Beyond Stillness - New Course
There will be some elements of physical activity interspersed with the bodywork and there will be at least one day of complete silence. The course outline is below. The commitment must be to the whole series. You may find that you might like to combine the course with a few day’s holiday? The venues are chosen for their surroundings and quality of food and accommodation.
Part one: Outline, the thinking behind the work.
Over the last twenty years or so, of my forty-five years of practice, I have presented several hundred courses, largely around Stillness and the Feminine Principle. These have in general, been well received and people have asked me to present a teacher training. We have been experimenting with this in Spain and Italy and, I believe, the courses have been worthwhile.
Most of the feed back I have received has centred around the perceived personal growth of the student. This is not surprising as it reflects my evolved teaching style.
However, this has led me to realise something that I am sure has been clear to many people before me; that if we are proposing to teach teachers at a level which I call that of the Spirit, then no piece of paper saying I have completed a training, makes me a teacher.
Students decide whether I am a teacher. If my internal clarity is such that people are attracted, then and only then, am I a teacher.
Once again, as so often, I have to say to myself, it is where you come from, in yourself, not what you say or do, that attracts.
This course, therefore, will be an attempt to progressively deepen that place, from the head to the heart. From limited knowing to infinite revelation. Or at least, the doorway to it. This applies to the teacher and to the students.
Methodology and practice.
The course will be experiential rather than concept oriented. Each module may necessarily include some didactic outline, so that we have some communality of purpose but that will be kept to a minimum. These are long days during which we are largely still, so each module will contain a session of activity in the form of walking, dance, yoga or similar to be led by a qualified person from among the group. There will be much hands-on table work and group sharing of the experience of that work. There is no human expression that is not within the communality of human experience and there is wisdom in the realisation of that.
The course will be conducted in English with translation where appropriate.
Applicants will be asked to submit an application form that will gently explore their commitment and they will, in all cases, be quite familiar with Mike’s work, from previous experience.
There will be four modules of four days and a final module of five days. These modules will be at approximately six month intervals. The cost will be similar to others of a comparable length that Mike may have held. The only extra charge for the fifth day of the fifth part will be for food and accommodation. This is a very big commitment.
The commitment MUST be for the whole series, as the group integrity will be of paramount importance. A commitment to join is a commitment to contribute; yourself. The group will be encouraged to maintain some contact between modules.
The bodywork in the first module will amount to refresher of what has been done before on previous courses.
Part two: The Feminine principle.
What is it? What is the Masculine Principle.
What is the balance between the two? Can we thrive without that balance? Can we correct the imbalance that society, all societies, have adopted and we have adopted in ourselves? If so, where must that work take place? What methodology is available?
What is society and how do we change that other than in ourselves?
We can discuss nature and nurture and at the same time see if there is not a reasonable resonance when we discuss biology and physics!
We shall try, at all stages, to embody the concepts that have been discussed. That will doubtless mean letting go of knowing what we are doing in order to fully experience the sensation and feeling of what we are doing. Perhaps becoming rather than doing.
Implications and practice.
Just receiving is not easy. We have always supposed we have to KNOW what w are doing. During previous courses we have all struggled with not analysing or following what we are receiving but here we shall try harder to just receive and in the receiving the client will feel heard. This is different to being TOLD one is understood.
This difficulty, when encountered, will be shared in the group. Table practice will be the feature of this module, leavened by bursts of physical activity.
Part three: Trust.
Critical to the work and not to be confused with qualified trust. This is the jumping off the cliff with whatever result that may bring. We may fly! We may make a terrible mess! We are talking about a letting go of the defining and therefore, limiting, intellect, in return for the infinite revelations of Intelligence. We are not getting rid of the Intellect; we need it; it got us here and will take us home; it keeps us sheltered and fed; it keeps us warm and safe from the elements. We are talking about it being in balance and proportion.
This course will demand a readiness to examine the truth of many popularly held professional dogmas. By and large, most therapy models are based on dogmatic assumptions, not trust.
The human being remains a work in progress and is only “wrong” when limited by judgment and dogmatic habits; or putting it another way; when not heard. As the Buddha expressed so succinctly, suffering is Ignorance.
Experience not the concept.
Not what should be there but what is there, as touched upon in the outline. “Let the work do the work.”
We move deeper into self-empowerment and thus, by extension to empowerment of the patient. It is the teaching not the teacher that does the work. There are as many forms of the work as there are practitioners.
What is the experience of the client? is the question, rather than what did the practitioner perceive!
Part four: The limitations of knowing.
What there is to be known expands as the universe expands, at the speed of light. We do not and cannot know everything. All knowledge is partial, limited, and is from the point of view of the observer. We could say that knowledge is dependent on the point of view of the knower. Perhaps we could also say that the viewer creates the form of the knowledge received.
Interpretation, is therefore, equally biased.
The heart or the brain?
The head is the seat of information and the heart, we might say, is the seat of wisdom.
Resting in the heart can help us resonate with the huge energetic field of the heart, which has a bio- electric field 60 times the size of that of the brain, and a bio-magnetic field 5000 times vaster than that of the brain (McCraty, R. 2003, p.1). From early in embryological development, our hearts gather information from around us. As the brain develops, the heart continues to deliver more information to the brain than vice versa (e.g.,McCraty, R, 2003).The work of Heartmath (www.heartmath.org) reveals how intuitive, sensitive, and intelligent our hearts are, and how resonating with the heart can support us meeting the stresses in our lives with more coherence. A coherent heart enhances coherence throughout the body, as well as communicating to other people through resonance.
(Menzam Sills, C, 2016).
Part five: Digestion, in silence and reflection.
What goes before will have been the preparation. This will be the core of the practice for which the previous sixteen days have been preparing us.
After breakfast each day will be spent in silence, without phones or computers or T.V.
Let us please test our compassion for ourselves and each other, in company, from one morning to the next.
Let us be aware of the comings and goings of our minds and expand our awareness of just how much more we are than our habituations.
Touch will be there, holding will be there and, indeed hearing will be there, but from a different level, not from the vocal chords to the ears. From heart to heart?
Stillness is not rigidity; it is the ability to be with just what is, without attachment. Practice will continue at the tables and feedback will be simple presence, in silence.
DAY FIVE OF PART FIVE: I imagine it will be noisy! You will be asked to fill out a feed-back form four weeks after the end of the course. To be supplied. A reminder will be sent out to all participants.
The Venue is in the beautiful Danish countryside at Eleverhøj.
This the home of The Institut of Biodynamic Crania Sacral Therapy and a fully Organic certified Restaurant.
Sign up via: www.kstinstitutet.dk