Jack Pransky’s Autumn European Trip – November 4

November 4, Saturday

The first day of the Viva event. I had thought I was peopled-out, but when I got over to Viva, it was wonderful to see everyone. I had Mick take my box of books over to the other hotel and I walked there this morning. Jan helped me sell them, very kindly. When I got there, the first thing I was asked was if I would be willing to take Peter Anderson’s place to facilitate a breakout group with Amanda O’Shea on well-being, because Peter was sick. Since Amanda asked me, I agreed and it turned out to be a good experience. I also really liked Elsie Spittle’s talk that morning. Both Elsie and I said how much we were looking forward to being on the same stage presenting together at the end of the Viva event, because we have never done that before. I then attended Jenny and Sue’s breakout on insights, which was very nice. For the afternoon break, Amanda asked me if I would be willing to have lunch with some people associated with the addictions rehab place she works at because they read my books. I am so impressed at what Amanda has been able to accomplish over there almost single-handedly. I enjoyed that luncheon too. But I did need to go back and take a nap before the session started again. After Rani Bora and Jenny’s session on mental health, then I did another breakout group on the health of the helper with Katja. Very few people attended but we had a nice, small little circle, and the time just flew by. Then Frederick accompanied a singer on guitar, and then played fiddle for the group, which was really nice. Then I met Rudy to plan for tomorrow’s presentation on Our True Essence. It was a busy but good day.

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Jack Pransky’s Autumn European Tour – November 3

November 3, Friday.

Gabriela and I took the long walk to Altea. We had a really good and enlightening conversation, up in a little garden overlooking the sea with a view all the way to the Albir lighthouse and Benidorm. Up in Altea, we had brunch in the beautiful courtyard in front of the church, then went into the church, which is one of the most beautiful little churches I know. Then we did some shopping and more talking and walked back to Albir. Gabriela gave me shopping lessons. It was a great and very productive time. When I got back, I had a long and really nice Skype call with Nicole. Then I wheeled my clothes in my suitcase over to a distant hotel to do a laundry. I got there a little too late to have my clothes dry thoroughly, so I had to take them out of the dryer still damp, because it was time to get to the Viva presenters meeting—except that I wanted to get my bag of damp laundry hung out in my room before I went over there. But on my way I bumped into Lili walking in the other direction and she checked and found out the presenters meeting had just started. So I turned around with my suitcase full of damp clothes and walked with Lili over to the meeting at the other hotel. If I hadn’t bumped into her I may have missed it. As it is, I walked into the meeting late. But it was nice to see my fellow presenters, including Elsie and Rudy. Mick drove my bag of clothes and me back to the hotel Rober Palas, just in time for a late dinner.

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Jack Pransky’s Autumn European Tour – November 2

November 2, Thursday.

Karen Raimbault, former trainee and now good friend and working partner, came for a visit, after visiting a friend of hers in Alicante. First, we hung out  with a bunch of the people with whom she had trained before, such as Sheela, Katja, Sally, Mick, Lise, Fredrik and Sue. Then after lunch Karen and I stopped at the gelato shop, where we had the ice cream man take a picture of us outside his shop with his sign behind us, so we could send it to Richard, our former ice cream buddy, and rub it in. Then we walked up to lighthouse and sat up on the high cliffs overlooking the sea, where we shouldn’t have gone, but hey… We had a great walk and talk, catching up after a long time. When we came down, Karen wanted to collect some of the round, smooth rocks from the beach. We grabbed a tea and talked about the project we are doing together. Karen then had to leave but that night after dinner, Fredrik told me he was going to play some fiddle tunes up in Katja’s room. So I went up there–Lili, Ylva and Gabriela joined us, and we had a great time. First, I played a video of my son Dave’s band, Locos Por Juana, and everyone really loved it. Then Lili played a video of her son’s band, and I really loved that. Then Katja and Fredrik put on a swing dancing exhibition; I couldn’t believe how graceful they were. Then Gabriela danced to mariachi music. Fredrik played the violin, improvising to all of it. Then he turned the violin into a fiddle and played his favorite, Irish music, and more. That boy is talented! I loved it all. Great day!

