Do you wonder how to be who you actually are? Do you wonder why there is often a backlash of shame after you express yourself honestly or vulnerably?
This series addresses the central riddle of being human, namely how to be authentic while also belonging.
Intriguingly, understanding our shame is a valuable key to navigating this tension between authenticity and belonging with clarity. Together with Sarah Peyton, you will explore the 11 ways that shame can happen in humans.
Shame can happen when we:
- Receive contempt or ridicule in public or from someone with more personal, social, economic, or structural power
- Express more emotion than a friend or a group can easily reflect (embarrassment)
- Realize we’ve taken an action against our integrity
- Believe we aren’t good enough
- Use shame to manage our rage
- Experience self-disgust
- Break a contract
- Have privilege
- Are not able to save the world
- Have a parent or caregiver who is consistently ashamed of us (persistent and toxic shame)
- Have the sense that we have been brought to this life without our own consent
Using shame, you will learn ways to make choices that enable you to be authentic and to have a sense of warm belonging in communities that matter to you.
To transform your new knowledge into lasting learning, this gentle and warm 12-week offering will include time travel empathy to dissolve old pain and unconscious contract work to transform old contracts to life-serving personal covenants around self-expression.
This work is not therapy and is not a substitute for therapy. If you have a sense that you would be destabilized by yourself or others speaking about difficult events, then this course may not be for you. While we hope that the processes and information that we share can be of use in your journey, we do not have the resources to support extreme psychological difficulties.