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Finding the way that is true
"When our attention is focused inwardly at the depth of our inner being, in the context of the wholeness of our life, resources for a profound knowledge of life become accessible to us" - Ira Progoff
Each person is engaged in finding the way of life and of being that is true to our own nature - Ira Progoff
The Eremos Intensive Journal® Life Context Workshop offers the chance to experience Ira Progoff’s profound and transformative method of journal writing. Ira Progoff (pictured) devoted his life to the exploration of new ways to encourage creativity and to enable people to tap into the natural flow of their life and to learn from that.
He created the Intensive Journal process as a means of connecting with the wholeness of our lives, allowing the depth of who we are to lead us, rather than being swayed by the demands of the world or pressure to conform or belong.
"When our attention is focused inwardly at the depth of our inner being, in the context of the wholeness of our life, resources for a profound knowledge of life become accessible to us." ... Ira Progoff
Progoff was deeply inspired by the work and thinking of Carl Jung, and felt that meditation, active methods of journalling and exploring our dreams were all ways to access our psyche and improve our lives. He knew that connecting the inner and the outer was the key to creativity, living authentically and engaging in life truthfully.
Progoff said in an interview in 1993, “The Intensive Journal method fulfills a fundamental vision that I had since I began my work in psychology more than 40 years ago: to create an integrative method by which the psychological and the spiritual can be experienced as two sides of a single coin. I agree with Jung’s statement that there can be no lasting personal healing without an experience of meaning at the depth of one’s being.”
The Intensive Journal has simple methods/tools to make these connections. At first it may not seem like much, but after a few hours in the workshop, people start to realise that they are exploring deeply and truly their life, with its pains, joys, losses and successes. Parts that may have been put away, or ‘shelved’ because they were too difficult sometimes emerge. Creativity is deeply connected to acknowledging our pain and difficulties, and as we explore them, we recognise the resources we have actualized in the struggle.
The workshop becomes a space to discover deep treasures within us. Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love says, “We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy's fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure--your perfection--is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.”
The interior journey leads us outward, to be activists, politicians, writers, parents, carers, philosophers, teachers, artists, dancers, poets, managers, spiritual guides, executives, entrepreneurs, etc..... Once we have discovered the wealth that lies within we can never be the same. As the Skin Horse said to the Velveteen Rabbit, ‘Once you are real, you can never become unreal again. It lasts for always.'
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