use states of being or attitudes to communicate what it is about yourself that you want another to know. The personalities are communication devices because there is a fear in demonstrating your true self and being direct. You fear being made wrong, being criticised, being denied. You fear not existing?
You will use states of being or attitudes to communicate what it is about yourself that you want another to know. The personalities are communication devices because there is a fear in demonstrating your true self and being direct. You fear being made wrong, being criticised, being denied. You fear not existing.
The Enlightenment Intensive is always a valuable growth experience because of the power and value of contemplation combined with communication. Initially not everyone recognises this because they are distracted by the mental and emotional disturbances that arises from one pointedly focusing on direct experience of self combined with honest communication to others.
I ask a hypothetical question. Why do you and others hide the truth? What are you afraid of? I propose that the resistance is the fear of ‘letting go and letting God’, as the saying goes. You want to stay in control. Western psychology calls that control mechanism the ego. Christian theology would call it the devil. I call it ignorance. It’s this ignorance that sets the stage for a battle or conflict between surrendering, opening or accepting what is and the resistance or opposition to what is. And what is, is the way you find yourself in any given moment.
Tell me who you are.