The 8PP (eight-point program) has changed my life. I have spent a lot
of years working on what I now call a “family samskara”, and this path
has opened up the most positive and transformative way to do so.
a very early age, I was drawn to a relationship with the Lord of Love,
although it was a confused relationship in that I thought I could direct
the Lord to do what I thought would be best for myself and those around
me. Through many difficult situations and the loss of the family
through the diseases of alcoholism and mental illness, I’ve been on a
very long quest for a positive path that would heal grief and the past.
I've also yearned for a deep connection with the Lord of Love, finally
realizing that I would need to surrender to life as it happens.
In June 2011, the 8PP came into my life. There were difficult challenges surrounding me, and the 8PP appeared at a time when I was desperate to find 'something else' to help with the fear, confusion, anger, attachment, and grief that was happening around me and in my mind. I had spent years in 12-step programs where I heard a lot about detachment. . . from others, from the things they did, the way they lived, what they said and thought. I soon began to understand that Easwaran had a very different slant on detachment, and that he was talking about detachment from my own stuff, the opinions, likes, dislikes, and judgments going on in my mind. This was revolutionary thinking coming from where I’d been!!
The more I read, meditated, studied, and listened, the more I began to get small glimpses of the freedom found from this level and understanding of detachment from those I love, from anyone around me. I’d grown up thinking it was my responsibility to ‘save others’ and the only way to do that was to know all I could about their situation and ‘help’ them with it. This did not work all those years ago, but it was the only thing I knew. Until. . . the 8PP!!