The Miracle of Meditation 30 Day [2021] Ask Jeff

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Kathleen Mezoff

Listening to the recording of Day 9 - it always seems amazing to me that when I listen again, it is as though it is for the first time. Letting the practice stay easy and relaxed: if there is no time, and the only moment is ever NOW, then of course it would feel like the first time. This moment never happened before. No past, no future - nowhere to go - just here and now. I never "fell into

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Bruce Meyer

Dear Maria, How beautifully thoughtful of you to thank me and wish me well with your kind message. I LOVE, "We walk each other home." I have been so touched by you. It's like we have briefly 'rubbed souls.' So beautiful. Our short communications have opened my heart so wonderfully. Words truly lack the ability to express my gratitude. Walk gently as well, my friend I am hoping to share heartspace with you again in next year's retreat. Pleasant journey.

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Maria M. Decsy

Dear Bruce, Before this page closes, just a quick thank you for the insights and love I received through our brief communications here. I recall William Blake's words: "We are here on earth a short time to learn to bear the beams of love" ....and an other wise person who imprinted words in me: "We walk each other home". So, thank you for being on this road, walk gently! Peace, hope, love.

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Bruce Meyer

Well, I just can't help myself. I just completed Day 15. Yes, yes, yes, I am ready. I have experienced the explosive bliss you described. Miracles are virtually rainng down upon me. I am bathing in miracles. I went to have my blood drawn. The parking garage is typically packed and I end up parkng way up top and walking to use the elevator. It is quite a trek. As I pulled into the garage, a fellow was backing out

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Bruce Meyer

Dear Jeff. This is a contuation of the dialogue with my cousin I shared with you earlier. I would love for you to read it Also, this feels like it will be my final entry into "Ask Jeff." Some time ago I began a Word document titled, My Miracles of Meditation Journal. I have copied all of our dialogues including Maria's from last week, into it and some other things. I am ready to release my need and desire for

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Bruce Meyer

So today I have returned to day 14. Has is already been a full month, and before my health prognosis, since I was here before and you asked me the question "Are you ready to accept yourself exactly as you are?" And my reponse was, "FUCK NO!?" Today my answer is, "Oh Yes, Oh Yes.' Thank you so much God.

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Bruce Meyer

Hi Jeff, I’d like to share with you a short dialogue between me and one of my cousins. The context is, I had shared with her about my recent health prognosis. She expressed her love toward me and ask me to 'not to go anywhere soon’ . . . isn’t it wonderful? I ain’t goin’ nowhere but here. I will always be here. Where else could I be? If I were to go someplace else, then there would be here

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Bruce Meyer

That is such sage cousel Jeff! The word 'celebrity' hadn't occured to me, but that is exactly what I am dealing with here. Thank you so much! You're right! I don't have to respond to them all, or even any of them. Of course you remember Dr. Marj Britt. Hearing you along with her last year on her Called By Love event is how I got attracted to the first 'Miracle of Meditation retreat. I am in touch with her

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Michelle Babian

Today while walking I recognized in myself thinking which at length was interrupting my being. My question about this is as follows: Is shifting out of this interruption possible within a moment's consciousness as is my recognition today, or is that hocus locus? Michelle Babian

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Bruce Meyer

My approaching death is the easy part. It's dealing with all the ensuing bullshit that is difficult. I just want to get back to my lovely routine of meditation and my simple life. Ole' naive me. Did I really think it was going to be all that easy? I wish my doctor hadn't even told me. This process is beginning to drag me down and I must make a change. Now I'm asking you for suggestions but I know what

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Bruce Meyer

Plus, after I have shared the news of my approaching transition, I have been getting buried by well-wishers comments and then trying to reassure them I'm ok, which means more writing and more thinking. By some of their comments I can tell they simply don't believe me that I am actually and really OK. It's developed into an exhausting exercise. I've become worn out, agitated, and almost regretful I mentioned it at all. I'm beginning to envy the sick animal

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Bruce Meyer

Jeff. I want to thank for your willingness to make yourself available to me so generously. I am also aware the price of admission does not or should not include unlimited access. First, I don't need unlimited access and second, it's not fair to you. So I am going to try to be more discerning about when and what I ask your help with. Gosh, I would love the opportunity to just sit and talk with you sometime, but logistics

