We couldn’t be more excited to announce our upcoming Opening to the Infinite weekend retreat - held entirely online!
For two full days on Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th, you can join us safely from the comfort of your own home and take a deep dive into the miracle of meditation and the mystery of awakened consciousness.
During the years that we co-taught our popular Opening to the Infinite meditation program, we introduced thousands of people to a supremely direct path of spiritual awakening.
In the Opening to the Infinite weekend retreat, you will work with the same teachings we shared in our longer program in the spiritually focused environment of an intensive retreat.
For those of you who’ve worked with us before, this is an opportunity to immerse yourself once again in the liberated heart and mind of awakening.
If you’re new to our work, you will experience a form of spiritual practice with the power to ignite a dramatic realization of inner freedom within you.
This work was born out of our mutual commitment to support as many people as possible to experience spiritual liberation and stabilize that freedom throughout their lives.
But it’s not enough to merely taste spiritual depth. In order to live an awakened life, we must also abide in these depths long enough for them to become our natural resting place.
During the Opening to the Infinite retreat, you will work with the four keys to sustained awakening described below.
This is an opportunity to enter into awakened consciousness and rest there for an extended period of time. As a result you will see how different your life can be.
One of the hallmarks of our work together is our commitment to teaching from the heart of our own direct experience in the moment.. We will be in this retreat with you, doing the practice, moving beyond our own comfort zones into new terrain and sharing our discoveries with you as you share yours with us.
If after reading this page you feel called to join us for the Opening to the Infinite Virtual Retreat, we look forward to having you on the journey.
Many of us have experienced moments of awakening. Whether brought on by spontaneous grace or intensive spiritual practice, these episodes of expanded consciousness reveal to us a mystery beyond our mind’s ability to comprehend. They show us who we are beyond the narrow confines of our separate and isolated sense of self. They awaken us to a glorious potential–an uncontainable freedom that is always right here.
These breakthrough episodes of awakening are tremendously valuable because they reveal our potential for living an enlightened life. Our experiences of boundless freedom show us our own true nature. They leave us with a life altering awareness that a completely different kind of life is possible.
But no matter how many times we break through into awakened awareness, most of us find that our access to this deeper possibility fades quickly leaving us longing to find it again.
The elusive Holy Grail that we are all striving for is the possibility of sustaining our access to awakening. We don’t want to be awake only periodically; we want to be awake consistently.
But how do we sustain our awakening?
Some believe that they simply need a single awakening experience big enough to last forever. As long time deep practitioners, we can say with certainty that although this has happened to some, it is exceedingly rare – and it is not the only way.
Others believe that a dedicated daily practice will anchor them in higher consciousness. Again, our experience tells us that regular practice, although essential, is not enough.
Still others imagine that there is some insight or understanding that they are missing and if they find it, everything will be different. And while insight and understanding are crucial aspects of awakening, on their own they will not hold our attention in the subtle realms of illumination that we discover in deep practice.
So, how do we generate an awakening and sustain it over time?
As two independent spiritual teachers, we have been meeting regularly for years to explore how we could better serve those who come to us for guidance – especially when it comes to sustaining an awakening.
Through our ongoing discussions, and our work with thousands of students, we’ve gradually come to identify four key dimensions of spiritual life that we feel most powerfully support the stabilization of awakened awareness.
1. Practicing the Inner Postures of Awakened Awareness
To awaken in a profound way we must develop the capacity to practice and abide in the inner postures of an awakened mind. These inner postures put us in direct contact with the miraculous inherent freedom of our true being. Our ability to adopt these inner postures and orientations is essential to sustaining awakened awareness.
2. Cultivating the Pillars of Profound Spiritual Practice
In an ideal world, the practice of the inner postures would be enough, but we don’t live in an ideal world. We live in a world that has left all of us with unconscious habits of fear and constraint that keep us from recognizing the inner freedom that is inherent within us. Only by identifying these habits and countering them with the attitudes and aptitudes that supercharge our practice does our meditation gain truly transformative power. In this program these attitudes and aptitudes are cultivated as The Pillars of Profound Spiritual Practice.
