Study of Life: Authenticity

Jan 28, Feb 4, 2023 9 hours

  • This is an invite-only program.
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At a Glance

As the false/adaptive self drops away, our true face appears to us from within. Then comes the courage and beauty of manifesting our real self in daily life, in word and action.

  • Time: 9am-6:16pm PT
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Format: on Zoom
  • Teacher: Gayan Macher
  • Eligibility: open to all
  • Questions? Contact us for questions about registration, eligibility and scholarships.
It is the fulfillment of the purpose of life that comes when the soul strikes the note which is meant to be that soul's note.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

We will explore the depth of authenticity, meaning:

Knowing your true self
Remaining real in the conduct of your life
Leaving the shore of conformity
Standing alone if need be
Following the insistent inner voice that points the way

The Study of Life

Gayan offers a program series on the understanding of life, and of human maturation that is possible only through life’s experience.

We see that the world is not meant to be perfect. But in trying to make it so, we become beautiful and life becomes sacred.

What is required of us is an honest following of life's law. Nothing in this world is more important than the knowledge of human nature and the study of human life.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Practice of Inner Guidance

During the afternoon sessions we practice attuning to guidance. A person may take a turn when they are in touch with their “burning question”—a heart-felt desire to understand something more deeply. With Gayan’s support, they learn to deepen contact with the light of knowing coming from within, learning to hear the voice beneath incessant thinking.

There is special value in practicing inner guidance in a group setting. On the surface our situations are unique, but as we look further, we recognize an underlying unity in our deepest questions. Secondly, and most importantly, witnesses observe how guidance functions. There are specific qualities we cultivate that are conducive to the revelation of meaning and truth.

In order to attain truth one must make one's life truthful.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.

Carl Jung
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Gayan Macher

Gayan Macher

Gayan is a companion and guide to those who are called to the courageous path of love. He has practiced and taught the universal Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan his entire adult life. In addition, he has studied Buddhist practice, the Diamond Approach, and psychology, where he explored emerging understandings of the formation of the ego.

Gayan leads group retreats and has guided scores of individual students. He collaborated with Pir Zia Inayat Khan in designing Suluk Academy, and taught at Suluk for eight years. Along with Taj Inayat he created Sufi Retreats, and then New Rain, which became laboratories for the process of awakening and spiritual maturation.

A specialty of his work is leading Inner Guidance Groups, a process in which people learn the art of listening to the voice of truth and understanding coming from within.

Gayan also has a 40-year career as a consultant to executives of organizations, having worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as non-profits of all sizes. Being a confidant to people in positions of significant responsibility has given him a front row seat for the study of leadership and human nature.

Among Gayan’s great loves is music. He plays guitar, and as a singer-song writer has recorded two CDs of original songs.

You can listen to this music here >

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In the library

On Listening
  • Authors: Gayan Macher,
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  • Themes: Spiritual Path, Truth, Witnessing,

If life is to have meaning, if guidance is real and we wish to find it, we must be sincere in our readiness to listen. We must want to hear what is in our hearts, and what has grown silent due to lack of attention.

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