WHC Mentorship Series Goals
Greetings Whole Heart Connection comrades!
In general terms, the Mentorship Series has four primary goals:
1) To deepen the basic skills, and help us to integrate them to the point where we are able to practice them even under duress, in times of crisis or stress. Being able to access these states in the classroom, or among friends, is a wonderful first step, but it takes training and support to develop the ability to keep our hearts open and our feet planted in the face of intimidation, hostility, and threat (or our own private emotional triggers).
2) To explore and integrate the Intermediate and Advanced level skills (see details in the Whole Heart Connection archive). Many of these skills rest upon being able to clearly differentiate and contact in ourselves and others what Sufis call the Layers of the Heart, and Chinese medicine calls the Wei, Ying, and Yuan levels of our being. We learn to anchor in these deeper levels and integrate even our most superficial interactions with our fundamental nature (unique incarnation with light coming through).
3) Intensive practice in learning to distinguish the Three Voices (Heart, Self, and Dark Whisperer) so that we can connect with clear guidance from Source/The Extended Insight Field, and know-how to clear/not be sabotaged by those negative voices.
4) My favorite and most dearly cherished aspect of the Mentorship groups: there is a profound magic that happens in groups of people who have already at least somewhat mastered the basic skills of coming together in Heart Space. There is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, and the amount of healing, insight, and truly breathtaking transmission of light that can occur in such a group is unparalleled in my experience of what it means to be a human being—and what human beings are capable of experiencing together. Unquestionably, this is what I truly live for. Thich Nhat Hahn says that the next incarnation of the Buddha will be a sangha (community), not an individual. Through these Mentorship groups, I am dedicating my life to the individuals interested in forming the kind of Group Hearts that can bring through the next Incarnation together.
These are the general goals of any Mentorship series per se, but there are many specifics of the curriculum that come straight out of the collective characteristics of the group. The class is deliberately kept small so that everyone is an important ingredient in the mix. As more people join the group, the agenda will shift, but there are some common themes to be addressed:
Fear of being powerful
Fear of being powerless
Anchoring in peace
Gaining and strengthening tools for clearing old emotional backlog and unhealed scar tissue
Maintaining a strong enough connection with Source to be able to face real pain in ourselves and others without overwhelm
What to do with it when we dislike someone
Compassion for our dark side, without indulging it
How to tolerate discomfort and do nothing, when there is nothing to do
How to be nourished by Source
An even deeper level of fear of being powerful
An even deeper level of fear of being powerless
Not hiding from ourselves/ self-acceptance
Finding our place in the world
Feeling the nature of our unique mission, and opening to what supports us in it
Learning how to speak the truth from Source
Directly experiencing ourselves as Emanation of Light