on July 4, 2013 :
Are you brave enough to do the Oneness Process?
The evolution – or actually, the remembering and reclaiming of spiritual technologies – as taught by such luminaries as Gregg Braden tells us that the feeling – the combination of thought and emotion IS THE PRAYER. This review is not about Braden’s work, (although I encourage everyone to view his teachings on www.youtube.com). The point is to imagine the world as you want it, to feel what it’s like to be there, and to invite the vibration to permeate your being.
Iris K. Barratt, author of The Oneness Process, has created a simple, enjoyable process to do this. Yes, there are other ways, such as collaging a vision board or meditation. The beauty of Barratt’s process is that it takes you into unexplored territory, where your imagination gets to play and your preconceived notions, while not judged, get a rest.
This is a process of appreciative inquiry. It’s all about YOU…the authentic you, not the “supposed to” you.
As Barratt writes about critical thinking:
“When thinking critically and analytically, we evaluate the evidence for the belief of knowledge claimed. We ask if there is evidence to support the claim. Keep in mind that evidence that is relevant depends on the type of belief or knowledge at state. Scientific method is concerned with empirical evidence that can be measured, weighed and observed. However, making an aesthetic or ethical claim usually involves non-empirical types of evidence, which for many is evaluating on the basis of direct experiences of the outcomes. It is desirable to balance the will to believe with the will to doubt; but for the critical thinker, the will to doubt and to question precedes the adoption of beliefs… The goal of critical thinking is not absolute certainty! It is to make the best decisions that you can, given your present circumstances.
Barratt’s "Process to Go" worksheet contains the basic twelve questions to get you started.
1. I wonder what I appreciate most about ___________________?
2. I wonder how many interesting ways I can imagine creating more _______________?
3. I wonder what fascinating experience or story illustrates _________________ for me?
4. I wonder what positive new activities feeling more ___________ might inspire me?
5. I wonder how I can appreciate the positive influences of ______________ in my life in a deeper way?
6. I wonder what I might benefit from releasing or letting go of to draw more __________ into my life?
7. I wonder what relationships could benefit most from my claiming and sharing _______?
8. I can clearly sense I am feeling ____________ when ___________________?
9. I wonder how many other positive qualities might inspire my experiences with ___________?
10. I wonder what matters most about _____________ to most people?
11. How might we know that _____________ is a universal quality?
12. If I found a wise voice to express the impact of ___________, what might it say?
Now, try working these questions with what Barratt calls Essences, Universal Values or Spiritual Qualities. This is where you get to stretch your imagination. She lists over 50, such things as Honesty, Honoring, Humor, Humility, Illumination, Innocence, Inspiration, Integration, Integrity, Inquiry, Intuition, Joy, Justice. Then she offers additional questions (48) and additional words (50+).
This is a process to be savored and explored, inspired by the work Barratt herself has done in answering the questions. She exposes her process with humble vulnerability and humor. The anecdotes she pulls from her own life are truly inspiring and clearly demonstrate how such a simple tool helps you create the unique richness your heart desires.
It’s a vibrational thing. David Hawkins, MD. PhD., in his paradigm-shifting book Power vs Force (Hay House 1995, 1998, 2002) documented the vibrational rate of different emotions and how true happiness lies in the higher vibrational emotions. Barratt’s process not only opens up new vistas, but it holds you in the energy of those dreams, which is what ultimately makes them real.
You can do bits and pieces on a commuter train or at a stop light or you can take yourself on retreat. Just be sure to note the synchronicities and small (or large) miracles as they accumulate while you use The Oneness Process to uncover the authentic you.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)