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Into the Deep: Exploring the Wisdom that Emerges from Silence 

co-sponsored by The Sophia Center for Spirituality

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"Within each of us there is a silence – a silence as vast as the universe.  We are afraid of it… and we long for it." 
-Gunilla Norris

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Beneath the noise and chaos, beneath the endless to-do’s, beneath the clutter of our lives, lies a boundless silence.  In that silence we are connected to all that is and All-That-Is.  We are connected to God and to the Universe – and to our very selves.  From the silence, wisdom emerges.

And yet many of us find it difficult to slow down, to become still, to drop below the level of our mental chatter and to let ourselves sink into the Deep.

What helps:  Sharing silence with others, each one adding her own little bit to the strength of the whole.  Easing in by relaxing the body and giving the mind something to hold onto while the heart dips into the space beneath all words.  Setting an intention and committing to a time and place.  Practice and repetition to strengthen neural pathways of peace and clarity.  Being held in a circle of trust, cradled in gentleness, and extending that same trust and gentleness to your own self.

What emerges:  Clarity.  Courage. Solidity.  Grace.  Strength.  Hope.  Love.  Reconnection to the center of your own self and to that which is greater than the self.

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It is not that we find our treasure, but that our treasure finds us.  -Bradford Bosworth

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INTO THE DEEP:  a four week exploration of the wisdom that emerges from Silence

Offered by telephone conference call.  Cozy up in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  Harness the quiet energy of mid-winter to plumb your own depths. 

Mondays, January 23rd and 30th and February 6th and 13th, 7:00-8:15pm.

$45   (in addition, your regular long-distance charges, if any, will apply)

Register by January 17, 2017 to receive a bonus 30 minute telephone consultation with Cheryl (details below) 

To register, contact Cheryl at cheryl [at] wingedlifecoaching.com or register right now by paying for the class, using your PayPal account or credit card.  Please register no later than January 21, 2017 to allow sufficient time to provide you with the dial-in information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does this work?  What will happen on the call?

The first session will be an introduction - we will talk about the practice of silence: what helps and what gets in the way.  Then we will take some time to relax our bodies and quiet our minds before moving into one or two short periods of silence. In subsequent sessions, we will gather and debrief before listening to a poem or other contemplative piece and entering into silence. 

In each session, there will be a period of guided journaling and time to share any wisdom that has arisen (sharing is entirely optional). We will leave each session with a question or line of inquiry to focus on in the coming week.

An hour of silence?  You have to be kidding!

As noted above, we will not be in silence the entire time.  And we will start with brief periods of silence – just 5 to 10 minutes, and gradually build to a longer period of 20-30 minutes.

I’m concerned I won’t be able to sit still that long.

We will take some time at the beginning of each call to debrief and settle in and prepare our bodies and  minds for entering silence, and we will start with shorter periods of silence and build to a longer period.  

While I encourage you to experiment with stillness, you are free to move your body as you need to (and remember – no one will see!)  Some people find it helpful to knit or color or do some gentle stretching during the silent time.  The important thing is to thoughtfully choose any such activity and to avoid multi-tasking. 

Is this meditation or centering prayer?

No – but you may experience similarities with those practices.  Rather than trying to either empty the mind or specifically focus on the presence of the Divine, we will use imagery and metaphor to engage the non-linear right brain. That said, you may indeed experience a sense of emptying as you drop below the busy brain to deeper knowing, and you may experience a sense of connection to something deeper than yourself – a wisdom or knowing beyond conscious linear thought. 

What if I can’t make all 4 classes? 

Come to those you can, and practice on your own when you have to miss.

Tell me more about the technology – I’m not very tech-savvy.

You will dial into a conference call number and enter a code to join the call.  If there is background noise, I can mute all callers during the silence, or you can mute yourself as needed using your telephone’s mute button or by pressing *6. 

Will there be a recording?

No.   “Showing up” is 90% of success, and committing to a specific date and time supports you in doing just that.  The shared energy of the group also helps each person to settle into silence.

I’m not sure I want to do this in a virtual environment.  I prefer the support of an in-person group.

No doubt about it - in person groups can be really supportive.  But winter events often get cancelled due to inclement weather, and the conference call format means that you can participate from the comfort of your own home (or any other location in which you find yourself).  And sometimes an in person group can get off-track with small talk and general socializing.  If you are looking for social interaction, this group is not for you.  If you are looking for a guided experience to help you drop more deeply into your own self while at the same time benefiting from the wisdom that often arises within the group, you are in the right place.

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 BONUS: 30 minute consultation with Cheryl

I realize that an experience of this type may be new to many people, and that you may wonder whether you will benefit from this.  All I can tell you is that I have benefited immensely from this type of practice. The silence and journaling provide space for the wisdom elicited by the imagery and metaphor of the poetry to emerge. 

To further entice you to try it, I am offering a 30-minute telephone consultation to provide one-on-one support to each participant who registers before January 17, 2017.  The consultation will be an opportunity to troubleshoot any challenges, share your “ahas,” and discuss and reflect on anything that may have been stirred in you during the silence.

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$45  (in addition, your regular long-distance charges, if any, will apply)

To register, contact Cheryl at cheryl [at] wingedlifecoaching.com or register right now by paying for the class, using your PayPal account or credit card.  Please register no later than January 21, 2017 to allow sufficient time to provide you with the dial-in information.  (Register by January 17th to receive the bonus 30 minute telephone consultation.)

 

More questions?   Contact class leader Cheryl Lyon at cheryl [at] wingedlifecoaching.com if you have any questions. 

 

About Cheryl

Cheryl Lyon, CPC is a certified life coach, spiritual director and retreat leader.  Cheryl is inspired by the arts and often uses poetry and imagery in her work. 

About The Sophia Center for Spirituality

The Sophia Center is an ecumenical and interfaith place for all people seeking support on their spiritual journey. Visit them at http://www.thesophiacenterforspirituality.org/

 

 

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