If we had continued beyond the fourth day of the Enlightenment Intensive this would be our 8th day of the Enlightenment Intensive and Greg would be calling out that you have 20 minutes to get ready for the first enlightenment dyad of the day. I have no doubt that this thought has mixed responses from all of us and even within all of us…responses from, “Oh no! Not another dyad. I want to sleep…” to a response that is filled with the excitement for the opportunity to make contact with another while revealing the play of consciousness within.
I hope you feel uplifted from your experiences at the retreat and you’re bringing into your daily life some aspect of what you learned and became conscious of in respect to who you are. I’m reminded right now that there was something I did not mention during the closing circle. And that ‘something’ is that you and I and everyone was immersed in deep abiding contact and communication during the retreat and that is not necessarily present when returning to your daily life. That level of contact and relationship is very fulfilling to the soul even as it can be very frightening to the egoic personality. Upon returning to daily life there is the possibility that you may begin to feel lost, sad or depressed. This can occur within days or even weeks after the retreat because the level of relating intimacy, contact, understanding and communication that you were experiencing is missing. I often say that if you don’t have a friend or friends that you can relate to at a deep level of loving interchange then it’s time to find new friends or teach your old friends to awaken that soul to soul contact.
In respect to any sadness or depression that may arise from the lack of soul nurturing contact, just knowing that these feelings and emotions may arise can be helpful. I’m always open to informal communication exchange or formal clearing/enlightenment/problem solving sessions. Most importantly is to not forget or ignore the fact that the deep abiding contact and communication that arise from the Relating Dyad Practice is ‘good medicine’ for healing and nurturing the soul.
I strongly support and encourage sharing the Relating Dyad Practice with your friends. At the Enlightenment Intensive we were doing the Enlightenment Dyad Practice to awaken conscious direct knowing or enlightenment. But the Dyad Practice can used to improve communication, listening and understanding between any two people. And expand consciousness in other areas of your life. The book I published, Knowing Your Self (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1490339434) has over 100 dyad exercises that are organised into many different realms of living: relationship evolution, problem solving, stress reduction, ethics, spiritual growth, etc.
You can also learn more about the the Relating Dyad Practice on my web site.
Here’s two links:
In the last couple of days I received some very inspirational feedback. One person said that they had a radical change in consciousness and that “something major got cleared in the mind during the EI…” Another shared that many things shifted and that though some may not be lasting, some are already permanent shifts. If you’d like to share what you experienced I’d love to receive it. You can send me an email or post it on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnlightenAustralia/ .
If you’d like to dive deeper into the principles and practice of what were were doing at the retreat I’d recommend the book Enlightenment and the Enlightenment Intensive, Volume 2 by Charles Berner. (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1492263281) Here’s a couple of excerpts from the book:
“Presentation is the secret to greater consciousness, and consciousness is proportional to the degree of interchange between you and others. That is why, of course, we set you up in an interchange situation, a dyad. But you must interchange in it. Take your chance. Maybe they 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 a test of the ego and is the secret to greater consciousness.”
“I need to remind you of one other thing: preconceived ideas. What happens is you not only get a preconceived idea of what Truth is but also of what enlightenment is like and then you try to have that happen. You try to reach that state. You try to become enlightened, which means you try to fulfill this image that you have… this concept that you have in your head of what enlightenment is like. That presupposes that you are already conscious of what enlightenment is like. How are you so wise? Are you conscious of enlightenment before you are conscious of enlightenment? Nonsense. About the best you can do is know that people have told you that enlightenment is a positive state, an improvement, and it is the Truth. But to become conscious of that you have to be open. If you have any… preconceived ideas that you are trying to fit yourself into, forget it. Set it aside. Now just be open. Don’t try to fulfill any one teaching, including mine and even your own. If you turn out to be all wrong, then you are all wrong. So what? At least you now know the Truth. Do you want to be wrong forever? You will be unless you choose to open up. On the other hand, many of you have studied very wise teachings which are correct. But set them aside also because a teaching, even if it is correct, is not the Truth in itself. What I am telling you right now is not the Truth. It is about the Truth. What I am saying is true, but is not the Truth. The Truth is itself available to you only if you will set aside your preconceived ideas. Preconceived ideas and the ego go hand-in-hand. They’re partners. Ego-death does not occur unless you let go of your own preconceived ideas and just lay yourself bare and become exposed to whatever the Truth may be.
I know you are a little bit scared of the Truth and afraid of the unknown. And yet when you get there you will experience for yourself the indescribable fulfillment which accompanies a direct experience of Truth.”
The next retreat that I will be facilitating is the 2017 Winter Enlightenment Intensive.
It will be from 30 June - 6 July 2017.
Earliest Bird Discount registration by 20 May.
Blessings and Love