As my American friends will know, I’m a sucker for synchronicity. While writing the copy for a video presentation the other day, I took a break to check my email. There was a newsletter from the astrologer Bill Attride, who has impressed me this last year or two with his astrological insights. In view of the fact that my writing efforts were focused upon explaining the need for community and support for anyone attempting to make important personal changes to their lives—particularly when feeling isolated and overwhelmed in these chaotic times—Bill’s message was warmly received.
It came as a coincidental reminder to me that others are out there speaking my language. Moreover, in the spirit of synchronicity it would seem, Bill was unwittingly helping me to write the content for this page, which is essentially devoted to why I would like you to join my Mastery of Self-Compassion course. I say “unwittingly,” while at the same time acknowledging that his message was sent to remind me of our interconnectedness at a deeper or higher (whichever way you want to go) level of consciousness, something we are apt to forget in periods of focused concentration.
Coincidence and synchronicity are reminders to us all of our spiritual interconnectedness.
Here’s a snip from Bill’s letter that, while informing us of the celestial forces at work at the winter solstice, is also providing me with the why each of us should take on the responsibilities of our consciousness, and take part in a course that will help you do just that!
It is time to remember who you are, where you came from, who is before you, and why you are here… it is time once again to have a living faith in your destiny.
For though it may seem that your world is falling into shadows, that your life and world is in dire peril… you will find a way through. As the familiar forms of self-realization are cracking and crumbling, whether in the realms of Religion, or Government, or Education or the Economy… you will come to know that this is merely the wheel of life turning again, for an old world is passing so that a new and better one shall rise.
The change in every world, form, and life starts in the center of each and every one of you, from within each and every individual heart that hears the “Wind of the Spirit” and answers to the angels of our better nature. It is the “Voice of the Silence,” your Higher Self abiding in the Intuitive Knowing that a better world is coming to be… and that you must be its Creator.
You are a Spark of the Divine, moving now through this Kingdom of being Human. It is in this time of your Spiritual Education that you are to learn what is “the good,” for you are endowed with the gift of choice, (and angels and those greater than they envy you this choice). You are given this gift so that you might learn to choose what is good, or better or loving. So that you can become a conscious, loving co-creator of creation.
There is much work to do when a world is passing away and another is coming into being. Your responsibility is great, but so is your reward. Preserve what you can, for many lives and loves fashioned this world and much in it is good. Be guided by your heart and know that the changes you must face and make should be guided always by the fundamental truth that you are here for one another, you are made by one another, and to harm any other inevitably means that you injure yourself equally too.
At each and every turning, you will face your destiny. It is right, proper and good to align yourself with those like you who seek to bring about a better tomorrow.
A poignant message indeed, and one that eloquently says what I want to say to you. I’m very grateful to and appreciative of Bill for saving me some writing time! He even used the header “Know Thyself,” which is the subtitle of my book It’s About You! Know Your Self, from which this course is derived. Now that’s too coincidental to ignore.
Here, briefly, are the benefits of joining my membership course:
- To get to know the fullest breadth of your Self—who you are—from the little ego-self that manages your physical reality, to the inner self and Essence of you that guides your actions from the realms of your spiritual reality.
- To identify the unique gifts and talents that you bring to the world.
- To quell your ego-self’s fearful feelings and self-defeating thoughts that prevent you from expressing fully your gifts and talents in the world.
- To discover your intent and purpose for this lifetime—the areas of learning your Essence self would like you to explore—in other words, why you are here and why now.
- To get a clearer understanding of what you can do in your life that will bring you more moments of joy, happiness, and fulfillment.
- To enjoy the benefits of making sometimes difficult personal changes in a supportive, loving, and respectful community of fellow pioneers.
To make a shift in your personal consciousness that will ease your passage through humanity’s collective shift in consciousness happening right now.
What qualifies me to teach such things?
