Heart and Soul Retreat
The Sufi mystic Rumi said, “We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”
Through exploring the Big Bang theory we’ve attempted to capture the numinous within formulas and theory to no avail. Hyperrationality hasn’t done a whole lot to solve the struggles most people wrestle with.
Albert Einstein demonstrated how one can be both rationally minded and open to greater wonder declaring “The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science.”
Decades after his pronouncement, quantum physics is causing rationalists to rethink everything.
Raised in an Irish Catholic family James Kavanaugh entered the seminary at age 15. After working as a priest he called for reform in the church, which never arrived. Upon renouncing religion he continued his search for truth which he began to express through poetry.
Capturing his lifelong search for meaning he wrote:
“Some people do not have to search, they find their niche early in life and rest there, seemingly
contented and resigned. They do not seem to ask much of life, sometimes they do not seem to take it seriously. At times I envy them, but usually, I do not understand them. Seldom do they understand me. I am one of the searchers. There are millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We, searchers, are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give.”
This week-long program is designed for the pilgrims, searchers and questers who are drawn to gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and the cosmos.
It is a constant idea of mine; that behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that we — I mean all human beings — are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art.
― Virginia Woolf
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