Arjuna Ardagh “Enter the Darkness”

arjunaArjuna Ardagh book  “Leap Before You Look: 72 Shortcuts for Getting Out of Your Mind and into the Moment”  includes an article  “Enter the Darkness”

following is an extract from Enter the Darkness. go here for full original article.

“Enter the Darkness.” Wow…did this excite me. Later today, I will be joining my dear friend for some shared time in the darkness. How powerful for my own peace of mind, and hopefully how wonderful for my dear friend. I fully expect this will be a practice I embrace for years to come.


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Create a room that is perfectly dark.
You might need to tape black plastic over the windows,
And lay a towel at the bottom of the door.
Make it so dark that you can sit with your eyes open
And see not a single chink of light.
Now sit in that darkness, with your eyes open,
And drink in the blackness.
Make friends with darkness,
Reach out into it, and let it soak into you.
Stare with open eyes into the blackness.
Start with an hour.
You can build up to sitting in darkness for many hours,
or even days.

It is said that this meditation was taught by the Essenes, who some say were the teachers of Jesus. The great Russian mystic Georges Gurdjieff also used this with his students, and it is also found in Tibetan Buddhism. Darkness is the abode of mystery; it is from where we arise, and it is where we return every night. Every child starts his or her life in the womb, in nine months of darkness. Every seed germinates in the darkness of the soil. Every new dawn, every new meeting with the busyness of the world emerges out of the darkness of the night.

Most meditation places much more emphasis on light: we associate it with the upper chakras, and see it as our goal. Most people fear the dark. Hence, we have created an artificially illuminated world: in a city like New York or Los Angeles, it is never dark; it just shifts from natural light to artificial light.

When you become friendly and comfortable with darkness, something very deep in you can relax, and fear dissolves. Darkness initiates you into the world of the night, into the world of dreams and the unknown. In the beginning, all kinds of fears and freaky images will visit you. You may see snakes or monsters, or remember the most terrifying scenes from murder movies. But this will pass. It only comes because we have pushed darkness away so completely. Then another phase will come, where you will feel the darkness to be your mother, to be safe and nurturing and all around you.

read another article by Arjuna Ardagh on his website: Change Your Bedtime, Increase Your Brilliance





Nils Taranger: 14 Days in the Dark

as part of Nils Taranger’s search for a way to heal himself, embarked on a 14 day dark retreat, assisted by his friends.

Released 2013

Published on Mar 20, 2013

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Darkness Therapy Facilities in Czech Republic

ed:  Documentaries on darkroom retreats in Czech Republic have no doubt spurred quite a few new facilities.


Kiss darkness / darkness therapy – doco on Czech TV

 Published on Apr 1, 2013

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ed: comment (google translation) on this youtube video:

I got this video from a very good feeling. I also plan to stay in the dark. What is very nice that this experience and approach people with higher education as doctors, managers and professors. I think that 20 years ago would have been completely impossible or only a few exceptions. Just because any college in their own way humans him a fool in the sense to stay under any circumstances rational and what is irrational totally excluded. Perception and attitude to life of people is changing and shifting more towards himself and the spiritual dimension at the expense of materialism and that’s fine. 🙂 Good day friends

therapy darkness

Published on Dec 14, 2015
Fall asleep in absolute darkness and silence used to be quite natural, but today many people difficult to reach. This is also one of the reasons why becoming a popular therapy darkness relaxing and therapeutic therapy. More about therapy in the dark revealed Mgr. Marek Malůš, PhD., Who lectured at the University of Prešov in Prešov

Rick Strassman: DMT The Spirit Molecule


Rick Strassman MD – click image for source

Rick Strassman MD performed the first new human studies with psychedelic drugs in the US in over 20 years. His research involved the powerful naturally-occurring compound, DMT – N,N-dimethyltryptamine. Led to this substance through his earlier study of the pineal gland as a potential biological locus for spiritual experiences, he administered several hundred doses of DMT to approximately 60 volunteers between 1990 and 1995. He wrote about this research in the popular book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, which has sold over 100,000 copies, has been translated into 12 languages, and is now available as an audio-book. It also inspired an independent documentary by the same name, picked up by Warner Bros distributing in Fall, 2011. With three distinguished collaborators, he co-authored Inner Paths to Outer Space, which looks more carefully at the common “other worlds” experience that volunteers frequently reported during his research. Continue reading

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche

following is an extract from the event page of  the retreats page of EWAM Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism in Montana USA.

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Some say Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche is the fth incarnation, some say the sixth. Going with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche being the fth incarnation of Gochen, the third incarnation was named Tsewang Tendzin. Tsewang Tendzin’s primary meditation practice was the Black Quintessence, as was his sister’s. They focused on this cycle, the Black Quintessence, as their main practice.Therefore, when Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche was living in Nepal, he made a point to receive the Black Quintessence from Trulshik Rinpoche.

Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche began at the beginning of the cycle with ngondro, and progressed through the stages of the generation stage of the peaceful and wrathful ones, through Great Perfection. Then and only then was Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche able to actually practice in what is known as dark retreat. Continue reading

Interview with Martin Lowenthal

This interview below is by  David Ian Miller, Special to SF Gate  and titled, “Finding My Religion / Turning Darkness Into Light”, Published Monday, March 20, 2006 

Belief net sources the article with permission from  the author. Republished again below as an extract. Original full article here.


Well before electricity kept us up at night, mystics and seers of many spiritual traditions retreated into literal, total darkness for extended periods to heighten their senses, gain clarity, and see worlds beyond ordinary sight. Prophets of the Old Testament performed such rituals, called dark retreats. So did ancient Greek philosophers like Parmenides and Pythagoras, as well as some Christian mystics and Hatian voudons.

Martin Lowenthal, a psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism, has been doing dark retreats for 14 years, a practice he describes in his book “Dawning of Clear Light: A Western Approach to Tibetan Dark Retreat Meditation.” He’s also the founder of the Dedicated Life Institute in Newton, Massachusetts.  (Reprinted from, with permission from the author.) Continue reading