3. Activating Awakened Awareness Within Us
The practice of the postures and pillars is subtle, and our progress is dramatically enhanced when we have the recognition of awakening repeatedly activated in our awareness. This can happen in many ways, but traditionally doing spiritual work with someone who has greater access to this delicate consciousness is a time-honored means of infusing our own consciousness with the same recognition.
4. Spending time in Deep Spiritual Immersion
Especially relevant to this weekend retreat is the recognition that once awakening has been activated in our own hearts and minds, the only thing remaining to be done is to spend time deeply immersed in the experience of awakening. The reason a retreat like this is so important is because it gives us the time to become deeply rooted in those immaculate spaces of opening.
If you’re reading this page, you’re probably already convinced of the value of daily spiritual practices like meditation, chanting, prayer, or sacred movement. But consider this question for a moment: when you are doing your spiritual practices, are you practicing in order to get somewhere other than where you are right now, to reach a special state of consciousness or awakening in the future?
We’re asking you this because we’ve observed that nearly every spiritual practitioner we meet has been taught to see daily spiritual practice as something designed to bring us closer to a desired future goal.
This makes sense because we come from a culture in which we’ve been taught that to excel in anything we need to do practices and exercises to develop the advanced skills needed for peak performance. The aspiring musician practices scales to develop speed and fluency with his instrument. The winning athlete puts in long hours in the gym building muscle to boost her performance on the field.
And, while this way of thinking about spiritual practice holds some truth in it, it also tends to obscure a deeper and more radical understanding of the potential inherent in practices of awakening.
Because awakening is the discovery of our essential nature – of who we already are – it is not something that can ever happen in the future. So any practice approach that is seen as a process occurring in time, although it may confer genuine benefits, also inherently creates a barrier to the recognition of the uncontainable freedom that is already our own nature.
During our retreat together, we’ll explore a very different way of approaching spiritual practice than you may have encountered previously.
We will be teaching, reinforcing and reactivating eight key “inner postures” of awakened consciousness. These inner postures are not techniques designed to bring about a future moment of awakening. They are practices of Enlightenment itself. They are postures of mind and heart that, when wholeheartedly engaged with, immediately enable the natural and uncontainable freedom of our own true nature to reveal itself without obstruction.
Only the mind of enlightenment can actually practice these postures. So when you practice them, you are inherently stepping directly into a liberated relationship to your experience.
When you practice the core inner postures of awakening, you are stepping directly out of the momentum of unconsciousness and ignorance, and in doing so making space for the mystery of your own true nature to reveal itself.
of Awakened Consciousness
The Courage to Expand Beyond the Known
The Clarity to Remain Unmoved by Illusion
The Strength to Remain Completely Open to the Moment
The Audacity to Let Go of the Future
The Heart to Embrace the Totality of Existence
The Vulnerability to be Moved by the Unimaginable
The Humility to Give Up Control
The Willingness to Abandon All Reference Points
As we’ve already stated, the journey to awakening is a journey to who we already are. That’s why we teach people how to directly adopt the inner postures that represent the reality of their true being.
We have also found that In order for your spiritual practice to have truly transformative power it must be infused with certain attitudes and capacities that ensure that your practice is fully energetic, optimally focused, and deeply sensitive. That is why on this retreat we will also explore Six Pillars of Profound Practice.
The bold position that we take as teachers is that we don’t need to practice to become awake or free, because awake and free is what we already are. What we do need practice for, is to support us to be able to remember who we already are through all of life’s inevitable turns. We were raised in a culture that has conditioned us to think of ourselves as limited and deficient when in fact we are boundless and complete.
When we have a breakthrough experience of awakening we find ourselves in a state of consciousness that is vast, open and free.
We are free of the need to be anything other than what we already are, or be anywhere besides where we are right now. The existential quest for fulfillment comes to a magnificent fruition in the recognition that there was never anything missing.
