note–the most recent events are at the top
January 2012 (see 2012)
CHINA and PROCESSWORK
We are happy to announce that Amy’s paper, “Bringing Deep Democracy to Life” has been accepted and we have therefore been invited to speak at the April 13-15 2012 Conference in Shanghai on Psychology and Social Harmony; see www.psychconf.org for more.
PROCESSWORK in RUSSIAN PSYCHOTHERAPY
“ Process -oriented psychology method of psychotherapy , has received professional recognition in the Russian Federation, and this modality became a member of a professional psychotherapeutic modalities League (PPL), a national organization supporting therapists in Russia.
PPL is official representative of the Russian Federation in the European Association for Psychotherapy, Asian Federation of Psychotherapy and the World Council for Psychotherapy. Professional Psychotherapeutic League (PPL) brings together experts in the field of psychotherapy. PPL is part of the European Association of Psychotherapy and shares its vision of psychotherapy as a separate and independent profession.
THANKS FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT WORLD CHANGE
Yes, do open forums in yourself between your in-sides, at home with all, at work with those who irritate you, at school, while waiting to pay at the grocery, in the city square. Invite all to speak. That’s democracy. Then go deeper, play the roles in power+those with less rank. Bring out hidden feelings+dreams. Everyone is needed. Ok, PAY taxes, but also please PAY attention to community-We owe it to ourselves+with it are richer
Arny’s first book, now updated (in connection with the Deep Democracy Institute) is >on how dreams connect to body symptoms, and can now be found on Amazon Kindle for $9.50.
DEEP DEMOCRACY IN THE “OCCUPIED WALL STREET JOURNAL
OCCUPY DEMOCRACY FOR WORLD CHANGE.
OCCUPY DEMOCRACY for world change! Ask all to be deep-democracy-participant-facilitators. Fight for justice, vote, then recycle opponents (use their energy better), i.e. recall everyone is needed to create a feeling of home. Support all races, religions, nationalities, sex. orientations, ages, health, poor+rich, etc. Participate-play-facilitate all roles as parts belonging to all. Then problems become invitations to a better, more participatory, living community.
THANKS GWYN and MORANA FOR WEBSITE SUPPORT !
Thanks Morana Biljakovic for many helpful tips about our website, and thank you so much Gwyn Fallbrooke for your continuous updating and website support!!
Community? Deep Democracy sees any group as a whole consisting of 3 experiential levels I. individuals+environment, II. people +parts as shared inner feelings+dreams (like projections), III. a field that influences moods, feelings+realities. Sense the field+represent each part. It’s inner +outer work—(in dreams, everyone does this naturally). Facilitation is everyone’s responsibility. “Leader” types without facilitator-ship are old fashioned, thinking awareness+power are theirs. Yes, 99+1, all please take a firm stand, then all, please use awareness+ OCCUPY EVERYTHING . This helps the world change from power to awareness paradigms.
YES OCCUPY! For sustainable community, inside+on the streets: please notice, OCCUPY and EXPLORE ALL real people, and remember they are also ROLES in each of us; the 1%, the 99%. OCCUPY 100%!!!+understand poverty, wealth, power… occupy the Facilitator who helps all sides, roles and people know each other in a dialogue, and as a dance…so community can happen and necessary outer change will occur. Can it happen? It depends upon all of us supporting one another to do it.
We need help with climate change, finance crisis, ethnic diversity issues. Dear homemaker, psychologist, coach, leader, scientist, artist, performer. Please use your 1stTraining skills to understand+help people+nature. And please use a 2nd training from your deepest self-processmind to create a sense of Home+Eldership to inspire us to make a big step in history, i.e. WorldTeamWork. Thank you!
Portland-Yachats-Athens-Zurich-London classes+seminars with Amy explore parallel world theory(!) now in psychology and sociology, with surprisingly creative solutions from our deepest non-cognitive self. Can help with body, conflicts, ecology. . In theory, is a potential for keys to life.
Wall Street Occupation! Whose side are u on? 1 or 99%? The 1-in-power or we-the-people-99% who want to be heard. 1%powers don’t connect much to ” the People”. However, the big powers+the people are also roles. In the deepest democracy, each of us is every role over time. So push, then listen, dream, create+ help everyone explore all roles creating cultural + community transformation. See Arny’s “Deep Democracy Of Open Forums” for more.
Processwork basic teachings? Yes, Amy just created +uploaded a video (in 4 parts) from amy’s and arny’s 1988 time as resident teachers at Esalen, Institute in Big Sur. Thanks ESALEN!! In this video, see arny’s introduction to processwork’s history, theory+ practice. Amy says she think it’s timeless.
Jung before death said “Only after I had familiarized myself with alchemy did I realize that the unconscious is a process, and that the psyche is transformed or developed by the relationship of the ego to the contents of the unconscious.” p.209 of Jung’s “Memories, Dreams and Reflections”. I began here:nothing is fixed, dance with process!
Arny’s class on body symptoms in Portland was about -How just pushing or “doing” life without enough connection to the deepest self can be a source of feeling unwell. We studied how body symptoms may be connected to abuse issues+how they connect to the nondualistic Processmind.
