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Creating and Nurturing Space for Awareness to Emerge through Transformational Conversation - Identify as Gay - Practising Naturist
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"LET A FEELING CRACK YOU OPEN

Here's the bad news:
You can't get 'over' a feeling.
You can't get 'past' it.
You can't release it.
You can't let go of it.
You can't transform or transmute it.
You can't even heal it.
All these ideas come from the mind,
not the body, not the Heart.
They are all subtle forms of violence,
sneaky ways of saying 'no' to a feeling,
aiming for its disappearance,
its death.
We learn to let go of 'letting go'.
We stop trying to release.
We end the exhausting effort to heal.
Instead, we are present.
We offer a feeling our simple presence.
Our non-resistant attention.
Our love.
Here's the good news:
In this field of presence
the feeling is no longer a problem,
an enemy, an aberration, a stain,
a block to freedom.
It is no longer 'something wrong'.
It is no longer 'negative'.
It is no longer a threat.
It is no longer an unwanted child.
You are now its guardian, its protector,
its loving parent, its Home.
And held lightly, in a still space of allowing,
the feeling stays for a while, or moves on,
or returns,
or never returns,
but either way,
you are healed from the need
to find healing elsewhere.
You do not heal feelings, you see,
they heal you, when you allow them
to guide you back
to your original Wholeness,
your loving nature,
your breath,
your place on this Earth."
~ Jeff Foster
(art by Alma Yamasaki)
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How Shall We Then Live??

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A New Story For Humanity (2016)

"A beautifully and sensitively woven tapestry of the rich diversity that is the human family. Featuring interviews on the essential topics of our time: from cosmology to ecology, from ancient wisdom to current thinking, from leadership to governance, from economy to social justice, from education to initiation, from community to sustainability."

Personal and Planetary Evolution/Conversations that Matter

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PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT FACILITATED DIALOGUE - DAY 16 - LIVING AWARENESS – Bringing it all together

Today, in Session #16, we will spend time reflecting on our time together as a group. The intention is to consolidate and go deeper into our individual awareness of the perceived shifts that have taken place since starting on this brief journey into ‘Living Awareness’.

A brief summary of the stages we have covered will set the scene for the session:

- Values of a life lived with courage: Belonging, Mastery, Independence, Generosity
- The power of thought to create or to suppress and how this impacts our lives
- The sources of personal power that are in essence a finding our own truth and building our lives around that
- The nature of the core beliefs that we each carry within, beliefs that are basic to the way we orientate ourselves in life, beliefs that we take for granted, but which either liberate or enslave us, which lead to a life lived large, or a life lived small
- Loving our Emotional Body, making friends with our emotions, which are a natural response to the process of living
- Loving our Relationships, exploring the territory of the heart and how we relate to others
- Sexuality, Sensuality, Gender and the Creative Life Force within
- Being Friends with our Physical Body and living in it, fully
- Work, Career and Our Place in this World - Working with Love
- Spirituality, aligning ourselves more fully with that which is always gently pulling us, that which is greater than ourselves, stepping more deeply into purpose and meaning

The summary will be followed by a brief video talk that will allow further insight into our journey from “Thought to Feeling, Consciousness to Awareness”.

A conversation guide will then take us into a time of sharing and caring as a group.

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On Monday past, in Session #15, we reflected on that which allows us to feel that our lives are being pulled by something greater than ourselves, that our lives have purpose and meaning. We contemplated purpose and that inner dimension of the self that opens us up to relating more deeply with the greater mystery of life.

To assist us with our reflection and contemplation on spirituality, we spent time in a focused visualisation exercise and also tuned in to a videoed sharing of insights of a contemporary world-renowned spiritual philosopher and teacher.

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REMINDER:
This dialogue is intended to create and nurture a space for personal awareness to emerge. It is not aimed at resolving issues of personal dis-empowerment, nor is it intended to be a group therapy session, but rather to allow to the surface those aspects of our being that may be contributing to a dis-empowered life.

Furthermore, the dialogue is geared to introducing specific 'thinking' tools that will continue to be available to each participant as they participate with their unfolding lives now, here and thus into the future, investigate that which surfaces, dis-identify and remain open to seeing their own personal next steps.

It is also the space in which both the facilitator and the participants treat their ‘guru’ role with the utmost of respect (Guru = that which dispels the darkness and points to the light), and are able to hear our own inner guidance a bit more clearly.

Each session is an introduction to a specific topic and allows for group interaction in order to stimulate awareness.

Additional links to podcasts, videos and literature are posted on my Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/uyaehtalempowerment ) to assist in a heightening of our personal awareness.

For deeper personal work, one-on-one conversations are recommended.

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So, off we go into Session # 16

Have a happy day, all!

Brian

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Be the Aliveness that you are!

