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By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW
On Feb. 2, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present an address entitled, “Just Say, ‘Yes!’ to Life” delivered by Avalon (Ilene) Haykus.
In 1975, a book entitled “Only One Sky” was published by the disciples of the Enlightened Master, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho). In it, Osho introduced the West to the Tantric Way of Tilopa’s Song of Mahamudra.
A thousand years ago, in Tibet, the Song of Mahamudra was born out of a communion of the Enlightened Master Tilopa and his disciple, Naropa. It reveals the essence of the spiritual practice of Tantra. In the program, Avalon will introduce Osho’s discourse on the core teachings of Tantra — a way of living that invites us to say “Yes!” to life, in all its manifestations.
“What is to be practiced … ? To be more … at ease. To be more … here and now. To be more … a watcher … To be happy with yourself as you are. To be celebrating. And then, at any moment … when the right season comes … you bloom into a Buddha.”
Haykus has been a member of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for many years. She has served as treasurer and president of the steering committee, chairperson of the worship committee and children’s religious education teacher. From 2006-2007, she served as a paid lay minister for congregations in Sedona and Prescott, Ariz., St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Pagosa Springs. Haykus has a masters degree in psychology from Antioch University and specialized in the use of alchemical hypnotherapy for personal empowerment and spiritual growth for over two decades. She has been a disciple of the Enlightened Master Osho since 1980.
The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sponsors a children’s spiritual educational program and encourages families with children to please join us for our Sunday service. Our children’s religious programs teach our Unitarian Universalist heritage, ethical living, moral precepts to love your neighbor, work for a better world and to search for truth with an open mind. Arts and crafts projects also are utilized to illustrate these principles.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.