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August 17–26 2020

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August 17–26 2020

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August 17–26 2020

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Day 1

Day 1 will be available Monday, August 17, 2020.

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The Wheel of Awareness: A Trauma Recovery Tool for Well-Being

Daniel J. Siegel, MD
New York Times bestselling author, neuropsychiatrist

Explore the mechanisms of the mind with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel in this fascinating interview—including how the “mind” refers to a lot more than just the brain. Dr. Siegel introduces us to the Wheel of Awareness, a tool for consciousness integration that has been shown to improve well-being and trauma recovery in thousands of patients. You’ll discover how both integrating and differentiating various parts of our mind and experience can support healing, as well as the importance of being able to access states of pure awareness.

Session Highlights:

  • How the nature of reality, energy, and quantum laws can affect our healing and potentiality
  • Consciousness as a multifaceted integration of mind, body, sensory experience, and relationship
  • Understanding how to use the Wheel of Awareness as a tool for working with trauma
  • The importance of moving out of plateau states of consciousness and into planes of possibility
Daniel J. Siegel, MD

Daniel J. Siegel, MD

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel serves as the director of the Mindsight Institute and codirector of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he is the author of The Mindful Brain and Parenting from the Inside Out. His internationally acclaimed bestselling text, The Developing Mind, has been utilized by a number of organizations including the US Department of Justice, the Vatican, and more. Dr. Siegel is the founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.

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From Activation to Regulation: A Polyvagal Guided Approach

Deb Dana, LCSW
Author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy

When we feel threatened, our defenses go up and our ability to regulate our nervous system seems to go out the window—as a result, our trauma responses can get stuck in our bodies. Polyvagal theory helps us understand the ways trauma shapes our nervous system—and therefore see the pathways that can lead us back to healing. In this session, you’ll look at the cues that activate a survival state and explore ways to engage the natural resources of the autonomic nervous system in order to return to regulation.

Session Highlights:

  • The autonomic nervous system as the heart of daily living—powerfully shaping our experiences of safety and connection
  • How to recognize autonomic responses to trauma and explore the polyvagal theory as a key component for recovery
  • How to use “ventral vagal anchors” to cultivate feelings of safety and connection
  • The importance of connection with others in healing
Deb Dana, LCSW

Deb Dana, LCSW

Deb Dana is a clinician and consultant specializing in working with complex trauma. She is a consultant to the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium in the Kinsey Institute and clinical advisor to Khiron Clinics. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Training Series translating polyvagal theory into clinical application and lectures internationally on how to bring a polyvagal-informed approach to therapy. Dana is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation and Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices, creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart, and coeditor, with Stephen Porges, of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies. Her Sounds True audio program, Befriending Your Nervous System, is due to be released in summer 2020.

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  • Gwendoline says:

    Deb Dana, Im really pleased I joined this trauma skills summit. Information ill keep for a long time. Youvgiven me so much to think about and do today and especially the exercises. I live in New Zealand, Auckland and I also now have many of the tools to help me through. I am seeing a acc counselor but extra tools and skills are great which I didny know until today. Thankyou again so much. 😊

  • L says:

    why are they keeping the exact times of the speakers from the attendees? This shouuld be made public ahead of time. There is no times, no time zone information and no details about how long the sessions are. This seems like a scam/a scam for us to want to buy the “upgrade”, this is not helpful or encoruaging me to even consider the upgrade.

    • MC says:

      These are all prerecorded, and available all 10 days of the summit once the scheduled day is past. Read the details sent in your reg.

  • Bea Mezei-Rhodes says:

    I am in Washington State, at what time will each day begin? Thanks so much

  • Adele Schultz says:

    Deb Dana is just a gift to the field. This talk made me want to explore more on this topic.

  • Gail Adams says:

    Thank you for the Session One insights. A completely different way of gaining appreciation of the elements which come into play when dealing with personal trauma

  • Cecilia says:

    I loved deb Dan presentation, so clear, felt really a connection with her. Thank you so much!

  • Cherri says:

    I got a lot out of Deb Dana’s talk. I love that she gave actual tools to use, and that she speaks in understandable terms.
    Thank you SOOOOOO much for offering this for free! I look forward to listening to more over the next 10 days!

