Advanced RP Teacher Mentoring Program

Level II ∼ Catalyze deep healing and transformation

Fridays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Pacific
Jan 20, 27, Feb 10, 24, Mar 10, 24, April 14, 21, May 5, 12, June 2, 16 (tentative)

Are you currently in the Advanced RP Teacher Mentoring Program Cohorts I or 2?

Are you on the threshold of whole-heartedly committing to
living as a healing presence in this world,?
What lingering doubts and fears arise to be released?


I invite you to show up –
guide meditations –
facilitate healing sessions –
in a small, life-affirming group.

Connect deeply with others, bonded by your love of RP!

The vision for the Advanced RP Teacher Mentoring Program Level II is to catalyze deep healing and transformation – in yourself and others. In reality, it means that in Level II, you are the RP practitioner, the RP facilitator, the RP teacher – guiding meditations, leading somatic inquiries, facilitating dialogues, giving short talks, and answering questions in a safe, life-affirming group setting. Also you are the student, the client, the process observer, the supervisor, the companion, the ally, the person bearing witness.

My hope is that you’ll have so much practice applying nondual realization to personal maturity, psychological healing, and the release of trauma-based patterns from the body, that you’ll develop an unshakeable confidence in yourself as a therapeutic presence, and also in trusting the healing process to emerge spontaneously out of the field.

Drawing again and again on the gifts of inhabiting your own body, you:

  • Recover sources of strength and enjoyment
  • Develop self-love
  • Restore resilience
  • Experience self-ownership
  • Regain agency
  • Feel grounded, rooted, and settled
  • Feel safe, open and receptive
  • Feel appreciation and compassion for yourself

Even as I write these words to you, I realize that in my heart of hearts, my real invitation is for you to embody your spirituality. Embody nonduality. Embody fundamental consciousness. This is an invitation for you and others to self-organize our time together. I admire you – and I will support you.

Our work together could focus on deep healing from core wounds,
support through challenging times in your current life, and/or
liberation from cultural conditioning related to race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, and religion.

At this point, your healing journey may be revealing deeper structures of consciousness that you can now contact – personal, ancestral, collective. Thus this series includes the option for multiple private appointments for those who want to meet with me outside of class.:

  • You can process whatever comes up for you in our group and in your life.
  • You can receive feedback and supervision on your professional work. If you send me a 20-minute recording, I’ll watch it ahead of time and we can focus on it during your session.
  • You and I can collaborate in designing sessions that you facilitate for our cohort on your own or with others. I’m happy to be a sounding board and resource for you. You can practice with me.
  • You and I can collaborate in designing courses that you’ll offer online or in your local community. I’d love to hear your ideas, and I’ll support you however I can.

A Senior Realization Process teacher, RP teacher trainer, and founder of the Advanced RP Teacher Mentoring Program, I earned a PhD at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Integral Philosophy, a spiritual philosophy that emphasizes that consciousness is central to the evolution of the personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal domains of our lives.

Be unshakeable … Illuminate life with each breath

Be inspirational … Tend to what’s most alive in each moment

Be transformational … Allow your deepest experience of reality to guide and inspire you

Hi,

Below are more concrete details about how we might co-create Level II:

Each person would sign up to facilitate sessions and guide meditations – for the sake of “practicing” – not with any expectation of being “perfect.”

The premise is that the training and growth actually arises directly from actual experience facilitating and guiding – plus life-affirming feedback. (More on that later …)

Your weekly meetings with spiritual friends would focus primarily on one or both of you practicing – and the other(s) giving life-affirming feedback.

The sample outlines below suggest different possibilties. The goal is that each of you have ample opportunity to open/close sessions, guide meditations, lead somatic inquiries, facilitate dialogues, give short talks, answer questions, etc.

There also needs to be open space for questions regarding RP or your professional practice.

My hunch is that by June, you will have significantly more experience and confidence.

I am happy to meet with you during your individual session or during breakout rooms to support you in your planning. However, I mostly want this to be as “low-stress” as possible … and perhaps, at times, fun!

Session 1: Focus: What inner resources do you draw upon when you feel stressed, anxious, doubtful, or overwhelmed? What capacities? Emotions? Attitudes? Somatic inclinations? Virtues?

10:30 – 10:40 Roma – Welcome, course overview, day overview

10:40 – 10:55 _A___ Facilitate introductions

10:55 – 11:20 __B___Guide RP meditation

11:20 – 11:40 __C___Facilitate somatic inquiry

11:40 – 12:00 ___D__Facilitate group dialogue – about the somatic inquiry – and as to what happened and what’s next …

12:00 – 12:20 Roma – Facilitate reflections and life-affirming feedback to each person who facilitated or guided today.

12:20 – 12:30 Roma – Closing

Session 2: Focus: ???

10:30 – 10:40 ___E____ Welcome and a brief talk on today’s focus

10:40 – 11:05 ____F___ Meditation

11:05 – 11:30 ____G____Somatic inquiry

11:30 – 11:50 ____H____Healing session

11:50 – 12:10 Roma: Reflections on how this process is going – and what’s next – and questions about your professional wor – and life-afirming feedback to participants E, F, G, and Y

12:20 – 12:30 Roma: comments, meditations, closing

Session 3: Focus: What separates you from a deep felt-sense of belonging?

10:30 – 11:05 __A__ Welcome, short talk, meditation

11:05 – 1145 ___B___ Somatic inquiry and either dialogue or healing sessions

11:45 – 12:05 ____C__ Meditation

12:05 – 12:30 Roma – Reflections, Q/A, next steps, and closing

Session 4: Focus: How does “white consciousness” live in your heart, body, and mind?

