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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.
By Jeanell Innerarity
If you’ve engaged in personal growth work in the last fifteen years, you’ve probably dabbled in “manifestation.” Manifestation hit the mainstream with the 2006 release of the documentary The Secret, which featured celebrities, philosophers, and even scientists talking about how they create their own reality by acting like it’s already real. The movie claims that some of society’s biggest names have used this “secret” to get to ahead, and the rest of us can do the same.
Life is more Complex
If tuning in to the vibration of our goals is the only thing between us and our ideal reality, then why aren’t we there yet? Did some of us stick the wrong images on our vision boards? How come manifestation sometimes works, and sometimes doesn’t? I believe the missing piece in this conversation is PROCESS!
Process, if you know how to track it, is no secret. The word “process” can be a noun or a verb and applies in many contexts, but it always implies that something is emerging naturally from what came before it. As a Processworker, I track process by noticing what is more obvious or consciously known (primary), and facilitating opportunities for the less known (secondary) aspects of awareness to emerge.
The Secondary Process
How do I apply this when a client comes to me and says they want to “manifest” something? The term manifestation gives me a clue: there’s a primary aspect of their awareness which has a goal, and a secondary aspect which has another plan entirely!
A client once came to me with enormous career goals. Already the leader of an international organization, they wanted to manifest more power, money, and status. However, they were exhausted. Their shoulders were tied up in knots. Their relationship and libido suffered. They had been betrayed in a business deal and felt unable to trust. Their primary process was success, but their secondary process was rest.
What they thought they wanted to manifest was one-sided and oversimplified; it did not honor the complexity of their life and character, and was impossible to maintain without serious consequence. When you marginalize significant aspects of your experience in order to manifest something, the secondary aspects of your process will eventually sabotage your efforts!
All the Isms
But what if what you’re honoring your full experience, yet you keep running into roadblocks? When clients describe this scenario, I often find that classism, racism, homophobia, or other institutionalized biases are at play. A person tries to manifest their dreams, and the world pushes back against them.
Does this mean they can’t get there? Absolutely not! With these clients (and within myself) I bring to light the process of internalized oppression—the way in which we repeat to ourselves the same critical and dangerous stories the world has fed us. In this case, we must first fight the inner oppressor and pick up its power for ourselves! The outside world may not immediately change, but when we stop agreeing with its insidious and abusive voices we can act with more confidence and at least avoid self-sabotage. After we’ve laid a foundation for a less hurtful inner dialogue, we can strategize about how to take action, build alliances, and even change systems in the wider world.
If you experience societal oppression and believe—as many do—that manifesting your dreams is based solely on your own ability to visualize, then you will feel like a personal failure every time your dreams don’t come true. In this case, the culture of manifestation becomes abusive; it tells people that the big isms—sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, etc.—are easy to overcome, thus erasing the pain, challenge, and grief of someone’s experience. Not fertile soil for manifestation!
You Can’t Go Against Your Needs
It’s also nearly impossible to manifest an intention which overrides a fundamental need. A classic example shows up in the field of weight loss. How many millions of people have spent billions of dollars trying to lose weight, only to fail at the outset or gain back more than they lost? If you eat to “be big” or take up space, to feel safe in your body, to feel free of the sexual gaze, or to experience comfort, then no amount of focusing on thinness will manifest your vision until you can feel these things on your own terms. Additionally, the cultural emphasis on weight loss is a type of social oppression all its own, so it’s important to explore why you might want to lose weight in the first place.
Your True Nature
And finally, there’s destiny. Processwork proposes that we each have a unique path in life: a certain type of trajectory, tendency, and dreaming process which shows up in our earliest childhood dream (or memory) and cycles back throughout our lives. A sort of personal myth. To harness the power of that myth is to live out your destiny!
In my earliest childhood dream, I disturb the status quo and wake up terrified of my own power. Predictably, when I try to conform to the mainstream in my waking life it comes back to bite me; it’s against my nature, which is to use my power to wake people up! I can’t manifest something lasting if it isn’t “me;” when I’m true to who I am, extraordinary things manifest themselves in my favor.
Because of the impact of the secondary process, societal oppression, unmet needs, and personal destiny, manifestation doesn’t always work, but sometimes it does! Sometimes, with astonishing quickness and accuracy, you wish for something and get what you wanted. Is that just dumb luck? Maybe occasionally! More often, I’d say it’s akin to “going with the flow.” When you learn to track and unfold your own process, when you align your choices with your true nature, and when you notice and act on synchronicities, you get out of your own way. When you honor your needs and take back the power of the internalized oppressor, you open up possibilities for the intelligent universe to shower you with blessings! It’s just that those blessings might look nothing like what you intended to manifest….
By Jeanell Innerarity, MAPOF, LMT (#22490)
Jeanell Innerarity facilitates personal healing with global impact. She specializes in integrative work to help clients better understand their personal power through the lenses of ancestry, Earth connection, and somatic awareness. She is the Founder and CEO of The EcoSpiritual Education Center LLC, where she provides group workshops, one-on-one counseling, and online education focused on personal development interwoven with ecological and social sustainability. She holds an MA in Process Oriented Facilitation, a BA in Environmental Studies, is certified in Permaculture and Ecovillage Design, and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She recently completed her first novel.
Learn more about Jeanell’s work at Ecospiritual Education
Image credit: Jeanell Innerarity
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.
Please take a look at our upcoming courses. https://www.processwork.edu/upcoming-courses/
Join Dawn Menken for Process Work in Practice: Free Introductory Classes
These free one-hour classes will present a Process Work approach to working with a variety of themes that emerge in our lives and in private practice. These short sessions are meant to introduce the public to a variety of Process Work applications but will also include ideas that can enhance learning for students and practitioners. These drop-in classes will occur monthly on-line.
First Thursday of each month
5:30-6:30pm Pacific Time
Online @ https://zoom.us/j/417364317
April 2 – Engaging with Dying, Death and Grief
Dawn Menken, Ph.D., is a conflict resolution educator, counselor, facilitator, and workshop presenter. She is a senior faculty member in the graduate program at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon and was co-creator of its masters programs, serving as academic dean for ten years. She is the creator of Teens Rise Up (TRU), a cutting edge program that empowers and educates young people to step into their leadership, engage in honest dialogue, and co-create a more welcoming school community. She is the author of the award winning book, Raising Parents Raising Kids: Hands on Wisdom for the Next Generation. A dynamic teacher with a sharp mind and playful spirit, Dawn enjoys working with people from all cultures and backgrounds. For more information see her website: www.dawnmenken.com
Please join us for one or four of our public courses this Fall. Registration is open.
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/
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING 2020
The MA in Process-oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies (MAPOF) teaches students to facilitate inner psychology and world problems. Our graduates work in leadership, organizations, counseling, coaching, and as mediators and facilitators in community and global contexts. Our vision is to teach people how to relate to themselves and each other, even amongst difficult conflicts, polarities, and moods. Our experienced faculty, including founders Arnold and Amy Mindell, have experience ranging from depth psychology to large organizational consulting, to war zones, and offer students unique training in methods for working with the interconnectivity of personal problems and world problems.
For more information and to apply please visit: https://www.processwork.edu/academic-programs/masters-of-process-oriented-facilitation-and-conflict-studies-2/
Join us in July for this year’s 5-day intensive workshop for teens aged 14-18 who want to develop their leadership capacity, build new friendships, impact their communities, and have fun doing it!