  • Sonia says:

    Deb, thank..you so much to enable me to get some insights into the way we operate and think and feel.the way we do..it really was informative and explained so much.

  • Gaye says:

    Looking forward to course. Am in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. What time does this start? Thank you.

    • EricJohnLarge says:

      Go to the link. The webinars are prerecorded and can be downloaded within the 10 days. I am in Saddle Lake, Alberta and was able to view and download.

  • PENNY says:

    Hi could you give the time difference with SPT please? I’m in Peru, so it might be a very big gab between us! I’m still on the 16th and I am able to watch the video (It’s night now) but I wander if I will be able to watch it tomorrow morning!

  • Mairi says:

    Fantastic first talk with Dr Daniel Seigal, brilliant, looking forward to more.

  • Alejandra says:

    Very interesting how Dr Siegel explained his approach from science and it was similar to the eastern traditions of meditation. Great conversation. Thank you

  • Ms Michele Rowe says:

    What time are the sessions? As I’m registered from Melbourne, can you please let us know the time zone from which the sessions are running so that we can access the sessions from different parts of the globe. Thank you so much for running these.

  • Valerie says:

    I found this really helpful, clear and practical, thank you Deb.

  • Valerie says:

    I’m a little familiar with Dan S writing but I find the wheel of awareness not helpful at all. I’ve been back and forth and just find too much ambiguity of what he actually means . Overall too many divergent qualifications for me. Attachment much clearer.

  • Margaret Babcock says:

    There is no information about what time of day ……

  • Sarah E. says:

    Hello. Where can we find the times for each presentation? Thanks!

  • gurneys2@tpg.com.au says:

    Very inspiring and informative, feels more relaxed already and safer. Thank you.

  • Eva says:

    Wonderful…thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and helping us

  • Jeanne says:

    I wondered too, about the starting time for the event. I suggest, as I do not know for certain, that each talk will be a presentation that will be available to watch on the day it is listed. And very possibly at whatever time is at your convenience to watch.

  • María Luisa says:

    Are the sessions / webinars pre recorder or livestream ? If it’s livestream what time are the webinars ?

  • Saira Plane says:

    Disappointed that in reference to trauma in current environment we’re hearing only about the pandemic and not about BLM or the racial traumas people have suffered/are suffering and are reckoning with.

    • Eileen Bailey says:

      Thank you for your comment. This is why the question was raised regarding the lack of Black people on the panel.

      • Saira Plane says:

        Thank you for your response. I agree with the previous comment re the diversity of the panel.
        In addition, I feel it’s important that awareness and acknowledgement of what is happening in the world and the significant impact of trauma it is having on a large part of the global population should come from all speakers/ practitioners. To hear of reference to the impact and trauma of Covid but not that of racism, the movement or any related issues felt very uncomfortable.
        If it is the responsibility of white people to dismantle racism, it should not be left for only BIPOC speakers to acknowledge in their work or presentations.

  • Sarah says:

    Fantastic presentation, very informative. Thank you, it is refreshing to be able to access something like this for free.

  • Ori Har says:

    NOwhere I could find the time for each day of the summit. Oops! Please send this vital information with the link for the live sessions.

  • M.J. says:

    Hola me encantaría poder hacer esta formación. Gracias por la gratuidad. El programa y expertos no tienen precio.
    ¿Me gustaría saber si nos enviarán por email toda la información?
    Gracias y un saludo a todas las personas que están en éste grupo.😍

  • Susanna says:

    Great start. Feeling like a student back in the lecturing hall with my notepad, with the added element of things hitting home and a little outburst of tears.

    Thank you for bringing this out to us.

  • susan h dean says:

    Very inspiring and informative. Thank you very much for this presentation.

  • Brigitte says:

    what is the timing ?

  • Dwana says:

    Not a very effective teacher

  • Silvia Stenitzer says:

    What time are the speakers on tomorrow?

    • Hk says:

      They sent an email at 4:17 am Pacific time
      I hope that helps— you can hear the links any time on your time 👍🏻

  • Georgia Gkolfinopoulou says:

    Beautiful and rich sharing from brilliant people in the field! If only day 1 is so amazing, I just wonder how I’ll be feeling by the end of day 10…

  • Sandra Diaz says:

    Hi There! Maybe I’ve overlooked it, but I don’t see the starting time of these events. Could someone please let me know when that is?

