The beauty of all these methods is although you have the potential to help people awaken to the essence of their being and the heroic nature of their unique soul, you are guiding them a very down to earth clinical manner.
The Essential Qualities of Being
Guiding Clients from Suffering to Freedom
The Enneagram figure can also be thought of as a representation of the way things are. The circle represents wholeness and it is essentially empty or can be called clear light. The wholeness is then divided into nine aspects. If the whole of being is clear light, then, when form manifests out of emptiness, it can be seen in nine different hues. This is similar to white light being divided up along a continuum into seven colors after passing through a prism.
In his book Pearl Beyond Price, an integration of spirituality and psychotherapy, A.H. Almaas delineates nine essential qualities of being: Consciousness, Compassion, Strength, Forgiveness, Space, Acceptance, Joy, Will, and Peace. These qualities are merely different faces of love and what are sometimes referred to as qualities of soul. These qualities are what we naturally draw upon to address challenges in our lives. Chronic or recurring problems are often the result of losing touch with these qualities.
In this workshop you will learn:
- to access and utilise essential qualities
- utilise deficient emptiness to access the emptiness of infinite potential
- the therapeutic use of hopelessness
- why is it good when your client answers your question with.“I don’t know.”
- to work with the mystery
- the power of radical acceptance
- the Forgiveness Process
- how to really get to the bottom of problems
- how to speak to clients’ strengths and goodness
- how emotional wounds are gateways to the essential qualities
- how to convert demons into allies
- pain does not need to equal suffering
- therapeutic applications of the essence of Tibetan Buddhist visualisations
- he therapeutic art of blessing
The Hero’s Journey of Self-Realisation
Therapeutic Applications of Joseph Campbell’s Model
Heroes start out as ordinary people who because of a tragedy, crisis, or an irresistible opportunity, go in search of a better life. In order to meet challenges and overcome obstacles they must unearth qualities and abilities they didn’t know they had. Anyone who has felt let down by a parent, lover, health or any aspect of life is a prospective hero. We can discover ways of rewriting stories of victimization into tales of transformation and self-realization that can bring greater meaning and purpose to our lives. Psychotherapy can be an invitation to, and facilitation of, that heroic journey.
You and your clients will benefit through discovering:
- Joseph Campbell’s model of a positive psychology
- how Buddha’s journey to enlightenment is a model for therapy
- the framework the Enneagram provides that allows clients evolve from victims to heroes
- ways Heroic Myths can serve as antidotes to self-defeating myths
- client’s life-governing metaphors
- the power of therapeutic metaphors
- the calling of your heroic journey as a therapist
- how each of the nine personality types when traumatised tends to get stuck in cycles of avoidance at one phase of their own hero-like psychotherapeutic journey.
Personalty Based Therapeutic Interventions
Knowing What to Do, with Whom and When
Repetitive maladaptive behavior, psychological symptoms and personality disorders can be understood as resulting from how each personality type becomes overly-identified with the Essential Quality of the associated phase of change, performing the Basic Function compulsively to hold onto the achievements of the Developmental Task in relation to the associated PsychoLogical Network.
Understanding this allows us as therapists to intervene with methods that most readily and gracefully help clients break free of the self-limiting fears and identifications and find their flow.
You will gain practical understanding of:
- deeper dynamics of personality types
- how client’s medicine can be another’s poison
- how to get deep rapport
- how to speak and decipher the language of each type
- therapeutic metaphors for each type
- specific interventions for each type
- how to use the Enneagram to integrate the methods you currently use into an even more effective approach
Prerequisite for Workshop Six is completion of Workshops One & Two