The enlightenment intensive retreat is a three and a half day retreat that focuses on enlightenment and self-realization. There is social silence throughout the retreat, except when participants are in dyad with one another or need to speak to a monitor and/or leader of the intensive.
What is a dyad?
A dyad at an intensive consists of one partner asking the other partner their question (Who am I, What am I, What is Love, What is Another, or What is Life) and openly listening without feedback for a five minute period. This occurs eight times in a typical 40 minute dyad. The advantage of the listening partner not providing any feedback is that the speaker can openly and comfortably contemplate and answer their question without fear of being judged or fear of not being received by their partner. Monitors and the leader of the intensive ensure that no trip laying happens, meaning, that not only do speaking partners have the comfort of not feeling judged, as their partner listens openly without feedback, but the staff of the intensive ensures that when the listening partner speaks that they do not include their partners words and contemplation directly in their communication. This allows all participants to feel that they are in a comfortable space and free to express whatever arises.
Purpose of your question
Each participant will work with the leader of the intensive to find a suitable question for them. The participants then contemplate their questions throughout the entire intensive and communicate their contemplation in dyads. The purpose of the question is to point our attention on just one object, the question itself, and in so doing, gradually burn through our identifications of who we are, what we are, what love is, what another is, or what life is. By having such a one minded focus, conditioning and identification falls away and leaves us in an open space where the truth can be experienced directly. Experiencing directly who we are, what we are, what love is, what another is, or what life is, is referred to as a direct experience and is one of the great possible takeaways from the enlightenment intensive retreat.
Advantages of the enlightenment intensive
There are several advantages to the enlightenment intensive retreat and each participant will grow from the intensive in different ways. First, everyone at the retreat will benefit from a great deal of clearing work. Meaning, several of your stories, ideas of who you are, and identification with your past conditioning will dissolve as a direct response to the process of contemplating your question and communicating to an open and receiving partner. You will also gain tremendously by being in a community of like minded people who are interested in knowing themselves as much as you are. It is common for participants to have continued interaction after the intensive and this level of support will allow your growth to continue to flower in the weeks and months following the intensive. I will set up a closed Facebook group for any willing participants after the intensive so continued connection is possible. I will also plan a gathering will all of the participants a week after the intensive to ensure that the community stays well connected. Finally, the enlightenment intensive lays the groundwork for a direct experience. A direct experience of your question (Who am I, What am I, What is Love, What is Another, or What is Life) will have a tremendous impact on your life and lead you to know for certain what the nature of reality actually is.
You should come to an enlightenment intensive if you are:
looking for deeper meaning in your life
looking for a venue where you can speak openly and from your heart
wanting to realize the truth of yourself
wanting to realize the truth of all reality
interested in enlightenment
interested in learning another path, other than meditation for example,
interested in clearing your stories, your ideas of who you are, and your
needing a weekend away to fully reflect on yourself
needing a supportive space to freely explore who you truly are
My primary interests as a leader
Often people walk away from enlightenment intensive retreats and feel lost as to how to integrate this amazing experience into their lives. My intensive lectures are continually aimed at how to integrate contemplation into your lives after the intensive. Many people go to the retreat, look at it as an isolated way of being for a few days, and then quickly resort to their common lives. The purpose of the intensive is to provide groundwork for living a contemplative life. A life where continued realization is possible, even after the retreat. Eventually, the goal is to live a life where reflection, contemplation, and meaning are with us always. One of the main goals of my intensive is to assist people in transition out of the intensive and to help them live a contemplative life, not for three days, but for the rest of their time on earth.
I also have the interest that all participants feel that they are in a completely nonjudgmental and free environment. My intention is for participants to explore their questions freely and communicate them to their partner without the fear of not being received or understood.
Knowing and being able to contemplate well is extremely important in enlightenment work. My greatest strength has always been my ability to contemplate very well and my ability to dissect another’s process so that they can further hone their contemplation skills. Contemplation is difficult and many people struggle with this aspect of the enlightenment intensive, yet, it is an extremely important aspect of the process. My intensive lectures greatly focus on contemplation and help participants to understand this difficult, yet very necessary, tool on the path to enlightenment.
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