What did we accomplish?
I’ve agreed not to invade the privacy of the participants so I offer you only my own perspective.
First of all, from my vantage point, a great deal of bonding and networking took place. Numerous people expressed an interest in working for the blog or Inlight Radio or the gifting outlets that will arise after the revaluation.
A great deal of spiritual cross-fertilization took place. I can mention one example: one lightworker has specialized in coaching around presence.
As she put it to me, there can be singers, for instance, who give flawless technical performances but are not present and, while admired by their listeners, do not attract.
There are also singers whose performances are not technically adept but who attract because they’re present. She cited Bruce Springsteen as an example.
I was personally very much interested in what she had to say because it parallels my own study of listening, which entails presence on the part of the listener.
I’m hoping she’ll offer some articles for the blog on the subject and she’s expressed an interest in producing TV documentaries, which interest I’ll be conveying to Graham and Geoff.
She herself modeled a presence that I can testify to as being very attractive. It almost worked subtly, at a level below awareness but was irresistible.
So she has definitely opened up a new field of exploration for me, which I had not quite seen before or would not have been able to put into words as a field. (Yes, I know Eckhart has plowed the field, but I had never thought of it as teachable or learnable in the same way that listening is.)
I received gifts of Vietnamese currency from several donors which will go into the Hope Chest upon the reval and will eventually benefit lightworkers. There were other acts of generosity that I saw occur which probably cannot be commented on at this time but again were inspiring,
There were acts of generosity that were not connected to money and we know how acts such as these open both the gifter and the receiver and can often be the evidence of our own spiritual opening.
I was surprised by the number of people who had purchased Vietnamese currency and, providing we don’t wake up in a week and find we’ve been dreaming, will find themselves and their families and friends relieved of endless financial worry.
I myself found a partner for work that I’ll be doing after the reval, which I’m very pleased about. I’ll be discussing that in more detail once the reval has eventuated.
I (and I’m quite sure other participants) became so much more familiar with Linda’s mastery. Also Christina and Taka’s. Had Deb Cone had access to some workable gongs, I’m quite sure I‘d be saying the same about her as well.
Why that brings with it a sense of confidence, I’m not sure I know. It’s as if we took a reading of the state of health of the lightworker community and came away very reassured.
Having said that I could have easily said that about the participant that is teaching presence, the woman who radiated a sense of personal competence and mastery that I have asked to work with me, the healers at the conference, the artists and artisans.
In other words, as a lightworker community there was a level of accomplishment that again aroused a sense of confidence in our ability to create. So I leave with this enhanced faith in us as a lightworker community.
R from Seattle, who is recovering from cancer, was there and is doing as much learning in the area of natural healing methods as others were in the study of other fields. You may not know it, but R is the reason we have An Hour with an Angel and Heavenly Blessings because she has been funding the programs.
Of the editors and radio hosts, sadly, I and Christina were the only ones who could afford to attend the conference. And I did not really “afford” it. Linda more or less sponsored me at every step of the way.
However we did hit upon creating a Skype connection so that any editors who wished to could watch the conference by Skype. And we tried to include them at every step of the way.
And the editors and radio hosts will be meeting in Vancouver, San Francisco or another city after the reval so we’ll have our opportunity to get together.
I’m filled with love, confidence and gratitude to have been able to attend and there was far more going on than meets the eye. As on the first day, an assortment of masters, together with the Divine Mother who stands over all, addressed the conference and told us that our fields were being used to accomplish energetic purposes that we would not be aware of. And I believe that.
I feel myself having opened up a great deal more in this constant march towards Ascension. And I feel so close to a very large circle of people.
I was able to talk with many participants … no, scratch that … to listen to many participants and feel myself more aware of what you as readers are up to, aspiring to, concerned about, etc. And that will have a guiding impact that lies below thought but definitely at the level of feeling.
And we had a great number of bonding “Cold Mountain” hugs. A “Cold Mountain” hug (1) is an extended time of breathing together while hugging which, for me anyways, results in a deep sense of connection. I almost toppled over from some hugs.
So I’m bathed in love at this moment and will never forget the friendships that I made or the memories that I walk away with.
One of the participants in the three-month intensive I attended at Cold Mountain wrote a really beautiful song at the end of the resident fellowship, which she called “I’ve Got that Cold Mountain Feeling.” (2)
By the same token, our stay at Joshua Tree has also left me, and I hope us, with memories that will inspire us as we take up the very challenging work that I’m well aware awaits us in the years ahead.
I’ll leave comments open for any participants who want to share their experience. Thank you to all participants. I love you all!
(Can any conference participants with whom I made an arrangement please contact me through the “Contact Us” form? Thank you.)
(1) Cold Mountain was a Canadian growth center, now called Hollyhock Farm, which featured three-month encounter groups, during which one took a large number of therapeutic, meditative, and artistic workshops. It was probably inspired by Esalen. I personally found that many of the matters I learned at Cold Mountain are only coming to fruition now and are serving me greatly.
(2) A lot of encounter work is to get us in touch with our feelings; hence the play on words, which meant something to us. A “Cold Mountsain feeling” was equivalent to saying “a feeling that we knew because we’d learned to get in touch with feelings through our work at Cold Mountain.”