  • Alf Lüchow says:

    I am so happy that the flow of life guided me to these interviews. Great Talk by Siegel. I like to differenciate that before we realize that the “hub” is us we have the ego/I which is witnessing as in an introspection the other parts of the ring. This witness is diffrent from the eternal , pure witness.
    I like to hear Daniel talk more about dissociation..
    Great program. Thanks to Mr. Rutstein

  • Ann says:

    Cant hear video
    There is technical problem

  • Hayley Miller says:

    Will any of these be recorded? I am asking in case I am not able to watch at the live broadcast.
    What time in the UK will these be on?
    Thank you

    • Diane says:

      All are prerecorded and will be available For the full 10 days of the course. No live events—- just go to the menu on the left and click on the link to access.

  • Karen Burk says:

    What time will this occur? I don’t see times anywhere.

  • Wafaa Akhnookh says:

    Thank you very much for this opportunity with top experts.It is so much needed. What time does it start please?

    • Diane says:

      All are prerecorded and will be available For the full 10 days of the course. No live events—- just go to the menu on the left and click on the link to access.

  • Åse says:

    When does it all starts? What time?

  • C says:

    It would be great if someone could tell me what time the presentations start? Thanks

    • Diane says:

      All are prerecorded and will be available For the full 10 days of the course. No live events—- just go to the menu on the left and click on the link to access.

  • Vik says:

    What time does this start

    • Diane says:

      All are prerecorded and will be available For the full 10 days of the course. No live events—- just go to the menu on the left and click on the link to access.

  • Luce says:

    I might have missed this, but do you mind just stating again at what time the Presentations will start?

    • Ashley says:

      I’m looking for the time as well but I don’t see it noted anywhere.

    • Louisa says:

      Hi Luce,
      I’m wondering now if these podcasts are the presentations – and then to access Live events we’d need to pay to upgrade?
      Thanks, Louisa

    • Charis says:

      They’re pre-recorded. I just clicked on the day 1 video and was able to watch.

    • Janice says:

      There doesn’t appear to be a set time. The videos are uploaded the day of (or the night before?) and you can watch them when convenient for you. Day 1’s sessions are already online.

  • Ayesha says:

    How long will these videos be available to those who did not upgrade?

  • Jen says:

    Huge thanks for sharing guys your expertise is essential to trauma sufferers in these unprecedented times So much sorrow …grief.. pain .. anger… and uncertainty

  • Dawn Freeman says:

    Thank you for this opportunity I am so pleased to be able to do this.

  • jacquelyn rose romando says:

    BSW Alumni of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Legal Assistant for Senator Larson (D) WI – I am running for WI State Assembly District 32 Lake Geneva, WI NOV2020 – I need to know how best to work with the Homeless population especially with the youth young adults and animals

    • CC says:

      Yes it’s totally free EXCEPT like SO many newbies using this format which is not what I like seeing Sounds True doing… numerous speakers are available for free on just one day for 10 days in a row as tho anyone has that amount of time for a week and a half to devote to this. SO…the “unfree” option is offered at 3 times the price that the newbies have been offering ($59) in case anyone might possibly miss one of the two or three one hour speakers on one of the 10 days. It’s basically a loss-leader to sell the full program and I really hoped that Sounds True would never go this route. And as to the comments of having more people of color on the panels or these speakers being “the best” — seriously?! A) Who cares what color a person’s skin is – isn’t that the attitude we’re shooting for in this world and B) Who says *these* are the best speakers on the topics – one of the greatest speakers on the topic I’ve ever heard is Michael Beckwith, an African American pastor; leader of Agape who offers tremendous pan-denominational gatherings every Sunday a.m. This same type of panel presentation for free on trauma and stress was offered by another organization with an overwhelming number of presenters in an impossibly condensed time but that panel of speakers included the *true* greats of ‘trauma’ like Gabor Mate, m.d. [psychiatrist] who has been working with issues of C-PTSD and addiction for decades from before just PTSD was ever coined. And half a dozen others of his same status were on that same type of time-crunched platform but at least to buy it completely was only $59.

  • Michelle says:

    Thank you for the invitation but is this really free?

  • B says:

    Why aren’t there more people of color on this panel?

    • Louisa says:

      Excellent point B.

