Another experience from time recently on retreat…
Sitting in front of the large picture windows, gazing out at the sea, for at least one to two hours a day meant that after a few days, the waves literally permeated my mind stream.
I would be sitting with my eyes closed, and I could feel waves moving through my body. I could nearly see with my inner eye, the waves moving through my tissues, through my fluids, up my spine.
And then most mornings there was a brilliant sunrise. There were a couple of stormy and heavy overcast days when the sun did not seem to rise – there was not a hint of the magentas, the oranges, the chartreuse, yellows and definitely none of the sun beams streaming through the clouds that we got most mornings.
The wild thing was, that in the middle of the retreat, we did a smoke offering practice – the Mountain of Burnt Offerings – Ri Wo Sang Cho. In this practice, we visualize Guru Rinpoche above and in front of us (unless we have certain initiations or empowerments, then the instructions would be different) and he is blazing with splendor. Like a sun rising.
When we did the smoke offering in the cold crisp morning air (it was seriously cold – several people complained about having toes going numb – it was as if I had an inner sunrise opening up and creating light inside of me.
This was the first time that had happened. It was opening, it was soothing, it was radiant, it was easy and comfortable, I was becoming a larger container, filled with light and loving-kindness.
Pretty darned amazing!
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