This week we completed our first workshop here at Spirthill, Power & Purpose – two of our favourite subjects. For the full five days everything worked well in the new venue – much to our relief!
We started with issues around our personal power and it soon became clear that many of us felt we faced impossible situations in some area of our lives. We had resigned ourselves to just learn to live with it rather than to try one more time to change or transcend the situation. This led us back to our dreams of how we imagined our lives, relationships and careers working out; we feel there is no point in changing as the result will just be another broken dream. In conjunction with this was the need for us to let go of our victim stances which many of us bury under subtle complaints and issues in our lives. It is essential for us to accept our accountability to win back power, for the extent to which we feel powerless is the extent to which we are not taking responsibility for our lives, feelings and situation.
Accountability is always a tough dynamic as we all so love to have someone to blame. Either that or we learn to adjust to every situation rather than learn from it and genuinely change ourselves. It is as if we all want things to be different but we are unwilling to change. In this case it was the unwillingness to really accept our power back, because in truth we are all powerful, but we have so much guilt around it we typically project on those around us. Thank God for Donald!
One of the other issues we addressed was how in our apparent helplessness we shifted the focus of our lives from giving to taking. It was tough to recognise that many of our goals or successes are really a list of what we have taken. To change that focus from taking to giving would significantly change the direction and meaning of our lives; in fact if we followed our desire to help and make a difference it would lead us, step by step, to our purpose.
Part of doing a workshop on subjects such as Power and Purpose is getting to play in the unconscious mind, which is always a creative and dynamic experience, so it proved. Facing our deepest shadow figures; finding the gifts that hide behind them and integrating the dichotomies of the mind; learning to ask for help and our ability to connect up; all are essential to play in this territory and begin to unearth our deeply buried purpose. Naturally with that, comes the fear of being true to ourselves, being who we have come to be.
So the journey was a sweet one, as many of us started off in the dead zone. Caught in fusion or competition, but recognising that much of the purpose of the dead zone is to hide our fear and to save us from jumping into the deep end of our minds. Swimming in the ocean of our consciousness.
I would like to thank those that gave themselves so much over the five days and we wish you every blessing as you leap forward in your lives and embrace your power and willingness to change. It was an inspiration for all of us and it was amazing to see the power of the group mind that brought so much healing and happiness.