Guiding Principles for Workshops

Honor and welcome all emotions. Emotions are one of the ways we connect to our inner knowing, our power, our intuition. They are gateways for important information and healing and they are part of the way Home. (Sometimes they aren’t even ours, as we also can absorb and hold other’s emotions.)

Welcome whatever arises. Nothing needs to be pushed away; when whatever arises is fully welcomed and held, it can find its own way to unwind and move to the next natural phase of its unfolding.

Do our best to stay in the present moment (verses going into story, our head, analysis, philosophical discussion or theory)

Nurture a deep trust in the unfolding of each moment. Life is bringing what we need in each moment to return everything to Wholeness. Life happens for you, not to you.

“Life is not just a random series of events that happen because you did it right or you did it wrong. Instead, it is an intelligent unfolding that is revealing itself to you all day long, brining you step by step from unconsciousness to consciousness.” – What’s in The Way Is the Way by Mary O’Malley

Hold ourselves and each other as whole. We – and our experiences – are not problems to be fixed.

No need to take emotional responsibility for anyone. Each person is whole. Each person is free to have their own experience. It is not up to us to know what their experience should be. Respect and trust their own wisdom, unfolding & trajectory.

With this trust in their own being and in Life, we don’t need to take emotional responsibility for anyone. Allowing people to be emotional responsible for themselves is a movement of Love. (This doesn’t mean that you don’t reach out with support, love & touch when you feel moved to, but it comes from a clean place within you.)

Welcome being in Silence. We welcome being in silence, taking our time, pausing, and letting the Silence inform us.

Allow for discomfort. We need to be able to hang out in discomfort in order to give things a chance to move and unfold without managing and controlling everything.

Own our stuff. We take responsibility for “our stuff”. We do our best to speak from your heart & truth and stay on “our side of the net”. And…we know that we are human & learning, and that sometimes we might “fail” at this and be messy. It is part of the territory. We bring gentleness and patience to the “messiness” and do our best to clean up afterwards as needed.

No advice or analyzing. This is to support each of us in staying with our present experience. Watch if a desire arises in you to give advice or your analysis of someone.Do you have discomfort or fear with what you are witnessing in the other or experiencing in yourself?