Creative Arts with Patrick Moore


Sunday Discovery Workshops

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 .. it is important to stay balanced …

Sunday Workshop Series

for Personal Growth, Relationship and Life

These are workshops I have taught for years to therapists for their continuing education. Certain of my workshops are just as meaningful to non-therapists, so I have scheduled these titles for therapists on Sundays and (space permitting) inviting non-therapists to also attend.

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  • Location: Patrick Moore Home Office near Tohono Chul Park, near Oracle Road and Ina, NW Tucson, AZ 85704
  • Register by contacting Patrick: Contact Me
  • Class size: 1-10 students.
  • Half-price for non-therapists (except Reiki). (Prices for therapists are higher because for them I must produce handouts, certificates, take attendance, keep records and report to state and national authorities.)
  • Workshop Style: new information, nonjudgmental, safe environment. Prepare to be challenged compassionately and to experience different perspectives. All workshops are partially improvised to respond to those present, to be relevant for your current interests and needs. Stimulates curiosity, presence, vulnerability and compassion.

JUNE 2017

Sunday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch)

Equal-Power Partnerships at Work and Home

$60.00 for non-therapists ($120.00 for therapists).

When I was young my Dad always told me, for any two people, one will be dominant. He believed this was true in work (he was a construction worker) and in relationships with women. As an adult I have learned differently. In this workshop we explore how we can be equal with others. This is helpful both for those times we overexert our power and underexert. A relationship with two equals is best described as a partnership. The workshop is improvised to respond to those present, to be relevant for your current interests and needs.

JULY 2017

Sunday, July 9, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Reiki Level One (Shoden) Reiki Practitioner I

Reiki (lecture, hands-on, attunement)

$150.00, or take both Reiki I and II on successive Sundays for $325.00 (you save $75.00)

Reiki is a method that activates, or gives you a shortcut, to directing energy–or, the stuff our universe is made of. Reiki is a compassionate method for healing, resolving, embracing and transforming issues and ailments. Reiki is equally effective for oneself, to empower goals, to finesse problems, to learn new skills, resume arrested development, for personal discovery and spiritual growth.

Sunday, July 16, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch)

Reiki Level Two (Okuden) Reiki Practitioner II

Reiki (lecture, hands-on, hands-above, attunement)

$250.00, or take both Reiki I and II on successive Sundays for $325.00 (you save $75.00)

Includes instructions how to direct energy (or, the stuff our universe is made of) in the past, future and incrementally over any span of time. For those, like me, interested in the fabric of the universe, this is the fun part!

Sunday, July 30, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch)

Responding, Not Reacting – Being Nonjudgmental with Others and Yourself

$60.00 ($120.00 for therapists)

Nobody is perfect. We all react. Still, we may learn to redirect our reactions quickly, so that we don’t blast others, behave impulsively and suffer unnecessary consequences. This is what Mr. Rogers was talking about in his video to congress https://youtu.be/fKy7ljRr0AA?t=4m10s when he tells the lyrics to a song for children about restraining one’s reactions. What can we do instead of reacting? Responding! The alternatives to reacting may include: humor (non-sarcastic), play, funny gestures, expressions, vocalizations or movements, loving, nurturing, improvising, creativity, sharing, vulnerability, patience, presence and compassion. In this workshop we will practice with partners and discuss relevant scenarios, in a fun way.

AUGUST 2017

Sunday, August 13, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Holistic Healing – a Model of Body & Mind as attributes of Essence

$50.00 ($100.00 for therapists)

Most of us know someone, or perhaps ourselves, who has faced an illness or behavior that threatens losses of functions, abilities, relationships or life itself. Facing such a harsh scene, many people suddenly question the meaning of life. Who are we? Why am I here? And this can be a good thing, if we engage these questions with curiosity, because the answers are often enlightening, fulfilling and empowering. Each person’s true essence is fully capable, and willing to embrace any challenge this world (or this body) throws at us. In this workshop we discuss life, death and health in a fun, fascinating light.

