Love, Friendship, and the Return Home

A Virtual TAT Spiritual Retreat Weekend
September 11-12 2021

Love, Friendship, and the Return Home

"Intentional self-inquiry is a conscious attempt to get congruent with what life’s trying to do for us. This could be described as going Home...So how do you go Home when you don’t know where it is...?"
~Art Ticknor, Beyond Relativity, p. 107

Where did we come from? Where are we going? How do we find our inner Home—the place we live from—if we don't know who or what we are? Spiritual teacher Richard Rose advised helping others in a spirit of friendship, and allowing ourselves to likewise receive help, as a way of finding lasting, satisfying answers to these fundamental existential questions. He called this kind of active friendship "The Law of The Ladder" and, relatedly, "The Law of Love." Join us for a weekend of breakout groups, presentations, and panel discussions as we join together in a spirit of friendship and look for the source of our deepest inner calling.

Saturday, September 11, 2021
(All times US Eastern)

Day One - Saturday

 10:30 AM - Retreat Welcome and Meditation

 10:45 AM - The Return Home - an interactive Question and Answer session with Art Ticknor. Participants will be invited to ask their questions, and also be asked questions by Art. "Home is..; It worked for me; 13 Rules; Depression and enlightenment; and You will get nowhere until..", are some of the topics we may get into in this session.

 12:00 PM - Lunch

 12:30 PM - Love - a talk and Q&A with Anima Pundeer. "I found that Love is the direct path that takes us Home. When recognized within, Love is reflected back by the universe outside. Separate self simply starts melting away into Love. Finally, only Love remains."

 1:30 PM - Personal Reflections on Love and the Return Home - Breakout group

 2:30 PM - Break

 2:45 PM - Love, Friendship, and the Return Home - a panel of Spiritual Seekers with Q&A

 3:45 PM - Meeting wrap up

Day Two - Sunday

 10:30 AM - Welcome and Meditation

 10:45 AM - Friendship - Mike Gegenheimer - Friendship is a key aspect of progress on the path. Part of The Way, working with others, requires developing openness and trust. Thus, Friendship. It fosters both momentum and insight, and invites realization. Richard Rose coined a term, the Law of the Ladder, to describe how friendship may manifest and give rise to a brotherhood of seekers, who become true friends. Active efforts to help understand the self and others’ minds over a 45 year period, has revealed the necessity of both giving and receiving help of the most unselfish kind which represents Friendship, and may ultimately be seen as Love of an unselfish and non-personal nature.

 12:00 PM - Lunch

 1:00 PM - Love, Friendship, and the Return Home - a panel with Art Ticknor, Anima Pundeer, Norio Kushi, and Mike Gegenheimer.

 2:00 PM - Reflections - Breakout group

 3:00 PM - Poetry and song - by Spiritual Seekers

 3:30 PM - Rapport session

 3:45 PM - Meeting wrap up

Join us for a weekend of insightful talks, small group dialogue, and panel discussions as we seek true self-knowledge through the theme of "Friendship, Love, and the Return Home." This event is VIRTUAL.

Meet our featured presenters:

  Anima Pundeer

Anima is highlighted in the documentary film Meetings with Remarkable Women. She is a super busy mother of two who lives with her family in Houston, Texas. Her garden these days only has weeds. Anima is the co-author, with Art Ticknor, of the recently published Always Right Behind You. She had to pull out her rusted tool, her mind, that she has not used in a long time ... sharpen it, oil it somewhat ... and after months of trying to figure out what could she say that has not been said already, and much more eloquently, she decided to say whatever she thinks would have been useful to a younger Anima in her words. She salutes Art for his patience and acceptance. She still has a lot to learn from him. She strongly feels that if she hadn't come across TAT, meeting her fellow seekers, she would still be a prisoner of her ignorance. Gratitude is not just a word but is an overwhelming feeling that consumes her heart.

  Art Ticknor

worked first hand with numerous psychological and philosophical systems during years of intensive research. Twenty-six years of effort toward self-definition paid off in 2004, when the final nail was driven into the ego's coffin during an intense Realization. Art is the author of the books Beyond Relativity, Solid Ground of Being, and Sense of Self: The Source of All Existential Suffering?, invaluable guides on the quest for self knowledge.

Art currently lives the life of la dolce far niente and is involved in the Gainsville Florida-based Philosophical Self-Inquiry Discussion Group. For more information, visit Self-Discovery Portal.

  Norio Kushi

Norio was born in New York City to Japanese parents. At age five, while his mother was breastfeeding his younger brother, she said to Norio, "Always trust your feelings, your feelings will guide you through your life." Many years later, he discovered that the world in which we find our self is a world that is continually being created from the way we've been programmed. Norio refers to this current programming as a "linear time-based reality." In 2003, he inadvertently, without effort, shifted from this programmed way of seeing. With this perceptual shift—the attention no longer fixated in this programmed reality—the true nature of being human began revealing itself, finally unveiling the cosmic joke, that we're never lacking, always whole and complete, always at home in our bodies and in the world.

Norio currently drives a truck throughout North America.

  Mike Gegenheimer

Mike was an early student of Richard Rose. Mike was active in the Pyramid Zen Society in Pittsburgh during college, and resided at Rose’s farm for a year and a half thereafter. Following several deep insights, a period of about 20 years passed without significant group work until Mike became active again in the TAT Foundation in 2001. The friendship and dedication of the teachers and fellow members of the TAT Foundation have been an inspiration for him. Mike’s search ended in April 2019 during a TAT rapport session of friends, for whom he feels deep gratitude.

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