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Jack Pransky’s Autumn European Tour — November 1

November 1, Wednesday.

My first of three free days! Big trek day today. Peter (Sue’s husband), Fredrik, Liliana and I hiked up the tallest mountain nearby, the name of which escapes me already, but it overlooks Guadalest. It was gorgeous up there, if cloudy and misty and chilly. Parts of it seemed like we were on Mars. We set a mean pace; it took everything I had to keep up. Parts of it were challenging. But it was oh, so worth it. We didn’t plan on going to the very top, but we did. Great company, too. All around great time. I had to get back for a 4:00 massage, so at 3:30 I took a bath and fell right asleep in the bathtub, but luckily not for long. Good massage. Then I was going to go out to a restaurant with Fredrik, Lili, Jo and Ylva, but instead chose to stay and eat in the hotel with Mick, Katja, Eimar, Sally and Lise. Best pallea yet! Most everyone is probably out partying, but I am going to sleep. I’m exhausted.

 

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Jack Pransky’s Autumn European Tour — October 27-31

October 27-31. Friday through Tuesday.

The training retreat, “Helping Others to Transcend the Personal.” This was a wonderful experience. Great group of people, as usual. Some old friends, some new people. Very hands-on. After going around the circle with detailed introductions, with people speaking from the heart about their experience with the Three Principles, which created a beautiful feeling right from the start, we first helped people get on the same page about our two foci: 1) creation of illusion, and 2) essence and oneness. I briefly presented research corroborating these directions. To Gabriela and me this is what understanding the essence of the Three Principles is all about. Gabriela did a demonstration coaching session with Nicole. Gab and I go out of our way to create an environment of love and support, with the foundation of deeply listening. For some reason it enables an atmosphere to be built that is conducive to closeness, allowing people’s minds to calm down, which led to a lot of insights. We did a combination of demonstration counseling by both Gabriela and me, coaching in triads where everyone got a chance to experience being a coach, being a coachee and being an observer, and also a couple of representatives from the group demonstrated coaching in front of the full group and received feedback. We also took people behind the scenes of coaching and planning, which seemed to make them feel even more at ease. The combination of all these led to participants feeling much more comfortable about being a coach using the 3Ps and led to a very warm, loving feeling within the group. Somewhere in the middle of this retreat the training seemed to kick into a higher gear. The closing circle was touching and powerful, as people expressed their gratitude and the insights they had gained from the experience. We ended feeling very close, standing arm in arm in a circle singing “That’s What Friends are For.” This was fully a very beautiful training experience, interspersed in retreat format with afternoons on the beach by the sea, and meeting together again in the evening. The training ended at midday on the 31st, and those who remained all went out to dinner together at the Japanese restaurant where the food never stops coming, and I thought it was really good. Great time! It was sad to see people go, especially, for me, Nicole, who had to leave early, but about a third of the group is hanging around to go to the Viva conference.

 

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Jack Pransky’s Autumn European Tour – October 22 – 26

October 22-26, 2017. Sunday through Thursday.

I have been very lax about blogging about my European trip this half-year. I will try to do my best to catch up, albeit briefly, and pick up regularly from there. This time I left from Charlottesville, Virginia, where I am now living, with the new love in my life. Very early in the morning Nicole and I drove to Richmond, where we began the itinerary from hell because it was so inexpensive compared to other flights we couldn’t pass it up, affordability-wise. From Richmond we flew to New York City, then to Boston, where we had such a long layover we actually took the T into the city and walked along the beautiful Charles River and lay on a dock in the sun. Then our redeye flight went to Dublin, then to London, then to Alicante, Spain, and we arrived late at night on the 23rd, where one of my favorite blokes, Yoga Mark, picked us up and drove us the hour to Albir. We probably didn’t get to bed that night until well after 1:30 AM. The next morning, Tuesday the 24th, was our day to recover from jet lag. In the morning we ran up the beautiful path to the lighthouse, but I couldn’t nearly keep up, so I never made it up the lighthouse before she turned around and passed me going in the other direction, so I turned around then, too. Then we walked down the path to one of my favorite peaceful places, on the rocks by the sea, where we sat and talked a while. That afternoon (I think), Sheela drove us to the old town-castle of Guadalest, and we had a really nice time. The next day Mark took Gabriela, Nicole and Jesus, a fellow he works with, on a trek up Bernia mountain, which I found love and found exhilarating and beautiful. The next day it was time for Gab and I to plan for the retreat; Nicole sat in.

