Fri 31 Mar 2017, 7-11pm
Sat & Sun 01 & 02 Apr 2017, 9am-7.30pmPRICE
£375 / 1950zł
£150 / 550zł non-refundable deposit payable on registration.
24 people max.VENUE
ul. Retoryka 17/1
About the course:
Innovation & Personal Freedom
The history of humanity on this planet from its earliest traces to the present time is a remarkable record of technological achievement. Whether one considers the advances from smoke and drum signals to digital signals or from sailing ships to rocket ships, we have demonstrated a unique capacity for mastering our environment and providing a continuous increase in the length and comfort of human life. However, what is equally remarkable is that though our technology has progressed by leaps and bounds, human being itself seems to be the weak link in the chain of development. Though the content of our thinking is clearly different from that of our ancestors, the place we think from – namely survival – is the same. Though our goals have clearly advanced since our beginnings, how we organize and communicate among ourselves to achieve them have not. And though many of us live in political structures, which guarantee human rights, there is no evidence that we experience more freedom and aliveness.
In this experiential and practical 2½ day course we will explore fundamental themes in our personal and professional lives to enhance the way we live and work. Our inquiry is designed to go beyond merely presenting new concepts and theories and instead will seek to open up a new way of being, leading to innovation and personal freedom.
• Innovation is not having new thoughts, but rather having a new place
from which to think.
• Personal freedom is not getting what you want, but rather discovering
who it is that wants it.
But innovative thinking and real freedom are only available beyond one’s story.
Getting Free of the Story
Once upon a time there was you ⎯ but for you there was no time. For you there was only a timeless soup of love and undifferentiated experience. Slowly the world began to crystallize into the solid objects of reality with edges and spaces between them. Slowly time appeared and objects seemed to exist in space and time. As you interacted with your parents (or primary care-givers) they also became solid and real, but you still felt connected to them through a bond of loving heart energy, just as you felt connected to your whole world. And then one day, sometime in your childhood, that connection suddenly broke. It was when you experienced that though they were looking in your direction they didn’t see or feel you. They saw whomever or whatever they saw, but you knew it wasn’t you because you couldn’t feel a heart connection. This break left you separate, alone, disconnected. Obviously, the way you were wasn’t right and you were unworthy of their love.
And with that, a story began to be told with a “me” as the main character ⎯ a story about something being wrong with you and about one day, hopefully, being able to find your way back to your true self, so that you could feel connected to life and worthy of love. The flow of loving heart energy was replaced by the flow of time and life was replaced by a story about life.
However, contrary to what most people believe, love is not an emotion. It is a dimension of being from which it is possible to experience living in a new and more authentic way – a way based on listening to life and being in partnership with it rather than trying to dominate it to get what we think we want. Problems disappear when we are able to give up our mental pictures of how we think the solutions should look.
In this course we will explore the nature of the story in which each one of us inevitably finds ourselves. The content of the story is usually different for different people, but the sense of being caught in something that leads to repeating life patterns, remains the same. The story is like a “force field” with which we have so totally identified that we question neither what it is to live as the main character nor the limits of the world that it gives us to live in.
The intention of this course is for you to transform your relationship to time so that you can see yourself and have a place to stand beyond your story.
DR. DAVID NORRIS
is an American who for more than 35 years has lead programs in individual and organizational transformation in North America, Europe, Australia, India and Israel.
He originally studied English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, where he received PhD and also was a member of the faculty. In 1967 he went to Germany as a Fulbright Scholar to research his doctoral dissertation on Bertolt Brecht at the Free University in West Berlin and at the Brecht Archive in East Berlin.
Since 1979 he has worked with organisations and individuals to uncover fundamental (often unconscious) assumptions in thinking and action as a basis for the generation and implementation of new possibilities.
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