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Who are you? How can you know yourself, change yourself, heal yourself and grow to your full potential? This two-day course teaches you eight ways to understand the self, eight approaches to self-change, and how they can be integrated together. Most courses only teach one approach to the self, one therapeutic or philosophical modality (mindfulness, CBT etc). But such an approach is inevitably one-sided and partial. In the words of Aldous Huxley, the original sin is over-simplification. This course, by contrast, explores the different levels at which our experience can be understood – and changed – and how these multiple levels can be integrated into a comprehensive philosophy of life. It will explore philosophy in the ancient Greek or Indian sense of a practical training to change the psyche and find flourishing. Here’s the structure. Each session explores a way of understanding the self, and how we can transcend it.

Much looking forward to seeing you for the course this weekend.
It's at the Psychosynthesis Trust, 92-94 Tooley St, London SE1 2TH, which is near London Bridge. We'll be in room 13. The course will start at 10.30 and you can arrive anytime after 10. We'll finish on Saturday and Sunday at 4.30. Lunch isn't provided so bring your own or there are plenty of places nearby in London Bridge and Borough Market. All you need to bring is a pen and something to write on - preferably a journal or notepad - and if you want a water bottle (though there'll be water and tea available at the site). Before the weekend, I'd like you to write down two or three lines in response to the question: 'who am I?'  (as in, who are you, not me!)

Who Am I - Jules Evans 

Saturday November 30 - 10.30am - 4.30pm
Morning session:
1) You are not just your thoughts
(Stoicism / CBT)
2) You are not just your emotions
(Buddhist equanimity / Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Afternoon session:
3) You are not just your conscious rationality
(The automatic mind, Jung and the shadow)
4) You are not just your body
(William James and the embodied mind, somatic therapy and body-mindfulness)
Sunday December 1, 10.30am-4.30pm
Morning session:
5) You are not just your relationships
(Bowlby and attachment theory, inherited trauma and family dynamics, authentic relating)
6) You are not just your job
(Status anxiety and burn out, how to work with non-attachment)
Afternoon session:
7) You are not just your class, ethnicity, sexuality or gender
(The social determinants of well-being and the impact of discrimination)
8) You are not just your species
(Eco-psychology in the Anthropocene)

The course group will be limited to 12 spaces, to keep the group small and give people a chance to get to know each other. We will do lots of exercises and games to practice the new ideas we’re exploring.

Jules Evans (Twitter)

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