In the midst of these miraculous experiences of spiritual liberation, we know without doubt that this is who we really always are no matter how it might sometimes feel. But when those experiences fade, we usually fall back into the belief that there is something wrong.
What is difficult on the spiritual path is not becoming awake, because that is what we already are anyway. The real challenge is knowing that we are awake so deeply that we don’t forget it during life’s inevitable challenges.
Yes, when we practice the inner postures described above we will have breakthrough experiences into our true nature. But these are not the most important benefits of spiritual practice. As miraculous as these are, they pale in comparison to the possibility that your consciousness can remain open and free always – even in the midst of unpleasant and challenging circumstances. This is true freedom and it is the possibility this retreat is offering.
The greatest benefit of spiritual practice is building a momentum toward inner freedom. On this retreat you will engage with spiritual practice in a way that will break your habits of assumed limitation and deficiency.
By infusing your practice with the Six Pillars of Profound Spiritual Practice, you will learn to rest in the fullness of your being steadily and intensely. By spending time in this level of practice you will become increasingly familiar with the inherent freedom of your true self until you stop forgetting who you really are.
A single breakthrough experience, no matter how big, is not necessarily going to do this. For most of us creating a steady center of gravity in our true self requires deep and profound practice over time.
Initially we find practice difficult. Our habits of limitation are so strong that we constantly slip back into them, but over time, if our practice is strong, the experience of awakened awareness feels less and less like something we attain and more and more like something we return to. When this happens we have begun to shift our identity from limitation to wholeness.
During the Opening to the Infinite retreat you will have the time to rest in depths of practice long enough to shift your consciousness from limitation to wholeness. And the Six Pillars of Profound Spiritual Practice are what makes that possible.
Each of these pillars is a characteristic of truly transformative practice. In order to supercharge your practice you must engage with them until they become the habitual foundation of your practice.
Profound Spiritual Practice
Setting Your Sights on the Radical Possibility of True Freedom
Surrendering to the Delicate Intuitions of Spirit
Aspiring for Unimaginable Possibilities
Anchoring Your Heart and Mind in the Infinite
Remaining Wide Open to the Possibility of Awakening
Finding the Confidence to Leap Far Beyond What the Mind can Know
Activation is something most of us have experienced at some point on our path. It happens when we allow ourselves to come under the influence of someone who has more access to the infinite reality of True Being than we do. When such a person also has the mysterious ability to activate our own innate awakened awareness they can reveal deeper dimensions of our own True Self to us.
In the great wisdom traditions, this activation was often referred to as “transmission” or “initiation” and it has always been considered an essential component of any path to awakening.
Although many of us have experienced our enlightened nature being activated by a more awakened human being, what we may not realize is that to truly become grounded in enlightened consciousness, most of us need regular “reactivation” until our own true nature becomes so apparent to us that we no longer lose touch with it in the midst of the challenges of daily life.
Activation repeatedly awakens our heart, mind and soul. And this, especially when coupled with meditation rooted in the Pillars of Profound Spiritual Practice, gives us the courage and strength to deeply embrace reality as it is and transcend our unconscious habits of existential struggle and resistance.
In the light of activation we realize, again and again, that we are already awake. We were awake before we were born, and we will continue to be awake after we die. Suddenly our energy and attention are liberated into a mystery beyond comprehension.
When we stop struggling with the way things are our consciousness soars into uncontainable freedom.
Most of us know deep down that we benefit in tangible and life-changing ways from spiritual activation. But, unfortunately, our culture’s emphasis on independence and individualism often leads us to minimize the very real interdependencies that exist, including our potential to be positively influenced by another human being.
Additionally, in modern life, most of us have few opportunities for the profound cycles of reactivation we truly need to stabilize our awakening.
This retreat is an opportunity to experience the repeated reactivation that you need to maintain your contact with inner freedom and illumination. Craig and Jeff have both done decades of intensive spiritual practice that has given them each a solid grounding in the mystery of being.
