Our ultimate goal is transformation at depth but we can’t get there unless we recognize ourselves with compassion. We need to understand how it is we found ourselves in this astonishing situation. In a process that involves not just mind, but heart and body, we are looking back, remembering both for ourselves and our people the causes and conditions that led us here. With great care and attention, we begin to untangle the tangle.
In this second session, we will especially make space for difficult emotions, especially fear, grief, and rage. We can investigate the narratives that support these emotions and how they might be loosened, meeting our habitual defensive responses not only with kindness but with clarity, courage, and determination. This is an ambitious journey, one that requires not only safety and compassion, but also a certain boldness. We are challenging massive forces and patterns; Mara doesn’t go down easy (and gets back up). So we can also purposefully discover and nourish our wholesome ambition.
In this opening session, groups will be gathering and all participants will be keen to know what they’ve signed up for. We’ll begin by gathering and reflecting on our global situation and the changes that are rapidly underway. We’ll map out the journey, ensure satchels are packed, and facilitate connections among travelers. In particular, we’ll be seeding psychological safety, essential to risk-taking, inside the course framework and among group members.