Friday, May 27—Monday, May 30, 2016
Led by Martin Laird
In one of Meister Eckhart’s German sermons he says: “God’s ground is my ground and my ground is God’s ground.” These liberating words indicate the simplest fact of a life lived out of unitive awareness. A self unselfed of self is awareness itself and awake to the fact that God and each of us are one, or better, not even one. This Mystery which clings to no name who yet names us from eternity’s shimmer will serve to frame this contemplative prayer intensive.
Our precious times of sitting together in silence provide us the communal vulnerability to continue opening up to the ongoing decluttering of the mind, a decluttering that is as radical as it is freeing through silence’s loving embrace and leads us to the same realization that Eckhart realized in his own life: “The noblest attainment in this life is to be silent.” Conferences will focus on the struggles we face while the grace and loving dynamic of silence declutters the mind.
There will be ample times for sitting in silence together, as well as for opportunities to share both in common and privately with Martin. Note: Unlike our other retreats, this retreat runs Friday (6 p.m.) through Monday (1 p.m.).