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I came across this on another forum. It’s an online guided experience which lasts two months during which there are weekly spiritual teachings and questions can be asked by email, and you get an exercise to do during that week. You’re also expected to use your personal time as if it is retreat time... so you can still work, live and eat with your family, as long as you dedicate the rest of your personal time to the retreat. It’s done by Adyashanti.
I include one of the teachings below...
Opening to Emptiness
The notion of emptiness is not theoretical. It’s a combination of a depth of experience and a way or view of seeing life and self. It’s a perspective-less perspective.
Opening to emptiness is associated with death of the ego. It’s the relinquishing of the experience of separateness—that’s what gains us access to the ground of being (emptiness).
The view of “What do I do with a given experience?” can be let go of; you let go of that whole way of relating to that experience of being. We are not going to do anything with experience.
When you stop doing, you will notice a tremendous silence. You don’t have to strive for it or maintain it. It’s there when you let go of trying to change the experience of the moment.
Our separate self is treading water on this ocean of silence. The underpinning of your entire psyche or consciousness is incredibly quiet.
Any movement of “trying” is in the domain of separateness. Being open to emptiness, to the ground of being, is letting go of the doer or controller and just noticing. Don’t do anything about it or you will be treading water and will not be in the silent domain of being. Start with this orientation.
We can’t make letting go happen. We can see the ways that the “me” treads water and perhaps in just the seeing, the “me” slows down. The transformative power is in the depth and quality of the seeing.
I thought it was interesting that these kind of retreats exist, bringing people together through the internet.