FALL 2018 SILENCE PRACTICE EVENTS
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1. Vancouver’s next 10-week Silence Practice series explores “Inner Constellations through Group Energy & Sound Integration“ beginning Tuesday September 11 to November 13 from 7 – 9 PM. (Plus 2 four-hour Saturday sessions from 1 – 5:00 PM TBA)
2. The Virtual 10-week Silence Practice series explores “Inner Constellation through Group Energy & Sound Integration“ beginning Wednesday September 12 to November 14 from 4 – 6:00 PST. (Plus 2 three-hour sessions TBA)
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 10-week Fall Series: “Exploring Inner Constellation through Group Energy & Sound Integration”
The Silence Practice principle behind resonance with another’s Nervous System is a willingness to see and experience our human conditioning. Envision each of us having a piano, where each key has a particular resonance (with physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual information). Some of us hit the same keys over and over, habituated through family and cultural experience. When we attune to each other through these energetic “notes,” our nervous system connects us to vast systems of information. These inform us of both our true nature and responsibility (ability to respond).
Through this group inner-exploration, the most striking discovery can be the impersonal nature. Throughout human history, our nervous systems have been trained. That is to say, the way we experience ourselves, each other, and life is based on forms of conditioning. It is not a bad thing – without it, we would be destined to repeat the same learning with each generation.
Conditioning becomes challenging when we unconsciously identify with it. For example, we tend to react to (judge/dismiss) others from the “notes” that we have not yet consciously integrated. In the practice of Silence and inner-spaciousness, we expand our capacity to attune to the “keyboard” of the human condition. We feel more available and expanded in our relationship with others because we can identify that place in ourselves. This connection begins to open the timeless intimacy of the Mystical Heart.
Inner Constellations could be described as unconscious “outcasts” that need to come in from the cold of our habits of judgement, fear, and rejection. By hosting aspects of each other’s NS, we can “see” and “feel” the hidden constellations that imprison us until we meet them in spacious Awareness.
Spacious attunement is a gift we can give each other. The ability to be with each other in this authentic non-threatening way is so simple that it is easy to overlook amidst the distractions of our busy lives.
Please Note: Both SP series involve a weekly 20 minute “experiential” phone dyad.
Cost:$179.00 Continuity Discount (participants completing the series immediately prior)
2) Virtual FALL 10-week series: “Exploring Inner Constellation through Group Energy & Sound Integration”
(Description as above.) The series is conducted through Zoom. It is easy to access with no extra cost to participants.
Cost:$179.00 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!
* Please respond in the comments section below for questions, or if you wish to join the Silence Practice e-mail list.
The Principles of Silence Practice
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.
The heart of Silence is manifested within the centre of our being as a fluid (non-local) relationship with 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.
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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.”
Previous Silence Practice Topics:
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.)