Realization Process Workshop: Embodied Nondual Awakening

Led by Judith Blackstone

Friday, September 9, 2011

10:00-4:00 (with an hour break for lunch)

At the Jeffrey Bihr Studio, 5390 Miles Avenue, Oakland (Rockridge, near Bart)

This workshop will include the meditation, embodiment, psychological and relational aspects of the Realization Process.

Cost – $125

For more information, email realizationctr@aol.com. 

To register for the workshop, go to www.realizationcenter.com/events.htm or send a check for $125 to Judith Blackstone, PO Box 1209, Woodstock, NY 12498 (please include your email or phone number).

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Poem

Here is a beautiful poem, written by Tom Neilson, a Realization Process teacher and psychotherapist in Nashville, TN.

Love

Sometimes dark things happen.  The young woman

With children gets cancer, dies.  A good man

Gets lost, jumps off a bridge.

Darfur happens. 

Despite all this, despair has vacated my life.  It is

Because of the background.  Words fail

But I will try to explain. 

The background glows.  It is open.  It is

Warm and sweet and loving.  It is

Everywhere.  Words aren’t adequate,

But I will try to explain.  It is

Tender intelligence.  It can hold you,

But its purpose is greater.  It

Doesn’t care if you marry the right

Person or get the job you want, but

Nonetheless, it is in your favor.

Its vistas are large. 

It is like an endless ocean, teeming

With life, and you can play in it.  You

Can do joyful underwater ballet.  You can

Help the others who live in the water. 

 I live for the ocean now. 

What it wants, I try to do.

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Realization Process Teleconference Course

New Series: 

Fridays, June 3, 10, 17 at 3:00-4:30 PM Eastern; 2:00-3:30 Central; 1:00-2:30 Mountain; 12:00-1:30 Pacific. 

This is a Level One Course, open to everyone.  We will practice the main Realization Process exercises for opening the body, heart and mind.

To register, go to www.realizationcenter.com/events.htm.

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Big Goings-On

Zoran and I have founded a new organization, the Nonduality Institute, and Jolie Gorchov has joined us as the Institute’s executive director.

We hope to have a space for the Nonduality Institute in New York City within the year.  When we do, it will be the home of the Realization Process.   Along with some of the certified Realization Process teachers, I will give classes, workshops and teacher trainings there.  Zoran will conduct some of his research on nondual consciousness at the Institute (he will still be associated with the Center for Neural Science at NYU) and give workshops and lectures on his findings.  We will also invite other nonduality teachers and researchers to present classes, lectures and workshops.

We are just developing the programming and would love to get your input. You can contact me at realizationctr@aol.com and let me know what you would like to see happen at the Nonduality Institute.   I will keep you posted on our progress.

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Spring Events with Judith

April 8, 15, 29 – Three session Realization Process Teleconference Course, Level Two, for people who have previous experience of Realization Process.  Sessions are ninety minutes (4:00-5:30 Eastern, 3:00-4:30 Central; 2:00-3:30 Mountain; 1:00-2:30 Pacific).

April 10, noon-6:00 PM - Movement/Embodiment Workshop in NYC

May 14-18 – Realization Process Meditation Teacher Training, Part One, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

June 24-26 –  Weekend Workshop at beautiful Esalen in Big Sur, California

July 11-15 – Cape Cod Symposium:  Judith will teach a course on the influence of Eastern spiritual teachings on psychotherapy, along with the main Realization Process exercises.

For more information, and to register, go to www.realizationcenter.com/events.htm.

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Movement/Embodiment Workshop in NYC

Stillness Moving
A Movement/Embodiment Workshop Based on Realization Process
Taught by Judith Blackstone
Sunday, April 10, 12:00-6:00
83 Leonard Street, fifth floor, NYC (studio of Jeanette Stoner)

Wherever you are in contact with the internal space of your body, you are also open to the world around you. When you inhabit your whole body at once, you uncover a level of transparency, of unified consciousness, pervading your body and environment as a whole.

