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FALL 2018

 Three options:

  1. Vancouver’s Fall Inner Constellation Mobile (ICM) series explores The Art of Listening and the Human Condition” and begins on Tuesday September 25 to November 20 from 7 – 9 PM. (Including a four-hour Saturday ICM session from 1 – 5:00 PM  on Oct. 20, and no class Oct. 30)
  2. The Virtual Fall Inner Constellation Mobile (ICM) series explores The Art of Listening and the Human Condition” and begins on Wednesday September 26 to November 21 from 4 – 6:00  PST. (Including a three-hour ICM session TBA, and no class on Oct. 31)
  3. To be done in your own time: “A Self-paced 30 Day Journey into Stillness” (a series of 20 minute reflections on the practice of Silence, with an on-line Q & A option for each day).

Description & Registration:

Note: If this is your first SP series, and you have not spoken to me individually, please phone 604-222-4111 prior to registration.

1) Vancouver’s Fall Series: “The Art of Listening and the Human Condition.” 
  • This series includes a 4-hour Saturday Inner Constellation Mobile Session on Oct. 20 from 1 – 5 PM.
  • There is no class on Oct. 30.

This Fall series explores the relationship between the Inner Constellations of Listening and Human Conditioning. Understanding the relationship between these two Constellations is a vital resource for embodying a grounded spirituality. Our ability to live in the world from an integrated depth depends upon the development of this relationship.

Why is this? And how do we develop access to the resource of Listening? What is it that we are Listening to anyway? How do we know/experience the difference between the spacious generosity of deep Listening and the well-worn habits of Listening to the “already known” of our Human Conditioning?

These questions frame the exploration of this eight week series — including two 4-hour “Inner Constellation Mobile” (ICM) Saturdays (1 to 5 PM). The ICM sessions of this series are open to both the Vancouver and Virtual group, and support the integration of the series within a larger context of practice. These sessions are also an excellent way to employ the energetic movement of the group field.

Please Note: Both series involve a weekly 20 minute “experiential” phone dyad.

Cost:$239.00                                                                                                                                              

Cost:$209.00 Continuity Discount (participants completing the series immediately prior)

2) Virtual FALL series: “The Art of Listening & the Human Condition.” 
  • This series includes one 3-hour Inner Constellation Mobile workshops (TBA)
  • Included in this series, is the option to join Vancouver’s 4-hour Saturday Inner Constellation Mobile Session  Oct. 20 from 1- 5 PM.
  • There is no class on Oct. 31.

(Description as above.) The series is conducted through Zoom. It is easy to access with no extra cost to participants. 

Cost:$239.00                                                                                                                                              

Cost:$209.00 Continuity Discount (participants completing the series immediately prior) 

                                                                                                       

3) A Self-Paced 30-Day “Journey into Stillness”

A series of 30 Reflections & Meditations that can be done at your own pace and timing. These 20 minute Audios also offer a Q & A option in the “Comments” section, which I reply to. After purchasing, you will receive the entire series.  Enjoy! 

Cost: $109.00

* Please respond in the comments section below for questions, or if you wish to join the Silence Practice e-mail list.

The Principles of Group Exploration

Regular group Practice eventually births an Inner-Listening that reveals direction in a quiet and mysterious way. By taking inquiring steps in this direction, we begin to birth the deeper realities of our essential nature. This is often a surprising and revelatory experience. A feeling of having arrived somewhere we have been all along, but not consciously recognized, is not uncommon.

When this happens within group practice, we begin to glimpse a new order between us that feels exciting and enlivening. Within the resonance of a committed group, we may find ourselves relating to others differently as old habits of relating recede. Within the wake of this recession, a heightened experience of Heart-connection surfaces. The energetic Heart begins to feel grounded and engaged, informing and guiding our individual and collective transformation.

We are in the middle of a struggle to birth — and live — a new order of spiritual awareness and intelligence. It is clear to me that this birthing requires three foundations: 1) our sincere and regular individual effort; 2) grounded, compassionate, and committed leaders who are themselves integrating this “new order”; 3) and a community of like-minded/hearted people within which to practice and consolidate (embody) this new order/intelligence.

