I am currently accepting new clients for Embodied coaching and realization process sessions
What is an embodied coaching session?
Embodied coaching helps you to land in your Being experientially, and from there to tune and to hone your sense of that in order to have it as a compass for how you experience and live your life. That might sound obscure or woo-woo consciousness-speak, but really it’s very simple and effective for getting us out of our ruts and into the lives we want to live.
Our culture is very mental. Nearly all of our cultural conditioning has to do with thinking about ourselves, our lives, and our world as concepts. Thinking makes for a very good servant (tool), and a very poor master (discerner and experiencer). So this work isn’t about some spiritual idea of dropping all thoughts, but rather about getting better acquainted with our experiential selves in a world that tends to significantly undervalue this potent aspect of self.
I like to think of connecting with our Being, our experiential self, our felt sense- whatever you want to call it- as reconnecting to a superpower we’ve always already had, but that was hidden in plain sight. What’s the superpower for? It’s for see/feeling our lives with greater awareness so that we can break the unconscious habits, or ruts, that keep us continually having experiences we are sick to f*cking death of having. So we can have a different experience of the world and our lives.
What is The Realization Process?
[Taken from the RP website because I couldn’t say it better myself] The Realization Process is a series of practices for opening the body, heart and mind to nondual reality. In this approach, the radical openness of nondual awakening is found through inward contact with the internal space of your body. In this way, you uncover a quality-rich, authentic experience of yourself as an individual at the same time as you transcend your individuality. You uncover the ground of your being as the luminous transparency of fundamental consciousness, pervading your body and environment as a unity.
The Realization Process practices attune directly to the pervasive spaciousness of fundamental consciousness and to the subtle channel that runs through the vertical core of the body. They prepare you to let go of your habitual grip on yourself throughout your whole body and being, so that fundamental consciousness can spontaneously emerge.
The practices also open the chakras, cultivate internal depth, bliss, and clarity, and refine the breath and the senses so that you can see, hear and touch on a more subtle level. They deepen and stabilize nondual realization for both beginning and advanced practitioners.
Most methods of nondual awakening work mainly with the mind. They are concerned with recognizing and cutting through the process of mental elaboration that may limit or distort your perception of the present moment. Students of these methods are usually instructed to train their attention on whatever is happening in each moment. But the nondual ground of being is more subtle than simple attention to phenomena. It pervades phenomena, suffusing all of your experience with radiant transparency.
The fixations that obscure nonduality are not just conceptual. They are also rigid holding patterns throughout the whole body, limiting our capacity for emotional responsiveness and physical sensation. If we just attempt to “relax” into the moment, we will usually just let go of the surface of ourselves. But by embodying fundamental consciousness, you can let go of your fixed patterns of self and other, so that they actually dissolve. This provides an enduring transformation of your whole body and the realization of your whole being as fundamental consciousness. This realization persists, even during reflexive thinking, intense emotion and while relating with other people.
*If you want to hear more about The Realization Process, here is a link to a recent interview I did with the founder and my teacher, Judith Blackstone.
Why do you call them “embodied coaching” sessions?
I’m picky about words because they are pointers that can easily go awry. Put simply:
Embodied: The integrated deeply felt and known experience of how we inhabit ourselves and the world, so that we can use that awareness to play and shift out of states that leaving us feeling all-things-yuck so that we can have a lot more yum.
Coaching: Coaching associates this work with a field of practice that helps people to understand sessions are therapeutic but not therapy, so I’m going with “coaching” for now. That said, I waffled on using the term “coaching” for so long because for most it has an association of helping people to set a goal for how they would like to change or improve themselves, and then meeting those self-improvement goals in a striving/thinking/doing/accomplishing kind of way. This kind of striving self-improvement tends to hold in place that we need to be something better or get somewhere better, rather than truly freeing us. So as long as the self-improvement implication of the word “coaching” is put into context, and as long as we’re having a conversation about what true embodiment is, i.e. landing in yourself right here as your already worthy self and evolving from that place, I’m cool with using the word “coaching”.
