Can you help me complete this sentence?
I just finished a much needed mini silent retreat where I had the space to contemplate many things. One important thing I want to share with you right away is about “us”, it’s about me and you and all the other people around the world that take some kind of value in the teachings, offerings, and practices that I represent.
It’s been more than a year since I sat in a room with a group, more than a year since I’ve gotten on a plane and flown to offer teachings in a community. I miss you. I have heard from many of you that you miss me too. It is what it is. But this time apart and time connecting only through the internet has also given me some good perspective about “us”.
We are a community. We are a sangha. And this sangha is important.
We really can’t know when we will gather again the way we used to, but in the meantime let me share with you some of the very beautiful things I have discovered about “us”:
1. We are a community that is not a cult or a clique.
This hopefully goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyway. We are a group, and to some limited extent I am a leader in this group, but the door is wide open to come in and out, and I do not put myself (or allow you to put me) above you. We have no rules except “be kind” and “be earnest in your seeking”. We are a community that is free of bias and judgement and one where the whole person is welcome. There’s nothing to conform to, all teachings and ideas are “take it or leave it”. The teachers in our community are not bosses, they are trusted servants. Anyone in our community who has attained some level of healing or freedom or wisdom is super clear where they came from and serves with the humble awareness of a wounded healer.
2. We have a collection of practices and teachings that is not a sect.
This is important. Our work comes mostly from the yoga tradition, but also weaves in influence of Buddhism and other mystical traditions as well as modern depth psychology and personal development. But we don’t claim any “separateness” from other paths. Ours is a pathless path.
3. We have an approach to practice that is not a “brand” or a “style”.
These days, dharma teachings and teachers all share a crowded marketplace fighting for position. Everyone has to have a style or brand or unique approach. We try as best as we can to opt out of this racket. We use what works the way it works best.
4. Our teachers come from a lineage with no “line”.
Our teachings and practices do come from the masters and yogis who came before, but we claim no significance from this lineage or that lineage. The masters in our lineage were the masters who were deeply steeped in the mystical practices and outlook, and who were profoundly dedicated to service, and who, because of their dedication to truth, we willing to break traditional rules and norms and go against the grain of the orthodoxies and sectarian scenes of their time. We continue this lineage today.
Thank you for being a part of our community!
Heart to heart, soul to soul, I send you my love,