Breaking into Brilliance Workshop

The retraining of your mind

Your New Beginning starts Nov. 11-12th, 2017

Breaking into Brilliance is a paradigm shift in personal growth. Stepping beyond the old models of learning built on struggle and guilt, we enter into a process of discovery and healing that is light, inviting and ultimately joyful.

In this two-day workshop, we align the mind, body and spirit through a series of eight exercises designed to engage us in a new way; enabling us to reconnect the authentic self and awaken creative consciousness. Transformation is a creative process requiring introspection, confrontation, perspective, forgiveness and appreciation. We will touch on all of these to unlock your brilliance.

If you are willing to access your story, you can change your story, and that will change your life. Everyone is capable of brilliance.

Lynn Singer

Lynn Singer

Working with Lynn Singer,
Master Teacher of Creative Consciousness

Saturday -- 10am - 4pm

10:00am

Welcoming circle – introductions. Standing, morning awakening to loosen up the body and get the breath moving.

We begin with this radical idea: the body holds our experiences and our feelings; breath reveals them. Breath has transformational power and gives us emotional strength. Body mind and spirit become aligned through breathing.

Throughout the next two days, we will step through 8 segments using breathing and bodywork to reveal old beliefs and integrate new concepts. We will move from unconsciousness to freedom, and along the way, you will pick up techniques that will serve you for the rest of your life.

Let’s begin.

10:15am

WELCOME TO THE UNCONSCIOUS

If you want to change your life, get in touch with your internal self

When young, we buried shame, fear and pain, deep in our body. Consequently, bad thoughts were born. We often take comfort in these bad thoughts.

Beliefs are a response to life experiences and unspoken rules. They are born in childhood and are carried through our lives unless we question. A negative belief must be recognized, observed, owned and dismantled.

It is said that most of us have 10,000 negative thoughts a day. We attract into our life what we think about. The practice of observing our thoughts is a critical first step to change.

Exercise: Becoming Aware

Sitting in a circle everyone will be asked to share answers to one of the following:

  • When you have a bad day, how you numb your feelings?
  • Can you name contradiction (s) in your life?
  • Do you know the genesis of your negative or painful feelings?

Insight: In becoming more aware of self, we find

  • The usefulness of tracking the breath and observing our thoughts
  • That negative thoughts can be dismantled

11:15am

Bodywork –
Lying down, scan the body to notice where your body creates tension and consciously relax those areas. 

11:30am

ASK QUESTIONS

The reason questions are important

Many believe that our unconscious is ruling 90% of our actions. If this statistic is even directionally correct, it explains why when we look closely at relationships etc., we find that we repeat similar patterns of behavior. We haven’t learned from our experiences, because we are on autopilot with our unconscious driving our actions and reactions. Because we haven’t asked questions or perhaps we aren’t asking the hard questions, we continue to make the same mistakes.

In questioning, investigating the undercurrents of seminal events in our lives, we are able to begin to live more consciously.

Just as our spirit may speak to us in the unconscious dream state, disturbing events in our lives may also be spirit trying to reach us. In this exercise, we will ask ourselves provocative questions in an effort to get to the root of unconscious patterns.

Exercise: Ask Why Journaling

Write about seminal events in your life that have haunted you. Then write “why – why do they haunt me?” And finally, write why you think it happened.  

Insight: Come back into the circle. Share with the group. Have you uncovered a pattern or a core issue that may be driving events in your life?

12:30pm

Bodywork –
Diaphragmatic breathing. The diaphragm is the organ of inspiration and expiration. Use the inspiration of your diaphragm to assist you in finding answers.

12:45pm

Lunch

1:15pm

INTO THE FIRE

Deal with it.

Examining our questions and answers brings us face-to-face with our life events and choices. We can choose to work through painful memories, relationships or situations, or we can avoid. Avoidance and lack of questioning allows the unconscious mind to continue on its path of repeating cycles.

When we go “into the fire” we do so thoughtfully, carefully, like taking thorns off of a rose stem. We objectively examine the situation, our role, their role. We consider motives, histories and mistakes. We discard the voice of judgment and work to articulate our feelings and points of view in a way that is insightful.

Looking at our most private and disturbing memories is critical to growing. What we often find are false understandings of self and our world.

Conversations that we don’t want to have are a great place to begin the hard work. When you step into this fire, prepare to be vulnerable. If you come from a place of love, you will find more strength & power.

Exercise: Conversations We Don’t Want to Have

Partner, imagine you have another opportunity to express yourself fully at a time when you held back, shut down or lashed out.

  • Tell your partner the role they are playing and the usual response that made it difficult for you to have this conversation
  • Set the scene and begin the action
  • Reverse the set up

All participants are doing this exercise in partnership simultaneously.

Insight: In expressing ourselves in difficult situations with ease and clarity we learn to own ourselves.

Sharing – 10 mins.

Write – 5 mins

2:15pm

Bodywork –
Ujjayi breath, ocean breath, wind breath. We use Ujjayi breath for strength.

2:30pm

THE JOURNEY OUT

Transitioning to a New way of Thinking

We have just faced our deepest fears. We have looked at our stories with compassion like a movie watcher who empathizes with all characters in a complex scene. Now we need to find our own unique truth, our most authentic self.

There are clues to who we are all around us every day, but we are not looking for them, so we never see them. In ancient tradition of many indigenous people, every encounter with animals held meaning. Understanding the symbolism of animals is quite revealing! When an animal shows up in your life, it is a mirror of your energy… of what you are learning or what you need to learn.

Open yourself to an Animal Visualization, which may bring forth your power animal – the animal whose characteristics mimic yours. This is a spot on way of being introduced to your most authentic self. Trust the process.

