Being human is challenging! Daily life can feel like a relentless roller coaster of emotional highs and lows. We love the highs, want them to last, and feel disappointed when the good times ebb. On the downward “ride,” we suffer over many things, large and small: personal relationships, conflicts at work, ongoing family dramas, loss of health, financial instability. Perhaps you’ve tried therapy and other problem-solving approaches, yet you still yearn for more insight, satisfaction, peace, and self-acceptance.
Whether you want to loosen the grip of a specific personal problem, heal from a loss, confront a major change in your life, or acquire a deeper understanding of your true nature, the grounding skills you develop in the InnerVision program can help you navigate the ups and downs of life’s journey with composure, contentment, and clarity.
InnerVision is an educational program offered in monthly small group settings—usually eight to ten individuals—who feel safe and supported to work on specific issues of personal growth in a confidential environment. The books, videos, and other study materials are designed for the diverse learning styles of the individuals within the groups. Most group sessions last three hours, so that each participant has time to process.
InnerVision work begins with “Not What But How” using Nancy Spence’s workbook and CD, Back to Basics: An Awareness Primer—a four-session program that introduces five self-inquiry processes—life-changing concepts that give you specific tools that allow you to look inward and get to know your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual self. As you become familiar and skilled with these processes, you begin to see ways to free yourself from the suffering that is often the result of reactive, conditioned living.
An eight-session study of the Enneagram is usually the next layer of personal work. The Enneagram is a system of personality typing that describes patterns in how people conceptualize the world and manage their emotions. The Enneagram model describes nine different personality types and maps each of these types on a nine-pointed diagram, which helps to illustrate how the types relate to one another.
Using Riso and Hudson’s classic book, The Wisdom of the Enneagram, you will determine your enneatype and begin to understand its influence on your behaviors. You will work to be free of the limitations of your enneatype by understanding its fears and core vulnerabilities, its passion, and its influence on your every-moment experience. You will be grateful for the healthy ways your enneatype affects you in daily life, and you will know how, when, and where to exercise restraint.
Following these first 12 sessions of inquiry, each group decides the direction of its next study. Here are a few of the many rewarding options:
Loving Every Subpersonality: Using guided imagery, in-group exercises, and group processing, students more deeply explore their sub-personalities. Each participant creates a sub-personality portfolio that illuminates his or her thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that have coalesced into the postures and projections of each limited aspect of self.
Transcending Self Judgement: This curriculum is for those who want to release the grip of unproductive behavior cycles. Students investigate how they are currently living out childhood conditioning—and how they use these cycles and conditioning against themselves. This work enables students to commit to moving toward compassion and acceptance of themselves, an ongoing process that can reveal their natural, spontaneous, and true self.
This group program is for students dedicated to pursuing on-going personal/spiritual work (and intend to do it for the rest of their lives!). The curriculum consists of multi-session programs dealing with specific topics, such as fear, loss and grief, relationships, The Enneagram, sexuality, body image, loving kindness, death and dying, embracing change, and parenting. Sometimes the group chooses the year’s topic; often the facilitator recommends the topic and book.
Participants in a Pathfinder group commit to a once-a-month meeting for a year, to meditating weekly, and to serious attention to their personal/spiritual growth.
Here are a few of the self-inquiry books that InnerVision Pathfinder groups have studied in depth:
- Keeping the Love You Find– Harville Hendrix
- Radical Acceptance– Tara Brach
- True Refuge – Tara Brach
- Emotional Chaos to Clarity– Phillip Moffitt
- Buddha’s Brain– Rick Hansen
- The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram– Sandra Maitri
- The Complete Enneagram– Beatrice Chestnut
- Already Free– Bruce Tift
Who Leads InnerVision Groups
Our facilitators are trained in group processing and are deeply committed to an on-going practice of this introspective work. Additionally, facilitators have training in a variety of backgrounds, including counseling, addiction and recovery, psychology, social work, and education. Most importantly, each facilitator has a weekly practice (yoga, tai chi, meditation) that is grounded in mindfulness philosophy.
The cost of each group session is $65, payable at the time the group meets. If a student misses a group session he/she is still responsible for the payment of the missed session.
To join an InnerVision group, please contact Nancy Spence at firstname.lastname@example.org