The Work and EIQ Level 2
The Work and EIQ Immersion: You Are Not Your Feelings
Pre-requisite: Completion of EIQ Level 1,
or Private Coaching with Elizabeth,
or relevant foundation/experience in The Work of Byron Katie
Now Accepting Applications for Immersion 2020 (Limited Spaces Available)
This Immersion Course has three primary focuses.
The first focus: A deepening of the skills you learned in EIQ Level 1.
I have selected four topics offered in four 2-month Modules. During the first 6 weeks of each module, we meet weekly for a Teleclass. The last two weeks of each 2-month Module is Practical application and partner work. Even though we will work with the focused topics, the overall “topic” is immersion in TERA, The Emotional Resolve Approach, and application of emotional freedom in your life challenges.
In each of the four focused topics, you'll identify the imprinted emotions and uncover what beliefs keep those imprints within you as blocked energies. With inquiry, you'll question those beliefs and cultivate the willingness and skills to apply alchemy to the blocked energies. You'll uncover core (false) identities, and grow your capacity to offer them in the form of raw energy, to the space--where they resolve in the crucible of awareness.
With consistent exploration and application, you'll break the mind's spell to keep you stuck, by involving with imprinted emotions. As you learned in Level 1 The Work and EIQ, the mind's agenda with feelings is just not true.
It's not true: How I feel is how something should be;
It's not true: How I feel is how I should act or respond.
This is my Welcome message to all Immerse-ers. (From The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer). It's from the chapter "Transcending the Tendency to Close." This is a good subtitle for our Immersion: TRANSCENDING THE TENDENCY TO CLOSE.
"Everything you see inside is just something you see inside.
It’s not you; it’s what you see.
There is simply the pure energy pouring inside of you that creates the ripples of thoughts and emotions,
and there is the consciousness that’s aware of it.
There is simply you watching the dance of the psyche.
In order to reach this state of awareness, you must let your entire psyche surface.
Every little separated piece of it must be permitted to pass through.
Right now, many fragmented parts of your psyche are held within you.
If you want to be free, it all has to be equally exposed to your awareness and released. [Release all involvement]
But it will never get exposed if you’re closing yourself.
After all, the purpose of closing was to make sure that the sensitive parts of your psyche don’t get exposed.
So you catch on that no matter how much pain the exposure creates, you are willing to pay that price for freedom.
When you are no longer willing to identify with the part of you that is separating itself into a million pieces, you are ready for real growth.
Begin by seeing the tendency to protect and defend yourself.
There is a very deep, innate tendency to close,
especially around your soft spots." --Michael Singer
We will identify and explore this tendency to close in relationships, body health and appearance, money and other areas where we have become accustomed to closing. The closing is what delivers the experience of limitation. It cannot be true, but only a bought-into effect of the tendency to close. Welcome!
The second focus: Growing into Being. As we explored in Level 1 (the shortcut principle), “taking the shortcut” in the EIQ work means to quit negotiating with the mind, and go directly to the feeling that drives any persistent belief.
In Level 2, we go further. We go directly to a specific feeling: the feeling of “me.” Resolving the feeling of me allows the shift from “person,” to Being. Making this shift requires a bridge, and TERA is that bridge. TERA is how you learn to “take your stand in beingness.”
Beingness is a different world, a different dimension, to which feelings have no access. That is why any manipulation of feelings can never take us to beingness. Just as we can cut through thinking-ness and go directly to the underlying feeling, so we can cut right through the layer of feeling-ness, boldly, and return to beingness. Take your stand as awareness, no matter what.
If we take our stand in beingness, there will usually be great upheaval to begin with. There will be a revolt, an uproar. However, stay strong bold, and steady because at the end the feelings lose. Gradually and miraculously things will sort themselves out.
The moment we take our stand in beingness, the gates to harmony open. To begin with, there is a lot of pressure. There is a big flow of energy through these gates, but the flow is moving in the right direction. Don't be disappointed if you think you are not getting the expected objective result. There's not the way it happens. The results don't come from the objects. Being is a different world, a different dimension.
--Francis Lucille, The Perfume of Silence
The third focus: Confirm emotional freedom (after energies are unblocked). To accomplish this, you will set an intention to get your life right, in any or all areas where it's not right: Money, health, food cravings and compulsions, relationships, work, and your relationship with God (Spirit, the Divine, etc.).
