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holdPrelude To A Holding

This document is about providing physical holdings with children who are small enough to contain with safety. I assume other parenting techniques have been less than effective and the parent is in unease.

The words, “negative” and “positive” are used in this paper to describe, not to judge.

My use of the word, “parents” includes single parenting or other parenting arrangements.

The holder is often referred to as the “parent,” even though the holder may be a therapist or other significant caregiver.

We all have the best of intentions for our children.
The goal of parenting is to explore a different way to parent in order to improve how we feel about ourselves as parents and in relationship with our children.
We cannot change or control our children but we can respond to them differently. As parents, we provide an environment that exerts a powerful influence on our children. Yet it is only one of many environments our children will experience. There are no guarantees about how our children will fare in their life, yet through the environment we provide, we can increase the possibility of them doing well.
We want to offer them the concepts of responsibility. We are responsible for our children’s safety as often as can be possible. Their job is to find out how the world works. Ours is to show them. We can be available to them. We are not responsible for our children’s behavior. They are. One of our jobs is to provide them with opportunities to learn that there are consequences for their actions. We can allow our children to make choices in order to learn responsibility, which our children can understand and remember.
We are parenting a new species of children. And some of us seem to be a new species of parents who are committed to turning out free, forward-looking children, with a positive sense of how they can live their lives, and how they can contribute to the community. Our children seem to have more energy, more creativity, more passion, and more connection to source energy.


A holding is the process of extending our loving center to others unconditionally. It can be offered non-physically or physically. It is only an invitation and it is up to the other person to receive it or not. There are spiritual holdings, psychological (mind) holdings, and physical (somatic) holdings.
A holding is a way of creating intimate contact between a parent and child. It can be done as a physical cuddle at anytime. It is not a consequence for unsafe behavior. It is a gesture of love, which assists the child to release stored anger, frustration and rage
A holding creates immense intimacy and reinforces the bond between parent and child.
Holdings are natural. It may be a primal instinct to hold. Many parents already do holdings naturally. For example, when a newborn screams in frustration, most parents simply find a comfortable chair, and hold, rock, and speak in soft tones, until he is done.
A holding invites your child into a controlled crisis, which, in the end is liberating for both the child and the parent.


Children store up a bundle of negative energy inside themselves from emotional and physical repression. These constrictions are often activated by an event either inside or outside of themselves. This energy then takes over and the child acts-out in different ways, such as temper tantrums, constant whining, aggression toward self or others, even depression as if there were no control or choice available.There is a part of himself who is not getting his needs met. That part collects negative feelings and holds onto them.

These resistant experiences accumulate and, like gas, expand. The pressure grows. The feelings want out, but the child has no way to let it out, without negative consequences. So he does what he can. He whines, he argues, he is defiant, he says bad things to other people, and he starts fights. Perhaps he is physically abusive, either to himself or someone else. He does what he can, but nothing works. Such seemingly unproductive behavior is the result of a restriction to his inner flow of well-being (source energy).

Adults do the same thing. If the child could learn to surrender to this negative energy as it occurred in his life, he would not build up such an emotional bundle of negative energy. Children and adults have a difficult time releasing this negative energy in order to return to well-being. They don’t know how. The physical holding is an opportunity for the child to express this negative energy bundle until the bundle is depleted. When the release of the resistance is complete, they return to their connection with their inner being. The physical holding provides a safe container for them to express this resistance until they are able to surrender to it and thus allow it to complete itself. One feels much better after it is released.

Often when a child’s behavior is unsafe, the holding provides a loving container in which to “act-out,” without danger to himself or others.

A holding is one way of teaching our children how to move through their emotional stuck place and be more in touch with their inner flow of love.

Paradoxically, a human being has an easier time thinking of himself as independent and therefore responsible for his actions, the more he connects to his inner experience. The holding offers an experience of inner connectedness with his caregivers. This reinforces wholeness in a child.

The holding allows the safe release of all stored up and current feelings. A child’s job is to try to get everything he wants and to learn about how the world will respond. A major challenge of childhood is to come to terms with the fact that we don’t always get what we want. Holding is a loving thing to do while our child is working out the truth of that.

It helps to think in metaphors sometimes. One idea is to perceive the holding as a safe container that allows your child to the release of a dis-ease from his body and his psyche.

A holding encourages us to love our child during our own emotional upset, thus differentiating from our child in a healthy way, allowing our child their own uncluttered path on their journey.

The child: to release all restrictions and return to the loving flow of source energy. Holdings are not to be considered for disturbed or challenged children only. This method works for all children. Actually, it works for adults too. It helps a person rediscover her loving center and teaches her, through the release of her restricted emotions, a way to return there.

