The mystic-poet, Rumi, wrote: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there.” I want to paraphrase that and say: “Out beyond ideas of feminine and masculine, there is a field. I'll meet you there.”
For the West, gender is a battle; and this extends to our spirituality which traditionally divides “feminine spirituality” (the Earth/Nature based “descending religions”) from “masculine spirituality” (the Heaven focused “ascending religions”). For the Celts, the goddesses were archetypes of Nature and the gods were archetypes of Culture. Their relationship was a marriage dance, not a battle.
But now it is time for us to transcend even the Celtic notion, in an Ascension project that births a spirituality beyond gender; a project that makes sense of (a) each individual incarnation, (b) the entire concatenation of incarnations of each unique soul, and (c) the evolutionary trajectory of the cosmos itself.
Let’s meet in that field.
This three-day residential retreat with Fr. Seán ÓLaoire, PhD will take place Sunday evening, April 19, through Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at The Bishop's Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448.
The first lecture will begin Sunday evening after dinner. The final lecture will be on Tuesday evening after dinner.
Rates per Person: Commuter (no lodging, 3 dinners, 2 lunches, no breakfast): $303; With Lodging, based on double-occupancy: (3 nights, 8 meals): $608; With Lodging, based on single-occupancy: (3 nights, 8 meals): $800.
For more information, please contact Karen Rubin: by email [email protected]; or phone (650) 714-2943.
To register, please print, fill out and mail this 2020 Retreat Registration Form along with your $200 check deposit.
The remaining balance is due March 15, 2020. Should your plans change and you are not be able to attend the retreat, deposits are refundable until March 15, 2020.
The Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg, CA — March 17 — 20, 2019: About 2,400 years ago, Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Some 400 years later, Jesus added his own version of that (excuse my edits!) when he said, “If the householder (consciousness) knew at what time the thief (the unconscious shadow) would break in and steal (do something stupid!), he would not go to sleep (lapse into mindless behavior.)” Most of us are asleep most of the time, driven by an unconsciously acquired (thanks to “education”) and an unconsciously accessed (knee-jerk reactions) cosmology (philosophy of life.) If you think that our world is "going to hell in a hand basket”, isn’t it time for you to choose an alternative destination and a better mode of transport? This retreat/workshop will afford you the time and the companions to undertake that odyssey and create your own GPS.
What is “Life”?
(A) Life – Some Synonyms
(B) The Origin of Life
(C) When the Created Become Creators
(D) There Is Only One Life
(E) Life: Separating Illusion from Reality
(ii) The Structure of Reality
(F) The Stages of Life
(G) Life – Excerpts from the Prologue to John’s Gospel
What is “Evil”?
(A) Theory One - Satan as Shadow
(B) Theory Two - Satan as Cosmic Service-to-Self
(C) Theory Three - Satan as The Devil’s Advocate
(D) Theory Four – Evil as an Emergent Phenomenon
(i) The Meaning of Emergence
(ii) The Theory of Evil as an Emergent Phenomenon
(a) A Jigsaw Puzzle
What is My Mission?
(i) The Levels of Mission
(B) Individual Mission
(i) Emotions: Virtues and Vices
(ii) Two Kinds of Gifts
(iii) My Mission
(C) Global Mission
(i) Patriarchy, Matriarchy and Hate-Triarchy
(iv) From Gender to Androgyny to Soul-self
The Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg, CA — March 26 — 29, 2017: There has never been a significant evolutionary shift that has not been precipitated by a major crisis. This is true in geological history e.g., the huge 1.5 billion–years–long crisis that single–celled protozoa — the first lifeforms on our planet — created, when they began extracting hydrogen from water, thus releasing oxygen, which was a deadly poison to them! Or the excess of calcium the planet was excreting which threatened to overpower it, until it found creative ways to solve the problem e.g., make coral reefs of it, build exoskeletons for shell fish, make endoskeletons for the vertebrates.
It’s true in interpersonal relationships; and — as I’m sure you can verify from personal experience — it’s true in your own life journey. Crisis properly navigated is the key to psycho–spiritual growth.
And today — as has happened many times in human history — the world political, economic and military situation presents us with issues of mammoth proportions. Hence, it bears within itself evolutionary possibilities of even greater proportions.
This retreat, and these seven lectures, is an attempt to understand the root causes of this crisis, its invitations and its hidden blessings. It looks fearlessly at the real data, not the fake news, propaganda or fear–mongering, and goes on to identify the mindset, soul–set and practices needed to turn our times towards Christ Consciousness on a planetary level.
2nd: Live-Stream Podcast
3rd: Extended Homily, Q&A