facilitated by Ken Pollinger, Ph.D. - July 15, 2006
A Fellowship for
waking up to something we've forgotten.
A Fellowship stressing individuality and creative freedom.
A Fellowship using
incantations, incubations, altered states of consciousness, dreamwork, various musical
rituals, such as piping and the cosmic music of the spheres. All this, as a
means, and an end in itself, providing the primary practice of INCUBATION.
By this we mean entering into a state of stillness and absolute silence,
descending into the world of the dead (the underworld of darkness); that is,
to learn to die before we die, to face death itself so as to overcome our
basic primorial fear and allow healing to happen.
is that you would do absolutely nothing. The point came when you wouldn't
struggle or make an effort. You’d just have to surrender to your condition.
You would lie down as if you were dead; wait without eating or moving,
sometimes for days at a time. And you'd wait for the healing to come from
somewhere else, from another level of awareness and another level of being.
But that's not to
say you were left alone. There would be people in charge of the place –
priests who understood how the process worked and how to supervise it, who
knew how to help you understand what you needed to know without interfering
with the process itself.” (Initially Ken will act as “a guide/therapist”
until you allow yourself to be guided.)
is an initiation into another world, a mystery.
itself is what holds everything together and doesn’t change. Once you
experience this consciousness you know what it is to be neither asleep nor
awake, neither alive nor dead, and to be at home not only in this world of
the senses but in another reality as well.”
No real healing
can occur until you come to discover what you are behind the world of
senses. This world is a deception.
“You could say it
was about what we fear most. It was about facing silence, about having no
choice but to give up every kind of opinion and theory that we cling to,
about not even finding anything to replace them for years on end.”
The ordinary life
we all know is only a first step, a preliminary to something else entirely.
rationality is really combined with irrationality, then we begin to go
beyond them both. Something else is created, something quite extraordinary
that's timeless-and yet entirely new. Then we start seeing the illogicality
of everything that normally is considered so reasonable. And we come face to
face with an implacable, fascinatingly coherent logic that there can seem a
hundred good reasons for dismissing as completely absurd.”
readings: The above synthesis and quotations come from: In The Dark Places of Wisdom, by Peter Kingsley (a book
about a poem of Parmenides, Pythagorean teachings, and ancient Greek
philosophy/ mysticism). Also, Awareness, by Anthony De Mello, S.J.
(These books are available in Nirvana Bookstore) For more books on indivisible
Oneness click here.
If any of this
interests you, contact Ken Pollinger: 845-358-6448.
- Daily practice: After a good
night's sleep, rise early, wash, coffee/tea, then back to bed or on
floor--but be VERY COMFORTABLE. Sometimes some Zen music helps at the
beginning, but ultimately, only SILENCE.
- Keep pad/pen to jot down
important thoughts/messages, especially if you need to remember something.
Jot it down and then back to position.
- Start out with conscious DEEP
relaxation. Eyes closed.
- Stay AWAKE, ALERT, CONSCIOUS.
Try not to fall asleep!! Sleeping, resting and so forth is NOT the goal.
- "Wiggle out" body tensions in
specific areas. Then back to being motionless.
- Slow breath down till it's
almost imperceptible (you look like a non-breathing DEAD person. Deathwork
- If mouth dries out, moisten lips
- At times, your body may "twitch"
or literally "jump." You may also feel interior cellular
releasing/healing, eg. different forms of energy pulsations, whole-body
flooding of "grace," etc.
- For a DEEPER experience, combine
all the above with FASTING/CLEANSING*, especially in a silent retreat space.
- Remember: Silence, Stillness and
Awareness is the key.
- Some people need group support,
but try to do this practice on your own: practice PATIENCE and TRUST in "be-ing,"
- Ultimately, this practice will
infiltrate you being at all times and in all places, by simply letting go
and allowing the ground of unconditional love to embrace you continuously.
- A basic introduction to
awareness: Awareness, by Anthony De Mello, S.J.
- Did you know that Pythagoras
studied in the Egyptian Temples for 22 years? See, The Jesus Mysteries: Was
the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?; also, Jesus and The Lost Goddess: The
Secret Teachings of the Original Christians; as well as, The Hermetica: The
Lost Wisdom of the Pharaohs--all three by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy
- See too: Reality (2003);
and Ancient Philosophy, Mystery and Magic, both by Peter Kingsley
*Those of you who know me know that I go
to Florida the first two weeks
of each December in order to fast, cleanse, relax
and rejuvenate. I usually
do a water and/or juice fast, get a deep tissue
massage and a colonic
treatment every other day, include deep relaxation session
(1-3 hours), do liver/gall bladder flushes, sunbathe, read, meditate, walk on
swim etc, and I always come back looking and feeling twenty
years younger. Click here for "poems" on
various healings experienced by Ken in his Confessions of an Ex-Jesuit,
the Body Temple section. The ultimate purpose, of course, is to contact the
innermost core of our beingness.