I’m in preparations for three major events over three consecutive months starting in late summer. Each of these events is huge for me, and I’d be thrilled to have any one of them happening – but to have all three gathered in a row feels like a serial blessing:
- In September I begin a Facilitators’ Training at Hope Springs Institute in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio, USA
- In October I begin a Facilitators’ Training at The Boghill Centre in County Clare, Ireland
- And in November my new book, Radical Wholeness, will be published by North Atlantic Books
New Facilitators’ Trainings
I’ve been deeply gratified by the passionate interest people have expressed for joining in a Facilitators’ Training. I feel an awakening in the world to how chronically we’ve come to live in our heads, how out of touch with our bodies we’ve become, and to the relief and fresh quickening to life that comes with a more fully embodied presence in the world. There also seems to be a growing recognition that what my work offers in that regard is unique.
Some people are drawn to the Facilitators’ Training who simply wish to open their own experience more deeply to the present; others come who understand the support it offers to a modality they already practice; and some are there to learn the work and go on to share it with others. We spend a year exploring this work: three five-day sessions together, and in between those, group video calls where we explore questions, new exercises, and other issues as they arise. What is being learned is a new way of being, and the huge rewards it brings are always in proportion to the quality of the explorations along the way.
The prerequisite for applying to the Facilitators’ Training is previous participation in a weekend workshop – but both trainings start on Monday, and are preceded by a weekend workshop, which means anyone who feels called to the Training can fulfill that prerequisite. And if you are taking both the weekend workshop and the Facilitators’ Training, you can take the workshop for half-price. If you are interested to find out more about the Facilitators’ Training, you can join us for a live video conference next Tuesday, May 16th. It starts at 7pm Eastern Time, and will run to 8pm. You can register to join it here. And for those who can’t make it then, you’ll be able to watch it on your own time as of Wednesday morning by clicking this link.
Radical Wholeness – the book
As for my book, Radical Wholeness – it’s been in the works for a while. I seem to love the challenge of sitting patiently with the inscrutables of our culture, of our personal dilemmas, and of our way of being in the world – and then with the assistance of pencil and words, gently delivering them onto the page as scrutables. I’m in ecstasy with that process on Radical Wholeness, and can’t wait for the book to be a thing in the world that people can read. In the meantime, here’s a little excerpt in which I introduce the term “the body’s energy” as a way of speaking of the unified experience of the self:
Everything we experience – how we sense the world, how we think, how we feel the body, how we open to and accord with reality—has been shaped the Story we live with; and that Story says that to be human is to be divided. To undo our divisions, we have to allow the thinking of the head to get over its sense of superiority and its need for control—and begin to discover the rich wonder of offering its gifts to the living intelligence of the body.
When you think with the whole of your being, rather than with a segregated part of it, you begin to recognize every sensation in the body as a form of thinking; and you begin to recognize the state of the body’s energy as the state of your mind. There is an identity between them. When the body’s energy is unsettled, the mind is unsettled. When the body’s energy is calm, the mind is calm. When the body’s energy is congested, so is the mind. If the mind is scattered, the body’s energy is scattered. You cannot bring your thoughts to a place of calm clarity without also bringing the body’s energy to a place of calm clarity.
So I speak of ‘the body’s energy’ as a way of speaking of a unified experience of the self. It’s a term that can help us beyond the divisions and compartmentalizing we learn from the Story – a term that includes everything you are feeling as your life right now. It covers all the sensations that show up in your body: the energy of your emotions, ideas, muscles, libido, breath, and your exchanges with the Present. The term covers the whole of your fluid, felt experience—and at the same time recognizes the body’s energy as your mind. Once you begin to feel the identity between them, the struggle to bring your thoughts to rest, the struggle to find clarity, is made easier: by noticing the body’s energy, you can learn tangible ways of moving it out of the white noise of self-conflict and bringing it into the coherence that reveals the pure signal of your being.