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European Tour – A heartwarming end of the tour

June 12. Monday into Tuesday.

The last day of the training began in the morning with Yoga again, thanks to Mark. Then the complete gratification of our final insight-sharing period and closing circle, so heartfelt, so moving, so loving and, most important, witnessing the changes that have taken place in people’s lives, especially in those who have been doing these trainings with me and us before.

John, who had to leave early, a miracle, completely off the charts, sending in an email letter that Sheela read to everyone.

Sally, also off the charts after her lifetime addiction to alcohol, feeling so much more self-confidence.

Holly, feeling and looking so solid now—so beautiful to see.

Richard, having come through all his pain and now feeling so much more grounded (he achieved a very prestigious award in Sweden for his accomplishments in music, poetry and more).

Amanda, who showed up only for the last day, but showed her enormous, almost unbelievable resilience after her house burned down and she lost everything.

Michael, moving from his prior continual questioning to becoming very grounded.

Katja, who used to live her life in fear with all kinds of ailments, now a healthy, inspiring teacher of the Principles.

I could go on and on. To a person, everyone there, even those for whom this training with us was the first, said they loved this training retreat, and everyone seemed to have insights and got so much out of it for themselves. So humbling. These people are truly wonderful.

And I can’t even tell you how inspiring it was to work with Gabriela again. She’s the best. And to think I came into this new (for me) topic with trepidation. And then it was over—except it wasn’t. Because after going to the beach, and after I got a massage from Amanda, we all went out to dinner together in the beautiful little town of Altea, up to the outdoor balcony of a restaurant with its spectacular views. Then we said our heartfelt good-byes.

After that, I packed up late into the night, had to get up again almost immediately at 2:50 AM to catch a 6:30 AM flight from Alicante, caught a cab with Richard and we both ended up on the same flight to Stockholm, where we bid each other farewell. I had an almost 4 hour layover there—way too long—and then a 9 hour flight—way too long. And I flew back across the ocean to home, getting almost no sleep. My son, Dave and his girlfriend, Josie, picked me up at the airport, we had a nice dinner, then I drove home getting in around 10:30 PM, completely exhausted. I can’t believe I’m home. And thus I end another European Trip and blog. Another incredible trip. I’ve got the greatest job in the world.

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European Tour – Last training day

June 11. Sunday.

Last full day of training. Hard to believe. It has been a spectacular trip. Really couldn’t have been much better.

The day began when I woke up and knew the direction we had to go in the training today; how to focus on the formless/essence/Oneness end of the spectrum. And when I told Gabriela about it, she concurred. And it did work out wonderfully.

I love going in this powerful direction, and it is a direction that, in my view (and in the view of research), is often not focused on enough in Three Principles teaching and coaching. This is a very close-knit group, and it is a pleasure to be around these people.

But before the training day began, I had asked Michael, who runs a gym, if he would give me some hints about how to use the small weights I had bought at home, because I had never lifted weights in my life, never got any instruction, and realize in my old age that I’d better start, as I can feel myself getting weaker every year. I looked for him in the morning and found him in the little gym at the hotel. While assessing me, he saw what I’ve known for the longest time, that my hamstrings are inordinately tight. I knew I was in trouble when he asked me how my pain tolerance is. When I said something like, “Not bad,” he had me lie on the floor face down and proceeded to rip every fiber of my hamstring muscles apart. Whoa that hurt! I had to do La Maz breathing just to get through it. But I felt lighter when I got up (after I punched him in the faceonly kidding).

