A few words about the upcoming retreat.
Friend: Would you consider writing something about how to best approach a retreat, well specifically your retreat. I resonate with “innocence and a sense of wonder and curiosity that refuses to be satisfied except by that which is true”(from your latest Facebook entry). That would hardly be the separate self’s credo! I also resonate with Rupert’s exceptional yogic meditations.
Reply: Best to come to the retreat with a not-knowing mind.
Inviting yourself to the freshness, to the beauty, to the love and to the freedom from the past. Letting yourself be enchanted by the wonder of being. Inviting, exploring the silence within which everything appears. Contemplating:’What is it that is aware?’
The question arises: Can I turn my attention to the light of awareness, returning over and over to it?
It’s a fresh looking, listening, being.
The past appears as a current thought. And as it appears, it dissolves in the space of awareness out of which it appeared. Awareness remains as it is. Untouched, unmoved, unstirred.
Can I notice expectations as they arise, without judgment? Without keeping score. Without a personal agenda. We don’t know, do we?
Listening is a bottomless noticing, not knowing that keeps deepening and deepening, buzzing with the light of awareness.
Everything arise in this moment, which is not in time, which is eternity. Seducing thoughts may engage the impression of time, the imaginary past and future. Awareness remains as it is.
Awareness is ever present. At our beck and call. It is what I Am.
What everything is.
The retreat takes you deeper and deeper into the silence of being/awareness. You may not notice this right away, but sooner or later the peace and silence sneak up on you. You may not know why, and there is no need to know. The mind can sit by your side, like a happy pet.
Peaceful, calm, tranquil.
Approach the retreat with your heart willing to be engulfed in the love, the peace, the stillness of being.
A retreat is a gathering of friends in god’s castle. A celebration of god’s light and grace.