Another week with 100+ people in this place that I've written about several times before. We had a full schedule and very little time but I managed to take a few walks, some of them in the late evening, walking with a moon shadow. I don't know if these photos manage to give an impression of the incredible beauty of this place. Especially the sunny September days are breathtakingly beautiful here.
The teachings and exercises were about topics that I won't try to describe here in detail, but some of it had to do with the source of intelligence, as described in Almaas's book about "Brilliancy". And connected to that, complex stuff such as the oedipal complex and how it influenced our capacity to feel and express passionate love, or our tendency to sublimate this love into ways that were less difficult in the contact to our parents. Many participants, including myself, had very moving experiences of deep love. Amazing what capacities are waiting to be uncovered in us.
And no, even if these retreats take place in a Christian monastery, this stuff doesn't have anything to do with Christianity :)
The Hands Of Mike Ratledge XIX
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