~ 2021 ~
He learned from the river continually.
Above all, he learned how to listen,
to listen with a still heart,
with a waiting open soul,
without passion, without desire,
without judgment, without opinions.
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
Session Dates 2021 Training and Zoom link
Core Teaching Module Dates
- Thursday evenings from 7 to 8.30 pm EST (soft ending)
- via video conference
- 7 weeks each
Module 1 – Essentials of Soul Supportive Meditation
- January 28 – March 11
Module 2 – Energy Awareness
- April 1 – May 13
Module 3 – Relationship and the Shared Field
- June 3 – July 22
Module 4 – Living a Soul-Guided Life
- September 16 – October 28
Online Weekend Retreat
- November 5 – 7, 2021
- Session 1: Friday the 5th from 7 to 8.30 pm
- Session 2: Saturday the 6th from 11 to 12.30 pm
- Session 3: Saturday the 6th from 2.30 to 4 pm
- Session 4: Sunday the 7th from 11 to 12.30 pm
- Session 5: Sunday the 7th from 2.30 to 4 pm
Completion Ceremony: TBA
The Way of Liberation by Adyashanti
- Adyashanti has been a primary teacher of mine for the past 15 years. This little book distills the essentials of true meditation by a modern master. I appreciate that rather than passing on the teachings of a spiritual tradition he shares from his being, his knowing and his awakeness which offers the gift of a direct transmission.
Your Soul’s Gift by Robert Schwartz
- I had the opportunity to be in ongoing contact with my spirit guides through a trance channel in the early years of this millennium. It set the foundation for my understanding of the path of the soul and I wanted to give you that perspective as well. Most of the information in this book is channelled by various gifted mediums.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
- This book has spoken to the masses. It’s a methodical exploration of how we lose contact with our soul and how to get it back, by a man who has lived it sincerely and deeply.
The Way of Rest by Jeff Foster
- This is the best book I have encountered for making peace with the emotions. The teachings are offered in the form of 177 short passages so it’s the perfect book to keep on your altar and open at random particularly when dealing with challenging energies.
A Healing Space by Matt Licata
- The sub-title summarizes this book nicely: Befriending ourselves in difficult times. Moving beyond trying to solve our problems to exploring the endless richness of our lives without minimizing or turning away from hardship nor seeking the shelter of comfort or certainty.
Other Recommended Readings
- Adyashanti: Falling Into Grace, and others
- Byron Katie: Loving What Is, and others
- Brandon Bays: The Journey
- Caroline Dupont: Deep Healing (you can purchase this from me – $16)
- Gary Zucav: The Heart of Healing
- Greg Baer: Real Love
- Jeff Foster: Falling In Love With Where You Are, The Way Of Rest, and others
- John Prendergast: In Touch
- Lynn Marie Lumiere: Awakened Relating
- Michael Singer: The Surrender Experiment
- Mirabai Starr: Julian or Norwich, Theresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Francis of Assisi
- Pema Chodron: When Life Falls Apart, and others
- Paramahansa Yogananda: Autobiography of a Yogi
- Sri Maharaj Nisargadatta: I Am That
- Thich Nhat Hahn: Peace In Every Step, and others
- Buddha at the Gas Pump podcast: https://batgap.com/(excellent interviews with spiritually awakening people)
- Jeff Foster: http://www.lifewithoutacentre.com/
- Adyashanti: https://www.adyashanti.org/
- Caroline Marie Dupont
- Clare Blanchflower/ Purna Satsang
Module 1 replays, meditations, resources & reflections
- Everything is here to help me.
- Written exercise
- When I’m connected to Presence…
- When mind is operating…
- What prevents me from living from Presence more often?
CLASS 6 (practicum)
- Listening with your whole being.
- ‘There is something wrong with me because I’m feeling something uncomfortable’
- Suggested meditation flow (this is verbally covered in the ‘guided meditation’ portion below.