    • Ebony says:

      Why do you insist on that, I’m sure that for a good course you want the most competent people in the field who are also willing to participate. Well, those people happen to come with their own different skin colors. Martin Luther King: I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Character might not be a big factor of qualification here, so how about we select for competence in this framework, considering these people are all leading expert, I see no argument suggesting that isn’t the case. Unless you are accusing the organisation of purposefully dismissing ‘people of color’ even though they were more competent than the current selection? IF that is your intention, I’d suggest you back your accusation up with some proof, who did they skip, or at least make a coherent argument for you case. I’m sure the organisation aims to have the most competent people presenting at their summit and are more than interested in improving their selection method to find those if you have a contribution to make. After all, the competence of the people they select is the biggest factor in the quality of their summit, so it’s not only fair, but even in the direct interest of the organisation to do so. Have a lovely day

      • L says:

        spoken like a true White/White acting/passing person- not even worth replying to.

        • Rhaniya says:

          Spoken like a thoroughly brainwashed arrogant fool who thinks he/she has the high moral ground and is entitled to decide who is worth listening to and who isn’t.
          Get off your high horse you fool, we’re done with your identity politics oppression and censorship.
          The person above (Ebony) made a very wise and very relevant comment. Why do’t you address it directly instead of proclaiming “I am too morally superior for all of this. I get to decide who has the right to speak and who doesn’t”
          The only one here seeing color before human beings is you, you racist fool!
          Why don’t you start seeing human beings instead of labels, instead of skin color? You think they should put color of skin as the highest consideration before skills and qualifications? Before substance? Before quality?
          F*ck you and your idiotic immoral identity politics that you use to censor and silence others, you brainwashed arrogant oppresive fool!

      • Remonia says:

        Hopefully, the information will be presented in such a manner that it applies to all people regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic background, or identity. Trauma is trauma, and it does not discriminate. HOWEVER, I understand and respect the opinion of the guest regarding diversity. It did not appear demeaning or derogatory, but inquisitive. Many times the life experiences/trauma of black and brown people are experienced differently depending on environmental factors. Diversity is always good because it provides a different lens to see the diverse world we live in.

        • W L Scarborough says:

          All of us are most familiar and thus, understand and acknowledge Words spoken by our tribe foremost. Trauma’s hypervigilance pick up meanings others miss. This should not be news, faked, baked or any other ways!

        • LorRI Mackness says:

          Yes. Trauma may be trauma but healing is not always healing. I have never forgotten listening to a Maori practioner telling Pakeha to stay out of their people’s heads. She said when Pakeha hear voices in their heads they medicate or lock up. When Maori hear voices in their heads they listen to the ancestors (think genetic memory) speak!

      • Eileen Bailey says:

        I am sure and agree it was a valid question to raise. I like to see people that look like me when I am doing anything. It helps with attachment and conviction. How does one be sure that the way of different cultures are being addressed. Ten days of information. If the question is not raised then it will be continue to be the same. This might be something the establishment can look at for the future.

      • Enrique says:

        Hola Ebony, creo que hay que valorar que B ha hecho una pregunta. Pedirle que explique porqué preguntó es otra pregunta. Y exigirle que argumente de otra forma está fuera de lugar. No se si tu respondes a nombre de la organización, ya que asumes que ellos lo han hecho muy bien en la planificación.

      • n says:

        it seems you may have read as an accusation what I read as a question.

      • PJ Gunter says:

        Hi Ebony et al ~
        Believe me; I get it. Thank you for speaking up!
        Your comment has merit. As a woman of color, my experience of trauma and its effects differ sharply from white folks’ because, for me, life is framed inside my being black.
        Having said that, I take your comments personally, which brings up shame and guilt. Why?
        Well…. while I am exceptionally well-qualified to be part of this panel, it’s on me to step out and step up to be considered. Could be the organizers do not have people of color represented here because — for whatever reason — I (and any qualified others) have not placed ourselves within the organizers’ sphere of awareness?
        You see, I have studied metaphysics, energy psychology (Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Be Set Free Fast (BSFF), am a Reiki Master and most recently Licensed Religious Science Practitioner (RScP)). Additionally, I earned and maintain the Accredited Financial Counselor designation (AFCPE.org). Plus I hold degrees: MS, Human Resources Development, MS, Personal Financial Planning and BA, English. I have at least 20 years’ experience in adult education. I lived in a spiritual community in Israel and worked in a university while there. Living and working outside the US significantly expanded my perspective as a black person.
        Did you read this far?? (lol)
        Is my “hiding” due to severe trauma?!? possibly.
        For me to share and deal with it shows me that I am breaking or I have broken the shackles. I am no longer “afraid to shine”. I am ready to let “this little light of mine shine”. Giving back is more important than hiding. I am capable and ready to serve. I see and feel the need. How dare I deny those whom I can support?
        I am grateful for this summit and for those panelists who willingly step forward. Now that I have stepped away from the shadows, I, too, am willing to step up and be counted among those who serve.
        I am available, and that’s more than I’ve ever been.
        ~ pj

