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Advanced GZL Course 2018 – Recordings Archive

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Week 1 – August 30, 2018

(unfortunately, this recording didn’t capture all the participants – only me. I’ll work on this for future broadcasts)

This began with Greg offering a welcome to the course community.

Talk topic: “The Green Light”

  • Basic Goodness
  • The Green Light and challenges
  • The Green Light and Self-Trust
  • The Green Light and Genuine Pleasure
  • Going Beyond Hesitation (Doubt)

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Week 2 – September 6, 2018

To begin, we had a rich time sharing with each other our intentions for going deeper into this material.

Talk topics: “The Red Light”

  • The Mechanisms of Shutting Down (through the Three Lights)
  • The Creation of Duality
  • Mindfulness Approach to Red Light

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Week 3 – September 13, 2018

Talk Topics: Susan Chapman’s keynote address on the Five Buddha Families and The Five Keys.

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Week 4 – September 19, 2018

Talk Topics: “The Yellow Light”

  • Liminal States (“between this and that”)
  • The Raw Energy of Anxiety
  • The Roots of Self-Attack
  • Chaos is Good News
  • All Mindfulness practices give us opportunity to work directly with Yellow

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Week 5 – September 27, 2018

Mindfulness and Awareness
  • Mindfulness
  • Awareness
  • The Union of Mindfulness and Awareness
  • Three Layers of Insight
    • Outer, Inner, Secret
  • Exercise

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Week 6 – October 4, 2018

Awareness of Awake Body

  • What Do We Know That’s Not From the Body?
  • “Psychosomatic body”
  • Going Beyond Hesitation with the Body

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Week 7, October 11, 2018

Awareness of Tender Heart

    • Light vs. Heavy Thoughts
    • Concept vs. Living Emotion
      • like Psychosomatic Body
    • The Green/Yellow/Red Lights of Emotion
  • Meditation on Tender Heart
    • Listening with the Heart: Greg’s story
  • Small Group Exercise
    • Speaking/Listening from the Heart

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Week 8 – October 18, 2018

Awareness of Open Mind

  • Space of the mind
    • observing our mental contents
    • guided meditation on mental contents (5min)
  • FIRSTLY: relax…
  • What Are Concepts?
    • “mudra” – Finger pointing to the moon
    • gross thoughts/subtle thoughts
    • “breath” “nose” and “mouth” are concepts
    • all language is based on concepts
  • Holding an Open Mind
    • Discovering we’re wrong
    • Partner exercise – “When I found out I was wrong…”

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Week 9 – Oct 25, 2018

Genuinely Worthy
  • “positive” “negative” “neutral – solid gold experiences
  • More than overcoming preferences
    • actually enjoying
    • “Pure Gold” of Basic Goodness
    • opera of experience (Pagliacci video)
  • “Totality”
    • 360 circle exercise
  • Offering/Hosting/Sharing
    • Total Hospitality (enjoying everyone/everything), inside and outside
      • guided meditation on total gratitude

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Week 10 – November 1, 2018

  • Dualistic concepts of worth
    • last week: saw the gold of all experience
    • yellow light wound — being afraid I’m unworthy/worthless
  • The See Saw Pattern
  • video: ex-neo-nazi who is trans
  • The Four Stages of Contempt

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Week 11 – November 8, 2018

  • Four Elements Meditation
  • Cross cultural classroom
  • Leadership and Guidance – “Lids and Flowers” (like in Five Keys)
    • Daryl Davis video (black man who is friends with KKKlansmen)
    • Discuss – “Do we really think all people have basic goodness?”
    • Empty flattery vs. highlighting genuine qualities

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Week 13 – Nov 22 2018

(Week 12 was cancelled due to illness)

Lights in a Conversation diagram & discussion

NOTE: The diagram can be seen here.

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Week 14 – Nov 29, 2018

  • Going for the Gold – an unconditional approach which includes painful (and neutral) experience
  • The Interruptions to the Four Stages of Contempt
    • Four Interruptions as four meditations/exercises
      • feeling our senses as gold and jewels
      • recognizing everyone as a ‘monarch’
      • seeing our flaws as richness
      • dialogue with ‘honored guest’

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Week 15 – December 6 2018

  • Truth as Medicine/Kindness – “Gentle Speech”
    • Speaking in a way that can be heard.
      • Exaggerating
      • Suppressing

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Week 16 – December 13, 2018

Susan Chapman’s class on the Four Stages of Heartless Mind
& the Four Kinds of Compassionate Action