The heart of Stillness in Relationship is manifested within the centre of our being as a fluid (non-local) relationship to the whole. At first, this seems like an impossibility because we are conditioned to identify strongly with “parts” rather than wholes. Each class series focuses on strengthening our capacity to Presence Stillness and Listen deeply. By focusing on both the higher and more grounded energy that we have available to us, we begin to discover “an already-present Stillness” that is also available “in Relationship.”

When we exchange with others from within this place, we begin to glimpse the enormity of our individual and collective potential to live from within a deep and abiding resonance with the Whole. It is here that the Universal Heart at the centre of our being begins to awaken and inform us.

Participant comments are available at http://lauramadsen.ca/testimonials/

Group Practice is beneficial for 2 reasons:

1) We create a collective field of energy that supports transparency and trust in the unseen, unknowable mystery that sustains us.

2) We practice relating with others through higher levels of knowing that help to host a spaciousness that helps integrate habits of “emotional contraction” and/or “over-conceptualization.”

Previous Class Series:

Spring 2018 “Spaciousness & Inner Constellations”: It is a liberating experience to be able to attune to the nervous system (NS) from inner-spaciousness. It is in this field of generosity that we can begin to acknowledge inner constellations that have been hidden from consciousness. When not met with consciousness these inner constellations often become projections onto others or areas of numbness within us. Recognizing and experiencing (physically and emotionally) the presence of these inner constellations grows an Inner-Awareness and Spaciousness

Winter 2018 “Calming the Nervous System through Connection”: “Calming the Nervous System” is much more than just relaxing the body. From a spiritual perspective, calmness is developed through a spacious relationship to life as it is in this moment. Within this deep spaciousness, a Trust is experienced that allows the nervous system to ground and find roots in life. From here, our life begins to serve in ways that both thrill and challenge. This dynamic opens us to new landscapes within, revealing areas to be explored and integrated.

Fall 2017 “Restoring Structures in Consciousness”:  As we choose again and again to re-align ourselves with the depth and spaciousness of Inner Silence, “structures in consciousness” naturally begin to reveal themselves. For the most part, these structures operate without our awareness, but they deeply effect how we feel, and the world that we co-habit. These structures could be described as “constellations,” “unconscious energy-agreements,” or “morphogenic fields.”

Spring 2017 “The Way of the Heart”: The Universal Intelligence of the Heart emerges from within three distinct energy chambers — each with a unique flavour of transmission. When we learn to trust in these higher dimensions of the heart, we naturally begin to integrate (experience) their intelligence within the body-mind. A “knowing beyond our personal understanding” emerges from within us and between us.

Winter 2017 “The Gift of Engaged Stillness: Energy Awareness as Healing”: We naturally become Still and centred as we focus on our spiritual capacities of intuition and deep receptivity. Discovering ourselves as energetic beings with an innate receptivity to an abundant (always-present) flow of earth energies, cosmic energies, masculine & feminine energies, encoded heart-energy of Scripture (Judeo-Christian, Sufi-Islam, Buddhist Dharma, Bhagavad Gita-Hindu), inter-subjective energies of communion, and receptivity to the energy of Sound. When we are willing to explore beyond structures of concept and belief, we ground ourselves in energy-awareness and discover our innate capacity for healing.

Fall 2016 “Exploring the 3 Faces of God”: This series addresses the importance of following our divine impulse and discovering our root orientation to God/Self. There are three primary paths of God-relationship: I-I (God as first person – I Am That), I-Thou (surrendering to God or Bhakti), and I-We Faces of God (Bhagavad Gita’s “One in the Many and the Many in the One”). Experiencing ourselves through the eternal depths of these primary God-Relationships allows for an innate Trust to emerge within us: we begin to understand that “All is Well” and Life plays out within that.

Spring 2016 “Spiritual Practice as Waking Up, Growing Up, and Showing Up: There are 3 aspects of practice that are important if we are learning to “walk our spirituality in the world”:  Waking Up (traditional spirituality or enlightenment), Growing Up (ingesting shadow or unconscious areas), and Showing Up (in the world in surprisingly new ways). The energetic Field of the group can be a powerful container for exploration. We all carry crippled traits that we “think” are “ours,” and try to “fix” before enlightenment, rather than see that they are different aspects of practice or direction of focus. Frequently, these are patterns of generational and/or collective wounding that need to be seen clearly, held tenderly, touched unconditionally. We do this by focusing on the energetic patterns, and leaving “the story” behind (as story often belongs to our patterns of defense & resistance.)

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