Ibu Rahayu: Paris 1999

Brothers and sisters, we don’t feel it, or realize it, but Subud, or Susila Budhi Dharma, is more than half a century old. In reality, although in some places or countries there are few members, or few people opened or who do latihan, the truth is that, although we don’t realize it, Subud has made visible progress that can be felt by the outside world. For this reason, as Subud members we need to be conscious that we must strike a balance between the growth of our soul and our progress in the world. Because this latihan is a training of the soul that has no end and there is no level at which we can claim we have done enough latihan. This is because our spiritual growth passes through different processes, which in order, are: purification, the process of growth, and finally the preparation of a person’s self. Why is this? It’s because from the time of our birth and even before our birth, from childhood through adulthood, we are never free from the influences and ties that give us our human form. And we are unaware that many of these influences are not our own, and they cover up or close off the … Continue reading

Strengthening Our Heart Connection in Tucson

Although it was unseasonably cold and the swimming pool was for polar bears, there was much warmth at the regional gathering. Some 50 Subudians came from various nooks and crannies of our Rocky Mountain Region as well as from places further afield. The gathering was ably and generously hosted by the Tucson group with particular thanks to Lewis Olds and Vernon Contessa for organizing the venue and registration. This is an enormous job and they did it well. The over-arching focus and intention for this gathering was to strengthen our heart connections, experience each other as spiritual pilgrims, and to interact and share deeply. The theme arose out of feedback from the last gathering, and Helper testing. Roland Evans, assisted by Cedar Barstow, put together a more spacious schedule of activities and time frames based on feedback that the last gathering was too crowded and rushed. Kenneth Clarke (National Helper) confirmed that at the national level, there is interest in exploring more about our connections with each other—the “God beside us” aspect of Subud life and practice. This horizontal aspect of human connection is how we put into practice our vertical relationship with God in the latihan. On Friday evening, … Continue reading

Guidelines for Group Sharing

Sharing our experiences in small groups fosters a sense of connection and compassion. It helps us understand and appreciate each other as fellow human being on the Subud spiritual path. A well-formed group becomes a sacred space—an opportunity for God’s grace and guidance to be present. Not everyone feels comfortable sharing his/her own intimate feelings. Inner experiences are hard to put into words and can easily be misunderstood. For true openness to happen, a group has to feel safe, accepting and cohesive. Below are suggestions that are helpful in promoting real sharing. Group Framework The following group framework creates the probability that members will feel able and willing to share their experiences. The group should have: Around 6 members with a designated coordinator(s) A comfortable, private space with members sitting in a circle Space and time for every member to speak and share A focus on recent, important and personal experience—not opinions One person speaking at a time with no distractions, side talk or discussion An attitude of respect and courtesy for each other Each person taking responsibility for what they say, using “I” statements Questions asked to clarify and help understanding—not change the subject No pressure or need to … Continue reading

Atalanta Association

Mission and Purpose Atalanta is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that received 44 acres of land near the town of Crestone, CO from the Manitou Foundation in 1995/96. Its mission is, “Living responsibly, in peace and harmony with all of our relations.” The purpose of Atalanta is the establishment of a place of nurturing for people of all ages in a spirit-directed, self-sustaining, working community. The association undertakes projects and sponsors programs and events that demonstrate new dimensions of learning, creativity, healing, and worship. These arise when individuals use their talents and skills collaboratively and when they actively follow God’s will in all their work. Atalanta seeks to carry out its mission in cooperation with other communities and groups. Location and Facilities Atalanta is located in the San Luis Valley at the base of the stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountains in south-central Colorado, approximately 4 hours South of Denver. Its isolation makes access and development difficult, but the surrounding area is host to many other regional/national/international spiritual and religious centers. Of the 44 acres of land, 9 eastern most acres are available for more concentrated development due to water access through the local water district. The land has a greenhouse and … Continue reading

4th July Regional Meeting

The Rocky Mountain Region (RMR) held its regional meeting in Boulder, Colorado, over the July 4thweekend. Special thanks to Cedar Barstow for recording and sharing the minutes. She reports that strong group latihans had a powerful, cumulative spiritual effect and resulted in a good testing process for new leadership roles.  The entertainment and artistic presentations were bedazzling, and the kids program was so full of activities that the kids didn’t want to leave. Discussion focused on finding future ways to support the involvement of all members in this vast region; offering travel assistance to meetings for delegates from outlying areas; and considering the purchase of a house or property for the region. The region has a housing fund with Steve Radow as the trustee. The Atalanta Project, with 44 acres in Crestone, Colorado, has a community garden and facilities for Subud or community programs. RMR will maintain its Regional Council structure made up of a chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer, regional helpers, and any members who wish to be involved, with regular calls open to all. The new committee includes: Chairperson: Roland Evans, Boulder Vice Chairperson: Mircea Moody, Denver Treasurer: Eli Dokson, San Luis Valley (continuing). The Regional Helper Dewan comprises: Rachel … Continue reading