The theme of the first two days of the retreat is how to disengage from the inner critic, particularly in relation to the spiritual journey. The inner critic at first glance may seem to offer guidance, but in effect it mainly creates feelings of shame, guilt and inferiority without offering any real support in life.
The spiritual journey is a journey of self-discovery. On this journey it is necessary to see yourself clearly and honestly. You must see your immaturity in order to mature. You must see your mistakes in order to learn from them. If you do not learn to handle the inner critic, it will attack you every time you see something new about yourself, making the journey of self-discovery unnecessarily difficult.
In these two days you will learn concrete ways of detecting and disengaging from the inner critic. This work gives you the capacity to listen compassionately and without judgment to all parts of yourself and to others. You can participate in this part of the retreat without participating in the remaining days.
Dr. Claus did an introduction session in January where he explains more about the inner critic, how to work with it and what will happen in the workshop. Click here to see the whole session. Topics covered: inner critic, aggression, felt sense, shame, judgments of other people and more (see top of page for video).
The theme of the next five days of the retreat is the topography of being. When we meet our present experience at a somatic level, we discover some fundamental states of lightness, density, expansion, stillness, flow, and spaciousness. Even though we often think about the words we use to describe these states as mutually exclusive, these states are in fact aspects of the same being.
Letting our awareness rest in these states without ascribing any further meaning to them is immensely healing. Feeling the lightness allows us to know unconditional happiness and brings playfulness back in our lives. Feeling the density allows us to know grounding and soothes our tendency to over-effort in life. Feeling the expansion allows us to feel alive and strong in life and heals wounds both about experiencing ourselves as weak and as overpowering in relation to others.
During the five days, we will work with the states that are most relevant to the group.
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