WHAT IS SATORI?
Satori is your uncovering of you, a direct and real illumination that cannot be described, only experienced.
Next Satori groups:
October 19-25th in England, UK, with Clare Soloway
December 7-13th in Byron Bay, Australia, with Kira Kay
WHAT IS SATORI?
The word Satori originated in Japan and describes that moment of illumination that can only be described as a direct experience of profound truth that accompanied certain Zen practices. The experience of Satori can vary from person to person but the essence of the state is similar – a profound feeling of peace, a knowing, without doubt – truth. For some people the experience may only be a momentary glimpse, for others it may be an extended period – a common aspect, however, is that the knowledge of the experience is lasting.
Once a person experiences a Satori it can often mean that their life fundamentally changes. Their outward aspects may remain the same (e.g. the same job, relationship, house, country) but their experience of life and interactions with other people may deeply evolve. Often there is the experience of empowerment, a foundation within them creating a more relaxed outlook on life and choices. Many people after experiencing a Satori see the futility of the 'seeking' yet they often also realise that without the seeking they would never have come to the state of Satori.
WHAT BENEFIT DO I GAIN BY HAVING A SATORI?
A Satori allows you to experience your whole self, and that is inclusive of your humanness, your spirit – you. For many the experienced depth of acceptance is profoundly freeing. With the acceptance comes the ability to watch the process of the mind without becoming involved, without believing it - giving you back the sense of power and the realisation that YOU can, and do, have conscious choice in each situation, and that you are not a victim of circumstance but the creator of your life.
The more you see the natural flow of life the clearer it is to see your interaction in the relationships in your life from a more neutral perspective. This can support you to participate more deeply from less reaction, supporting understanding in your day-to-day interrelationships. Once you have experienced the freedom of Satori it also gives you the possibility to experience a life without tension or at the very least to realise that when you are in a state of tension, being gentle and caring with yourself relieves this tension.
While the focus of attaining Satori is to have a peak experience, the journey involved frequently provides a microcosmic look at your basic attitudes towards life. It lets you see your behaviours, the way you think, what you think, how your mind works - many of the aspects to which you may have been previously blind to.
WHAT CAN BE THE ONGOING BENEFIT FOR ME?
The depth of understanding and direct experience of Truth that you attain with a Satori continues with you into the rest of your life. As it is your experience and not a concept you have learned, it becomes a real tool and support for how you choose to live your daily life. Greater understanding of yourself and your basic behaviours naturally opens choices and options. What you do with this is entirely up to you and will depend on your actual life circumstances prior to having a Satori.
Satori truly is possible for you if you commit to yourself, if you are willing to invest the time and energy to uncover YOUR full potential. Begin to experiment, to explore and to be the pioneer to find yourself - to determine your own Truth. How much do you want it? Freedom is our natural birthright; a Satori illuminates this Truth clearly within you.
To be a human being is truly a gift. We often do not realise or appreciate the opportunity that we have right here, right now.