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Bruce Meyer

Oh dearest Maria, Reading what you wrote brought me to spontaneous sobbing tears. It truly did. But during and through it all, I also felt something stunningly exquisite. I'll bet you know exactly what I mean. As my life unfolds and continues to open and become and become . . . I have gained an entirely new and more vast knowing of "the agony and the ecstasy." My experiences have blended into a perfect marriage of both. Ecstasy alone, ultimately

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Maria M. Decsy

Thank you, Bruce! Your spontaneous joy-filled words to others when they did not know how to react to your doctor's diagnosis was, among other things, what touched my heart so deeply......'Folks, wipe your tears! In other words STOP! You have no idea that I am touching eternity and witnessing a miracle.....it calls for celebration....can you not see it?' I guess the burst of joy you described resonated with a crazy, miraculous joy in me on the day I was handed

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Bruce Meyer

I overheard a fellow talking about all things spiritual. He was explaining it all. He changed his focus from one model to another, one concept to another, then one teacher to another, noticing things he liked about them and things he thought were wrong or lacking in how they shared their message. He droned on and on, saying some things that I found to be gratuitously harsh. There were others listening. I watched them and how their eyes seemed too

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Bruce Meyer

Dearest Maria and my Dear brother Jeff. I just returned home from a birthday party for a dear friend. It was a lovely small group of friends, gorgeous summer evening, and we sat around playing guitars and singing and laughing. Wonderfully delightful. I have just read the words you have written and I am simply hushed, hushed . . . in awe and reverence. I hardly dare write anything about it lest I tarnish this delicious and exquisite field in

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Maria M. Decsy

Early this morning I was meditating with day 23 audio.....and then later I went to "ask Jeff" and read these precious notes of Bruce Meyer to you, Jeff. Honestly, as I am writing these words I feel a bit like eavesdropping or crashing a 'cosmic party'. I sat a very long time in silence, just letting the words of the two of you flow over me......and there was this embracing clarity and radical amazement ....much deeper than what I can

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Bruce Meyer

Perhaps the difficulty resides in the play of focus. When I am in deep meditation and arrive at the holy shit' moment, it 'appears' to be difficult to maintain that experience. It feels beautiful and I want to keep it. But its not my choice, is it? Perhaps what I experience as an 'imperfect' ability to maintain my 'desired' longing to remain in that beautiful 'holy shit' moment, is exactly how it is supposed to be. My experiene of difficulty

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Bruce Meyer

I'm on Day 13. In your remarks at the beginning you use the word "difficult" many, many times. I'm wondering how do we know it is difficult? After all, we're just sitting there doing nothing. It seems your language might be injecting 'difficulty' into the field where there was none before. I"ve been taught that a miracle is a miracle is a miracle, and there are no large ones or small ones, only miracles and they come effortlessly and routinely.

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Bruce Meyer

The phrase, "I have seen the light," popped into my awareness. First, it seemed like a rather cheesy metaphor for something that is so vastly more beautiful and majestic than such an over-worked cliche'. Plus, it is an inaccurate statement. Light is invisible; no one can see it. One can only see the source, and that which the source illuminates. Wow! When that awareness jumped up I thought I was really on to something important. So then I queried, "Where

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Bruce Meyer

A relationship I had been in for over 20 years ended a few years ago. We are not together anymore and barely in touch at all. I have been troubled about how and when to tell her (Helen) about my health prognosis or even if I should tell her at all. I discussed it with a trusted friend, Amy. The only place to take it was into prayer and meditation. So that's what I did. Just after, I was in

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Bruce Meyer

I am on Day 11, of my '2nd time around with the retreat. "It was never really ME that was going to be liberated to begin with." I do it for you, I do it for others in my life, I do it for himanity, I do it for all living creatures, I do it for the planet and the universe . . I do it for God. What an incredibly beautiful shift! I do it because I AM. I

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Bruce Meyer

Thank you Jeff. That is exactly what I told some friends I was sharing about this with on zoom today. "I feel so profoundly free!" Some were crying, some were praying for my healing . . . and some were saying stupid things because they were uncomfortable I'm sure, and didn't know what to say. I was sitting there with I'm sure must have been a puzzled look on my face, thinking, '"Please, dry you tears, this is WONderful! To

