“Each person is the sole inhabitant of their own inner world: no one else can get in there to configure how things are seen. Each of us is responsible for how we see, and how we see determines what we see. Seeing is not merely a physical act: the heart of vision is shaped by the state of soul. When the soul is alive to beauty, we begin to see life in a fresh and vital way. The old habits of seeing are broken.”
from Beauty, John O'Donohue
Sacred scriptures around the world are full of dreams, teaching stories and symbolism. But understanding this symbolic world is a lost art. Without this awareness of the importance of our inner world, hatred and violence can occur, disconnecting and separating us. In order to be wiser people on a spiritual path, we will explore our own interior landscape, “the state of the soul”, that only we can see and configure.With spiritual grounding, through dream work, writing, collage, small group discussion, and labyrinth walking, we will go on a journey to know ourselves better. The territory is both light and dark. What is our light that we need to bring into the world? How do we “remove the log in our own eye” that has become an obstacle on the path? How do we change our old habits of seeing? How do we awake to beauty and connect to the Divine?
The back drop of the great medieval Cathedral or Chartres and the labyrinth is rich with metaphor to use in exploring this inner territory. Join us for an exploratory journey within. We will each have our own experience while being on the path together.
Suggested Reading List:
Inner Work by Robert A. Johnson
Life As A Waking Dream by Diane Kennedy Pike
The Art of Dreaming by Jill Mellick
Walking A Sacred Path by Lauren Artress
Pilgrim Heart: The Inner Journey Home by Sarah York & Thomas Moore
And about Chartres:
Chartres by Malcolm Miller
Universe of Stone: A Biography of Chartres by Phillip Ball
Accommodation at the Maison Sy. Yves where the program is held is now available. Please click here to book.