I participated in an online course about relationships on Saturday. About twenty-five of us spent two hours together. Most of it was a presentation about “mutual awakening”. We reflected on what’s possible between two human beings.
And then it was time for dessert. I had propped up my Samsung phone on a book. The moderator’s face disappeared, replaced by a sign inviting me to “Join breakout session 9”. I said yes and suddenly there was a woman looking at me from her living room in Alberta. I’ll call her Megan. Time stopped as I looked into her eyes and said hi. And she was just as happy to see me.
The moderator had coached us about the process. We’d start by having Megan ask me “What are you experiencing right now?” I’d take ten minutes to reply and then we’d switch roles. No censoring of the words spilling forth. Not trying to make them sound reasonable. The listener doesn’t say anything, and doesn’t evaluate the speaker’s words. She simply stays “with” the other person.
During the final ten minutes, we’d answer the question “What are we experiencing right now?” For that last bit, we wouldn’t be sharing “What I think we’re experiencing”. Instead, we’d ideally move our consciousness into the other person and sense our unity. Oh. That sounded like a tall order.
Having been assured that there was no right or wrong way to do this, I let go. I was in wonder, facing this person so far away geographically and somehow so close in my heart. “How can this be?” I asked myself. I just met Megan minutes ago. It was clear that we had willingly entered a sacred space together, where anything that came out of our mouths was perfectly fine.
“I feel happy … new … wonder … chuckly … at home.” Megan smiled and I was at peace. I was receiving wonderful permission to be totally me in the moment.
When Megan spoke, I went inside her, or so it felt. The first thing she was experiencing was “bubbles”. How sweet. And her smile spoke volumes. I could tell she trusted me, this stranger from Ontario.
The whole group came back at the end, for comments and questions. I put up my hand. “I’m so astonished. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life. I’ve read Patricia’s book and I’ve gone on lots of retreats … ” And then I was silent, shaking my head in wonder for all the folks to see. As much as I love words, sometimes there are none.
The journey continues for the next three Saturdays. I feel so open to what these mutual awakeners will bring me and ready to let go of thought in my communication with them.