Coming Home FAQ
This phenomenon of 'coming home' in the west has been called, by Abraham Maslow, "Unitive consciousness" "Self-transcendence" or "Direct Experience." In eastern traditions it is labeled as awakening, enlightenment, illumination, self-realization, cosmic consciousness or satori.
Eckhart Tolle says this about awakening; “When you know who you truly are there is an abiding alive sense of peace. You could call it joy because that's what joy is: vibrantly alive peace. It is the joy of knowing yourself as the very life essence before life takes on form. That is the joy of Being, of being who you truly are.”
You’ve got to be kidding...awakening in 4 days?
You can come to the same awareness that many of the great spiritual teachers have had. After all they were ordinary folks just like you. The difference is that people like Buddha spent many years in meditation deepening and ripening their awakening to total enlightenment.
Just as technology has advanced in modern times, so too have spiritual and transformation techniques. When safe communication structure is added to the eastern method of self-inquiry, the results are remarkable. That moment of ‘coming home’ usually occurs to 30-90% of participants. Many of them are caught off guard and amazed at no longer having to spend months, years or even a lifetime to have that moment of ‘awakening’.
So once you experience your true self, that’s it. The search is over. Then the next project is to start living from the real you. That will continue to deepen what you have come to know.
You will be given instructions on how to do this on the last day of the retreat and in the EnLifenment program described below.
But the first step is to find out who you are. And, for most of us, that’s been a very hard first step. After all, many of us have spent a lifetime losing ourselves and being misled.
As a seasoned traveler of the Way, I can testify that this awakening technique works. As time goes on, I’m find I'm only interested in what works: this does. During the retreat, my realization was a slow and gradual one – which was exactly my intention. What’s more, as the weeks since the retreat have unfolded, I am delightfully surprised to discover that the retreat experience was only the beginning. My awakening process is very active and increasing in depth and clarity.Thank you Russell for keeping this going and offering it to as many people as possible, as well as for your gentle guiding presence.
Pat Parisi, Employment Counsellor, Toronto, ON
“When I emerged from the direct experience of who I am (at the retreat) I started to laugh. All of my worries about the future and my resentments about past hurts seemed, in that moment, very small when compared to the vastness of which I was a part. In that moment I knew that joy- real joy that does not deny what is hard in our lives- is a choice. Joy finds us when we feel the elation that comes when we know that we belong- to another, to ourselves, to the world, to the Mystery that is larger than ourselves."
—Oriah Mountain Dreamer from THE INVITATION© 1999 published by Harper San Francisco. All rights reserved. Presented with permission of the author
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