Sunday, August 27, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch)

Expectations – Theirs and Yours

$60.00 ($120.00 for therapists)

What an enlightening topic: to understand how many of our conflicts in life arise from unmet expectations. We drive ourselves crazy when we expect things of others they do not do, when we expect things of ourselves we do not do, and when others expect things of us we do not want to do! What’s the cure? It doesn’t take long to begin adjusting our expectations to be more realistic, and to begin negotiating kindly with others regarding their expectations of us.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Sunday, September 10, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch)

Melting Muscles Basic – Prone (hands-on-body, back massage, clothed)

$80.50 ($161.00 for therapists)

I have taught this method to about a thousand therapists, and a few dozen non-therapists. It is easy to learn and seems like magic when you feel a muscle melting under your hand. You will be receiving as much muscle-melting as you give. You will learn to relax about 15 muscles on the back of the body. Massage tables are provided. Wear sweats, pajamas or yoga clothing as we will be working through clothing (no jeans).

 

Sunday, September 24, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch)

Clothed Massage Relaxes Muscles Better

$69.00 ($138.00 for therapists) Some Hands-On. Wear loose or stretchy clothing, no jeans.

In this workshop we do some hands-on-body “melting muscles” through clothing, with the recipient face-up on massage tables. We also discuss how and why muscles relax better when the recipient is clothed. If you be interested in starting a clothed-massage clinic, on the model of a network-chiropractic clinic, then this workshop is for you. If you are simply curious about how muscles feel safe and relax, and want to give and receive some nurturing treatment, this workshop is also for you.

OCTOBER 2017

Sunday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Activating Your Intuition  (partner exercises and discussion)

$57.50 ($115.00 for therapists)

Intuition is not magical, it is simply enhanced perception. This workshop is less about how intuition works, and more about practicing and improving our skills. Since intuition is natural, we don’t have to learn how to do it, only to recall how to do it. Once we are doing it we practice turning it off again, so that we become clearer about how to activate and deactivate intuition. Fun exercises including games, followed by discussion.

Sunday, October 15, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

How Energy Draws Clients to your Business

$50 ($100.00 for therapists), category: Business/Marketing, Group Discussion.

Does your job rely at all on people being satisfied by what you do? Are you an artist, writer or musician? Did you know that your energy has a lot to do with how others will respond to your services and offerings? This workshop discusses the ways energy (or, the stuff this universe is made of) influences others and ourselves, and how we influence energy with our thoughts, interpretations and behaviors.

Sunday, October 29, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Exercising Naturally – how Oxygen Decreases Muscle Soreness, Improves Health & Mood

$50 ($100.00 for therapists)

We start the day with a one-hour walk (or longer depending on participants) during which we begin to discuss how and why exercise benefits us so much. The emphasis is on creating a healthy relationship with exercise, that develops and grows more friendly over a lifetime.

NOVEMBER 2017

Sunday, November 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch)

The Philosophy of Ethics from Plato to Spinoza  

$60.00 ($120.00 for therapists)

A fun way for professionals to get their “professional ethics” hours.

Also a fun way to learn about the history of ethics. Why think of others? Why not just take every advantage you can? Learn how Plato, Boethius and others answered these questions and see if their answers make any sense to you. While we are at it, we may learn “how to make life worth living.”

Sunday, November 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch)

Breathing Naturally – from Deliberate Exhalation to Zen Meditation

$60.00 ($120.00 for therapists)

Somehow, humans have forgotten the natural way to breathe that we did as children. Because we avoid exhaling, our blood becomes more acidic, we age faster, are more grumpy and sore. First we learn to deliberately exhale a little more, then we learn how to breathe more and more naturally, without controlling. You will also learn how gas exchanges at the lungs and how oxygen is transported throughout your body. With more oxygen you will be more alert, calmer, clearer, with more energy, vitality and endurance.

