Cultivating Our Wholeness–South Facet of Self

 

 

  Cultivating our wholeness—South Facet of Self.

 

“Owning up to being animal, a creature of the earth. Tuning our animal senses to the sensible terrain: blending our skin with the rain-rippled surface of rivers, mingling our ears with the thunder and the thrumming of frogs, and our eyes with the molten gray sky. Feeling the polyrhythmic pulse of this place-this huge windswept body of water and stone. This vexed being in whose flesh we’re entangled. Becoming earth, Becoming animal. Becoming animal in this manner, fully human.”  David Abram

 

 

 

When have you last felt fully alive, fully at home in your own skin, fully at home in a place, so caught up in the moment that the whole world seems to have stopped? When you experience times like these you are drawing on the South Facet of self. Bill Plotkin refers to the South Self as the Wild Indigenous One, he uses the words sensuous, erotic, emotional and enchanted to capture its essence.

 

This dimension of our wholenesss reminds us of our unconditional belonging to the world, (we long to belong) our native kinship and interdependence with every other creature, place and thing on the earth. As children we entered this world dependent, natural, playful, demanding, innocent and having the ability to inspire awe and wonder in others.

 

However time and familiarity take their toll, we often lose an  appreciation of self and our  natural wildness. Unfortunately to use Plotkin’s words, we have been affected by “Western Cultural Suppression” Observation of cultural conventions and niceties challenge our madness and innate spirit of adventure. Schooling likes to uniform us and “ keep us of the grass”. Fear can dominate us and often we are almost afraid to feel, let alone speak up for ourselves.

 

As we explore this South dimension, we can begin to experience again what our natural childlike self feels like, we will be given ways of tuning into the wonder and beauty of our very being. We will take time to savour the magic of Cliffoney Beach and the surrounding landscape, taste the magic of the inhabitants of the rich and beautiful sanddunes, and allow our own magic to surface and be recognised. This day will help us celebrate our emotions, say yes to our innate joy and fear, sadness and gladness, anger and rage.

 

As we feast on the summer abundance , walking, being, moving, running, sitting and  dancing will help to enliven and re-wild us. Sharing, enjoying periods of  silence, journalling our experiences,and having a ritual together will all help in integrating what can be a very memorable, life enhancing and full day.

 

 

Date:               Sunday 8 June 2014

Time:               10am-5 pm

Cost:                50euro or whatever you can afford

Booking:          Peter Devlin on 086 3663276 or [email protected]

Venue:             Cliffoney Beach, Co. Sligo

Meeting Point and Directions :  Coming from Sligo, take the N15 in the direction of Bundoran and proceed to the village of Cliffoney. Take the first left turn signposted to Mullaghmore. This turn is just before a pub. Travel 0.2 miles until you come to a small parking area on your right.

Deposit:        To secure a place please send a deposit of 20 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo  by Friday 31 May (Max 10 places)

 

 

 

vision quest 2014

Vision Quest

 

Vision Quest

Date:: Sat 5 July 10am- Sunday 6 Jul 2pm

Booking : Peter Devlin 086-3663276 or [email protected]

Cost : 90 euro) – excluding accommodation

Meeting point: Benwiskin centre, Ballintrillick, North Sligo

CPD: 16 hours

 

“To enact a vision quest is to clear a space. To quest is to honor a fallow time in our spiritual lives, an emptiness into which something utterly new and generative might enter. It is to create an open vessel capable of being filled to overflowing by the sacred Other”

 Bill Plotkin

 

A vision quest is an ancient rite of dying, passing through, and being reborn. Normally it involves at least three day, three night fast, alone, in a place of natural power. What I am offering is a shorter version of this with an opportunity for men and women to spend at least eight hours of silence on the mountainside.

 

It will involve a period of preparation which will be conducted with personal contact with me by phone before the event, completion of a form indicating your reasons for taking part and suggested reading material will be given.

 

The group will spend Saturday morning 5 July together preparing for the solo time, then they will be invited to go out on the mountain and choose a place to spend the next 8 hours in silence and fasting until 9pm. They will then meet briefly before retiring for the night in silence and fasting.  The fast will end with breakfast at 8am on Sunday. Participants can pitch a tent or stay in the local hostel.

 

 

Sunday will be taken up helping people to integrate their learning and experience. This can be a powerful time of celebrating the achievement of doing a Vision Quest , being really listened to and receiving guidance on ways of incorporating the vision into everyday life. This will take place in a different environment.

 

Reasons for doing a vision quest include the following: seeking advice on a major life decision, to celebrate or confirm a path already chosen, seeking direction, seeking courage to forgive oneself or forgive another. Perhaps something is dying in your life and a new phase is waiting to be born. Wilderness fasts have been a part of human culture for many thousands of years. Fasting helps us see the role that food plays in our life and helps us appreciate that there are other forms of food. Being in one place for a considerable period invites one to stay with one’s pain and thus find a way through it.

