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Dreaming Mutability

Puzzlewood

Breeze, water, sunlight, tree and stone merging in Puzzlewood.

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Presented by Concord Institute in conjunction with Cleargreen

A Tensegrity® & Theater of Infinity® Workshop
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Dreaming Mutability

Practices developed by Carlos Castaneda

Event attended by Renata Murez and Carol Tiggs*
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Stroud, County of Gloucestershire, UK
October 28, 29 and 30, 2016

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Followed by a
Special Session for Seasoned Practitioners
Parallel Worlds, Multiple Lives – Experienced
Sunday, October 30, 2016

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A One-Day Tour
Through the Veils of Perception: to Puzzlewood Forest and Stratford-upon-Avon
Monday, October 31, 2016

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Preceded by
Tensegrity® Facilitator Training
Introduction to Level I, II and III

Friday, October 28, 2016

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“How can I know who I am, when I am all this?”
he said, sweeping the surroundings with a gesture of his head.

– Don Juan Matus, Journey to Ixtlan

Putting aside our personal identities and acquiescing to our more enhanced selves, which include our dreaming bodies, we begin to notice that the boundaries between concrete forms become more transparent. Conscious of such states, we ride the current of consciousness winding its way through all of life, and begin to sense and feel, within our own form, the height of the tree we may be standing near, or our breath coming into rhythm with that of an animal nearby.

In such states, we find ourselves expansive, multiple in being and mutable of form, and may have left what we usually know and defend so far behind as to catch a glimpse of infinity – how it dreams us and also how we dream it.

Our early ancestors kept this awareness close to heart. They checked in daily with the vastness of their surroundings, viewing themselves a part of it and their reality a ‘multi-verse.’ They merged their consciousness with stones, trees and flowers, animals, fish and birds, and listened, spoke and lived by the wisdom of these, their many guides and spirits. They experienced themselves a part of every living thing and simultaneously a part of many realities, or ‘worlds.’

Today, the pressures of modern society can narrow our cognition towards an experience of often only one reality existing at a time. This contributes to the illusion of separation. Personal identity may take precedence and a tendency towards linearity predominates. We may feel our many talents and possibilities molded to fit an acceptable groove.

“From Mexican Exhibit: Teotihuacan, City of the Gods”

Terracotta Sculpture from Teotihuacan, City of the Gods, Mexico.

Yet, as the ancient Mexican sculpture above shows the many possible worlds within – animal, plant, ancestor and spirit beings — we too can regain the multiplicity of being and mutability of form that comes when we welcome our dreaming body and carry it forward in our lives.

William Shakespeare, intimates this greater possibility in his famous passage below:

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…”

– As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII

In this workshop in Gloucester, where Druids and Celts once walked, near Puzzlewood, where J.R.R. Tolkien found inspiration for his books of the Shire, we will find our seers’ mutability and play and experience it amidst the verdant forest and ancient stones.

In this workshop we will:

Remember moments when we shared close relations with trees and plants and rocks.

Practice a guided journey of sounds and words merging our consciousness with our natural surroundings.

Listen to stories of the ancient peoples of the region and take short walks across the grounds and meadows they once tread, feeling another time and their way of being with nature.

Enact scenes from our daily lives in a form of live theater play, bringing greater awareness and choice to our interactions by connecting with the timeless wisdom of tree and stone.

Learn how to carry this expanded state of being home and cultivate and nurture it in our daily lives.

In the image above, where the breeze, water, sunlight, tree and stone inter-merge in the wilds of Puzzlewood, we will rediscover our fluidity of being.

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This workshop is open to newcomers as well as seasoned practitioners and will be guided by Renata Murez, student of Carlos Castaneda, Florinda Donner-Grau, Taisha Abelar and Carol Tiggs, and Creative Co-Director of Cleargreen along with local Tensegrity® Facilitators.

*Carol Tiggs will join in certain sessions. Additionally, she will be visiting workshops in the United States in the near future. Advance notice will be given.

Full participation is key. There will be a special preparatory assignment given upon registration, so please sign up early giving you plenty of time to complete.

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Special Session for Seasoned Practitioners

Parallel Worlds, Multiple Lives – Experienced

………. Don Juan contended that our world, which we believe to be unique and absolute, is only one in a cluster of consecutive worlds, arranged like the layers of an onion. He asserted that even though we have been energetically conditioned to perceive solely our world, we still have the capability of entering into those other realms, which are as real, unique, absolute, and engulfing as our own world is.

– Carlos Castaneda

………. Don Juan explained that the entire universe is comprised of energy fields in the form of filaments extending themselves infinitely.
………. He further expanded on this and said that some of those filaments go through an endless number of living creatures, joining them together. He explained this phenomenon by evoking the image of a Chinese curtain made of beads. Human beings on the same strand are energetically identical, although many have different outward appearances.
………. He told us that seers called such individuals parallel beings, that the line of energy connecting them extends through this world to multiple other worlds.
………. He maintained that the feeling of having lived before, which every one of us seems to have, is due to the fact that human beings experience other lives, which are the lives of other beings attached to the same strand. He said that the strands of energy holding human beings together extended through time and space, and that everyone had a parallel being on this earth and beyond.

Carol Tiggs

Our first class on this topic was an introduction, an opening to a new perceptual door, through which our awareness could travel and grow. Much as Carlos Castaneda’s stories inspire us, in that class, we listened to others’ stories and experiences with parallel beings to help awaken within ourselves glimpses of our own affiliations existing in these other layers of awareness.

This class will be of a more experiential nature. Since most of our experience with parallel beings may have occurred outside of our upbringing and day-to-day circumstances, we will review some of the basic ‘energetic threads’ gifted us by our family and cultural lineages, which we came to experience, become more conscious of, and evolve, in order to set up a distinction between these and possible parallel lives.

