40 Days Annual Retreat 2017
40 Days Retreat – January 27-29, 2017
The 40 Days: Alchemy of Tranquility Annual Retreat, led by Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha and Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar, along with the 40 Days team, was entitled: “Transformation through Knowledge and Practice of Unity.” The theme of transformation of self, as distinct from random change, was introduced. Participants were encouraged to build a platform of self, rooted in strong principles of life and the wisdom of living.
It was taught that transformation cannot take place when the direction of transformation stays in the domain of the mind. To accomplish transformation we must find our way to our hearts, and release ourselves from all the images that we think of as self, in order to find our way to the essence of the true self.
What is it that must transform? The human must be devoted to finding the great potential within. Through meditation, purification, and practice, you can find your own self. By practice, we extract self from every image in our mind. Reality is found within the self. “To be” is reality. Practice is to find the “to be.”
The transformation within nature both provides an example and also includes us. Once transformation starts, it doesn’t stop. The exchange of energies is happening continuously. In reality, all of our systems – physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual come together to become “I.” Therefore, knowledge of the totality of our being is important in this quest. To activate this quest and achieve this knowledge requires a strong intention.
The retreat offered participants opportunities to learn and incorporate these themes and teachings through movement, music, didactic presentations, and workshop experiences to integrate the learning that was offered throughout the weekend.