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Courage, Solidarity and Awareness – together we get through this
March 19, 2020
Dear PWI community,
Wishing all of us strength, solidarity and compassion in these difficult times. Some in our community are already deeply impacted, and others are feeling the pressure and anxiety of an uncertain future and threats we can barely comprehend.
First priority is consensus reality – please follow all guidelines and directions for public health and safety in your local context. Some links and information below.
Courage to all of us as we do our best to access and follow Consensus Reality, Dreamland and Essence level information to guide us through impossible times. Processwork is built for chaos, and our awareness skills have never been more needed.
Over the coming weeks, as we adapt to these scary times and necessary public health measures, PWI faculty will be offering online community opportunities to connect to the dreaming processes and unfold the meaning and resources in these agonizing, terrifying and perhaps transformational experiences.
Arny and Amy’s seminar in late May, and Arny’s supervision June 1st will provide a powerful space for exploration and support. They will be available online – livestream or video recording, and we are looking forward to connecting together as a community in the virtual world.
On a CR level, as a school, we have received the latest Executive Order from the Oregon Governor, effective March 21. This requires that all in person instruction must cease until April 28. I have written to our contact regarding guidance for the Spring quarter, but the situation is very uncertain and changing as we all know.
For current students, we will be continuing to work with each cohort and individuals to find the best way forward for everyone. It is likely that we will be prohibited from in person instruction for the Spring Quarter, and that travel restrictions will be continuing to impact many of us. PWI is exploring alternatives and will be connecting with individual students as well as each cohort to navigate this together.
Our practitioners have shifted their practices online, and we have cancelled in person meetings at the PWI building, as ordered. PWI administrative office is working to adapt to the required measures as everywhere. We put in place enhanced hygiene practices and are now staggering staff schedules and preparing to be able to shelter in place and maintain essential functions.
What a time. Stay strong, stay connected, take care of each other, together we will get through this.
Reach out if you have questions or concerns.
Sending love in these difficult and uncertain times
COVID-19 Information Links
From Oregon Health: simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 as well as influenza and other illnesses
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people or animals.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you frequently touch.
- Avoid non-essential travel to regions listed in CDC travel advisories.
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On her website, Dawn writes, “I have always had a calling to work with children, youth, and families. When I became a mother, my creativity naturally expanded into this area. I see myself as an activist mother; every troubling experience, school difficulty, or playground problem is an opportunity for growth and requires a fresh, creative response. I support parents to discover and connect with their own unique parenting style and to have fun in the creative mystery that comes with living with children.”
In the book introduction, she says that her book “is not a “how-to” book, but a book that supports parents, caretakers, and educators to follow the unique path of their parenting process and the unique path of their child’s development.”
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By Jon Biemer
August 21st, 2019 is a date I will remember. This is when I received an offer from Rowman & Littlefield to publish From Footprints to Handprints: Creating Sustainability to Heal Our Planet. How did I focus and stay the course long enough to reach this point of fruition? I have Processwork to thank for that.
I felt pulled in two seemingly incompatible directions.
The idea of getting a PhD with a cross emphasis in sustainability and spirituality intrigued me, even though I had no inclination to use it for consulting or teaching.
Also, for two decades, I had followed a Native American spiritual path. I left my full-time job, partly with the intention of deepening my commitment to ceremony and carrying medicine.
I brought my divergent callings to a Processwork class on altered states. We would learn about the diversity of dreams within ourselves, and how they insist we pay attention. The instructor used a basic Processwork technique of amplifying symptoms, in this case my yearnings. He asked class members to form two groups, each advocating an aspect of my dreaming.
The PhD group regaled me with congratulations for choosing their path and assured me that I would join a cadre of esteemed colleagues. I would receive a badge of honor.
The spiritual folk literally pulled me away from the academic crowd. They reminded me of my desire to help others. They appealed to a calling higher than the practical plane. They loved me.
But I couldn’t stop looking over my shoulder. I could not ignore the conventional crowd. The exercise ended in chaos — but I had to treat the PhD seriously.
During the break I filled a whiteboard with my reservations. I’m a slow reader. I don’t enjoy studying, let alone following rules. Spending four years – if all goes well – away from my environmental activism seems like a selfish distraction. I’d be spending less time with my wife. I wouldn’t be helping other people much either. And the significant cost… I was at an edge, a Processwork term for fearing change.
Two bubbles on that web of thought (some call it a mind map) stood out for me – “contribute something unique,” and “need to be recognized.” Ah… Those were the reasons the PhD was so compelling. I realized there may be other paths to meeting those needs.
