BOOK REVIEW. Regarding The Mystic's Guide to Enlightenment: What a book! While I wholeheartedly embrace the principles it teaches, I must violate the sixth one and judge this book – it’s extraordinary!
Regardless of your stage along The Path, if you are interested in spiritual enlightenment, you will find this book a useful tool. It wisely warns the reader that principles shared in the earlier pages will be contradicted in the later ones; one must outgrow “baby steps” or “training wheels”.
The book does not presuppose familiarity with Eastern religious terms, nor “talks down” to those who already use this language. Neither will the reader find their own traditions in any way disparaged or ignored.
The exercises and suggested questions to ponder are inclusive, well thought out and useful for practically everyone. The book is written in a clear and easy to use manner. Whether studied intensively or used to spur periodic introspection, this workbook is a valuable tool for personal progress
Judith Lee Taylor, Unity Minister Shreveport02/02/2017, 09:35 PM
I had the most profound experiences several times while here. I went into asamprajnata samadhi. How beautiful to enter into Nothingness. No worries, no bills and no pain. I would like to live in this enlightened experience.
C. Walker01/30/2017, 07:35 PM
If you would like to experience the other side of the mountain; your mind and this world; I would try the Mystic 7 Samadhi retreat, you will thank yourself.
Tim M.01/22/2017, 07:41 PM
The retreat was fantastic! I really loved the yoga each morning. It really allowed my body and mind to get on the same page. My 3 favorite parts after the yoga were the Samadhi Resin burning, the Om Namah Shivah chant, and the chakra bowl meditation. I really felt in touch with nature on the walks... I was in bliss.
Heather M. 01/22/2017, 07:38 PM
Beautiful way to wake up. Amazing Yoga. Food is just fantastic. Curriculum was amazing. I strongly recommend. This stuff is awesome.
Val S.01/22/2017, 07:33 PM
I like coming to the retreat because I get to physically escape from the noise of the real world and clear the noise in my mind. Bliss-bound! The breathing exercises are useful tools that I will continue practicing. Thank you.
S. M.01/22/2017, 07:30 PM
I knew that I needed to do something, to really de-stress as my health was getting worse and worse. I knew I needed to do something for me so that I could continue to do for others.
I found that something right here in Texas, only 2 hours from me.
I had never done a silent retreat, but several days of no one asking me for anything, no ability to create yet another to-do list, a chance just to be - -sounded like heaven. My expectations were high, yet the actual event exceeded those expectations.
Every event, was taken to new levels of awareness. Even just eating and actually tasting the food and being appreciative of the food itself and how I was taking time to focus on nourishment. The guided meditations and chants were lovely and moving. The lectures provided a forum to think about my beliefs and challenge concepts.
I would certainly recommend to all the overstressed, overworked people out there taking some time for one of these silent retreats. It has been months since my retreat and I am still enjoying the benefits. I sleep better by using some mindful breathing, focusing and relaxation techniques. I work better because I think back to the peace of the retreat and I am able to recapture that feeling with a little focus. Then I can proceed in stressful situations effectively instead of adding to the stress.
Shirley McNeel, CPA
Shirley McNeel12/15/2016, 01:20 AM
BOOK REVIEW. If you are interested in finding out who you really are or what your life purpose is, I cant recommend this book enough: "The Mystic's Guide To Enlightenment". I had to read many many of the classic mystic books in print to "get it", when this little book has ALL the information you need to be enlightened. Wish it had been printed 20 years ago. In 95 pages, the authors have set out ALL the necessary steps anyone needs to finally know who they really are in a easily readable, co-active way. Very understandable!! GET IT NOW! IT WILL BE THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU WILL EVER MAKE. A MUST READ FOR THE SERIOUS SPIRITUAL TRAVELER.
Leon Gallaway12/08/2016, 01:32 PM
PRISON MINISTRY. Namaste Dawn and David, I hope your holiday weekend had many pleasantries. I enjoyed spending time during that (Thanksgiving) 4-day period reflecting back on the past year and recognizing what I am truly grateful for. There was a lot to reflect on, for me. In particular, my gratitude extends to ya'll for providing me with the tools I've been searching for to dismantle my "self", recognize the role my ego has played in my life and realize what abounds when I close my mind and let this illusionary consciousness rest. I am thankful for what resulted from that: an awakening of enlightened thought. I then paid due gratitude for finding what I have previously identified as the authentic and genuine relationship with God which I have been searching for my entire life. The profound state of thankfulness this weekend has been encapsulated by the appreciation that instead of find a relationship with God, I was taught to still my mind so I could listen... for God, and instead of hearing him speak, I experienced the Source and All That Is...so many thanks for guiding me to the Ultimate Truth. It's just begun I realize; I can't wait to see what I will be grateful for in November 2017. (Douglas O. Inmate at Boyd Unit)
Douglas O.11/30/2016, 05:33 PM
Sometimes people have phenomenal, instantaneous, dramatic experiences at your retreats. However, sometimes people change there and don't even become aware of it until later ... sometimes hours, sometimes days, sometimes even longer. Nevertheless, I have noticed a couple of really significant changes in myself:
1) I find myself more detached from "self/ego" and being the observer more and more. 'Nearly as if I am watching myself from out of the body.
2) I am more committed to living in bliss than ever before. Please understand, I am definitely committed to having "the experiences" ... and know that those kinds of experiences are one way passages into significant change. Nevertheless, even though I am one of your "slower" participants, change really is happening with me.