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Sharon Furstenwerth

My husband, John, and I have had some interesting reactions to the end of the 30 day meditation. Both of us began reliving life mistakes that we made decades ago. We’ve been feeling guilty about past situations we thought we’d let go of. We’ve also been physically sluggish. John talked about writing to you as his connection with your way of living and teaching is very strong. Why, then, is he not writing to you and I am? Because his

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Bruce Meyer

Hi Jeff. I was in the shower this morning, a place where I experience some of my most powerful insights. I was reveling in how deliciously good I’ve been feeling lately and how I am simply oozing with gratitude. And then I chuckled to myself and thought, “I know what’s going to happen. I’m going to put together the life I have always dreamed of; one of acceptance and love and gratitude and where I am having more fun with

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Cary Richman

The program live took place in the middle of the nite here, dark, cold, & winter. So I listened to the recordings, as I had a year & a half ago in the first long online retreat program. I have missed some days, & so this has had the unintended effect of happily lengthening the program for me! I am more than pleased that I signed up for this experience, & am exceedingly appreciative for your inclusive & easy approach,

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Bruce Meyer

Touche" my friend . . .

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Bryan Benedict

Hi Jeff, Thank you for the opportunity you provided for this retreat. I am writing this after the retreat has ended to share some feedback. I found the retreat experience very helpful. As an affirmation as to the effect of the retreat, on our last weekend, when I was up early in the morning having coffee and watching some news prior to meditating, I became aware of a steady, sustaining sense of presence and also became aware of an experiencing

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Bruce Meyer

Student to teacher: "Oh teacher, is it permissable to smoke while praying?" Teacher: "Oh no, no, no, not permissable at all!' Student: Oh teacher, is it permissable to pray while smoking?"

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Bruce Meyer

This is so bitchin'!!

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Bruce Meyer

Thank you Jeff. Your feedback and support is so valuable to me. What I am experiencing feels so 'yummy' I am tempted to grasp onto it. I feel a subtle fear that I will lose it. My practice tells me, the way to keep it is to let it go or better yet, give it away. I am sponsoring a fellow in AA and I have introduced a short meditation before each time we talk. It sets the field. I

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Bruce Meyer

Hi Jeff. I don't know whether or not you will be checking in with messages since the retreat has finished. If not, all is good anyway. I'll simply offer this message to the Divine: I have begun Day 1 of a new 30-day retreat with the help of the recordings and I am experiencing deep and profound shifts in myself that feels like the miracle I have been yearning for, for so long. Thank you God. In this moment I

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Jeanette Meyer

Jeff - the setting was remarkable - the breeze embracing the plants outdoors - and the ferns indoors - that greenery matching the green of the snake on your shirt - inviting, welcoming - and then day 30 meditation - truth revealed - beyond the meantime of the mind into the realization of what is. Thank you once again for this offering. It is received with both astonishment and knowing.

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Jeanette Meyer

Day 29 - as "time" passed during meditation - opened my eyes - and there you were on the Zoom screen - there was a softness to your presence - a defusing of boundary - and then to listen to day 29 later in the afternoon - your words were "free-floating" - a "space" of allowance and knowing. Thank you for this offering - received with deep appreciation.

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Reetta Raag

Dear Jeff and beautiful community- thank you all for a most amazing month of really profound practice, which is deepening all the time. Even last night, I woke up to realize that I had been encountering, feeling and releasing past fears in a very spontaneous way, not with the involvement of the mind but with some kind of deep knowing. Absolutely amazing what has been going on. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And so much love to you all.

