I’d like to start a weekly or biweekly Group Process series in the Detroit area. I have planned the first one for 7-9pm on Tuesday, July 1, in Ferndale, Michigan.
This will take place at a private home. To get the location, please email me at dreamingfeelingdetroit [at] gmail.com or join the Dreaming Feeling Detroit group on Facebook. Since space in the Group Process is limited, check with me about bringing any friends. If you have any questions, send them via email or post a comment below.
Then there will be a few weeks break, and the weekly series should proceed on Tuesday, July 22. Stay tuned for more info!
Process Work views dreams and body sensations as potentially symbolic of our mental and interpersonal lives, and views the individual as a microcosm of the group or species. Group Process is about sensing what’s “in the field” and then working to access the deeper dreams and feelings in the background. The result is a bit like a community meditation that trains in stepping outside our usual perspective, communicating more effectively, and opening up to unexpected magic.
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In my excitement about Metta Morphosis, I also applied to run a workshop at Imaginarium Gathering — yet another intimate festival in the Ann Arbor area from June 13-15. This one will be a bit more music-oriented, with Phutureprimitive, Blockhead, Govinda, and Dixon’s Violin topping the music line-up.
The festival will also feature many “playshops” and ceremonies. In fact, Sunday will be only that stuff – no music! My workshop is currently scheduled from 3:00-4:30pm on Friday, June 13, in the Starseed Sanctuary. The title again will be The Dreaming-Feeling Background. But this time I’ll have 90 minutes, so expect a fully immersive Process Work experience!
Tickets are only $60 for the whole weekend, and single-day passes are also available. This is an independent, not-for-profit festival, which means that money is going to cover operational costs — not boost corporate dividends. Here’s your chance to support yet another unique and exciting alternative-culture event happening in Michigan.
You can also join the Facebook event, and I recommend carpooling. Hope to see you there.
Big news here! I am scheduled to lead a workshop at Metta Morphosis, a new community transformation gathering happening in Saline, Michigan, at the end of May. This intimate event is based on the Burning Man principles. “No headliners, no spectators. Cap of 200 co-creators.”
My workshop is slated for 7-8pm on Friday, May 30. The title will be “The Dreaming-Feeling Background.” Here’s the current description.
Process Work is a post-Jungian approach to turning disturbances and conflicts into opportunities for growth and transformation. Drawing on fields as diverse as shamanism, Taoism, and quantum physics, Process Work views body sensations and dreams as symbolic of what’s happening in our mental and interpersonal life, and treats the individual as a microcosm of the group or species. In Worldwork (or group Process Work), we address what interests and concerns are in the field, then use a variety of approaches to access the deeper dreams and feelings in the background. The result is a bit like a community meditation that trains in stepping outside our usual perspective, communicating more effectively, and opening up to unexpected magic. Group process can either start with an established topic, like spiritual development, or begin with a blank slate and reach a consensus together.
It’s not too late to get involved with Metta Morphosis! They’re asking all attendees to either create/perform, volunteer, or donate. Get more info on that here. And you can also track the action on their Facebook event.
It had been a while since I made any mash-up videos. My usual method required a steady input of new video and music content, as well as access to enormous hard drive space. I was without all of that throughout 2013.
Then I found out about the Maraya Karena Show, a video blog created by massage therapist, writer, cyborg anthropologist — and my friend — Maraya Karena.
A recent episode called “Jargon is the Death of Culture” really captivated me with its insightful message and poetic flow. So I asked Maraya if she’d mind having it mashed up!
I matched it with the song “Fresh Flowers Ahead” by Kona Triangle, from the 2009 album Sing a New Sapling Into Existence. This music is very special to me, and I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to use it in a mash-up.
Here it is! Hooray!!
I hope you enjoy it! And feel free to share. I also encourage you to watch the original, as well as Maraya’s many other videos. While you’re at it, subscribe to her YouTube channel!
photo by Dimitris Kalogeropoylos (CC)
My latest essay, “Facebook Strike as Self-Awareness Course,” has been published on Disinformation. With heavy autobiographical focus, it explores the current state of Facebook and – more broadly – the psychology of social media. Here’s the beginning:
More than once I’ve been struck with the desire to abandon Facebook, and at least one of those times I actually deactivated my account. The reasons for my frustration have varied over the last six years or so, from their sudden formatting changes to prioritize business interests, to the way they mine user data regardless of privacy settings. Other reasons have been more personal, like not having a sufficient method for determining who gets to see the more eccentric or extreme parts of my personality, or simply feeling like I waste too much time on the site.
At the end of 2013, a new kind of Facebook frustration began creeping over me. My attempts to explain it to people only seemed to make it worse, especially because – as I realized – I was creating a paradox by using Facebook to denounce Facebook. Then in late December, I simply stopped posting. I thought even announcing that I’d be going on strike would further the paradox. I didn’t deactivate my account, and this allowed me to observe without participating (it was research, not stalking!). I still went on the site to send and receive private messages, and occasionally scanned the news feed. At some point I resolved to continue this posting strike for at least a month. I chose a month and not some longer period because of just how difficult this whole experiment proved to be. In fact, I was aware even before the strike that I had developed an addiction to Facebook unlike anything else on the Internet. Since I’m confronting addictive tendencies throughout my life, the time had come to address this one.
You can read the whole thing here!
One project I hope to focus on as 2014 progresses is creating a “spore” (or regional hub) of the Evolver Network in southeast Michigan. This great organization has groups around the world, and they’ve been in transition mode to develop a new approach for the future.
I helped run a spore in Boulder while living there in 2012. We focused on presentations, documentary screenings, meditation events, special topic discussions, and creative mixers.
Detroit is a much different place, with different assets and different needs. I imagine a spore here will first and foremost be a networking engine that connects people and groups in the region who are working to create a more sustainable, holistic, and vibrant community. Then maybe it could lead to periodic convergence events that bring the community together for learning, growth, and celebration.
With that in mind, I’ve created an Evolver Detroit website to track progress. I also started building a local resources page over there. If you want to be involved in any way, please use the contact form on that site. And you can follow the Twitter page and Facebook page, and join the Facebook group.
(Update on 3/5/2014: Added image)
In 2013 I deleted my existing websites. I needed a fresh start, and I was tired of paying the hosting fees. But in these times, not having a website is like not having… er… uh… something indispensable.
Now I’m clearing out this old blog and starting over. This will be a place to provide updates on my writing and art, any events I help organize, and my development as a counselor and facilitator. I recently got back to the Detroit area (my hometown), and I’m looking forward to organizing people and groups working to build an alternative, sustainable community.
I expect to be finishing my first book this spring. I’ll be posting updates about that here, as well as news alerts any time I publish shorter pieces online. Hopefully I’ll also resuscitate some articles that were lost when I deleted my old website. (Oops!)
You can also follow me on Facebook (which I’m using less and less) or Twitter (which contains posts forwarded from Facebook). In an effort to be able to reach people independently from these services, I’m also starting an email newsletter. Feel free to
sign up (Update 3/4/2014: Sign up here). I won’t send more than one or two updates per month — I promise!