I hope that you, like me, are inspired by these excerpts from Judith Blackstone’s book Trauma and the Unbound Body, as she writes about the therapeutic presence, the therapeutic relationship, and the healing process. Please note that I’ve changed the language, to address each reader as an individual.

When you, as a healing presence in this world, experience fundamental consciousness pervading you and your clients, your relationship with others is transformed in several ways:

  • Your own presence is more centered, grounded, and empathic.
  • You can track your internal responses to your clients more clearly.
  • Your perception of your clients is more refined.
  • You are more open to the spontaneous emergence of the healing process.

Your ability to inhabit your own body and to know yourself as fundamental consciousness is of key importance for the healing potential of the therapeutic relationship. When you inhabit your body, you are available to receive a client without either needing to shield yourself or to come forward toward the client in order to feel connection. When you can stay within the core of yourself, connecting from the source of your love and intelligence, your intelligence and love will always be there, as part of the ongoing ground of your being, available for your client to rely upon.

When you are grounded, in the sense of settled to the ground, e.g., by inhabiting your lower body, you cannot be as easily thrown off-base by the intensity of your client’s emotions. Most of your clients will sense this and know that they can express the extremes of their anger, terror, or grief without overwhelming you. They may also sense that they can embody their own full vitality, power, and intelligence without your feeling threatened by them as their own family may have felt when they were children.

Perhaps the most crucial element of your presence, is your ability to feel compassion. Compassion is experienced as an innate capacity of embodiment. If you remain in contact with yourself, compassion wells up within your body as a spontaneous response to your client’s suffering.

Words and phrase above excerpted from Judith Blackstone’s book Trauma and the Unbound Body, Judith Blackstone

Since 1992, I have followed a multi-dimensional daily path—taking action, practicing QiGong, engaging life dialogically—along with on-going critical reflection and dialogue with others—to foster intersubjective self-other awareness. Long ago, I sensed that practicing these habits as a way of living had the potential to change the deep structures of my consciousness.

I grasped the bodyspiritmind could be trained to hold an intention which would disrupt habitual perceptions and constructions. In their 1991 book The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience, Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson, and Eleanor Rosch explain: “[The mind can be] developed and embodied through a discipline that facilitates letting go of ego-centered habits and enables compassion to become spontaneous and self-sustaining” (p. 252). Varela, Thompson, and Rosch explain the possibilities: “Humans are not trapped forever in the abstract attitude. The dissociation of mind from body, of awareness from experience, is the result of habit, and these habits can be broken” (p. 25).

I admired Haridas Chaudhuri, founder of the California Institute of Integral Studies. I his 1977 book The Evolution of Integral Consciousness,  he states that the minds of people who perceive self as a separate entity are clouded in ignorance (p. 64). Ignorance results in an isolated and separative consciousness. In the course of the inner growth of consciousness, the veil of ignorance begins to be lifted, the barriers of separation begin to break, and the boundaries of the mind begin to recede. A person experiences an increasing expansion of consciousness—the goal of personal development (p. 64).

T. S. Eliot wrote in 1943 book of poetry, titled “The Four Quartets”:

“In order to arrive there,
To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
You must go by the way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.

One day, if one is not too alienated from his inner self . . .
Inner guidance can be heard in the stillness of the soul.

The meta-intention in all our time together is to deepen our capacities to live as healing presences in ordinary, everyday life, thus healing schisms in consciousness personally, collectively, and transhistorically.

Somatic inquiries are a capacity-building and vitalizing way-of-life. Dialogic processes break through the “integrity of perception” of the internalized views –  and the distortions of subjectivity. They also lead to a mutual opening up to the concern, to a sharing in a high er valuve both parties acknowledge and neither person controls.

  1. Reactions and resistance can be important guides in this process of catalyzing deep healing and transformation.
    1. Reactions—anger, tears, fears, guilt, shame, boredom, withdrawal, denial, disconnection—may signal cognitive dissonance and emotional overload. 
    2. Visibilizing them—giving voice, form, and space to these reactions —allows otherwise repressed or conflictual parts of us to engage and be present as valued co-participants.
  2.  Charged or conflictual moments indicate potent moments for catalyzing deep healing and transformation.
    1. Though many charged moments may not recognized, to the extent that key moments are seen and held in shared awareness, shifts in perception occur and iterate through us –  personally, collective, and transhistorically
  3.  There can be multiple purposes to visibilizing what’s going on internally:
    1. We grow multi-dimensionally.
    2. We differentiate our multiple selves.
    3. We open the door to deep healing and transformation.
    4. We accept that we are human, mortal, imperfect, and vulnerable.
    5. We re-integrate in new ways.
    6. We increase personal capacity for awareness and right action.
    7. We invite self-other transfiguration.

Peter Reason, faculty at the University of Bath, (1993) writes:

“The purpose of right action in the present time must be for healing: for healing the rift between persons and the experience, between persons and others, between groups and societies, between our human existence and the requirements of the ecology of the planet, and between ourselves and the realm of the spirit, however one may wish to speak of that. “

Scholars and researchers Yongming Tang and Charles Joiner (1998) state that the problems and crises we face today are created by limitations in the internal structures that define who we are and how we behave and the limits of our abilities to grow capacities to engage with conscious awareness.”

Excerpts from my (2000) dissertation: Dark Grace: A Heuristic Inquiry into White Consciousness

Twelve two-hour sessions in 2023 $1260
With 3 private 55-minute sessions $1785
With 6 private 55-minute sessions $2310
With 9 private 55-minute sessions $2835

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