StillPoint Silent Retreats
The Consent to God’s Presence Within
The picture of the hands in prayer is symbolic of a Silent Retreat. A Silent Retreat is a time of “consenting to God’s Presence within.” Having no dogma or alliance with any specific religion, teacher, lifestyle, or spiritual tradition, our techniques are universal, simple and effective. We practice the approach of the Divine Feminine--relax in the arms of God and live your life from there. The path of the Divine Feminine is called Mystical Spirituality--the perspective that there is only One taking on the myriad of forms as creation with Love as its basis and Peace as its fruit. This tradition is the foundation of contemplative spirituality taken from the monastic cloisters and presented to a modern day society of householders with everyday responsibilities. There is no need to change your life, but to infuse it with Life Itself.
Over the years, many of us have left traditional religion searching for something that is bigger than we are; something that gives meaning and fulfillment in a world of continuous change and disappointment. The great saints and philosophers of both East and West have repeatedly told us that what we are looking for is hidden deep within. it is the “pearl of great price,” or the “Kingdom of Heaven which is within.” They have taught that nothing short of the direct experience of God will ever fill our need for wholeness, fulfillment, joy and love beyond measure.
Essence Takes Form
Then Returns To Essence
“The desire of Spirit to enjoy its singular nature in many forms, spawns this drama of the Universal Cosmic Dream. Here we know Creation as an act of going out from Source; a descent to matter. And Spiritual Evolution is, in fact, the reversal of the creation process - the Ascent to Source.”
Mystical Spirituality is the essence
of all religions and spiritual traditions.
All forms, from subatomic particles to universes, are programmed to follow sequentially three primary commands: go forth and experience; become all you can be; and come back Home. StillPoint Silent Retreats is about introducing the principles and methods of the Mystical Path of Coming Home; a path which transcends “age,” dogma, religion, culture and personal ego.
This path transcends the limited ego’s desire
to create personal reality and fulfills the Soul’s Destiny
to know and become One with Ultimate Reality.
It is about experiencing the permanent fulfillment and Bliss of the Soul, in place of the transitory pleasures and pains of the limited ego self.
Silence structures consciousness.
It is about moving the point of identification from “I am the body, mind, and senses” to “I Am the Inner Self” who is experiencing, through the body, mind and senses, forever knowing the inner states of undisturbed Love, Peace, Wisdom and Joy.
Suffering is the natural consequence of
the separation from God and our Inner Self.
It is living outside of Unity as a separate entity bound by the karmic laws and consequences of thoughts, deeds, and feelings that are alien to this Oneness. Pain on this earth plane is part of having a body and all that goes with the extreme paradox of being Pure Spirit, locked in a small human form with needs, desires and cravings inherited from its primitive physical and psychological nature.
The human being returning to God
is the pinnacle of Creation.
The path to our inner nature is a simple one. So simple, that it is overlooked in our rush to fill our lives with more and more of that which we are not truly seeking. It is a subtle shift in focus and an expansion of perspective. The path is an allowing for Silence and a silencing of the noise that conceals the higher states of consciousness. It is a reversal and balance of the life energy from an exclusive focus out into the excitation of the world, to a gentle upward and inward flow into the Eternal Self within.
We request that all attendees read the retreat handbook, “The Journey of the Soul” and Mystical Chapters One before the retreat. This contains the vocabulary and perceptual framework of the StillPoint Silent Retreats. It will also help you to determine whether this Silent Retreat experience is for you.
Theistic approach to spirituality
Ability to sit for several 40 minute meditation sessions
Has read “The Journey of the Soul” to understand the vocabulary and fundamental principles of Mystical Spirituality
The Nature of the Silent
There are three pillars of the spiritual process: Silence, Pure Knowledge and Practicing the Presence of God in our human awareness. The StillPoint Silent Retreat program is designed specifically to introduce and enhance these processes during a day, a weekend or week long program.
Silence is the presence of God within creation. We teach a very gentle and effective meditation technique to experience this Silence. It is virtually effortless and is known as the Divine Feminine approach to God Communion.
Pure Knowledge is the wisdom of the saints and other God Realized beings. This wisdom is the container of understanding that holds the Silence allowing us to live from the nature of soul while performing our duties in the world.
Practicing the Presence is an act of conditioning the mind to turn within and enjoy the fruits of its natural relationship with its Source.
During a retreat you may well expect the three stages of spiritual growth to be happening simultaneously. The first is Purification. The Silence and Pure Knowledge come into your consciousness and “burn out” all the inner patterns that keep us stuck in suffering. The burning most often manifests itself as physical or emotional discomfort. It comes, stays a while, and goes. And when it has done its work, there is a sense of relief and lightness.
At the same time you will experience Illumination. During the periods of listening to Pure Knowledge something may come to your awareness that is very liberating or loving and joyful, giving you a sense of peace and well being. The “truths” of Pure Knowledge are not like workshop learning. These truths are written in your heart and in the Silence they are remembered. Often, during the Pure Knowledge talks you will feel that you are “spaced out” or almost unconscious. What is happening is that you are slipping deep into the Silence to the place from which the Pure Knowledge was cognized and expressed. In other words, you are experiencing the deep state of the saint whose words and teachings you are listening to.
At some point during the retreat you will feel a deep sense of bliss or inner well being and connectedness to something wonderful inside. That is the experience of Union or God Communion.
To facilitate these processes and experiences our staff creates an environment conducive to quiet and solitude in a setting that is dignified and reverential. That is why we ask you to keep silent and dress respectfully. Trying to remember what you may have heard or seen is counterproductive. Everything you experience at a StillPoint Silent Retreat is imprinted in your consciousness and imprinted in your heart. – activated as knowledge that is used at a very deep level of being subtly changing your perceptions and responses to life.
The format we use for the retreat is time tested. The results are predictable; and the Presence of God, His angels, and His saints is palpable.
We wholeheartedly welcome you to join us in being Present with Him.
LogisticsOur One Day Retreats are held from 9:30 AM through approximately 4-5 PM on Saturdays. Please visit The website of the Wylie Inn and Conference Center (https://wyliecenter.com) to view the beautiful facility. Here you will find the address and contact information.
TuitionTuition includes a hot catered meal at lunch time as well as coffee and tea which will be available all day. Because of binding contractual obligations, the tuition is non-refundable and non-transferrable within two weeks of a retreat event.
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December 7 (Christmas)
March 14 (Easter)
December 5 (Christmas)
StillPoint Silent Retreats
I will give you My Heart"
but Christ who lives in me"
everything is God's gift…"
Christmas Retreat 2012
The Meditation Room
The Blessed Relic
Mother and Son
Altar with Blessed Relic
The Dining Room
"If you give Me your mind,
"Christ has no body but yours…"
"It is no longer I who live,
Santa and the trains
"Everything is Grace because
"I AM is the Light that shines on everyone"
"This Life is no longer mine, but has become One with all that is Perfect and Good"