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Mike Boxhall – The Work

Mike Boxhall – The Work

My engagement with the work is constantly evolving. This makes it difficult to create bullet points of description that attempt to nail it down. We can, however, roam around a little looking for a taste and see if something takes shape. The useful thing with the analogy of taste is that the experience is different for everybody as, indeed, it is with the experience of the work once it goes past a didactic level. I started this work with a…

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New Year

New Year

For my first posting, this year, I thought I would look at some new – perhaps different – implications of New Year. This is a time for making resolutions,; we didn’t get it quite right last year – or the year before, as it happens, or, on reflection, the year before that!  Lets get a grip on this thing; this year I am going to be positive, get it right, generally be better and kinder and bingo, all will be…

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Xmas 2011

Xmas 2011

I launched this blog back in September 2008. At the time I promised to write something every two months, or six times a year. Much of the time I posted something every month and have received some very rewarding feedback from time to time. In the last few months I have fallen somewhat behind in my self-imposed schedule but have, nevertheless, posted nine pieces, including two videos. I apologise for getting behind with my offerings which people had come to…

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Teaching August 2011: More Reflections on the Teaching not the Teacher

Teaching August 2011: More Reflections on the Teaching not the Teacher

I am privileged to be involved in very moving correspondences with people from all over the world.  Sometimes we have met together face to face in some capacity, very often the first I know of them is an e-mail that arrives, out of the blue. Some piece of work that I may have written has triggered a journey of opening or awakening. It seems to me that there is a sort of radio wave transmission which is picked up by…

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Teaching May 2011: Doing – Intelligence v Intellect

Teaching May 2011: Doing – Intelligence v Intellect

To do nothing, to just sit in stillness and rely on intelligence itself to restore its affects to equilibrium, is very difficult.  Things are noticed and trauma of one kind or another come into awareness.  To then sit and just go deeper into stillness without engaging in the perceived process, flies in the face of all our (recent) cultural background.  And yet, I believe, this is precisely what we must do in order to work with the Spirit.  That is…

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Teaching April 2011: Change

Teaching April 2011: Change

Change is such an important subject for our consideration. It is, perhaps, the only constant in the universe and paradoxically, the bedrock of our existence. There is no birth or death; no coming, no going, no thinking, feeling, sensation or intuition; no relationship, of any nature, without change. This me is not the me I was (or had) yesterday. The more I practice being in the present, the more obvious this becomes. There was a time when I knew exactly…

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Teaching March 2011: Insecurity

Teaching March 2011: Insecurity

I am sorry I am a bit behind with my posting for March. It seems that I have not been at home for long enough to put pen to paper, over the last six weeks. This offering is another video – shot in Italy – it is in English with Italian subtitles. It is amateur in the production but some think it no worse for that as it comes across as being genuine. See what you think and please give…

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Teaching February 2011: Levels

Teaching February 2011: Levels

This subject is becoming more and more important as far as I am concerned. It is crucial in all communication and relationships that the right level is touched. The theme of Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus is the implication that if we don’t speak the same language from the same place, we miss each other. We are not in touch. To come from that place in oneself that may be described as Spiritual, it is necessary…

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Teaching January 2011: A win/win Situation!

Teaching January 2011: A win/win Situation!

As this is the first little effort in 2011, I thought I would just muse a little – in a roundabout way of course; when was I ever different – about the value of the work for me. I have in the past written on the “Teaching not the Teacher” but these exchanges, lifted verbatim from a course in 2009, rather nicely amplify those thoughts from embodied experience. Make of them what you will; there may be resonances. NB The…

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December 2010 Happy New Year

December 2010 Happy New Year

This site has been up and running for some time now and although, when we started I promised to deliver a new entry every two months, I have, in fact, put up something each month – albeit sometimes a little late. As we get to the end of 2010 and beginning of a New Year, I realise that there are some of you I have never met and some I have not been in personal contact with for too long….

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Teaching November 2010: Random thoughts around Shock and Trauma, Spirituality and Labelling ourselves

Teaching November 2010: Random thoughts around Shock and Trauma, Spirituality and Labelling ourselves

Some bits of this month’s submission may be familiar to some of you. You may have heard me or someone else say something very similar. I do not too much mind this; it has become apparent to me that one can go on and on saying something very similar, in slightly different ways until, suddenly, the right wavelength, attunement, is there and someone clicks, gets it; or I get it myself, finally and understand at a felt sense level, what…

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Teaching October 2010: Confidentiality

Teaching October 2010: Confidentiality

I am sorry this submission is so late.  I have been a little snowed under but have now broken free and the next two offerings should follow closely behind. I am a bit chattier than usual, I think.  Please let me know what you think. Random thoughts around Confidentiality, Buddha, Craniosacral Therapy, Meditation and other trifles… Mike: It seems to me we have two subjects here. One subject is the value of recording, and the other subject is confidentiality. Is…

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Teaching September 2010: Ordinary

Teaching September 2010: Ordinary

As I have explained before, I consider that the sharing we do, of the experiences that arise during the hands-on sessions, is probably, the most important segment of the work. Important in the sense that what we are listening to is someone’s embodied experience of the life story that they have identified with as being “me.” If the group is safe, and the trust is there, the revelation may well be at a deeper level than the speaker has ever allowed…

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Teaching August 2010: Preface

Teaching August 2010: Preface

The contents of this book emerge, for the greater part, from relationships with students in classes over the last fifteen years or so.  As each chapter, each article I could say, stems from a different time, place, space and grouping of people from every other article, the result is a collection of think-pieces; some quite well put-together, some containing quite well put-together sections.  The whole needs form and I am working with others on turning it into a more traditional…

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Teaching July 2010: Some ramblings around Essence and Age.

Teaching July 2010: Some ramblings around Essence and Age.

Do please look at the responses to the June entry, they deserve it. There is a perennial wisdom that pervades all cultures. It manifests time after time after time in different forms according to time, place and space. The form may be Dance, Speech, Painting, Poetry, Film, Sculpture, Songs; whatever is indigenous, no one of them can be better than the other, it is quite simply, the truth taking form. The Teaching speaks, when it is true; it is not…

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Teaching June 2010: Some thoughts around form and emptiness.

Teaching June 2010: Some thoughts around form and emptiness.

Addressed to therapists but also, in a broader sense to everyone in relationship. What I have learned from Milarepa, a Tibetan rogue then saint of the 11th century, in particular is, that when I don’t like what arises, I try not to get rid of it but rather, get to know it better by schmoozing it. Offering tea with finely cut cucumber sandwiches, would be the English way but schmooze will do. It is not my job to teach how…

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Teaching May 2010: Synergy, or let the work do the work

Teaching May 2010: Synergy, or let the work do the work

From time to time, I offer a session where the whole group just receives, in silence, whatever feeling, thought or sensation reveals itself as they sit or lie in a receptive mode.  My task is to approach the group, energetically from as deep and still a place in myself as i can muster.  There is no doing only trust that the synergy, or the work, will do the work. After the session, usually about 20-30 minutes, we all share any…

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