Unfolding My Path
Upon hearing my story from the altered-states class, my wife Willow said, “You could get a PhD from the universe… rather than a university.”
That resonated with me.
I could intentionally treat my adventures in sustainability as coursework. I had already managed energy conservation programs professionally. I had supported ballot measures to curtail nuclear power. We were in the middle of an eco-remodel of our new house, creating a “food forest” in place of a lawn, and partnering with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council to remove invasive English Ivy.
For my unique contribution, I was already nursing the idea of the Environmental Handprint, the good we do, the ways we can change the system. Encouraged by my altered-states experience, I submitted and presented a professional paper about the Handprint, and… One morning the vision for a book crystalized.
I loved writing, but it had always been a lower priority than getting things done. But now a book would serve the role of my dissertation. Besides, I might receive some recognition.
The Gift of a Headache
Four years into my book project, work proceeded slowly. Some of my data was going out of date.
And another problem claimed my attention. Headaches. A fiercely intense pain over my right eye would claim my entire attention for about twenty minutes. They came mostly during sweat lodge ceremonies. The doctor had a nine-syllable name for these headaches and some medicine – which worked. But, after ordering precautionary imaging, he offered no physiological reason why I was getting them.
I brought that reality to another Processwork class. In this instance, I walked with the seemingly incompatible energies of my ordinary plodding self and the pounding energy of my headache. I moved first with one energy, then the other. Gradually, they fused into a lively dance. Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” came into my mind.
I moved with the music, feeling its punctuated downbeats. I admitted to myself that the heat of a sweat lodge was part of the headache problem. Yes, but that thought didn’t feel helpful. Processwork reminds us that physical symptoms can reveal wisdom that we are not already aware of, perhaps something needed for a breakthrough. I kept dancing.
Eventually, these words came to me, “The dance is my spiritual practice.” And then, “The dance, slowed down, is my walk.”
Suddenly I understood that my book – a walk of sorts – is a spiritual calling.
My headache told me that life was out of balance. It is okay to back off the sweat lodges. I’m not abandoning my spiritual path. I’m deepening it – as I hoped to do back when I took that altered-states class.
The labor and discernment I pour into my book is my commitment to serve. Making money is not my goal. However, it is important to find a mainstream publisher and partners willing to share this earth-healing message widely.
Therefore, engaging a book coach became yet another course in my advanced study.
From Footprints to Handprints required six years of writing and rewriting. It represents the practicality, creativity and persistence of millions of people who are contributing to a better future. It offers nearly two hundred Handprint Opportunities. And it reflects the power of Processwork to help inner needs make a difference in the outer world.
The image with this article, a green handprint superimposed on the 1972 NASA photograph of the Earth, is a symbol for sustainability, much as three arrows in a triangle symbolize recycling.
By Jon Biemer
Jon Biemer earned a Certificate in Process-oriented Psychology in 2014. He also is a registered Professional Engineer. He provides Organizational Development consulting to businesses and non-profits. Check out his website at www.JonBiemer.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, especially if you’d like to receive publication announcements about From Handprints to Footprints: Creating Sustainability to Heal Our Planet.
Image credits: Jon Biemer
This 5-day intensive workshop is for teens aged 14-18 who want to develop their leadership capacity, build new friendships, impact their communities, and have fun doing it!
Teens will engage in creative activities to increase personal power, find their unique gifts, build communication skills, strengthen relationship and facilitate conflict within themselves and in groups.
We support youth in their own leadership by teaching them to believe in their innate creativity, to appreciate internal and external diversity and to forge real relationships across differences. We teach them the skills they will need in order to recognize, work with and resolve conflict.
Join us in 2020 for the 35th Annual Winter Intensive!
The Process Work Institute invites you to join us for our 35th Annual Winter Intensive Course to be held at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon.
January 19th – February 20th, 2020
EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 1st
The course offers a unique opportunity to learn Process Work in an intensive format and within an international group setting. The course includes Process Work’s many applications and its most recent developments, and it is designed as an adult learning event. Participants will learn and study together by means of theory, experiential exercises, and group processes. Since the course attracts students from many nationalities, ethnic groups, and religious backgrounds, issues such as multiculturalism, diversity, and community building are part of the learning experience.
For more information and to register please visit: https://www.processwork.edu/public-programs/winter-intensive/
July 28-August 5, 2017; The festival includes the Work that Reconnects; Shambhala Art; Integrative Arts panel discussion; Authentic Movement; Deep Play Practices; Performance Salon; Full Moon Drum Circle; so much more…
Our wonderful MAPOF 2 cohort will be celebrating their graduation on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.