The Heart of Touch using Craniosacral Therapy
The Heart of Touch day is open to all therapists and aims to increase your awareness of yourself and your client and amplify and cultivate your capacity to pay attention to everything in your relationship with yourself and others. We will practice listening from the Bramavihara’s natural states of Grace, which can only be known through relationship.
Experience in many such groups has shown that it is possible to offer deep work quickly in the six hours we have together. We will explore: going slowly, resourcing with an attitude of enquiry, permission to have range of feelings, intention of doing no harm, separating observations from evaluation, and needs from requests.
The Bramavihara’s offer a deep holding in which the therapist can rest.
These are known as metta (love), karuna (compassion), mudita (sympathetic joy) and upekkha (equanimity). There is something that opens up that is no longer “me”. This is a doorway to our availability to that which can hold and heal us. For both client and therapist these qualities replace the defences’ as the means of protecting the heart.
The attentional field is much wider than either the therapist and client includes “initiator” and “Receiver”. It is possible to be directly known within a much wider relational Field. We can let go of the task, the agenda, the focus, and just allow an expansion of awareness into the room and beyond when attending to this field, we are seeing if we can open to the unknown – that which it is not possible or necessary to access with the cognitive mind. As we drop into more spiritual aspects of our being we open to a depth of contact where meaning arises.
Led by Lynn Shorthouse who trained at Karuna in 1994.
The day will include influence from Lynn’s training in Therapeutic Supervision, with Robin Shohet of the Centre for Supervision & Team Development. Lynn will offer input from that training and also How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness from Peter Levin’s book “In an Unspoken Voice”.