The parent: to provide an alternative parenting option, especially when others have been less than successful. The child gets the idea that parents will take charge in dangerous situation, and can be trusted to act in his best interests, as well as their own. The holding also helps us as parents to return to our center, which is where we hold unconditional love for our child. And the best way to invite a child to connect with his center is to role model being connected to our own, as much of the time as we can.

After determining the child’s discomfort is not from lack of food, water, pain, etc. After trying out other parenting techniques.

When the child leads with a resistant reaction to almost every event. Resistance is often described as frustrating, anger, impatience, complaining, uncooperative behavior, or any feeling of unease. We can always invite our child to cuddle a little to get things started. If they just cuddle, enjoy. If they resist, begin a holding.

Ideally, wherever we are at the time the resistant behavior begins. Many parents have held their child in a grocery store, a parking lot, or in the car on the side of the road. You can also wait until you get home and immediately do a holding whether the child is demonstrating resistant behavior or not. If you hold them and the resistant behavior has gone, nothing is lost. Set them down and thank them for the cuddle.

There is a deep bonding that occurs when the holding is complete. In a therapeutic setting, I often suggest that the parent who seems to be lacking the bonding with the child do the holding. The benefits to the child will occur no matter who does the holding.

The child determines how long the holding will take. Their acting-out is one way of letting us know they need a holding. Their connectedness with themselves and us lets us know when they are done and the holding is over. In their completeness they can make prolonged eye contact and resistance will disappear.

Anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours. Don’t panic. The next holding will take much less time.

The frequency of holdings ranges from 3 times a week in the beginning, to once every 3 months toward the end. Eventually holdings will not be needed again; the child will have learned how to release his pent-up frustrations and angers in a way that is physically and socially safe,

The more consistent with holdings, the less often and shorter the holdings become.

To end the holding before its completion often allows the child to perceive that he has won a victory, and the next holding will probably be much longer while he learns this is not necessarily true. No problem. Just be up to the extra challenge next time.

We want to begin to teach release of resistance as early as possible. The younger the child, the more effective and permanent the results can be. The longer your child has felt out of control, the longer it may take before she learns how to release her resistance in appropriate or positive ways.

When we do a holding, we are in charge of the environment. Our goal is to provide a container of protection, which consists of safe containment, loving attention, loving physical contact, eye contact, and support. It is a space for the child to learn permission to Be.

No punishment

Punishment is a consequence for doing something someone else doesn’t like. Often justified, even handed and fair, it still has the goal of changing behavior. Our attention and agenda is focused on someone else (our child). Punishment can easily take the form of retaliation or revenge and can be ways of making ourselves feel temporarily better. Delivered when we are angry and feeling out of control, we sometimes act-out of our own childhood abuse, and perpetrate that abuse onto our children. Nothing positive comes out of negative energy.
Holdings have nothing to do with punishment.
We never discipline our child when we are angry —- When we do, we are telling the child that we lost control. We take responsibility for what we are doing, even when we are messing up by losing control and acting out of anger and fear and resorting to violence.
Hitting is abusive. It teaches that, “My body is not mine. “I can be molested.” “I am hittable.” It has never worked for the child. It teaches fear of you, fear of authority, and fear of doing any behavior in which others may be disappointed.
Hitting usually changes behavior only when the hitter is around.
Children raised on fear create fear throughout their lives.

Loving Protection

The holding is about safety. It is about responding to our child’s dangerous behavior with protection. Our attention is on the child’s behavior, and our job is to provide our child a safer way to act-out negative emotions. We teach respect for one another since I will not hurt you and I will not let you hurt you or me.
Protecting children is more effective and won’t be harmful when done from a place of love.
Setting limits for ourselves as parents protects us from being abusive to our children as well as from receiving abuse from our children.
Protection is an action enforced by LOVE.


Nothing is more important in our life than the protection of our children and of ourselves. When we protect our children, we protect ourselves.

When our children are very young, we protect them because they are basically a danger to themselves. Most obviously, we protect them physically. Young children are dangerous to themselves physically – they run out into the street, they reach toward harmful things, they don’t understand the world is full of sharp, heavy, potentially lethal objects. We are responsible for providing safety for them.

Children are also dangerous in another way. Often they are rude, loud, or run amok generally being unaware of the consequences of their behavior. They do not understand that the danger here is that annoyed humans can hurt you. They might hurt you physically or emotionally. Parents are hard-pressed to feel love towards a child who whines, cries, snivels, has temper tantrums, or displays uncooperative behavior much of the time. Other children shun, call names, and often abuse the school-aged child who acts out his frustration, in front of or even upon other people.

