The age of Aquarius will involve the re-discovery of the Divine Guest within us, and with it the need to recognize that in all people and in nature as well: it will be the dialectic of the individual and the cosmos… a deep understanding of the interdependence of a life… the unus mundus of the mystics and the alchemists… The reemergence of Hagia Sophia, the feminine wisdom hidden in nature and in us.
SoulWork Deepening 2021 – 2022
Come join our growing community of SoulWork students and practitioners through this ongoing class. Each trimester consists of 5 classes focused around a theme and 2 individual SoulWork sessions to support beginning and experienced students in expanding their awareness and deepen their connection with their inner life. The group class and individual sessions can be taken separately. The Group class students who are not part of the SoulWork Facilitator Training (see below) will be meeting outside of the class to assist and support each other in their learning. For those interested in becoming SoulWork practitioners this series of classes is the core training.
Fridays via ZOOM 9:30 – 11:00am PDT
Fall Trimester: SoulWork’s Origins & Your Soul’s Story August 27, September 17, October 8 & 29, November 19 with guest teachers Vakil Forrest Shomer and Murshid Mariam Baker.
Winter 2022 Trimester: Topic TBA January 14, February 4 & 25, March 18, April 8th
Spring-Summer Trimester 2022: Topic TBA Apr 29, May20, June 10, July 1 & 22
The Full immersion into SoulWork Deepening: 5 group classes and 2 individual sessions per trimester is $325 per trimester or $900 for 3 trimesters. This will include working in small groups of 3 or 4 to deepen into SoulWork in between classes. All classes and SoulWork sessions will be recorded for later listening. The full price to commit for 3 trimesters comes out to $75. per month. Paying for each trimester at a time is roughly $81.25 per month. We encourage people to enroll for one year minimum to deepen into this rewarding practice.
Just the SoulWork Deepening classes can be taken separately for $130 per trimester & Individual SoulWork sessions can be added for $125 each. SoulWork sessions are an essential part of the training.
To Register for the Fall Trimester: send your name, and any experience you have had with SoulWork via email or snail mail, along with a check for $100 by July 31st (or you can use Family & Friends PayPal method under firstname.lastname@example.org) Full payment is due on the date of the first group meeting. Raphael or Yahya
SoulWork Facilitator Training: (by permission of instructors) Monthly small group meetings in addition to SoulWork Deepening. Learn the skills to lead group and individual sessions. Time 11:15 – 12:45 after the SoulWork Deepening class. Cost for 5 sessions each trimester: $120. Please contact Raphael or Yahya if interested. Sign up for the SoulWork Deepening, plus the Facilitator Training for one year, $1200
SW Overview Raphael Rod Birney MD & Yahya Suzanna Nadler MEd, LPC
“SoulWork is a marriage of psychology and spirituality that opens pathways to the integration of being. It brings together the three primary levels of consciousness – divine, human , and instinctive — into a cooperative and mutually supportive process whereby our inner life may be realized, manifested and shared.” MJ
SoulWork has both ancient and modern roots and was brought into this current incarnation in the 1980s by Moineddin Jablonski, who was the spiritual leader of a Universalist Sufi lineage. As long as humanity has existed there have been various ways to work with the inner world to bring us into greater balance, open to supra conscious states, to bring more compassion to ourselves and the world. Imaginal practices have existed in almost all spiritual traditions. In modern times Carl Jung developed his entire psychology through his inner imaginative experiences that he documented in the Red book. He called this method of inner work active imagination while the ancient Sufis called this process creative imagination. The medieval mystics differentiated between the vera imaginalis or true imagination and the fanciful daydreams of the so-called monkey mind.
Intention. To prepare for the SoulWork session we focus on the intention, whether talking to a person before an individual session or tuning into the group field of what’s needed to support the unfoldment of all the members. Holding this intention is our activity before beginning a session.
Induction. The first part of a SoulWork session begins with an induction that creates a balanced state in the nervous system through awareness and breath. The inhalation process charges collapsed and frozen inner states and reinvigorates the body. Focusing on the exhalation allows a letting go process wherein hyper aroused states are calmed from their instinctual fight or flight patterns and the body relaxes. When the nervous system is in an energized, relaxed and open state we can engage in a creative relationship with our inner selves and this carries over into our relationships in our outer lives.
Alchemical Vessel. Next an inner gathering or meeting place is formed through focusing on the heart center. This alchemical vessel is an inner holding environment, a place where the various parts, complexes or selves, in the language of SoulWork, can meet. Other names for this gathering place are: the table of holy wisdom, the garden of the heart.
When we work with guided imagery practices it is important to realize that while some people “see” things internally others access through different senses. A self can be experienced through sensations in the body, emotions, reactions, heard as an inner voice, or just known. Eventually the crucial capacity to kinesthetically feel these parts/selves within the body is realized.
In SoulWork there is a basic template of inner selves with infinite variations and possibilities. Moineddin’s initial template consisted of 1. high self, a supra conscious state, 2. conscious self, awareness, and 3. the basic selves – masculine, feminine and child. We experience different parts of ourselves every night in our dreams. Paul Federn, a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, said “I do group therapy with an individual”.
Conscious self is of the utmost importance and is strengthened by the induction’s balanced breath and the formation of the garden of the heart. In SoulWork we bring attention to the curious, compassionate, loving witness that is conscious self. From this place there is no fusion or identification with the child, parents, or ancestors. Conscious self is the conductor of the inner orchestra wherein each part when tuned and in relationship creates the beautiful symphony of an integrated human being.
High Self. After their intention, induction and creating the inner temple in the heart, there is a time of communion, guidance and dialogue with high self. Some people experience this universal energy as an angelic presence, a wise being, or as an animal ally. Conscious self in communion with high self creates an atmosphere wherein each part can be met with love and respect, one of the central principles in SoulWork. In modern psychotherapy research this quality of self acceptance or self compassion has been found to be crucial to the healing process. Overtime we differentiate, befriend and heal each self.
Various Selves. The soul child opens us to embodied innocence, wonder, creativity and joy. The wounded child and shadow parts hold the unwanted, repressed and dissociated feelings and memories. The protectors are adult children who push away the wounded and shadow selves to manage overwhelming feelings. A well known protector is the mental judge or super ego which becomes a place of wise discernment over time.
To move into the 21st-century and honor how each of us has an inner male and female aspect we refer to these as solar and lunar selves. The solar self represents left hemispheric processing, the qualities of doing and analysis. The lunar self holds the capacity for being and synthesis, representing more right hemispheric processing.
Bringing session to closure. At the close of a SoulWork session we bring all the selves that have been gathered into the breath of unity, acknowledging our relatedness and resting in the uniqueness of each. Perhaps bowing to our inner selves.
Integration – Self Reflection & Action. We honor our relationship to this SoulWork by bringing it into form, not letting the dream slip away. This can be done though moving, journaling, drawing, creating art, or silent self reflection. Then we see what actions we can take to bring what we have learned into the outer world of our every day lives.
Listen to our audio meditation from one of our SoulWork trainings focusing on being held by High Self!
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