When you realize yourself as completely empty and devoid of all form...this is wisdom
When you realize yourself as the fullness of love overflowing itself without object...this is bliss,
And when you are aware of yourself incarnate in the appearance of form...this is leela.
The three basic drives: survival, sexuality and social affiliation are innate to every human body. Theyensure the continuation of the individual and the species, just as for every other animal. But when we identify and let ourselves be driven by them, we are continuously fooled by wishes and behaviors that in truth don't really give us the fulfillment that we are actually seeking. We feel trapped in survival and not really free to live life fully.
Then it can be helpful to become conscious of what is driving us to fall back into old patterns of suffering over and over again - even when we already know better. This insight is the first step into the freedom from being run by these drives.
The three subtypes which are described in the Enneagram (a precise map of our psyche) are determined by these same animal drives.
Public Meetings with Eli and Gangaji offer the opportunity to recognize the deepest truth of who you are and support in living a life true to this realization. They are open to all who feel the desire to come regardless of previous experience or knowledge.
For many, public meetings are an introduction to Eli and Gangaji and the transmission of silence. The meeting contains a period of silent meditation and an opportunity for questions and reports from the audience.
Silent Retreat with Eli and Gangaji offers the opportunity to drink deeply of the nectar of Being in a fully supportive environment. Whether sitting in silence with a community of like minded people, working in pairs, sharing reports and questions, or in guided meditations, there is a chance to discover the infinite capacity of love, and come to know the abundant joy of your own nature. This retreat is an opportunity to stop, to withdraw from the normal cares of your life and plunge into the depths of true self inquiry. Coming together for a committed period of time naturally results in strengthening and deepening into the exquisite beauty of your own self and the profound silence that encompasses all.
The Winter Core Retreat is made up of 6 days of Silent Retreat with Gangaji and Eli and 7 days of Living in Freedom: Insight and Skilful Means Retreat with Eli. The full Core Retreat serves as a prerequisite to the Three-Year Program, offering both a solid grounding in self- inquiry and the possibility of direct awakening.
Eli brings over thirty years of experience training therapists to his work with helping professionals and anyone interested in waking up. Beyond his unique contribution to using the enneagram as insight into self-realization, Eli has been an Examiner on the Board of Examiners of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners and is certified as a Master Trainer in Neurolinguistics.
Papaji asked Eli to bring his insights into the structure of ego, and teaching skill, into satsang. When he heard that Eli trained therapists Papaji said, “Let both client and therapist wake up.”
This retreat is Eli’s response to Papaji’s request. We will discover our deep structures of ego and the insight necessary for living a life of true liberation.