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Creating Your Biggest Evolutionary Leaps: Mastering Context

September 29 – October 1, 2017

You may have heard the old saying about not being able to see the forest for the trees. A more contemporary image is not being able to download the newest cool apps onto your current operating system. Context is your operating system. Context is more than “the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event.” Context is the often-invisible container in which we create our lives. We move through and adjust ourselves to a huge number of distinct contexts throughout the day, such as:

  • the frame we create with our posture and movement;
  • following the good guys vs. the bad guys;
  • adhering to the dress code (or rebelling against the dress code);
  • using or not using seating assignments in classrooms, offices and theaters;
  • standing in line (in the U.S., doesn’t happen in some other countries);
  • rooting for a team;
  • participating in Facebook, Snapchat, exercise apps, etc.

Content spells out all the rules, procedures, rituals, unspoken agreements and protocol that fill up the contextual container, the operating system. And your operating system got installed from the factory (e.g., parents/school/media/peer pressure), not by your preferences. So unless you bring your conscious awareness to contexts, they continue to exert huge influence over your perception and available choices.

Context always trumps content. What does that mean? If you’re vying for first place in the line, you forget that you’ve already agreed to stand in line instead of ordering your tickets ahead of time online. If you are looking for more natural makeup, you may neglect to see that makeup itself is not natural. When you go to a meeting, the structure of the room and who sits where probably got decided before you arrived. If you buy your coffee from a big chain store, you’re opting in to the packaging and waste as well as the product.

Why does contextual intelligence matter? When you change the context you change the game. Contextual moves have the most leverage, the highest impact for energy expended. One of the most common interactional contexts in our culture is the Drama Triangle, where people occupy either the Villain (blaming), Victim (complaining) or Hero (jumping in to rescue or fix without being asked) role. If you look anywhere in society you’ll see this context operating, and it’s based in and powered by fear. Buckminster Fuller pointed clearly to the deeper problem of our obsession with content:

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality [running around the Δ from victim to villain to hero]. To change something build a new model (changing the context) that make the existing model obsolete.”

In this action-­‐packed and experiential weekend, we’ll be exploring:

  • Using context expansion to create a better story around which to organize your life (rather than who’s fault it is, being right, having control, etc.)
  • Recognizing and being awake to the operating context (e.g.: sitting theater style, manners, who sits and who stands, the good guys and the bad guys)
  • Discerning content from context (e.g., arguing over the rules rather than changing the game)
  • Creating self-generated context shifts in a variety of settings (e.g., Conscious listening is a powerful context shift skill.)
  • Enjoying the link between context and creativity (“Creativity is not a talent. It’s a way of operating.” John Cleese)
  • Understanding the relationship between context shifts and evolutionary strategies (e.g., being able to direct your attention free of fear)
  • Incorporating specific context skills and applying them to your biggest vision for your life and contribution

This workshop is designed for people who want to make the most powerful contributions in their families, communities, and the world. You’ll leave with powerful skills to continue expanding the contexts in which you play and to generate new contexts of collaboration and co-creativity.

SEMINAR COST:

  • Tuition: $695 per individual
  • Early Bird Rate: $595 per individual on or before August 31, 2017
  • Evolutionary Playground: The Path of Play (formerly Essentials) is a prerequisite for this course.
  • Our product, Essentials Online, is available as an option for you to meet the prerequisite if you haven’t taken Evolutionary Playground or the Essentials 3-Day Seminar in person in the past. Cost: Tuition + $97.00
  • Cancellation Policy – 90% refund (10% withheld as a cancellation fee)
  • Transfer Policy – 10% transfer fee will be assessed and depending upon which future training you choose, the Early Bird discount may be forfeited, requiring additional monies to meet the full tuition amount for that training.
  • If you have any questions, please contact our Enrollment Consultant, Nancy Stubbs, at 1-800-688-0772, Ext. 1 (Pacific Time); nancy@hendricks.com

September 29 – October 1, 2017

  • Tuition: $695 per individual
  • Early Bird Rate: $595 per individual on or before August 31, 2017

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If you haven’t attended Evolutionary Playground or Essentials: Making The Big Leap in Life and Love:
Click here to enroll with the additional purchase of “Essentials Online”

What People are Saying about Creating Your Biggest Evolutionary Leaps: Mastering Context:

I LOVED the Course on Context. For me, context is everything. It’s the blueprint for how my life is being designed. This course gave me huge confirmation and priceless information to recognize the infinite value of being able to recognize the context AND fabulous skills for how to change it in favor of evolution and ease and ultimate well-being. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to skip over the story and get right down into the good stuff of context where BIG changes can happen quickly and gracefully. AND..by the way…hanging out with the magic that Gay and Katie together are is a gift that just keeps on giving.  Audrey Hazekamp, M.A.,  Master Coach/Facilitator, Well-Being Specialist

I participated in the Mastering Context course last year. During the course, we practiced embodied understanding to see how context is always at play in our lives. We also practiced periscoping up out of these contexts, and taking a picture of the larger context. These meta-contexts include dominance/suppression, suffering, working hard, approval/disapproval, etc. I had the “aha” that I can create my own context whenever I want. I can do a “context pop” and not fall into the thinking traps of the invisible contexts that are going on around me. I celebrate that I am creating my own contexts now wherever I go by first noticing and resonating with the context that I am in and then asking myself if I want to participate in that context, and then choosing how I want to play with it or interrupt it. I am at choice always. I am not at the affect of someone else’s context, my culture’s context, my family of origin’s context, etc. This context shift moves me into more presence, responsibility, creativity, authenticity, power, happiness and love in my life. Thank you Katie Hendricks for the exquisite way you pattern interrupt contexts and create a contextual presence wherever you go.  –Megan Clemens, Big Leap Coach

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