What was taken from you? Where do we get it back?

This weekend, we focused on soul: what feeds us, where we feel at home, how we connect to passion, to center, to power, to connection itself. As part of that, we talked about the thwarts to passion: what does your passion call you to do, and what gets our way?

An important learning from this was that most of the time, the thing thwarting us is not of us. We may have internalized it, sure, but it was something done to us. “Something taken out of my soul. Something I would never lose. Something somebody stole.” Or, something somebody put there, something that doesn’t belong, that we should never have been forced to carry.

Two great videos about Rubenfeld Synergy Method

Since the Fourth of July weekend is coming up, I figured I’d blog a little early and leave you all with something inspiring to take you into it. In case you haven’t seen them yet, here are two great videos put together by the Rubenfeld Synergy Training Institute. The first, What Is RSM?, was filmed at the Omega Institute whileContinue reading “Two great videos about Rubenfeld Synergy Method”

[Rerun] Trauma and streaming, or, why I was shaking this morning after falling down the stairs

Yes, this morning I fell down the stairs.  I had put on comfy fuzzy socks, and was looking at my phone a little, and my foot slipped and I tumbled down a half-flight to the landing, bracing myself with my left hand.  My forearm got bruised up and I’m still figuring out what’s going onContinue reading “[Rerun] Trauma and streaming, or, why I was shaking this morning after falling down the stairs”

A fellow Synergist talks about freedom

I met my friend and colleague, Patricia Keeler, when we both arrived at Rubenfeld Synergy Training in May of 2008.  I was suspicious and guarded in what felt like a too touchy-feely atmosphere; she was open and sunny and full of rainbows.  We still laugh, to this day, about how much I was silently eye-rollingContinue reading “A fellow Synergist talks about freedom”

Free Workshop in April!

Everyone – but especially any readers in the tri-state area: Joe Weldon and Noel Wight – two of my heroes in this work and the heads of the Rubenfeld Synergy Training Institute – are holding a workshop on Friday, April 24 in New Brunswick ahead of the INARS professional conference.  If you want to reallyContinue reading “Free Workshop in April!”

How Rubenfeld Synergy helped me work with actors

Back in 2009, I worked on a production of The Winter’s Tale that was my first full-length production in years.  I was 34 years old, and I found out two things that were amazingly helpful.  One was that I still had a sense of all the technical skills needed to do the job of directing:Continue reading “How Rubenfeld Synergy helped me work with actors”

Discovery, curiosity, and the dangers of labeling

Today I’m celebrating my 100th post!  I’m also bringing my GROUND of RSM series to a close, with the final letter: D for Discovery. Discovery is probably my favorite of the foundational RSM concepts.  In our training, it was set against the D that is far more common in the medical and psychology world: Diagnosis. Continue reading “Discovery, curiosity, and the dangers of labeling”

Everything waits to be noticed

We’re almost to the end of our series on the GROUND of RSM.  So far I’ve covered Gentleness, Respect, Openness, and Understanding.  The ‘N’ stands for Noticing, and like all the others, is a foundational aspect of our work in Rubenfeld Synergy Method. Noticing is about more than simple observation, although that is the beginningContinue reading “Everything waits to be noticed”

Trauma and streaming, or, why I was shaking this morning after falling down the stairs

Yes, this morning I fell down the stairs.  I had put on comfy fuzzy socks, and was looking at my phone a little, and my foot slipped and I tumbled down a half-flight to the landing, bracing myself with my left hand.  My forearm got bruised up and I’m still figuring out what’s going onContinue reading “Trauma and streaming, or, why I was shaking this morning after falling down the stairs”

The GROUND of RSM

The entire GROUND series is now available at the following links: Gentleness, Respect, Openness, Understanding, Noticing, and Discovery. I’ll never forget the moment.  It was May of 2008, and I was walking into my first module of Rubenfeld Synergy training.  I had recently arrived at the beautiful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, and didn’tContinue reading “The GROUND of RSM”