      • saskia says:

        a “super conference on collective trauma” not that long ago had 100 (!) speakers. Not one black person. It was pointed out to the organisers and they said they had not noticed. They went and found BIPOC experts. They held a panel discussion on racism and trauma. They talked about collective and transgenerational trauma of BIPOC. In the seventies I would point out to organisers -of virtually any event – if panels had ONLY male speakers. In 2020 it is finally time to point out that cultural/ethnic divers panels are much richer than virtually all western white only. I love diversity for it’s richness .

      • C says:

        I hope this course helps you with your team’s and anger Ebony. That question clearly triggered something in you.

        Be blessed and I hope you find peace!

    • a says:

      B, i have the same question. more experts of colour would have been both encouraging and equitable. seeing the unevenness of representation in the line up is exhausting and upsetting.

    • Murph says:

      I’m a person of colour and the colour of the experts makes absolutely no difference to me. I care about what they know, not about their skin colour.

    • L says:

      Totally Agree. There should always be more BIPOC representation and a whole event just for BIPOC people. It all comes down to $, what is seen as the “norm” in “mental Health and who the “face of mental health is”.

    • Kim says:

      I’m not seeing presenter photos, so I’m wondering how many there are and how many you would want to see. Ruth King, Lama Rod Owens, and Justin Michael Williams are African American speakers I have seen on other ST events. There is also a Navajo woman and a professor of African American History. presenting during the summit.
      I think the company is making a good faith effort to include voices from diverse perspectives.

      • Liz says:

        I’m seeing that there are a number of people of color (POC) scheduled to present during this summit and I look forward to hearing their perspectives. Trauma is huge among people of color, and I have not seen many people of color who are experts in this field, so I am excited to hear their talks. Day 1 of this summit was excellent, I greatly appreciated Deb Dana’s introduction to Polyvagal Theory, she inspired me to read her book. In fact, she helped me to appreciate the very common dynamic with many POC who have been through trauma, they long to connect and want to be understood, but they are terrifed to risk! So, sometimes their communications may come off as angry, defensive, aggressive, provocative, etc. It’s hard to hear the pain and longing under the communications, but I think that empathy and compassionate curiosity can help.
        Thank you Deb Dana, and thank you to the organizers for offering us an opportuntiy to participate in this terrific summit!

    • Judy says:

      I hope you don’t mind my asking a question. I live in Chicago and am trying to understand the conflict going on here more. When you asked the question about more people of color being represented on the panel, ….are you pursuing the field of therapy to further the need for more equal representation in the field ? Or maybe you are a seasoned practitioner. I apologize for the wording of my question. I am trying to gain more of an understanding of individual experiences, and whether individuals feel any sense of empowerment. If this post is inappropriate for this site, I assume it will be taken down.

    • Eileen Bailey says:

      This is a very good point. How can I be sure, as a black woman that these strategies are suitable for all cultures.

      • Ana says:

        Uncertainty is freedom…

      • Kim says:

        I think it comes down to respect. If the presenter is addressing the person with trauma with respect and compassion, any practices can be adapted within the persons culture. That said, setting our own boundaries of what “feels” right for us is an important part of recovery. No expert giving a recorded talk knows your story, so if they are telling you something you’re not sure about, trust yourself. Either what they are saying doesn’t apply to your situation, or you might not be in a place where you can take it in.. What I try to do is take in the things that serve me and let the rest go.

    • Enrique says:

      Gracias B, es una muy buena pregunta. Saludos!

