Personal integrity & grace

While you are continuing this practice, week after week, year after year, your experience will become deeper and deeper, and your experience will cover everything you do in your everyday life
— Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Although this was not written for the possibilities seminars it seems to me to be to be so appropriate.  My experience of the first level (P1) was life changing.  But over time I allowed the lessons to fade and I wanted more, I wanted to get the clarity I felt after those initial 3 days back. 


The second level made me realize that many of the issues I had addressed in level one were not my issues anymore.  Even though I had started to forget the exact content on the seminar I still carried the experience in my behavior and interactions with others. In level two I learned how to move deeper into the core of who I am, embracing flaws and strengths with equal focus. 

Both levels inspired me to lead a life more clearly seen and felt, to be better, more honest, to have the kind of integrity I have always admired and kind of been intimidated by in others. 


I cannot wait for the third level.  


Like a mantra, the lessons I have learned stay with me in every moment. I think the process of going through the first 2 levels strips away extra layers of untruth to reveal your best self.  It has allowed me to let go of crap that has held me back and focus on being a better self every day. 


I would say to anyone who is considering doing level 1, go. Commit 3 days to yourself.  It’s a gift you give yourself and you’ll never regret it.  If you did P1 and haven’t yet done P2 I would say, hang on to your hat… this is not your level 1 retreat!  No tricks, no games, level 2 really “levels up”.  And to myself I say, when it’s time for P3 - NO EXCUSES.  Dive in, be present, enjoy the work, live each moment fully.