Each participant will bring their “Top 10 Hits” (issues) to the first day of class. These are the top 10 things or people in your life that are problematic and (seemingly) the cause of stress and disharmony within your being. This is not a complicated exercise; it's very simple. Just make a list of 10 words (concepts) that make you cringe, sink, shake, fume or fuss. Words such as "mother", or "weight," or "indigestion;" or "Trump," "dieting" "the devil." (Well, those last 3 are actually one and the same now, aren't they?) (Just kidding... I have no political leanings).
Over the 9 months, you'll identify the imprint—the causal point of each of these "problems" (growth challenges). Then you'll bring alchemy to the disturbed energy at the core of the issue. After patiently and skillfully allowing a disturbed energy to resolve, you'll set a course of action, inspired by the Living Turnaround process. During the 2-week Practical following each 6-week Telecourse portion of each module, you'll work with your assigned partner to implement the turnarounds in practical action.
The aim of this approach is to bring resolution to your top ten hits, by starting from what you are: Beingness. Being the space for disturbed energy is a not-doing. It's taking the shortcut—not only to achieve inner peace but to accomplish the reflection of that peace in your outward world experience. Because as you consistently address the causal point (the emotional imprint) of any problem, what you will notice is something quite spectacular: after a while, you will notice things start happening in your outer experience that will start to bring resolution to your top ten hits.
You'll experience that you have done nothing to make these changes happen. Those changes will not come out of your doing. You'll not be able to deny that you couldn't have made those things happen. That phone call, the needed help arriving out of “left field,” bumping into that person. There's just too much synchronicity going on for this to be the effect of thinking-and-doing.
And those things coming out of left field enable you to resolve your top ten hits. You will realize, “I'm being brought what I need to resolve those issues. I'm receiving what I require to bring resolution to those situations, without doing! In fact, I'm not doing, I'm undoing.” Further, by consciously journaling and sharing these left-field "receivings" with your classmates, you increase the flow. (Test it!)
The gift of this approach—resolving the emotional imprint first, the causal point for any problem—means that you confirm to yourself the unlimited power of Being. The old way of think-and-do, based on the belief in separation (me, an autonomous entity), fades away like a bad dream. You learn to meet your life problems (challenges) not through reactive thinking and stressful doing but by simply letting the universe bring you what is needed to correct the “problem.”
Any impersonal (not-a-person-there) desire will be effortlessly fulfilled by the universe (Being). All that's needed is to get the idea of a person out of the way and empty the imprinted, disturbed energies that have been misidentified with.
This is the end of problems and the beginning of facing challenges with enthusiasm and love.
The third focus in this 9-Month Immersion is your opportunity to “test it.”
"You are not who you feel you are. Even if you feel that you are who you feel you are, you are not who you feel you are. A feeling, an emotion is not your real nature. You're not really a disappointed person. You're not really a jubilant person. You're not really a sarcastic person. You're not a gloomy person. These are feelings that you love, that you live with in great companionship. You live with those in order to have what you call life.
But you've got it wrong. You're not the storm of emotion of rage. You're not the stormy ocean. You're really, in reality, you're the very calm peaceful lake."--Vernon Howard.
This Immersion explores four areas of life where the believed-in me-feeling and me-thought runs the show—where you most easily become emotional and suffer the nightmare of separation.
These areas are:
--Health, Appearance, Food Cravings and Compulsions
--Work and Money
--Fear and Limitation
The program is divided into four 2-month modules, plus a 1-month mid-term Practical in July. (Scroll down to view Comments from 2019 Module 1 participants).
SCHEDULE: March—November 2020
Module #1: March 8--April 27
Module #2: May 3--June 29
Mid-Term Practical: July 1-31
Module #3 August 3--September 29
Module #4: October 4--November 24
Module 1: Relationships / March-April
Sundays: March 8, 15, 22, 29. April 5, 12. Time: 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. PT
Mondays: March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13. Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PT
Practical Partner Work: April 13-27. Finding and proving the turnarounds; Implementing the Living Turnarounds.
Module 2: The Body--Health, Appearance, Cravings and Compulsions / May-June
Sundays: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. June 7. Time: 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. PT
Mondays: May 4, 11, 18, 25. June 1, 8. Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PT
Practical Partner Work: June 9-23. Finding and proving the turnarounds; Implementing the Living Turnarounds.
