We are a self-adjusting organism that is an integral part of its environment. This self-adjusting capacity is hampered when we interfere with ‘I’ centered impulses that pretend that we are not self-adjusting and that we are not an integral part of the environment.
Many of the diseases of modern society are rooted in this collapse of the self-adjusting capacity. On the physical level the emergence of cancer is for instance one of its consequences. On the psychological level stress, anxiety, burnout, unease and a host of other frequently occurring symptoms are directly related to the collapse of the self-regulating capacity due to ‘I’ centered interfering.
Spiritual traditions have often said that the ‘I’ is an illusion. They are not saying that the ‘I’, that we are as experience, is nonsense. What it means is that the way in which ‘I’ is seen as an independent and separate entity that relates to an outside world that is foreign to itself is an illusion. It is often assumed that such traditions promote to get rid of ‘I’. This is not true because without ‘I’ you would be dead. What they teach is that we have to get rid of the illusion that we are separate entities in a foreign world.
The spiritual endeavour that is rooted in our transcendental way of being is essential for psychological and physical health. Ignoring it is like cutting ourselves away from the very source of our existence.
Nâm Yoga is an ancient tradition in a new expression, an expression that answers the needs of modern man who lives in an demanding and often confusing and increasingly global modern society. The central attitude of Nâm Yoga is LISTENING. When you are able to listen with your entire being, life will tell you the wisdom that it holds within itself.
Listening is an autonomous attitude that everybody develops in his or her own way. In order to listen however it is necessary to remove and adjust some of the so called Habitual Programmes of Perception with which the ‘I’ has constructed its position in life.
The problem with these Habitual Programmes of Perception is that they seem to be so natural. This is obvious because they are shaped by our natural reactions to our environment. These reactions however are self confirming, they strengthen the subjective way we see the world, which can be disturbingly ‘I’ centered.
If you are experiencing full harmony in your life, in fulfilment and contentment, there is no need to manage the Habitual Programmes of Perception. If however you are faced with problems whether physical, psychological, emotional, relational or spiritual; or you experience an urge to go beyond the ordinary day to day reality, you many need to adjust the management of these Habitual Programmes of Perception. With such management you become a different human being, because they determine what you are. Appropriate management will open doors to what you aspire to become.
In the tradition of Nâm Yoga there are various instruments that are essential or useful for managing the Habitual Programmes of Perception. Because we are our Habitual Programmes of Perception and we see, read and understand everything always from the perspective of these programmes, we need to take a roundabout course. In a sense we have to stalk ourselves. A very potent way for stalking ourselves is a retreat.
During a retreat you stop, in the most literal sense of the world. You stop your daily involvement, you stop the ordinary way you look at the world and react to the world. You observe a period of five days of absolute silence while you involve yourself with a number of excises to direct the internal dialogue away from its self-affirming basis.
When we stop interfering, we allow the self-regulating mechanism, to take care of itself. That is why people often feel a relief after participating in a retreat. They will have reached a different focus with which they deal with life.
The Retreat Programme
A Nâm Yoga Retreat lasts 7 days. There are 5 days of silence During this silence, participants not only stop all speaking, they stop all communication. Which means they internalise their life experience. The first day is a day of preparation while the last day is a day of conclusion.
There are several options for participating in a Nâm Yoga retreat:
A: The Exclusive Individual Retreat Programme
During an Exclusive Individual Retreat Programme the participant receives personal guidance from Yoginâm Abbahjí.
During the first day the specific personal circumstances of the participant are discussed on the basis of which and individual programme of attunement is tailored.
During the days of silence the participant received twice a day a so called Mood-Meditation, or if necessary of Mood-Healing, during which Yoginâm Abbahjí by means of his unique harp communication attunes to the specific needs of the participant.
During the Exclusive Individual Retreat Programme, the participant resides in the guesthouse of the Ermita in a private room with bathroom, while vegetarian meals are provided.
The maximum number of participants of a Exclusive Individual Retreat is two.
B: The Individual Retreat Programme
The programme of the Individual Retreat Programme is similar to that of the Exclusive Individual Retreat Programme with the exception that the participants do not have a single room at their disposal but share the room with another participant. The maximum number of participants is four.
C: Group Retreat Programme
During a group retreat programme there is an individual meeting with Yoginâm Abbahjí after the conclusion of the retreat. Once or depending on the circumstances twice a day the participants can benefit from a Mood-Meditation in which Yoginâm Abbahjí communicates his spiritual state by means of the harp sounds.
Apart from those meetings there is a programme of 3 or 4 communal Attunements and a communal recitation.
A group retreat programme has a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 participants. In this programme only the lunch meal is included and the accommodation has to be shared with the other participants.
D: Extended Group Retreat Programme
Several times a year it is possible to participate in an Extended Group retreat programme in the presence of Yoginâm Abbahjí. The amount of participants is determined by the accommodation. The programme during the retreat is flexible though once a day the participants can benefit from a Mood-Meditation by Yoginâm Abbahjí.
Twice a year it is possible to participate in an extended Group Retreat Programme in the Asharum Amonines in the presence of Yoginâm Abbahjí.
E: Extended Group Retreat Programme without the participation of Yoginâm Abbahjí
Several times a year in the Asharum Amonines and elsewhere there is a possibility to participate in an Extended Retreat Programme without the physical presence of Yoginâm Abbahjí. Depending on the availability direct media contact can be made which would allow the participants to benefit from a direct Mood-Meditation during the retreat.