One of the reasons it took me so long to present this material is that I have a strong aversion to becoming Pedestal-ed (Yes I verbified Pedestal, I'm OK with that).
While there is some amount of ego joy in being admired or respected, if this transfers over into being "looked up to" I find it becomes detrimental and restrictive. I want people to remain in their own power, to find their own path.
Yet to gain an audience to share my knowledge and experience with, I need to create some kind of persona, an identity that people recognise as worthy of allocating their time and money to listening to. I have to present my approach with the full passion that I have for it, and openly state that it is not the only path.
How do I talk myself up enough to get people to listen, and still keep the focus on the material, not the messenger?
How do I present this material with enough charisma that people will have confidence in it, while leaving enough space for people to explore their own approach?
With this in mind I designed a way to guide people to a direct experience of themselves that was not tied in dogmatically to specific practices. The individual practices in the workshop would not be ground-breaking or cutting edge, not particularly complex. What I aimed to offer though was a level of presence, a level of awareness and a level of perspective around these practices that shifts the focus from "Practices" to Presence.
The Practices are just that. Practice. From my perspective they are practising becoming present to various levels of your experience. Being present is the point. Being aware is the point. Not the practice.
So for a long time I battled with these questions, and eventually decided to run Cultivating Presence and see what happened.
The results were encouraging to say the least and absolutely heart melting to be fully honest. I recently looked back on some of the feedback I received from the first workshop and was re-inspired by some of the comments;
"Ohhhhh I get it. I don't need a yoga studio and routine, I just move and breathe how my body wants to"
"I feel empowered to keep digging on this journey myself. I'm excited again"
"I don't know what to tell friends about the workshop. Because we did a few nice exercises, but ....something else happened. I feel different"
"I FEEL empowered"
"I FEEL different"
This was the direct experience I was aiming for. Powerful, direct, felt experience of previously unknown aspects of self!
Actual felt experience of the therapeutic, creative force which expresses through us!
I feel I keep stepping further into a space where my persona becomes less and less important, where the power of the material, the power of the therapeutic force expresses itself more and more clearly through me.
It's happening on a daily basis for me, and I know it can for you.
I've seen it.
I've felt it.
And so have others.
If you are interested in experiencing the "..something else.." this please check out the link below for upcoming course dates, or get in contact with me to have a chat.
I sincerely hope this finds the people it will help.
Blessing on you all.