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By Martin Lowenthal

Retreats in darkness were utilized by all of the nice religious traditions for hundreds of thousands of years as a style for tapping deep readability, getting access to sacred knowledge, connecting with the Divine, and coaching to rework the mind/body procedure right into a manifestation of knowledge. In darkish retreat, the practitioner lives in whole darkness--eating, snoozing, meditating, and easily current in an international with no exterior light.

Traditionally, in Tibet, darkish retreats have been played by way of priests as a part of their education with the help in their monastery and their fellow priests. yet darkish retreats are of worth to humans from all walks of existence, from the monastic to the busy householder--those with jobs, households, and all-too-many tasks. Martin Lowenthal has taken a convention little-known within the West and made it available via incorporating equipment dependent in western psychology with conventional Tibetan Buddhism.

There are many benefits of a retreat at nighttime, one among that is relaxation for our eyes, weary from overstimulation in our visually orientated global, that then promotes total rest of physique and brain. This rest is helping us minimize via outdated psychological and emotional conduct, harmonizes the weather within the physique, works with visions, and rests within the "Natural State."

Retreats at the hours of darkness additionally increase the standard of our everyday life. we will be able to improve larger readability and knowledge in each element of residing. after we increase the stipulations of our lives, we offer an environment extra conducive to endured meditation practices. darkish retreat can be a strong surroundings for practising tantra. Tantra makes use of mind's eye, senses, and creativity to remodel event into foodstuff for the spirit.

Dawning of transparent Light is a party, a joyous invitation to discover the treasures which are hidden inside your global and the area round you.

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Parmenides uses the language of poetry and myth because metaphor is the only way we can point to the multidimensional meanings of experience and wisdom that are lost in concepts and literalism. The journey is a metaphor not simply for an idea, but for the actual practices and steps necessary to find clarity and wisdom, and to achieve a working relationship with the divine. His writing describes his experiences in the dark caves below the temples of Apollo and his working with death and the impermanent nature of reality to grow as a healer, priest, and teacher.

Once clarity is somewhat stable, then the movements are experienced as occurring within the natural stillness of the mind and of the space. 39 Dawning of Clear Light As we begin any retreat, the conscious work of doing the retreat confronts our old habits. For me this showed up in my first short retreat. I remember preparing to do some stretching by putting on my exercise shorts when it occurred to me that they were unnecessary because not even I could see me. When I relax in the dark, a familiar intimacy greets me.

In the relaxed space of meditating in the dark, everything that arises becomes a reminder of openness and the desire to remain alert and present. Everything becomes a support for practice. All sounds are the voice of wisdom. All visions are the expressions of clarity, and all sensations are the caress of presence. At the beginning of the retreat there was the sense that what arose was created by my own mind. Over time I also had the sense that the clarity, insights, and wisdom were gifts of some greater force that I had opened to.

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