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Debe Arlook

Day 30 Hi Jeff and all who are reading... 1.I'm glad you had us experience being in several different rooms to connect with others during our session yesterday. I've noticed the sense of feeling connected to or separate from participants during live calls and/or the recordings. I tell myself both are a state of mind. Can you comment on this? 2. Into our second week, I began listening to the guidance for meditation as guidance for everyday life. It's allowed

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Chantal Kelly

Hi Jeff, Thank you immensely, this retreat has been an answer to my prayers…🎆 So much so that I’m taking these last 7 days to be in full retreat.. Is there a group of individuals from our retreat who want to continue meditating daily at the same time? I love to meditate. But, honestly, my resistance is too high to be this consistent doing it alone, even with the recordings; even though I have high discipline and focus in most

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Chantal Kelly

Hi Jeff, Thank you for taking the time.. These answers are expanding my retreat experience exponentially… 🙏 ❤️‍🔥 1 - Thanks, yes, I can willingly offer whatever I’m experiencing in each moment.. I actually love doing that as an act of intimacy, so will do it even more now… 2 - Wow, thank you for clarifying that… Wholehearted Yes! Now that I know that’s the way, I can trust that life is living me already… Tried it just now… and

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Marcia Davies

Thank you Daniel for your question about 'the order of the day'..I thought I must have missed something too ("am I right?..or am I wrong?"). Your answer Jeff, was truly a delightful surprise ..filling me with an expanded trust, delight and a sense of freedom..Thank you Daniel...Thank you Jeff..with love and deep gratitude.

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Durwin Foster

Meditation and the collapse of civilization. How do we make sense of being "free and easy" as the world burns?

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Lianne Smithaniuk

Hi Jeff. I have been so grateful to be participating live each morning from the West Coast of Canada. Each day has varied of course, but I’m experiencing a gradual sinking into a place I haven’t visited before. A sense of depth & being settled, but not many qualities attached…untethered, if anything. Rather than that creating discomfort or anxiety, I’m finding this a natural place to rest. Like a strand of kelp carried with the current…no mind directing it. Of

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Daniel Dreher

Hi Jeff - I noticed that today's session in overall schedule shows us at Day 27 (8/12); you read the quote from Day 28 in the book today. Whereas, the last day of the 30-Day Retreat is this Sunday, again per the Schedule. Am I missing something here? Thanks, Daniel Dreher

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Melinda Shelton

Thank you Jeff for inviting us to share our experience and your ongoing Love and masterful guidance. The experience of the retreat has been amazing, surreal, beautiful and challenging. I ‘ve been setting my alarm, every day of the retreat for 1.25am (Australian Time) then logging into Zoom and listening to the call live while in bed. Sometimes I stay awake, sometimes I drift off and then usually listen again that day. It has thrown my concept of time up

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Chantal Kelly

Question #1 Dear Jeff, thanks for making that distinction I hadn’t seen…sorry for long reply… Yikes, feeling an inner tension and a maturing… That feels much more scary and intimate… I sense it means consciously using the longing as a sign that I’ve stepped away from the intimate Source connection that’s always there…. Therefore, giving whatever I’m feeling or experiencing in the moment as my energetic offering to Source i.e., the full range of my human experience, not just glorious,

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Kelly Jason

Hi, Jeff-- Two questions: 1) Will we have access to the meditations after the retreat is over? I was thinking it would be really great to cycle through them again on my own. 2) You've been talking about no-self, and I'm not sure if I've ever lost "me" in meditation. Is this forgetting of me the same as being in the flow while painting or exercising or wholly engaged in nature? Even when I try dropping into my heart or

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Sybille Rulf

I want to thank you and tell you about the impact that our daily sessions have had on my life and experience. I first had a low key sense of sadness and grief, which has been getting stronger. There is a sense of letting go - at times brief joy but mostly a sense of sorrow and grief, and impending death. I am just opening to it and accepting it - sometimes there is just a deep sense of nothingness

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Jania Aebi

Over the last week and until the end of this week I have not been able to be on a lot of the live meditations with you because of another 5-day intensive retreat with a mentor of mine, and so have committed to listening to your replays on the very next day, which meant that most days I had about 3 hours meditation, plus 3 hours of spiritual instruction. That has made it so much easier and faster to descend

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Pippa Arend

In past spiritual practices, there is an attention to a kind of hyper-vigilance to the moment, be it called “self-remembering” or “witness consciousness” or what have you. This practice seems to be the opposite, wherein I relax to the point of … well, nothingness. This has been disorienting, as well as deeply refreshing. Even nurturing. What this elicits is a kind of trust. The image is like I’m a soccer player sitting on the bench, trusting that when I’m called

