To see these offerings in a printable format, click here.

Please familiarize yourself with the intention of the group in the classroom on or here.

Session 2: Exploring Chapter 11, Working With the Layers of Addiction
Focus: Releasing Unconscious Contracts of Addiction

Option for group resonance and discussion, created and offered by Jaya Manske

As always, you can also look at the alternative formats at the bottom of the document, or create your own format.


1. Take a moment to settle in and say hello (Timing: 1-2 minutes)

2. Choose someone to lead this session. We recommend a different person volunteer to lead each time. This person will track time and read aloud the instructions that follow (you may also pick 2 people, one to track time and another to read instructions). (Timing: 1 minute)

3. Check-in. Please go around the circle, giving each person an opportunity to share:

– Take a moment to feel the connection you have – with yourself and the people in this group
– One feeling and/or body sensation you’re experiencing
– (optional) share one feeling or needs guess you have for yourself as settle into this

(Timing: 1-2 minutes each, total 3-10 minutes)

For ideas about creating a group that is safe to explore this material, please remind yourself of these guidelines.

4. Releasing Unconscious Contracts Connected to Addiction
(Timing: remaining time leaving 5 minutes at the end, approximately 45 minutes)

Reflect on the possible contracts that you may have noticed either while doing the chapter exercises, in class, or a contract that has risen to the surface recently related to a
pattern you’ve noticed in yourself where you feel choiceless and that you’re continuing to do despite harm to yourself or others.

Decide if you would like to release a contract from your addiction to you, as we practiced in class, or an unconscious contract you have with yourself connected to your addiction.
You can review both processes in the handout for this past week’s session on pages 4 and 5,

You may also review the contracts connected to addiction on pages 239-240 of the workbook.

Feel into it, you don’t need to know all the steps to begin. Just the behavior you’d like to shift.

Below are 3 options to approach contract work as a group. Decide what you’d like to do today, knowing you can try different approaches in the future.

Option 1: In smaller sub-groups, support one another to release an addiction contract. Please keep time travel resonance in mind as you go through the process if you hit any stuck places.

Review this handout for tips to support your partner in a contract release.
You can review the full unconscious contract template here.
You can review both unconscious contract templates for addiction here. (pages 4 and 5 of the handout)

Option 2: Work on contracts as a group (this would require that you are all doing the same type of contract, the instructions below are for an addiction contract you have with yourself, please modify if needed):
1 . Choose someone to lead
2. People can journal or write in the chat
3. Have the person leading ask everyone:
(give space after each question to consider, also allowing for the person leading to consider their own contract)

a) to connect to a contract that resonates for you and find the words for the start of the contract “I (your name) solemnly swear that I will use (my substance or addictive behavior of choice)…” (create space to look inward)
b) Who or what is the contract made to? In this case, it’s most likely your essential self (essential self, mother, father, ancestors, humanity, earth, God, universe, etc.)
c) In order to? What is the deep need that is met by using this substance/addictive behavior?

4. Once you have it all together, repeat the contract to yourself in its entirety “I (your name) solemnly swear to ____(who was the contract made to)_____, that I will use (my substance or addictive behavior of choice)_________________, in order to ____________________________.  No matter the cost to myself or those I love.”

5. Become who/what you each made your contract to and ask “________ did you hear this vow?”

Yes ____
No ____
If no, then repeat the words of the vow. If still no, consider if the contract was made to someone else or if the words need to be adjusted.

6. If Yes, move to release – staying with who/what you each made your contract to, ask “____________ do you like this vow for (your name)“?
a) If ‘no’, release.
(your name), I release you from this contract and I revoke this vow”

b) If ‘yes’, allow others to release and maybe move to support the person with a ‘no’ (choice point) (use the time travel resonance process)

7. Blessing – following the release, what does your essential self, or whoever you made the contract to want for you instead? See what blessing arises as you release the contract. What do you/they want for you instead?
“And I give you my blessing to…”

8. Come back to yourself and celebrate and/or be with how it is to be you without the contract

9. Check to see if there are any shifts when you think of the substance or addictive behavior you use

10. Take a moment to connect with one another if that seems sweet – how was it for each of you? Share anything you’d like about the process or blessing. Make sure everyone who wants to gets a chance to share.

Option 3: If, instead, you want to work with just one person as a group, choose one person to work with and one person to support the process. Everyone else witnesses. The full processes are on pages 239-240 of the workbook.

Please track who has received support and supported today, so you can rotate each time.

6. Closure: please close by having each person name a need met or a gift received after this discussion. You can read more about this practice here.

(Timing: 5 minutes)

The suggested format above is meant to create ease, however, your group might instead choose to structure your time around any of these activities or create your own:
1. Offer resonant empathy to each other, either in the whole group or in smaller sub-groups (you can use this resonant empathy circle format if you’d like)
2. Listen to the meditation from chapter 10 together and talk about what comes up for you – Leaning into New Self-Compassion About Our Addictions
3. Do one of the homework exercises suggested and discuss
4. Return to last week’s small group suggestions and do a resonance practice

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