To Know Yourself
Discovering the Energetic Dynamics of Your Personality
“We all have our own style and our own particular nature. We can’t avoid it. The enlightened expression of yourself is in accord with your inherent nature.” — Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Discovering your unique way of perceiving and interacting with the world yields enormous insight into how you color what you think, feel, say and do. Your personality has the potential for five energies—simple presence, clarity, richness, passion, and activity. Through Five Wisdom posture practice you become familiar with your personal mix of energies: where you struggle as well as your unique style of brilliance, intelligence, and effectiveness. By developing a sense of self-acceptance and compassion toward yourself, you uncover your strengths, reduce stress, and move towards energetic balance, personal integration, and embodied wisdom. You learn how, moment-to-moment, to align with the best of who you are, an authentic person full of confidence and potential.
We will work with the Five Wisdom postures devised by Trungpa Rinpoche and sourced in tantra to activate our subtle energetic body, which invoke the five patterns of energy of our inherent nature. Meditation, personal process work, creative expression, talks, discussion, and community all come together to guide us into embodied transformation. Open to those both experienced and new to the Five Wisdoms.
Understanding Your Emotional Life
Discovering Natural Brilliance in the Darkness of Your Confusion
Discover how your deeply rooted confusing emotions can be transformed into your natural brilliance: clarity, warmth, insight, and effectiveness! The Five Wisdom energies are key to emotional transformation. They reveal the profundity of Buddhist psychology and the transformative power of tantra: when you are most emotionally intensified, your wisdom is close at hand. Your deeply rooted constricting emotions—in patterns of aggression, grasping, ignoring, pride, and jealousy—can be transformed into awakened insight. When you embrace your energy with unconditional positive regard, the apex of your struggle is the apex of your brilliance. Over time, you learn to align with your wisdom rather than getting caught in your constricting confusion.
We will engage in personal and group process and experiential learning including meditation, posture practice (created by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche), experiential exercises, and have talks and discussion. Open to those both experienced and new to the Five Wisdoms.
The Dynamics of Relationships
Engaging in the Challenge and the Opportunity
Have you noticed that mystery underlies all your relationships? Why they are both predictable and surprising? Why you feel awkward or comfortable, tense or friendly, aggressive or engaged with different people? Why with some you become confused and with others awakened?
The teachings on the Five Wisdoms have great insight into human dynamics. First, you need to know yourself, where you shine and where you get stuck. Then, you can discover the dynamics of how you interact with others. This can bring about deeper self-awareness and more authentic communication. Moments in your relationships—with romantic partners, family members, and coworkers—become opportunities to align with your inherent sanity, rather than perpetuate your mutual confusion and conflict. Instill a motivation to have more conscious and genuine relationships!
We will do meditation, posture practice, and a profoundly transformative interactive practice to cultivate unbiased perception and heart-felt resonance with others. We become able to see and feel another in both their confusion and intelligence, without assumptions, interpretations, and judgement. The practice of tonglen, compassionate exchange, is introduced. Open to those both experienced and new to the Five Wisdoms.
Leading from Within
Five Wisdoms in Action
All aspects of your life and work are inter-relational. Some situations bring out your best; in others you can’t get out of our own way. In your interactions with others, you can begin to see a pattern—how you color it and how they do. You learn to read the energetic dynamics of people, places, and situations. When you see from an energetic perspective, there is a predictable dynamic between energies: an energetic matrix, a mandala. What happens happens. It’s just energy, sometimes constricted, sometimes flowing. The Five Wisdoms give you a language to work with others which recognizes five types of intelligence with infinite variations and combinations. When you discover your own innate, natural brilliance, you lead from within and intuitively know what to do. Others will be magnetized by that. Being authentically present is the greatest gift you can give another!
We will train in a variety of experiential learning modalities taken from Irini Rockwell’s book Natural Brilliance: a Buddhist System for Uncovering Your Strengths and Letting Them Shine. Open to those both experienced and new to the Five Wisdoms.