Birthing Our Essential Nature through Group Silence Practice: Local and Virtual Sessions
Regular group Silence Practice eventually births a spiritual self-confidence that reveals direction in its quiet and mysterious way. By taking inquiring 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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Winter 2018 SILENCE PRACTICE EVENTS
1. Vancouver’s next 10-week Tuesday Silence Practice series explores “Calming the Nervous System through Connection“ beginning Jan. 9 to March 20, from 7 – 9 PM. (Please note — there is no class on February 27)
2. The Virtual 10-week Wednesday Silence Practice series explores “Calming the Nervous System through Connection“ beginning Jan. 10 to March 21, from 4 – 5:30 PST. (Please note — there is no class on February 28)
3. An on-line 4-week exploration of the “Energetic Basics of Silence Practice Meditation,” and is TBA with a minimum of 4 people.
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).
Descriptions & 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 “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 Winter Series: “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 deep availability to Life as it is in each moment.
Within this Depth Connection, 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 (i.e., open us to new landscapes within, as well as reveal areas to be integrated).
Through a grounded and available nervous system, our life begins to transform into a Sacred Vessel of Higher Connection.
This Series will explore 3 primary Connections that Calm the Nervous System:
1. Inner Receptivity (Attuning to Body, Mind, and Nature)
2. Relationship (being Received by Others, and Available to Others)
3. Relating to Presence (Stillness of the Heart, Timeless Transmission of Scripture)
Silence Practice is primarily a Letting-Go reflex. It is not until we begin to experience “being Held” in a Bigger Known, that we truly begin to relax. A ‘“calm aliveness” naturally spreads throughout the body when we encounter our authentic nature as a being of Light/God/Source. This realm of Being is so simple and direct that it escapes our attention moment after moment.
“Be Still and Know that I AM GOD” is a Christian Scripture that addresses the proverbial restlessness of the Human Condition. Our Nervous System is bound in tight patterns of Defense or grasping which makes Stillness seem inaccessible. When these “tight” places experience being held within a Larger Field, relaxing begins to happen because we experience being “home” in ourselves.
Cost:$179.00 (for previous series participants or payment before December 20)
Please Note: This series will involve a weekly 20 minute “experiential” phone dyad.
2) Virtual 10-week series: “Calming the Nervous System through Connection“
(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 December 20)
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.
Previous Silence Practice Series:
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.)