Teachings on the Three Natures 2020:
Shadow into Light: Resting in True Source Nature
Sacred Land Sanctuary • Crestone, CO USA
Retreat 2: August 2nd - 15th, 2020
Join us for a very special experiential course on how to explore and cultivate a deepening connection to your Three Natures: Outer, Inner and True Source Nature. This three-year Advanced Training, offered by our beloved teacher John P. Milton, will be held each August (2019-2021) at the Sacred Land Sanctuary located in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Crestone, Colorado. Between each retreat there will be a monthly zoom community calls where we answer your questions, share experiences, refine and stabilize the practices and receive selective teachings from John and senior students based on the group’s needs. This retreat is a full year process and commitment.
To hold the sacred group energy required for these deep teachings, this course will be closed to new participants after the second retreat in August 2020.
2020: Shadow into Light: Resting in True Source Nature • August 2nd – August 15th, 2020
In this second Crestone retreat, John will emphasize recognizing and stablizing our conenction to True Source Nature. We will essentialize and integrate a variety of approaches to recognizing Source Nature from several classical spiritual traditions; a way of opening to Source based on John's uncovering the common ground of some of the world's greatest pathways to realizing One's True Nature.
Based on last year’s primary focus on shadow work, John will begin by reviewing the wide variety of shadow-transforming techniques we explored last year. This includes specific approaches for identifying, connecting with, purifying, embracing, transmuting, dissolving, and ultimately liberating shadows. He will also review the first year’s exploration of how to embrace this unique shadow work at the levels of: physical body and organs, our energy body, the emotional body, the mental body, the matrix of ancestral patterns, and finally, the karmic body.
When resting in your True Nature, emotions are simply another manifestation of form – arising as a display of Pure Source Awareness. The display of emotions is closely linked to all of the other eight experiential fields, particularly the flow of thoughts. We will explore the experiences that arise out of the relationship of the emotion, you & the perceived natural form. We will support deepening awareness of the sacred sphere/mandala of the totality of your emotional connections, including your shadows. We will embrace the Mandalic Awareness that this field of perception creates, not only of space, but across time. We will learn to follow this Mandalic Awareness of perceived connections back into Source, where it internally arises, and rest in Clear Awareness.
John will help us refine this experiential process of Way of Nature Connection to Outer, Inner and True Nature through the Reconnection Sequence. The Reconnection Sequence to the 3 Natures consists of 5 stages: 1) honoring the truth of our normally disconnected life experiences, 2) Establishing authentic connection, 3) Deepening connection to open the stage of authentic Communion, 4) Experiencing fundamental unity, 5) Following the experienced connection back into Pure Source Awareness. John will further support this process of Return to Source by sharing Direct Introduction to this View of Pure Conciousness.
During this retreat we will focus on each of the three Natures:
Outer Nature: The Outer Nature aspect, of the 3 Natures, focuses on refining the senses and the perceptions so our experience of Outer Nature is sharper, clearer & more precise. Exploring the ecological experience of connection to all Life.
Inner Nature: The Inner Nature aspect emphasizes the connection between Outer Nature & True Source Nature. This is the level of our consciousness we experience in this lifetime. Our experience of the outer world is moderated by our Inner Nature. If Inner Nature is clouded or muddied, then our capacity both to clearly perceive Outer Nature & our ability to make a deep connection to our True Source Nature are obscured, blocked and clouded in shadows. Therefore, an important goal of this retreat is to help provide teachings & tools for emotional and perceptual refinement and transformation. The early part of this retreat will provide the teachings & group practices to cultivate these tools.
True Source Nature: Having established this foundation of clear Inner Nature, this retreat focuses on deepening the capacity to recognize our True Source Nature and the direct pointing out of Source.
August 2nd: Travel day, there are no teachings. We will all meet for a group dinner at 7pm.
August 3rd- 14th: Retreat teachings.
August 15th: Travel day.
August 2021: Integrating Source in the active flow of recognizing Life
The third Advanced Training will center on continuing the experience of being able to rest in Source, and integrating that awareness into a wide variety of circumstances and daily life and will focus on the stabilization of the recognition and expression process.The main focus will be on helping people to establish an ongoing capability to maintain resting in Source in the fully integrated natural part of your being. Dates and further details to be announced.
These are deep teachings. Know that the moment you make an inner decision to attend, that is the moment your retreat experience begins. The commitment to attend opens the process of blockage recognition/release, inner refinement and transformation. You will find obstacles and blockages will present themselves. These obstacles are a test of your commitment and capacity to go through the Way of Nature training process. This is normal. These blockages are part of the process; they are the opening of your training and cultivation, preparing you for what is to come.
The material being taught within this series of Advanced Trainings requires focus, dedication and respect. It is important that these teachings are received while in a state of clarity and commitment. Therefore, participants are required to attend the full training; you must arrive by and depart on the travel dates specified for this retreat.
Cultivation Natural Liberation: Teachings on the Three Natures, vol 1 by John P. Milton. Note, this book is currently available through the German Amazon site - use your web browser Translate button to view this site in English. Read and begin cultivating the refined teachings contained in the leaves of this beautiful new book.
Sky Above, Earth Below: Spiritual Practice in Nature by John P. Milton: Read this book and begin a daily practice of the relaxation meditation. You will need to bring a copy of the book or the audio book to each retreat. This original book from John contains essential teachings, meditations and teaching stories.
Begin purifying and cultivating Qi, universal energy, by committing to a daily qigong / Tai Chi practice. If you are new to Tai Chi, Qigong, you can begin with his three qigong DVDs: Cleanse & Build Inner Qi, Cultivating Longevity and Develop Qi Strength & Power.
For detailed travel information to Crestone, Colorado click here.
Course fee: Sliding scale fee of $2,950, $2,700 or $2,250
We believe that the teachings offered through Way of Nature are essential for the growth and well-being of humanity and the preservation of our planet. They have the power to revolutionize our relationship to ourselves, the Earth, and one another, creating a foundation for a society that's rooted in harmony, reverence and abundance. With that intention in mind, this program is being offered for a sliding scale fee of $2,700, $2,250 or $1,800 and so that all who are drawn might attend. Honor these sacred teachings by offering what your heart and honest buget can afford.
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This fee is for the August 2020 Shadow into Light retreat. It includes the teachings and the monthly zoom call check-ins and teachings. Travel, food, lodging and all other costs are not included in the course fee.
Rustic camping is provided at the Sacred Land Sanctuary during the retreat. There are also a variety of housing options in downtown Crestone and the Baca, as well as B&B or Airbnb options through local residents. We do, however, suggest camping for the majority of the retreat so as to fully benefit from the natural healing energies of the Earth in this beautiful, majestic location. North Crestone Creek will provide refreshingly crisp, pure drinking water when used with your water filtration system.
During the group training portion of this program, we will often dine in town. A group decision will be made as to where we will go for meals. If you prefer to prepare your own meals at base camp, you are welcome to do so using the simple cooking facility available to you there. Fresh, organic foods are available from two markets in town. Please note that it is important to properly seal your food in a bear-proof canister if camping! The cost of meals and accommodations other than camping are not included in the price of the program.
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