- make yourself comfortable
- acknowledge environment
- feel the Earth below, the space around
- connect with breath
- open to gross physical sensations
- open to more subtle sensations related to emotions and energy
- notice what’s noticing: rest into Presence / Awareness / Witnessing
Thich Nhat Hanh’s quote:
“I like to use the example of a small boat crossing the Gulf of Siam. In Vietnam, there are many people, called boat people, who leave the country in small boats. Often the boats are caught in rough seas or storms, the people may panic, and boats can sink. But if even one person aboard can remain calm, lucid, knowing what to do and what not to do, he or she can help the boat survive. His or her expression – face, voice – communicates clarity and calmness, and people have trust in that person. They will listen to what he or she says. One such person can save the lives of many.
Our world is something like a small boat. Compared with the cosmos, our planet is a very small boat. We are about to panic because our situation is no better than the situation of the small boat in the sea. You know that we have more than 50,000 nuclear weapons. Humankind has become a very dangerous species. We need people who can sit still and be able to smile, who can walk peacefully. We need people like that in order to save us. Mahayana Buddhism says that you are that person, that each of you is that person.”
Reflections & practice
- In your daily life, attune to the underlying belief that ‘There is something wrong with me because I’m feeling something uncomfortable.’
- Notice how simple acknowledgment of this belief can shift your capacity for Presence.
- The meditations in the ClearBeing Meditation System (use link above) follow a similar structure that was spoken about in this session in the context of different themes. Use that as a stepping off point for developing your authentic delivery of meditation guidance. Essentially we are helping people to meet the moment as it is so that they can experience a deeper, more Presence-filled sense of themselves.
- If you are so inclined, practice leading others through meditation.
- Meditating sitting up versus lying down.
- You can’t do this wrong.
- Welcomes everything.
- Is not trying to gain anything, has no agenda.
- Is equally receptive to joy and sadness, to motivation and boredom, to confidence and insecurity.
- Doesn’t separate things into good/bad, spiritual/unspiritual.
- Is already here (beneath the surface – ocean metaphor).
- Puts us in touch with an unconditional state of well-being.
Rumi quote (from The Great Wagon)
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.”
- When you allow things to be as they are, notice a sense of Presence.
- What are the qualities of Presence (i.e. indicators that Presence is ‘on-line’, for example feeling grounded, more relaxed, more spacious, etc.)?
- ‘Flood the body with awareness’
- Benefits of body-based meditation
- Common traps of body-based awareness
- Practice ‘leaning into’ the body sensations during pleasurable as well as challenging situations.
- Notice when something seems to be ‘too challenging’.
- What stories arise?
- What insights come when you open to sensations and feelings arise in the body?
- Is peace available?
- Gently acknowledge when you get caught in these common traps
- ‘trying’ to feel
- letting feelings and sensation fuel a negative belief about yourself
- thinking you’re feeling in the wrong way
- trying (often subtly) to get rid of the feeling
- hyper-focusing (hovering) on a sensation
- wanting to open up too fast
- Including with openness, curiosity & kindness.
- 3 sync
- Transparent communication
- Soul toolbox resources
- Soul resource: anything that brings you into deeper connection with yourself.
- Write down in your journal a list of soul resources that you have available to you. Include inner resources like listening to sensation, spiritual resources like meditation, relational resources like a friend, a coach or therapist, and outer resources like nature, music or a bath.
- Transparent communication: In addition to making space for the mind, body and emotions in your inner awareness during quiet times, practice bringing awareness to them in the course of your day and in your interactions with others.
- When I speak to someone, can I communicate from my mind, body and feelings? Can I listen from my mind, body and emotions?
- What effect does this have on my interactions?
- Adyashanti’s 5 Foundations
- The birth of the conditioned self, along with distorted interpretations, challenging emotions and physical dis-ease.
- Acknowledging our many ways of knowing and allowing space for every part of our being to express.
- Open to challenges being gifts that are here to liberate more of the soul’s light.
- As you move through your life, notice when you feel challenged.
- For most of us it’s best to do these reflections after being triggered, in a quiet environment.
