Inner MotherInner Father
The Guide to Self-Parenting
a Wisdom Imaginations course
the Imagine Self academy
These words are verbs!Sadly, we usually focus on these words as nouns which limit us to the individuals who mother, father, and parent us or the the ideal and mythical archetypes of dreams and wishes. The nouns trigger emotional dilemmas and dramatic or sentimental memories and point to the unmet needs and unexpressed angers of our childhoods.
As verbs, they allow us to set ourselves free...
they are healing, liberating and empowering for our adult selves.
Do you know when you need inner holding?
Do you know how to inwardly hold yourself?
Inner holding is one of the four key self-mothering arts. If no one held you sufficiently, met your need to be held as a child, or held you too much or too tightly, it is unlikely that you know how to hold yourself now. In fact, you may even deny that there are moments when you need this inner holding or you may resist or avoid self-containment. You may depend on others to hold you like a mother. Or you may avoid or bristle when another adult seeks to hold or contain you.
One aspect of a healthy adulthood arises from the maternal mysteries of holding. Our biographical images of being held have much to do with feeling good about ourselves and our place in the world.
Don't imagine that inner holding is as simple as holding an infant or a young child in your arms. Far from it. Holding your distractions with your thoughts is subtle and takes wisdom. Holding your anxiety with your courage takes compassion. Inner Mother Inner Father will teach you these subtle arts of inner mothering.
Do you know when to protect yourself?
Do you know how to protect yourself?
Protecting yourself as you engage the world is one of the four key self-fathering arts. Were you in chronic danger with no sense that a parent was keeping you safe or were you overprotected and not supported in taking healthy risks? Without a knowledge of mysteries of self-protecting, your presence in the world can be overwhelming, threatening, or weak. Too much or not-enough self-protection can trap us in the polarities of victim behavior or perpetrator behavior.
A self-aware perspective on danger and a clear sense of your capacity to protect yourself leads to confidence, courage, and inner strength. Yet, it is not as simple as it sounds as you are not protecting a child, you are protecting your adult self. You may be protecting one part of yourself from another part of yourself, protecting a dream from a memory, or your health or finances from your compulsions. Inner Mother Inner Father awakens your ability to know which part of yourself will protect and which needs protecting.
Self-holding and self-protecting are two of the eight self-parenting arts you will work with in Inner Mother Inner Father.Inner Mother Inner Father awakens the adult arts self-mothering and self-fathering. It provides a path to self-love, self-care, self-encouragement, self-direction for all aspects of your life. Inner Mother Inner Father brings to consciousness the 8 key arts of mothering and fathering. You learn how to imagine, express, and evolve your self-parenting for the rest of your life.
Inner Mother Inner Father is
an intimate schooling in the wisdom arts of self-parenting.No mother and no father can perfectly mother or perfectly father a child. Lots is undone, overdone, underdone. Little is just right. Sometimes mothering and fathering can’t be given or can’t be received. And this imperfect parenting is what we use as our model for parenting our adult selves.
This course is not about your childhood.
- It is not about bashing, defending, or praising your parents.
- It is not a course about how to interact with your mother or father now.
- It is not a course in how to parent children. (though it can help!)
- It is not about healing your relationship with your mother or father (although wisdom brings compassion and forgiveness
Inner Mother Inner Father is a about you, the adult, here and now!!Inner Mother Inner Father provides archetypal wisdom and places it in creative potential for your use. No matter what the moment brings, you will know how to experience it with calm authority and creative possibility.
It is not a happy pill, it is a wisdom source.
The Design of Inner Mother Inner FatherEach session offers a downloadable audio providing 30-90 minutes of rich wisdom, deep questions, warm encouragement. You will receive the accompanying slide presentation and valuable handouts and worksheets to support your work. Sessions 4,5 & 6 include a live teleseminar with Lynn offering additional insights and plenty of time for Q&A.
The Prerequisites for
SESSION ONE focuses on the stages of incarnation and offers a view toward understanding the what, how and why certain parts of our sense of self remain child-like and don’t seem to mature in a healthy, free and powerful way.
We will also consider a creative way to distinguish the ideal of parenting, the person who parented us and the actual parenting we received. This will prepare us to release our self-prejudices and move to a new picture of self-parenting.
Polarities & Possibilities
Letting Go of Childhood
SESSION THREE will look at the three developmental ways of relating needed for awakening and individualizing of the child’s thinking, feeling and willing: imitation, obedience, and emulation.
We will look at ways to find freedom from these imbedded soul-shaping relational patterns of childhood and evolve them into conscious and appropriate adult development.
We will also look at the relationship of karma and destiny which will lead us to self-compassion and the purpose, meaning and significance of our early life challenges.
The Four GreatMaternal Deeds
The Four GreatPaternal Deeds
Illuminating the Dark Inner Parent
Designing and Supporting Your Inner Mother Inner Father Process
Am I addicted to your classes? I do know that your presence, through your classes, emails, and telephone consults keeps alive in me the striving toward an ideal, a soul consciousness, that easily becomes dimmed by the demands, conflicts and even the celebrations, of "life on the surface". You keep re-minding us of a whole other plane of being and meaning. For that, and for you, I am grateful.
Marilyn Dixon, Maryland
From the beginning of experiencing your work, I have been and continue to be, astounded by your ability to organize this spiritual content with inner process.
Andrea Martone, Durango, CO
Why Lynn?Lynn brings a wild compassion to the very personal dilemmas of self-awareness, self-expression, and self-becoming. She wisely guides her participants through the complex paradoxes of being human and being individual, being earthly and being spiritual, being ordinary and being extraordinary and inspires the self-imaginer in everyone. She has an amazing capacity to make the mysterious transparent as she lifts veils, resolves questions and embraces it all with humility and humor. Her work is original, surprising and on the mark -- straight to the heart.
A combination of Self-Study and Live PresentationsThe entire course will be available on May 27 on the Imagine Self Online Academy. All content is downloadable - You will have it forever!
- Nine Recorded Teaching Presentations for downloading.
- A workbook with guides, questions and pages for journaling, notes, images.
- 3 live teleseminar sessions with Lynn.
- An assigned partner for mutual support, inspiration, and deep listening.
What if I don't live in the United States?
No problem! but there are a few small considerations regarding time zones: the live teleseminars with Lynn and your partnering conversations. The teleseminars will be scheduled using doodle.com so that the most people can attend live. And we will do our best to give you a partner that lives in a time zone near to yours.
What technical equipment, software & skills do I need?Equipment: Obviously, you need a computer and a browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari). An mp3 player and earphones for listening to the audios when and where you choose is great, but not essential. A printer for printing the materials and worksheets. Software: Many of the materials are in .pdf or .doc formats. If you don't have adobe reader on your computer you can download it here. Adobe Reader. For partnering you can use Skype or Facetime or your phone. Skills: There is nothing tricky or demanding in the technology we will be using. Inner Mother Inner Father is hosted on the Ruzuku Online Learning Platform and provides wonderful, friendly support for the rare glitch or forgotten password.
Are there scholarships?
If you have financial challenges, send Lynn an email about your situation and let her know what you are able to pay. Scholarships up to 50% are available as are extended payment plans.
Do you offer refunds or guarantees?There are no refunds or guarantees as the entire content is yours from the moment you purchase the course and there is no way to return the course. However, if you are deeply dissatisfied and have followed the guidelines for working with the material and completed the course, please contact Lynn.