Retreat causes ‘after shocks’ to some within

A day-long Retreat at a Buddhist Center in Philadelphia has taken its toll on me. And, I mean that in the best of ways!

It has given me a “hangover” and a Lazarus-like awakening from merely “being present,” to “being in the present,” feeling truly “alive” day after glorious day. I recorded the feeling over several days following the Spiritual Retreat. Something “opened” me to a new way of seeing things, and I felt “called on” to share. (Please see: ‘Barrister Bu’ — a ‘Buddha nature lawyer’ ; A new tutor learns a lesson from real life ; Rooster helps open path to miraculous day ; and A ‘right’ path may never be obstructed long.

I’m living with what I call an “altered sense” of a “higher consciousness.” Don’t know how long it will last, but I’m in it for the long run. Want to hitch a ride?

The following is one of the first insights I had upon entering this state: It’s a correspondence I had with a guru on the ‘Net.


  • I attended a Tibetan Buddhist retreat four days ago and believe I still am feeling some effects today. I was “hung over” the very next day, unable to function well and stayed in bed.

    But upon rising, I was in love with everything and “Love was in Everything.” I spoke to some Buddhist students who said this was common following such a purification we experienced at the retreat. We chanted one mantra 580 times. Felt like 580,00 times, but it did something to remove what was still clinging to me . . .

    But the feeling extended into Monday, when I shared talks of “miracles’ and how happy one could be in a monestary; and then felt “in the flow” of the Divine Love all the next day. And that was among the military at a Veterans Administration headquarters.

    Today, I am simply trying to catch my breath. But feel that I have been “touched” and must respond through my writing and the physical contacts I make daily.

    i love it! i love me. i love you.

    Not perfect. Still have moments of doubts, uncertainties and fears. But I “know” the path I’m on is for the benefit of all if i can simply get out of the way.

    I saw your ulr(?) and decided to write to you to say “hello.”


    michael j

  • Sandeep, on February 17th, 2010 at 3:50 pm Said:

    Good for you, Michael and thanks for dropping by to say hello.

  • “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.” (William Blake)

  • (See Signs of readiness for the spiritual path)
  • 4 comments on “Retreat causes ‘after shocks’ to some within

    1. kim says:

      OH! Was just reading something interesting about William Blake. Did you know he was sort of psychic? Strange he used the “doors of perception” phrase. Did Aldous Huxley borrow it for the title of his book about mesculine? I really, really need to get back in touch with my Buddhist buddies.


      • contoveros says:


        The Doors of Perception is a 1954 book by Aldous Huxley detailing his experiences when taking mescaline. Mescaline is the principle agent of the psychedelic cactus peyote, which has been used in American religious ceremonies for thousands of years.

        The title comes from William Blake’s “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.”— Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

        I checked it out and you were right!

        michael j


    2. Michael,
      Could you contact me about how to get the word out about The Vet Clinic? Also, may we use some quotes from the blog you did about your treatment on veteran’s Day….Ed Cunningham


      • contoveros says:

        Please do. Use the quotes.

        I left your name, e-mail and address with a therapist whose practice is made up of 60 percent veterans. Said he would pass on the word.

        Will try to reach you via regular e-mail.

        michael j


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