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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Awakened Heart/Peaceful Mind
Spirituality and Parts Work:

An Experiential Introduction

     This workshop will be useful for people new to the "Parts Work" model as well as those familiar to the approach.  It will be a morning to renew and restore.  Following a review of the parts "landscape" using Sharon Eckstein's illustrations, we will use an experiential activity to better understand our own "parts" and to experience the peaceful center of our "Self" through a process I now call "Journey to the Self," that I developed from the Zen big mind process.


Saturday, January 17, 2009
9:00 am - 12:30 pm    $40, Student discount $25
Lacy ABC

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Tom Holmes
“When we understand, we are at the center of the circle, and there we sit while Yes and No chase each other around the circumference” ~Chuang-tzu
The Self is the heart-centered core of our being – that place characterized by mindful awareness, compassionate connectedness, and calm confident clarity. When we are in the Self, we are in a state of awareness quite different from the ordinary, but available to anyone with practice. From here we can see ourselves and others through kind eyes of non-judgment and non-reaction. It is almost as though we are loving, bemused observers who are very present to our own inner states and to the others we encounter. In this place we let go of anxiety, drop dissatisfaction, and become aware of our wholeness. Here we can be either passive witnesses or active doers, whichever is called for and in this state we seem to know clearly what it is we are to do.
     This workshop will introduce the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model with its concept of Self, and we will engage in practices that let us experience Self. In this way we will both see the concept and know the work by direct experience. While based on the Zen Big Heart / Big Mind process, this underlying goal of increasing in compassion is a key part of many faith traditions, including each of the Abrahamic religions.      For a better understanding of what this workshop will cover, click here to visit Tom Holmes’ website and to read some of his published works. Tom's new book on IFS, Parts Work, will be ready in time for the workshop.
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