For 18 months, I worked with Meredith Cheshire to develop The Tabernacle Experience, a bible based meditation program. Originally conceived as a two-day retreat in which participants are immersed in a series of progressively expansive guided meditations, The Tabernacle Experience is now available online at tabernaclemeditation.com
I was first approached by Meredith in August of 2014. She is a trainer at The Monroe Institute and was familiar with my work with Hemi-Sync®. I was drawn to the challenge of designing the audio for an entire workshop, a two-day arc allowing participants to more fully explore meditative states through music, NLP anchoring techniques, and audio brainwave entrainment technologies, the synergies of which combine to help listeners dive deeper and deeper into meditative states of consciousness.
In spite of my attraction to the scope of the project, I nevertheless wrestled with whether or not I should actually tackle the thing. I belong to no church, and though I am comfortable describing myself as a moral, even spiritual person, I’ve always drawn the line at calling myself “Christian”.
Meredith says that “if prayer is asking God for help, then meditation is listening to God for answers.” I don’t expect answers and revelations when I meditate, but during a beautiful weekend on the Oregon Coast and very much away from my normal life, Meredith’s affirmation proved true. Searching for confirmation, I wondered how I should approach The Tabernacle Experience and I randomly opened a copy of the hotel’s King James bible to the following passage: “And the golden altar, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the tabernacle door”. This passage was from verse 38 of Exodus 39 called “Moses Inspects the Tabernacle”. I suppose there are no clear answers, but I understood this to mean that, if I take this project, approach it with a sense of reverence.
And I did. And now, after eighteen months of very considerable work, The Tabernacle Experience is done.
I am already amazed by the personal transformations that I have seen in participants. For some, The Tabernacle Experience has renewed faith. For others, it has provided life-altering shifts in perspective. For me, participating in the development of The Tabernacle Experience was life changing, but maybe not in a good way. And it for sure provided insights into my own faith and reinforced my belief that dogma will bring down civilization.