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1 Dialogue Between the Divided Self and the Divine Self
A systematic model for psycho-spiritual integration @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

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3 Goals of this Workshop Presenters will synthesize diverse psychological theories and spiritual teachings into a working model for understanding the interplay of degrees of spiritual consciousness with psychological well-being. Participants will learn ways to identify, name, and partner with the inner divine self. Presenters will offer a topography of divided inner selves functioning with little awareness of each other and with dim recognition of the divine source within. Participants will learn to facilitate dialogue between the divided selves and the divine self. @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

4 “We have what we seek. We have it all the time
“We have what we seek. We have it all the time. If we give it time, it will make itself known to us.” Thomas Merton @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

5 Joseph M. Marshall, III Lakota storyteller
“Long ago, Iktomi crawled out of his den.” @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

6 The Divided Self Dualistic Thinking Emotional Reactivity
Self-preoccupation Ego-centric perspective Defended Self Rigidity in processing Judgmental attention Survivalist Dysfunctional variability in breathing, heartbeat, and blood pressure @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

7 Egoic Consciousness @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

8 “You are my beloved child.”
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9 Turn left at mind, and go within… Ken Wilbur
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10 Dialogue The Divided Self The Divine Self Dualistic Thinking
Emotional Reactivity Self-preoccupation Ego-centric perspective Defended Self Rigidity in processing Judgmental attention Survivalist Dysfunctional variability in breathing, heartbeat and blood pressure The Divine Self Unitive Consciousness Sense of well-being Engagement with others / world Wholeness Authenticity Openness and Curiosity Non-judgmental attention Kindness Calmness @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

11 Let us simply stop and start listening to our own hearts
Let us simply stop and start listening to our own hearts. There we will touch a lot of pain. We will possibly touch a lot of anger. We will probably touch a lot of loneliness and anguish. Then we will hear something deeper. We will hear the voice of God... We will hear, "You are precious in my eyes and I love you." - - "Jean Vanier: Essential Writings" ed. C. Whitney-Brown, extracted from "Images of Love, Words of Hope." @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

12 (The Soul) can deliver grace to every corner of the psyche . . . . Ken Wilbur
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13 Hazelden, 2005 “Drop the Rock”
“Shortcomings” “Divine Principles” Pride Greed Lust Anger Envy Sloth Gluttony Humility Giving or Sharing Purity Calmness – Serenity Gratefulness Action Moderation @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

14 Hazelden, 2005 “Drop the Rock”
“Shortcomings” “Divine Principles” Selfish – Self-Seeking Dishonest Fear Inconsiderate Impatience Intolerance Resentment Hate Harmful Acts Self-Pity Self-Justification Self-Importance Self-Condemnation Suspicion Doubt Covetousness Disrespect Interest in Others Honest Courage Considerate Patience Tolerance Forgiveness Love-Empathy Good Deeds Self-Forgetfulness Self-Acceptance Modesty Self-Forgiveness Trust Faith Charity-Generosity Respect @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

15 Liminal Space You Tube Video - Eric Booth – NEC Commencement Speaker 2012 @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

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17 Liminal Space limen – n THRESHOLD
liminal - adj. of, relating to, or situated at the limen @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

18 LIMINAL 1. of or relating to a sensory threshold 2
LIMINAL 1. of or relating to a sensory threshold 2. barely perceptible 3. Of, relating to, or being in an intermediate state, phase or condition: in-between, transitional <in the liminal state between life and death – Deborah Joweitt> @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

19 a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens.
Kairos a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens. @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

20 Liminal Time and Liminal Space
That time and space in which a person is brought to the threshold of crossing over from the state of being a Divided Self into a state of being in communion with the Divine Self. The first thing we do as therapists is create liminal space between ourselves and the client by pulling ourselves back, by getting rid of our own ego, and letting there be silence into which the divided selves of the client can appear. Being a non-anxious presence, requires us to remain on the ‘divine’ side of things. @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

21 Summary of the Process Therapist’s Role: Uncover liminal space between the therapist and client by pulling one’s self back, by checking one’s own ego, by becoming a non-anxious presence, listening closely, being comfortable with silence, and refraining from the impulse to give advice, to teach, to interpret or to share one’s own wisdom. Client’s role: To create liminal space within through the process of kenosis or 'self-emptying,' through a repetition of one’s story, or by bringing into consciousness the places of division within one’s self. Readiness for a dialogue between the Divided Self and the Divine Self. @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

22 “I did something wrong.”
Case Illustration “I did something wrong.” (The divided self) @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

23 “Trust me. I will take care of it.”
(The Divine Self) @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

24 ILLUMINATION @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

25 One having or claiming unusual enlightenment
Illuminate n archaic - One having or claiming unusual enlightenment @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

26 “I have no doubt that most people live…in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, much like a person who, out of their whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only their little finger.” Wm James One way to understand the dialogue between the divided selves and the divine self is through the concept of evolution of human consciousness. (Read Wm James.) We’ve been borrowing from Richard Rohr (dualistic vs nondual cs.) and Cynthia Bourgeault who refers to egoic cs and unitive cs. @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

27 Evolution of Consciousness
Richard Rohr/ Cynthia Bourgeault Ken Wilbur Dualistic Consciousness Egoic Consciousness Non Dual Consciousness Unitive Consciousness Egocentric Ethnocentric Worldcentric Theocentric Union of Spirit and Word @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

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31 Neuroplasticity of the Brain
The more active two neurons are the stronger the connection between them grows: thus, with every experience, your brain rewires its physical structure. The brain learns, adapts and molecularly restructures itself on the basis of thought and emotional experience. The brain can grow approximately 6,000 neurons a day in response to how you use it. @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

32 “It’s a mortal sin.” (the Divided self)
Case Illustration “It’s a mortal sin.” (the Divided self) @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

33 “We’ll get married.” (the Divine Self)
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34 In Summary One’s sense of self may shift.
One’s sense of the Divine may shift. Intrinsic positive value in the process itself which is reinforcing and motivating. @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

35 The gifts [Christ] gave were
The gifts [Christ] gave were for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, we must grow up in every way into Christ.   Ephesians 4: selected verses (11-15) @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014

36 Dialogue with participants
What language do you use for the inner divine self? What ways have you found to partner with the inner divine self? How might you encourage dialogue between the divided self and the Divine self? What might trip you up in this dialogue? One at a time @Laura Delaplain and He idi King and the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy2014


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