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The Path and Goal are One

The 10 day Evolutionary Awakening Retreat at the Quinta da Mizarela had a deep impact on  me. I realized through the wonderful Support of Pete and Cynthia that I had a profound awakening and had said a Big Yes to Life already, when everything fell away as I was walking the Camino in Spain. As I walked I experienced an immense freedom and simple joy greater than I had ever known, but I gradually lost touch with this.

This retreat helped me understand that what keeps me apparently cut off from this innate freedom and happiness is the self-contraction of ego, that was described in this retreat as the Big No. By identifying with that contraction I create fear, separation and desire. It was so liberating to find out that this contraction only came from blindly believing in thoughts. And I discovered on this retreat that the constantly changing parade of thought is not really who I am. My real essence is the Nothingness, Consciousness, Space. Through this discovery and understanding I realized that I am not a victim and I am free to choose in every moment of my life. Now there is that deep Trust that "the Light" is always on. 

Back in my "normal" life I am working with the tools I was given. It is not easy and often challenging but by keeping my sense of humor sometimes it feels like a game and it is funny to see how cleverly the ego tries to keep me under its control. There is still a along way ahead, but I am looking forward and find myself open and curious, taking life step by step, as I did on the Camino. And with every step I see there is the possibility of freedom, the potential come into communion with What Is. I have a deepening appreciation for the teaching I received about the Path and the Goal being One. The potential to awaken to my essentially Free nature is directly accessible, always already here and now, and, at the same time, I see and feel myself evolving through time as my observation, understanding and transcendence of the self-contraction grows.

Hence the journey always begins with the next step... 

Anne Gerhardt, Germany

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The Awakened Life Project is situated in a beautiful and wild ecological reserve in the mountains Central Portugal. We offer volunteer programs, courses, events and retreats to support the liberation of the human spirit in a context of evolutionary emergence and communion with the ecological web of life.


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