Continued Professional Development For Practitioners – One Year Training
Befriend your client’s shadow sides – and your own
Working with the shadow can deepen and enrich your practice and bring new levels of connection and healing to your life. This year long course offers a deep immersion in working with the shadow. This is a fully experiential training where you will learn and practice powerful new techniques for working with the shadow parts of the self.
If we have the right support then facing our fear can open up a gateway to transforming ourselves and our lives. In fact you could say that the process of turning towards fear rather than running from it is an unavoidable step at some point in the personal development process.
Facing our fear can transform this powerful energy into a friend rather than a foe, an ally which energises us to step up and take our rightful place in the world and to love ourselves and others more deeply. Conversely, if we never face our fear we can block our route to growth and transformation – when we explore only ‘fear free’ ways to live our life we tip toe around our greatest potential.
‘Don’t play for safety – it’s the most dangerous thing in the world.’ Hugh Walpole
Whatever aspects of ourselves we have hidden away, however unacceptable or destructive we may believe them to be, there is usually a kernel of essential ‘life force’ which we have hidden away too, along with all the ‘bad’ stuff that we are trying to avoid.
When exploring the shadow I work with the idea that we are all made up of many different parts. Some of these parts we are aware of and happy with, others we are aware of but we dislike and we’d rather they weren’t there. In addition to this there are yet other parts of ourselves of which we have no awareness at all. They are missing from our conscious knowledge of ourselves and, as a result of these ‘missing’ parts, our experience of life is limited. Furthermore we can suffer much pain and confusion as these hidden aspects run things from the shadows. Continue Reading
Our shadow contains all the parts of ourselves we have cut off, repressed or denied. These are usually aspects of ourselves that were disapproved of during childhood, or that we needed to hide in order to gain affection. They are characteristics that it might have been counterproductive or dangerous for us to express. In childhood our psychological and physical survival depends on getting along with those around us and being accepted, so we very naturally hide sides of ourselves that may not serve us in this process. Continue Reading
In this article I will explore the idea that diversity is, at core, about more than just accepting and welcoming ’other’. It is, first and foremost, about accepting and welcoming parts of ourselves – parts that we haven’t yet had a chance to meet.
Firstly I am going to introduce you to a belief that has influenced me for a long time now and underpins all the work that I do. You will need to bear with me for a while as I take you through my own personal journey to arriving at this understanding – via shamanism, poetry, quantum physics, group dynamics and the other varied influences that have informed this belief.
How do I know what I’m feeling?
Although many of us are unaware of the process, there is a wealth of evidence available which suggests that our whole bodies themselves are sense organs which communicate with us, often on an unconscious level, and inform us about our feelings. Continue Reading
People look to many different things to bring them joy – money, status, a beautiful place to live, the perfect partner, children, friends…. . However there is also generally a sense that a person’s way of being – who or how they are – has a greater influence on their happiness than the people or things around them. Continue Reading
Our Need For Connection
When exploring love and intimacy I look to the ‘Lover’ archetype, which is representative of our need for connection. The need of our inner Lover to connect – to bond with other human beings, with ourselves, with nature and with spirit, is the most fundamental and the most powerful drive we have as human beings. There are well documented examples that demonstrate that humans and many other mammals place connection above food and physical wellbeing – sometimes even above their own survival. Continue Reading