    • Nancy Whitson says:

      thank you, B, for this question. to me it’s an important question and leads into a very rich and multi-faceted conversation & inquiry. voices from people with quite different lived experiences from each other, different ways of seeing reality, different ways of knowing, of communicating–especially in areas such as trauma–add invaluable missing pieces to what we need for healing and transforming

    • Reyna says:

      I am Mexican/Salvadoran

    • Alisha says:

      Hi B, as the Producer for this summit, I want to acknowledge and appreciate your question. Out of the 24 presenters we have featured in this summit, 7 identify as people of color which brings is nearly 30% of our featured presenters. At Sounds True, we strive to elevate the voices of BIPOC and LQBTQIA+ presenters that are experts in the field. We celebrate the diversity within the communities of experts that we have the honor to work with and wholeheartedly welcome any recommendations of presenters/teachers/authors for us to work with. We definitely have room to improve and we’re committed to doing this work as a company and as a global community. Thank you for raising this important question and for your encouragement to continue to do better to create truly diverse and inclusive online learning experiences.

      • PJ Gunter says:

        You have done an excellent job of selecting presenters and topics within your sphere of awareness. We all live and learn. Isn’t that part of what this Summit is about? Be confident in the wonderful work you are presenting here, and know that WE ARE GRATEFUL!!!

    • Kat says:

      I am sorry that this is what you take away from a free healing summit. I am more interested in the content and competency. Why would you judge on this basis? Maybe ask yourself why you feel this way. Are you a person of color who only cares about what race a presenter is? If so, why?

    • Melisa says:

      Has this been answered?

  • Gaby Ornaville Hornes says:

    Time in Lima

  • Connie Mcdougall says:

    I’ve been suffering since I found my son overdosed 4/24/18. I’ve been falling to pieces since. Please help me

    • Lilah says:

      So sorry for your loss

    • Kelle says:

      Connie, I’m so very sorry you had to experience this. Just wanted to say I found this podcast enormously healing and noticed just yesterday this presence of mums commenting on how it helps them cope this unimaginable thing.. Dave & Chris (presenters) Are just likeable and open and banteringabout – until we lose Chris 2 years in. Heart wrenching , and it’s not for everyone . But community always helps. ‘Dopey; on the dark comedy of drug addiction ‘ Podcast. Love to you Connie

    • Alf Lüchow says:

      Dear Connie,
      I lost my 15 year old daughter and my ex-wife in an automobil accident 5 years ago.
      I love you to talk to a good spiritual! person, could be a therapist with practising EMDR to say good bye and understand the truth about life and death.
      Finally the understanding is a great gift.

    • Colleen Garlock says:

      I am so sorry for your loss. I work with people who have dealt with addiction and families. I’d be happy to officer resources for you. Sending you thoughts of peace and comfort.

    • Holly Wood MFT says:

      Good evening Connie,
      I am so sorry for your loss. I work with a of mother who have experienced the loss of their children using EMDR. I also have experienced quite a bit of loss myself. Please feel free to reach out to me at hollywoodmft@gmail.com if. you feel so inclined. I’d love to see how. I can support you at this extremely difficult time.

      WIth love,

    • Karen says:

      My heart goes out to you Connie, I can’t image how you feel but hang on in there. Sending a gentle hug.

    • Maria Pertusi says:

      I am so sorry Connie, I hope this program will help alleviate the pain.

    • Marie says:

      I am praying for you.

    • charmin says:

      I a, so sorry fory your loss. Please reachout to local groups of survivors of other parents and family memebrs

    • Kat says:

      I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my 31 yr old son to suicide 3 years ago. I had a nervous breakdown, was definitely dorsal. It has taken a lot of work to get to the point of acceptance. Every person reacts to this situation differently. My spirituality and belief system has been my biggest asset, as I believe my son still communicates with me, just not in a conversation and altho I cannot see or touch him, I FEEL him and his presence and that is reassuring!

    • EA says:

      We have to first have empathy for and imagine the lives of all the meditation instructors that made our journey possible.

      And find out what they learned from trial and error.

      How does a thorough examination under the Socratic Dialogue, aka. ¨Verbal Judo¨ or ¨Thoughts on Official Trial¨, relate to meditation?

      It does and does not I suppose, depending on the level of consciousness you are using to examine an issue or problem, but for anything of this earth it almost always can be helpful if utilized properly and effectively.

