Living an Artful Life

October 18, 2016

When taking or Mastering an Enlightenment Intensive Retreat, or going into meditation with a Master Teacher like Gurudev, I can actually feel the vibratory shifts occurring when one moves into deeper altered states and direct experience. I’ve often thought that if we were somehow monitored during the self-inquiry work, we would see the movement through different brain wave patterns on our journey of enlightenment.

One of my repeating EI participants, mentioned to me that she was fascinated by a book she was reading:New Brain, New World by Erik Hoffman, a retired professor who has been researching the brain and human consciousness for more than forty years and the founder of Mental Fitness & Research Center in Copenhagen where th...

September 21, 2016

Come, come whoever you are.

Wanderer, worshiper, lover of living.

It doesn’t matter.

Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times.

Come, yet again, come, come.

RUMI

When you or I commit to self-inquiry work on an Enlightenment Intensive Retreat, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to release the illusion of separation. As we hold our intention for direct experience, the very structure of the EI container provides us with a disciplined technique which assists us in continually being present with whatever arises in the experiential field.  How does this happen?  When you sign up, the work begins!  When you arrive, the stage has been set and the “force” is available to work with you!...

August 31, 2016

Do you sometimes wonder… Why am I here? What am I doing? Who am I? What am I?

I had just finished my Yoga Teacher Training, later in life, after raising a family and finding myself at a crossroads of yet another relationship ending. Our Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras teacher was offering something I had never heard of before: a self-inquiry retreat where a contemplation technique would be used along with a koan, question, instruction to bring one-pointed focus. This inquiry would use whatever came up in contemplation as a starting point of discovery. It would be a quest for enlightenment, using a question or koan to deepen into a state he called direct experience. We had studied in the Yoga Sutras: “Yogas chitta vritti nirodah” translated...

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