This workshop will teach the Realization Process movement exercises for inhabiting the body, attuning to and moving through the “subtle circuitry” of energy channels and chakras, and integrating the body, breath and unified consciousness. These exercises develop fluidity, balance, presence and expressiveness. They can help open you to the most subtle, fundamental dimension of your being.

Cost – $100
To register, send a check for $100 to Judith Blackstone, PO Box 1209, Woodstock, NY 12498 or pay online at www.realizationcenter.com/events.htm.

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The Spiritual Essence of the Body

Here is a poem that my friend Evan sent me for Christmas:
By Saint Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022)
 
We awaken in Christ’s body
as Christ awakens in our bodies,
and my poor hand is Christ, He enters
my foot, and is infinitely me.
I move my hand, and wonderfully
my hand becomes Christ, becomes all of Him
(for God is indivisibly 
whole, seamless in his Godhood).
I move my foot, and at once
He appears like a flash of lightening.
Do my words seem blasphemous?– Then
open your Heart to him
and let yourself receive the one
who is opening to you so deeply.
For if we genuinely love Him,
we wake up inside Christ’s body
where all our body, all over,
every most hidden part of it,
is realized in joy as Him,
and He makes us, utterly, real,
and everything that is hurt, everything
that seemed to us dark, harsh, shameful,
maimed, ugly, irreparably
damaged, is in Him transformed
and recognized as whole, as lovely,
and radiant in His light
we awaken as the Beloved
in every last part of our body.

And look how similar it is to this from the great Zen master Rinzai:

An ancient doctor says that the body is dependent on its meaning, and the ground is describable by its substance. Being so, we know that Dharma-body and Dharma-ground are reflections of the (original) light. O Venerable Sirs, let us take hold of this person who handles these reflections. For he is the source of all the Buddhas and the house of truth-seekers everywhere. The body made up of the four elements does not understand how to discourse or how to listen to a discourse. Nor do the liver, the stomach, the kidneys, the bowels. Nor does the vacuity of space. That which is most unmistakably perceivable right before your eyes, though without form, yet absolutely identifiable—this is what understands the discourse and listens to it.
O Followers of the Way, Mind has no form and penetrates every corner of the universe. In the eye it sees, in the ear it hears, in the nose it smells, in the mouth it talks, in the hand it seizes, in the leg it runs. The source is just one illuminating essence.

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Winter Events with Judith

Realization Process Teacher Training/Certification Course, part one of two, in Santa Rosa California, December 4-8, 2010.  Part Two is March 5-9, 2011. 

Realization Process is an integrated approach to psychological healing, embodiment, and spiritual awakening. It is a unique series of body-centered meditative exercises for realizing nonduality, releasing somatically-bound psychological patterns, and awakening the clear light of unified consciousness in the whole body.

 In Realization Process, the radical openness of nondual realization is based on deep contact with the internal space of one’s body and access to the “wisdom channel” in the subtle core of the body. We therefore uncover a qualitative, authentic experience of ourselves as individuals at the same time as we transcend our individuality.  When two people attune to nondual awareness together, they experience mutual transparency: a single expanse of awareness pervading them both as a unity. They also experience resonant connection between the essential aspects of their being, such as intelligence, love, and physical sensation.

 Most approaches to nonduality focus on breaking through fixed conceptual patterns.  However, the fixations that obscure nonduality are not just conceptual.  There are also rigid holding patterns throughout one’s body, limiting our capacity for emotional responsiveness and physical sensation.  The subtle core of the body is disentangled from these rigidities.  When we access it, we can let go of our fixed patterns of self and other, so that they actually dissolve.  Then we are open to the present moment, effortlessly, throughout our whole body.

 This training focuses on the Meditation aspect of Realization Process. Participants will learn how to help people overcome specific obstacles to nondual realization, and how to accelerate results in meditation for both beginning and advanced students.  Along with the Realization Process attunement exercises, various forms of meditation, such as resting in nonduality, mindfulness, absorption, deity visualization, and one-pointed concentration will be taught, with discussion of their applications to personal and spiritual issues.