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Loi Eberle

I'm sending my love and gratitude for our collective connection and the sense of acceptance I'm feeling for how life is manifesting in me, around me, and beyond whatever sense of "me" I may be maintaining! Part of the miracle for me is the teaching and performing of music I've been asked to participate in with many others, for the rest of the week. I don't know if I can participate in our zoom calls until Sat and Sun morning,

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India List

I found today's metaphor very powerful, and really got I don't need to be concerned with the world's drama. I also felt energized by today's session. You asked about how this work was carrying over into our lives and for me it certainly is. I have to back up though, because it all started with the Spiritual Abundance retreat that you recently held. About the second week of that retreat, a friend of mine told me she had no place

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Bruce Meyer

Hi Jeff. I am continuously amazed at how radically my experience of reality can shift from day to day, and even from instant to instant. Had I written this message yesterday I would have written about despair, self-doubt, fear and pain. Today I am luxuriataing in the warm glow of gratitude and abundance and love. Maintaining consistency in my attendance and willingness to surrender to the daily meditations has been difficult and a challenge for me. I am just now

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Reetta Raag

I also appreciate India's question, as some days it has been very difficult to sit and stay with what is happening. There has been a relentless gravity to this retreat which feels like it is getting stronger all the time, and often it is the most wonderful thing to give in to that and sometimes it is the last thing I want to do- to stay present. It seems like there are ferocious energies unfolding and even my dreams have

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Jeanette Meyer

There's that saying - the truth shall set you free - and then along came day 22 - with truth revealed -“Having no identity does not mean not knowing who you are. It means not being there to know anything.” and then the questions - with welcomed repetition - The question here is not a question of are you ready to go on without an identity? The question is are you ready to let the universe go on without you?

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Annette Dock

I want to thank India for her question, and you Jeff for your answer. As I sat down yesterday I had an immense back pain, every step was painful. Your suggestion to let bodily sensations be as they are was so helpful. I was ableto let go and during the night intense energetic healing took place with flashes of light and a sense of being dissolved. And again I just allowed it to happen. Today the back pain is nowhere

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Kathleen Mezoff

Feeling sacred confusion, divine disorientation, mystery - who am I if the universe can go on without me? For a moment, it felt like a great relief that then I can stop holding the universe on my shoulders! 🙂 The oneness of reality - the web of inter-being - then where am I in all that if I have disappeared?? - mystery upon mystery that can't be known - just trying to be with it all.

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Durwin Foster

No question, a report that my 13 yr old son joined in for 10 minutes of the session today, which was wonderful.

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JonClaud Pinto

I just want to thank you Jeff for your unfiltered guidance of your recent meditations, I get to experience the process as it is occurring. I appreciated your analogy of reading "Billboards" on the highway that slows us down, in the same way when we pause at our thoughts, it slows us down. Not paying attention to my thoughts, I definitely felt a tremendous acceleration in my awareness, that eventually burst into flash of white Light and before I knew

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Susan Hillbrand

Are you ready for the Universe to go on without you? Yes I am ready - I am the Universe and we are inseparable. In the pause I birthed to earth, experienced Life, and died to earth. All this took place in the pause - Entering and Returning. It is all a continuous flow taking on different forms. The soul's journey in a continual unfolding. This is what came through as the question was asked on today's retreat. Thank You

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Deborah Kaplan

Dear Jeff... Today I wondered and contemplated the relationship of the sub-conscious mind to the universal mind or the divine. What came to me was that nothing is separate and that sub- conscious thoughts are in service of the divine in us. How and where they emanate from motivates our behavior. Can you write a little about your thoughts on this?

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Don Robitaille

Jeff, Hi. In our practice, you may have answered my ?, however, I didn't "get it". What is the distinction between "having thoughts" and "thinking". I'm clear that the "having thoughts" are not mine, though the "thinking" I'm not sure. In the world, particularly, in science and math, it seems that people who are "thinking" come up with ideas and notions that have brought about enormous changes and developments that have altered the trajectory of our lives. Where did that

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Jeanette Meyer

Jeff - in today's meditation - words - the "arms" of the divine - that appears to be an assumption - a need for an endearment of sorts - and also the words - "invisible stranger" - invisible with the eye sense - as for stranger - that word creates an image, a being - again a link to the human form - perhaps not necessary for acceptance of the unknown

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Jeanette Meyer

Jeff - day 19 and today, day 20 - as you speak, there's a slowing down - no rush of words - no rush of movement - a simplicity - a relief from the barrage of fast-moving mouth sounds - there's room for what's between the words - peace.

