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Dharma work with Chris McKenna & Megan Cowan
 
 
 

Intuitive Guidance

Using Presence & The Support of Wisdom-Beings to Navigate Life & Make Decisions

February 24 - May 5, 2019

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Description

One of the most important facets of our being that we can develop is the faculty of intuitive wisdom. That is, we learn through repeated practice to rely on a knowing that comes directly from true nature, rather than on the various conditioned “voices in our head” that incessantly try to convince us that this or that position, decision or action is “correct” or “incorrect.”

The development of intuitive wisdom begins with the simple sense that guidance is available to us in absolutely every moment of our experience. There is no moment, no decision, and no action that is left out of the wisdom-function. Beyond our conditioned patterns and the various perspectives we internalized at different developmental stages, we can actually know what is right for us in any given moment or situation. We can know whether something is truly in accord with our Being and the way our life is unfolding. We can know what to do. We are capable of courageous, surrendered action. We can live in full integrity with ourselves.  

Learning to access this guidance is not complicated (although doing so often triggers various aspects of our conditioning). There are two essential steps to it that form the backbone of this course:

  1. We need to remember to ask.

  2. We need to remember how to listen.

Remembering to ask means admitting that, at the level of the ego, we mostly don’t know what the hell we’re doing. In fact, a significant portion of our egoic defense mechanisms are dedicated to hiding this fact from ourselves and other people. But the reality is, the egoic mind doesn’t know. That’s one of the reasons it’s so stressed out all the time. It’s strong, early developmental/survival orientation is ill-equipped to handle core, existential questions that resist simple, “reasonable” solutions (Is this relationship right? Should that person be in my life? Is this the right place for me?, etc.).

Developmentally, the ego must be honored for its role in our survival (and some of us have survived a lot). But leaving the child in charge for too long creates a life of suffering, doubt and misattunement. The parent (true nature) must be allowed to come home and take charge of the system. Admitting that we don’t know what to do, and asking true nature what to do frequently throughout the day in the form of a question, is first-base for this homecoming.

Second-base is learning how to listen. One of the main learning objectives of this course is to help each participant (re)discover how their system listens for intuitive guidance. A variety of tools and methods will be presented and worked with, including:

  • Working with wisdom-beings and guides, both in a formal meditative context and informally throughout the day.

  • Becoming more sensitive to what our “felt-sense” experience is telling us about people, places and things.

  • Developing a deeper capacity to see guidance in the form of images or “mental pictures.”

  • Developing the sensitivity to clearly distinguish thoughts of clarity from habitual/conditioned thinking.

While we’re definitely going “into the woo” with this one, we want to emphasize that this course is highly practice-based and oddly pragmatic and practical. Gaining intuitive skill is not mystical - you just have to do it all the time. On everything that presents itself to you. This course and the community that gathers around it are your supports for doing that in an intensive way for a committed period of time.

Journaling and some light record-keeping of journeys, dreams and other aspects of your experience will be important. Weekly sessions and doing the weekly practice assignments will be essential. You should be prepared to “do a little bit every day.”

 

Taught By

Megan Cowan & Chris McKenna


Dates & Timing

Live Sessions on Sundays
10:00am - 11:30am PST
February 24, 2019 - May 5, 2019
(10 sessions, Easter is a holiday)

Live attendance or listening to the recording by Monday evening is important for this course.


Format

Weekly sessions will be done
online using Zoom and will
include teaching and Q & A.

Each week will include specific practice assignments, journaling prompts, and written & audio supporting materials.

Class recordings & all other course resources will be stored online for easy access.


Cost = $300

Payment can be made in full or in two $150 installments.

For installments, payments
will be charged at registration and on April 1.

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No matter how isolated you are and how lonely you feel, if you do your work truly and conscientiously, unknown friends will come and seek you.
— Carl Jung