In our first May workshop we discussed the topic of Features. This system lays a groundwork for us to identify key characteristics of psychological features whereby we gain a fuller understanding of who we are and how we impact the world around us. Becoming aware of these features is the first step toward creating a space around (and a distance from) the feature; that space will be the seed of choice in how we respond in the world. Our second workshop highlighted the work of observation. We drew upon both Eastern and Western teachings to elucidate the importance of impartial observation. We were also given the opportunity to see in real time what practical implications arise when we engage the Higher Emotional Center. The third workshop was an investigation into the impact of momentum. We explored how much of our daily life is actually little more than the mechanical momentum of the past. Students were invited to share their thoughts and verifications from the previous week’s practical exercise, which was to observe mechanical momentum. These open discussions prove to reinforce the common aim we share in becoming more consciously engaged in our own life. One of the objectives of this system is to create and sustain a unified presence in ourselves. To do so we need to first recognize the multiplicity. Our fourth workshop of May built upon the work of observation and was aimed at adding depth to self-remembering. In depth, we see not only the fragmented chaos of our psychology, but also a potentiality of integration. The practical exercise of this workshop was to remember to engage more facets, or centers, in ourselves throughout our day to day routines. We see that such an engagement encounters many obstacles in the form of mechanical momentum. Our final workshop of the month pointed out ways to use the breath to sustain consciousness and ground ourselves again in the moment.
The real food of ‘inner impressions’ all depends on one being able to divide one’s attention and observe what goes on within—one’s thoughts, emotions, hopes, fears and health—objectively; that is, as though they were not one’s own. When that happens one may derive as much understanding, or more, from observing the world within as from observing the world without.
– Rodney Collin