I have studied the human psyche for the best part of thirty years, both as an academic and as an explorer of spiritual and metaphysical wisdom. My desire is to pass on the knowledge I’ve acquired to others. Here is a testimonial from the evolution biologist and futurist Elisabet Sahtouris PhD, author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution:
In this critical time for humanity, where our physical world is in deep trouble, each of us needs to know who we really are from a non-physical perspective to understand how we are all co-creating our future. Chris Johnson is a true scholar of our consciousness in all its aspects of knowing, being and action. The wealth of information he brings together from a remarkable number of sources and perspectives, along with its superb organization, makes this volume an unsurpassed resource for understanding yourself and others as we play out this and many more lives as co-creators in a conscious cosmos.
Here’s why I am on the course!
Firstly, because all of the above benefits are part of a lifelong journey for myself and for a growing number of people who are taking charge of their lives. We come into the physical realm to learn through experience. Ultimately, each of us is learning what it is to be a human being. At the beginning of the 21st Century we are just beginning to understand what the Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin meant when he said in the first half of the 20th Century, “You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience..” On this course we learn from each other about our spirituality, our physicality, and what it takes to stay on our spiritually directed path of of intent and purpose for this lifetime.
My facilitation of the course is another wonderful learning experience for me.
I’ve discovered my intent for this lifetime—to teach—and my purpose is involved with helping others discover their own intent and to apply this knowledge in finding purposeful pursuits that will enable them to be the best expression of their Self in the world at this important time for humanity.
How will the course realize my purpose?
The course material is derived from my book, It’s About You! Know Your Self. The book is a compendium of knowledge gleaned from metaphysical, philosophical, scientific, and religious literature that attempts to explain the nature of the universe, the nature of your personal reality, and the nature of our human consciousness and how it is expressed in the universe.
Metaphysical sources provide the bulk of the notions and ideas pertaining to these subjects, while conventional sources of wisdom are utilized to lend support and offer parallel thinking on such all-encompassing subject matter. The primary metaphysical source is the Seth Material, authored by Jane Roberts and Rob Butts.
Know Your Self took 25 years of study (with the odd weekend off!) and 18 months to write. Now, I’m very aware from feedback on the book that some of its material is particularly difficult to understand, let alone absorb. Of course, this was part of the challenge I had when writing it—translating complex ideas into lay terms. The tricky stuff chiefly applies to the first half of the book, and therefore the reader is, shall we say, “reluctant” to consume the whole book. This is a shame, as the latter half of the book is where the spiritual meat is—where I begin the process of “whole-Self” realization—coaxing the reader toward a deeper understanding of their Self and how we can all benefit from applying the Natural Principles in our lives.
The Mastery of Self-Compassion course aims to correct my failure to communicate thoroughly the most important messages contained within my book. I see the book as being a disservice to those who cannot get past the preliminary chapters. My inner self knows that I can do more to express my intent to teach others about the wisdom my studies have brought to light.
I’m aware that lengthy written text is not the best way to get information across these days. So thank you for staying with me here!
Attention spans are shortening. If you’re anything like me, to absorb and assimilate important information requires more than a single exposure to it. Learning styles differ. Some prefer to listen rather than read, others absorb more through visual presentations, a combination of audio and visual material can work better, and you can’t beat real time live experiences that engage all of our outer senses. Certainly, the assimilation of new ideas usually involves repeated stimulation of more than one of our outer senses.
My MSc course focuses upon a fuller communication of the ideas presented in my book. Its aim is to support participants in the assimilation of the ideas so that they are more able to consciously steer their choices in life, rather than unconsciously follow the habitual reactive programming that emanates from a confused if not fearful ego-self.
The course takes the form of ongoing monthly modules. It is designed to gently drip-feed the content to you each month so that you do not get overwhelmed. Viewing, reading, and listening to the content, along with doing homework and practicing an exercise should take up no more than a couple of hours spread through a week. It is important that you schedule this course time into your week at convenient times – mornings, evenings, and weekends when you know you will have some quality time to invest in your Self. Each month I cover a key topic or two in my book and present a number of different formats to help you absorb the information and act upon it.
