Everyone needs a spiritual support group or family, what the Buddhists called a sangha. People who coordinate these groups find that they make a new circle of friends who know them deeply through interviews and who share themselves on a deep and rich level. It’s the type of support system everyone needs and everyone is looking for! In IDL Dream Yoga there are two sanghas. The first is made up of like-minded individuals — others who do IDL interviewing, are working to stay out of the Drama Triangle, and who want to give and receive support in applying the recommendations that come out of their interviews. The second is each person’s internal or intrasocial sangha, which is made up of those emerging potentials that you meet in interviews, are generally high scoring, and that represent facets of your inner compass. While people come and go, your internal spiritual support system is always there for you when you need it. It will never leave you. In addition, IDL Dream Yoga sanghas are not based on someone else’s belief system, philosophy, or dogma. Each person learns to find their own inner compass and listen to it — not what someone else thinks their spiritual path should be.
While Integral Deep Listening is cognizant of the many important and transformative insights and practices of Buddhism, it is not a Buddhist Dream Yoga. The orientation is integral: comparative religion, psychology, and philosophy. IDL focuses on structures that are universal and speak to all people everywhere, regardless of their religious beliefs or particular spiritual path. It is intended to make people better Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Moslems, shamans, pagans, capitalists, secular humanists, socialists, Hindus, atheists — better human beings.
The workbook for the group is Waking Up. Its purpose is to teach life skills that help you wake up out of self-created drama in your waking life, your world view and thought world, and in your dreams, whether normal or lucid. As you wake up out of drama, you will wake up in your dreams. You will learn how to interview your waking life issues, synchronicities, dreams, and lucid dreams and learn how to use them to maximize your growth. Groups can email questions about the text, interviews, and other topics to us at Joseph.Dillard@Gmail.Com for group and individual support.
At the meeting participants talk about how they did in applying their recommendations since the last meeting, exchange interviews on dreams or life issues, revise their recommendation list to work on until the next meeting, and discuss the pages of Waking Up that they agreed to read before the group meeting.
To start your IDL Dream Yoga study group put up a notice on your Facebook page and advertise in free media like Craigslist. http://www.lowselfhelpsystems.org/craigslist.asp You can also advertise through Yahoo by starting your IDL Dream Yoga group as a Meetup. http://yahoo-personals.meetup.com They will charge you for advertising, but you can defray that with group donations.
Here is the table of contents for Waking Up:
Chapter 1: Why Aren’t You Happier?
Chapter 2: Who Are You – Really?
Chapter 3: Getting to Know Your Delusions
Chapter 4: How You Keep Yourself Stuck in Drama and How to Get Out
Chapter 5: Setting Your Life Priorities – Why It Is So Important
Chapter 6: Getting Rid of Your Cognitive Distortions
Chapter 7: Learning to Assert Yourself
Chapter 8: Finding and Following Your Inner Compass
Chapter 9: Becoming Your Emerging Potentials
Chapter 10: Problem Solving With Triangulation
Chapter 11: Simple Meditation to Change Your Life
Chapter 12: The Importance of Having a Statement of Intent
Appendix 1: IDL Dream Interviewing Protocol
Appendix 2: IDL Life Issue Interviewing Protocol
Appendix 3: An Example of a Completed Life Script Questionnaire