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Session #1: Finding the Diamonds in the Darkness of our Global Dark Night
Friday December 4th at 5pm PDT, 7pm CST
Session #2: Becoming a Diamond Through Facing the Shadows of the Dark Night
Saturday December 5th at 8am PDT, 10am CST
Session #3: Mystical Inspiration from Rumi and Kabir, the Great Alchemists of the Dark Night and Open Integration
Saturday December 5th at 12:30pm PDT, 2:30pm CST
Session #4: Turning our 7 Essential Shadows of the Human Condition into Sources of Wisdom and Empowerment
Sunday December 6th at 8am PDT, 10am CST
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In our inaugural session, we will talk about the Global Dark Night, 5 structural shadows of the Global Dark Night and the diamond opposites hidden in their dark depths that we need to see, seize, celebrate and integrate. Andrew will reveal our Global Dark Night as a Savage Grace. If we can align with its essential laws, it is capable of birthing us into the next level of our evolutionary destiny.
An hour of questions and integration followed by poems of Rumi and Kabir on the diamonds hidden in the shadow, the Tibetan practices of Tonglen which Andrew has adapted for transformative shadow work and taught all over the world.
In this session drawing on great evolutionary mystics and psychologists such as Sri Aurobindo and Carl Jung and his own experience, Andrew will explore in detail the 5 devastating shadows that the Black Diamond of the Dark Night radiates. He will also illustrate in depth how making each of these shadows conscious liberates sacred energy, restores resilience, releases us from demented judgement and exaggerated and pointless fear. He will demonstrate how the facing of what seems impossible to accept introduces you to a self that is nobler, finer, braver and far wiser than you could have ever met without such an ordeal.
In this final session Andrew will identify the 7 essential shadows that every human being has now to address in the prevailing desperation, corruption and separation of our current condition. Devastating though these shadows seem to be, each one of them reveals when made conscious a hidden diamond of truth. Jesus said fuse together the wisdom of the serpent and the innocence of the dove. What Andrew will demonstrate is how to hold your human self in the arms of your Divine self so that you do not need to deny how sick and traumatized your human self is and so you can radiate to your human battered, miserable, chaotic self the peace, compassion, humor and joy of the Divine nature you know you are one with. Through this extraordinary experience Andrew will show how to become a Divine alchemist of your own engoldenment, a Mother/Father to yourself and to all others.
After the retreat consider joining me for three crucial integration sessions.
In three integration sessions we will work with the teachings from this class at a deep and intimate level. Each of us awakens to our transfigured being in unique ways with our own karmic and traumatized blocks. What will unfold in these sessions is the amazing richness of all of our shared experience.
In a truly evolved integration session, everyone—including myself—is taken through the practice of sacred dialogue to a new level of communion and emotional and spiritual depth. This practice of dialogue is a revelation that can and must be used in our ordinary lives for the wealth of our own shadows to be revealed—and for the experience of sacred friendship to be deepened. For me, working with you and with the teaching of the shadows that will arise in the content of our shared, exploding global dark night will be a humbling and thrilling experience.
I pray that this humbling and thrilling experience will also be yours. Perhaps my greatest hope for our integration sessions is that through them, a tribe, a network of sacred friends and golden shadow dancers will be formed—a group of heart friends drawn together by Divine Love that can accompany you nakedly and joyfully as you continue your journey through this great humbling work of our time.
Please join me in these integration sessions and discover for yourself, how rich, moving and inspiring this work truly is.
These 90-minute integration sessions will be held on:
Each session will start at 2pm PDT / 4pm CST
Andrew Harvey is Founder and Director of The Institute for Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective, and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.
Sacred Activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action that is born of a fusion of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, and passion, with wise radical action in the world. The large-scale practice of Sacred Activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants.