Who are you? What are you? Why are you?
Simple questions that cut to the core of our lives, but which very few of us can answer with clarity.
This series of workshops will enable you to construct short and concise answers to these questions. Using a light-hearted approach with serious intent you are guided through a series of challenges and cognitive exercises that will allow you to find the words to precisely describe who you are, who you want to become, and what you want from life.
Six weeks, 6 x (2-3 hour) workshops.
Guided contemplative practice &
Mindful reminders every weekday (digital)
30 hours training over 6 weeks
Minimum group size 4 persons
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE.
In the 3-hour duration of this workshop, you will be introduced to your brain, focusing on your emotional brain and will discover how this part of your brain unconsciously governs your thoughts and behavior. You will run through a series of easy, fun tests and quizzes to test various cognitive abilities. You will discover your good, bad, and ugly habits; you will define your strengths and values. You will set out the experiences and growth you would still like to achieve in life.
You will achieve all this by being introduced to several cognitive training techniques that focus on different aspects of our brain function. The –Down the Rabbit Hole– workshop is the introductory workshop to a series of courses that focus on various cognitive training techniques(meditative practices) that target specific parts of the brain to regenerate, revitalize, rearrange, or re-engineer neural pathways; also know as habitual behaviour patterns, which are keeping you from becoming the person you want to be.
The aim of learning these techniques is to allow you to engage actively with your neural networks, to realign them with the experiences, growth, and purpose that you will discover for yourself. Once you have completed this workshop you will be ready to Slay the Dragon!
SLAY THE DRAGON.
Linda Evangelista once famously said that she was surprised that woman strove to look like the advertising world’s image of her, when she herself did not even begin to look that good.
That was back in the time before the application of photo-shopping techniques exaggerated the ideal of beauty to a comical degree, until pores, wrinkles, blemishes, or even one hair out of place is no longer acceptable. This is not just true of what we expect of women, but also of men.
With our social networks, we share only the smiley moments, the achievement moments, the cool, hip, and happening moments. We never share the reality that in most of our lives we also live in the quiet moments, the 3am panic moments, the in-between moments, the slightly sad and lonely moments, and the moments in which we fail. In these moments doubt dragons rise in our minds, then, with negative self-talk, we tell ourselves we are not good enough, not strong enough, not pretty enough, just not enough.
It is in these moments that life seems to come at us like a dragon in full fury. Then it is time to get out our shield and sword and do some slaying.
In the — Slay the Dragon– workshop, you are taught some basic neuroscience that will allow you to recognize where your negative talk is coming from. You will discover that science has shown that you can modulate that part of your brain and redirect your internal dialogue towards a positive and proactive pathway. You will learn the cognitive practices that focus on redirecting your negative neural pathways. You will see how directly your words influence the actions your body takes. Your body is waiting for your instruction, in the –Slay the Dragon– workshop you learn to instruct it well.
As you become expert in this technique you will learn to quickly become aware of unrealistic and negative self-talk. Learn to still that nagging little voice of doubt, learn to focus on your positives, and build a habit of positive self-talk.
As you do this, you will find your inner smile. There is no product or surgery that can enhance your beauty as much as the glowing smile that rises from your core, with it you become beautiful from the inside. That inner smile is your shield and sword and when you are so armed, who knows what wondrous adventures you might direct your life to.
Once you have completed this workshop you will be ready to step through the looking glass.
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Did you know that you can pre-live an experience?
You can create a situation in your brain that allows it to believe it has done something before. When you have perfected this ability, doing it for the first time in reality just seems so natural, as if you have been doing this all your life, as if you were born to do this thing. The cognitive techniques to achieve this state of mind are what you will learn in the –Through the looking glass– workshop. By learning some basic neuroscience, you will discover how to program your brain to know how to live something before your body even gets in on the act.
In the –Slay the Dragon– workshop your learnt how to identify and redirect negative self-talk. In the –Through the Looking Glass– workshop you will learn to turn that positive self-talk into your best life coach, as you learn cognitive techniques that teach your brain how to instruct your body to direct it to the goals and experiences that you identified in the –Down the Rabbit Hole workshop.
Slowly it is all coming together, as you re-engineer your neural networks to create the life you want.
The next step is to explore how you fit into the physical environment that surrounds you and how the environment affects every aspect of what you are even as you affect the environment. You are introduced to your body as an ecosystem. Specifically a watery ecosystem. You will discover the intimate link between your body and the surrounding ecosystem in which it exists. You will learn how external pollutants affect your inner ecosystem and how these pollutants regulate your brain and the brain of your children, on a genetic level, from conception. You will discover that your body is not just a biochemical body but also an energy body. You will learn contemplative practices that will allow you to sense the subtle energy of your body, thereby allowing you a greater sense of self and of connection to those with whom you share your life space.
Once you have completed this course you will be ready to start moving deeper into the mind-field as we start working with the positive centers of the brain; with the brains’ higher faculties, starting with the Finding the Key workshop in which you learn to unlock your higher emotions, and with that, your full potential and purpose.
FINDING THE KEY.
We speak of thinking outside the box. There are no boxes. What there is, is reality, which we either shy away from, or are simply not aware of, due to how we habitually use our brain.
The previous workshops were training programs to tone your brain to teach it to become still, to embrace your silence, and to learn to focus for increasing lengths of time. Much like you would train your body to run a marathon – Finding the Key – is the first half marathon that your brain is now ready to run; to allow you to travel deeper into mind.
This is not a workshop but rather a facilitation in which I give you the space and permission to simply sit in silence. To allow your brain to travel into mind, where you gently expand the spectrum of reality with which you are able and prepared to engage.
As you become adept at this you learn to forgive deeply and completely, you learn to be fully compassionate towards yourself, and towards others, and in so doing gently keep pushing at the boundaries of your reality spectrum.. Your thinking becomes expansive, your life experience becomes ever more nuanced and richer, and therein you find the key to joy and inner harmony.
IT’S ALL ONE THING.
The final workshop in this series looks at what it means to expand your consciousness from self-consciousness to global to cosmic consciousness. We briefly explore the intangible senses and the energy cosmos of which we are part. We look at our most valued emotions, loving kindness, this to prepare us for the next series of workshops that delve into energy harmony and what the brain might actually be.
For the duration of the course you receive two digital guided practices every week day to reinforce the training you have received in the workshop.
END of SERIES
The following series of workshops and philosophical debates explore the idea that we are creators; ideally, we create that harmonizing energy that we have called love. The course explores love from several perspectives, always coming back to what modern and ancient scientific knowledge has taught us about this energy.
During this course, we explore how a skillful interaction between brain and body allows us to create this energy at will. We become the source of love, no longer searching for love or waiting for love; we realize that we are the creators of love and our ultimate goal is to live in a blissful state of harmony.