Holding, or providing a loving container for the release of frustration, rage and grief, begins to teach that:

Safe release of these emotions is possible,
One can release emotions in privacy,
One can release emotions in public without damage to themselves or others,
Once built-up emotions are experienced through to completion, the body provides a natural reward. Neurotransmitters bring calmness, loving feelings, and a sense of being capable of coping, among other experiences.

In the process of the holding, we are protecting our child from abusive or out of control behavior toward himself or others. When a child is unable to understand the concept of “protecting self,” we become a safe container in which our child releases his attachment to holding onto his repressed emotions or acting-out behavior.

While a holding is in process, each time the child gets free before he is done, his hope for continuing his resistance increases and the longer he resists. Consistent containment is encouraged.

Contain your child minimally. When he is physically resisting, match your energy with his in order to prevent him from hurting himself or us. As his resistance subsides, immediately pullback to match his energy.

Loving Attention

The most powerful thing we can offer another is our positive attention. When we are in a loving place and we extend that to others, healing occurs. I, the holding, parent, give absolute positive attention to the child. Love is stronger than the negative energy in us.

We are giving our child complete attention when we match our energy with her resistance. When doing a holding, we are constantly observing and adjusting to what our child is doing.

Loving Physical Contact

We are all aware of the power of physical contact. The holding requires constant contact with the child. It is a powerful experience for the child to be held while he is resisting because the parent stays physically connected, no matter how objectionable the behavior. This demonstrates to the child that he is loved, even when his behavior is not. Great amounts of bonding occur when we do this.

Eye Contact

Throughout the holding, the parent keeps direct eye contact with the child. Eye contact is very bonding. This is spirit-to-spirit contact and is the most powerful contact there is.

Every time he makes eye contact with you and sees your eye contact with him, the more deeply the bonding can occur.


Get comfortable. Use pillows to prop yourself up. Put a glass of water next to you, and take off all restricting items, such as belts, rings, watches, bracelets, earrings, glasses, etc.

It is best to have some external support while holding a child. Arrange to have another person who is available to us get you water, supplies and encourage you when it gets tough to see your child upset,


When feelings are experienced and released, people feel in charge and self-esteem rises. A holding teaches that feelings are acceptable to express and how to safely let them go.
Attempt not to be in a hurry to get the holding finished. Learn to love your child’s determination, and to believe in his struggle for freedom from his own repression.
It is on the other side of the feelings that people can take responsibility for themselves and move to a place of change. A person’s fear of expression of “stuffed feeling” will usually not lead them to responsible action.
It is a loving thing to help a child complete his unexpressed feelings safely.
Allow the love you have for your child to outlast his resistance.


There are a variety of skills we as parents can practice during a holding. The more practice we have with these skills, the easier the holding becomes for us.


Our child is separate from us. Remind yourself that none of the acting out behavior is about you, even if it involves you.
Learn to “depersonalize”. Do not take any of it personally. Get your ego out of the way as much as possible. Know that your child is getting more connected to her source energy.
The more self-esteem we have, the more empowered we are, and the more success we may be able to have at doing this. Find the place in you who knows how to be a loving parent, breathe from that place. If you are convinced that you do not know how to be a loving parent, then act “as if.” While the holding is going on, be with your child the way you would like a loving parent to be with you. It is my opinion that just thinking about how that might be will put you on a positive path.

Techniques of Depersonalization

Create a congruent verbal affirmation that keeps you neutral.
Use a visualization to protect, deflect, amuse, and distract yourself from taking it personally.
Say to yourself “I am not taking this personally, it is not about me, my child really needs my love right now.”

Give Verbal Loving Contact

Verbal messages of love and acceptance will be offered throughout the holding.

Make statements of acceptance and love.

“I am going to hold you and love you until you are safe.”
“Take your time. I am going to hold you and love you until you are done.”
“Take your time. I am going to hold you and love you until you feel better.”
“I love you just the way you are.”
“I love being close to you and nothing you are doing is keeping me from loving you right now.”
“I love you. Your feelings and thoughts are ok with me.”
“Let your feelings out. It’s okay. I will make sure nobody gets hurt.”

Be a coach. Say soothing statements.

“You are doing just fine. Keep it up.” “All right.”
“That was a good one. Let it out.” “Oh yes, let it go.”
“Good going. You will soon be done.”
“You are working so hard to be done with these hard feelings.”

Say what you are hoping for.

“I will be so glad to let you up when you are finished.”
“I will be holding you until you are through with these uncomfortable feelings.”
“When you are able to relax, I will let you up.”

