Free Medicine: Spiritual Awakening without Religion
We live in a sacred reality. The here-and-now is alive with pure presence – the timeless presence that is our vibrant home. Our ancestors knew this, and for millennia have tried to describe it through the revelations of organized religions. While these religions have given birth to great beauty, inspiration, and consolation, they have also tended to reduce our experience of the sacred to obedience and devotion to a patriarchal God and to the religious dogmas and institutions associated with Him. Because of this, many people have now turned away from religion altogether.
But reality is as sacred as ever, and this fundamental intuition of sacredness seeks to be experienced and celebrated in us – with or without adherence to specific religious forms and beliefs.
In this FREE MEDICINE retreat we will experience ways we can open directly to, and celebrate, the intimate, pure presence of awareness – the free medicine – that is the source of all ease and well-being. To aid us we will make use of direct pointing out, silence, guided meditation, heart-opening and breathing exercises, self-inquiry, musical meditation, slow-moving dance, and other methods coming from Sufi, Dzogchen, Advaita, Buddhist, and contemporary nondual teachings.
The retreat will be held at Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island, Washington, approximately 1 1/2 hours from Seattle. For directions, visit: www.whidbeyinstritute.org.
Please try to arrive by noon, Thursday February 9. We will have lunch together at 1 PM followed by our first meeting at 2 PM. The retreat will end on Sunday, February 12, after lunch.