      Every thought that has ever interacted with your mind, has been Consciousness in disguise, attempting to alter your life. It is of very little difference at this point if the thought has been conscious or sub-conscious, what matters is that it is identified and analyzed in writing on paper.

      Writing makes it real.

      Some of these thoughts are combinations of many helpful things, including important memories, experiences, and new ideas.

      Unfortunately, the vast majority are the Ego trying to make our lives more difficult – where the Ego knows it might gain even more control if our circumstances become just difficult enough.

      With so many strangers passing by the ¨control-center¨ of your life day after day, how do we begin Consciously identifying and examining or analyzing these thoughts to see if they deserve a test-drive at our life´s ¨control-center¨?

      In my experiences, the most helpful way is when I take those strangers away from the ¨control-pit¨ and ask them to clarify their short-term and long-term intentions under court room conditions.

      For example, about 99% of the time I get excited about a new song idea I usually let ¨emotional reasoning¨ take over the control-center and do not objectively examine every possibility of what would make that song its best possible version.

      It sucks, I know. It gets really embarrassing when anybody is around for the first long while with a new song that I have yet to observe objectively.

      Fortunately I have developed a system that at least allows me to put those different song ingredients on trial where those thoughts and ideas have to prove that they are the best direction for the song that I can at least think of for the moment.

      My memory is typically very unreliable, so I depend on different types of recording devices or the advice of very selective music analysts to make it a song that can last the test of time.

      Teaching meditation can be a very similar process at times – replacing new song parts with new thoughts and ideas for your intended purposes – and there are a lot of other warnings, helpful hints, and new ideas that are possible when we review the experiences and teachings of meditation instructors that have come before us. Usually the more inspirational or admirable we find that specific the more effective the quallity of new thoughts and ideas will be.

      For starters we have a few very common problems that many experience at various times during their practice.

      These are some of the four biggest mistakes that people have found in common while attempting to teach meditation in the past:

      1.) Not understanding who you are

      Who am I?

      What do I want?

      Why do I want it?

      And what is its purpose?

      There are a lot of specific questions about ourselves and the lessons that we have to offer that must be planned for in advance. Past that it comes to how passionate and confident you are in exactly who you are and what you are sharing.

      2.) Not really believing in what you have to offer.

      Is your lesson something that draws on your own insight and experience?

      More importantly, how I truly relate to what I a sharing?

      We have to have to have ¨deep roots¨ and believe in what we offer.

      3.) When faced with decisions outside of our generally familiar ¨comfort-zone¨ we begin avoiding and denying.

      In my opinion that is one of the most difficult challenges to overcome, mostly because we can trick and deceive ourselves in so many different ways and / or forget about important things that often just are not very convenient to remember for our momentary comfort.

      Then I think about how I would feel as a very old man without resolving and taking care of that issue as best I can.

      That is usually a good time to really ¨dig deep¨ within and figure out exactly result I am seeking, what is the purpose of that result, and what reasons for that result come to mind.

      It will take something either very horrifying or inspiring to commit to whatever it takes to get from where you feel you are to whatever destination or destiny awaits.

      4.) Create ¨good¨ karma by getting in synchronized alignment with your core-convictions and beliefs.

      We come from an unbelievably scarce world.

      Try asking some strangers or even friends for ¨spare¨ money.

      Everything in the world often appears to be constantly telling us only about what we are lacking so that they can profit off of our next purchased ¨solution¨.

      And the blind guy becomes the tour guide.

      That is why we have reminders set on our phones everyday to at least make one list of what we can honestly say that we feel grateful for right then and there.

      Even if its tough and you say things like ¨At least I still have my arms and legs,¨ like this one unfortunate guy i knew may or may not have put on his list.

      So we do our best to avoid that ¨lacking mindset¨ and try to focus towards what the 12 steps family calls an ¨attitude of gratitude¨.

      Before we get to the layers of life-meditation and 7 higher states of consciousness there is one last thing for today.

      Or two if you want to find me in the parking lot and let me know that you agree – ¨Epi-Buddha¨ is the hidden 9th level of consciousness.

      As always – in meditation we find the same two options that lie within every single decision on this planet, except largely ampliphied:

      What are you going to choose?