DECEMBER 2017

Sunday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch)

Muscle Guarding as Communication – Learning the Nonverbal Language of Muscles

       The Muscle Whisperer Class

$60.00 ($120.00 for therapists)

Have you seen the movie, The Horse Whisperer? Have you seen The Truth about Cats & Dogs? How would you like to understand the language of human muscles? How would you like to talk directly with the subconscious, so that you can figure out why it is making the muscles achey, tight & sore? What if you could speak to the muscles in their own language, so they would agree to relax and play nice?

Sunday & Monday, December 10 & 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (one hour break for lunch)

Reiki Level Three (Shinpiden or Shinpiden) Reiki Master PLUS Reiki Teacher Skills – How to Maximize Your Reiki Students’ Confidence and Effectiveness (Teacher Training)

Reiki + Teacher Training (lecture, hands-above, attunement, discussion)

6 + 6 = 12 Live Hours

$600.00 (half-financial aid available for one participant in this class)

Registration deadline Sunday, December 3.

2018 (DATES NOT YET SCHEDULED):

Melting Muscles Theory – How and Why do Muscles Melt? (Muscle Physiology / Therapeutic Relationship)

Therapeutic Massage (group discussion)

5 Live Hours, $100.00 (25% off, when paid in full, $75.00, by

Mirror Neurons – Using Clients’ Mirroring Tendency to Connect with their Tension and Lead Them to Relax (Research)

Research (group discussion)

5 Live Hours

 

Is there a topic you would like to learn more about? Please let me know

Contact Me

Warmly,

Patrick

 



Borrowing Cheerup and Calmdown
February 27, 2017, 5:02 pm
Filed under: brain, compassion, healthcare, self-help, tucson | Tags: , ,
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Up or Down?  Where is balance?

 

Pep Up or Calm Down? Which is the Best Way to Live?

 The following is an excerpt from the most recent Natural Healer Newsletter. To subscribe to the email newsletter sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bnuPuj

Your nervous system has two processes—up-regulating and down-regulating. Which is better? Should we live life always pepped-up? Or always calmed-down? A natural balance uses both strategies. According to Arlene Montgomery in her 2013 book, Neurobiology Essentials for Clinicians. http://smile.amazon.com/dp/0393706028  people can get into a bad habit: people who habitually upregulate, Montgomery calls anxious. People who habitually downregulate, she calls depressed. Montgomery defines a resilient person as one who can use both systems at appropriate situations.

I want to be resilient! I tend toward depression.

This article describes how we may help others become more resilient. The side-effect of helping others is that we helpers become more resilient ourselves.

 

Relaxation Is Not Always Best

Isn’t relaxation always good? No, relaxation is not always the best remedy. Just as often, a person needs to pep up. …

 

Nerve State is Borrowed by Mirroring

… If you were listening to talk radio, with callers shouting passionately, and hosts hammering their points with persistent hard voices, how would you feel? If you were watching a video with protesters marching, seeing cops handcuffing them, how would you feel? We can’t help but borrow nervous states when we see facial expressions, postures and hear tones of voice. Mimicking–or Mirroring–is hard-wired into social animals…

 

Therapeutic Borrowing and Lending

The fact we humans mimic, is very useful for therapists.

First let’s make it too simple: You are a therapist. A person comes in to your office, looking very depressed and low. You in turn, turn up your smile, raise your voice a bit, lift your chest and present a cheerful, alert and active presence. The other person can mimic, and so borrow your state. Then they too will be cheerful, alert and active.

This is too simple. A depressed person does not mimic someone who is peppy. People have tried that on me when I am depressed, and it just annoys me. Why does this NOT work?

By laws of nature, we will not mimic someone whose state looks inappropriate for the situation. When I am depressed I think the situation is inherently depressing. When I see someone cheerful, they clearly do not perceive the world the way I do. My brain thinks, Why would someone be cheerful while the situation is depressing? In a depressed person’s judgment, anyone who is cheerful must have a screw loose.