Consider your religion,
its rituals and doctrines;
consider your spiritual practices,
your meditation,
your prayers,
your yoga;
consider how you live your moment;
do they lead you into deeper awareness
and into a greater love
for your unique expression of being human,
your connectedness to every sentient
and non-sentient being in this universe?

Do they lead you from anxiety and fear to lightness,
laughter and peace?
Do they cause you to dance lightly
with all expressions of being human,
with all of your emotions,
with all states of being
with the beautiful and the not-so-pretty?

If your answer is a clear 'no',
a 'maybe',
a hesitant 'yes,
a 'sometimes',
I invite you to quiet presence,
to deep listening,
in which your truth is always emerging.
I invite you to boldly acknowledge,
to investigate,
to nourish.

Your very essence is 'aliveness'.
Your very being is 'spiritus', breath, LIFE.

If your answer is a clear 'yes',
dance, my friend,
celebrate and dance!

Be the Aliveness that you are! - bas/200916

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Two fish went on a swim-about....

Two fish are swimming in silence
alongside each other,
on a day like any other,
out in the vast ocean of life.
One is a young, curious and inquiring fish.
The other is a wise master of life in the oceans.

Says the young fish (breaking the silence)
to the wise master;
"so where is this
ever-present,
ubiquitous,
all-knowing,
all-powerful,
life-giving,
nourishing,
life-sustaining,
organising,
destructive,
mysterious,
unpredictable
Water
you are always teaching us about?

The master replies,
"Be silent!
Feel into your being.
Go into your knowing.
Listen deeply.

Before you are, it is.
Out of it, you arise.
In it, you have your being.
Into it, you'll dissolve.
It has never not been." - bas/200916

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PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT FACILITATED DIALOGUE - DAY 15 - LIVING AWARENESS – What does it mean to be spiritual?

“Spirituality is a highly personal and intimate experience of our deeper nature. It should not be confused with religious doctrines.

Discovering what allows the deeper parts of yourself to be fulfilled has little to do with other people’s ideas about God or with theological prescriptions.” – Empowerment Institute

“Our expressions of spirituality are as diverse as we are. When our intentions and actions are guided by spirituality — our belief in our inter-connectedness and love — our everyday experiences can be spiritual practices. We can transform teaching, leading, and parenting into spiritual practices. Asking for and receiving help can also be spiritual practices. Storytelling and creating can be spiritual practices, because they cultivate awareness.” – Brené Brown

“Spirituality rightly understood is aliveness, super-aliveness.
That’s what ‘spiritus’ means. ‘Spiritus’ means ‘Life-breathe’. Our word spirituality comes from that Latin word ‘spiritus’. This ‘coming alive’ is what’s behind spirituality.” – Brother David Steindl-Rast

“True spirituality does not confuse ‘thinking about’ God - Higher Intelligence, Life-Force, Energy, Universe, Mystery – while praying, meditating, doing yoga or washing the dishes. True spirituality is to simply be wholeheartedly IN the practice or the action: Presence!”

“True religion, no true spirituality, is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.” - Alan Watts re-phrased

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On Monday, in Session #15, we will reflect on that which allows us to feel that our lives are being pulled by something greater than ourselves, that our lives have purpose and meaning. We will contemplate purpose and that inner dimension of the self that open us up to relating more deeply with the greater mystery of life.

To assist us with our reflection and contemplation, we will spend time in visualisation exercises and also tune in to the insights of world-renowned spiritual teachers through the medium of video.

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In Session #14 on Friday past, we dialogued our perception and understanding of ‘work’ as one of life’s greatest treasures.

Through videos and a visualisation, we opened ourselves up to how our choice of work may contribute in even greater measure to our being the fullest expression of being human, as a means to excelling at being human in relation to our planet.

As is the case for each of these sessions, videos and other links related to the topic of each respective session are posted on this Facebook page before each session.

REMINDER:
This dialogue is intended to create and nurture a space for personal awareness to emerge. It is not aimed at resolving issues of personal dis-empowerment, nor is it intended to be a group therapy session, but rather to allow to the surface those aspects of our being that may be contributing to a dis-empowered life.

Furthermore, the dialogue is geared to introducing specific 'thinking' tools that will continue to be available to each participant as they participate with their unfolding lives now, here and thus into the future, investigate that which surfaces, dis-identify and remain open to seeing their own personal next steps.

It is also the space in which both the facilitator and the participants treat their ‘guru’ role with the utmost of respect (Guru = that which dispels the darkness and points to the light), and are able to hear our own inner guidance a bit more clearly.
Each session is an introduction to a specific topic and allows for group interaction in order to stimulate awareness.
For deeper personal work, one-on-one conversations are recommended.
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So, off we go into Session # 15

Have a happy day, all!

Brian

Image Background: www.infinitequantumzen.info
Image: U-Yäh-tal Empowerment

In collaboration with Palapon Martial Arts & Holistic Fitness Camp (http://www.palapon.com/ )
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From Belief to Liberation in Integral Spirituality

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