 

Those who took part last June expressed the following reasons for taking part in the quest:  “ a desire to continue on my spiritual journey,”  “availing of something which came from another tradition and yet is local,”   “the feeling that I have lost touch with God and myself,” and “ time to figure out my life purpose”.

Feedback included the following:  “really valued the guidance and the sense of companionship on the journey” “I feel fed and nourished”  “Being able to re-cognise God as the Almighty and resume my place as a human being” “was so good to take the time and trust the experience”.

 

Participants would need to be comfortable with being outdoors for a considerable period, be reasonably comfortable with silence and aloneness, have a moderate level of fitness and be willing to spend some time preparing for the event. Past participants can profitably repeat the event.

 

Please note that the the final date for booking is Friday June 27th. To secure a place please contact Peter and send a deposit of 60 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co.Sligo

 

 

 

Date:: Sat 5 July 10am- Sunday 6 Jul 2pm

Booking : Peter Devlin 086-3663276 or [email protected]

Cost : 90 euro) – excluding accommodation

Meeting point: Benwiskin centre, Ballintrillick, North Sligo

CPD: 16 hours

 

“To enact a vision quest is to clear a space. To quest is to honor a fallow time in our spiritual lives, an emptiness into which something utterly new and generative might enter. It is to create an open vessel capable of being filled to overflowing by the sacred Other”

 Bill Plotkin

 

A vision quest is an ancient rite of dying, passing through, and being reborn. Normally it involves at least three day, three night fast, alone, in a place of natural power. What I am offering is a shorter version of this with an opportunity for men and women to spend at least eight hours of silence on the mountainside.

 

It will involve a period of preparation which will be conducted with personal contact with me by phone before the event, completion of a form indicating your reasons for taking part and suggested reading material will be given.

 

The group will spend Saturday morning 5 July together preparing for the solo time, then they will be invited to go out on the mountain and choose a place to spend the next 8 hours in silence and fasting until 9pm. They will then meet briefly before retiring for the night in silence and fasting.  The fast will end with breakfast at 8am on Sunday. Participants can pitch a tent or stay in the local hostel.

 

 

Sunday will be taken up helping people to integrate their learning and experience. This can be a powerful time of celebrating the achievement of doing a Vision Quest , being really listened to and receiving guidance on ways of incorporating the vision into everyday life. This will take place in a different environment.

 

Reasons for doing a vision quest include the following: seeking advice on a major life decision, to celebrate or confirm a path already chosen, seeking direction, seeking courage to forgive oneself or forgive another. Perhaps something is dying in your life and a new phase is waiting to be born. Wilderness fasts have been a part of human culture for many thousands of years. Fasting helps us see the role that food plays in our life and helps us appreciate that there are other forms of food. Being in one place for a considerable period invites one to stay with one’s pain and thus find a way through it.

 

Those who took part last June expressed the following reasons for taking part in the quest:  “ a desire to continue on my spiritual journey,”  “availing of something which came from another tradition and yet is local,”   “the feeling that I have lost touch with God and myself,” and “ time to figure out my life purpose”.

Feedback included the following:  “really valued the guidance and the sense of companionship on the journey” “I feel fed and nourished”  “Being able to re-cognise God as the Almighty and resume my place as a human being” “was so good to take the time and trust the experience”.

 

Participants would need to be comfortable with being outdoors for a considerable period, be reasonably comfortable with silence and aloneness, have a moderate level of fitness and be willing to spend some time preparing for the event. Past participants can profitably repeat the event.

 

Please note that the the final date for booking is Friday June 27th. To secure a place please contact Peter and send a deposit of 60 euro to Peter Devlin, Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co.Sligo

 

suffering and joy

 

 

Good Friday 2014 was a very memorable for those of us who spent from 10 am to 3 pm walking the gleniff horseshoe, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo.reflecting on suffering and hope in our lives.The event included silence, sharing ritual, a death- rebirth experience and a ritual of letting go. The sun shone brightly and nature conspired with the tehme of suffering to ensure that participants could see a lamb being born. Covered in blood and afterbirth it soon was looking for milk.

 

Some of what participants shared included the following

“the first time i ever saw a lamb being born” ” gratitude and belonging, ” “a day of awe and wonder”, “really helped me to use my suffering and let go of something i have been carrying for years”

 

Easter Sunday 2014

 

12 people including children met at 5.45 on Streeetagh Beach to prepare and experience the sun rise. it was a remarkable life giving experience. participants  walked in an Eastern direction, sat on the sand dunes and watched the sun arise at 6.30, watched in silence and then shared. we ccontinued in a southern direction, then headed northwards and finally to the west. each direction has somethingto say to us about living and we as usual nature presented a few interesting scenes.

what they said ” my first time to witness the sun rise on the day we celebrate the son rising” ” my normal fear of dogs evaporated” ” it is so important to look in the right direction in order to see the sun rise. i wish politicans would assist the people to look in an Eastern direction rather than to Sligo County Council  to explain the strange decision regarding rights of way through the Lisadell Estate”. ” an uplifting experience”