We are all works in progress! We came into this world as expressions of pure awareness and soon became enmeshed in a web of conditioning. Many of us spend our lives trying to make sense of this nonsense and become even more deeply entwined. If this statement resonates with you, then you are not alone and are making strides on your own journey home. The purpose of this group is to provide a place where your unique expression of truth will be honored. The practice I offer, is the Intentional Human Project. I use this phrase because it presents a path of returning to the expression of pure awareness that is our birthright.
Though forms are used (talking circles, fire and water ceremonies, guided visualizations,hypnosis, tai chi, qi gong) these are only vessels that assist us in opening the space, that allows the expression of our awareness. The simpler we keep things the more opportunity there is for something real to occur.
Membership requirements- When you enter this space do so in innocence! My teacher "Ten Bears" invited us to invoke the phrase, "I am nothing, I know nothing", before entering into ceremony. Ego does not dwell in the the sacred. So simply open your heart and step inside the Circle. You are invited!
The claim is that, we gain about 5-10 lbs. over the holiday season. Whether or not it's completely accurate the weigh gained most often stays on and accumulates each year. What if this season I supported you to actually lose weight and start the next year with the new behaviors in place to get you to that vital fit body that you desire. Step number one is a necessary reframe regarding the holidays. Look at each of the special days separately instead of surrendering to the season of excess!
Let's start with Halloween as it's just around the corner. Who is looking forward to handing out all those sugary treats to the kids? Most of us, right? How many are purchasing their favorite treats for these same kids? You buy them 2-4 weeks early and find you have to restock several times as someone is eating the supply. You are buying early because?
,The external world my seem at this time to be reflecting a lot of pain and suffering. The language and actions being demonstrated by those who have been afforded the responsibility of guiding our nation can serve to either reinforce or diminish this sense. We may find myself enmeshed in a feeling of resistance to what we see unfolding or we may be filled with a smug sense of satisfaction. No right or wrong just opposite sides of the same coin. Neither serves as they close down our sense of humanity, our vulnerability. We have to be willing to stop reflecting these external conditions and choose to go deeper simply because that is the only way to make a real difference.
I am a fan of allowing myself to be vulnerable, kudos to Brene Brown, though I have been questioning how difficult that may feel to pull off in a social environment, that is so predator friendly. Yes, predator friendly! It would be naive of me to suggest that our culture has been an example of respectful, courteous and genteel human interaction throughout it's short history. Though I must say that I am shocked by our rapid decline in simple human decency.
Everyone of us can see this if we dare look! Next we must disengage from our need to defend our beliefs. Instead we must question how does this defending serve and what effect are we having on others when we do so. If what we say and do does not serve to uplift others then it is not reflective of our true nature. The practice that we must begin, is one of questioning what it is inside ourselves that we are protecting. Embrace it, see it for what it is and beneath it, we will discover a beauty that the world needs! Are you willing to share yours?
About the Author
Behavior Change Coach and Author James Barfoot CHt holds certifications as a Master Practitioner of NLP and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist who is registered to practice in Washington State. He developed The Primal Toolbox a behavior change and coaching strategy based on a tribal models. James lives in Spokane WA.