Be Prepared for their Resistance

Children will try anything to get you to let them go. Their resistance needs to win at all costs. The will be angry at you, accuse you of abuse, spit, pee, physically struggle, scream, call you names, threaten you, bargain with you, try to make you feel guilty, accuse you of hurting them, be rude, go to sleep and most likely demonstrate everything you are afraid they will become.
Holding Phase Expect from the child Expect from self What to do
Preparation Non cooperation
Manipulative behavior Take charge firmly and lovingly
Feeling angry Get support Remove sharp objects Get comfortable
Bargaining Not taking it seriously
Making fun of the process
Teases and jokes Taking it personally
Impatience Depersonalize
Repeat loving verbalizations
Constrain as necessary
Eye contact
Anger Verbal threats
Attempts to evoke guilt
Pretense of being injured
Physically acting out
Going to sleep Feelings of fear
Feelings of guilt
Feeling remorse
Feelings of fatigue
Wanting to stop the holding Depersonalize
Repeat loving verbalizations
Maintain eye contact
Constrain as necessary
Keep the child awake
Resolution Melting
Prolonged eye contact
Loving attitude Feeling relief
Sensing resolution Keep eye contact
Engage in another activity
Exchange love

In order to endure, a parent needs to have more persistence than the child has resistance.

Share your experience with your child during the holding. “I am a little worried, afraid, unsure what to do, and/or confused right now, …..and I am still going to hold you and love you.” “I like being close to you.”

“I” Statements
“I love, want, care, suggest, ___” Avoid making statements about the child.

Avoid all Engagement, Argument or Debate
Our children are often smarter than we think they are. They will try to engage us in the illogic, wrongfulness, and uselessness of what we are doing. Say, “Thanks for sharing.” and go back to your loving verbal messages as described above.
Holding Procedure

Remove any sharp or hard objects (jewelry, rings, watches, earrings, shoes, etc.) from yourself and your child. Get comfortable. Get support if possible.

Let the child know you are seeing behavior that means they are having a difficult time right now and that you are going to hold them until they feel better.


Holding Demonstration

Place them in the holding position, one of her arms cushioned behind your back, head cradled with your arm and containing her other arm, other hand cradling her legs, direct eye contact.

Now prepare to hold them with loving contact as necessary to match their resistance.

Prepare for their acting out resistance. Depersonalize as the holding progresses.

Make eye contact. Verbalize your loving statements. Share. Use “I” statements. Avoid discussion or debate.

The child melts. All resistant behavior stops. He makes prolonged eye contact with you. He is joyful and you can see a glow around him. She is flowing pure love, which you can feel. Once you have experienced the power of this moment you will never want to stop short of the completion of the holding.

If you are unsure that the holding is done, you can put her down with the explanation that you will be holding her again if she is not finished. Watch for any resistant behavior. If there is, continue the holding.

When the child is done, spend some time being intimate and communicative with any other activity. Let him know you love him.

Children often say, “I feel good.” “I feel better.” “I love you.” After you have done a number of holdings, it is not unusual for a child to come to their parent and say, “I think I need a holding.”

I am afraid that I will physically hurt my child.
Using the skill of loving containment suggested in this procedure, there is no way physically injury can happen. You are paying loving attention, adjusting the contact continually and staying in a loving space for them.

You are not hurting them by supporting their release of emotional unease and physical illness.

What do I do if another child is watching?
Invite him over to take a look. Show him how you are holding her. Point out that she is not getting hurt. If appropriate, ask him what he thinks about this. Keep on holding.

I am afraid that I will kill my child’s spirit.
Holding helps children get through their resistance and back to a connection with their spirit.

The child’s resistant behavior is a disconnection with spirit. We are more likely to suppress a child’s spirit with fear, threat and abuse, the tools often used to control behavior, than with an enthusiastic approach and a safe place to “vent.”

The terrible things my child is saying to me are true. I am a bad parent.
This holding is about your child liberating himself from resistance. Telling his perceived truth about you is part of that procedure. Learn to depersonalize as described earlier. You may have done a lot of things in the past that were missed opportunities, and, right now, in the holding, you are being the loving parent you always wanted to be.

When I make soothing statements during the holding, it does not calm my child down.”
And it is not designed to do that. Our job is to provide a way for the resistant behavior to move through the child’s psyche to its completion, not just to get the holding completed.

I just can’t stand seeing my child suffer.
Your child is resolving his suffering right now. Not to have a safe place to release resistances is real suffering.

Won’t I be reinforcing my child’s negative behavior by rewarding him with this intimate attention?
I suppose you would be if this were the only time your child is held and loved. You can be physically and emotional intimate with your children at times other than the holding. Children are glad to be finished with their emotional frustration. They may request a holding at some future time.

