The Body, the Breath, and the Heart

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If we are in the business of defining, describing and insisting that we know ourselves in a conceptual sense, then the mystery, the shimmering beauty of our individual existence is lost. Attending to and not labeling is a return to the exotic, erotic and mysterious. It gives room for something to happen which cannot happen as long as the conceptual overlay remains intact. The initial goal of a meeting with […]

Transformative Communication

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There is a significant difference between communicating from a position which is lodged in the thinking process, in the head and speaking from the heart. When the voice is arising from the heart, the words take on a tone or a quality which can be felt. When the content is also in coordination with that tone, there is a chance for an exceptionally transformative communication to occur. Allow the attention […]

Experiencing the Body

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It is the purpose of our work together to experience something very rich and very intimate in the body. Now the degree to which we will be talking to each other is the degree to which we will be working our way out of our structural hold on the mind. In ordinary psychological terms, the emphasis is primarily on the way the mind is functioning. The basic framework of the […]

In the Symptom is the Freedom all Locked Up

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AK: I’m experiencing great anxiety and I have a sense of what it’s related to. I think it’s related to my readiness to take a plunge, to turn from the conditioning of a lifetime toward more openness. My whole life has been atheistic or agnostic. I have not had a sense for most of my life that I am more than my body. I would like some help in crossing […]

Life is Not a Mundane Box

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Our life is not the mundane box that we so often assume it to be. And we don’t really have the problems that we think we do. We have those problems only because we think we have them. Thoughts contain and confine space. They manufacture a substitute reality which takes place in the head. But there is movement, space and energy everywhere. In order to come to that movement, however, […]

Integration of the Force, the Body and the Spaciousness

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BB: Can I ask a question? You speak of a volcanic explosion, fire – all of these very dramatic kinds of words, and in my thoughts today, I was thinking that seems so related to a kind of therapy that speaks of primal screaming and so forth, and yet, what you are talking about is very different than that. I wonder if you’d speak to that? Stephen: I will and […]

Wisdom & the Deepening Trust part 3

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When we are perfectly honest with ourselves – and this means an honesty that has in its undercurrent a feeling of compassion – we can recognize how deeply it is we yearn to feel a Love that does not change.  We want so much to experience something outside the boundaries of time that is safe.  We want deeply to be loved and in love.  We project this deep yearning onto […]

Who to Trust?

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Stephen: I think that everybody in this room who has worked with themselves in the way that this work suggests, knows that you can’t start trusting your body until you get a little deeper under the resentment or the anger or the hard physical response that initially is set up in the situation that is threatening to the mind in some way.  You can start trusting it when you start […]

How Do We Defend Ourselves?

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Stephen: You have been taught many things about life.  But one of the primary things that every person in this room has been taught is that when you get hurt, you must defend, you must fight – that’s a primary teaching.  It is, in a sense, the difference between a Christ-like Earth and a primitive Earth. We must together find an enormous respect for the fact that such primitive actions […]

Listening through the Heart

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We’re going to explore the difference between listening through our conceptual filtering system and listening through the heart. We’re going to explore the difference between listening through the intellect, which is listening through our descriptions, and listening through openness. We’re going to explore what it means not to want anything from ourselves but simply to be, simply to accept. At the same time, we’re going to explore how this is […]