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Session 1: Exploring Chapter 9, Moving Away from Hurt, Disgust and Contempt toward Trust
Focus: Releasing Unconscious Contracts of Verbal Self-Abuse
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:
– One feeling and/or body sensation you’re experiencing
– (optional) Make a needs guess for yourself
(Timing: 1-2 minute each, total 3-10 minutes)
4. Releasing Unconscious Contracts of Verbal Self-Abuse
(Timing: remaining time leaving 5 minutes at the end, approximately 40 minutes)
During class, Sarah introduced an unconscious contracts process for contracts of self-abuse (for example, thinking of yourself as stupid, lazy, too sensitive, ugly, worthless, etc.)
If you are willing, reflect on what abusive thoughts you often have about yourself.
Feel into it, you don’t need to know all the steps to begin. Just the thought 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 a contract related to your self-abusive thoughts. Please keep time travel resonance in mind as you go through the process if you hit any stuck places.
In this case please use the format “I (your name), solemnly swear to my essential self that I will tell myself I am (abusive thought about yourself) in order to__________________. No matter the cost to myself.”
Option 2: Work on contracts as a group:
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 tell myself (abusive thought about yourself)” (create space to look inward)
b) Who or what is the contract made to? (in this case, essential self)
c) In order to? What is the deep need that is met by doing this/believing this?
4. Once you have it all together, repeat the contract to yourself in its entirety “I (your name) solemnly swear to my essential self, that I will tell myself that I am _________________, in order to ____________________________. No matter the cost to myself or those I love.”
5. Become your essential self and ask “________ did you hear this vow?”
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 “essential self of (your name) 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, want for you instead? See what blessing arises as you release the contract. What do you want for yourself 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. 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.
In this case please use the format “I (your name), solemnly swear to my essential self that I will tell myself I am (abusive thought about yourself) in order to__________________. No matter the cost to myself.
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)
OTHER FORMATS FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM:
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 9 together and talk about what comes up for you – Enjoying Our Own Boundaries and Edges
3. Do one of the homework exercises suggested and discuss