Dimensions of Being Training: Basic and Facilitation sessions
This is a river of great beauty and depth. It will take you to the understanding and experience of True Nature and the richness of its manifestation, its relation to personality and to the Absolute non-conceptual dimension.
The Dimensions of Being Training includes two parts: The Essence Basic Training and The Essence Advanced Training.
Essence Basic Training
A five module course plus four single days between modules for a total of 30 days and 300 hours.
The course is focused on the five most relevant attributes of our Essence called (in the Sufi tradition) The Lataif. The Lataif represent universal qualities of Being as they manifest in unique ways in every living creature.
The Lataif are:
The White Essence: the Essence of Will, Relaxed Confidence and Clear Intention. Gives us the support that we need to stay on the path to finding ourselves and have a clear intention. It has to do with a feeling of inner solidity, inner support and a sense of value. It is the relaxed confidence that comes when we are in contact with our Being. It is grounded, resourceful and committed. Provides the basic ground to experiencing the truth and stay steadfast and present in the journey of discovery.
The Red Essence: the Essence of Strength and Courage. The capacity to connect and use your personal resources as well as moving through the obstacles on the path. The key to fulfilling relationships and sexuality. The Red Essence has to do with our capacity to be an individual; it brings the strength to separate from old structures that no longer serve our evolution and uniqueness. It is passionate vitality, enthusiasm and the strength to go into the world with all its challenges. It offers the fundamental certainty and protection: I can!
The Green Essence: the Essence of Compassion and Loving Kindness. As we learn to love ourselves we discover the depth of humanness in its vulnerability and glory. This Latifa gives us a profound understanding and compassion for our ego structure. It is the compassion and understanding which allows us to go deeply into our wounds and heal them. It gives us the capacity to do the same with others. We honour and celebrate the mystery of being human.
The Black Essence: the Essence of Peace, Silence and Personal Power. Through this quality we enter the Absolute dimensions of Being and we come to know ourselves beyond body, mind and emotions, as immense and unlimited. This Latifa is about our Love of the Truth and longing for Peace. It is a very deep dimension of looking in and realising a state of inner mastery. Here we face our concepts and fears about death and confront the main layers of ego defence.
The Yellow Essence: the Essence of Joy, Curiosity, Playfulness and Devotion. Letting go of suffering and the search we celebrate life unfolding richness and abundance. The yellow Essence more that any other helps us to integrate the Love for the Truth in day-to-day life. This subtle dimension of our Being is like an inner sun shining in our heart that brings healing and lightness. It is a place where our old negative self-images and seriousness are dropped and our light-hearted innocence is regained.
Other components of the course are:
Foundational understanding of the activity of the Superego (Inner Judge): its origin, its functions, its relation to Ego identity and self-image, its modalities of attack and manipulation as well as different ways to defend ourselves from those attacks.
The map of the personality know as “The Enneagram”. We will explore the different ennea-types, called fixations, their basic patterns of behaviour and their relation with different qualities and potentiality of Being.
The “Theory of Holes”. This theory says we are born as Beings of Essence, but through lack of recognition, trauma and devaluation in our formative years we lose contact with our Essential nature. This disconnection is experienced as a sense of deficiency or lack, (“holes”), and becomes the core of the personality structure. When relaxation and understanding happen and the uncomfortable feeling of deficiency is tolerated with compassion and presence, Essence is contacted and the missing quality arises from our Being. The foundations of this work are presence, openness and understanding: an honest exploration of our structure and the capacity to be with “what is” through meditation and self-inquiry.
Essence Advanced Training
A five module course for a total of twenty days and 200 hours. There are also four days between modules where participation is voluntary and that will add another 40 hours.
Completion of the Essence Basic Training is a prerequisite to participate to the advanced except for the module Diamond Guidance which is open also to anyone who has participated to Freedom To Be Yourself: Mastering the Inner Judge.
In the Advanced we will experience and reconnect with specific resources of Being, true potentials of our spirit. They give us clearer perception, deeper understanding, much stronger capacity to function efficiently and in alignment with our deepest longing and desires as well as a more conscious and loving attitude towards ourselves and the others.
The advanced training includes the following modules:
The Chandelier: the vehicle of manifestation, spiritual and material abundance. Embodying and expressing the uniqueness of who you are.
The Diamond Guidance: gives us the capacity to experience reality directly, without the filters of conditioning and the past. Takes the place of the Inner Judge.
The Absolute: the non conceptual dimension. The unconditional place of completeness and belonging. The field from where everything springs. The source.
The Authentic Self: leaving behind the mask of the personality and coming to know your true identity unconditioned by survival, not limited by the personal story. Pure loving presence and light. The Soul.
The Pearl: the unique way Being manifests in you as you. The preciousness of your individuality as you manifest the Source through your specific expression and actualisation of consciousness and love.
See the page Schedule for dates.
A.H. Almaas - Essence
- The Unfolding Now
Avikal E. Costantino - Freedom to Be Yourself. Mastering the Innner Judge
- Without a Mask. Discovering your Authentic Self
Avikal has been teaching Essence since 1998.
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Notes on The Inner Judge