This event is was to create a space for deeper sharing of our experience of being in the world. This kind of deeper sharing leads to an increased feeling of support and acceptance, even belonging. Robyn sees this as valuable as it nourishes our mental/emotional selves and, of course, this connects to our physical well-being, as we are then able to drop into a more relaxed and open state of being that gives us a feeling of safety. The safety of a shared community. This is something that we all need.
The purpose of the event: A path to healing
The main discussion of this event centered around the theme of “warmth” and “acceptance” of self (and other). It was, actually, a follow-up to the first talk that Robyn had given where she discussed how our culture traumatizes us in many ways, over and over, and stimulates us in such a way that we will tend to dissociate and disconnect from self and others.
When Robyn gave the first talk, she failed to bring up the concept of having warmth and full acceptance for ourselves AS WE ARE - even in our semi-dissociated states. This talk was designed to present this idea and then model doing just that. The format of allowing everyone to share some piece of their impressions from the talk as well as how it relates to their own personal story allowed for all voices to be heard and incorporated into the whole. This format provided an opportunity for everyone to practice total warm acceptance of self and other in situ as each person shared impressions, ideas and elements of their own personal experience.
There was, indeed, by the end of the session, a feeling of togetherness and closeness and willingness for people to engage with one another and exchange contact information and to find ways to collaborate. The atmosphere was one where people shared intimate stories as a way to deal with them together with the others.
The outcome of the event and goals for the future
We hope that people that attended found different ways of seeing healing and ways they could find the peace that they need, both for themselves and for the world around them.