EUROTAS NEWSLETTER No. 54
8 April 2009
Board of Administrators: Vitor Rodrigues; President, Hans-Peter Weidinger, Bernadette Blin-Lery, Elena Francisc, Ingo Jahrsetz and Beata Bishop
Newsletter Editor: John Drew, Newsletter Executive: Erich Meier
The 11th EUROTAS Conference, Milan, Italy 15-18 October 2009.
There are only a few spaces left for workshops and talks. Please register for reduced prices before the end of April
The EUROTAS Website – eurotas.org or eurotasitaly2009 has details of how to register.
See below for pre and post conference workshops and details of keynote speakers Stan Grof and Erwin Lazlo.
- 12-13 October pre-conference workshop
- 14 October EUROTAS Delegates Meeting to which all are invited to attend. But only Delegates may vote
- 15-18 October 11th Eurotas Conference hosted by Pier Luigi and his colleagues from Om
- 19-20 October Post Conference seminar by BTE Staff
- Note from the President
- An invitation to Milan by Pier Luigi Lattuada
- October 12-13 Pre-conference Workshop - Dimensions of the Concsciousness – Holotropic Breatwork
- October 19-20 Post- Conference Workshop. Take a walk on the dreaming body- A shamanic experience – Pier Luigi Lattuada
- Stan Grof and the Milan EUROTAS Conference
- Erwin Lazlo and the Milan EUROTAS Conference
- Call for Papers
- Letter to the Delegates from the President of EUROTAS and others
- Last Words –Rumold Mol
1. Note from the President
So let us stand as realistic visionaries: with this sort of Conference, we are helping the construction of the new Humankind. We are living among us the solution for today's crisis. So please come to Milan, Italy, and participate with what you have, what you do and mostly who you are. We welcome you.
Vitor Rodrigues, PhD
President of EUROTAS
2. An invitation by Pier Luigi Lattuada
“Sharing” is a fascinating word, it recalls scenery of brotherhood, fire circles, lost ages such as the golden age, or awaited ages, such as the age of aquarium; it speaks the goddess’s language, the language of perennial philosophy, of transpersonal community.
To honour the sharing circle is a hard journey, a personal one starting and ending in front of our ordinary life. The way we look at our neighbour, we face an outrage or a failure, and the way we answer to a call for help or an unexpected effort.
It starts and it ends here and now, when life with the requirement of the world outside put us in front of our courage to dare, to choose confidence and to go beyond fear, choose opening instead of closing, letting go instead of retaining, selflessness instead of self-interest.
Organizing and participating to a meeting encouraging a culture of sharing means restless warning to our heart calling for responsibility to remember to put the general interest before personal one, the purport before the profit, and the dream before the need.
So, people from the transpersonal movement, let start from ourselves, let us do what is on our duty to honour the meeting in Milan.
Until now we have fifty abstract, others are interested but are still missing. As we should not go over sixty delegates there is not much space left so hurry up. Our intent is to give a chance to everybody. Now it is up to you.
Each one of the first three days will be dedicated to a specific area: education, science and society. Round tables will be organized with experts, whose duty will be to gift their heart and share their wisdom before showing their knowledge.
During meetings and workshops delegates will work to assist participants encouraging insight, what Bohm calls a new order of knowledge, the true knowledge, coming from the silence of the mind.
In the fourth day, from all the different contribution we will work out a “manifesto transpersonal” which collect inside a single document the main themes of the transpersonal vision.
Events of spontaneous theatre, music, chorus, meditation will be held during the evenings and the intervals between the sessions.
If you wish to contribute, please do so soon as the last presentation places are being filled up.
There are two pre- and post- Conference Workshops - see below.
Stan Grof and Erwin Lazlo will speak at the EUROTAS Conference see below also.
Arrivederci a Milano.
Pier Luigi Lattuada, M.D, PhD
President of Om Association
11th EUROTAS International Conference
Beyond the Mind
Towards a Consciousness of Unity
From a culture of competition to a culture of sharing
Dare to open doors
Associazione Om, Via Villapizzone 26, 20156 Milano, – Tel/fax 0039/02.8393306
E-mail: email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: www.eurotasitaly2009.eu; www.biotransenergetica.it
Thursday 15th October (Click Table Header to sort!)
Friday 16th October
Saturday 17th October
Sunday 18th October
3. 12-13 October Pre-conference Workshop - Dimensions of the Concsciousness – Holotropic Breathwork
with Hans Peter Weidinger and HB staff
Holotropic Breathwork - developed by Stan and Christina Grof - relies on a combination of more frequent and deeper breathing (hyperventilation), evocative music, process-oriented bodywork and intuitive drawing (Mandala-drawing). This setting evokes non-ordinary states of consciousness which enable an access to deeper layers of our soul and to spiritual dimensions of our consciousness. The participants are encouraged to express and let happen all emotions, movements, sounds, memories and pictures that surface. After the breathwork-session the experiences will be shared among the participants and integration into the everyday state of consciousness will be enhanced. The experiences - on a personal, transpersonal and spiritual level - are in connection with the current live situation and can help to make a further step in our development.
Fee: 180 Euro
4. 19-20 October Post- Conference Workshop. Take a walk on the dreaming body
A shamanic experience – Pier Luigi Lattuada
Biotransenergetics is a poetic fire, an Integral Medicine, a Transpersonal Psychotherapy. It wants to learn to recognize the sacred creative yearning of life and to honour its laws, to “master the Transe”
When we master the Transe, we can "make one from two", which means to create the condition to overcome any conflict, that is just the contraposition between two opposite forces. When we master the Transe, we become able to transform any enemy into an ally, any symptom into a message, any force into our own force.
