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FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

Welcome to a world where time is irrelevant and all familiarity ceases to exist.  

 

Where we are invited to abandon our dreams, surrender to our sorrow, and rest in a profound simplicity of being.

From the depths of darkness - within our purpose-built, completely blacked-out, soundproof “caves” - people emerge with a direct knowing of a deeper truth within.

The eye masks are only used when we transition people from inside in the darkness to outside in the light.

Darkness retreat strips us of everything we’ve used in the world to build an image - to gain self-worth - to feel powerful and important - and to have a sense of meaning and purpose.

 

We’re left with our interior - with our coping mechanisms, insulative patterns, dissociative habits and overlaid structures -- along with our tender hearts and the depth and simplicity of our presence.

 

We’re met with a very clear choice — continue chasing the dream of self-importance, of peak experiences, of avoiding our lack and neurosis — or simply soften, let go off control, receive ourselves as we are and gently open.

COMPLETELY

unadorned

THE SOUL DOES NOT GROW BY

addition

BUT BY

subtraction

- Meister Eckhart

What matters most?

What lies beyond our striving - our achieving - our healing - our awakening?

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One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. 

- C.G. Jung

THERE ARE

no practices

necessary

FOR THIS QUEST

- Ramana Maharashi

In this place of darkness - In this space of silence - What remains?

What is underneath our posturing, our personality, our attempts to be seen and validated?

INTO THE

Beyond

Darkness retreat invites us into the Beyond.

 

When we stop chasing meaning - both in the things of the world and also in our experience - we begin to touch what lies underneath our seeking.

 

There’s a profound softness that beckons us from the Beyond - a faint whisper - the tiniest little bit.

 

When we feel safe enough to truly lean into the Unknown - when we trust our body enough to give it to the Unseen — we soften and open to a vast mystery within.

 

With no hope of gain and no fear of loss — we settle into our bodies while the waves of experience continue to move through us.

What lies beyond my habitual way of being?

STRICTLY SPEAKING,

THERE ARE NO

ENLIGHTENED PEOPLE,

ONLY

enlightened

activity

- Suzuki Roshi

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Darkness retreat reveals our coping strategies, subconscious defense patterns and assimilated beliefs.  If we’re truly willing to remain honest to what we see and what we feel when we’re fully exposed and vulnerable - we tend to first make contact with our anxiety, guilt and/or shame that tend to inhibit and cover our fear, sadness and/or anger. 

If we continue to remain true and unadorned - held in the warm and open embrace of the darkness - we have the felt-experience of our lives. We allow ourselves to feel what we never had access to or what we never had permission to feel - a true return to innocence. 

In the sweet and subtle nourishment of receiving care in this timeless reality - while staying connected to this profoundly simple core honesty - we come home to ourselves - genuinely welcomed - exactly as we are. 

What happens when I don’t use culture to gauge my worth?