One Day Alchemical Retreat with Wajid and Avalon – the Alchemical Process in the Sufi Tradition
An exploration of Love through planes of consciousness
SATURDAY AUGUST 23rd, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM The retreat will take place on a site overlooking the Snoqualmie River, (50 minutes from Seattle.) Beverages hot and cold and a light lunch provided. Directions to retreat site will be sent on confirmation of registration.
$38.00 for the day – After August 20th $45.00 Credit card, checks and cash accepted, call Wajid 206-363-5803 (If there is no response, please record a message mentioning “Snoqualmie Retreat, your name and Tel. #)
ONE MIND MEDITATION Seminars in Seattle Six seminars, once a month on Sunday, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM starting on September 14 & scheduled for October 19, November 15-16
The One Mind Story. By Wajid
Long ago, before time existed there was One. After eons of solitude “The One” had a sense of loneliness, and wanting to know itself the One created the two. They would have reflecting opposite views, that in such reflections they might discover themselves, and therefore the One.
The two like many sibling fought for the right of supremacy in the relationship. Eventually realizing that the friction of the struggle, was such that if one pulled and gained advantage, somehow, like a bungee cord the gain would fold back unto itself and the cycle would start once again. Realizing that by their struggle they had become the source of time, they also realized that motion, which exist in time, had a purpose and was needed, regardless of the momentary illusion of gain or loss. They noticed that during their self-centered struggle another aspect of creation had come to manifest, in the form of humanity, and that in their physicality humans mirrored the conflict of the two. The two saw that different factions, either supported one or the other, reflecting the very struggle of the two, but within themselves, and that as is the way of humans they had named each of the two, IDA and PINGALA.
I came across this earlier today, and it is just too good. Hope you find it thought-provoking and useful.
“The path of the spiritual warrior is not soft and sweet. It is not artificially blissful and pretend-forgiving. It is not fearful of divisiveness. It is not afraid of its own shadow. It is not afraid of losing popularity when it speaks its truth. It will not beat around the bush where directness is essential. It has no regard for vested interests that cause suffering. It is benevolent and it is fiery and it is cuttingly honest in its efforts to liberate itself and humanity from the egoic ties-that-bind.
“Shunning strong opinions in the name of spirituality is anti-spiritual. Spirituality that is only floaty-soft is a recipe for disaster, allowing all manner of manipulation to run amok.
We had a wonderful community camp and retreat at Mount Vernon, WA, this past week. We now have videos of the early morning meditations from the retreat available on our Teachings page. Our thanks to Shams Scott, Akbar Miller, and Rising Tide International for live-streaming and posting these.
I’ve spent a good deal of the last day-and-a-half helping folks debrief and engage what’s come to the surface in the personal and collective pot-stirring of the retreat with Pir Zia.
All God’s Chillun Got Stuff.
That’s one of the major lessons of retreat, as well as of life itself.
So as you’re going through your day and digesting/assimilating — or puking — the effects of the retreat, there are some things to keep in mind.
There is a larger wisdom at work, choreographing the movement of our soul from egoic bondage into true freedom. This is especially true of those of us who have taken Initiation into a consecrated Order and lineage-of-masters.
The retreat process concentrates the universal transformational energies into a very small spacetime crucible, and everything in that crucible is there for our healing and our transformation. The wisdom of this process is perfect, regardless of the appearance (and short-term effects) of things in 3-D reality.