Facilitator Journal | Issue #0158 | June 22, 2004 | 8,000 Subscribers...
This week's article, "Reality is in the
'I' of the Beholder, is from my friend Philip Golabuk, founder
of "The Field Center," an educational forum offering a special
philosophical curriculum in "expanding awareness" through
a systematic theory and practice of applied metaphysics. His model
draws from major spiritual traditions East and West, and from various
findings of the new physics. "Field training," as it's called,
reveals to us who we are beyond the limitations, lack, and burdensome
patterns that follow from mistakenly identifying exclusively with
the "Particle self"--the one we see in the mirror.
As agents of change, I hope you'll find Philip's perspective as fascinating
as I do, and seek to learn more about the Field training and its application
to your life and the lives of your individual and group clients.
Also, consider taking advantage of some time with Philip to hear about
and discuss the Field training and its application by attending our
next Micro-Skills Tele-Seminar on Wednesday, June 30th
at 1:00 PM EDT. In
this one hour teleclass, Philip and I will explore how willingness,
being still, receptive imagination, and love for the ideal are the
hidden keys to the next better version of self and world. We'll also
discuss how we can become facilitators of this wonderfully elegant
approach to being. Please see full details of this teleclass after
any of you have any interesting stories or experiences about facilitation,
group process, work groups, team building, training, etc. that might interest
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is in the "I" of the Beholder
Introduction and Basic Principles
of Field Training
The idea that we create our reality is as old as the ancient Hindu Vedas,
which state that Atman (the individual) is Brahman (the cosmos). This
suggests that the whole of experience somehow resides in our consciousness,
and that it is our consciousness that shapes, attracts, or otherwise brings
about what seem to be random events. Today, we have the hologram, DNA,
and other scientific models of how the part can contain the whole, so
this may be less foreign to our thinking than it was even fifty years
ago. The metaphysical principle "As within, so without," is
another way of saying that our reality follows from the prevailing "weather"
of our consciousness.
In simple ways we can see that belief is self-fulfilling: if we're bitter
and cynical, we may expect a like response from others, whereas if we
are cheerful and generous, we invite this sort of thing in return. But
the idea that we are, wittingly or not, creating our reality goes far
beyond the psychological self-fulfillment of attitude or perception. We
also literally embody intentions, deep structures of the psyche that comprise
what we take to be real and that with which we identify, and these structures,
exercising a nonlocal effect, ingeniously fulfill pay-offs in ways that
defy direct cause-and-effect mapping. These fulfillments show up as synchronicities
or "coincidences," miracles, and moments when destiny seems
to reach out and lay its hand on us.
The I that creates
reality is not the I that we usually experience ourselves to be, not the
I that we see in the mirror. This point can hardly be overstated. Many
of us, caught up in new-age formulations of "we create our reality,"
have attempted to use affirmations, visualizations, and other consciousness-as-cause
techniques to make changes in our experience, only to find ourselves running
into walls. Part of the problem is that this I that is willfully attempting
to change events is itself not changing; it continues to be willful, and
circumstances continue to reflect this willfulness by persisting. The
approach is self-defeating. The I that creates reality does not stand
apart from the reality it creates. The reality-creating I is not the separate,
willful self. This is a subtle but crucial point. We can't change reality
through personal will, because the very attempt confers the status of
reality on the thing it seeks to change. In other words, as long as the
will is attempting to make real something that it regards as not real,
it has cast its vote wrongly, and secured the very outcome it would overcome.
When we create conditions through force of will, the results are unpredictable
and often fail to fulfill us. When we allow the re-creation of our consciousness,
however, conditions change accordingly. So, our work is always on ourselves.
Unwitting Choice and Radical Responsibility
At first look, the phrase "unwitting choice" may seem self-contradictory,
but the contradiction vanishes when we take into account the subtlety
and ingenuity of human consciousness. We reach conclusions early in life,
sometimes as a result of trauma, and often driven by the will to survive
or to be accepted and loved.
For example, we may decide that it is noble to suffer, or to carry all
responsibility alone, or that we exist to meet the needs of others and
that by doing so, we will have our needs met in return. These stances
earn certain payoffs: So, in the examples given, we will find that suffering
is ever with us, or that others always seem to expect us to lead and come
up with solutions, or that we are continually being taken advantage of
or neglected. To be convincing, these things must appear to be happening
to us rather than through us. Eventually, we come to believe that we're
seeing "how life is," but we're actually catching the boomerangs
of hidden choices made long ago and wrapped in a self-induced amnesia.