Activation will occur during this retreat in two distinct but interrelated ways.
The first is through precise instruction and guidance leading you directly into an experience of an awakened mind. By carefully directing your practice and responding to your questions, Jeff and Craig will guide your attention past false assumptions, limiting beliefs and unconscious habits into the subtle and direct recognition of your own true nature.
The second way activation will take place in this retreat is through a mysterious transmission of deep inner faith and conviction in the reality of our true nature. This subtle transmission of the truth of wholeness can occur in dialogue and in silence, but however it occurs, it is always unmistakable in its illuminating power and immediacy.
The activation that will occur on this retreat will not be limited to what Craig and Jeff bring to it, it will also include what each of us has to bring. Many of the participants on this retreat will bring decades of spiritual practice and experience with them and together we will create a powerful activating field of awakened awareness.
Deep Spiritual Immersion
This weekend retreat offers a rare opportunity to take the time to immerse ourselves in the depths of our own awakened awareness.
Although many of us have managed to integrate regular spiritual practice and study into our daily lives, it’s rare that we take time out of the swirl of modern life to completely let go and dive deep into our true nature for an extended period of time.
Simply put, we don’t spend anywhere near enough time on retreat.
It’s ironic because most of us know by now from our own experience that when we do take time out for retreat, we have profound experiences of awakening that become anchors for our practice and catalysts for transformation. But in spite of this, we all live such busy lives that we rarely take the time out for these deep dives that are so essential to living an Enlightened Life.
We convince ourselves that doing daily practice and study will be enough to deepen our awakening. But deep down most of us know that something happens on retreat that is very hard to replicate in an hour of meditation a day.
When we take time out to rest for an extended period in the truth of our being, something uniquely potent happens – we actually begin to forget who we thought we were.
A few minutes or an hour of daily practice is simply not enough to initiate the mysterious process of self-forgetting. In our daily practice it is rare for most of us to forget our ‘self’. It is much more likely that we will sit in meditation with our separate sense of identity intact. This is valuable practice, but it is seldom miraculous.
When we have the time for deeper immersion, we have the chance to leave our identity behind. In this depth of immersion there is no longer a sense of someone meditating. This is when something completely unimaginable happens – we merge with the consciousness that exists prior to any sense of separation. This is non-dual awakening.
Only when our practice becomes this deep do we recognize who we truly are as the singular source of consciousness from which the universe emerges.
The Opening to the Infinite retreat will give you an in-depth immersion in awakened awareness. We will strongly encourage you to leave behind every worldly concern and give yourself entirely to your own process of awakening.
Through a carefully orchestrated combination of instruction, guided practice, dialogue and silence, we will explore the deep and subtle contours of awakened consciousness as it reveals itself in our own moment by moment experience.
Sustained Awakening ...
I’ve been pursuing spiritual growth for over 2 decades. I’ve learned from a number of spiritual teachers, philosophies, readings and experiences, but the directness of this approach to my true nature is unprecedented, immediate, powerful, and life changing.
~ S. Zahran | Sao Paulo, Brazil
I discovered that underneath my thinking there is a vast ocean of stillness. At times I found myself falling into a depth between the words being spoken. .
~ V. Thomas| Montreal, Canada
Through this program I experienced the space of no space and the truth of being one with all forms arising in the divine mystery of life.
~ H. Wong| Boise, Idaho
I feel free and transformed. I am finally able to live my life to the fullest in the moment.
~ A. Dock | Taby, Sweden
This program has made me more aware of how I can free myself from limiting thoughts so I can become the limitless being that I essentially am. I loved working with all the different postures and finding out where they would bring me, making my meditation so much more powerful!
~ P. Gort| Sydney, Australia
The depth of wordless, unlimited, indescribable, free space of meditation is now familiar to me and more easily reached.
~ S. Curry | Tarrytown, New York
Before this program, I knew I needed to initiate a transition in my life. This program has been instrumental in giving me the inspiration to initiate that transition and the structure to keep taking steps toward it rather than waiting for a magical moment.