Awesome people amy and arny met at their seminar “The Meditating Mediator ” in September. With awareness, the group went into various versions of “hell on earth” including extreme + gory conflict scenes around our world. Holding their center, this multicultural group produced more creative hope than we could ever have hoped for. Don’t hesitate to CONSCIOUSLY know +use the energy of forces “against” you for the benefit of everyone!
Amy’s first official music CD is here! First Bloom: A Collection of Favorites is a wide-ranging collection of her favorites. Stemming from her background as a process oriented therapist and facilitator, her songs reflect inner experiences, the struggles and beauty of everyday life. Songs range from classical sounding instrumentals to passionate folksy tunes about our dreaming natures. Available as a CD or MP3 downloads from Amazon.com. See descriptions of the songs and links to music videos and to order.
Your “presence is a pre-sense… presence is something you can…feel before you can describe it …Your processmind is a pre-sense. You need to know this pre-sense of who you are…to facilitate your inner +outer relationships,…to improve world situations. To be a good communicator…know your pre-sense. Otherwise it precedes you,…+confuses communication. Your presence is a kind of spirit that sends signals to others before you even know you’ve sent them.” p 38-40 Processmind
Please prepare for the Deep Democracy Revolution. Many feel Democracy is worth fighting for. So let all sides be heard! Deep D. embraces traditional democracy, but includes our dreams+deepest selves. So 1.help all sides debate! Then 2. Dream, i.e. help us all play out how we are the other+ 3. bravely use your deepest detached self to flow with all things; for that flow creates relationship…just what democracy in its early form was missing.
“Following the unwanted, unintended message goes against the collective belief, which says that if you follow the unknown, it will lead you off the edge of the world.…But process work shows the roundness of our universe. It shows that if we have the courage to follow unintentional signals to their edges, we do not fall off, but discover new worlds.” From Amy and Arny Mindell’s “Riding the Horse Backwards”
According to Robbie Townsend Vennel, an Alaskan group based on Deep Democracy she has worked with, together with Marty Shuravaloff and Woody Koning, “The Kodiak Archipelago Rural Regional Leadership Forum”, is in its 7th year and getting state-wide attention as a best practice! This Forum supports rural Kodiak communities to provide best practices, develop agency + intercommunity relationships, to support community and environmental plans. For more, see http://seagrant.uaf.edu/conferences/2011/wakefield-people/program.php where Robbie will present about “Fishing Peoples of the North”.
“Amy’s mine, but was busy this morning when I needed a tip. Conflict between 3 groups puzzled me. So I ran to the sea+felt “oh master tell me what to do.” Its answer worked! Be quiet, then slowly rise+splash on lava rocks, then be silent again, then rise, dance +yell etc. I had been too steady earlier! My learning? Listen to the guru …As I got this idea from the sea, to make things more wonderful, a whale jumped about 30 meters away! ” (From Arny’s Facebook page)
Thanks to Via Nova publishers in Germany and translator Dr. Achim Goeres, and Hakjisa publishers in S. Korea and translator Dr. Yang Myong, Suk, Arny’s “Quantum Mind” can can now be read in German and Korean as well as English.
We are studying and involved in global conflicts between environmental activists+ business-economic “experts”. Since the whole world is involved, who can we trust to facilitate such a complex situation? Global problems associated with climate change have hundreds of non-linear couplings and links…and require a global approach. This is a place for deep democracy and earth-mind/processmind. From this viewpoint, each+all sides are important; they are the earth speaking with herself. This approach is both ancient+new.
The interested reader can find central ideas from Arny’s ProcessMind, in a short excerpt from that book by the Institute of Noetic Sciences; http://noetic.org/noetic/issue-ten-may/processmind-a-users-guide/
Confidentiality asks that we withhold details of the seminar experiences. However with awareness, many people, dreaming into radiation, electric +nuclear group problems brought forward not only death, but also ghosts and new spring flowers. In a place where tourists feared to tread, new dreams +worlds came to birth.
Thanks to the work of Dr. Tanja Hetzer and Dr Achim Goeres ( http://www.hanuman-institut.de/ ), a six page article about the impact of the Nazi-time on 2nd and 3rd Generation has been released, using process-oriented psychology. The article appeared in the largest psychology magazine in Germany, Austria and Switzerland , “Psychologie Heute”.
Amy is looking forward to her class on the “Shamanistic Side of the Therapist”
Arny looks forward to his class on “Jung and Process work” as well as Organizational, Death and Dying, and General Case work supervision classes.
Amy and Arny are excited about their June 3 Free Class on the Global PW Community
A+A are very much looking forward to working in Asakusa, with Japan on its present moment and future. See our Schedule for more.
Thanks to Vladimir Maykov, and the many, many people in Moscow for deep and meaningful experiences. The pain of Russian history slowly resolving, bringing out joy from many sides of Russia and its neighbors!
