Can I Live Without Influence?
Program Fee: $215
Single: $285+tax (full)
Commuter spaces still available
Friday (basic schedule)
3pm Retreat guest check-in at Pepper Tree
4pm Getting Acquainted, Introduction, Beginning dialogue
Saturday (basic schedule)
Sunday (basic schedule)
8am Breakfast and check out
2:30pm Closing Meeting
Am I being influenced? Do I have influence over others? How do various ways of thinking affect me? Do we need to be free of all outside guidance? If so, why? Is there positive influence? What is the deeper significance of a mind that has no psychological imprint?
Are we subject to pernicious social, political or religious influences? Are we free from the consequence of education or nationality? In personal relationships we may feel weighed down by obligation or someone else’s domination and ascendancy over us. We may on the other hand have a sense of entitlement about own own needs in relationship and desire control over others.
Often our concern is to get free of these various pressures in life, both outwardly or more psychologically. We are motivated by a desire to be free of oppressive forces that are restricting “my” freedom and well being. Yet at other times the mind seems to almost crave the security of being guided and swayed by the will of another. We may enjoy the direction and persuasion of others; confusing relationship with possessive connection and feeling safe.
Where do the roots of influence actually lie? Does agency lie in the hands of others or in our own? Is what I see outside of myself already shaped by the influence of my own inward thinking? Can our minds be free of all influence? Do we want to be free of it?
Jackie McInley founded and ran an independent Krishnamurti centre called Open Door in Southern France from 2004 until 2013 – hosting monthly inquiry weekends and annual international gatherings in French and English. She organized an experimental David Bohm bi-monthly dialogue meeting for 4 years in a local market town, and later a Krishnamurti dialogue group in the city of Toulouse.