Mid-Term Practical: July
During the month of July 1-31, you'll journal your shifts and gains from the Course so far. As well, your daily practice (a few minutes or longer if you choose) will be working with the items on your Top 10 Hits in a specific way. You'll meet with a partner weekly (or more often as you wish) to practice TERA. You'll take turns hosting (or co-hosting) a weekly support call for class members.
Module 3: Work and Money / August-September
Sundays: August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. September 6. Time: 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. PT
Mondays: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. September 7. Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PT
Practical Partner Work: September 8-29. Finding and proving the turnarounds; Implementing the Living Turnarounds.
Module 4: Transcending Fear and Limitation / October-November
Sundays: October 4, 11, 18, 25. November 1, 8. Time: 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. PT
Mondays: October 5, 12, 19, 26. November 2, 9. Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PT
Practical Partner Work: November 10-24. Finding and proving the turnarounds; Implementing the Living Turnarounds.
Each module includes:
6 weekly Telecalls, (attend either Sunday Section or Monday Section or alternate as needed for your convenience);
Assigned and chosen partners;
2 private sessions with each Module (8 total for the program);
Membership in private Facebook page;
Ongoing support and inspiration.
Tuition $7997, Pay via credit card/Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/EJLavine
By check: Send me an email for the postal mailing address.
Payment plan: 3 payments
--$2847, due March 1 2019,
--$2847 due June 1 2019
--$2847 due September 1, 2019.
Paypal link: https://www.paypal.me/EJLavine
If paying by check (contact me for mailing address).
Comments from 2019 Module 1 Immersion Participants:
The homework from last week was mind-blowing for me in a way that I don’t feel the same anymore. Much gratitude from my heart.
"No 'Me' to Protect"
Module 1 takeaways. The big one for me is a new willingness to "test out" and really invest in the experiment of living from the perspective of Awareness. (There has been a lot of attachment to seeing "Me" as a materialist/physical perspective, "I am this brain, in this body", etc.) Inhabiting the awareness perspective has led to much less involvement with drama of thoughts/stories. And a habit is developing to just go directly to sensations/energies, to open to them, let them live. I find there is less concern about Truth or certainty, about winning arguments, about being seen and understood. If "I" am just conscious awareness there is no "Me" to defend or protect. Of course, the old habits have their momentum so I don't expect a miraculous turnaround, but I'm enjoying the experiment along the way.
"Baseline Stress Level Going Down"
Sitting with the raw energy of ‘disregarded ‘ - over and over has shifted and reorganized parts of my thinking. I can see and hear it coming now, I jokingly think of it as my old friend, I have an understanding of past events, much less self-judgment about my reactivity when it is related to ‘disregarded ‘. A couple of weeks ago I called a friend/coworker to apologize. I had gotten clear in a homework call that winning and losing was not what I wanted to invest my energy in anymore (with this person) and it was not a powerless surrender like I had been imagining. It was clear and quiet. And the response I got would have started WW3 inside of me a month ago, but that day I saw “disregarded” coming towards me and was able to ask ‘is it true, am I being disregarded?’ The answer was no, and that was so much more powerful than what I had imagined ‘winning ‘ would have been. Takeaway 2 is realizing that I was about to quit a group function because I did not want to feel inadequate. I now know how to work with that. Takeaway 3 is from the last class call. Elizabeth said - awareness has no preference. That has been rumbling around in my thoughts. Awareness has no preference, not good or bad, right or wrong, hot or cold, migraine or no migraine. That is all from identity. This somebody wants credit for having a migraine. And this somebody is curious to try out observing the sensations without the commentary of “ow,” and “when will this be over blah blah blah.” I am taking myself seriously and laughing at the craziness of it at the same time. I am so grateful to Elizabeth for developing and offering this curriculum and for all of you who are sharing this journey with me. My baseline stress level is going down. Thank you thank you thank you.
"This is Working!"
I have a better understanding of the geography we are traveling through. The old emotions, the energy blocks. That sounded far-fetched and strange. It still sounds strange but I don't care. I do know for sure that I have tried for decades to do pain a certain way, and it wasn't working. This is!
