David had a spontaneous spiritual awakening in 1997 with no prior interest in enlightenment, and spent the next 16 years becoming fully established in the enlightened mind. From 2010 to 2012 David visited India and spent the majority of his time "in silence" at many of the monasteries, ashrams, and temples, sitting in on meditations, empowerments and teachings. Near the end of his India visit, he received the critical Buddhist teaching of “Conventional vs. Ultimate Awareness” from a quiet monk on a midnight stroll. This became the crucial key needed to convey the ultimate truths that he had experienced into conventional language. David has dedicated his life, to seeing if it is possible to help others to silence their minds and enter into the awakened state of consciousness that he now abides in at all times.
Lalla has studied metaphysical spirituality and healing work since 1987. Because of this passion, she became a Reiki Master Teacher, a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Tai Chi Instructor; and an avid student of many energywork modalities. As a mode of self-reflection, she has given up all energywork practices while she becomes empty of dogma and concepts. Lalla is living at the Samadhi Retreat as a student, and assisting David in producing and promoting the Mystic 7 Course while she becomes established in the enlightened mind.
Through the Mystic 7 Course that he created, David has discovered that it is possible to express the inexpressible, so that others may have the direct experiences as Source which are essential for abiding in the enlightened mind. In September 2016, David and Lalla published their book based on the Mystic 7 Course entitled: The Mystic's Guide To Enlightenment; Seven Keys To Abiding In The Enlightened Mind.
The Samadhi Retreat & Meditation Center is a 4,000 square foot adobe style ranch house recently remodeled as a meditation center to host Mystic 7 Retreats. It is located on 63 acres of beautiful woodlands with a 7-acre lake just south of Athens Texas.
The Samadhi Retreat is currently scheduling 3-Day Silent Retreats each month to immerse participants in Source Consciousness, which facilitates awakening into the enlightened mind. The Samadhi Retreat facility is also available to host yoga retreats and other spiritual events.
David is also presenting Mystic 7 Satsangs in various cities in Texas. These community gatherings deepen the insights of the Mystic 7 Course by creating an atmosphere conducive to allowing participants to have their own direct experience as Source. Satsangs include meditations, chanting, resin ceremonies, creative projects, discourses, and group discussions designed to take participants to Samadhi or “silence of the mind,” in order to experience their own inner truth.
The Samadhi Retreat & Meditation Center and the Mystic 7 Course, facilitated by David and Lalla, are non-dogmatic and religion-free; they embrace the essence of all religions without being limited to any philosophy or creed.
The Samadhi Retreat & Meditation Center is located between Athens and Palestine Texas, about an hour and a half south of Dallas, or an hour southwest of Tyler.