Isn’t it against the precepts of behavior modification, which is to ignore negative behavior and reward positive behavior?
When you are dealing with dangerous acting-out behavior, it is more important to participate in the completion of that behavior than to worry about whether it is reinforcing or not. With the holding, we are not giving the negative behavior any attention; rather we are loving the child through their negative behavior. When the holding is complete, there will be plenty of positive behavior to reward.

Isn’t this dangerous if you have previously lost control and abused your child?
You are not re-abusing your child here. You are being loving, attentive, and positive towards your child. The child may use past abuses in an attempt to scare you out of a holding. If you are concerned you will not be able to hold it together, make sure you have a witness, another adult in the room with you. You are not likely to get into trouble by providing a loving container for restricting your child’s abusive behavior.

I do not want to contain my child’s expression of feelings.
Absolutely not. That is not what we are doing here. You are restraining his restraint. You are restraining the physical resistance that has been keeping him from safely releasing his feelings. You are creating a safe place for him to release the expression of those feelings to completion. You must now be ready to accept and hear their truth from them

I want my child to understand what I am doing while I am doing it. Can I explain?
No. This often leads to a debate, which the child might win. It also places you in a defensive position. Use the loving verbal response skills during the holding and explain the process afterward, if they ask. Children usually figure it out themselves and have no need for our explanation.

Isn’t this just for children with special needs?
No. This method can be very effective with all children and is encouraged as a bonding and loving experience shared by both parent and child. This can lead to wellness in all children.

Won’t my child become afraid of me using the holding on them?
Holdings lead to intimacy, trust and the expression of truth. Your children already know this. They may use what they know about your fears or doubts in order to manipulate you until you begin to mistrust yourself, or perhaps because they want to hang on to their acting-out behavior a little longer. In fact, trying to intimidate one’s parents is a good example of acting-out pent-up frustration and rage and is a good indicator that this might be a good time for a holding.

Why do I feel so hesitant and afraid when I do the holding?
What is being expressed for our child is the repression of past negative emotions. This exposes us to our own past repressions and fears, especially around anger.

When I completed a holding with my granddaughter, she sat up on my lap and said, “I feel good.”

An upset child came to her mother and said, “I think I am going to need another holding.”

A child said to her upset father, “It looks like you could use a holding right now.”

A parent reported, “Before the holding my child was irritated and impatient about everything that was happening. Afterward she was so accepting. She was like a different child.”

After saying to her daughter, (with irritation in her voice), that her daughter’s behavior suggested she needed a holding to keep herself safe, her daughter said, “Or is it to keep you safe, mommy?”

A child (in a family where holdings were common) said about her brother who was beginning to annoy her, “Mommy, Frankie seems to need a holding right now. Can I do it?”


Journey to Being

 The Journey is one of becoming (with ourselves)
 It is being transpersonal:
     Becoming more than what is happening,
     Experiencing something more than the mind, the body or emotions.
 It is being spiritual:
     Connecting to source energy (vibration, divinity, and other words).
 It is being in balance:
     Alignment between the mind (thought), body (somatic), emotion, and source energy.
 It is about faith:
     Trusting oneself, the Other, the process, and the human experience.
 The Journey is one of serving (with others)
 It is psychological/sociological:
     Being able to relate and interact with others from an unattached perspective.
     Viewing others as whole, not broken.
     Viewing others as on their own journey. One that makes sense only to them.
     Inviting others into balance with themselves and others, without needing them to do that.
     Inviting others into connection with source energy, without needing them to connect.
     Inviting others into the perspective of blending with the wholeness of the universe.
 The Journey is one of blending (with the universe)
 It is being able to perceive the wholeness of the universe, the source energy in all things.
 It is being in harmony with all systems of the universe:
     Aligning with all aspects of the universe; including biological, psychological, relational, cultural, metaphysical, etc.

Knowing how we are doing in the Journey
 A measure of how we are doing on these journeys is in how much love and ease we feel in our interactions with ourselves, with others and with the rest of the universe. When we feel a strong love for ourselves we can then move to expanding this love to include others and, ultimately, to the rest of the universe. When we feel a strong sense of awe and privilege, we know we are allowing the flow of love back to us. This cycle of love in and love out lets us know we are in balance, that we are blending, and that we are deeply connected to source energy.

A Friendly Reminder

This reminder is brought to you by love, the key ingredient to a fulfilling life. It matters not from where this information comes. It’s degree of truth is up to you. Try it.

I am here to invite you to remember a few things upon which we previously agreed. I do so in the hopes that with this reminder you may choose to live the rest of this physical/mental life with as much love and ease as possible.


Once we were one. We knew of our whole-ness and wanted to experience this. So we agreed to separate, so that in this contrast between oneness and separation, we could experience both. We agreed you would split into a mind/body part separate from me and enter the realm of the physical universe.We knew that through our experiences each of us would have an opportunity to expand our consciousness. Yours is physical and limited; mine is an unlimited consciousness. In our reunion, we both have an expanded consciousness.