"Loving This Journey"
Growing awareness that I AM awareness. Everything else is what is observed or felt from this expansiveness. The willingness and even desire to let go of all that isn't me.. Loosening the grip of wanting to control outcomes. I'd become used to experiencing life as someone who is always angry/pissed off; a victim. Now life is increasingly experienced as more peaceful and supportive. I notice that I'm less interested in drama and being right. I'm losing the need to defend or protect "myself" as I repeatedly experience disturbed energies and not only survive, but grow from them. Loving this journey and oh, what a ride it's been so far!
"Realizing I Have Choice"
Takeaway 1: Uncomfortable physical sensations are not enemies anymore. When a wave of intense sensations appears within the body, along with stressful thoughts, I immediately focus my attention inward and breathe.
Takeaway 2: I realized I was willing to feel the sensations in order for them to go away. Allowing sensations to be here, without wanting them to go away. Being willing for them to be here with me for the rest of my life. Seeing them as not a threat has been such a relief.
Takeaway 3: I don’t have to involve with the mind, as if bouncing a basketball, giving thoughts more power and strength with every push. I can simply ignore them, regard them as sounds coming from the radio. I see I have a choice here. I'm slowly heeding that realization.
Takeaway 4: I have become aware that it is still more important for me how I do, than how I be. And when I focus on how I am doing, and not on how I am being, I am teaching that you and I are vulnerable beings. Module 1 has triggered my interest and deep longing in experiencing Being.
"Doesn't Make Me Afraid Anymore"
My biggest takeaway is that my emotions are no longer running the show (and that I didn't even realize that they were). I am slowly welcoming the energy of rejection (or fear of it) into my daily life. I have come to realize that this deep-seated energy has been driving me for longer than I can remember. I am now seeing this as a curious thing- "Where will it show up today?" It doesn't make me afraid anymore. It is still there and I am still responding to it with old habits sometimes, but now I have tools and a plan when this comes up: I realize it, deal with it (TERA), and move on without much of the baggage or habits I had created to deal with the uncomfortable feeling of rejection. The act of "pause" has become my new go-to. And I love it.
"Feels Like Real Humility"
With gratitude: Takeaway 1: The 3-second pause. When first introduced to it through the class, I was excited and wanted to try it out. But when I found myself in situations of chronic reactivity, the impulse seemed to take over. Repeatedly, I found myself 'failing' to carry out the experiment, accompanied by the mind-sell; it is not working, I am stuck, despair, fear... A week ago, I found myself in silence at a time when I could simultaneously feel a disturbed energy and reaction to do something. It seemed to happen on its own, and 'I' was in awe. Feels like real humility.
Takeaway 2: Dropping the ball in conversation.
During conversations, I am now aware of my habitual tendency or a pull to contribute. It is so good to feel there is something so simple of just seeing that, and being aware of the choice.
Takeaway 3: Involvement
Noticing the 'secondary' reactions and energy (often as a reaction to a 'primary' experience, such as wanting something and feeling the lack of that thing) and seeing it as a pull. Again it is great to see that I can be aware of it as a movement, to breathe into it and even consider it with love. Not fighting it.
"A New Ability to Be Still"
Takeaways? A new ability to breathe and be still where I have had ancient reactivity. An ability to stop, literally, to just sit down and take the time to feel a feeling that arose without even naming it or trying to figure where it came from. And the tools and the partners to go from the names and stories to the raw energy and stay with that instead, all the way to 'not a threat', not a command' and 'not me'. And the chances to sit in that and feel the expansiveness of awareness. I've seen the machinations of my trying to control the world to not hit every emotion and it's exhausting and absolutely offers no benefit. More than everything though, the living turnarounds are holding the biggest challenge (and resistance) but excitedly the potential for real benefit and change in my world. Thank you Elizabeth so much for holding and guiding us, and to all of you fellows on this amazing journey!
"Self is Being Dismantled"
My takeaways from Module 1 include these practices: 1) Pause-free breathing and its stabilizing effect on my nervous system; 2) Uncovering the emotion with the Tail End Exercise and then revealing the disturbed energy with Deep Dive; 3) The ability to let feelings have their life while resting as Awareness; 4) The realization of freedom that answering the three Reality Check questions brings. I feel that my manufactured self is being dismantled and what's left is what's true.
"Right Where I Belong"
Take away. Yep, I'm right where I belong. And regardless of all the fine reasons mind had for why I had better not join this Immersion, here I am. Incredible. And very grateful.