Relax and Let Go
A spiritual retreat is a homecoming.
Often the first step in the journey home is to rest and relax. You’ve likely been very busy getting everything off your plate so you can take the time off.. It’s wise to start your retreat by doing little or even better nothing. Perhaps take a nap or lay down in the sun. Feel the layers of stress begin to start falling away.
Once you’re rested and relaxed, you may be ready for some deeper letting go. Being in or around water can be very helpful in this phase of your journey. Feel your intention to let go of whatever thoughts and emotions may have been causing you stress. With this intention, go into a natural body of water or sit by it and allow the water to wash away whatever you don’t need.
My favorite place for the letting go phase of retreats is a magical waterfall called Fairy Falls, located close to Mount Shasta. I’m not clairvoyant but friends who you are tell me they see rainbow-colored fairies flitting around there.
The rock formation around the falls is shaped like a womb. This is a place God has created for us to come home, to leave everything behind and come back to source.
Some visitors say that Fairy Falls reminds them of falls they’ve visited in Hawaii. I’ve found it very powerful to offer a simple Hawaiian prayer for coming home here. Hawaiian is a conscious language, meaning the sound of each word evokes the essence of that word.
I first say the prayer, then connect with the water. If it’s a cold day, I might just splash some water on my face. On a warm Summer day it’s incredibly powerful to walk or swim out under the falls, then let the rushing water carry everything away.
I’ve take people from all over the world to Fairy Falls. Some are new to the spiritual journey, while others have doing intensive spiritual work for many years. They all leave the falls feeling infinitely refreshed.
So, when you take your next retreat, make sure to take time to relax and let gobefore doing whatever spiritual practices you might be into. Remember, the key to coming home to your Self is to let go of the stress and extra baggage you may have been carrying.
Andrew Oser has been offering guided retreats on Mount Shasta since 1982. Through hikes to little-known sacred sites, guided meditations, spiritual life coaching, and time drinking in the silence of the mountain, he helps clients to deeply renew themselves in body, mind, and spirit and receive clear vision for their lives. Andrew also offers spiritual life coaching by phone and Skype.