- As you reflect back on the challenge notice (with curiosity and gentleness):
- What stories, judgments, interpretations occur?
- How does the breath feel?
- What tensions and discomforts show up in the body?
- What emotions are felt and where do they live in the body?
- What shifts in perspective occur when you allow ‘everything to come to the table’ equally (notice when the mind comes in through the back door when opening to sensations and feelings).
- Be As You Are
- Course components
- What is meditation?
- Read Chapter 1 of The Way of Liberation
- create a spot in your home for meditation practice
- commit to a regular practice for any period of time
- re-listen to the guided meditation from this class
- Reflect on the question ‘What is my greatest aspiration?’
- What is love, compassion, pleasure, connection, etc.
- Is it available in this very moment? and/or Is it true that it’s not here right now?
Module 2 replays, meditations, resources & reflections
- Take the backwards step again and again.
- “What is noticing this?”
- “I am not my feelings, emotions or energies. I am the perceiver of my feelings, emotions and energies.”
- Practicum: Formal Soul Coaching
- If you feel ready, begin to practice formal soul coaching with willing friends, family, possibly current clients.
- Everyone is struggling with something so you can simply invite them to explore their struggle using an approach you’ve been learning and want to practice.
- Refer to the guidelines above, before or after the session.
- Bring questions about your practice sessions to our training gatherings… we’ll all learn from them!
- Following the Energy Trail part 2
- Practice following the energy trail.
- Continue practicing Subtle Soul Coaching.
- Practice gently opening to resistance considering the possibility that it’s is a harbinger of evolution.
- Following the Energy Trail
- Practice following the energy trail.
- Continue practicing Subtle Soul Coaching on another person.
- When you think about that person in your quiet time, where are you most drawn to in your body?
- Gently give your attention to that area.
- Let it draw you it.
- Notice any changes in sensation and other impressions like feelings, images and memories.
- Allow yourself to be led to the next area as the first one shifts.
- Continue until you feel more connected to Presence, relaxation and a broader perspective.
CLASS 3 (Practicum)
- Subtle Soul Coaching
- Choose one person in your life with whom to practice subtle soul coaching this week. It’s probably best not to choose a relationship that is extremely charged, maybe a 6 or 7 out of 10. It doesn’t matter whether or not you see this person in person, or even that they are still alive. You are simple looking for a bit of a disconnect and resistance, and a desire to create more connection, harmony and peace.
- Take time regularly (perhaps in your meditation practice) to think about this person and to allow the physical, emotional and energetic responses to come to the surface. Once the sensations have been accessed, let go of thinking about the person.
- Simply acknowledge what you feel and do your best to lean back and allow what you’re feeling to be as it is.
- Notice that Presence and the sensations co-exist, and let yourself fall into the sense of Presence.
- Notice if your perspective on this person shifts, if insights arise, or if the relationship itself shifts. This could take time.
- You could re-listen to the guided meditation. which takes you through this process.
- Refined sensing is a frontier for the land of our deepest Being, or soul.
- The 7 main energy centers.
- Continue to bring awareness to energy and chakras during meditation and in your daily life. The simplest way to do this is to strip the labels off of emotions, as well as the associated stories, and just feel.
- Listen to the meditation from this week’s class and perhaps journal your experience.
- What do you notice when you first connect to energy and how does it shift as you bring awareness to that level of your experience?
- Which chakras are easy for you to feel and not so easy?
- Notice how your chakras and energy body respond to others.
- How does the energy body respond to simple awareness (i.e. dropping out of stories and analysis, letting go of giving the energy an emotional label).
- To Be is to Know.
- Foundational Principles of Energy for Soul Coaching.
Suggested Guided meditations from ClearBeing Meditation System (see the link above):
- 9. Journey through the chakras
- 10. Clearing the central channel
- Bring awareness to energy during meditation and in your daily life. The simplest way to do this is to strip the labels off of emotions, as well as the associated stories, and simply feel.
- Notice when you’re making ‘higher vibration choices’, and ‘lower vibration choices’. When you don’t add a value judgment and simply are curious, what do you notice?
