TEPP (The Embodied Present Process) is an experiential modality that that brings you home to wholeness by integrating your body’s intelligence with your thinking. It’s a modality unlike any other and is distinguished by six primary characteristics:
- TEPP places the body’s intelligence front and center. Most modalities, without realizing it, are top-down.
We are immersed in a culture that lives in the head, thinks in the head, issues instructions to the body from the head, and is resolutely top down in its approach to the world. Many body-centered modalities instruct us about what we should do with the body and how, and often what we should feel as that happens. The intention behind such modalities is benign, but they inadvertently reinforce the top-down primacy of idea over sensation; as such, they further estrange us from the body’s intelligence. This matters deeply, because the body’s intelligence is attuned to the present and holds within it a realm of subtle awarenesses. Those awarenesses are what enable us to be present, to connect with our deepest truth, and to harmonize with the world around us.
- TEPP uniquely recognizes the cultural patterns that inhibit our responsiveness to the world, and helps us past them.
When you are raised in a culture, you absorb its story about what it means to be human. You do so when you are still too young to question it or distinguish the interpretation from the reality. The primary reality of our world is its unbroken wholeness. But our culture systematically desensitizes us to wholeness, so that by the time we are adults we struggle to feel the wholeness of our lives, the wholeness of the self, the wholeness of the present or the wholeness within which each of our actions is embedded. To be desensitized to wholeness is to be desensitized to reality itself. Untethered in that way, our lives feel driven, disconnected and anxious. The source of our disconnection lies in cultural patterns of tension held within our bodies. TEPP addresses those patterns and helps us to gently undo them.
- TEPP shows you how and where to land in the body, and so too how to land in the present.
There is a growing recognition in our culture of the need for embodiment, and there are many modalities that offer to help us with that. Products of our culture, those modalities tend to encourage us to sit in our heads and merely notice the body: to notice its sensations, its breathing, its energy – all of which affirms our ‘outsider’ status regarding the body. Some modalities offer a generalized injunction to ‘be’ the body, without mapping out its different realms of intelligence. Nor do they distinguish where in the body’s intelligence we can locate the ground of our being, and how we can come to rest there and centre our awareness there. TEPP offers specific practices that clarify that process, and shows that when you are able to rest in the body, on the ground of your being, you are also able to rest in the present.
- TEPP considers the voice to be an essential part of embodiment.
Most embodiment modalities neglect the voice – and that would be fine if humans weren’t such verbal creatures. But if the voice isn’t able to root itself in the whole of your being you will be pulled out of embodiment every time you speak. Furthermore, there are explorations in embodiment that are only accessible with an exploration of the voice. To truly ease into the wholeness of the body and allow the voce to arise from there is at the same time to ease into the wholeness of the Present – even as you are speaking.
- TEPP guides you from self-consciousness to world-consciousness.
Our culture assures us that if we can become skillful enough at supervising the self; if we can find the right ideas by which to guide our lives; if we can arrange the self and the world around us correctly, then things will work out. But those assurances make us spectators on our own lives – trapped in self-consciousness, trying to ‘get it right’. In the essential aloneness we feel, our primary task in life becomes the management of the self to achieve happiness; and our primary relationship in life is with the self we are managing. But consider this: when you hold the spotlight of your attention on the self, you cast the teeming present to which you inescapably belong into darkness. You sever your relationship with the mindful whole and with the guidance it whispers in every moment. The work of TEPP enables you to escape the self-consciousness of our culture and discover the relief and spaciousness and ease of allowing your attention to dilate into the present and live in its companionship.
- The practice of TEPP belongs in your daily life – it doesn’t require a separated, dedicated time or space.
TEPP is designed to thrive when it is brought into your everyday life. Its practices belong at your kitchen sink, while you’re washing dishes. They belong in the aisle of the grocery store, or in a chat with a friend. When its practices find their way into your most commonplace activities, they impart a spaciousness to your life that opens it to a deeper harmony – a harmony you don’t possess, but belong to.