• Lifeline Course Module 1 – Personal Growth – Session Six

    Today we went straight into our groups again, and reviewed the leftovers from our last session.

    Once more I pointed out that I felt how much suffering in the group is caused by a fear of not belonging; wanting to fit in, feel approval and acceptance, and avoid rocking the boat. It made me ache with empathy but I was distinctly putting myself outside of the group, here; not standing in judgement but realising that I’ve long-abandoned this travail and accepted – embraced – my “outsider” status, as an act of self-liberation. One participant in the group said they admire this stance...

  • Lifeline Course Module 1 – Session Seven

    We began today’s session in our groups again and, as usual, first of all we were asked if we had any leftovers from last week’s powerful session. I was determined not to be the first to speak but as everyone sat, silent, I finally spoke up about the breakthrough that I had experienced...

  • Eight; Lifeline Course Module 1 – Personal Growth – Sessions Eight

    Again we began this double-session in the main hall with all the participants from the morning and evening  groups together.

    First we looked at anger and the words that we associate with this emotion. The negative words we “collected” included aggression, anxiety, barriers, belligerence, conflict, confrontation, defensiveness, destruction, disappointment, disconnection, disempowerment, disillusion, fear, fight, frustration, helplessness, high blood-pressure, hurt, intimidation, judgement, loss of control, loss of reason, misunderstanding, negative energy, not being heard, not being respected, rage, regret, resentment, righteousness, suppression of all other emotions, tears, and violence...

  • Lifeline Course Module 1 – Personal Growth – Session Ten

    It is not easy to describe today’s session as I do not want to talk about the other people in my group or violate their privacy. Among other things, this session required us to confront another individual in our group. We sat in pairs, one person opposite the person we chose to confront, and each participant selected someone to support their “hearing” or reception of what was said.

  • Lifeline Course Module 1 – Personal Growth – Session Eleven

    The first thing I raised in the small group today – addressing the “leftovers” from the last session – was my concern that I’d alienated some members of the group during the confrontations we’d done as an exercise the previous week. It had been bothering me the whole time since then, especially as I had been given group feedback that I had come across as very “intense.”   


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