~ R.Mickler | Marshall, Illinois
This class has been life transforming because I now know my true self at a much deeper level. I look forward to continuing and deepening my daily practice.
~ C. Spencer| Chula Vista, California
Attending the Retreats, Activation Sessions, Awakening Discussion Group and meeting weekly with my Practice Partner, has not only transformed my meditation practice, it has transformed my life so that I display a self that I never imagined would appear.
~ R. Smith | Pukalani, Hawaii
Jeff and Craig are a truly marvellous combination! They combine fierce commitment with such loving kindness and their trust in and respect for each other supports the depth and clarity of their teaching. They are both very illuminating teachers. Participating in this course has been a yearlong immersion in an awakened field, which, although subtle, has had a profound impact on my meditation practice and my spiritual life.
~ C. Harper | West Sussex, UK
I am deeply grateful for the unveiling of the truth of who and what I am; Awareness; Love; the Source of happiness.
~ M. McPherson | Victoria BC
I am so grateful for this program - it helped me deepen my meditation practice, and the teaching of the postures broadened and deepened my understanding of what it means to be in conscious awareness. I can't recommend this program enough. Craig and Jeff are masters of teaching and transmission.
~ S.Benson | New York, New York
As a result of the guidance and encouragement I received in this program, my meditation practice has deepened and my relationship to literally everything is shifting.
~ J. Stevenson| London, England.
This program has helped my meditation practice to be deeper and more consistent. I notice more equanimity during daily challenges. The practices integrate knowledge I have gleaned from decades of spiritual seeking throughout the world.
~ M. Sapsford| Toronto, Canada
The Opening to the Infinite Program has deepened my experience and understanding of Enlightenment. The direct experience of the Divine has infused my daily living and strengthens my resolve to play my role as a servant of evolution.
~ M. Shelton | Maroochydore, Australia
I am experiencing a growing confidence in myself and life; the eight inner postures have illuminated a whole new world of awareness. Jeff and Craig have transformed my preconceptions about meditation and opened me to an ever-expanding experience of Spirit.
~ D. Powell | Toronto, Canada
The ability to dive deep into specific teachings as a group during virtual retreats (which I honestly was dubious of at the beginning, but easily found myself 100% committed to!) and then have support of weekly reminders deepened my practice immensely!
~ S. Miller| Denver, Colorado
At age 71 I have devoted most of my life to spiritual pursuits and I found this approach to be the most true in every sense because it is only about being in direct contact with consciousness. It is a gratifying discovery as a culmination of my life so far.
~ B. Vetter | Vancouver, Canada
Through this program I found a renewed awareness and trust that spiritual awakening is available to us all. That it's right here - ongoingly present. I felt great joy knowing that there were so many others joining on this path together.
~ K. Reeder | Boston, Massachusetts
I found more permanent access to non-conceptual awareness and an awakened field of ever-presence. Craig and Jeff both resonate a palpable depth of realization and clearly guide from that awakening space.
~ S. Frost | New York, New York.
I grew so much this year. I had hoped that I would, but I never would have imagined that I could move so far from where I was to where I am now in just one year. But I did thanks to the energy, teamwork and techniques Craig and Jeff brought to the program as well as the contributions from the whole class.
~ M. Poythress | Brownsville, Texas
Early Registration Bonus Offer
Register by midnight, Monday February 1st, 2021 and receive
The 8 Inner Postures of Awakened Consciousness: An Eight Part Digital Course for free.
This bonus preparatory course will allow you to familiarize yourself, or reacquaint yourself with the 8 Inner Postures of Awakened Consciousness.
We’ve compiled some of the most powerful teachings from our Opening to the Infinite year-long program into sixteen audio sessions arranged in eight learning modules.
Each module focuses on one of the Inner Postures of Awakened Consciousness (described earlier on this page) and contains a recorded teaching and guided meditation from Craig Hamilton and another from Jeff Carreira, each offering a unique perspective on the transformational power of the posture.
