John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist in private practice and a recently retired professor of psychology at CIIS. He is the author of the forthcoming book In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself (Sounds True, 2015) and the senior editor of The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy and Listening from the Heart of Silence. He is also the editor-in-chief of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology. He studied for many years with Jean Klein and Adyashanti and was invited to share the dharma by Dorothy Hunt in 2012. www.listeningfromsilence.com
Being in Touch
Each of us has a natural sense of inner knowing that is obscured by our beliefs, reactive feelings, and somatic contractions. As we reduce the "noise" of the conditioned body-mind, we can begin to recognize four common subtle somatic markers that let us know that we are attuning with this inner knowing. Based upon my newly published book In Touch: How to Tune in to Your Body for Inner Guidance and Trust Yourself (Sounds True, 2015), we will experientially explore each of these bodily markers - a relaxed groundedness, inner alignment, openheartedness, and spaciousness - and discuss what they are pointing us towards, the discovery of our true nature and its unique, empowered expression in our ordinary lives.
Resting in the Unknown and Tracking Aliveness
One of the hallmarks of a nondual approach to psychotherapy is the ability to rest in the Unknown and track the sense of aliveness in the therapeutic encounter. It is like learning how to walk in the dark. As we are willing to let go of the conditioned mind's need to know, we are better able to sense and feel our way towards greater presence, authenticity and aliveness with our clients. Opening to not-knowing, allows a different kind of knowing to emerge from the silence of our Being. Through individual and dyadic meditations, body sensing, and dialogue, we will explore and begin to discover the felt sense of an essential aliveness within ourselves and others.