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Susan Hillbrand

"Throw yourself over the threshold Trust will tenderly catch you" These are a couple of lines in the poem that came through me and landed in the first issue of The Artist of Possibility magazine. In day 19 of this retreat you spoke of trust and jumping over the edge - free fall. Immediately the lines of the poem came in. Another line from a more recent poem, "Realized knowing of the known forgotten" a paradox came through, when you

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Cheryl Clark

Jeff, If I am wondering, if I am in a state of wonder during meditation, am I doing something? Thx, Cheryl

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Chantal Kelly

🙏 Hi Jeff, what's my next step to grow more if I love and practice daily living in and trusting the unknown? I have a burning desire and hunger to live this 24/7. I was thrilled yesterday when you talked about trusting and jumping off the edge of the cliff because that’s my favorite thing in the world… My daily prayer is ‘Universe, take all of me.’… It’s my greatest joy to intentionally practice doing my work and life more

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Maria M. Decsy

Dear Jeff, (a response to your day 18 note). Thank you for your gentle, wise words: 'It is so, so, so simple'. The word SIMPLE is what has been stirring in me ever since the beginning of our retreat. I am drawn to make things simple. A deep part of me really knows when you say 'What can be more simple than to let go, relax, and let everything be as it is', 'That is the sum total of our

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Durwin Foster

Relationship between the absolute and the relative: I can connect with the river of meditation, especially during sessions together in the morning. But I feel disempowered in my daily life. Any ideas?

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Charles Dennis

I just learned how to send you a message. On day one I went quicker and deeper into RELAXATION than I had ever done. I have been doing meditation for 30 years. On day 10 after 5 seconds, I went into complete silence. Four-time over 30 years I have experienced complete silence. Through grace, I was experiencing it again. It felt like I was floating in silence. I felt wonderful! The word BLISS describes it. Jeff - thank you for

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Charles Dennis

On the 19th meditation. Only Silence is left I was at my desk. I felt like I was falling asleep. I suddenly heard and felt a loud rumbling sound. I saw in my mind's eye a water-boiling tank that was about to explode. It did not explode. If it had exploded there would have been nothing left. The only thing that would have been left would have been silence. Swami Bodhi Chuck (Charles Dennis) Miracles Can Happen A miracle can

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Sharon Furstenwerth

I am one of the sleepy people. Not only “sleepy” but head-nodding sleepy. Before this 30 day meditation practice, I always meditated in the evening - because I was too sleepy in the morning. But on this retreat, I’m following your instructions and letting go of everything. One of the hardest to let go of is expecting to be awake during meditation. I was participating in Craig’s Awakened Consciousness monthly program, but I had to pause that one because I

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Kathleen Mezoff

In terms of influences of the retreat on my daily life: thanks for your encouragement not to second-guess myself. I have now been noticing the undercurrents of what feels like almost constant second-guessing of myself for what I am doing. For example, if I pick up my knitting to enjoy it for a few minutes, the critical voice in my head about what I "should" be doing instead has become increasingly noticeable. So, noticing it, I have the choice now

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Nancy Wells

Hi Jeff, Many miracles occurring in my life... both small and large. On the large side, my 90-year-old mother and step-father have made a momentous decision to move into assisted living after being in a retirement community for 25 years. This has been ongoing and an undercurrent of anxiety for me in the midst of a pandemic as they live in Maryland and I have been in lockdown in Nova Scotia for almost 2 years. There has been relief for

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Jocelyn Stevenson

Hello, Jeff and everyone – the most significant impact of this retreat on me is the all-encompassing image of the river. It has graduated from “useful metaphor” to “guiding principle for everything.” I’m feeling the river all the time. I’d almost turn the quote for Day 17 around – “Like meditation that always flows beyond the mind, the river is always there.” A few weeks ago, before this retreat began, I was reading a book called “Holding Back the River:

