Advanced RP Teacher Mentoring Program

Level I Course Overview

 Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:30 Pacific
May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, Sep 6, 13, 20, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 6, 13 (tentative)

Preparation Prior to Week 1

  • Design a life schedule conducive to your well-being
    • Create a supportive, quiet environment
    • Make a list of resources that honor the importance of being kind to yourself and others
    • Listen to the wisdom of your body with tenderness and curiosity.
  • Journal:
    • What are your favorite personal practices for deepening in fundamental consciousness?
    • What are your hopes, dreams, wishes, and expectations in joining this RP Mentoring program? What are your challenges? Your fears?
  • Practice your favorite RP subtle breathing practices (you’ll have access to dozens of recordings through the RP Library)
  • Optimize equipment needed for your office or studio set up
  • Read this book by Judith Blackstone right away as it is a resource for practices and dialogues in Part One:

Phase One

Weeks 1-5

  • Week 1: Connect with others to form a transformational learning community in service of human flourishing
    • Connection matters. Relating “whole being-to-whole being” catalyzes human flourishing.
    • “From the depths of our own being, we can connect with the depths of everyone and everything around us.” – Judith Blackstone
    • Deliver a 1–2-minute authentic, inspirational talk – one that sparks interest in who you are and what you do. Examples:
    • Journal:
      • What does safety, trust, connection, and respect feel like in your body?
      • How do you set the tone for your clients to feel safe, trusted, connected, and respected?
  • Week 2: Feel the space come alive with each person’s presence
    • Presence matters. Kinship provides a deep sense of belonging – of safety, trust, connection, and respect.
    • “The resonance connection of our shared aliveness gives us a sense of deep kinship.” – Judith Blackstone
    • Describe your ideal client
    • Journal:
      • How would your describe your relational style with your clients?
      • Do you experience a sense of kinship with your clients? Family? Friends? Strangers?
  • Week 3: Receive each other with warmth and tenderness
    • Receptivity matters. Tender attention, tender breath allows space for the vulnerable parts of yourself and others to be seen, heard, and met.
    • “Psychological defenses – repressed memories and emotions – become embedded in the tissues of our body, making them too dense and rigid to be easily penetrated by our consciousness.” – Judith Blackstone
    • Journal:
      • What is your path towards emotional freedom?
      • How do you guide your clients towards emotional freedom?
      • How do you interrupt your own and others’ patterns of negativity?
  • Week 4: Hone your body as an instrument of subtle perception
    • Perception matters. Perceiving as fundamental consciousness allows the healing process to emerge spontaneously out of the field.
    • “The body is an instrument of perception.” – Judith Blackstone
    • Practicum – “see-feel” skills
    • Journal:
      • What habitual, and therefore diminished or distorted modes of perception do you recognize in yourself?
      • What defensive grips on your cognitive functioning?
      • What limiting physical, energetic, and emotional patterns?
      • How do you guide your clients towards recognizing and releasing limiting perceptual, mental, emotional, energetic, and physical patterns?
  • Week 5: Attune to truth in the core of your own body.
    • Truth matters. Speaking inspirationally from your own experiences, warmly, and authentically allows you to relate to others with less projection, and with the love, empathy and compassion that arises spontaneously when realizing nonduality.
    • “Our whole being will be reflected in the timbre of our voice, in the way we touch or move.” – Judith Blackstone
    • Share a 90 second to 5-minute audio or video from an actual (or ‘mock’) teaching or healing session with one of your clients (or a friend.) Example:

Daily: Practice assigned RP meditations 30+ minutes.

Weekly: Speak directly with your partners weekly, focusing on what really matters to each of you. Important learning happens when spiritual friends seek open-heartedly to learn from each other.

Act courageously: Make specific commitments to the group and to yourself – take your work to the next level

Interim – Preparation for Phase Two

Phase Two: Applying the Foundation

Deepening, Healing, Perceiving, Relating, Designing Weeks 6-9
Guiding, Reflecting, Inspiring Weeks 10-12

OVERVIEW (weeks 7-12)

  • Realize a depth of presence that inspires your life and your work.
    • Use RP practices to:
      • Heal rifts between body, mind, breath, and energy; between perception, cognition, emotion, and physical sensation
      • Heal, balance, and deepen your capacity for self-confidence, authenticity, and intimacy
  • Cultivate authentic, mutually-nourishing relationships with others.
    • Use RP practices to:
      • Engage during and outside of our sessions with / as allies, witnesses, and true companions
      • Heal rifts between self and Other
      • Rest in your heart, open and undefended
  • Cultivate your “see-feel” skills.
    • Use RP practices to:
      • Hone your whole body as a trustworthy instrument of subtle perception
      • Discover an internal intelligence at the basis of the body-energy mind system, such that you know without thinking, you hear without listening, and you see by sensing
      • Unify your senses so that you can perceive each moment with all of your senses at once
      • Allow the healing process to emerge spontaneously out of the field

Example below from cohort 2: Three topics emerged Week 6 as issues our cohort is deeply curious about – connection, belonging, and gender/sexuality.