There is a symbolic meaning of the animal (or animals) that comes to your mind within this exercise. You will find the qualities and characteristics of the animal are indeed describing your truest self. And you may begin looking at yourself with different eyes.

Exercise: Animal Visualization

  • Lying on the floor in a circle, close your eyes
  • Lynn will guide you through a visualization to locate & identify your power animal.

Insight:

  • Let’s look up the animal that came to mind for you
  • Lynn reads more about the symbolic meaning of our animal totems for a greater understanding of ourselves seen through our animal 

Sharing – 10-15 mins.

Write – 5 mins..

3:30pm

Bodywork –
Stand up for 3 deep inhalations and exhalations using the motion of a yogic sun salutation to bring the work to your heart and give thanks to yourself for the effort.

Sunday -- 10am - 4pm

10:00am

Welcoming circle. Standing and setting an intention for the day.  Yogic positions to open the heart in preparation for the day.

10:15am

TURNING POINT / TIPPING POINT  

Change.

As you begin to see yourself with new eyes, so will you see many things a new. Stay present, without judgment and allow the voice of intuition to guide you. We often think of life is a journey. Keep in mind a journey can be an active adventure or a passive disaster. You choose. 

Many think that our interior life is just that, interior, off limits to the external world.   But the truth is, we can’t keep our interior life under wraps forever. Sooner or later, our beautiful tapestry or rats nest of disparate threads are revealed. The action needed to beautify our interior life is forgiveness. Forgiveness creates internal peace and outward beauty.

We begin with compassion. We recognize that those who hurt us or disappointed us were hurt or disappointed by someone too. Just like us, they were babies that innocently absorbed feelings and ideas from those around them. The difference is simply that they remained in the darkness. They were not aware that there is a different way to live.

Exercise: Forgiveness Meditation by Stephen Levine. Provide handout

  • Lynn reads (10 min)
  • Writing: 10 mins.

Insight:

  • Which was easier, forgiving others or forgiving yourself?
  • Sharing – 20 mins.
  • We may say we forgive, but our body may not let go. Forgiveness requires time and repeating.
  • Writing – 5 mins.

11:15am

Bodywork –
Roll down the grounding exercise.

11:30am

OUT OF DARKNESS

Moving forward

We have investigated aspects of our unconscious, looked for patterns in our behavior, confronted ourselves in relationship to others, glimpsed characteristics of our nature and have meditated on forgiveness.

Now it’s time to move forward, out of darkness. Continuing to solidify the understanding of who you are is critical and requires vigilance. One way we may better understand ourselves is by looking at your heroes. We are attracted to heroes because they have qualities or values that we ourselves hold. We may not be able to paint like the Masters, but we may have their eye for beauty, their ability to illicit emotion in their art or their commitment to representing the totality of what they saw.

 Exercise: Trying on a New Skin

  • Who is your mirror of greatness?
  • Walk the room, pick up props if you like. Who comes to mind as your hero?
  • Taking on this persona you will spend 3 minutes:
    • Telling us who you are and why you chose this hero.
    • Speaking to the similarities between you and your hero.

Insight:

  • Coming our of darkness means you are acquiring a deeper connection to self.
  • Write about how you can more intentionally integrate your hero.

12:15pm

Bodywork –
Kalabata (breath of fire) is used to awaken your fire..

12:30pm

Lunch.

1:30pm

A NEW BEGINNING

Seeing Life’s Beauty  

We have begun to move forward, to think a bit differently, to see a bit more of ourselves.

The sages tell us that our belief systems, our perspective, inform our experiences. Every moment can be a new beginning. The Law of Attraction, while not a complete roadmap to manifesting the life you want, brings our attention to the impact our thoughts have on the circumstances of our lives.

With each thought, belief, expectation, we send energy out which operates like a boomerang. We want to ground ourselves in positive thoughts beliefs and expectations. When we live in gratitude, we raise our vibration and turbo charge our energy boomerang machine.

We were born to thrive with the same ability as the entire natural world. As thinking, creative beings, we can create our feelings, not just experience them. So we take the time to appreciate our path, our gifts, our health, the people in our lives, the art and artists that inspire us, the nature surrounding us and the changes that are happening within us.

Read from pg 145 of the book.

Exercise: Appreciations

  • In circle with backs to center, look into mirror and begin to enumerate your appreciations
  • Now, turn to a partner and share appreciations.
  • Volunteers to share their appreciations with the group

Insight:

  • Gratitude is as powerful as forgiveness
  • It too needs to become a habit

2:15pm

Bodywork –
Three part breathing to gently expand the appreciation.

2:30pm

CREATE FREEDOM

Freedom from Suffering     

Our final step in personal transformation is finding a lasting freedom. That freedom is found in the realization that modern science and ancient traditional beliefs are aligning. They are proving that we and nature and the Universe are all one and that our thoughts are creating reality.

The Masters, those who learned to live in their truth, created their freedom and give us hope that we can too. Once we realize that our choices matter and have an effect beyond the earth, we see that freedom is a conscious choice. And we see why it is important that our choices reflect what is in our best interest, because that is in the interest of humanity and the planet.

We can choose to live in joy. Living in our joy solidifies our power and delivers freedom. We will use a sense memory exercise to help align and reinforce positive memories and feelings with physical senses – a wonderful way to bring together you mind/body /spirit.

Exercise: Your Joy

  • Think back to your greatest joy - describe that moment through each of the 5 senses. 

Insight:

  • The thing that brings the greatest joy is the center of our brilliance.

3:30pm

Bodywork –
Nodisudi (alternate nostril breathing) integrates the right and left brain, calming the nervous system and bringing peace into the body.

4:00pm

Lynn closes the circle with final words.