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More Q & A on the Metzner Alchemical Divination Practices Training
What exactly is alchemical divination?
Alchemy, descended from shamanism, is the ancient art and science of human psycho-physico-spiritual transformation. Divination is is the practice of seeking healing, insight and guidance from higher dimensional, inner sources ? the Divine or Spirit World. Commonly, divination involves symbolic systems such as the Tarot, the I Ching, Runes or Horoscope Astrology; these can be considered divination accessories or tools. In esssence, divination is a process of asking questions on core life issues and obtaining answers, which are then applied and integrated. Therefore: alchemical divination is divination focussed on questions of personal and collective transformation.
How does divination differ from remote viewing?
In remote viewing, an individual attempts to clairvoyantly ?see? across the barriers of space and time, toward a pre-determined target, unknown to the remote viewer or the tester. There is no personal involvement or relevance of the target to the individual. In divination the intention or question of the divination guides the process, and that makes it totally personal. The questioner seeks answers to personal questions of the past or the future. In both processes, meditative, centered states are used to facilitate transcending the space-time boundaries.
What is the role of altered states in the Metzner Alchemical Divination (M.A.D.) Practices?
Mild, expanded or heightened states of consciousness, induced by guided Agni Yoga (Light-Fire) meditations, are used in preparing for the divination process. This is analogous to the use of a shamanic drumming journey for divinatory purposes in shamanic practice. The meditations, enhanced by breathing, toning, chanting and selected movement practices, serve to clear the mind and calm the emotions, thus maximizing receptivity to the subtle inner promptings from Spirit.
For more details on the Metzner Alchemical Divination Practices training program, including dates and costs, please consult the website: http://www.greenearthfound.org/MAD_training.htm. You can download the application and registration form there.
Can you describe in more detail the divinations that will be taught in the first week-long workshop, July 17 ? 24, 2005?
In these workshops, participants will not only experience the divinations themselves, but also learn to guide and faciliate them for others, either individually or in small groups. Here is a list of the divination processes that will be taught in the first workshop.
(1) The Janus Model of Divination and Integration ? Mapping the Self-System, Your World of Relations with Beings and Places.
(2) The Crossroads of the Heart - Finding Your Orientation and Inner Direction ? How to Orient Yourself for Maximum Growth and Learning.
(3) Crossing the Threshold to the Spirit World ? The Tree of Life Axis as Threshold Marker ? Connecting with Your Spirit Guide(s).
(4) The Three Main Life Phases (Formative, Productive and Elderhood) and the two Saturn Returns ? Mapping the World of Your Formative Years ? The Cross of Being & Becoming, Having & Doing.
(5) The Tree of Self-Unfoldment as an Integrative Analog Model of Life Development - From Ancestral and Karmic Roots to Creative Flowering and Productive Fruits.
(6) The Mythic Well of Remembrance as Entry Point for Memory Rituals ? Drinking from or Gazing into Mimir?s Well to identify key Turning Points, Mentors and Role Models, Peak Experiences and Challenges of the Formative Years.
For those folks living in the SF Bay Area who would like a sense of the divination processes, I will be teaching a two-day workshop at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), April 30th & May 1st, 2005, on Alchemical Divination and Prenatal Psychology. This workshop will be co-taught by Sally Clark, who has trained in birth and prenatal regression methods with William Emerson and Ray Castellino. See the attachment (EWP7778) for a desription. This course is open to the general public, even if not enrolled as a CIIS student. What you would do is contact the Registrar and sign up to audit the course as a ?Special Student?. Contact them at 415-575-6100; or www.ciis.edu. For background and preparatory reading on this topic, you may also want to order a copy of my booklet on ?The Psychology of Birth, the Prenatal Epoch and Incarnation?, from the Green Earth Foundation. (https://secure01.epiphanet.com/~rmetzner/epistore/).
