Altered States of Consciousness Series
Professional Group Track Learning Guide
Lesson Five: Ethics and Feedback
-The first step is ACT ONE. This interactive form section will give you an opportunity to delve deeply into the concepts behind our lesson and reflect on how they connect to your life and your role as caregiver. A critical element for the success of an ACT Learning Group is to provide some time and space for personal reflection and journaling.
-After completing this step, ACT TWO is a period of group discussion and reflection. All participants must be given a safe space to express themselves during this time. This portion of the interactive form is filled out with insights gained from your community exploration.
-Next, your group will move on to ACT THREE, the Best Practices, real-world habits, ways of thinking, or behaving that can increase personal well-being. Goals to incorporate best practice suggestions can be made on the group or individual level and support systems can be developed during this time.
ACT Step One: Individual Reflection
ACT Step Two: Group Discussion
ACT Step Three: Best Practices – (Choose at Least One)
- In this teaching, Stan explains the three states of consciousness people might exhibit as they approach the end of their life. They are: ordinary, dream, and spiritual states.
- Take a moment to lie quietly, relax deeply and observe which state you are in. Imagine what shifts in you as you move from state to state.
- What signals might indicate each of the three states and how might those signals be seen by another?
- With a partner, take turns with one lying down, relaxing quietly, then exhibiting one or more of the three states of consciousness.
- Are you able to discern which state the other might be demonstrating?
- Did you notice if you had expectations and if they were obstacles to the interpretation?
- The Multi-State Ethic includes releasing our expectations, discerning the appropriate state the person might be in, and meeting the person where they are.
- In the above exercise, notice how you would meet your partner where they are as they move through the various states of consciousness.
- Remember that the shifts we look for can be very subtle.
- Most importantly, after trying this exercise with a partner, notice what kind of conversation might open up between yourselves after such a shared experience.
“Overcoming our resistance to experiencing our pain can become the source of compassion for the world and other beings.” – Joanna Macy