(by Chinjandra) 18 of us traveled to Northeastern Arizona for a Summer Solstice Meditation Retreat at Canyon de Chelly. We enjoyed each other's company, our private tour of the Canyon and its wonders, meditations both in the Canyon and on the rim, meals in local restaurants, great conversations, laughter and stillness. It was a special, transformative trip.
About half the trip participants were ST3s - students of Rama's teachings on meditation and enlightenment who never met Rama while he was in the body. Their participation is evidence that with the efforts of great teachers who studied with Rama, seekers are finding pathways to enlightenment even in this dark age. Their enthusiasm and passion inspired all of us.
On Sunday morning we gathered for a final meditation on the South Rim Drive near Spider Rock. The energy was exquisite, the view was breathtaking, the silence was palpable. After about an hour of meditation, we formed a circle of power. We shared our thoughts, feelings and gratitude to our teacher, our mentors, our sangha, each other, the Canyon, the beings who guard the ancient places of power and light and to eternity.
I observed that one of Rama's critical missions during this lifetime was to help keep the dimensions of light and power open. These places can support seekers on the path to see new directions, to grow and change, to experience new awarenesses, to enjoy deeper silence in meditation. We were privileged to witness, and to be impacted by, the open dimensions of light and power at Canyon de Chelly. We are so fortunate that Rama guided us to these ancient places where the dimensions touch.
It was a beautiful summer solstice.