Together with Dr. Sharon Stanley, we will explore primary modes of communication (Schore) that open to the life-long development of a vibrant spirituality based on the sacred worth of all.
Relational trauma becomes locked in the body and mind, beginning in perception, rising through the right hemisphere into feelings of fear and terror and synthesizing into images and defensive behavior. Called “the safety ethic” by Darcia Narvaez, this level of morality reinforces practices of oppression including, “emotional distancing” and the “vicious imagination. As Narvaez points out, an ethical system based on efforts to survive, the “safety ethic”, distorts the natural human state of relational connection and communal imagination for the well-being and flourishing of all.
Practices of primary methods of communication open us to social engagement and facilitate the development of empathy throughout the life span bringing about a relational, collaborative, and cooperative intra-personal, inter-personal and communal moral ethic. These primary methods of communication include embodied, intuitive perception, feelings, images and reflection on lived experience, all right hemisphere affective dynamics of relationship.
The experiential focus of this workshop includes somatic meditations to release the grip of chronic activation of the sympathetic nervous system and practices of primary communications in reflection on personal lived experience and the development of empathic consciousness.