- When my energy feels depleted what habits and practices help to connect me to greater vitality?
- Possible reading
- part 2 of Untethered Soul
- continue exploring the books intuitively
Module 3 replays, meditations, resources & reflections
- When the ‘I’ falls away..
- Integrating goodness.
- The evolution of a soul-centered relationship.
- Notice goodness, beauty and kindness in your days. Allow yourself to take those energies in as deeply as possibly.
- Open equally to the increase in energy flow, radiance and warmth as well as those places that feel resistant to these qualities.
- Non-human relationships
- “You have to meet the relationship as it is in order to see what it wants to become.”
- Choose one non-human relationship (food, a substance, your body or a body part, work, money, nature, etc.) and practice Presencing as we did in class, perhaps using the guided meditation.
- What do you notice? In particular, does Presence shift your perspective, reveal new insights and/or shed light on subtle details?
- Soul Coach -Client Relationship (a.k.a. soul-soul relationship)
- Think about how you would describe what a soul coach does to someone who shows interest.
- I encourage you to practice soul coaching on study group members, family, friends and current clients.
- Journal what you observe, questions to explore, how you feel before, during and after practice sessions.
- Continued exploration of the shared field.
- A living room analogy.
- One-on-one with participants.
- Perhaps re-listen to the guided meditation.
- Continue to explore relationships with the shared field perspective.
- The Only Relationship
- Everything we experience is our responsibility because it’s in our life.
- Everything is a projection from within the human being.
- We experience others through the lens of our conditioning.
- What is going on inside of me that I see someone or something as a problem?
- Perhaps re-listen to the guided meditation.
- Explore and reflect on any or all of the quotes above.
- Choose one relationship in your life.
- When you are in relationship with this person either in real time or in your mind notice:
- your thoughts… what is your relationship with your thoughts?
- how your body responds… what is your relationship with your body?
- what feelings/emotions arise … what is your relationship with them?
- What subtle energies/chakras are activated … what is your relationship with them?
- How does your perception of the other change when you’re primarily relating to yourself in relationship?
- Is it possible?
- Start or continue reading Your Soul’s Gift by Robert Schwartz.
- As you consider the perspectives shared in the talk notice the dynamics of your closest relationships. What opens up?
- When fixed beliefs about others shift there will be a loosening up of emotional and energetic material so be attentive and gentle with yourself.
- What tools do you have to meet your self, including the feelings, emotions and energies that arise in relationship, with Presence?
- Here are some of mine:
- reading / listening to inspirational material
- quiet time dedicated to opening to include all of myself
- time in nature or my garden
- speaking transparently to receptive friends or practitioners
- self-care like early bedtimes, baths, some moments soaking up the sun
- playing or listening to music
- Here are some of mine:
Module 4 replays, meditations, resources & reflections
Restorative Yoga & Meditation Videos
These gentle movement classes are meant to help you to integrate the material from each module.
A yoga mat, a blanket or 2, some pillows or cushions, or yoga props like a bolster and blocks will be helpful.
- Embodying Module 1 : Foundations of Soul-Supportive Meditation
- 1 hour and 2 minutes
- Embodying Module 2 : Energy Awareness
- 1 hour and 7 minutes
It’s suggested to meet at least once every 3 weeks or so. Arrange a time between you to get together (suggestion: about an hour) over the phone.
- Take turns leading a centering meditation.
- Check in with each other using transparent communication (maybe 5 minutes each)
- Discuss the course homework, teachings, and anything else that seems relevant.
How to meet:
In person if possible and desirable.
Zoom if one of your members has an account.
Another possibility is Globafy, a free conference call service (as long as you have a long distance plan within your country). It’s very simple.
- Before your first call, decide on an 8-digit code between you.
- Arrange a meeting time that works for all of you (considering your time zones of course)
- Dial the Globafy number for your country
- Canada: 1-514-819-0355
- Enter your code when prompted. The first person unlocks the call.
- That’s it.
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Feel free to connect in any other way that works for you.