In their September newsletter Shalom Stories CIW Partner and Teaching Center Shalom Mountain Retreat Center has been featuring the Shalom and CIW Wisdom School with a series of articles, testimonials, a musical creation with soundbytes from the recent Wisdom School in March as well as the announcement of the upcoming 11th Wisdom School. Enjoy!
- 0.1 Loving your Way to Enlightenment: The Path of the Evolutionary Lover Wisdom School October 9-12, 2014
- 0.2 Loving your Way to Enlightenment: The Path of the Evolutionary Lover
- 0.3 Why I Go To Wisdom School
- 0.4 Awakening As Your Unique Self – A Shalom Mountain Retreat
- 0.5 Looking Within
- 0.6 Wisdom School
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Loving your Way to Enlightenment: The Path of the Evolutionary Lover
Wisdom School October 9-12, 2014
*For this special event, Tuition Assistance may be available to those who qualify,
as well as use of accrued Retreat Credit.
Reclaiming Your Own Awakening As the Primary Desire in Your Life:The Ten Tenets and Ten Practices of the New Enlightenment
by Marc Gafni
The principles of evolutionary awakening will forever change the way you live, love, be, become and make choices in life, ranging from your relationships, employment, spiritual practice, sexuality and just about everything else. If you are ready for a bold leap into the future of God and the future invitation of your life, join us at this extravaganza of mind, body and spirit.We are used to thinking about enlightenment as the precise opposite of evolution. Enlightenment is thought to reveal the permanent, eternal, unchanging nature of being while evolution addresses the shifting, unfolding world of change and becoming. Not so!!
This is the old understanding of enlightenment which invited you to move beyond the busy world of becoming into the world of being. It is this old enlightenment that writers like Ecckart Tolle and Byron Katie address in their teaching. The only problem with the teaching is that it is not true. Or better yet it is a partial truth masquerading as a whole.
Enlightenment means to understand not only the joy of your being but also the ecstasy of your becoming.
In this retreat, we will unpack the ten tenets and ten practices of the New Enlightenment.
The next stage in the evolution of God, in the evolution of all that is, is directly connected to your understanding your specific and clear role in the evolutionary context. What this might mean is one teaching in a cluster of teachings which we call the Evolutionary Unique Self Enlightenment.
This is not a spiritual aphorism but a core principle of evolutionary awakening, the next great edge of spirit’s revelation, both in your life and the life of the planet.
In the teachings and practices of Biblical Mystic Luria, to the realized Hindu teacher Aurobindo, to the Idealist thinkers Fichte Schelling and Hegel, to Teillard de Chardin, Gerard Heard, and Abraham Kuk, we find the greatest breakthrough of spirit and enlightenment in our time. This is the path of Evolutionary Unique Self Enlightenment. This is the largest game there is. Awakening as an Evolutionary Lover and participating in the Evolution of Love.
Why I Go To Wisdom School
by Shawn Ramer
I have had the honor and privilege of being able to attend every Wisdom School weekend at Shalom Mountain. And yet I look forward to each new one with anticipation and excitement. At the core, Marc Gafni’s generous sharing of his unique knowledge, wisdom, and perspective, has made each wisdom school delightful and fulfilling in unique and often unexpected ways.
Equally, the chance for the teachings to emerge in the context of the community, to be shaped and nurtured by the participation of those present, takes the experience far beyond my imagination. The interweaving of the divine, the community, and the unique participation of each person, leads to a richness to which I keep returning. This richness shows up in my life in so many ways – how I interact with my family, approach my work, and see myself. Increasingly, however, it has provided important perspective for interpreting the complex global context in which we all live. I vividly remember the specific Wisdom School where Marc suggested that “the only response to outrageous pain is outrageous love”, a profound observation that has deeply affected how I engage with the world, and which seems particularly relevant in our age.
I find that the Wisdom School at Shalom beautifully weaves the context of Shalom with the evolving edge of spirituality and personal growth. I arrive at each gathering with anticipation, and I leave every time rewarded. Most importantly, I leave each time knowing that I have been part of evolving what is so important for the global world we live in and deeply grateful for this to be part of my Shalom experience.
Shalom Stories – A Publication of Shalom Mountain Retreat Center
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