Striving towards the truth is endless.

The most important aspect of consciousness is the search for the truth. If you think “I have the truth,” that thought belongs to a level of consciousness that is not useful to you. Striving towards the truth is endless. The mountain of development has no peak.

–from Child of Existence, Child of Society by Jon Schreiber

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International Breema Week– Jan 5-13th!

We are pleased to announce the 2019 International Breema Week, a week of introductory classes, mini-sessions, and events taking place around the world.

To participate in a Breema workshop, take a Self-Breema class, or receive a Breema session, visit www.breema.info/ibw to find a list of events and practitioners.

Everything deserves our thanks.

One thing we need to learn in life is to support whatever is supporting us. If we go down this road, our eyes and mind slowly open up, and we see that we’re supported by everything that exists. Then we can take an active posture in relation to this knowledge. We don’t need to make it mental. We can keep it simple. Just saying thank you is mutual support. Do you like your socks? Then just acknowledge you are thankful for them while you’re putting them on. That’s how simple it is. Everything deserves our thanks.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Connection to that which is…

There is something phenomenal about Breema—it can enter into every aspect of human activity. If you are a baker, you can work with the Nine Principles and your bread will be a little different. If you are a carpenter, the home you build is a little different. If you are a mechanic, the car you fix is somehow different. The difference comes from your connection to that which is, because that connection is expressed in your activity. Breema is to make you aware of what you are in reality. To the extent you relate to the reality of yourself, others benefit from you.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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The reality of life flows moment after moment.

Everything exists to support everything that exists. This is the direction that leads to true happiness. Not happiness because of “this” or “that”—happiness that’s free from “this” or “that.” When you taste your own existence, it’s as if all your desires are fulfilled. You become free from desire, and therefore, free from fear. Fear and desire are two banks of the river. But the reality of life flows moment after moment, like the water in a river. When we jump into the water, we become free from the banks of the river. What we see doesn’t bother us, because we are in the flow of eternity.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Our mind, feelings, and body are tools.

Our mind, feelings, and body are tools. If a gardener has all his tools, and doesn’t know how to use them, what value do they have?

When you are more conscious, you use your tools correctly. You use mind when mind is needed, feelings when feelings are needed, body when body is needed. When you use your mind correctly, body and feelings are in it. When you use feelings correctly, mind and body are participating with them. When you use your body correctly, mind and feelings are there, too. If you use any of these three correctly, the other two are in it. Consciousness connects each of them to the other two.

If you remember this image, it will help you a lot: there is a triangle—one point is mind, one is feelings, one is body. In the center of the triangle is taste. Each of the three points connects to the other two via that center point.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Including the Body in Psychotherapy Practice by Angela Porter

Doing graduate work at The Wright Institute allowed me to assimilate my life experience with my desire to become a clinician capable of navigating the increasingly complex mental health needs of our society. Before becoming a therapist, I was a substance abuse treatment counselor for many years, and I studied Gestalt and Body Psychotherapy as a work scholar at Esalen Institute, with some of the great pioneers in the field.

Mulching fallen trees after a storm at Esalen, I injured my back and was referred to the Breema Clinic in Oakland. My back healed, but there was more; I began to experience a sense of cohesiveness, presence, calmness, and clarity that I had never experienced before. Continue reading “Including the Body in Psychotherapy Practice by Angela Porter”

When the mind is connected to the body…

Our health is constantly affected by what we think. Like our clothing, our way of thinking covers our body and affects it. But our thoughts are based on self-interest, and when we live in the past and future, we never have a new thought. In order to become healthy, we need to have a healthy mind. When we are present, we can have new thoughts. This is possible only when the mind is connected to the body.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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What can I do to be more available?

At any time, you could ask yourself, “What can I do to be more available?” For one thing, you could bring the attention of your mind to the process of inhalation and exhalation. When your mind registers the effect of inhalation and exhalation on your body, it becomes quieter. The quiet mind is like gold, but we exchange it for noise and rubbish. If someone is sitting quietly near you, you may think they don’t like you, because we’re addicted to noise. But inner quiet makes us receptive to what is given to us, moment by moment, by the flow of the life force within us. The life force is like the sap that flows through all plants. Without it, they all die. For the sap to flow correctly, we have to be in touch with it—we have to experience it. We experience it through taste. Taste begins with body and mind working together in harmony.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Conscious energy can be received.

In the street, there’s constant noise from many cars going by. Those are like our thoughts—they’re from mass consciousness. When you stay with the process of inhalation and exhalation, the traffic thins out. At some point, it looks like there’s no traffic. That’s when the feelings join the mind and body. Conscious energy can be received. Begin by asking your mind to stay with the process of inhalation and exhalation. Start with three minutes a day, preferably in the morning. When you are ready, increase it to four minutes. The mind that’s free of thoughts, the mind that doesn’t live in the past and future, isn’t something you just have. You have to work for it.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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