Birthing Our Essential Nature through Silence Practice: Local and Virtual Offerings
Regular Silence Practice eventually births a spiritual self-confidence that reveals direction in its quiet and mysterious way. By taking steps in this direction, we begin to birth the beauty, truth, and goodness 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 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.
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FALL 2017 SILENCE PRACTICE EVENTS
1. Vancouver’s next 10-week Tuesday Silence Practice series explores “Restoring Structures in Consciousness,” beginning Sept. 12 to Nov. 14, from 7 – 9 PM.
2. The Virtual 10-week Wednesday Silence Practice series explores “Restoring Structures in Consciousness,” beginning Sept. 13 to Nov. 15, from 4 – 5:30 PST.
3. An on-line 4-week exploration of the “Energetic Basics of Silence Practice Meditation,” and is TBA depending upon amount of interest.
4. 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.
The heart of Silence 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 Silence Practice 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 both a refuge and a wellspring within — “an already-present Stillness” that is also available “in Movement.” 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 within begins to awaken and inform us.
Group Silence 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 for habits of “emotional contraction” and “over-conceptualization.”
1) Vancouver’s 10 week Fall Series: “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. These structures within which we co-habit could be described as “constellations,” “unconscious energy-agreements,” or “morphogenic fields.”
However we choose to name them, our awareness of these structures is key to their restoration. Learning to simply “be with” the emotional, mental, and physical flavours inherent within these constellations can be a challenging practice. Intentional group practice is an ideal place for this Awareness to surface within us. It broadens our capacity for relational wholeness and depth. Conversely, lacking an of awareness of these influences tends to create fractured relationships and distance.
Our most influential constellations are established in childhood as “family constellations” and “cultural constellations.” As a result they can “feel” quite “normal” to us. (i.e., That is what life is and who I am.) We wear them naturally until we begin to realize that these constellations have a momentum of their own within which we have unconsciously participated.
While we acknowledge their influence as part of our human history, and therefore our connection to our ancestors and the human condition, we begin to recognize that they are not the only story. To our surprise and delight, we discover that our increased ability to witness and presence these “structures in consciousness” is, in fact, a gateway to a Whole New story.
Cost:$179.00 (for previous series participants or payment before August 29)
2) Virtual six-week series: “Restoring Structures in Consciousness”
(Description as above.) The series is conducted through Zoom. It is easy to access with no extra cost to participants.
Cost:$179.00 (for previous series participants or payment before August 29)
3) A Virtual Exploration of “The Basics of Silence Practice Meditation”
Observing Finding a place to “see” ourselves without reaction or judgement.
Experiencing the Body through the Transpersonal Nature of Energy Earth, Cosmic, and creative energy flows that are availbable to us 24/7.
Yearning 1) Establishing an Inner Compass – increasing our ability for being Still and Listening. 2) How is our deepest Yearning showing up in Life? How does it reveal itself to you? (In what situations, people, or deliberation on our part?) 3) How do we attend to our Yearning on a daily basis? (Creative activities, meditation, Yoga, body movement, sound or singing, being in nature.)
Breathing into Challenge Using the breath as a means of exploration and integration with areas that are challenging to receive.
4) 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!
* Please respond in the comments section below for questions, or if you wish to join the Silence Practice e-mail list.
The following sessions have developed over years of experience in psychotherapy, spiritual practices and traditions, a career in psychiatry, and a deep passion for the mystical marriage between Sound and Silence. Sessions are available on Zoom conference call and in person.
A one hour session that explores emotional and mental resonances through a focused connection to body sensations. With support to deeply listen and sense into the body, the client begins to discover a spaciousness within. This allows them to relax and know themselves within a deeper, more intimate connection to themselves and what is happening in their life.
Cost: $100.00 for Silence Practice Participants
There is a Sound that lingers within the depths of Silence, the mere expression of which is healing to the Soul.
A 20 to 30 minute session where the energy of Sound is employed as a direct way to contact unconscious energy patterns in the client. The range of Sounds tuned into, opens an energy-field within the client. This opening allows a gentle integration of their higher spiritual energies with the denser energies of the body’s emotional and mental patterns. There is often a sense of calmness and well-being following these sessions, and the client may experience a deep reprieve from mental habits.
I recently listened to the audio and found it perfect to meditate. Yes…you do have a beautiful voice and I am very sensitive to sound… But more importantly, I feel it talks to me…that those sounds are close to who I am…
So, a big thank you to you and a huge hug. (D.V.)
During the session, I felt my body being moved by the sounds… As if the sounds were moving me. Then somewhere I merged with the sound: Tears warm flowing down. Tears, but I am not sad. I sense the space around other people. Not just people but objects too. The energy is reverberating from inside me. I slept really well that night and woke up feeling good and energetic the next day … What I was the most aware of was how quiet my thoughts were. I have more space in me. I sense the space around other people. The energy is reverberating from inside me. (I.F)
Cost: $50.00 for Silence Practice Participants