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Week 17 – December 20, 2018

  • Meditation on Truth
  • Red Light – identifying added projections
  • Present Moment Truth is Changing Every Moment
  • Suppressing the Truth – Hesitating With Our Insights

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Week 19 – Jan 3, 2019 (week 18 was a holiday)

  • The Antidotes to The Four Stages of Heartlessness
    • Susan presented model (diagram)
    • Awake Body as antidote for Complaint/Silencing
      • awkward posture
    • Tender Heart as antidote for Divisiveness
      • generalizations/derogatory slang
    • Open Mind as antidote for Blaming
      • extending/embracing
    • An Awake Attitude Towards “Peace & Reconciliation” (antidote to Retaliation)
      • have human societies healed?
  • Breakout – how does it feel when someone forgives us?

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Week 20 – Jan 10, 2019

  • The Living “Mirage” of Relationship
  • Beauty meditation
    • flowers blooming time-lapse with Caetano Veloso’s “Curucucucucu Paloma”
  • Relationship and Discernment
  • Becoming a “Connoisseur” of Connection
  • Joy/connection can’t happen continuously (impermanence)

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Week 21 – January 17, 2019

  • opening meditation
  • Mandala of the Yellow Lights
    • unloveable – not just romance
    • exploring red light pattens is not about sin/confession
  • The Four Stages of Mindless Heart
    • Emotional hunger
    • Disconnect
    • Freezing an Object of Joy
    • Manipulation/Dependent Strategies
  • dialogue exercise

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Week 22, January 24, 2019

  • All relationship with others starts with relationship with ourselves
  • Feeling connection vs. manufacturing connection
  • Boundaries vs. Barriers in terms of intimacy
  • The Paradox of Closeness

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Week 23 – January 31, 2019

  • Interruptions to The Four Stages of Mindless Heart
    • Emotional hunger – “I want more”
      • Intimate Conversation with Senses (Awake Body)
    • Disconnect/“They have it, I don’t”
      • Witnessing the loneliness of conditional connection (Tender Heart)
    • Freezing an Object of Joy – objectification
      • Investigating Sources of Happiness (Open Mind)
    • Manipulation – must secure resources
      • Falling in Love with Reality

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Week 24 – February 7, 2019

Green Light – The Four Seasons of Relationship

  • meditation – Four Seasons of breath
  • Four Seasons
    • Winter (solitude)
    • Spring (joy)
    • Summer (intimacy)
    • Fall (pain)

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Week 25 – Feb 14, 2019 (with Martin Ramstedt)

Guest Lecture: “Engaging the three lights in alien cultural contexts”

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Week 26, Feb 21, 2019

  • The Four Mindless Heart Misunderstandings
  • Partner Exercise – is there a seasonal Red Light that comes up in your experience. Share what it feels like from the inside.
  • The Four Seasons of Mindless Heart (diagram)

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Week 27 – February 28, 2019

  • The Four Yellow Light Disappointments
    • Love Includes Loss
    • Joy and Impermanence
    • The Limits of Intimacy/Sharing
    • Boundaries Prevent Harm

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Week 28 – March 7, 2019

  • Green Zone Practical Tips – Environment
  • Responsiveness  (vs. Controlling/”Ruthless”)
    • Surfing the Wave of Coincidence in Nowness
    • Responses to Emotions can be direct
    • Matt Smith – “Everything changes everything.” (in the present moment)

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Week 29 – March 14, 2019

  • Interview with Klara and Piotr about the longstanding Green Zone in Szczecin, Poland

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Week 30 – March 21, 2019

Important notes on disappointment exercise
  • true intention of Yellow/Green Light voices
The Four Seasons of Ruthlessness
    • fatigue
    • heroic fixation
    • strategizing
    • domination

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Week 31 – March 28, 2019

  • special presentation by Esther Hasselman on Group Dynamics and Systems Centered Training.
  • Greg on when issues arise in Green Zones
  • announcement of Teacher Training/next GZL course

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Week 32 – April 4, 2019

  • Interruptions to The Four Stages of Ruthlessness
  • game show format

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Week 33 – April 11, 2019

  • Marianne’s presentation – Thich Nhat Hanh sangha with sharing
  • Green Zone Structures
  • The Four Stages of Exclusion

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Week 34 – April 18, 2019

  • Pragmatic Issues with Facilitation
  • Ethics for Green Zone Leaders
  • Interruptions to Four Stages of Exclusion

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Week 35 – April 25, 2019

  • Overview of course
  • Comments Going Forward
  • Closing Offerings

Chris Bacon’s closing song (adapted from “May Your Life Be as a Song” by Jim Scott):

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