The Centre of Relational Spirituality
Dr. G. A. Lahood



The Way of the Angel

Persian Mysticism and the Sufi Path of Love

with Dr G. Lahood

A day of refined encounter and collaborative spiritual inquiry.

 
Temple Byron, Sunday 6th October, 10 am – 2 pm
$20 entry at door (closed at 10)

 

Developing a more Relational Spirituality
•Relational spirituality is the affirmation that we human-divine presences can collaborate together with intention and coordination to co-create modes of communal consciousness and presence hitherto largely unexplored in the history of spiritual practice…these modes also have an ‘inner aspect’.
•By upholding a peer principle, practicing radical mutual care, and by paying heed to the spirit of the between we begin the practice of liberating human-divine relations and thus a new chapter in our spiritual evolution opens up.
•It is an immediate, dynamic, and open-ended spirituality incorporating the spirit of the beyond (transcendental awareness) the spirit within (the immanent embodied person) and the spirit of the between (the relational/situational dynamic). It is in time, space and in this place where spiritual events emerge between persons (if we care to attune to them).

 
Four-day Seven Relationship Training

This workshop is also a primer for a four-day Relational Spirituality Event: Seven Relationships Training which will take place in Byron-shire late October or Early November 2013.

 
Problems with ‘inner experience’ spirituality
•Many groups in the contemporary spiritual market-place put great emphasis on inner experience spirituality and the notion of higher consciousness
•The emphasis on inner and higher in spiritual schools and practices can create subtly narcissistic and dissociated modes of presence that all but ignore the interpersonal domain
•Thus, inner experience spirituality tends to value vertical up-and-out mysticism over horizontal interpersonal ethics and true interpersonal liberation
•Inner experience spirituality tends toward a subtly oppressive construct of One Truth rather than many situated truths
•Inner, higher and One-Truth-ism combined – structure a narcissistic mode of being
•Spiritual narcissism is subtly absorbed through religious groups and cultures – we are not talking about the kind of narcissism associated with personality. To some degree it accompanies the spread of global New Age religion – in this sense it is somewhat everyday and most of us have it in some form (see Lahood’s article)
•While this kind of spirituality had a value it tends to downplay interpersonal spirituality and the person’s human needs – our evolution is calling for a more relational consciousness


 
About Dr G.A Lahood

Five broad therapeutic, philosophical and spiritual universes are integrated in Dr G’s work: transpersonal psychology; social anthropology; collaborative inquiry; gestalt therapy. The cosmological ground of G’s relational spirituality has a deep resonance with Sufi mysticism and Persian Angelology which is drawn from his own experience with the Prophetic muse. (see Lahood’s article: In the Footsteps of The Prophets 2013). Relational spirituality is an ancient wisdom with an up-to-date peer practice.

 

Dr G is also open to one-on-one integrative psychotherapy, spiritual mentoring, charismatic training or personalized co-inquiry.

Contact Dr G. A. Lahood



Seven Relationships Training
Relational Spirituality Retreat
 Four days, October 2013
 Byron Bay
 (+61) 0431 112 514 - email


Dr G. A. Lahood’s latest scholarly article
About Collaboration


Training in Collaboration Skills and Co-creative Intelligence for life, love, friendship, parenting, work, wellness, success and spirit
collaboration is everything

We define Collaboration as working together — with awareness — to enhance human relations. Our basic human need for collaboration (harmonious living) be it at love, work or play is both ancient and contemporary — yet few of us have been taught how.

Our collaborative training consists three carefully structured group events that immerse the participant in the culture of collaboration so as to develop co-creative intelligence. Here she or he learns the core skills in a collaborative inquiry process which are then applied in everyday life. True collaboration can be seen as a beautiful practice, like Zen Buddhism, yoga or Aikido it is a method and training toward a new way of being, knowing and doing. Collaboration is relational and requires support both external and internal to achieve excellence – we pride ourselves on offering loving, empathetic, compassionate and authentic transformational learning environment where risk-taking, respectful dialogue and radical honesty can be explored as part of what it means to be truly collaborate.

Communicative competence is a big part of collaboration, however, a deeper listening to the self is required and learning the art and science of co-creation develops many sensitivities and skills: the ability to be visible; to recognize needs preferences and desires; to contact the other; to listen deeply to the other; to participate in conjoint decision-making; to think for self, other and the group; to become emotionally intelligent; to recognise subtle shifts in the collective feeling climate; to give and receive elegant, creative and corrective feedback are all part of our training. To become collaborative is to become relational which often means unlearning, unfreezing patterns, so as to become radically reflexive in the sense of being able to show ourselves to ourselves and others.

The peer principle operating in the inquiry group has a way of bringing the issue of power to the fore. Few of us have been taught how to really share power – if anything we have been shown how to overpower others with our will and aggression or dis-empower ourselves out of fear. Competition, however is not collaboration and unaware or rigid power/competition/control patterns have a way of killing-off true relationality or making progress a struggle. The co-inquiry group will tease out how we are operating on our world in terms of power and give the participant a profound and liberating insight into this phenomenon. This also allows for a bit of gentle ego-revisioning which then allows for self and other to flourish, indeed flourishing for all is our primary desire and motivation.

Our personal and interpersonal development, our communities’ betterment, our ecological thriving, our species evolution, and our emerging global civilization will depend, not on individualism, will-power and competitiveness, but on deep empathetic collaboration.

Fortnightly Practice Group
 Byron Bay

Conference of the Bees

An opportunity to practice the method and skills in a relaxed, home-based, fun-loving, charisma-making informal inquiry extending throughout the year. The basic function of the group is to find both human and transpersonal ( immanent and transcendental) support for our activities and engagements in everyday life.

There are three basic practices:
1.Silent open hearted attunement with the environment
2.Sharing about our embodied engagements with our various worlds
3.Harmonizing in subtle states by sounding and toning – with percussion instruments.

The group acts as the touchstone for individual forms of take-home, spiritual-activism for making changes in their lives. Losing weight, challenging work situations, love-life, family ruptures, fitness and health, commitment, and decision-making are all grist for the subtle activist’s mill. The group has thus far undertaken several cycles including ‘Detaching with love from authoritarian groups’, ‘ Opening to the Angel of Life’, ‘Living Wise’ and ‘Hallowing the World with Charismatic Honey’. We have found the going out from the group to make changes in our world’s and returning to the group for supportive mutual shares a resonance with bees leaving the hive to pollinate and gather honey.