Dr Rowan 2105 visit highlights

This year Dr John Rowan visited us for the fifth time in a row and, for me, his seminars have always contributed to a profound changes in my awareness.

Seminar was pragmatically oriented, focusing on the Subtle, Causal and Nondual stages of human psychological-transpersonal identity development.

In plain words, we were exploring the states of consciousness above the personal ones (above Mental ego and Authentic self).

We started off by two people reading main characteristics of Mental Ego and Authentic stages. It was interesting for me to observe reactions of participants. Where sincerity is at home, it is really impossible to avoid facing the truth, it seems.

The Authentic level, the Centaur as it is also called, is of course very important stage of development, full of control, building up ego and manifesting the “I create my own world” notion. I don’t know about others, but I am really grateful that I passed that particular level years ago. Now it is really strange to me to impose limitations where none exist or don’t need to exist.

We kindda glanced at the Nondual level (the Buddhist states, i.e. anatta and sunyata) on the first day. It was enough, however, to completely eradicate the notion of any kind of identity in awareness of yours truly.

We had lunch with our dear “living Buddha” (as I like to refer to him) and there was no one there to eat the lunch, as far as I was concerned. My friends were talking and yet no one was speaking, no one there to listen either. It was one of those moments when consciousness is free from, well, everything.

On the second day, Dr Rowan guided us into a meditation at the Subtle level, where again the “I” (the Subtle / Causal I) simply vanished. Shanti, shanti, shanti.

Dr Rowan also presented his new paper on the psychedelic research and then guided us into meditative state similar to psylocibin experience. Interesting, but the real Plants of power are better, to me.

There was an interesting discussion about using power in daily lives. One participant raised the question how to really use power when she is also gentle.

And our Mojca shared her opinion that it really doesn’t matter how one uses his/her power/gentleness in relationships – what is important is where the focus rests on the inside, in the Heart. She pretty much nailed it, in my opinion.

At lunch I asked Dr Rowan which level of awareness is most satisfying to him and he said: the Authentic level. A complete surprise to me for the most part, as he is (as far as I can tell) almost never at this level when with me.

Towards the end of the day two, Dr Rowan demonstrated a few sessions from the Causal and Subtle transpersonal levels. Those moments, when the therapist is really really at the Causal or Subtle level, are so precious and yield so much progress for the client!

A decision was also made that next year we will offer a public program, introducing the Wilber map and demonstration of psychotherapy work from transpersonal levels (beyond Authentic level) to public.

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Authenticy in therapy

I have been offering humanistic (psycho)therapy sessions for individuals since 1996 and in all those years I have learned really a lot. What I love the most in working with individuals is their waking up or opening up to their own unique and authentic feelings, needs and goals.

There are levels of human awareness way beyond authenticity, for sure, but man! it is really rewarding to witness a progress such as described below.

I would like to share a post from Dr John Rowan’s Blog:

A young man, after some very stuck sessions in therapy, became very angry with the therapist, saying: “I don’t think we are getting anywhere. When I say something, you just repeat it back to me, and never really give me what I want.”

The therapist said: “It really irritates you that I simply give your statement back to you, without offering any cure or correction.”

Back comes the young man – “There you are, doing it again! If it don’t get anything better than that, I am just going to leave!”.

The therapist says – “You are so angry with me not giving you anything more, that you really feel like leaving.” The young man gets up out of his seat and goes to the door.

The therapist says: “Just before you go, I want to say that I really respect what you have just been saying. It is more alive and more direct than anything you have said before, and it must have taken real courage to say all that.”

The young man leaves. But he comes back the following week, much more involved and much more self-revealing.
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