The 12 seeds of change (as outlined in the Bloom Manifesto) will be scattered over (the field) of 12 weeks.
For those that like to go deep, we will cover each in extraordinary depth, via various mediums, coupled with experiential strategies for rooting the seeds. (from July 17th to October 17th). You can dance with us on cue, or find your own organic pace.
In fidelity to the Dandelion model, I am encouraging sharing (spreading), so please take a moment now and consider who in your community / family / tribe could use a little (or a lot of) healing.
(as an aside, I'm offering 50% to you and anyone you refer).
A SAMPLING of the Included Content:
- Healing from Heartbreak and Bereavement
- Clearing Systemic Patterns as a Bridge to Dreams (How to Manifest and Transcend Obstacles)
- Deepening Intimacy with the Self (the Paradoxical Road to Self Love)
- Healing Chronic Relationship Patterns
- Gracefully Letting go of What NO Longer Serves
- Sacred Rituals for Release: Creative and powerful personalized tools to release the past so you can live / love in the present
- Letting go of Self Judgement (and the accompanying dis-ease / emotional / physical pain)
- The lost art of tears: Mastering Embodied Vulnerability
- Shaking and Trembling: How to Release Traumatic Memories from the Muscles
- Clearing Negative Energies from the Body Systems (by Reclaiming Lost Pieces of Yourself)
- Healing Mother / Father Wounds Somatically (and likewise Son / Daughter Wounds)
- Rewriting your mythology and seeing how your pain has only increased your vastness
- Inviting your innocence out to play… and love (somatic soul retrieval)
- Mapping the constellations of your most deeply held stories (personal, familial, ancestral)
- Holistic Postural Analysis: tools for understanding your body and how it holds onto patterns
- How ’Sex’ becomes Sacred Coupling
- Nourishment and Nutrition for the Deepest Healing of Emotional and Physical Patterns
- Dealing with Isolation on the Healing Path (resisting the gravity of the culture)
- Esoteric anatomy of key transformational organs (including heart, skeletal system, lymphatic system, psoas, skull, etc)
- Using embodied cues as discernment in navigating alternate theories
- Heightening creative and intuitive faculties
- Body Mapping: Uncovering Shame, Trauma Threads, and 'Energetic Amputations' for full body flow
- Mirror, Mirror: using the Mirror for Deep Healing Work
I will disclose details tomorrow...
I'm looking forward to sharing in your wild unfolding.
Love and Flow,
PS. If you haven't, please peruse the Bloom Manifesto before the enrollment for the circle opens tomorrow.
As I wandered, wondering how to alleviate some of the suffering I saw, I looked across the field and saw the dandelions, like beacons of hope, spreading wildly.
How can we honor and harness that, I wondered?
Welcome to BLOOM.
Heal. Live Better. Love More.
A radical system modeled after the elegant design of the dandelion. The fundamental facets of life have been gathered up into 12 seeds.
- Integrity / Alignment
These seeds can be rooted into any individual or organizational system to affect sweeping change.
if you’ve dreamt of new beginnings, you’re in the right place. We’re seeding those now.
Measure your progress by assessing where you are now. Assess yourself in each of the 12 areas of focus by using this quick questionnaire. Then you can compare after I show you how to root the seeds into your life.
Notice that the first seed is 'play'? Come and play with us.
Our skulls literally expand and contract at the sutures. This opening and closing happens approximately 10 times per minute. The motion only covers fraction of a millimeter, but we can learn to hone in on it and use it for our own unfolding. It can be a powerful tool for cultivating presence, and its beauty lies in its simplicity.
Tuning into this rhythm on ourselves, the rhythm of life, is the most profound sorcery, however it’s easier at first to feel it on another. The cranial tide swims through the entire physiology, but it’s perhaps most accessible at the skull. If presence is the origin of wisdom, the cranial tide, along with the breath, is the pathway to presence.
Many of our most profound life lessons show up as intimate partners. Our lovers are called into our lives as teachers and sages. They dredge up our deepest fears and unleash our darkest shadows. They set us free by first binding us to our limitations.
This paradigm shift can be very empowering. By keeping our eyes peeled for lessons we can become avid pupils of life; students of the soul. Suddenly, that which was meaningless begins to make sense. Suddenly, a purpose unfolds, and we notice that it was there all along.
First, stand where you are.
This is easier said than done. Somatically, there are pieces of us scattered in the past. We sit in quiet meditation, and a steady refrain begins to play softly under our awareness. Something about our mother or about our origins. Residual pain from an old injury flares up, and tugs our knee back into the fifth grade. If we breathed just a little deeper, we'd notice that fragment of the heart we broke twenty years ago, that hasn't quite been mended.