We can get to know the forces of the earth, of the water, of the air, of the fire, and then harmonize with them.
We can consider every event: an emotion or a wish, an obsessing thought or a guardian angel as a field which it is possible to enter the Transe with.
When we master the Transe, we can contact the source and we are able to embody the force of the forests and the ocean, the animals and the stones, the waterfalls and the moon as a manifestation of Divine.
Fee: 150 Euro - with Pier Luigi Lattuada and BTE staff
5. Stan Grof and the Milan EUROTAS Conference
Psychology of the Future:
Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.
Stanislav Grof, M.D.
In this seminar, we will explore the process of psychospiritual death and rebirth, using the paintings from depth psychological work with psychedelic substances and holotropic breathwork. The understanding of this process is essential for any serious approach to the ritual and spiritual history of humanity - shamanism, rites of passage, healing ceremonies of native cultures, ancient mysteries of death and rebirth, the great religions of the world, and the mystical traditions of all times and countries. The insights from this work throw also new light on artistic creations from ancient times to the modern era and sociopolitical events, such as wars, revolutions, and genocide.
Stanislav Grof is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), conducts professional training programs in holotropic breathwork and transpersonal psychology, and gives lectures and seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA).
6. Erwin Lazlo and the Milan EUROTAS Conference
The cutting edge of the sciences
The intuitions reported by mystics, poets, artists, ordinary people, even scientists, often go beyond the range of sensory perception. In the reductionist culture inspired by classical science, they are dismissed as mere delusion classical empiricism claims that there is nothing in the mind that was not first in the eye. However, the classical tenet is not universally upheld. It is exceptional in the annals of history, and even in the context of contemporary cultures. But are the intuitions that occasionally surface in consciousness mere delusion? Or can there be intuitions that are as real and fundamental as sensory perception? This question calls for a deeper look at the possibility that spontaneous insights and intuitions may have a physical basis. This presentation will summarize the pertinent findings surfacing at the cutting edge of the sciences and will thereby seek to legitimize this important but vastly neglected dimension of human experience.
Ervin Laszlo is Founder and President of The Club of Budapest, Founder and Director of the General Evolution Research Group, and Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.
7. Call for Papers- Milan
Many people said they wanted fewer words and more experience for the Conference.
Ok we’ll try, but we think that its matters of the heart that make the difference.
So please, bring your heart and dare to open the door and we will all enjoy that!
You can present an informal talk (no reading allowed please!), a workshop or participate in a working group.
Talks will last 30 minutes and workshops two hours.
Working groups takes two hours too but in a different way. Between three to six presenters introduce themselves, their work and topics for 10 minutes each. The remaining time is to share experience and ideas with all participating - , something similar to the World Café.
Please send us your proposals as soon as possible. Latest date we can receive them is April 30th.
The 11th EUROTAS Conference Scientific Board will give you an answer before the end of May.
8. Letter to the Delegates from the President of EUROTAS and others
This is a letter which requires your support so please read it and reply.
We have just finished our ECCA (Eurotas Committee for Certification and Accreditation) meeting in Evora, Portugal. We certified new therapists and discussed ways to improve this certification process.
The good news is that we have now almost 50 certified transpersonal psychotherapists from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA and we are working towards a steady increase of the number of people certified by EUROTAS.
We deeply feel that this process will bring more recognition to the transpersonal model for psychotherapy and strengthen the community of spiritually-oriented therapists. A growing number of well certified therapists will give more support to EUROTAS and recognise transpersonal psychotherapy.
We are now ready to apply for EUROTAS to become an EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy) member and a EWAO (European-Wide Accrediting Organization). We will let you know when we have concrete results.
At this stage we need your support and help because you are the bridge between EUROTAS and transpersonal therapists in your countries.
We would like to ask you to inform your associations about our work and to encourage qualified colleagues to apply for this certification process.
Attached, you will find the criteria and the application form. We suggest that you put this information on the websites of your associations and that you forward it to your emailing list of psychotherapists.
We are trying to do our best but without your support we stay very limited to the circle of our close friends. So please give us feedback and answer the short questionnaire attached. We need your cooperation to understand how we can help you more to promote the transpersonal approach to psychotherapy in your country and get more recognition from the psychotherapeutic mainstream.
Our next meeting will be in Milano, October 2009 and your colleagues can take this opportunity to be certified then. Please encourage candidates to apply for certification very soon. See the Questionnaire below.
With greetings from Evora, Portugal
February 6, 2009
Hans Peter Weidinger
Ingo Benjamin Jahrsetz
ECTP – QUESTIONNAIRE for DELEGATES
- How do you think this process of certification is received in your country?
- From your point of view, what are the main advantages of receiving the ECTP (European Certificate for Transpersonal Psychotherapy) for your country’s therapists?
- How could ECCA improve the process of encouraging candidates to put their names forward?
- How could you help us promoting this process?
- Do you have any comments or suggestions about this process?
9. Last Words – Rumold Mol
The EUROTAS river of thanks to Rumold will never dry out as Pia wrote so movingly in the last Newsletter. What better recognition would he want that we all now take action and sign up to coming to Milan and offer what we have to offer not only to our friends but to a wider world in these special times of crisis and change?
As Pia wrote: “We miss Rumold and we are in sorrow, Ank and all of us in EUROTAS, so I asked the Prophet to speak about sorrow and he answered:
‘Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?
And is not the lute – and this harp – that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight – and Rumold gave us such delight.
Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed
Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.’
Let’s be in that balance and remember Rumold and be glad and honour him by supporting the EUROTAS which he did so much to support.