Leilah Be Retreat 2013 Mana NZ

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Many of us Aussie Dancers have become regulars at the NZ dance Camp  and the Mana retreat over the years.  Mana is such a deeply nurturing  space, whose equivalent  in Ozland, is still to be found, if it exists. This year  12 of us  attended the Leilah Be Mana retreat with 8 of us from Byron Bay, diving deeply into Divine Presence , under the skilful guidance of our beloved Murshida Leilah Be from Hawaii. We enjoyed beautiful warm weather where  back at home  the cyclones were howling!

We looked at the parts of ourselves that needed reconciling and forgiveness, we broke through new territory and  emptied out so we could live from the fullness of our radiance. We felt  a fuller measure of Divine Love  flowing  through us.

One of the things we covered is what to do when you have an aversion to someone. These steps were outlined:

  1. Have a strong wish for boddhicitta
  2. It’s natural to effort for peaceful abiding
  3. Have a deep longing to change the experience
  4. Give up the aversion and it will disappear.

We explored the attributes of God , from the book Physicians of the Heart as we looked at what does it mean to be truly human and how to  heal our wounded condition of abandonment and to cope with the above

Through acceptance and not resistance we can transform. We journeyed through many dances and zikrs as a vehicle for transformation, opening our devotional heart , making every breath our Lover. We gave ourselves and each other forgiveness and appreciation as we came into the centre of the Shalama Bayta dance, the Aramaic for “Peace upon  your household.” This was so deeply moving there was hardly a dry eye in the Dance space.

We experienced how the dances are a practice of Openness, which reveal our times of contraction and how in life we need the balance of both.

In spaciousness and gentleness, kindness and compassion we looked at it all, and felt ourselves coming to a deeper place of peace than we had known before. Alhamdullilah allah!

Although we seem to be in a world of song and dance, we are most concerned with peace on earth” – Sam

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