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.
This retreat will take place in a little village in the south of France in the midst of beautiful nature. Narbonne and the Mediterranean Sea are about 65 km away, also the Pyrenees are not far. The climate is mild and doesn’t get too hot also in summer, as there often is a light breeze. The surroundings offer various possibilities for walks and hikes. Plateaus with varied character and wide panoramic views are easily accessible via beautiful quiet hiking trails. The Orbieu river close by has washed out little pools in its rock-bed, which offer attractive opportunities for bathing. Impressive gorges, thermal springs, roman churches, old monasteries and other magical places like the “Fontaines d’Amour” contribute to the charm of this area and invite for excursions.
Public Meetings with Eli 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 the transmission of silence. The meeting contains a period of silent meditation and an opportunity for questions and reports from the audience. All are welcome.
“It is not how deep the client can go but how deep the therapist is.” Eli
Exactly thirty years ago this summer, Eli started training therapists at Esalen Institute. These early month-long certification retreats became the basis of the Three Year Retreats and then the Leela School. After Papaji asked Eli to have satsang the third time in 1995, the emphasis of Eli’s work shifted and he prepared others to lead the professional retreats.
The great gift of the Enneagram is that it exquisitely describes who you are not. It shows the veiling of true consciousness by habits of egoic identification. When these habits of mind are revealed, there is a clear choice to end the false identification and realize your true nature. ~ Eli.
The Advanced Enneagram Retreat is for those who already are familiar with their fixation and are ready to go deeper. If you are called to true liberation in this life-time, the enneagram can be a wisdom mirror to see where you may still be trapped.
The intention of the Three-Year Group with Eli, first and foremost, is passing on the precious, holy incomparable gift of Papaji: the living presence of truth and silence. With this living silence realized as the seat of the heart everything that shows up is useful. From this primary transmission come secondary teachings relative to the historical conditions that humans find themselves in. As consciousness evolves, the secondary teachings evolve and change as well. Something fresh and free is always appearing in this moment to support deeper realization of the Self.
Eli’s intention is to offer support for continued deepening in this realization as well as to share the wisdom gained through his experience in meeting the traps and tests along the way.
The Enneagram of Liberation is a map for souls on their way home. With great clarity and precision it describes the root of all unhappiness - the trance of being separate from infinite being. There are nine different faces of this trance; nine sets of automatic patterns of experience and behavior. One of those patterns runs your personal story of suffering.
Padma will introduce these nine styles of character fixation and will offer an experiential examination of the core issues that the Enneagram illuminates. In the exposure of each fixation there is an opportunity to see deeply into the trance of who you believe yourself to be - and then deeper into the limitless reality of who you are in truth.
The great gift of coming together in a confidential group with this intention is enriching in many ways. We can learn together and from one another about our own fixation and that of others. Thus understanding and compassion can grow - for the people around us and for ourselves. But first and foremost it sharpens the eye and refines the sense for the same Heart behind all the different facades that equally longs for freedom and love. Then we become allies to that – rather than accomplice to fixation.
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.