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John Furstenwerth

Aloha Jeff, This morning — day 17 of this retreat — you suggested we look to our daily experience and see if there are any noticeable differences since the retreat began. In my case, clearly, yes, you bet. For the last week or so, I have been fairly awash in opportunities to let go. What seems important is that I have become very aware of my thought patterns in reaction to various unexpected disruptions. During this retreat, it has been

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Dianne Michels

Subtle but profound impact of retreat on life outside of the meditation hour. Increased sense of well-being, ease, connection, and integrity. Integrity = completion of tasks with more thoroughness and creativity; well-being = no worries or second-guessing; ease = more certainty and comfort in speaking and writing. Connection = clients remarking on the safety, comfort, and peace they feel in my presence which enhances the leadership effectiveness they are able to provide their employees in support of my mission to

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Maria M. Decsy

Dear Jeff, Yesterday (day 16) you repeated our mantra "Allow absolutely everything to be as it is", "Nothing that happens in meditation matters", "It does not matter what my experience is"...."I am free from the content of my mind"...."This is practicing freedom". These seemed such nice words yesterday, and they became my deep experience today (day 17). Today, as I stepped into the river, all of us together, my mind was flooded with images, stories, sensations, memories of experiences, memories

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Jania Aebi

Hello Jeff, First I want to say how deeply grateful I am to you for not taking any questions, but just saying the few words that keep me in the internal space of letting everything be as it is. Since my first question to you, I committed to not letting in any doubts as to whether I am doing the right thing or not, and it has been so much easier to drift off into nothingness, come out of it

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Kai Schlipf

Hi Jeff, I definetly feel the meditative pull stronger than ever before . Two noticeable things have happened in the last 10 days. First, I lost my job completely out of the blue. It was a very stressful, unhealthy job that I had wanted to quit for years, but for financial and security reasons I never did. Last week my boss told me that the company is running out of money and my job is being rationalized away. My trust

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Adriana Colotti

Yes, for me been on retreat has a subtle but very profound influence in my daily life. It deepens my connection with the divine in all aspects of my life. New horizons open up and perceptions widen related to the clarity and creative solutions of the issues that were not flowing. Been in the flow of the river makes me appreciate more the nuisances of life with fresh eyes and perspectives that widens the range of joy of the mystery

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supriya kini

Thank you for the invitation, dear Jeff. I am called to share what is unfolding since the start of the retreat. First and foremost, the joy of living th words you uttered. This IS ridiculously easy to do. I so LOVE this attitude because it has become my truth now. This mind of mine is a creative storyteller and so I realized there was a small part of me that has refrained from "truly -all in" meditating/letting go (inspite of

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Loi Eberle

Dear Jeff, The morning zoom meditations have been a wonderful way for me to connect with a deeper experience of being, beyond the busy doings of the day. I've loved connecting with the other zoom participants as well. Now, I've agreed to teach young cellists and play in concert, in summer camp for the next two weeks. Although this is a good thing, it requires leaving early every day before our zoom meditation time even begins. I have negotiated to

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Bruce Meyer

Thank you so much Jeff. I so appreciate your invitation to speak privately. I think what I will do with this for now is let it all settle for awhile, both in our meditations and during the rest of my day as well. Everything you wrote helped fill in the gaps. Generally speaking, since we began this retreat I am feeling far more grounded and centered than before. There is a direct corolation between the consitency and depth of my

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Bruce Meyer

The last few days have been very rough for me; both in and out of our meditation time together. I'll try to bypass the stories and stick with the experiences. When you read today's topic, "are you willing to be perfectly content . . . ." I screamed, "FUCK NO!" As you were sharing with us about your experiedence with 'progress vs. perfection,' I also shouted, "this is bullshit!,' then left the meeting. I also left early yesterday. I' have

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Pippa Arend

Why is intuition given higher credence than thought?

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Reetta Raag

just sharing, since I am participating with replay, how much I appreciate the profound container of this community, which is allowing me to go to terrain which feels quite heavy, thick, dense, even sludgy but also feels good to be with, as it frequently transforms into something lighter after some sitting.

