Embodiment Course Launches Sept 10
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Hello good friends of the POP-UP School.
The Embodiment Course starts on September 10th.
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The course is designed around content (text and video) and 3 live 2- hour sessions.
Here is an outline of the sessions:
Session I: Defining Terms, Getting it Right
There is so much confusion in the “embodiment space.” So we will start off with defining basic terms, and making sure we are rigorous in our understanding. For example, people often use the term “dissociated” to refer to someone who is not being embodied. That’s an unfortunate term, because it actually has a definition in the DSM which refers to a debilitating personality disorder.
A better term is “dis-associated.” We can think of experience as an association of phenomena— a sense of self, a sense of ownership of one’s body, a sense of bodily sensations, perceptions and their associations with each other and with movements, etc. Experience is also associated with memories, mental models, scripts and stories. When an athlete is in a flow state — which delivers peak performance— they often report afterwards that they were not aware of what they were doing. Flow states are completely embodied states— but they are also states that are dis-associated with the I-me-mine self-complex. On the other hand, some PTSD are a result of too many associations flooding the sensorium, that every loud noise becomes associated with expectation of high threat and traumatic events.
We can see that dis-association is neither good nor bad in and of itself. But it’s not a term that is useful to define of embodiment/ not embodiment. What then does dis-embodied mean? What definition should we agree upon?
Session II: How does embodiment contribute to psychological, cultural and spiritual well-being?
This is where the rubber meets the road, isn’t it? Why does it matter that people are embodied or not? Depending on the definition we derive, of course. Can we draft a clearer understanding of optimum states for addressing different contexts?
Session III: Ordinary, non-Ordinary and Altered States
The conversation around embodiment flies straight into the discourse around non-ordinary and altered states? Are OOBE and NDE experiences embodied? Can we derive a robust taxonomy of different states of consciousness around what the body is doing?