WE WELCOME YOU!
School of the Natural Order
Summer Seminar 2020
July 27 - 31
BREAKING OBJECTIVE IDENTITY
for Expanding Self-Awareness
We are pleased to present our summer seminar of thought-provoking and progressive morning and evening, classes. Classes will be held at 10 am pst and 6:30 pm pst, facilitated by dedicated student presenters. We will utilize the Zoom conferencing system. Please join us for lectures, inquiry, and discussion in 'real-time'.
This year's seminar, Breaking Objective Identity - Practices for Expanding Self-Awareness, will take place the week of July 27th. Specific dates and class times are forthcoming. For those interested in attending the classes, please register at: firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a mailing list for updates, as well as to receive the links for each of the classes offered.
What is objective identity? We usually think of ourselves as living in a world of material ‘things’ and ‘objects’ with invisible energies filling up the ‘empty’ space. We believe we are bodies in contact with that objective world, with a brain that experiences private emotions and thoughts. We then build our personal, familial, and social values upon this view of life. Vitvan labeled this view of life ‘objective identity’ and its multi-layered system of beliefs the ‘objective manifold of values’.
This objective state of consciousness conceals the dynamic reality in which we truly live. ‘Things’ and ‘objects’ exist only as images within our respective states of consciousness, but they are not the states themselves.
Self-development requires that we break from objective identity, expanding our awareness into a deeper state of reality. For those who yearn to understand their true being, we invite you to the school’s 2020 seminar. Presenters and attendees will share specific practices, describe useful tools, and offer clear mental maps to break the habit of objective identity, the habit of confusing our private images with dynamic reality.
Steven Anderegg: Steve has been a regular long-time student visitor here at the school in Baker and a consistent supporter. Steven resides in Colorado.
Classes Steven will be presenting:
Objective Self-conscious State:
In many, many places throughout Vitvan’s teachings, he explains and describes the state of objective identity or the objective self-conscious state. The journey through this objectified state is only traveled through self-inquiry, it is a self-awareness process.
This class will not be on what Vitvan meant by ‘objective identity’, it will be on what each of us define, describe, and discover ‘objective identity’ in our own worlds. There will be many questions asked in this class and I am open to looking at answers to them within my own states of consciousness. Please join me in looking at our respective states that make up our private worlds.
In stillness, self-reflection, and in the company of others sharing this path there is love and support in finding the depths of consciousness we allow to come to the surface. “While we are seemingly separate, one from another.” May this have deeper, deeper, deeper understanding in our day to day lives.
The Thinking Self - Tool or Master:
Vitvan has described what he has called ‘The Thinking Self’ as different levels of self-awareness. The higher self being the observer of our thinking self and the lower self-being lost in identity with the thinking self. This class will be an exploration in differentiating between the thinking self as a person, and the observer, or higher self.
Share the tools you use in self- inquiry. I will facilitate the class and we can go for a ride to the depth of our perception. Discover the I AM of you, in the company of others on this path. Discover thinking as a Tool, and not as a Master!
Dennis Reuter: Last year, we were privileged to have long-time student Dennis Reuter as one of our presenters. Dennis resides in northern Idaho and is a teacher on General Semantics
Classes Dennis will be presenting:
As one expands consciousness from the sense-based world ‘inside our skulls’ to the real world of dynamic forces, many dangers lurk. From the drag backs of long-held habits to the over-enthusiasm of newly found freedom, progress remains uneven or mentally confusing.
But forewarned is forearmed. Reasonable expectations prepare one for the life-long process called treading the path. A good map helps avoid pitfalls or dead ends; mental drills build focus and clarity; better understanding brings patience.
As we break from objective identity and move toward frequency registration, “Breaking Bad” reminds us of the hazards we will encounter, and how to meet them well.
Based upon decades of grappling with life issues, using maps prepared primarily by Vitvan, Dennis provides reminders of the challenges that await, and how to handle them.
General Semantics in a Nutshell:
In his booklet Clear Thinking, Vitvan said that for true growth and development on the Path, he could not over-emphasize the need to understand and persist in the practices of differentiation. General semantics provides such a system of differentiation.
Some say that General Semantics looks complex, but the "Nutshell" version offers a simple way to remember it. Then one can easily integrate reality with senses, feelings and beliefs. This practical system leads to a deep and clear understanding of life. It uses hindsight to gain insight and develop foresight – using the same model and method for all three. Breaking with objective identity becomes more effective, consistent and productive using general semantics.
Calling on 35 years of using and sharing this work, Dennis provides a user-friendly view of the general semantics system.
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