Depending on the module’s topic, material includes:
- A PDF synopsis (not too long!) with more graphical or image content that could not be included in the book.
- An mp3 recording of this document for those who prefer to listen.
- A concise “Say That Again in a Nutshell” PDF document for quick reference to a topic.
- An mp3 recording of any exercise, such as a guided meditation.
- Further illustrative graphical art documents to help convey certain points.
- Homework – exercises (e.g., guided meditations, energy balancing, creative art) to get those interactive juices flowing.
There is also a community forum for participants to share their interpretations, exchange ideas, and ask questions as we progress.
Although I think I’ve covered most of what’s needed for course participants to get a really good grasp of the material and to begin applying and living by its fundamental principles, I am also keen to keep the course open to others’ ideas on what additional content to include. Remember, as you learn from me, I will learn from you.
Here are the topics explored in the first six modules:
- Before Your Beginning – A new creation myth to explain Consciousness and more importantly, your consciousness. The “intent” of Consciousness – to learn and expand through experience. Which is the same for you!
- How to be in Divine Love – How to attain this primal State of Being through reconnecting to the Natural Principles that express the vitality of Divine Love.
- Intent—Your Personal Expression – Understanding the nuances of human intent and how they relate to you, the individual.
- The Families of Intent – Referred to by Seth and other metaphysical sources as the “Families of Consciousness.” Exploring the subtleties of these human intent families. Discovering your personal intent, and thereby, your directional purpose for this lifetime.
- Your Spiritual Self – Getting to know your Essence self, its emissary, your inner self, your true identity, and the subconscious “area” within your consciousness that acts as an interface between your spiritual self and your physical self.
- Your Physical Self – Getting to know your ego-self and understanding its foibles so that you can come to befriend it and treat it with compassion. Finding out about your current lifetime’s personality. (Hint: Your ego-self and personality are not the same psychological “thing.”)
Okay, that’s enough, I want to join.
An MSc course with a difference
There are many self-development, self-improvement, self-realization, and life-coaching courses and workshops out there these days. Over the past 30 years, I’ve experienced quite a few of them myself. A few of the few had a profound effect upon me at the time. I remember my mind being temporarily “altered” by a week-long intensive Psychosynthesis course back in 1989.
The Psychosynthesis course came at the start of a lengthy period of self-discovery, a period I know now will continue for the rest of my life. Like all the other courses I’ve attended, what I might have learned from the experience takes very little time to fade into insignificance. I’ll look through my notes after a year or two and wonder why I wrote “NB” next to an entry.
Why does this happen?
The answer to this question lies in our return to everyday life. Once a self-development course has ended, when we remove ourselves from the experience and disconnect from the temporary community of like-minded souls, we revert to the official norms of behavior—back into conformity. We return to the forgiving arms of our contemporaries in the workplace (who thought you were a bit odd to do it), and our conventionally minded friends and family (who know all along you’re a bit odd, but find it rather endearing).
My MSc course aims to remedy this disconnection from the experience by sustaining it for as long as is necessary for the participant. On entering the course, you join a community of people striving to be their best expression in the world. Being in a community with the same intent certainly eases personal transformation, but to sustain a profound shift in the nature of our being, the initiating environment needs to remain in place as a constant source of support.
It used to be that an alternative community’s place was a physical one – the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, for example. However, the advent of the internet allows us to form communities without a physical home. The advantage being that a community can have its communicative center online, whilst having the ability to choose where and when to come together on the physical plane. Moreover, the community coming together physically, at least once a year, remains an important element that my membership will explore for the future.
Why does anyone need to discover their Self?
For me, there were two things that set me off on this ultimate journey of discovery:
- I simply wasn’t happy (actually quite depressed) with my life circumstances, and
- I had begun studying the Seth Material, which led me to believe it was important to know fully who I am, why I came into the physical world at this time, what my life’s purpose was, and to begin living that purpose.