Am I alone in this separateness from you?

No. Another thing upon which we agreed is that I would accompany you in your realm within and would constantly be available to any connection you choose to make with me. However, we agreed I would not initiate anything. It would be up to you to connect with my continually flowing guidance.

So it is up to me to choose movement toward or away from connection with you?

Yes. You have free will to make any choice about this you want. Choosing to move toward a connection with me will result in guidance experienced as love.

So often I feel fear.

When we split we created both the experience of oneness and separateness. The wholeness is experienced as love, and, separation is experience as fear. Fear and love define the field within which you experience you life. Which leads me to another reminder: Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and you already have), is to live your life experiencing both movement toward (love) and away (fear) from connection to spirit (our wholenessness). Our agreed upon purpose is for you to be aware of your choices about what you think, do, and say that moves you toward connection with this wholeness.

So, life provides me with the opportunity to discover how much of my life I can live in love rather than in fear? And that within this opportunity I have free will to make any choice about how I want to think, what I want to say and in what I want to do?

Absolutely. Therefore all events that occur in your lifetime are opportunities for you to experience yourself (your Now-self), and to choose how you want to experience your grandest self (your Full-self).

If life is all about me choosing to experience and express myself as I progress toward love, how does the rest of the world fit in?

As opportunities to experience and choose. Relationships with others become the rich environments in which you give to and receive from others while on this personal journey. It is through relationships that you create and discover who you are. It is within relationships that you decide in which direction you want to go.

So I am here to create myself through choices I make in response to my experiences with others?

Yes. You create yourself though the choices you make in your self- journey of interaction with the rest of the universe. So I end this conversation with much love for our us-ness and the reminder that I am always here and available for your connection with me, and that this life is an opportunity to experience as much love through connection to oneness as possible.

Wasn’t this cheating?

You have the same choices you had before I came. You can remember this guidance or forget it. You can choose to use it or not. We love you and any choice you make.


We Are Just Visiting


Thank you for choosing earth.

We invite you to relax and have fun.

There are some rules. You will discover them as you journey.

As a free spirit, it is up to you what to co-create, and whether you do that with deliberateness or by default.

Some things you may wish to remember while you are here:

Attachment is the illusion that you live here. This will cause unease. Do so at your own risk.
In order to avoid getting lost, hold hands with the source energy that brought you here.
Let go of everything, since when you leave, you will not be able to take anything with you.
Leave anytime. Come back anytime.

May your stay be a fulfilling one.

The Management


Twelve Steps Revised

  1. Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 1.39.48 PMWe admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. I keep acknowledging that I had lost connection with the part of me that was more than my addiction.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. I am deciding to perceive that my connection to the wholeness of the universe is a path toward remembering that I am more than my addiction. It is a path where I am making choices not dictated by my addiction.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him. I am deciding to allow myself to embrace a wholeness that exceeds, yet contains, separateness and to live in balance between these two perspectives.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. I am choosing to allow my unconditional commitment to living in complete and microscopic truth, to myself as well as within my relationships with others. And to a continued commitment to choose to continue taking complete responsibility for my thoughts and actions.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. I am deciding to invite others to witness my commitment to my truth and to my taking complete responsibility for my thoughts and actions.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. I am deciding to journey towards getting better at transcending the acting out of my wounds, and to allow others to support me on this journey.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. With much self-compassion, I am forgiving the abuse that was directed toward me, and thus the abuse I directed toward others, with a continued desire to re-decide who I want to be in response to my attempted survival behaviors.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. I am acknowledging all of the invitations I made to others to participate in my self-abuse and am making myself available to share with them the full extent of my participation in these processes.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. I am inviting myself to take ownership to my previous abusive thoughts and behaviors, and to invite others whom I have no needs of , to experience this process, if they choose.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. I am continuing to be mindful of the choices I make in relation to others and in acknowledging and admitting to myself and others, the choices that are leading me toward my highest positive intention.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. I am continuing to commit to my journey or mindfulness and recovery through any methods that encourages a continued connectedness to my internal expanded consciousness.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs. While moving toward internal expanded consciousness in my relationship with everything, I am deciding to share my experiences with others as a way of fulfilling the cycle of receiving and sharing, and thus experiencing fulfillment in my life as I invite others to experience fulfillment in theirs.

A Journey of Truth

Knowing one’s own truth.

  • We are all on a journey toward knowing ourselves better, becoming more aware and more connected to the truth of who we really are.
  • It is only through our relationships with others that we discover deeper truths about ourselves.
  • One can never know the truth about another’s journey towards truth.

