In this work, you will be shown how to access states of deep relaxation, where you can see, talk to and go on journeys with inner guides, usually animals, that spring up spontaneously when you focus on different parts of your body.
The aim is to offer every participant an opportunity to discover the feral strength, wisdom and power that lives within them and to craft it into an expression that can direct and inform their lives.
In working with the animals we begin to:
As human beings, much of the time we are unknowingly controlled and directed by our subconscious and unconscious, which in turn are being directed by our life experiences, especially those of our early childhood. As a result we sometimes feel that something is missing in our lives, even when everything is going well. When things are not going well, we may feel lost, desperate, hopeless or worse.
We can re-establish a sense of harmony within ourselves and with others. Latest developments in guided imagery provide a direct and an effective means for accomplishing this.
The Personal Totem Pole Process© is a unique blend of the theory of active imagination which was developed by Dr. C. G. Jung, the Eastern theoretical orientation which understands the human being as a system of interrelated energies or chakras, and the Native American practice of speaking to and learning from the animals.
In this process a person is guided using deep imagery to encounter an animal in each chakra or energy centre. The condition of the chakra is reflected by the particular animal and its circumstances. In some cases an animal is seen to be caged or injured which indicates that the energy is not as free or as healthy as it should be. In others the strength and stability of the chakra is evident. When all the chakra animals have been reached they are brought into a council in which they work toward each other’s growth and health. In doing so they typically raise issues which the person has not adequately faced, but is now supported and even coached in doing so. As the person faces the issues the animals grow, and as the animals grow and come to be more supportive of each other, the individual feels a growing harmony and centeredness in his or her own life. The inner support of the chakra animals comes to be deeply appreciated and richly felt. The work is deeply healing and transformative as the animals know how to guide us with precision through the sequence of experiences that lead back to our own original wholeness.
Use of this process with clients has shown that it effectively and efficiently brings about the resolution of longstanding conflicts and leads to a newfound maturity.
The value of this process for someone who has already done much growing is that it clearly indicates the strengths of the person’s component energies and the relationships between them, and provides guidelines for further work.View the International Institution for Visualisation Research website here.
These are all day workshops which include two journeys. One to meet your chakra animals and the second to perform a healing ceremony with them.
Saturday 10th June
Saturday 22nd July
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It’s late at night, you’re walking home on your own. You know you have to walk down the ally and into the estate to get to your flat, and you know that they will be there waiting. You can hear their voices. Your shoulders tighten, your knuckles turn white, and you can feel the fear in the pit of you stomach. Your head bends, your pace quickens. Somehow you have to get through them. But tonight something strange happens; the fear in the pit of your stomach begins to growl. It’s not fear any longer, it’s a large Siberian Tiger and it’s walking beside you....Read more.
I am putting my hands into the water. There is something here - it is a baby boy. I am lifting him out and holding him in my arms, on my lap. He is newborn and wrinkled but healthy and whole. His eyes are closed. I know this was the boy who was still born to me when I was twenty. I'm just sitting here and crying.....Read more..
I said that I had ‘easy’ on my left side and ‘hard’ on my right. When I called for an animal to represent ‘easy’ to come, Eagle flew over. He was relaxed, comfortable, amused, chuckling to himself - laughing at me but in a way that was fine with me. Very familiar.
I asked Eagle what he had come to show me. He said we should fly together. I wasn't sure whether he meant to merge or if I could fly on his back or fly along side him. I asked him and he said it was up to me. I said that I would like to merge. He flew down from the tree and we tried to merge but it didn’t feel right. He tried to take off but couldn't - I felt like I was weighing him down. I said - can we try from a tree top? I can climb up a tree and it might be easier than taking off from the ground. He said fine, so that’s what we did. We merged in a tree top and swooped down out of the tree then up into the air....Read more.