I first heard of the dark room retreat experience in Sept 2020, and said, “I have to do that”!
Here is a great article describing the experience: https://medium.com/@donny313g/down-the-rabbit-hole-how-a-dark-room-stimulates-dmt-and-profound-experiences-7faac6d0d547#:~:text=Dark%20room%20therapy%20is%20simply,higher%20states%20of%20the%20mind
I spoke with friend of a friend who did it in Guatemala, and highly recommended doing it there, while at the same time, made it very clear the dark room experience is “very intense” and not for everyone.
I started researching more about it and where it can be done. As it turned out the Hermitage, Solitary and dark retreat center in Guatemala, seemed like the best option. The only problem was Guatemala was not allowing visitors in the county due to Covid. Also, on the Hermitage site it says there is usually a 3 month out wait list for the dark room.
Well, life wanted it for me as much as I did, opening Guatemala’s borders days after I was researching… and miraculously, I was able to get in within a couple of weeks, before others on the list had time to make plans 😊
My original plan was to stay in for 7 nts, but I had a feeling the day before I entered the cave, I would want to stay 9 nts. Again, they said usually they would not be able to honor this last-minute request because of a tight schedule of people, but it ended up working out perfectly for me.
My experience of complete darkness and solitude felt like a mind/body/spirit boot-camp. I spent the entire time in a continual state of mediation… while eating, stretching my body, sitting, standing, and laying. I did not allow my mind to hold on to any thoughts - Just constant awareness of the connection and feeling of the Source Field.
The ultimate experience during that time was while standing and doing Qigong type of movements through the darkness, and the blackened room filled with light particles. I came to tears of gratitude for what I perceived as a witnessing of Source particles popping in and out of existence. PURE AWESOMENESS!
“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
― Thomas Paine
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Cher was born into a family of metaphysicians, which allowed her innate nature for questioning reality the freedom to explore. She started traveling the world at age 17 to engage with different perspectives of spirituality and Mind/Body Medicine. At 30, she settled down in Hawaii to raise her kids and started her private practice as a Mind/Body/Spirit Educator, Therapist. She also owned a Yoga School, founded a Divorce Center for Women, and was the founder of a Re-programming Center for Women and Children. Now her youngest child is going off to University, she is devoting the next phase of her life to travel the world and connect with as many people as possible - sharing her love and gratitude for life, our planet, all beings, and all that exists.