There Is Only God is a website aimed at promoting a deeper understanding of the essential non-dual nature of Reality.
It is also the name of a weekly public meeting and discussion group held in the heart of Rochester, New York, USA.
The Rochester group meets each Saturday from 10:00am until about noon at Christ Church Unity, 55 Prince St., Rochester, NY 14607.
The normal format involves watching video recordings of well known non-duality teachers followed by an open and engaging discussion period.
Coffee and snack items are freely available, and a love offering is requested to assist with food expenses.
This website and the weekly non-duality group is hosted by myself, Les Collins.
When you are able, I hope you will come and partake in the joy and enthusiasm of this unique gathering!
Wow! Great!! I will be there.
I enjoyed reading the article Les. You may consider linking your blog website to the description of the TIOG group in the Unity Church website.
My husband & I have been going to this group for several years now. We wouldn’t miss it for anything. Have we grown spiritually? YES! We all have. Les charts the WAY finds the best “pointers” & off we go. Come, you’ll be glad you did.
Les, I enjoyed visiting the group but need to go back to my standing Sat. am appointment worse! Thanks for hosting this lively group. Karen N.
Is this group still meeting?
Yes, this group (There Is Only God) continues to meet on most Saturday mornings at 10:00 am at Unity Church of Greater Rochester [55 Prince Street]. New visitors are welcome any time to partake in the hospitality, informative videos, and unique lively discussions about non-duality. [Please note that we will not be meeting this Saturday Oct.25th due to a memorial celebration on that day. Therefore, our next meeting will happen on Sat. Nov. 1st, 2014. Attendence normally averages about 8 to 10 people.]
It would be a pleasure to have you visit whenever you like and join in this very unique and special celebration of life and oneness.
Thanks for your interest!!
Awesome. Id like to come and check it out. Ill put it on my calendar and see how it feels come Saturday.
Hi, May I know whether these discussions are going on?
Yes, they are still happening at Unity Church of Greater Rochester, on most Saturday mornings. Thank you for your interest! It is a small group at this point, averaging about 6-9 people in all.
If you wish to check it out, plan on arriving between 10:00-10:30 am, during which time we are setting up for the meeting itself. We normally offer video or audio talks by well-known nondual presenters followed by stimulating group comments and discussion. These meetings have been ongoing for more than a dozen years, but are always open and welcome to newcomers!
Peace, Love and Blessings, Les Collins
[PS- You might find my tweets interesting as well: Les Collins @LesCollins1]
I am interested in connecting to an experienced inquiry group. I am familiar with the diamond approach minimally but do have extensive experience with inquiry from Toni Packard and Springwater, as well as other studies focused on inquiry to dissolve into emptiness. I am looking for an experienced group who truly understand the deeper veils of the ego, a group who is able to see outside of their “I” and to what is here, and a space that holds no shrines or idols or buddhas.
My only struggle is that I will not participate in a church and I was wondering if you have any groups outside of a church?
Thanks for your interest! Unfortunately, the Weekly Study Group, There Is Only God, has recently suspended meetings indefinitely, after some 14 years, due primarily to reduced attendance. Other than the weekly meetings (at Unity Church of Greater Rochester), no other alternate meetings were offered, and none are currently being contemplated at this point. It is rather curious that, though I have never been involved personally with the Springwater organization, I do have an ongoing internet friendship with the well-known and highly respected non-dual writer and former devoted student of the late Toni Packer with whom you may be familiar–Joan Tollifson.
I recently turned 70, and after a lifetime of interest and study of spirituality in general, and of non-duality in particular, I have come to a somewhat more dispassionate and peaceful place regarding the subject itself. More akin, I think, to how one comes to regard an old and very comfortable pair of beloved old slippers. The battle with that stubborn old nemesis, Ego, has faded with the awareness that there never actually was one to begin with, and with the knowledge that even were it possible to finally win the day and decimate that fabled enemy–there would, at the end, be no one left to claim any victory saving that very one imagined to have been defeated! In the words of a favorite old teacher of mine, it is helpful to reimagine one’s Ego as a beloved old pet, perhaps naming it ‘Fluffy’, deserving of love and affection, and encouraging it to relax whenever it acts up, and just lay down in the corner for a little nap. In the end life does not need to be a struggle, a challenge, a practice, or a process. We are not mortal beings appearing within a vast an hostile universe, but the very eternal and endless source and substance within which all things appear to pop in and out of apparent existence in their own time and season. And we are that which allows, loves, and births it all into and out of being. We are Life, and Life itself alone. For which there can never be a problem or a mistake!
Love & Blessings, Les
(Should you wish to reply, email to: thereisonlygod.com)