Similarly, in an anxious person’s judgment, the situation requires more action–fighting or running away–and anyone who is calm at a time like this, must have a screw loose.

It would be dangerous to mimic someone whose thinking deviates from reality. By the laws of nature, we social animals will not mimic someone whose expressions, postures and tones of voice appear (in our judgment) inappropriate to the situation. Our survival would be at risk, to mirror someone who thinks it is time to act when it is time to give up, or vice versa.

Under what conditions will a depressed person, or an anxious person, resonate with another who wishes to be helpful? …

 

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Below are four of the upcoming Tucson workshops that feature mirroring, borrowing and body psychology. To register, contact me through my website: meltingmuscles.com/contact.html  

 

Sunday, March 26, 9 a.m.

Activating Your Intuition – 5 hour (Self-Care)

Awaken your sixth sense! Based on workshops with Stephen Bruno, partner exercises to dramatically improve your intuitive perception.

 

Monday, April 3, 2017, 9 a.m.

Responding, Not Reacting – Being Nonjudgmental with Challenged Clients and Yourself

(Communication/Therapeutic Relationship), Body Psychology, (discussion) 6 hours.

Don’t get aggravated. Turn challenges into healing moments by responding and unlocking this gift.

 

Monday, April 10, 2017, 9 a.m.

Mirror Neurons – Using Clients’ Mirroring Tendency to Connect with their Tension and Lead Them to Relax

(discussion), Research, 5 hours.

We social animals mirror others in order to understand them. Learning how, aids therapists and anyone who wants to improve his relationships.

 

Monday, May 1, 2017, 9 a.m.

Muscle Guarding as Communication – Learning the Nonverbal Language of Muscles

Body Psychology, 6 hours (group discussion).

A muscle tightening, tells you the brain feels unsafe about something. A muscle melting, tells you the brain is feeling safer about that thing…

 

More workshops are listed at my continuing education blog: meltingmuscles.blogspot.com



The Myth of Physical Illness (book excerpt)
December 21, 2016, 1:39 pm
Filed under: Book Reviews, Education, hands-on healing, healthcare, Sociology, Spinoza | Tags: , , , ,

The following is a new preface I have just written to my book-in-progress, The Myth of Physical Illness. I have been working on this book about five years, extending almost two hundred pages, and then starting over from scratch several times. I hope to seek publishers in the coming year. I thought it would be nice to share this experiment I composed this morning, for those who know I am a writer but don’t know what I write. I also work on fiction, novels, short stories and poetry but 95% of my writing over the last ten years is nonfiction like this.. Warmly, Patrick.

© 2016 by Patrick Moore. Do not copy without permission, but you may link back to this page at http://healingbrain.blogspot.com  

Preface

My book title, The Myth of Physical Illness, alludes to the 1960 book The Myth of Mental Illness, by the late Thomas Szasz M.D.. Dr. Szasz said, “there is no such thing as mental illness.” Without saying he was right or wrong, this book asks if his ideas also apply to physical illness.

Definitions:

For now, I define disease and illness as the same thing. I define it the way people commonly think of it: something that happens to a person, some damage done, something that can be caught. Our culture teaches that a person either has or doesn’t have a disease. There are ways of checking, of being certain that a person does, or does not have a disease, ways that are standardized so that a doctor trained at one medical school will give the same diagnosis as a doctor trained in a different school, even on different continents, we believe. For example a person throwing up may have the flu, salmonella or a hangover. A doctor has ways to determine whether the sufferer has one disease, a different disease, or no disease, we believe.