I am on my own unique journey and can never know about another’s journey.

Every person’s journey is unique to themselves. Though someone else may not allow themselves to know much about their journey, but it is certain that I cannot know about it. So I will stop trying to figure out the truth of another’s journey.

If I am looking to others to decide what to do, think, or feel, I am lost in their journey. I feel unease. When I let go of trying to figure out the other person’s journey, their intention, their goal or motivation, I feel ease.

I can always know the truth about myself.

  • The journey towards my truth exists only for me. It is unique to me and for me.
  • My truth does not have to be substantiated with facts. It does not have to be proven. It does not have to be confirmed.
  • With mindfulness, I can be well connected to my truth.

Truth is always powerful guidance for me.

There is always a flow of source energy through me that is pure guidance in my journey toward truth. This guidance is communicated through body, mind, emotions, and spirit. When I have a thought, physical sensation, or emotion, I have a response.

There are only two responses: ease, and unease. Humans have many names for each.
Ease = love, peace, joy, etc.
Unease = anger, fear, sadness, etc.

Inner guidance is a steady beacon for me to stay on my course.

  • If my response is ease, the thing I have responded to is in harmony with my true Self.
  • If my response is unease, it is not in harmony with my true Self.
  • As I allow myself to connect more and more with this guidance, the clearer this becomes.
  • When I head toward my course, I feel ease. When I head away from my course, I feel unease.

When I think, “I am unworthy”, I feel unease.
Do I feel unease because I am unworthy?
Nope. I feel unease because the thought that I am unworthy is untrue.

Why I tell the truth.

The telling of the truth is its greatest reward.
It sets me free from myself as I let go that the telling of my truth will have any impact on the world outside myself.

How I tell the truth to others.

I cannot know the truth about others. Any truth that I know is about myself only. In order to take responsibility for my actions, thoughts and behaviors, when I speak the truth, I speak about myself, only.
Not the past or future. So when I speak the truth, I express what I am experiencing right now.

When I tell the truth.

When not telling the truth would interfere with the kind of relationship I want with others.
When I would not feel good about myself if I withheld the truth.
When the following three conditions are met:

  •    I can own it completely.
  •    I feel sure that it needs to be said.
  •    I believe it will help in some way.

How I ACT on the truth.

Once I have told myself the truth, it is time to take some action on it.
Action toward ease for myself rather toward unease for others.
Action to change what I can of the situation.

  •     Say what I am going to do, i.e. set a limit for myself (not someone else) and then follow through.
  •     Propose what I would like from the other (preferring but not needing to get what I want).
  •     Leave the situation. Create some space for myself to recover, nurture, and/or support myself.
  •     Allow the presence of the situation.
  •     Allow it to be enough that I shared my truth.
  •     Allow my action to take me into a deeper state of knowing myself.


The first step in our journey to freedom is to become autonomous. The second step in our journey is to interact autonomously, thus freely, with the rest of the world.

SEPARATENESS is a condition of physical consciousness.

FREE-WILL is choice that comes from separateness.  It can most fully be expressed through autonomy.

AUTONOMY is a choice of free-will. It is a choice to be in charge of the Self only. Autonomy is maintained through un-attachment to the external world. It feels like ease, freedom.

FREEDOM is only possible with autonomy.

We have choices about ourselves and how we want to be and interact with the rest of the world.
When we try to be in charge of others, or let them take charge of us, we are no longer free to feel separate. We feel entangled.

We have control over our choices of how we choose to relate to the external world, which is where we have little control. When we start to feel like a victim who has no control, we become entangled with our separate external reality. We tend to feel that we are losing our free-will, which then feels like a loss of our autonomy, which leads to a feeling of loss of freedom over self.

When we feel unease, we know it is time to return to autonomy. Here is a procedure to accomplish returning to autonomy.

  1. Acknowledge. Be aware that you are feeling unease. that you are entangled and reactive.
  2. Accept. Embrace unease as guidance giving you positive intentions and appreciation.
  3. Identify the source of guidance. Unease indicates that you are attached.
  4. Liberate the attachment. Change your relationship to the attachment. Let go.
  5. Adopt a new story, belief, perception, or paradigm that has no attachment within it.


  1. Oops, I am aware of feeling unease. I must be entangled and reacting.
  2. Ah, ha! This is guidance. What a gift, and opportunity. A reminder of my desire for me to return to autonomy.
  3. I must be attached to something. Something I am doing, saying, or feeling is not in harmony with my autonomous self. What is it? Oh, I see. I want this person (to whom I am talking) to give up their idea for my idea. I think my idea would be more beneficial to them than my idea.
  4. My attachment is causing me unease. I need to liberate my attachment to the belief that my ideas are better then theirs.
  5. I remember now that I am here to understand my journey, which does not include telling others what their journey should be. I am grateful and clear about my desire to offer my perspective to others with no agenda for anyone else but me.