Sunny warm skies, deep interactions, people from many countries focusing on eldership. Thanks to David Clark, we were able to get together once again with our friends in London since we were deterred last year by Volcanic ash. Many nations, many countries, flowing instead of rigidly holding to polarities….new forms of community dreaming!
Thanks so much to Dr. Jai Tomlin, for an amazing seminar with many old and new friends making a big dream come true. Awareness of the universe while working on world issues such as war, tsunami, etc gave detachment to deal with almost anything.
Worldwork with hundreds of people was incredible, thanks to Waynelle Wilder, Aleks Peikrishvili, Mara Norman and the whole worldwork staff. We worked on issues of race, immigration, nuclear energy, women and men, diversity in Africa, Palestine and Israel, Korea and Japan, the environment, the “north-south” split in the EU, Latin American diversity. and much more.
Thanks for all your questions. Yes, we are coming, and will work with anxiety, depression, shock…and also freedom and future using innerwork, in relationships and organizations.
Tsunami Questions! People ask us, “Was it God, Karma, Devil or human foolishness in back of the huge earthquake and resulting problems? We feel that the belief that works for you best, is the best belief. For us, it was Nature=process. That is why we encourage people to work with the shock involved, and then use a psychological or spiritual tradition for help. For example, become the earth’s power, the power you project on nature, and use it well to help yourself and communities flow with all kinds of changes. We very much believe that Japan can do it, and model this for others!….and we will do all we can to be in Tokyo in the beginning of May.
The following notes on dealing with pain, depression and shock experiences were quickly thrown together, and will hopefully be of help. Click the following
for English, Dealing with Trauma and Shock.
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In this interview, Will Hall of Madness Radio ( www.madnessradio.net ) asks Arny about his long experience in working with extreme (that is statistically unusual) states of consciousness. Processwork prefers the term “extreme” to “psychosis”, because the word “extreme” stresses the unusual (in contrast to the pathologically “sick”) nature of what we all experience (more or less). Click here to hear the interview of about 55 minutes
The sense of safety and equality for our world requires deep democracy’s “awareness work”. This means modeling and encouraging others to promote not only a democracy based upon debate + voting, but a deeper democracy based on the shaman’s ability to facilitate +create community by bringing the worlds together. How? Base what you do and how you relate upon your deepest self, your processmind.
On his birthday Fukushima Roshi’s travels on this earth ended. Amazing, for some reason on March 1 in the middle of the night arny got out of bed for some unknown reason, and began dancing in the darkness screaming freedom! Amy joined in for a lot of fun.
We feel it was connected to our dear friend Keido Fukushima, it was the Roshi’s freedom dance. Amy remembers him at our house in Yachats. She showed him one of the baskets she made, and he put it on his head as a hat and roared with laughter. He loved the coast and the processwork-community. Arny remembers the Roshi thanking him for being the one person who did not bow down to him, but instead gave him a big hug.
We loved that Roshi. He asked us to help rebuild the original Rinzai Zen temple in China with him. He was open and his teachings were his way of being. When Amy told him her mother died the night before we once saw him in Kyoto, he said, looking at amy, “That’s IT!” So we know he would like us to remember–that’s it for him too–remember his wisdom: every day is a fine day. Goodbye dear friend, we miss you, and don’t miss you because you are sitting with us writing this right now.
EU wants more “DEEP DEMOCRACY” IN EGYPT and TUNISIA!
Feb 4, 2011 … The EU wants ‘deep democracy’ to take root in Egypt and Tunisia according to Catherine Ashton, E.U. foreign minister to the UN. Some of us would prefer her concept to be closer to my original meaning that included “dreams”, == still this shows how processwork terms spread around the world. This article was published on guardian.co.uk at 11.35 for more see http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/04/egypt-tunisia-eu-deep-democracy
(According to Arny’s original definition of deep democracy in seminars leading to the book, “Leader as Martial Artist”, individuals groups and nations needed to take seriously 1. polarized versions of reality issues, 2. feelings, dreams and “ghost roles”, as well as 3. the deepest self to facilitate inner and outer dynamics.)
Alan Steinfeld-Arny Interview on the World.
Click: Arny-Steinfeld 2011
Why is there something instead of Nothing??
We are in the midst of Portland Intensive +classes – Amy is giving art and processwork classes and arny is exploring the interconnections between Taoism, Einstein, and Tibet. Buddhism to answer, “Who are we, Why are we here?”
January: Murder in Arizona, Politics-more awareness needed!
6 People die! Attempted shooting of US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords! Sad and Horrible! Let’s stop shooting! Our greatest leaders too often get shot. Yet in addition to grief, what can we learn? Our ideas follow:
Perhaps there is a spirit or “ghost role” in the community saying, “leaders change!” If you are a (political) leading person doing open forums, please get as much training and psychological support as possible. If your office has been shot at (as Giffords’ was), consider the time-spirit saying, “not you, not today”. Please learn to model sanity not only by protecting yourself and everyone else more, but also by asking if and how you as a leader need to drop or change part of your direction, even if slightly. We understand that it’s right for some to die for what they believe in, but we also need leaders with more sustainable lives as well. Thank you.