The focus of our time together during these seven weeks is on supporting each person to cultivate the skills and capacities to:

    • Design and facilitate a 20-minute “live” healing session in relationship to one of those topics, using RP meditations and RP practices.
    • You may choose to work with one of two people in front of the group or to work with our entire group weeks 10 or 11.
    • Speak in a way that allows your insights to penetrate into the hearts of your listeners.
    • You may choose to speak “live” or share a prerecorded 90-second – 5 minute audio or video recording the day of your facilitation or week 12

PREPARATION FOR CLASS SEPTEMBER Week 7:

  1. Explore “burning questions” related to your topic (with your practice partner and in your journaling.)
  2. Search Judith’s books for relevant quotes and ideas on your topic (use the search button on Kindle versions for ease)
  3. Engage in a personal somatic inquiry relevant to your topic.
    For example,
    explore the energies, emotions, physical sensations, perceptions, and thoughts or beliefs that arise when you bring to conscious awareness (childhood) memories of:

    1. A sense of estrangement from others or the loss of belonging
    2. A loss of connection with your own inner responses and needs
    3. Realizing that you could not express your gender and/or sexuality without facing social persecution
  4. Journal – or draw – or dance – or sing – or find some other creative outlet for expressing what comes up for you during your personal somatic inquiry

CLARIFICATIONS ABOUT “AFFINITY GROUPS”:

  1. In class both on Weeks 7 and 8, you’ll have 20 minutes to meet with your “affinity group” – others who have chosen the same topic.
  2. Also please meet in “affinity groups” outside of class so you can use each other as sounding boards.
    • Engage in further research and dialogue on your topic with each other. Discuss relevant sections in Judith’s books. Engage in somatic inquiries with each other. Practice listening as fundamental consciousness. Explore how differences in your group members’ patterns of openness and constriction (energetic, emotional, physical, perceptual, and mental) can serve as sources of learning and wisdom. Practice “healing” sessions with each other.
    • Your “affinity group” is your primary support group.
    • I am also here for your support. If you get confused or overwhelmed, please reach out to me.
  3. Optional: If you or your “affinity group” want to engage in a 15-20 minute somatic inquiry for our cohort so that you can learn more about all of our patterns of openness and constriction in relationship to your topic, let me know. Possibilities include: Weeks 7, 8, or 9

This is a “jigsaw” assignment, which means that by the time each person guides us through their “live healing session,” and share their insights in a talk that allows their insights to penetrate our hearts, each of us, whether facilitator or participants, will have learned something significant about each topic.

Quotes from Judith’s books:

CONNECTION: “Sensitive people are often so aware of other people’s mental and emotional life that they lose connection with their own inner responses and needs…. The lack of genuine connection with significant others in their childhood may derail the development of their own connection with themselves, and their ability to feel close with other people…. The gifts of sensitivity, emotional depth, and insight … can be entranceways into both the everyday world of shared human connection and the most subtle, spiritual dimension of our being.”

BELONGING: “Our sense of belonging in the world is integrated with, and surpassed by, a sense of belonging to something beyond, and in some sense more real and enduring, than the confusion of the world around us…. The more advanced the teaching, and the students, become, the more the ultimate is presented as something belonging to us, as a wonderful but entirely natural part of our own nature…. This ongoing experience of contact gives us a deep sense of kinship with everyone we encounter and a sense of belonging in our world. It can help us surmount our fears of other people, as well as erode our prejudices and our aversions.”

GENDER / SEXUALITY: “The qualities of physical sensation, emotion, and awareness become, in our human anatomy, the qualities of gender, sexuality, power, love, voice, and understanding. These are the qualities that are enfolded in our being, which deepen and develop as we realize fundamental consciousness. They are also the qualities of our self-expression and our mutual contact with other human beings… Attuning to the quality of gender does not mean that we have to feel “feminine or “masculine.” It means that we can inhabit our pelvis and genital areas and feel the qualitative dimension of these parts of our body… Gender is an important political issue, an issue of freedom to be ourselves without social persecution. ”

HEALING “These [RP] practices approach the healing of trauma in two ways. There are practices that directly facilitate body-mind integration through inhabiting the internal space of one’s body, attuning to the unified ground of fundamental consciousness and the inherent qualities of one’s being that emerge as we know ourselves as this ground. And there are practices that utilize our attunement to fundamental consciousness in order to precisely and lastingly release the trauma-based constrictions in the body.”

DISENTANGLE / RELEASE: “Contact with the subtle core of the body … helps us disentangle from fixed beliefs, traumatic memories, and it refines our focus so we can more effectively and precisely release the trauma-based holding patterns from our bodies.All of our holding patterns contain the movement into the constriction and therefore the exact pathway of their release…. As you begin to release these organizations in your body, you may discover that the areas in your body of bound fascia contains your child mind (your childhood mentality at the time of trauma), the memory of what happened to you, and the emotions you felt during the trauma. “

Interim – Preparation for Phase Three

  • Practice your choice of RP meditations dailly
  • Meet with your partner(s) from time to time
  • Prepare to demonstrate inspirational leadership skills and capacities
  • Engage in courageous acts to launch your work in this world:
    • Create / update a website resonant with who you are and what you offer
    • Design new offerings
    • Create more audios or videos
    • Other?

Phase Three
Weeks 13-14

  • Together with others, demonstrate skills and capacities for living and teaching authentically.
    • Plan and facilitate a 10-15 minute live interactive session on a topic that you’re passionate about, one that addresses interests and needs of others in your cohort, such as:
      • Ways to grieve the great injustices on Earth, tell the truth, and stay engaged
      • Support for diversity, equity, and inclusion
      • Strategies for challenging clients OR group dynamics, OR controversial questions
      • Ethics for living and teaching authentically
      • Demonstrations of how you and others have grown and changed during our time together
      • Celebrations of the diverse ways each of you are launching this work in the world
      • Other?

Daily: Practice assigned RP meditations 30+ minutes.

Weekly: Speak directly with your partners weekly, focusing on what really matters to each of you. Important learning happens when spiritual friends seek open-heartedly to learn from each other.

Act courageously: Make specific commitments to the group and to yourself – take your work to the next level

Warmly,

Roma

650-966-4216. (c)

roma@romahammel.com

www.romahammel.com