 The training is also an opportunity to deepen your own nondual realization, through intensive practice.  The Realization Process exercises will be combined with periods of sitting, standing and walking meditation for cultivating stable nondual realization, subtle breath, subtle perception, and openness throughout the whole body. 

 Training/Certification Program: The Realization Process Training, taught by Judith Blackstone, consists of four separate certification programs: Meditation, Embodiment, Subtle Self Work (Spiritual Psychotherapy) and Realization Process for Children (taught by Kathleen Donovan for people who parent or work with children). A certificate is given at the end of each program, upon completion of Part Two, authorizing participants to teach that aspect of Realization Process. If three of these four programs are completed, full certification is awarded. The programs can be taken in any sequence.

Cost: Part One $650, Part Two $650

For more information, email Judith at realizationctr@aol.com or call her at (845) 679-7005. To register for the training, please send a deposit check of $200 to Judith Blackstone, PO Box 1209, Woodstock, NY 12498 or pay online at www.realizationcenter.com/events.htm. If you cancel by November 20, or in case of emergency, your deposit will be returned to you.

Realization Process three-session teleconference course, Level Two, on January 7, 14, 21 at 3:00-4:30 East Coast time.  This course is open to anyone who has completed the Level One teleconference course or done a workshop, class series or teacher training in Realization Process.  Cost-$150

Realization Process three-session teleconference course, Level One (introductory course) on February 11, 18, 25, at 3:00-4:30 East Coast time.  Cost – $150

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From Huleikat by Yehuda Amichai

Remember and remind the fallen fruit
of the leaves and the branch
remind the tough thorns
that they were soft and green in spring
and do not forget that the fist
was also once an open hand and fingers.

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The Subtle Core of the Body

In Realization Process, one of the main ways that we realize nonduality is through the subtle vertical core of the body. This is a slender channel that can be accessed from the center of the bottom of the torso (and below) to the center of the top of the head (and above). We enter into this channel by finding points within the core of the body, and initiating the breath within these points. We can enter into the subtle core of the body anywhere along it, but in Realization Process, we enter mainly through the center of the head, chest and pelvis.

The center of your head can be found approximately between your ears, in the very center of the internal space of your head. In other words, I do not mean the center between the brows or the top of the head. When you enter into this point in the center of your head, you will feel a subtle vibration down through your whole core. Most people find this point too high up in their heads. If you can feel the vibration downward through your whole core, you know that you have found the point in the center of your head.

The points in the center of the chest and pelvis are found by focusing inwardly as deeply as you can without strain, in your chest and pelvis. All of the points within the subtle core of the body can be recognized by their subtle vibration. It is important to find the point by the feel of it, rather than by an anatomical location.

The subtle core of the body is mentioned in several Asian spiritual disciplines. It is called the “central channel” in Tibetan Buddhism, and “shushumna” in Indian Yoga. In Yoga, shushumna is said to consist of three channels, nested within each other. The innermost channel is considered to be the most subtle channel. In Realization Process, we also penetrate with our focus into the innermost core of this channel. Eventually we feel that we are living within this channel, that this channel is part of who we are.

Wherever we enter into the subtle core of the body, it feels as if we have entered into our whole being. Also, when we breathe within any point in the subtle core of the body, the breath produces a subtle vibration throughout the whole body. It has often been said that there is no center in the realization of nonduality. It can also be said that the center of nonduality is everywhere. Once we become adept at finding the innermost core of our body, we find that we can enter into our whole body/being at once through anywhere in our body. We can also feel a resonance between the subtle core of our own body and the subtle core of another person’s body. The center that is everywhere in our body is the same center that is everywhere in another person’s body.

The subtle core of the body is an entranceway into nonduality, into the mutual transparency of self and other. The subtle core is an entranceway into the wholeness of our own body/being and the oneness that transcends our individual being.

From the subtle core of the body, we are disentangled from all of the content of our experience. We can let go of our grip, our limiting grip on our experience. This means that our thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions can flow more fluidly. We can allow life to happen, and we are present for life happening, we are open to its movement.

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