More about this workshop and Internal Family Systems
Internal Family Systems (developed by Dick Schwartz) is a creative, evidence-based, non-pathologizing approach to human experience that welcomes the complex multi-faceted experience of being. It naturally supports the cultivation of awareness and compassion in an intelligent, empowering and skilful way. Eva and I have become very interested and excited by this work as it brings a really intuitive and immediate way of working with the parts of ourselves that are stuck in ruts of behaviour and feeling – that often emerge in our meditation practice, but also perennially in our lives and relationships.
In this workshop we want to give you some basics of this map and way of working so you can integrate it into your practice.
Like in our mindfulness practice, IFS invites us to recognise, investigate and befriend all the different parts of ourselves and to ask parts that have been dominating to step back and make space for more clarity, calmness, courage and compassion. But it does this in a very precise, efficient and powerful way – which really can free up the whole system and release burdens (feelings, sensation, impulses and thoughts) that are no longer helpful or relevant.
Through this process, we can recognise that there are protective parts of us that operate like managers; they make sure we stay safe and in control of every situation. You might recognise them as the inner critic, perfectionist, passive pessimist, controller, planner and coach. All good! But sometimes they need updating as they can be rather restrictive of our joy and brave engagement with the world. Other protectors can be more extreme – using substances, dissociation and volatile behaviour to try and shut down vulnerable feelings.
All these protectors work to not feel our more vulnerable parts that have been shut down and hidden - like a sense of need, helplessness and dependency, a sense of shame, of being unlovable, fear or terror, grief and loss, rage and loneliness.
IFS assumes that when these parts are accepted and understood they stop dominating the system, and what comes forth is “the self” (or “not-self” in mindfulness terms!) which has huge resources of compassion, courage and presence and can actually heal the parts that have been unconsciously running the scene.
Come along and join us for this weekend to find more internal and external freedom.
Do ring if you have questions. Tim: 0431 949 007 Eva: 0416 043 296