Peer Discussion Group:
Evoking Presence, Exploring Purpose:
Unfolding the “I-space” in Service of Self. 

Saturday, July 29, 10am-noon (EST)
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PEER DISCUSSION GROUP Evoking Presence, Exploring Purpose: Unfolding the “I-space” in Service of Self

The theme for this session’s conversation is Presence, that quality, process, way of being that when cultivated through Awareness and Will transforms the present moment. Whether we’re evoking Presence as part of our own “work within the work”, holding the space for a fellow Traveler (as Guides are all Travelers too!), or simply being in the moment when faced with the difficulties of life, taking the time for Presence, I feel from experience that developing techniques for Presence to emerge is central to any Psychosynthesist’s path.

It is in Presence, through Awareness and Will, that we come to hold compassionately our old stories/scripts, limiting beliefs, Subs (inc MMS), Psychological Function defaults, and those wounds/traumas we carry.

In this session the intention is to share our experiences of embodying the qualities that inform the “I” that Presence is, well, present! The core  model I’ll be referring us all back (and forward) to is the Egg, and the Field of Awareness from which Presence emerges.

We can group-explore practical methods/meditations on evoking Presence, and share those experiences in-session.  


Facilitated by Richard Lamb, BSc, MSc, MNCP, GHR, PLC

“I’m from England, UK, working part-time as a Psychosynthesis Coach and Hypnotherapist, working with people in a ‘Life Transitions Coaching’ frame for the past c.4 years. 

I live in Nottingham in the Midlands, and I’ve been subjected to the usual suite of Robin Hood puns. So that’s the semi-professional intro out of the way, time for some extras.

My previous career in IT as a business consultant for 12 years, since late 2005, and before making that career choice, I was a post-graduate researcher in ancient environmental and climate change. 

My background prior to that was in (mainly) prehistoric field archaeology, with a big helping of human evolution/paleontology. I loved the research work, especially the field work, as I was (note the was) a mountaineer. Turning a little serious for a moment, I took a pretty big tumble off Ben Nevis, Scotland, in February 2001; I’ve come to term this event as the ‘Call to Self’, my deeply personal, visceral “initiatory event”. 

Surviving that c.800 ft fall planted the seed for the continuing evolutionary path which led me to Psychosynthesis, central to my coming to terms with that life-transforming day and its consequences, and ultimately bringing me into contact with others as a Guide (an relatively recent identification that has at times a curiously numinous quality).

My ‘journey’ with Psychosynthesis began without my even knowing of the existence of Assagioli’s ‘framework of becoming’, through being drawn to Carl Jung’s work, and Depth Psychology in general, in the Spring of 2012. I took a 5-day introduction to Psychosynthesis with the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust in London, and afterwards took a quiet step back from Psychosynthesis. I wasn’t aware that life coaching had a transpersonal element, so when I discovered that life coaching formed part of this year’s International Conference in Psychosynthesis’ agenda, I took a chance…more a leap of faith…booked my place, a flight and a hotel room, and trusted. 

It was in Sicily that I met Didi and Jon, together with a whole bunch of like-minded folks, and took another leap of faith on the journey, to sign up to the Synthesis Center’s Transformational Life Coaching Program.” Since then I have certified, and integrate Psychosynthesis throughout all my work with fellow Travelers, in honoring their own Call of Self.

Besides my evolving Psychosynthesis practice, I have begun co-leading on one of the Synthesis Center’s coaching programs.

A couple quotes that really resonate right now, from seriousness to lightness 

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” 

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

“To do is to be” – Nietzsche
“To be is to do” – Kant
“Do be do be do” – Sinatra

~ Anon

You must re-register for this virtual gathering on ZOOM. Space is limited to 8 participants and is free to AAP members with a $10 fee for non-members.

Questions, comments on this or anything else, please feel free to contact us.
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