The Awaken Training is an opportunity wake up to God’s call on your life, your unconscious beliefs, your impact on people and new ways of loving others
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wake up anew to your relationships, and to the vision you have for the communities you are involved in both personally and professionally. Just as Ephesians 5:13-14 says, when we come into the light, where our thinking can be aligned with our vision, new possibilities for life are awakened. It is a chance to wake up to the beliefs you have about yourself, others, or circumstances that limit possibilities for attaining your vision. It reveals “blind spots” that all of us have and are unaware of, and it is a wake up call to fully knowing your impact on people and to new ways of loving others. The Awaken Training is open to everyone ages 18+
Awaken takes place over four consecutive days (generally Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and there is an optional follow-up six hour session a week to ten days after the training. Each full day begins at 10:00 a.m. and typically ends at approximately 10:30 p.m., except the final evening of Day Four which ends at approximately 6:30 p.m. While in the training, you will have the opportunity to engage in interactive exercises, lecturettes, small group and one-on-one conversations. Breaks are approximately every 2-3 hours, with an extended dinner break.
overcoming bitterness and other relational blocks
looking at the impact you have on others versus our intentions, and seeing where the two are misaligned
the ability to open possibility and access resource in areas of conflict where you haven’t experienced possibility in the past
realizing new levels of freedom to speak up, share yourself and enjoy the gift that you are
obtaining an enhanced ability to listen and discern what needs to be discussed, but is not being said
experiencing and examining the difference between forgiving someone and excusing them and between apologizing and asking for forgiveness.
examining the power of judgments and how they affect what one hears or doesn’t hear.
gaining tools and resourceful ways of receiving and taking a neutral look at feedback from others
Ground Rules: The purpose of these rules is to help you and the group work together to accomplish your goals. On the first day, the Trainer will ask that you agree to several simple ground rules; things like being on time to the training etc…
Mini-Lectures: The Trainer or participants may offer points of view about different subjects. Whether you agree or disagree is your choice. Be willing to discuss and explore your perspective with others in the group. The value will be in getting clear about what you really do believe and testing out how you stand for what your believe. The Trainer will speak about things that relate to a Christian’s life of love and forgiveness. The main standard to measure our relationships with is “love your neighbor as yourself.” It is a starting place, a foundation for us to learn how to live and love other people.
Sharing: Sharing is voluntary. Sharing can happen one-on-one, in small groups or with the whole group. All during the training you will have a chance to know yourself better by sharing, talking about what you are thinking, what you are learning and hearing about your own and others’ experiences. Just like in life, participation equals value! The more that you participate the more value that you experience and the more you create for others.
Small Group Exercises: You will, at different times, meet with a group of about 4-6 other participants for casual discussions or specific relational exercises.
One-on-One Interaction: In order to make progress, you may be asked to answer a number of questions, tell a story, complete sentences or take on a particular body position (like standing up). You will have an opportunity to see new solutions for the problems and issues that you struggle with and to support the other participants to do the same. Sometimes participants find this an intense or emotional experience. Please be honest about your feelings at all times.
Listening: To increase your ability to listen carefully and to discover how well you listen occasionally the Trainer will request that you close your eyes.
Interaction with the Trainer: At times you may be talking directly with the Trainer. The Trainer will challenge you to look at your life in terms of personal responsibility, to consider what prices you and others pay for your decisions, to consider where you play the “victim” and where you take responsibility for your choices. You may feel challenged, anxious and uncomfortable when looking at your life and your choices from other perspectives or working with things that you are not used to addressing.
Music: Music is an important part of the training. The music is adapted to many preferences and styles and is always thematic. You are encouraged to listen to the words as well as the tune.
Homework: During evening or meal breaks throughout the training you will be asked to complete written homework. The homework is designed to prepare and support you for the next phase of the training. It will usually take at least 30-45 minutes to complete each time.
Worship: You will discover and explore your own creative and powerful expressions of worship and have the opportunity to be involved in individual and group worship during the training.
Challenge: During the training all parts of your being will be engaged and challenged: intellectually, emotionally, physically and spiritually. You may experience thoughts, feelings or sensations that are new or unique. This is an exciting learning experience that will include a high degree of personal challenge. Your participation is your choice. Think about the opportunity to confront your struggles, fears and limitations head-on and go for it!
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