What happens in a session?
Sessions usually involve a combination of guided somatic (body/sensation based) meditation and embodiment (interoception/exteroception) work and inquiry to address whatever is most pressing in your life right now. This winds up being a combination of The Realization Process and inquiry work.
The inquiry work itself is not mental in nature (though occasionally it is useful to inquire about whether or not a thought is true), but rather about dropping into your Being in order to discern from and listen to a deeper place. This is the skillful work of learning how to feel and follow your internal compass. For most of us, that compass has been covered over by many (ahem), many, many layers of conditioning; Ideas of who we are supposed to be, how we are supposed to act, and what the world out there is all about. Not to mention confusion in our nervous systems in a pretty overstimulating world. These layers cause us our suffering, and we do the work to tenderly unbind them together.
What and who are these sessions useful for?
People seek out these sessions for all the normal human reasons for seeking out support in your life. Yay we all get to be normal humans! So whether that is discerning a career change, a relationship issue, or, and this work is particularly potent for this- getting out of The Rut. Something that keeps repeating and you super don’t care for it, and you’ve done All. Of. The. Things… but it just keeps on repeating. This work is great for disrupting the loops.
This work can also be very effective for those who identify as highly sensitive or highly empathic, and who feel overwhelmed and/or fatigued by the world because of the amount of energy or “other people’s stuff” that they pick up on.
Many other people describe their motivations to seek these sessions out as being tired of the self-improvement game, tired of trying to empty the metaphorical bucket of their psychological history, and tired of spiritual paths that make them feel like constant placidness or always-emptiness is the only acceptable option. In short, they are tired of energetically moving in the world in a way that feels like a dog chasing its tail. Or a dog suppressing its tail, whatever that looks like.
What is your training to do this work?
I trained with Judith Blackstone and received my certification in The Realization Process Spiritual Psychotherapy, now titled the Healing Ground Certification.
In addition to that specific training, I have had the great good fortune to sit with and learn from a number of other teachers whose work and resonance of Being has had a large impact on me. Luckily for me this includes a number of mature teachers, and I would say my dominant influences besides Judith Blackstone (mentioned above) are John Prendergast, Loch Kelly, Matt Kahn, and Jeannie Zandi.
How is it different from therapy?
The first thing that is important to say is that I am not a therapist (even though the certification training I did with Judith Blackstone has the word “psychotherapy” in it). Therapy happens with therapists who are trained and licensed to help people to understand how their psychological patterns and experiences might be shaping how they feel or behave in the present tense.
The work that I do is not based on understanding the past in order to understand the present*. It is meant to help people get better acquainted with Now, and with their experienced, embodied selves, which is different from their cognitive understanding of themselves.
*It is important to mention that therapy has been important and useful in my own life and in the lives of many others, so this is not my way of dismissing therapy, but rather of differentiating how this work is not therapy. And if I feel a client would be better served with a licensed therapist and working in that model, I will refer them to one.
How do we meet?
Sessions happen via Skype or Zoom. If you prefer a landline, I can provide a conference call number.
I work with clients all over so if you are not in my time zone (EST/New York time), we can initially do some timezone sorting.
(Side note: For some reason I have a lot of Australian clients and so between the number of people I work with on the other side of the globe, and the challenging time difference, there are fewer spots available for those of you in the Pacific Rim. Sorry! I love you Aussies and Kiwis too! I wish we had teleportation!)
How frequently do we meet?
Most people work with me anywhere in the range of once a week, to once every 3 weeks. This tends to keep wind at our backs relationally, while still allowing time for integrating and exploring in your daily life.
How much is a session and how do I pay?
Sessions are $150, and you can pay online here.
How do I inquire about or schedule a session?
You can either book online, or use the email form below and I will get back to you shortly.
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