What:A 7-day journey that helps the individual to open and grow out of old limiting inner structures. Even though these old structures were needed for protection and often for survival in the past, in time they can become hindrances that keep us from a full-expression of who we are. When exposed, felt, faced and brought to awareness we are able to learn to trust ourselves in new ways that finally allow us to live the life we have so longed for.
Origins:Path of Love was founded by Turiya Hanover & Rafia Morgan
Discovering 'Path of Love'
Through the expression of travel I have often wondered upon where my path may manifest or lead to next. Sure enough it's only a short, simple moment of wonder because I now realise that the path continues to unfold in the same manner that it always has...in its own sweet way.
...And sure enough that's exactly what happened in Burma. Whilst sharing a cold glass of Myanmar with a now dear friend I was introduced to the idea of a week-long residential practice called, 'The Path of Love'.
Although I was offered no insight as to what the process actually entailed something within me was deeply invoked. To see someone's face literally light up, their posture transform, breath regulation settle at the mere mention of this process was in itself enough to spark my curiosity.
The more I investigated however, the less of an idea I appeared to have; for a process that people regard with such sincerity there appeared to be little documented.
Intrigued by both the mystery and a desire to know more I signed up. The UK venue was at a place called Croydon Hall located in the foothills of the Exmoor National Park. Once again I could do little but marvel that a conversation had whilst in Burma had led me straight back to my own doorstep. Was this synchronicity lighting my path?
In the lead up there were various questionnaires to complete along with an interview. The depth of the questions felt pretty revealing. Slowly I could feel myself passing through both familiar and unfamiliar territories; the depth of which merely intensified as the actual process began.
The orchestration, facilitation and support throughout was phenomenal; in fact I have never experienced anything like it. Although frequently out of my depth I never once felt isolated in my experience. It was as if we were held, both physically and metaphorically throughout each blindly taken step.
So what's it all about?
Well POL is an intensive, loving and liberating process in which participants are supported to passionately focus on their sincere desire and longing to awaken and realise their full human and spiritual potential.
Sounds easy, right? Well consider this; it is this longing, combined courageously with a love for the truth that provides us with clear guidance and direction for spiritual unfoldment; far from easy.
The longing of the heart is benevolent and as it is oriented towards truth, it perfectly reveals all the inner layers of identification, concepts, beliefs and emotionally charged defensive positions that keep us from directly experiencing our true nature.
To accept our own totality is key, it requires courage beyond the 'I'; it requires the ability to move towards those dark, unknown spaces we so often avoid. To accept is to see the egg, the caterpillar, the chrysalis and the butterfly all as stable systems within a changing system. Sure enough letting go causes pain but just like the pains of growth it is progressive, it passes; our greatest struggle however comes from our own resistance.
So as each individual honestly and compassionately faces these layers, similar to peeling an onion; the heart opens and one experiences a profound awakening into the experience of Love. This opening reveals the deeper meaning and purpose of our lives, directing us as we realise our true essence and ultimately our connection to the Divine.
The process itself is spiritual rather than religious and to say the shift is profound is an understatement. I have never experienced anything so captivating; so physically, emotionally and spiritually rewarding.
Be under no illusion, this is an intensive process for the brave. It sets each individual with the challenge to go deep, to experience ones true longing in its purest sense and to let whatever unfolds simply unfold; no matter what the direction, no matter how painful the journey.
Unlike other processes I've experienced POL is not about sitting in the corner watching others. This process is about actively challenging and being with ourselves and each other in the purest and most fundamental of ways; love.
What I witnessed and felt was nothing short of inspirational, my heart was cracked open and exposed to an intensity the strength of which I have never experienced before. To see people at the beginning of the process and then to see them leave positively glowing was humbling beyond any sense of comprehension.
"I am one with all things
for whatever is - there I am.
Not only in virtue
but in sin too I am a partner,
and not only in heaven
but hell too is mine.
Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu -
it is easy to be their heir,
but Ghengis, Taimur and Hitler?
They are also within me!
No, not half - I am the whole of mankind!
Whatsoever is man's is mine -
flowers and thorns,
darkness as well as light,
and if nectar is mine, whose is poison?
Nectar and poison - both are mine.
Whoever experiences this
I call religious,
for only the anguish of such experience
can revolutionise life on earth"