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Date/Time: Saturday, July 10th 10am-1pm Pacific
CE: Approved for 3 CE Hrs.
Overview and Description: The polarized mind that plays havoc politically and relationally is an extension of the everyday divided mind, or divided self, which gives rise to all manner of anxiety, despair and confusion. All human conflict – outer as well as inner – arises from a singular root. Cut that root and its branches of physical tightness and psychic confusion, leaves of relational discord and personal discontent, and bitter fruit of feeling anxious, depressed and irritable – perpetually wanting – dissolve.
Radical Existential and Buddhist psychology recognize there is a basic – quite normal and innocent – split in human consciousness that divides perceived objects and others “out there” from a perceiving subject “in here.” This underlying bi-polar disorder of everyday consciousness is the object-subject split that dominates our mind by confusing projections for reality as it is. Pitting self against world, us against them, conscious reason against unconscious compulsion, everyday mind oscillates between moments of self-infatuation and self-hatred. Everyday dualistic vision reifies the flux of experience to the extent we identify “me” as a being separate from being as such. The compulsive striving to defend and promote our self as a self-grounded entity severs us from the ground and innate well-being of undivided, authentic presence.
Whether or not political, relational, psychological or physical problems are solved, it is possible to befriend impermanence – the flux of experience forever unresolved – in a way that is supple, attuned, creative and carefree. But only insofar as we are able to drop our ego-shields and dare genuine openness and radical freedom, undivided in mind and untethered to our projections.
Ken Bradford, PhD is a teacher, author and contemplative yogin integrating Buddhist, Dzogchen and Existential thought and practice. Formerly, he maintained a psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay area and was Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University and California Institute of Integral Studies. Publications include numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, most recently on “Radical Authenticity” and “Existential-Contemplative Therapy”; and books, The I of the Other: Mindfulness-Based Diagnosis & the Question of Sanity; and Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, Vol. 2 (with John Prendergast).
3 CEs Approved. CE Fee: $18.50. Please contact us for more info regarding the course. or to request disability accommodations.
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