Practice of stillness feedback: Igor Isakov
After the practice of stillness, when I got an offer to join the online club, I was doubtful. I thought: «What’s the point of that?» But my tutor said: «You have to do it!» Ok, if I have to, I have to. And now I don’t regret it at all!
I’ll start with the main advantage.
We had to do the tasks which went beyond our comfort zone, causing explosions in our minds. Including me. There were many reasons for that — the tasks seemed ineffective, unreasonable, stupid, etc. Some people couldn’t overcome the resistance of their minds and quit the project. What saved me, was the awareness of why I’m here: to become awakened. I also remembered the main criteria of the school — discipline — and started to work.
When the mind is forced to do things it doesn’t want to, it turns from the master into the servant, and a person is liberated. Then someone else takes the stage. There’s a shift of attention from ego to the outside world, in addition to that there’s an inclusion in other people. That’s what happened to me. It became easier to control my mind and replace it with this someone for a while. Someone is the voice of my heart, as I understand it. I learned how to do the shift, albeit under pressure for now, but I think that the depth will come with the experience.
I learned to listen to other people while dismissing the sense of self-importance.
I also learned how to laugh easily and for no reason. As a result, I got rid of the spasms and throat pains that were bothering me for a long time, the tension in my back and head, and the cough during laughter also disappeared. My energy level went up there’s no need to have a drink to have effortless conversations with other people. There is an understanding that all the people in the world are united.
I believe that the following three helped: first and foremost the team (thank you to everyone), then the discipline, and determination, of course.
I believe that people must go through the mandatory online-club before taking part in the retreat. This will save the time and money of the participants, and the school’s overall result will be much higher.