If you have been able to find success with each of the 5 steps, you will have returned to a sense of ease where you can experience your autonomy, freedom, and free-will.


  • From the position where we are free from the rest of the world, the world becomes a safe and joyful place for us to explore how we want to be in relationship to others, and in what we choose to participate.
  • What we give, we give unconditionally. What we receive, we receive unconditionally. From here there is no obligation or burden, just the choice to fulfill ourselves by being true to ourselves and honoring what is important for us to be and do.
  • The events of the world become invitations to play, to discover, to create. They are no longer personal or primary. They are the medium through which we continue to be in, and return to, autonomy (where our true self is).
  • We can now interact with the world without fear, without abandoning our true nature of loving and participating in co-creation with others.

Conflict Resolution

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Forgiveness is always for you. It sets you free, whether you are forgiving yourself or another.

Forgiveness is acceptance which released you from the resistance, which has taken the feelings and thoughts of revenge, lack of fairness or justice, anger and loss.

Without forgiveness, we often move to shame and guilt. It continues to eat at us, causing pain.

Not forgiving does not serve us. It doesn’t need to exist to remind us that we were wronged. It doesn’t keep us alert to future wrongdoings or help us to prepare for them.

Ask youself these questions:

  • Will I feel more diminished by forgiving?
  • Can I still love through this lack of forgiveness?
  • Will it be easier to move on with my life with or without forgiveness?
  • Can I accept the presence of wrongdoing on my part or by others?
  • Can I allow, not accept, the duality of the universe?

I do not forgive you for your sake – rather, for my own. Forgiving is the most loving thing I can do for myself, because it lets me move on and release that negative energy.


Hey, misery – yes, you!

Hey, misery – yes, you!

Hey – Misery! Why are you following me round the whole time?

Huh – glad you finally asked me. All those un-completed, un-allowed negative experienced that you have? I just cannot keep away from them!

Well, I really don’t like you hanging around – can’t you just go away?

Nice try, but that’s really not going to happen unless we take a proper look at those experiences, make some sense of them and get them stored away in the right place.

OK – if that’s what it takes – I guess I could give it a shot…

Right. Because until we get that sorted, when any event or thought triggers one of them, I’ll show up as some kind of disease or discomfort. You have my word on that!

That’s just mean! Do you get some kind of a kick out of that?

Honestly? I don’t enjoy it. Might seem weird, but I have to do it – it’s my job to remind your unresolved experiences. Bit like your Mom had to remind you to tidy your room as a kid – I need to do the same in your mind.

I know you’re there – but I can’t see you – where actually are you?

Hiding! In your unconscious, un-illuminated storehouse. Pretty easy for me to hide when you don’t even put the light on in there.

Ohhh….so you’re what they call my ego?

Not quite! I’m the result of your unconscious attachment to your ego.

So, did we figure out what it takes to make you go away?

Easier said than done. The way to make me not be there, is to acknowledge that I am there. Look me in the face and engage with me. Don’t pretend I’m not there, when you know I am!

Great. Say I decide to do that – what happens next?

OK. This sounds complex, but don’t worry – when you stop resisting and let me get on with doing my thing, I’ll transmute from stored energy to released energy. It’s actually going to make you stop struggling and become more at ease. Trust me on this.


Then, you’ll experience life without psychological fear, with ease, and with love as your dominant guide. You’ll find it amazing.

That does sound good. And the next step is what – enlightenment?

Good question. Enlightenment can never actually be attained – I think of it as being a space you always stand in, whether you know it or not. It’s only your lack of recognition and acceptance of it that makes it seem you’re not joyful, peaceful, and yes, enlightened.

I think I’ve got it. So let’s say we get all those bad thing sorted out and stored properly. It should be pretty easy to stay enlightened, huh?

Totally. Any time you can be awake and expanded enough to make the choice of total allowance, you can be in this enlightened state.

That’s awesome. What will my friends and family think when I get you off my back for good?

Don’t make that a concern of yours. It’s up to them, whether they acknowledge and experience your state of grace or not. If you feel like you need them to, you’re kind of back to where you started.

How is my behavior going to change? I don’t want everyone to think I’m away with the fairies.

Your behavior will reflect your state of being – that’s a given. If you’re properly connected to ease and love, ease and love will inform all your actions. You will want to chose behaviors that will allow you to stay in this state of grace. It’s a virtuous circle.

Wow. Misery, thankyou – this has been illuminating. I’m so glad I took the time to talk to you.