Who Do You Say I Am?
An Online Retreat
With Laurence Freeman OSB
If you need to create a space for some quiet and reflection in your day, or are planning to go away on a private retreat then this online retreat is for you.
You may wonder how one can do a retreat online? If you need to create a space for some quiet and reflection in your day, or are planning to go away on a private retreat then this online retreat is for you. This online retreat can help you structure your time and set the tone for the period of time out you are allowing yourself to take. As life today is very busy and as it often seems impossible to find time for silence and stillness we need all the help we can get in order to create the space for a spiritual retreat. You do not need to take a great stretch of time. But you do need to designate a certain period of time and stick to it. It could be an hour, a morning or afternoon, a day, a weekend, a week, a month. We have structured this retreat into one and a half hour sessions- a time for meditation followed by a talk and some questions for reflection. You could also make this retreat with others which will introduce another dimension of presence. You can meditate together, listen to the talks together, have some personal time of reflection followed by some sharing. We hope that this online retreat is flexible enough for you to adapt to your circumstances. So spend some quality time in the most fundamental relationship of your life- your relationship with God. Here are planted all our human relationships, even our relationship with our self.
Laurence Freeman OSB introduces the theme of this online retreat: Who Do You Say I am?
What you will discover on this retreat:
– Lesson 1
Who Am I?
– Lesson 2
Listening to the Question
We can respond to Jesus’ question by beginning the process of realising the Self – letting go of the idea that we are not already fully realised. Jesus assures us that this is indeed the case: “The time has come and the Kingdom of God is at hand”. And so in our practice of meditation we “establish the mind in the heart”, setting aside all thinking – the labyrinth of thought which can keep us lost in our heads.
– Lesson 3
The Self Manifests in Silence
The most basic teaching of Christ is to love one another. And yet the human reality is that we can only love if we’ve been loved. Some of us feel that we haven’t had this experience. But it is never too late to learn that we are loveable and, indeed, loved.
– Lesson 4
The Self is the Source of Love
Why does listening to the question of Jesus liberate us from our self-fixation? Because he is asking it, not from the “little I”, but from the great “I am” – from the place of love. Entering into this relationship wakes us from a mere knowledge of existence to a profound awareness of Being and a vital connection with the source of all that is.