The first day of the Becoming retreat was an incredible success. It was clear from before the start that the Discovery Cycle is really working and the exceptional nature of our very first discussion groups confirmed that beyond doubt. Many people who participated in last years retreat in Colorado felt as if we were picking up far beyond where we had ended there.
In 2005 I had the privilege of participating in a number of conversations with Andrew Cohen as he was first envisioning the Discovery Cycle. At that time he was calling it the universe Project and what he envisioned was a movement in consciousness that was collectively held by people throughout the world. Long annual retreats, like the one we are on now, would be the anchor points of this ongoing cycle of discovery (hence the name changed eventually to the Discovery Cycle.)
The core and heart of the Discovery Cycle is the hundreds of dedicated practitioners of Evolutionary Enlightenment who work so hard all year to develop their own consciousness and level of awareness individually and collectively. Throughout the year they do daily practices of meditation and contemplation, and each week they meet in local groups and on a variety of international conference calls. By the time we come to the annual retreat we have built up so much spiritual momentum that we hit the ground at high speed.
The Discovery Cycle in its current form began three years ago when we started a year of programs and preparations for the first Being and Becoming retreat. This is now the third retreat and the end of the first three years of this experiment.
Before the retreat had even begun the ecstasy of so many people coming together from all over the world who have been working together throughout the year was apparent in the joyfully explosive greetings that were being exchanged. And the discussions we had yesterday on the very first day of the retreat were infused with the spiritual self-confidence and profound trust and intimacy that has been hard won over the year.
The three hundred participants in the retreat this year includes many people who have not been working with the Discovery Cycle. Many of these are students of other evolutionary paths with other teachers who have been working hard in different ways themselves. They have come to find out more about what Andrew Cohen and EnlightenNext are doing and also to add what they have learned and our working with to this experiment in the evolution of consciousness and culture.
This was always the vision of the Discovery Cycle and it is manifesting this year at a new level.