We follow a structured teaching called the Labors of the Month. A parallel is drawn between farming and the cultivation of consciousness. As a farmer attends to different aspects of their land each month, so do we attend to different aspects of our psychology. This offers a unified structure for all students, while enabling enough flexibility for each to focus on their specific challenges and needs.
We observe our inner landscape through the lens of the Labors of the Month. Our first August workshop introduced the symbolic labor of threshing wheat. The farmer separates the seeds from the chaff. We discussed how this could apply to our intellectual function; how...
We began the year by inviting each student to focus on an aim. In choosing this aim, students were encouraged to take an honest inventory of their psychology and to choose an area for added attention. We tend to get overly intellectual in our formulations. Therefore,...
Throughout the month we built upon what it means to self-remember and explored several of its aspects; the more intently we learn to remember ourselves, the sooner we catch ourselves when we forget.
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.
Our intellectual efforts can only take us to a very limited plateau; we need an emotional coupling with the intellect to reach more meaningful realizations. In the first April workshop, we addressed how to perceive from the emotional center.
March shows our farmer pruning his vine. Pruning symbolizes plugging leaks. The first March workshop focused on the leak of attention. We observed how we habitually waste our attention on insignificant things and set the stage for curbing this waste.
February’s Labor sees the farmer warming himself before a well-stoked fire. Just so, we aspire to stoke the fire of Consciousness through our self observation, which was the topic of our first workshop of the month.
With the new year, January presents the opportunity to enrich the soils of our inner landscape with the fruits of our past labors. It invites us to redefine our objective for the coming season.