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Denise Mueller

Would love to continue this daily indefinitely together <3

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Kathleen Mezoff

Not a question, but a poem to share that points me to the miracles of this retreat, and may resonate with others: Pilgrim, seek not some lasting feeling of the presence of God. If it comes it will be mysterious and deep, but brief, like the flight of the great blue heron, opening his six-foot angelic wingspan with the sound of fire, the color of mystery, fluid and generous, like a priest blessing us-- and then gone. It's not the

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Jeanette Meyer

Dearest Jeff - there it is - the recognition - "I didn't start this" - the truth beyond that insatiable manipulation and control desired by the small self. Today's meditation experience - known beyond concepts.

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Jania Aebi

Thank you for suggesting the experiment to try out for the rest of this retreat, and I can, and will do that just to see what happens. It's worth a try! However, I am not sure that my experience qualifies as "bliss", which to me means extreme happiness. What I experience is better described as "beingness" without any feelings at all, or "being complete". Your reply allowed me to see that indeed, I do forget I am me during those

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Susan Hillbrand

Today's Day 9 brought forth a poem I wrote around 6 years ago. You mentioned what was here before we came into this world - conscious awareness. This poem took on a new meaning, a new self emerging and it is short enough to share on this thread. In The Womb As I emerge from the protective shell the cocoon of the womb into a world of unrest I am able to be still a healing center in the silence

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Bruce Meyer

From this finely tuned state of awareness I am in, I cranked up the volume on my speakers and listened to Pavarotti sing Nessun Dorma. I have no words . . . it was like stars raining down from heaven . . . God singing in God's own voice. Pure Joy, I cried in ecstacy. When I get lost in my troubles I forget, this place is always available to me.

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Durwin Foster

I was spending some time with a friend this afternoon, and at a certain point as I was gazing at her, I found myself entering into this state of not knowing, where who she was became to seem rather mysterious! I attempted to continue letting go into this emerging state, but at a certain point, some background fear came forward and I become worried I might dissociate. Fortunately I was with a person who understands meditation and maps of consciousness,

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Jania Aebi

I have found it very easy to let things be as they are, my mind seems to be naturally quiet, so when I sit to meditate, thoughts don't even arise much, but I'm just aware of my space and body, gradually losing those sensations, but also then losing awareness - falling into nothingness, no awareness of anything. That lasts however long it does, until you speak or I hear some noise, and I become aware of the fact that I

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Jeanette Meyer

Jeff - thank you for offering this space for questions, comments - for within the meditation space itself - within the vibrations of the sounds brought forth in what you express - there is an uninterrupted flow of quietude -there is a depth - a knowing - the need affirmation or opinion or desiring the spotlight falls into oblivion.

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Randy Taylor

Thank you Jeff. This morning was very beautiful. You are not only teaching, you are being.

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Annette Dock

Thank you Jeff for this wonderful meditation retreat. So utterly relaxing. On day 7, even before you mentioned about the vision that you had during the meditation I had a somewhat similar experience. I was standing in front of a mirror watching some of the earlier versions of myself. Kind of like a shapeshifting experience. It most have been something in the air tonight!

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Bruce Meyer

You've done too good a job, Jeff. I have no questions or comments (I guess this is a comment). I realize any question or comment would be a reference to something not of this moment, so would take me out of this moment (or would it? I can never be out of this moment.). Sometimes it feels as if I"m 'chasing my tail.' So, then I observe 'chasing my tail,' and then observe 'me observing me chasing my tail,' and

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Phil Parkinson

Hi Jeff. I have a question I have been waiting a year to ask you. It's more of a curiosity question so I didn't want to ask during your talks and interrupt the flow. Plus I keep thinking it may come up in the class anyway. During this course last year, someone was asking you a question and in the process used a phrase we hear a lot these days: "...when I tried to quiet my mind..." You interrupted him

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Jeanette Meyer

Jeff - indeed - what is, is - profound - thank you

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Deborah Kaplan

Dear Jeff....today while sitting, I settled into a deep state of relaxation. The fullness of natures sounds - birds and water tricking from my pond filled my awareness as if they were projecting their fullness of life into my being. It occurred to me that no language was available and then that no language was necessary .....a swelling of relief over came me and and there was utter peace - I was utter peace. Your expression today ( and more

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