Thirty years on, spent mostly in study of… well, yes, my Self… exploring a wide variety of knowledgeable materials, from metaphysical literature to philosophical treatises and religious doctrine, I discovered one crucial psychological element required for well-being and contentment with life—self-compassion.
You see, getting to know your Self is all very well and good (as you will discover on the course), but being kind to yourself—we’re talking here about your “ego-self”—as you expose and address the imbalanced elements within your make up, is the key to real, sustained transformation. Practiced self-compassion initiates a like for your ego-self and its oft-misguided efforts, which in due time turns into an appreciation and love for its contribution to the greater story of discovering who you truly are and why you are here.
My personal Self study, and over fifteen years of one-to-one psychotherapy and counseling practice, has taught me that our real work in life is to get to know and appreciate where our ego-self is coming from—what thoughts and beliefs it puts its energy behind, and thus relies upon.
It is what a person believes that forms their reality. Your ego-self essentially makes its decisions on how to act, what to make real, by referring to the beliefs it has accrued over time. It categorizes the importance of a belief’s inclusion in the decision making process by the level of emotional energy underpinning its existence.
Dissipating the emotional energy associated with a belief or set of beliefs at the root of a problem often helps in resolving that problem. However, in order to prevent the errant belief regaining an energetic hold, it is important to be compassionate towards the ego-self and not ridicule it for what in retrospect may seem to be a ludicrous mental and emotional creation. Your ego-self is doing the best it can with the limited resources it assumes will make for a good decision—only using the intellect’s reason and logic to “know” what to do. Our ego-selves are taught to place most of our reliance upon these psychological elements when coming to a decision and to ignore our “inner senses” or intuition.
Mastering your self-compassion is the first step along a clearer, less obstructed path to living without fear and finding value fulfillment from life. As you learn to be self-compassionate your ego-self will begin to open to the Self’s other ways of knowing what to do—its feelings, impulses, inspirations, and inner senses.
Being kind to your ego-self rather than denigrating its efforts, communing with it rather than judging it, befriending it rather than ostracizing it, and collaborating with it rather than letting it arrogantly stick with habitual responses, are all part of the process of being self-compassionate. My MSc course will teach you how to step outside of your ego-self’s narrow perspective and begin to help it do what it’s designed to do—planning and consciously choosing how to act, rather than unconsciously and habitually re–acting. You will be able to release it from the constraints of its emotion-backed beliefs, and allow in all of your Self’s ways of knowing.
Don’t feel that your Self is worthy of a full expression in the world?
I’m aware from personal experience, and from the stories relayed by my clients over the years, that the fundamental psychological element that prevents us from being the best expression of our Self is lack of self-worth.
Many of us are completely unaware that a core belief about our unworthiness exists in our ego-self’s collection of beliefs. You see, our psyche contains all beliefs. Your ego-self’s collection of beliefs are “chosen” by assigning energy (particularly emotional energy) to the beliefs it acquires through its life experiences. The belief in unworthiness has been insidiously introduced into many an individual’s belief collection through exposure to certain religious doctrine and by state-run education systems. In Western society, if you managed to avoid a formal religious upbringing, you were still likely to adopt a belief of unworthiness as you made your way through the education system and into a society that promotes material success rather than spiritual maturity.
Feeling frustrated and unhappy with your life?
Unhappiness or frustration with life is an emotional message from your inner self. Your inner self is telling you that you are not living in alignment with your purpose for this lifetime. There is something else you need to pursue if you are to live a truly fulfilling life, and that something is to do with uncovering who you are, what you are truly here to do, and fully expressing the talents you bring to the world in the service of others.
The obstacles preventing someone from expressing her or himself fully in the world are:
- Ignorance of their true purpose – resulting in frustration over what to do in life, and
- Fear of self-expression – you might intuitively know what to do, but you feel that you are unworthy of offering your talents, that you are not good enough in some way.
How does the MSc course address these obstacles?