I define malady as bad feelings, pain, discomfort, stiffness, reduction in energy level, reduction in ability and activity, unwanted change to the body, behavior and unwanted personal challenge of all kinds. A disease (if disease exists) is also a malady because a disease presents unwanted challenges. But there are maladies that are not diseases, like painful joints for a week after pruning trees, or a hangover. Nobody considers these to be diseases. Often a person with a malady doesn’t believe he has a disease, and won’t form a strong belief until he consults a doctor who can tell him, yes he definitely has a disease, or no it’s only a malady.

A sufferer, I define as someone feeling the uncomfortable effects of a malady (or a disease if disease exists).

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An Open Question

I leave open the question, does disease exist? This book won’t tell you an answer, for a number of reasons:

  • I trust you are smart enough to decide for yourself, once you have been offered a number of perspectives and ideas.
  • Is the answer to this question really knowable at this time in the history of human knowledge? I don’t think so.
  • I am not very interested in whether disease exists or not.
  • I don’t care to advocate any changes in healthcare policy, therapist education or any thing like that, so it won’t be important for me to prove anything to support my advocacy.

I don’t see myself as an advocate. If you were one of my friends or family you’d know I don’t push for issues. When I see a policy going in a direction that does not please me, (after perhaps an initial reaction) I don’t raise my voice in attempt to sway the momentum. Instead I offer ideas. I want people to have more adequate ideas as the foundations of their choices and behaviors. I trust that people with more adequate ideas will balance themselves in time.

The Effects of our Perspectives

I am far more interested in the effects of how we think of disease. In this sense, the book is only sociology. I only want to offer you different perspectives you can digest into understanding how and why we humans think and do the things we do. I will feel my book achieved its purpose if even a few people ask more questions like these:

  • Is our cultural concept of disease helping sufferers? Would alternative perspectives serve sufferers better?
  • Is our cultural concept of disease helping therapists and doctors to be more effective? Would alternative perspectives increase therapist effectiveness?
  • Is the concept of disease reducing the quality of life of healthy people? Would an alternative belief help healthy people more?
  • If people might be more harmed than helped by our culture’s belief in disease, what secondary gain outweighs this harm, so that instead of naturally shifting, we double-down in our beliefs about disease?

The Important Questions Revolve around Responsibility

I think people have jumped to answering these questions too quickly. All of these questions have a commonality. They all require a concept of responsibility. As I read the scholarly articles about this topic, it seems to me the writers are not all using the same understanding of responsibility, and so they misunderstand one another and draw inaccurate conclusions about each others’ ideas.

I will pose more questions now, using the word responsibility, and you begin to see what I mean:

  • Is the sufferer responsible for the condition he finds himself in?
    • If it is a physical condition that a doctor has measured or seen on a scan, is the sufferer responsible for the condition he finds himself in?
    • If it is a mental condition, where no physical condition can be measured by a medical doctor, now is the sufferer responsible for the condition he finds himself in?
    • What else shifts the person’s responsibility for the condition he finds himself in?
  • Who is responsible for reversing the malady?
    • The therapist?
    • The sufferer?
    • The insurer?
    • Some split of responsibility among these three?
  • What is the responsibility of a healthy person?
    • Would a responsible citizen tolerate diseased persons among us?
    • Or would a responsible person advocate to have diseased persons kept apart from healthy persons?
  • What is the responsibility of a person who begins to experience troubles?
    • Is it irresponsible to hide the troubles from society (since society will shun and stigmatize him if he reveals it)?
    • Is it irresponsible to avoid treatment for fear of being stigmatized?

If you feel you know the answers to any of these questions already, I urge caution. I don’t know the answers already. I think the answers all depend upon our understanding of what responsibility means.

Good News

This book brings good news. This book claims:

All of the issues our culture has regarding ill people, revolve around our concept of responsibility. I think you’ll be surprised, relieved and hopeful, after learning a different perspective of what responsibility is.

©2016 by Patrick Moore, do not copy without permission. But you may link back to this page at http://healingbrain.blogspot.com

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If you enjoyed this please feel free to post your comments below or ask questions.

–Patrick