      1.) Allow our limiting beliefs to trap and paralyze us (¨Analysis-Paralysis¨)


      2.) Facing what can often be our most profound fears, overcoming any and all obstacles involved, and focusing only on ¨what works¨.

      I´ll close with the word that yogi´s use to let each other know that their energy accepts the energy of the other person.


      We´ll talk soon, but I want to add one other with tons of love until we can talk before next classes.

      But I want to give you an introduction to exactly what sciences are utilized in this process, how that relates to the problems in our economic systems, and exactly what kind of cognitive difficulties we are dealing with.

      The study of systems, their limits, and their potentials is called cybernetics.

      Stafford Beer was a revolutionary in this science and was contacted by a foreign country to help evolve their economy with this approach. After some initial success I believe the story is that the agents of the deep state ruined everything.

      Cybernetics, being the study of the structure of various systems, also studies disruptions to the human nervous system.

      The human autonomic nervous system is, without exception, the most advanced piece of technology that this world has ever seen.

      But it has an arch-enemy.

      The ego is an addict to negative thoughts.

      Thats right. The ego is an addict.

      And you cannot reason with addicts.

      Words are only a way to pass the time between ´scoring´, or whatever relieves the extremely painful and crippling mental loop that they are almost trapped in. And it usually just causes more maladaptation and gets worse.

      This ¨mental loop¨ of unhelpful thinking is referred to as a cognitive ¨Stuck Point¨

      There are various cognitive behavioral therapy traumatic incident processing workthroughs for this, and they do help after years of effort typically, but there is another problem that has to be addressed before PTSD therapies can really even be analyzed.

      There is going to have to be at least some relative type of economic balance obtained first. At least where everybody has something to wear, somewhere to stay, and something to eat.

      In order to have an understanding of how to do this and how it effects people we turn to the science of cybernetics.

      Cybernetics is the transdisciplinary approach for exploring regulatory systems. This includes the system´s structure, constraints, and future possibilities or potential.

      Cybernetics, viewed from a Taoist perspective, includes a general perception that problems at the smallest levels of fundamentals will only snowball and result in a chaotic and disorganized system as a whole. Without exception.

      How does this apply to our economies and the catastrophe that they produced? One small fundamental.

      This may be overgeneralized, but the problem essentially comes down to the concept of compounding ¨interest¨.

      Interest is things collecting value just by existing for a set period of time.

      Extra money? Where does it come from?

      Lets go ask people on the street and our friends or family for ¨extra money¨ to find out.

      The equation for compounding interest is inherently flawed.

      X in this equation is the current amount of money in any given economy. In this simplified example the interest owed in just 1 dollar.

      So if we have X dollars and we need X+1 dollars, then how do we acquire that extra dollar? There is absolutely no healthy way in all of existence. That money does not exist. Every dollar in your wallet is owed to at least a few other people that owe a few other people.

      Now consider the trillions just sitting there collecting ¨interest¨.

      Who is going to pay for it?

      We kill and invade other countries once about every 20 years.

      Ready for the coincidence?

      It also takes just about 20 years for our ¨scam-artist-robbery¨ economies to fall apart.

      This is where we are approaching. It is being sped up and even sort of exposed with coronavirus.

      To begin wars, countries lie their asses off and stage false events. 9/11 for example. Most people will agree that it seems some things were hidden from the public and the situation was not resolved correctly.

      But I am predicting that something very different will happen this time.

      With too many problems to balance, a quickly fading reputation, and threatening rivals becoming much more powerful and forging alliances the US will try its same old bail out the economy trick by starting some type of war.

      Something along the lines of people catching it before it happens or seeing through it directly after sounds very likely, due to their new and growing unprecedented weakness.

      That is it for now. Next time we will get into the resolving mathematical equations like the Phi Ration and Fibonacci Sequence and how they relate to the cross of the zodiac.

      One of the neuropsychologists made a really interesting tool that I renamed the ¨Global Consciousness Wheel¨ that divides all recognized forms of consciousness this way.

      And how ¨stuck points¨ are actually defense mechanisms during times of uncertainty, challenge, and paradox.

      And an example of how altering perception can allow for resolution of some seemingly impossible paradoxes. This incorporates the ¨What Would Happen If¨-analysis-technique for evaluating confusing or unfamiliar situations. And the usual pro´s and con´s.

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