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The Neuroscience of Privilege, Power and Status

Article  • 15 - 22 minutes • 2/2020
Advanced Skill Level
Article
15 - 22 minutes
Our brains tend to see those outside our circle of belonging as non-human. This occurs reflexively when we have more advantages than others. When we notice people that look like us, we'll think about them, wonder about them, and imagine their lives, and empathize more -- but not so for those of other affiliations, classes, "races", etc. Working with this is crucial if we want to live nonviolently. Read on for 7 related practices.

Climate Anxiety Isn’t a Disease. It’s a Normal Response to a World on Fire.

Article  • 3 - 5 minutes • 11/2020
Advanced Skill Level
Article
3 - 5 minutes

There are healers and therapists who see climate anxiety as a pathology. Instead, we can see it as an understandable reaction to the magnitude of the environmental problems that surround us. And we can see it as a subset of eco-anxiety: a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease triggered by an awareness of the ecological threats facing the earth due to climate catastrophe. Read on for tips on coping with the anxiety.


Healing Addiction With Unconscious Contract Work

Article  • 5 - 8 minutes • 01/2020
All Skill Levels
Article
5 - 8 minutes

An addiction to something (eg. opioids, fats, sugars, salts, cigarettes, coffee, alcohol, etc.) or a compulsion (eg. gambling, shopping, working, sex or love addictions) is often an unconscious attempt to soothe trauma - fear, loneliness and shame that's frozen in unconscious memory. The addiction or compulsion is a substitute for what we really need. It is an endless craving that's never enough. Read on for more.


Your Resonant Self: Transforming the Critical Inner Voice (6 Session Course)

Audio  • 8 - 11 hours • 10/11/2017
Intermediate Skill Level
Audio
8 - 11 hours

Does your inner dialog sound supportive and encouraging - or more like you’re being yelled at by a critical task-master?  Gain an understanding of the neuroscience of the left and right hemispheres of the human brain and locate just where this savage inner voice is coming from and how to respond to it with empathy.

The first session is available for all to listen to and enjoy.


Privilege Literacy: Why we Need to Know About the Effects of Power, Privilege and Status to Live Nonviolently

Article  • 15 - 23 minutes • 03/2020
All Skill Levels
Article
15 - 23 minutes

Our brains make patterns out of everything to save effort. But this has consequences on both how we treat others and on our ability to live nonviolently. The more we know about our own patterns, the more choice we have. Read on to learn our most important tendencies in groups, and what we can do in response.


Gender Through the Lens of IPNB plus Empathy

Article  • 4 - 6 minutes • 10/2011
All Skill Levels
Article
4 - 6 minutes

Our pattern-making minds make predictions about how best to survive in the world. So deep wounds from our past can influence our minds to make life long generalizations that harden into core beliefs about groups of people. Read on for a demonstration of how empathy can shift these wounds and thus the core beliefs.


Anger’s Two Kinds of Reactivity

Article  • 6 - 9 minutes • 10/2015
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
6 - 9 minutes

There's reactive anger - the sudden outbursts of words, temper or action that create a nervous system response in another. And then there's the anger that's a reaction to someone's anger -- a nervous system startle-response. Instead of either of these, we can learn to heal with empathy, look for unequal power dynamics, take responsibility to make repairs, and shift into the clean, life-serving, fully expressed anger and love.


Understanding and Healing from Bullying, Giving and Receiving

Article  • 6 - 9 minutes • 04/2013
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
6 - 9 minutes

When bullying occurs, if we do our own healing, our brains can become more sharp and present and willing to take action to connect and to begin to shift and mitigate the harm that trauma does in our world. We can reduce trauma inflicted upon others when we recognize the patterns of abuse and bullying, hold zero tolerance for it, bring in support for both sides of the conflict, and take action to effect systemic change. Read on for more.


Heartbreak For Self And The World Holding Our Broken Hearts With Compassion

Article  • 3 - 5 minutes • 02/2012
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
3 - 5 minutes

When we're received with resonant understanding painful moments can lessen their charge and became part of the whole tapestry of life -- important but no longer able to hijack us into the eternal re-run of pain. When held this way, we can touch the memories with our attention the way one touches a newly repaired tooth with the tongue, searching for the old roughness, the old wound, but not finding it.


Change Is Afoot: A New Paradigm For First Responses After Difficult Events

Article  • 9 - 14 minutes • 02/2020
Intermediate Skill Level
Article
9 - 14 minutes

One way to understand trauma is it means we got a blow greater than our nervous system can tolerate – then we move into hyperarousal, and then hypoarousal or dissociation. This cycle can continue long after. Here, we're not able to fully process emotional cues, information, our body, and others. It's important we consider re-writing the cultural paradigm of separation so that our trauma doesn't get marginalized.


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