Metzner Alchemical Divination Practices Nine-Month Basic Training Program Application & Registration Form for 2005/6
Name ___________________________________________Date______________ Organization________________________________________________________ Address___________________________________________________________ City____________________________State____Zip_________Country________ Tel (1)___________________Tel (2)_________________ Fax_______________ e-mail______________________________Occupation_____________________ Referred by____________________________ Emergency Contact Name___________________________Tel:_______________ Basic Sliding-Scale Fee: $3500 - $5,200.00. We ask that you consider our needs as well as your own constraints, and pay the highest amount you are able to afford. I wish to pay the fee of ____________. Enclosed is my deposit of $500 to hold my space______. I wish to pay the remaining fee of _________ in full (last due date: April 15, 2005). I wish to pay in 3 quarterly (+1%)_____; or 9 monthly (+2%) installments______. I wish to pay by check____; please send me invoices for the installments. I wish to pay by credit card____; please debit my credit card (3% surcharge VISA and MC only) Installment payments start Jan 15; OR one month after date of registration and deposit.
Cancellation and Refund Policy; Cancellations up to April 15, 2005 will be refunded 50% of monies paid. After that date, no refunds can be given.
Statement of Personal Responsibility/ Hold Harmless Clause: I am choosing to participate in the M.A.D. practices training program, which is designed for purposes of greater self-understanding and personal growth. I understand that this is not designed to treat any medical or psychiatric condition, and I take full responsibility for my own health, safety and well-being. I release and hold harmless both Ralph Metzner and the Green Earth Foundation for any loss, liability or injury that may occur in connection with my participation in the program. Non-Disclosure Agreement/Proprietary Information: I understand that the presenter will be sharing original research, program design, written and graphic material and exercises during the program. I hereby agree not to publish any of that material, including experiential exercises, in any form ? oral, written, audio or visual recordings ? without express, written permission in advance.
Mail (both pages: application and registration form) with checks payable to: Green Earth Foundation, P.O. Box 327, El Verano, CA 95433. or FAX: 707-935-8567 Metzner Alchemical Divination Practices Nine-Month Basic Training Program
COURSE SYLLABUS Title: Alchemical Divination and Prenatal Psychology Course #: EWP 7778 Semester: Spring 2005 No. of units: 1 Instructors: Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. and Sally Clark, MA Class Times: Class will meet Saturday April 30th, 9:30 am to 6 pm (Minna 107); and Sunday May 1st, 9:30 am to 6 pm (Mission 306).
Description; Alchemical divinations are processes of structured intuitive inquiry, using mild, meditative altered states. In this class we will focus our discussions and divinations on the important role of peri- and pre-natal development in the formation of character structure and personality development; the crucial parental/ancestral imprints at conception; and the soul?s incarnational choice and agreements. This will lead us into consideration of some little-known writings from the 19th century sage G.T. Fechner, the medieval Jewish wisdom literature, and the Bardo teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. In addition to the alchemical divination methods created by Ralph Metzner, we will practice the therapeutic regression methods and perspectives pioneered by William Emerson and others. There will be some breathwork and floorwork involved in this experiential workshop.
Prerequisites: The course is open to all CIIS graduate students (MA and PhD), and undergraduates with consent of instructor. It is also open to members of the public as an audit course.
Summary of Educational Objectives: Purpose of the course is to provide an overview of the emerging field of pre- and perinatal psychology, related to ancient spiritual teachings regarding incarnation and the soul, in the context of experiential methods, such as regression and divination.
Learning Objectives: after completing this course, students should be able to 1. have a clearer understanding of the emerging field of prenatal psychology 2. related the findings from this field to East-West spiritual teachings. 3. have a sense of how experiential methods can facilitate access to prenatal memories.
Learning Activities: 1. Cognitive didactic -- 50% 2. Experiential ? 50% Note: There will be breathwork and floor work involved. Students should bring a floor mat, sleeping bag or blanket, as well as pillow; and wear comfortable clothing.
A final paper will be expected from these students taking the class for credit. READINGS:
The following are recommended for prior reading:
Grof, Stanislav. The Psychology of the Future ? Lessons from Modern Consciousnses Research. (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2000).
Chamberlain, David. The Mind of Your Newborn Baby. (Berkeley, North Atlantic Books, 1998).
Verny, Thomas. The Secret Life of the Unborn Child. (NY: Dell Publishing, 1986).
Linn, S., Emerson. W., Linn, D., and Linn, M. Remembering Our Home ? Healing Hurst & Receiving Gifts from Conception to Birth. (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1999).
The following 35 page essay by Ralph Metzner is essential reading and will be available at class time; or can be purchased beforehand from Green Earth Foundation. (www.greenearthfound.org).
The Psychology of Birth, the Prenatal Epoch and Incarnation: Ancient and Modern Perspectives.
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