As long as we hold to these stances, secretly disowning the inner process
each moment, the magic trick is convincing, a sleight-of-mind through
which cause presents itself as effect, and the creator, as victim. Taking
"radical responsibility" for the events of our life-without
self-judgment or blame of any kind-is the key to uplifting the self and
aligning individual (Particle) consciousness with the miraculous efficiency
of the Field.
The idea of radical
responsibility is based on the working assumption that, at its deepest
levels, Particle consciousness is causative. Taking this sort of responsibility
involves looking "through" events to identify themes in our
experience, then responding more to these themes than to the circumstances
themselves. There may be several "charged" situations at a given
time in more than one area, as though the Field wants to get our attention,
e.g., conflict at home over finances, something upsetting happening at
work, and sudden mechanical problems with the car. The student then scans
these seemingly random and discrete situations for a common theme, finding
it much the same way that we discover the meaning of a dream. Once the
theme is clear, the student takes responsibility for its manifesting,
in whatever way intuition indicates, The shift in the student's consciousness
is then complete, and before long, circumstances fall in line with the
Golabuk, 2004, FieldCenter.org.
Scan your life for themes this week. What did you find? How would you
like it to be different? Will you allow yourself to be it? Please email
us your thoughts or experiences on this.
Facilitation Expert Series
Shedding light on consciousness as cause.
Featuring Philip Golabuk,
featuring Philip Golabuk., Author, Trainer and founder of the Field Center
and creator of Field Training.
Attend this one-hour tele-seminar on
Wednesday, June 30th at 1:00 PM EDT (NY Time) with Philip Golabuk
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"Just in Time" Learning
Center founder Philip Golabuk, suggests that as self-aware beings, we're
not just some blind accident of evolution, thrown here to struggle and
die. We can learn to align ourselves with
the source of Consciousness and its brilliant efficiency, boundless resources,
and ingenious organizing intelligence. This intelligence turns the planets,
directs the seasons and the tides, and sustains each wave and particle
in the Creation, everywhere, all at once, effortlessly. Why should we
find it so hard to believe that this intelligence could be relied upon
to bring us the fulfillment of perfect work, prosperity, a return to health,
a wonderful partner, or whatever else it's been given to us to desire?
Join Philp Golabuk
and Steve Davis on
Wednesday, June 30th at 1:00 PM
EDT (NY Time) for a one hour teleclass where we'll explore how
a better reality is always available to us. Willingness, being still,
receptive imagination, love for the ideal—these are the hidden keys
to the next better version of self and world. And how we can become facilitators
of this wonderfully elegant approach to being. Some of the points we'll
What is Field training?
Why did you put together a curriculum about how consciousness creates
reality? Isn't there a lot of stuff out there already on that, in the
so called New Age literature? How is Field training
I understand that Field Training draws from a number of sources. What
Say a little about the basic Field training ideas of "Particle,"
"Field," "correspondence," and "intention."
Is Field training therapeutic? Religious?
Can a person use Field training to change conditions in his or her life,
like, say Wayne Dyer teaches in his latest work, "The Power of Intention?"
If you can't use Field training to change conditions in your life, what
can you do with it?
What's easy about Field training, and what's hard about it?
How would one go about becoming a Certified Field Training Facilitator
And, answers to any questions you bring to the teleclass.
Conscious Creating and Subjective Time. Transcript
of a Field Center Talk by Philip Golabuk exploring the relationship of
our inner creations to time.
2. Deliberate Creating, Gratitude and Abundance.
Transcript of a teleclass by Philip Golabuk
exploring the gifts of conscious creation.
About Philip. Philip
Golabuk holds a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Florida
with special studies in metaphysics, theory of knowledge, philosophy of
religion, and phenomenology under James Millikan and renowned somatics
pioneer and author, the late Tom Hanna. Internationally published author;
titles include Mending the Broken Heart; The Sunset Grill Chronicles;
Walls, Windows, and Doorways. Directed the Writers Room after Sloan Wilson
(The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, et al., from 1990-1995. Ten years teaching
college courses in philosophy, humanities, and writing. Internationally
and nationally recognized educational writer and graphic designer. Founder
of the Field Center and creator of the Field Center curriculum and other
programs. For more information about the Field Center and Philip, go to
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