Influences on my Spiritual Path

Early on during the Vipassana retreat, I was flooded with memories of all the things I had done, people I had learned from, books I had read and hours spent in prayer and meditation. I had pretty much ignored and forgotten this part of myself for many years. After the retreat, I decided to write it down, to make a list. I am posting it here, in more or less chronological order, hoping it will give an idea of “where I’m coming from”.

UPDATE: I have continued to add to this list as time goes by.

Books (that left a lasting impression)

  • Carlos Castaneda
  • Jostein Gaarder: Sophie’s World
  • Alice Miller: The Drama of the Gifted Child
  • Hermann Hesse: Narziss und Goldmund, Siddhartha
  • Various books on dream interpretations
  • Thorwald Dethlefsen, Rüdiger Dahlke: Krankheit als Weg, Krankheit als Sprache der Seele
  • M. Scott Peck: The Road Less Travelled
  • Dan Millman: Way of the Peaceful Warrior
  • Rudolf Steiner: Wie erlangt man Erkenntnisse der höheren Welten, Philosophie der Freiheit
  • Sogyal Rinpoche: The Tibetian Book of Living and Dying
  • Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist
  • James Redfield: The Celestine Prophecy
  • C.S.Lewis: various of his Christian non-fiction books
  • G.K.Chesterton: Orthodoxy
  • Charles Williams: The Descent of the Dove
  • Theresa of Avila
  • St John of the Cross
  • Seraphim Rose
  • Various Lives of eastern and western Saints.
  • St Anthony of the desert
  • St Ignatius
  • St Francis Xavier
  • St Seraphim of Sarov
  • Franz Jalics: Lernen wir beten, Contemplative Retreat (I can highly recommend all but the 10th and last step of this meditation method)
  • Max Velmans: Understanding Consciousness
  • Neale Donald Walsh: Conversations with God
  • Rudolf Steiner: Autobiography and most of his books and lectures on Christian topics
  • Byron Katie’s “work”
  • The Sedona Method
  • Nisargadatta Maharaj: I Am That
  • Lawrence Heller, Aline LaPierre: Healing Relational Trauma (NARM)

Silent Retreats

  • 3-day traditional Anglican retreats
  • 6-day retreat for Catholic theology students
  • 9-day Christian meditation retreat
  • 1-week silent retreat in Taize
  • Holy Week in Solesmes
  • 10-day Goenka Vipassana meditation retreat
  • 2–4 day personal silent retreats
  • 1 week David Hawkins silent meditation retreat
  • Workshops/Courses/Retreats
  • The Sedona method, 2 x 6 day retreats in Sedona
  • Inner bonding, online course
  • Integral Enlightenment, online course
  • Radical Honesty, online course, with Brad Blanton
  • 2 Radical Honesty, 8-day intensive workshops, with Brad Blanton, Taber Shadburne, Tuulia Syvänen
  • Radical Honesty advanced 6-day workshop with Taber Shadburne and Tuulia Syvänen
  • Radical Honesty, various weekend workshops, with Brad Blanton, Tuulia Syvänen, Marvin Schulz, Law Turley
  • Reiki 1+2 with Michèle Noreia Gerber
  • Path of Love, with Rafia and Tuuria
  • Circling, various workshops
  • Osho Humaniversity 14 day “tourist program” (Netherlands)
  • Bioenergetics weekend workshop at Humaniversity
  • Osho Mystic Rose 21 day meditation with Vitmano and Lokita in Pune, India.
  • Bioenergetic shaking meditation at the Ratu Bagus ashram, Bali.
  • 30 day Osho Humaniversity WOW!
  • 10 day Ayahuasca retreat with Nihue Rao, Peru

Tantra/Tao workshops

  • Tantra Massage, introductory weekend workshops with Didi Liebold and Erika Müller, SexologicalBodywork
  • The New Tantra Levels 1 and 2, with Alex Vartman
  • Love, Sex and awakening, 1 week workshop with Margot Anand and Robert Silber (ISTA)
  • Meeting of the Masters, 10-day seminar with Charles Muir and Mantak Chia.
  • Tao practices, with Rentao Ravasio, Universal Healing Tao
  • Other events with Sexological Bodywork: massage and dance with Aditi and HP, contact improvisation with Christopher Gottwald.
  • Tantric Journey Levels 1, 2 and 3 with Mal Weeraratne in London + certification as a Tao/Tantra bodywork therapist.
  • Male healing, weekend workshop with Walter Kellenberger, Universal Healing Tao
  • Introduction to Tantra, weekend workshop with Susanna Pfander and Hakim Kuusela
  • Seed of transformation, 2 weekend workshops with Sasha Cobra
  • Art of Touch 1+2, with Somananda.
  • Nitvana Bodywork level 1, weekend workshop with Shantam Nityama.
  • Shamanic Tantra Retreat, 6 days with Shantam Nityama, including an Ayahuasca and San Pedro ceremony
  • Wild Love, 6-day retreat with Bruce Lyon, ISTA
  • Wild Life, 6-day retreat with Bruce Lyon, ISTA.
  • Wild Eros, 6-day retreat with Bruce Lyon, ISTA
  • ISTA 1 and 2 with Ohad and Dawn.
  • Wheel of Consent weekend workshop
  • Wheel of Consent meets Conscious Kink weekend workshop

Workshops I’ve assisted in

Men’s work

  • Björn Leimbach, Herzenskrieger L1
  • ManKind Project

Practices

  • Keeping a daily dream diary
  • Prayer
  • Daily Zen Buddhist meditation
  • Daily Anglican mass and liturgy of the hours
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Daily Franz Jalics Contemplation meditation
  • Fokolare movement
  • PRH (Personnalité et Relations Humaines)
  • Byron Katie’s “Work”
  • The Sedona Method
  • Inner Bonding
  • Radical Honesty
  • Tantra
  • Reiki
  • Tao/Chi Gong
  • Shaking meditation
  • Transformational Breathwork
  • Microdosing

People I learned from

  • Rt. Rev. Robert Sherwood Morse
  • Hildegard Aepli
  • Mariéle Wulf
  • Pater Joseph Lang
  • Victoria Doebbel
  • Hale Dwoskin
  • Roy and Tricia Nelson
  • Craig Hamilton
  • Brad Blanton (& Co.)
  • Björn Leimbach
  • Alex Vartman
  • Margot Anand
  • Robert Silber
  • Michèle Noreia Gerber
  • Charles Muir
  • Mantak Chia
  • Mal Weeraratne
  • Rafia Morgan
  • Sasha Cobra
  • Bruce Lyon
  • Somananda
  • Shantam Nityama
  • Shekina Ray
  • Diana Prem Shakti
  • Ohad Ezrahi
  • Ratu Bagus
  • Artem Boytsov
  • Ricardo Amaringo

I doubt any of these lists are complete, but I think they give a good general idea.

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