Whether you are new to the Inquiries or you have been using them for some time, Deepening Courses are a great way to explore in more depth. Led by the Senior Facilitators, these courses enable participants to learn about and experience for themselves just how transformative this work can be.
Every Deepening Course consists of between three to five group calls (a total of six hours in either three, four or five meetings). Meeting together as a group gives us the opportunity to learn, share and resonate with one another. A safe, supportive space is created in which we can begin to investigate and inquire.
Deepening Courses are often themed, as this gives us the chance to explore an aspect of our experience in a much deeper way. We offer courses on a wide range of topics, including anxiety, trauma, money, embodiment, food and eating issues, sex addiction, childhood, and being present. We also offer women-only courses.
As well as the group meetings, each participant receives a total of six individual sessions, four with the course leader(s) and two with the certified facilitators who are supporting the course.
Each course also has a private Facebook room in which participants can discuss and share.
If you have an idea on a course you would like us to offer, please get in touch. We can also design individual Deepening Courses.
The full cost of Deepening Courses, comprising 6 hours of group calls plus six individual sessions, is $495.
Discovering An Embodied Healthy Relationship With Love
A Deepening Course
With Lisa Meuser
Saturdays: May 5th, 19th, June 2nd.
We can learn how to give ourselves relief using kindness and compassion, and in the process invite more embodied well-being into our lives. We can learn that this is truly what love is, and what is Loving. We will discover that the true essence of Love is an innocent and profound aspect of this human journey as we explore the mechanics of our bodies and our minds.
Human beings are hard-wired to experience love and yet our culture has created a meaning of love that is distorted, misunderstood, and toxic. Because of this toxic relationship with love – and all that we associate with it – we innocently learn and engage in unhealthy behaviors from our earliest days in attempts to feel love, escape from love, or “have/get” love.
When attention (what we usually mistake as love) is not given and received freely, we innately feel a gap – and we can literally spend the rest of our lives trying to figure out how “to get love,” or how to cope in its absence. As we try to figure out how to get it, cope in its absence, or deny our needs for it, we often innocently turn to all kinds of addictive behaviors and substances so that we can experience relief. Our well-being and health suffers, our intimate relationships suffer, and our relationship to sexuality often suffers immensely.
Hidden within that innocent desire for relief – and all that suffering – is the want and need to be loved/feel love. Simultaneously, this is often accompanied by a fear of being alone/feelings of separation, resulting in the subconscious dance of trying to avoid/fearing rejection, fearing/avoiding intimacy and/or anxiously craving intimacy, weaving its way through our often dysfunctional lives.
Like many of us, I started altering my behaviors to please others – to get their attention and “love” from a young age. I routinely didn’t have someone to support me when experiencing strong feelings. My emotions were often discounted, and my discomforts were usually treated with medication. I quickly learned to suppress what I felt, and I behaved in such a way as to not cause problems, or push people away. If I did that, I was rewarded with positivity and attention – perhaps what I commonly called love. I feared abandonment, and avoided intimacy. I developed attachment challenges early in my life that led to unsatisfactory relationships throughout my life.
As I matured into adulthood I realized that there was another way to be than trying to figure out how to get love, cope in its absence, or deny the need for it. I discovered that there were other options than numbing myself out, altering who I was, or running from my fears. I found that I had the capacity to use mindfulness and inquiry to study my relationship to “the gap” and even to see through that illusive gap altogether. I established a healthy relationship with sexuality, and came to know that Love, and ultimately wholeness, was (in) me all along, whether I was in a romantic relationship or not.
We will learn together:
Join me in this course as we explore barriers to feeling and experiencing love, as well as the false meaning-making we’ve given to the word “love.” I will compassionately and gently journey with you as you get to know your innocently developed strategies, core beliefs, and blockages which have contributed to harmful behaviors in an attempt to feel and experience love, but which ultimately yield a sense of separation and pain. Together we will learn that:
Experiencing relief has been an innocent part of our journey.
Acknowledging the toxic dynamics of “love” can be powerfully freeing once spotted and journeyed with.
Discovering the true essence of Love is an innocent and profound aspect of this human journey.
This course will utilize embodied practices, including the Living Inquiries, the N.O.W. practice, natural rest, breathing techniques, and some gentle experiential practices designed to explore your various experiences – shame, trauma, depression, anxiety, compulsions, identities, body contractions, debilitating thoughts and/or memories and more. You will also become familiar with the nervous system, vigilance centers, the fight-flight-freeze responses, attachment theory, and will learn about ways to support and be kind and loving with your self. I will be facilitating and guiding you in practices which will start to re-wire your nervous system and limbic system in ways that are profound. Lastly, you will get to experience the different inquiries first hand, and be able to practice skills for learning how to self-inquire.
You will have recordings so that you can practice on your own between class dates, which will help replace old habitual behaviors with new useful behaviors. All of this will set the stage for deeper self-intimacy and knowing, with compassion and love.
Childhood Deepening Course
With Fiona Robertson
Saturdays: June 2nd, 16th, 23rd
Let’s go back to where and when it all began. It often seems that our childhood defined who and how we are as adults. Whether we remember it as an idyllic time we long to go back to, or a nightmarish, painful time we’ve long tried to escape from, our childhood is pivotal to our idea of ourselves.
In Living Inquiry sessions, we inevitably come back to our childhood in some way; seeing images or memories, feeling long-buried or deeply familiar feelings, and uncovering the beliefs that we’ve lived by since our youngest days. In this Deepening Course, we’ll explore this thing that we call childhood in even more detail. Was it really how we’ve believed it to be? Are we destined to be defined by it forever? Who and how did it define us, exactly? Can we come to terms with it, or even feel peace around it?
Working in a small, intimate group, we’ll share and inquire in three two-hour group meetings. Each participant will also have four individual sessions with me, and two other sessions with certified facilitators (making a total of six sessions). We’ll also have a private Facebook group in which you can share, ask questions, and get support.
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