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The ending of a retreat

Posted by Simon Parke, 18 March 2017, 5.21am

And so I am now home from the Enneagram retreat at Abbey House in Glastonbury.

And these retreats are never dull.

There’s much silence…but great journeys are travelled in the stillness.

Doing nothing but travelling far…

It was a time of tearful, joyful, gentle, surprised discovery… this is the way of courage and openness.

They are their own reward.

And such energy arises in people during the week, freed at last from psychological binding and worn-out narratives about themselves.

Messages which we received as children, spoken and unspoken, stirred (and surprised) a lot of people.

The hidden and often damaging force of these messages has been quietly dominant in many people’s life choices.

So it was good to get them out into the open, where they can hurt us less.

Lies should always be out in the open.

And then after a great Cabaret and bonfire on our final night, we closed on our last morning together with some thoughts about the caterpillar.

The caterpillar has all it needs to be a butterfly, even though it doesn’t know what a butterfly is.

It doesn’t know what a butterfly looks like - but it has everything inside itself necessary to be one.

And so it is with our future.

We don’t know what it looks like.

But we have everything inside us necessary to greet it…and grow through it.

As someone said to me before leaving, ‘I discovered so much fear in me this week; but I do now know there’s nothing to fear. Nothing.’

 

 

 
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