Fear is the constant companion to self-expression. From the very beginning of the MSc course we address the various fears that arise from within as your ego-self is introduced to the other layers of the Self and becomes acquainted with the inner self and the other spiritual aspects of your Self. You will learn how to dissipate the energy behind any problematic beliefs and redirect energy to beliefs that promote confidence in self-expression.
Each module explores and clarifies the ideas portrayed in my book It’s About You! Know Your Self, not simply in terms of intellectual understanding, but also through experiential means that can better illustrate to your ego-self that it has nothing to be afraid of in the discovery and subsequent expansion of it’s narrow perspective of Self.
There are twelve modules of content. Each month a new module will explore a crucial topic in the process of getting to know your Self. Top of the crucial topics list is the notion of intent. Uncovering your intent, and thereby the directional purpose of your life, will lift your frustration over what occupations to pursue in your quest for fulfillment and contentment from life.
There is no pressure to get the material completed by a certain time. The module a month structuring allows you to set aside a period of time each week to devote to the course and your participation in the community forum—however busy your lifestyle is at present. You would need to allocate a maximum of two hours per week to consume the course material, and as much time as you like for sharing your angst and your achievements in the community forum.
What will it cost?
The Mastery of Self-Compassion Course is an ongoing monthly membership. Access to the course material is triggered by registration date. Which means the course starts for you when you register. Then on or about the same day each month you will have access to the next module. Access to the community forum becomes available on the third month of membership.
In the interests of promoting a “gift economy” of the not too distant future, and to prevent exclusion of those who have little to offer financially, but plenty to offer in terms of talent and commitment to the community, there is a gratis level of membership which involves an exchange of a talent or expertise for the cost of membership. For example, moderating on the forum, copy-editing of content, art or graphic illustration work, IT administration – would be the sort of things considered. Gratis members will not lose any privileges enjoyed by paying members. I do though reserve the right to end the agreement as and when I see fit.
For those who are prepared to give financially, the monthly fee for membership is set at £15 (GBP) per month. This is currently equivalent to around $20 US dollars per month. This fee may increase in the future in accordance with running costs, but those that join at this rate before April 2017 will not be subject to any increase in payment at this or any future date. In other words, if you join before April 2017, £15 per month is your set fee for the lifetime of the course.
If you want to be considered for the Gratis level membership, please contact me directly through email on the first instance at [email protected], explaining what you propose to give in return for membership.
If you prefer to subscribe financially, click on this button to make your first payment and start the course:
I can only guarantee that my team of contributors and I are fully committed to teach, help, and support you on this membership course for as long as you remain on it. In actuality, only your commitment to do the work involved can guarantee the personal shift in consciousness this course can bring to your Self. In my book, I emphasize that it is a workbook – you really do need to do the work for your Self and apply the exercises and suggestions to your everyday life. The course work provides constant stimuli to help you get whatever work you need to do for yourself done. Believe me when I say that your ego-self will very likely find ways to undermine your commitment. Communicating with me and the community on the difficulties you face in keeping your commitment going is key to your eventual Self-graduation.
You are of course able to end your subscription at any time. While I cannot reimburse what you may have spent financially or emotionally (you will shed a tear, but also have blissful moments), you will be able to keep all materials acquired during the time of your membership.
Where will the course ultimately take you?
The entire course encapsulates all that I’ve learned on a 25-year journey of Self-discovery. It has brought me to a place of deep understanding of who I am, what my talents are, and how to use those talents in the service of others. My ego-self maintains a state of supreme self-confidence, born from the knowledge that when things get troublesome, it can call upon the wiser spiritual elements that make up my Whole Self of which it is a fully appreciated part. Total Self-confidence fosters a fearless self-expression which results in a more joy-filled, often magical, definitely fulfilling, life experience.
In short, I live without fear and closer to Divine Love.
I believe my Mastery of Self-Compassion course, along with the aid of the conscientious community it spawns, will get you to where I am—hopefully, without taking the 25 years or more it took me!
I look forward to your participation on the Mastery of Self-Compassion Course.
In gratitude and appreciation of you, Chris.