London Weekend: Tapping into Freedom
15-16 April 2023
Turbo charge your meditation. Clear troubling blockages.
Alistair shares his secret weapon in powering his meditation. And life.
For more than 10 years, I've been using the techniques of energy psychology (tapping, chakra clearing) to break through blockages in my life. I worked in my personal therapy with an amazing EP therapist, and in my own work as a therapist I have used tapping with powerful results.
But it's only recently that I've decided to share how I work with tapping in my meditation practice.
Mastering the basic EP skills of tuning-up, muscle testing, tapping and chakra clearing have consistently helped me along the meditative path. And I want to share them with you.
On this in-person weekend in London you will:
get an overview of energy psychology and how it works
learn to bring your mind-body 'online' when it's scrambled
communicated directly with your mind-body using muscle-testing
integrate EP techniques into your meditation practice
master 'central clearing' to remove troubling patterns that stymie practice
expand EP into dharma practice and into your life
What is Energy Psychology?
Energy Psychology is a relatively recent arrival in mental health, starting in the field of kinesiology in the 1980s. Still, its roots go back to the yogic practices of the subtle body (chakras, meridians etc.) and to the Tibetan practice of Vajrasattva.
In essence, EP works to clear the debris of trauma from the human nervous system/energy body.
A common metaphor is that of a river. Trauma leaves big boulders in the river of life and water has to take a highly-pressurized or distorted route to continue. EP removes the boulders and allows the natural health of the body-mind to re-establish itself.
Combining cognitive elements (phrase making) with meridian work (tapping on acupressure points or holding energy centres) this unusual form of therapy achieves astonishing results.
Many people feel that psychic knots that have bedevilled them for many years are released all at once without remainder.
Combining EP techniques with meditation practice can lead to great leaps in our spiritual path and a much more optimistic viewpoint for enlightenment.
Mindsprings is well aware that many people are having to tighten their belts at the moment, financially. So we offer two prices for this weekend. A full, supporters fee which helps us cover our costs and a subsidised concessionary rate for any of you who are struggling financially.
If you can pay the full price that will help us invite more people on the concessionary rate. And if you would struggle to pay that reduced ticket rate then please do drop us a line.
We never want people to miss out on meditation because of poxy old money. We can sort something out for you.
What to expect at Spa Road this April...
• the course begins at 10am and finishes at 5pm each day. We'll have an hour for lunch and a couple of 15 minute tea-breaks. If you can get to Spa Road a little early on Saturday to make sure we can start promptly that would be great.
• the nearest tube station is Bermondsey on the Jubilee line though there are buses that get a little closer. The postcode of the centre is SE16 3SA and their number is 020 33271650.
• there is a very nice tea room at the Centre and they can make soup and sandwiches (we'll pre-order in the first tea break) or there are several nice cafes at the near end of Bermondsey Road which we can give directions too. There's also a lovely park opposite if you'd prefer to bring your own picnic.
• we'll be using the beautiful Shrine Room at the Centre and sitting in chairs in a circle.
• the weekend will consist of practice sessions, some instruction and discussion, working in smaller groups and some individual processing.
• we'll provide electronic notes after the course so you don't need to write things down though it would be great if you could bring a pen and some paper or a notebook for some of the exercises. Recordings of the teaching will also be sent out after the course.
• the Shrine Room is usually lovely and warm but please brings some layers, especially if you feel the cold.
• If you have any specific psychological concerns, are on prescription psychiatric medication or have a condition that you think I should know about before the course then please do let me know in a private email.
About the teacher
Alistair is a broadcaster, psychotherapist and meditation teacher.
He's worked for the BBC for more than 20 years and works as a UKCP-accredited therapist in East Sussex. Since 2004, he's run Mindsprings, his therapeutic meditation organisation which teaches body-based and Buddhist solutions to many of our everyday problems.
Mindsprings offers popular meditation-based courses on many subjects:
helping people with anxiety, dissociation, stress.
working with mental health in the LGBTQ community.
exploring the growing field of embodiment and somatic practices.
teaching Buddhist practices for mental health and well-being
Alistair teaches in England, Wales, Scotland, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Iceland and the Netherlands.
Getting to KSD London
Kagyu Samye Dzong is in the old Victorian library building on Spa Road Gardens in Bermondsey. The nearest tube station is Bermondsey on the Jubilee line though there are buses that get a little closer. The postcode of the centre is SE16 3SA and their number is 020 33271650.
Please note that there is/was an older centre at Manor Place - this is not the one you want!