Study guides accompany each of the audio recordings summarizing the main points of the teaching and offering questions to guide your contemplation and practice.
This special digital course is offered as a powerful tool of support for our retreat.
If you’ve read through this page, you are familiar with our orientation to awakening and the practices we teach, but we want to be sure that our deeper underlying intention is also clear. You see, we’ve been serious spiritual practitioners for decades and we’ve both spent a great deal of time on retreat.
We have each experienced profound spiritual openings during extended periods of practice and we know how life-altering those experiences can be. We also know how valuable it is for our awakening process to be supported
inside of an awakened field of awareness together with others, and we want to create that opportunity with you on this retreat.
Our experience tells us that being rooted in the direct experience of awakened consciousness and connected with people who share our passion for awakening is the foundation of a spiritually awakened life.
The Opening to the Infinite retreat allows you to ignite each of the four key elements that we have found to have the greatest impact on our ability to sustain liberated consciousness: Spiritual Activation, Spiritual
Immersion, Mastering the Inner Postures of Awakened Consciousness and Cultivating the Pillars of Profound Spiritual Practice.
We are both brimming with excitement to share all of this with you on retreat.
We hope you can join us.
Craig Hamilton is a pioneer in the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality and a leading voice in the movement for conscious evolution. As the guiding force behind Integral Enlightenment, Craig offers spiritual guidance and teachings to a growing international community spanning 85 countries around the world.
His introductory and advanced courses have more than 14,000 graduates to date. These courses are designed to support people who are committed to evolving themselves and our culture, yearn to make their greatest contribution, and seek to develop themselves to embrace this calling.
To provide effective support for these pioneers, Craig created the Academy for Evolutionaries, offering practical spiritual tools and training that are in step with our times and informed by an up-to-date understanding of the human condition. In this unique training ground, Craig brings together core insights and approaches based on decades of on-the-ground research at the leading edge of spiritual practice and inquiry.
Craig’s programs integrate decades of intensive spiritual practice with insights gleaned during his eight years as Senior Editor of the award winning What Is Enlightenment? magazine.
Craig’s work is highly acclaimed by thought leaders and spiritual teachers ranging from Ken Wilber, Michael Beckwith, and Barbara Marx Hubbard to Don Beck and Jean Houston, among many others. He is a founding member of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute, a member of Deepak Chopra’s Evolutionary Leaders Forum, and was a participant in the Synthesis Dialogues, a 35-person interdisciplinary think tank presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
In his current work, Craig is helping to articulate an authentic evolutionary spirituality—an “integral enlightenment” which illuminates the vital relationship between individual transformation and collective evolution.
Jeff Carreira is a contemporary mystic, a spiritual guide and a philosopher who teaches meditation and transformative philosophy throughout the world.
As a spiritual guide, Jeff offers retreats and courses leading individuals in a form of meditation called The Practice of No Problem. Using this simple and effective orientation toward meditation Jeff has guided thousands of people on journeys beyond the confines of fear and self-concern into the expansive liberated awareness that is our true home.
Jeff is passionate about defining a new way of being in the world that will move us from our current paradigm of separation and isolation into an emerging paradigm of unity and wholeness. He actively explores, writes about and teaches some of the innovative and new perspectives in the domains of spirituality, consciousness and human development.
Jeff has created a series of courses teaching Transformative Philosophy that introduce people to ideas that can radically shift their perspective. In all of his teaching work he empowers people to question their experience so deeply that previously unquestioned assumptions fall away creating the space for new understanding to emerge.
One of the most universally admired characteristics of Jeff’s teaching style is that he takes the position of a pathfinder, traveling the journey with those he teaches, skillfully sharing his understanding and supporting others to grow into their own discoveries while always leaving the space for people to come to their own conclusions based on their own deepest experience.
Jeff is the author of sixteen books including, The Miracle of Meditation, Radical Inclusivity, The Soul of a New Self, Paradigm Shifting and Transdimensional Crossing.