For the last 18 months, I have been working with Meredith Cheshire and Sarah Rimel to develop The Tabernacle, a bible based meditation program. It is a two-day workshop in which participants are immersed in a series of progressively expansive guided meditations.
I was first approached by Meredith in August of 2014. She had been 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”. I am leery of self-affirmed Christians, especially the loud ones. And I shake my head every time I hear a “Christian” use the Bible to bully others and legitimize narrow social constructs that limit people who are otherwise trying to live their best lives. While my faith may not be in Christ, I do believe in transformation through kindness, compassion, and acceptance, and I believe that The Tabernacle delivers on that.
Meredith often says that “if prayer is asking God for help, then meditation is listening to God for answers.” Maybe. 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, there was no lack of inspiration. Searching for confirmation, I wondered how I should approach The Tabernacle and I randomly opened a hotel 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 a section of Exodus 39:38 called “Moses Inspects the Tabernacle”. If there was a more clear answer to my question, then I do not know what it might have been: approach the project with reverence.
And I did. And now, eighteen months later, The Tabernacle is done. We have concluded beta testing, we have a growing team of trainers, and I am finished with my contribution to the work.
I am already amazed by the personal tales of transformation I am hearing from participants. For some, experiencing The Tabernacle has renewed faith. For others, it has provided life-altering shifts in perspective. For me, participating in the development of The Tabernacle was inspiring, rewarding and fulfilling. And I dare say it provided insights into my own faith.