The 1st Circle

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The 1st Circle

Dates: 16 – 21 October 2023 (starts Mon 10.30 am, ends Sat 2 pm, 6 days)
Venue: Hof Oberlethe, Germany
Pricing: €675 + food & accommodation
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YOU AND YOUR PERSONALITY: who serves whom?

The 1st Circle of the Art of Being® Training
Complete in itself and open to everyone!

The  most important thing to know about your personality is that THIS IS NOT WHO YOU REALLY ARE. The 1st Circle of the Art of Being Training guides you into profound realisations about your personality and the ways that it governs, and frequently limits you in your life. You learn to distinguish your natural, healthy personality attributes from those that you have cultivated as a shield against whatever you have grown up to fear, reject and mistrust in yourself and others, or that you wear as costumes and masks so that you can appear to be who you think you are supposed to be.

Depending on how nurtured you were as you grew up, your personality may give you a realistic, rose-coloured or judgmental perspective on life. It may give you a permissive or a controlling attitude. It may uplift you or make you depressive. It may require you to be flamboyant or to make sure nobody ever notices you. It may turn you into a power-monger or a victim. It may put you on the road to fame and fortune, or drive you to drink and drugs. Or both. But no matter how self-supporting or self-sabotaging it is, you can only believe that your personality is who you are until your real being shows up. When this happens, your personality is dethroned. It no longer controls the show. Not that is vanishes; but it becomes the servant of the one who has come home, rather than the usurper who kept you from yourself.

And who is this one? It is you, awake and aware in your body, energies, senses, feelings, heart, intelligence and soul. It is you meeting life unencumbered by pre-programmed beliefs and attitudes, transparently free of masks and costumes, and with no need to impress or pretend. It is you no longer needing your  personality as a place to hide from yourself and the world.

The first step towards this life-transforming realisation is to become aware of your ingenious personality and the sometimes brilliant tricks it uses to keep you under its thumb. This is what The 1st Circle  is all about. It is an enthralling personal and inter-personal adventure, often playful, and sometimes deeply touching when it reconciles you with feelings and inner states that you have habitually shunned and may not even know you had. In the circle you come to appreciate and nurture the personality traits that serve you, and you learn how to dissolve those that get in the way of your happiness, creativity and well-being.

The 1st Circle gives you the experiential foundation to make the quantum leap from personality-based existence into what has rightly been called the miracle of being. It is in itself a complete experience. It also gives you the opportunity to see if you would like to continue into the 2nd Circle of the Art of Being Training.


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