People come to me with a business challenge, or a creative blockage, or a chronic relationship pattern. I watch their language, mannerisms, and posture as they tell their story, and within a few minutes, the origin of the challenge reveals itself. The right knee is clenching. What an interesting choice of words. They could have chosen any word, and they chose 'battle' to explain their condition. A wave of emotion fluttered through the room when they mentioned their partner, and they swallowed it. I saw exactly where it went. Did they notice that?
Belief systems limit perception. If it sounds radical, it is. Most of us spend our lives searching for meaning and excavating material to build our belief systems with. It's like we're gather whatever seems to fit into our paradigm, and building a nest... to comfortably decay in.
Trauma is a call to awakening. As soon as it is transformed from an obstacle into a catalyst, the healing becomes inevitable. Because nothing can stop the gathering momentum.
I often say that a human being is a constellation of stories. Some of these stories we adopt passively; some we adopt consciously. There is no authentic story; so there is no authentic way of being, other than experiencing the moment fully, and acting out of that experience.
I distinguish between the personality and the essence, the terminology of Gurdjieff. The personality is what we present to the world; it is concerned with image fitting in. The essence is the part of ourselves that surfaces during peak or awakening experiences. It experiences being directly.
Habits can be changed by force, but it is not an effective approach. There is a lot of friction, and therefore a lot of wasted energy. It is easier to change behaviors through a fundamental shift in the nature of being, which shifts the perspective, which shifts the reality.
The process of life comes down to the management and direction of energy. After all, our lifetimes are determined by the finitude of our energy supplies. What we accomplish is determined, in part, by where we direct our energy.
I've talked about increasing the flow of energy, by releasing blockages, and by preserving energy by stopping energy draining activities, thought loops, and taking power back from vampires.
I want to talk a little now about the directing of energy.
Don't let people (or corporations) manufacture your visions of what is possible, or of what is real. You are the architect of self. You are the curator of your reality. You can choose who you follow. Even this decision pulls attention in the wrong direction. We are given a faulty choice. Don't follow anyone. Blaze your own path; march to the beat of your own drum. And fall in love with the depth of the person, an art, an experience, a place.
Everything is finite. Change is the one constant. Beauty wanes. Trends change. The essence never dies. Sometimes you can catch a glimpse of it in a photograph, but mostly there's just the sheen off of skin and hair.
Pretend your legacy matters. Stand at the center of the universe and grin. Soon, someone else will be standing where you are. You'll be replaced. Everything else is wishful thinking. Your legacy will be washed away like footprints on the beach, as will the rest of them, no matter how earth-shattering they seem.
It's an illusion; a beautiful illusion. Dance with it, if you dare, but don't for a second believe it. Life is rushing at you. The flowers are in full bloom. The grass twists in the gentle breeze. It's time, again, to fall in love with life.
While the benefits the Budden Process work are often very clear, the mechanics can be mysterious.
They are a mystery in part because we are working with consciousness, and consciousness is, almost by definition, a mystery. Many spiritual traditions that are based in mindfulness practices are studies of consciousness. We don't study it much in our culture. Scientists call it 'the hard problem.' For one thing, how does one observe oneself objectively, when even the most minute particles of matter seem influenced by the observer?
Certain principles show up again and again in Budden Process sessions. So we can use these to deepen our understanding.
“A fight is going on inside me," said an old man to his son. "It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you."
The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, "Which wolf will win?"
The old man replied simply, "The one you feed.”
Here are some tips for feeding the right one.
Organizations immediately move to co-opt everything real, profound, and quintessential to the human experience. As an example, direct experiences of awakening and oneness have been coopted by religions. These experiences of the purest freedom are then used to control. This is the supreme irony.
Here are a few guidelines for resistance.
The body is a conduit for life force. This FLOW is hampered by tightening the abdomen. We learn, in our culture, to tighten our abdomen to fit into some programmed, artificial concepts of beauty. We also learn it through the unnatural postures we engage in regularly (sitting, for instance, and standing in certain footwear). We also may tighten the abdomen so as not to feel our deepest fears; our core wounds.
Sensations are always arising and passing away... arising and passing away. We put a lot of energy into labeling these sensations.
Sensations don't create our reality; the labels do. The same sensation never shows up twice.
Included are the tools for making the most of this fluid state.
The Psoas: Esoteric Anatomy
The psoas runs from the lower 5 lumbar to the top of the femur or thigh bone. When it is congested, it can affect posture, digestion, circulation, sexuality, and the urinary system, to name a few.
Here are a few critical distinctions and tools for opening.
In day to day living, we are largely unconscious. We often behave mechanically, going from pattern to pattern automatically, moving through our days and lives. We live in the liminal spaces, looking forward to life events, or back with nostalgia on the past.
Here are some practical tips for bringing awareness back, using the body as a springboard. (Hint: this has nothing to do with meditation).
When I perform this Holistic Postural Analysis for Standing in Flow™ people often feel like I have a window into their soul. I do; the window is the body.
Here are a few of the key distinctions I use while analyzing and adjusting posture...