Aware of these, we will then look into some of our most vivid dreams and dreaming-awake encounters, for signs of meetings with or inklings of parallel beings. We will also experience a guided sound meditation, a dream journey, enticing to the surface forgotten memories of places and beings visited before.

With this knowledge and experience, one will emerge more able to follow a course of their own exploration into this field. At this class’ end, a discussion on methods of keeping these connections alive will ensue, for our consciousness of such existences enrich our day-to-day as well as our dreaming lives.

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A One-Day Tour


Through the Veils of Perception: to Puzzlewood Forest and Stratford-upon-Avon

Monday, October 31, 2016
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For centuries, Hallow’s Eve was known as a time when the veils between neighboring realities were thinnest and the ancients gathered around bonfires and donned costumes to protect themselves from roaming spirits.

Today, this holiday’s intention can still be felt and beckons all to take those literal and metaphoric walks into the unknown.
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Puzzlewood

Inspiration for JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth
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The first part of the tour takes us to Puzzlewood, a unique and enchanting wood located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. The area contains strange rock formations, secret caves and ancient trees, with a confusing maze of paths. The maze of pathways winds its way through a gulley of moss-covered rocks and the out-growth of twisted roots from ancient trees. The ancient trees – oak, beech, lime, ash and yew – are most awe inspiring. Some hundreds of years old, their gnarly, moss-covered trunks lean at gravity-defying angles and their thick, exposed roots are entwined around craggy limestone outcrops.

Puzzlewood is a magical wood where you can easily lose yourself in a world many of us only read about in fantasy novels. This is thought to be the place where JRR Tolkien had his inspiration for the forests of Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings. Entering Puzzlewood is like stepping into a fabled world of adventure and magic.

No telling what we might witness and ‘see’ peeping from around the corners of rocks and the trunks of trees as we walk quietly through these woods…

With the sensations gained from the forest, we will then visit Stratford-upon-Avon, a different look at the shifting veils of perception ever present in theater…

Stratford-upon-Avon

Birthplace of William Shakespeare

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Situated along the banks of the river Avon, and surrounded by beautiful and quintessentially English countryside, Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of the poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare. Regarded by many as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s foremost dramatist, Shakespeare was born here in 1564 and died here as well in 1616; this year being the 400th anniversary of his death.

During his lifetime, he authored 38 plays consisting of comedies, tragedies, and English histories based on English kings. These plays have been translated into every language and performed more often than any other playwright.

Within these plays, fluidity of character and transparency between realities proliferates. In Midsummer’s Night Dream do we ever know who really loves who as the creatures of the wood hoodwink the visiting couples? Or in Hamlet, do we ever really know if the Prince of Denmark actually dreams his deceased father or his imagination?

Such uncertainty and ambiguity runs also amidst the actors. With men playing most of the roles, including those of women and children, don’t we again catch a glimpse of the mutability or changeability capable within the human form.

On the Monday following the workshop, we will visit the house where Shakespeare was born and grew up, and also enjoy a live performance courtesy of Shakespeare Aloud!, a resident acting troupe. They will perform acts from several well-known plays, featuring sequences of dialogue, speeches, short scenes, songs and sonnets, all taking place within the beautiful setting of Shakespeare’s birthplace and gardens.

And best of all, the same actors will play different roles within the changing scenes, giving us a clear example of the many possibilities within ourselves.
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Schedule of Series of Events:

Tensegrity® Facilitator Training Level I, II, & III:
Friday, October 28 – morning and afternoon

Workshop:
Friday, October 28 — 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday, October 29 — 10:00 am to 9:30 pm
Sunday, October 30 — 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Special Session for Seasoned Practitioners: Parallel Worlds, Multiple Lives – Experienced:
Sunday, October 30 — 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Through the Veils of Perception: to Puzzlewood Forest and Stratford-upon-Avon
Monday, October 31 – 8:30 am to 7 pm

Tour Schedule (Exact schedule will depend on the traffic)

Time Activity
8.30 am Meet outside Hotel Ibis
9 am Depart from Hotel Ibis
10.15 am Arrive at Puzzlewood
10.15 – 11.30 am Journey through Puzzlewood
11.30 am Depart from Puzzlewood
1 pm Arrive at Stratford upon Avon
1 – 2.45 pm Lunch – participants will be free to walk through the small town and find the place of their choice
2.45 pm Meet at Shakespeare’s birthplace
3 pm – 4 pm Tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace and performance
4 – 5.30 pm Exploration of Stratford upon Avon
5.30 pm Meet at buses
6 pm Depart from Stratford upon Avon
7 pm Arrive back at Hotel Ibis


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Registration Packages

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Includes

A Special Opportunity for Level II and Level III Facilitators:
Who Dreams Who?
A dreaming together experience

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Location, Accommodations & Transportation
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More Optional Connected Events:

Tensegrity® Facilitator Training

Introduction to Level I, Level II & Level III
October 28, 2016
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Schedule:

Friday, October 28

Introduction to Level I: 10 am to 1 pm
Introduction to Level II and III: 3 pm to 5 pm

Saturday, October 29

Introduction to Level I, Level II and III: 30-45 minutes during dinner break, time to be announced
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Introduction to:
Level I Tensegrity® Facilitator Training

Full description and registration

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Introduction to:
Level II Tensegrity® Facilitator Training

Full description and registration

Introduction to:
Level III Tensegrity® Facilitator Training

Full description and registration
For a look at the guidelines for Level III

Please note: There are no private sessions scheduled in Stroud, County of Gloucester, UK. Click here for more information about private sessions via Skype.

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