That afternoon most of us went to the beach again, and I took another 20 minute swim in the Mediterranean. Gorgeous!

The two other beautiful things that happened were that everyone had signed birthday cards for me and Sheela, jumping the gun for me by 8 days (and Katja said in Germany it is really bad luck to open a birthday card early, but I ignored that superstition and we’ll see if I make it to the 19th), and people wrote such nice things to me in that card it really moved me. They brought it out in our evening session with candles stuck in ice cream, and my favorite flavor here at that: Straciatella, along with Sheela’s favorite, Limon sorbet, which we shared with everyone.

The day was capped off with Lise singing to us, and talk about being moved! Lise is one of the best singers I have heard. Such incredible talent. All I can do is shake my head.

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European Tour – Up on the roof and in the sea

June 9 & 10. Friday and Saturday.

Yoga Mark began the day with Yoga on the roof. Beautiful up there in the morning overlooking the mountains. Wonderful way to start the day. Mark ran it both days, in fact, but for some reason I thought he was skipping a day, so I missed Yoga on Saturday. Instead I decided to walk/run up to the lighthouse and back. We then met for the training day.

On Friday we spent a day longer than I’d anticipated understanding what the personal is and why it subtly and insidiously has such a grip on us. The group itself went in and out of personal thinking themselves, and we could watch the ebb and flow of the feeling in the group, accordingly. Mostly, everyone seemed in a good feeling. This was helped immeasurably by the structure of the retreat, as again most of us spent the afternoon at the beach. I took a dip in the Mediterranean; the sea water felt great.

On the way to the beach that day, Richard, Holly and I stopped for some gelato and had a really lovely conversation. Then Friday night, after our evening session I went to dinner with Gabriela in a restaurant by the sea with the gorgeous full moon rising over the still-blue sea. We were supposed to be planning, and we did—at little. Delightful.

Then Lise led us through one of her glorious singing workshops. This time I took the plunge and sang a wonderful song a friend of mine wrote called Children So Long. I was amazed that I had felt so confident singing it on the beach in Florida away from everyone, but as soon as I got up to sing in front of the group, the personal crept in and I got really nervous. But I made it through, with Lise’s assistance. She is so good at what she does; everyone left Lise’s session feeling wonderful.

The next morning in the training retreat came my favorite part of the retreat thus far, as we talked about insights that people had, which lead to a spectacular with a beautiful feeling.

After the break we talked about what transcending means, and again didn’t get as far as I would have liked. During the very long afternoon break I talked with one of the participants who needed extra help, then we joined the others on the beach, where I took a long swim. How great is this!

Then we all went out to a new Japanese Restaurant and I completely pigged out, and as I write this I am terribly full. As of this moment I am also baffled about what to do tomorrow. Gab and I figure we’ll start with their insights again tomorrow morning and hope something comes to us, because I’m not sure that what I had planned earlier is still relevant.

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European Tour – Transcending the Personal begins

June 8. Thursday.

And so the Transcending the Personal Retreat begins. It is really heartwarming to be in the presence of these wonderful people.

It feels a little tricky with half the group coming back from other trainings of mine, and half being new. But a beautiful feeling developed in the first morning. Then Gabriela and I felt a little drop in the afternoon. I’m not exactly sure why—it don’t think it was because Richard and Michael showed up in the afternoon and missed the opening circle; it might have been because I had the group jump into a deep listening activity before we had fully processed the morning small groups about reckoning with exactly what the personal is and what it does to us.

I love this retreat format; we all had the afternoon off and came back together from 6:00-8:00. So a few of us went to the beach. It was so sunny and beautiful, and not too hot (although Sayed thought it was). Gabi and Fredrik went swimming. I fell asleep on the beach after talking with Lise, which I really needed, because I woke up really refreshed.

That evening Gab and I broke off from the crowd to debrief and plan for the next day, ate at a restaurant overlooking the sea, with the near-full moon coming up and the beautiful blue colors; it was truly gorgeous. It’s tough for us to attend to the work we need to do because we keep catching up on personal matters, since we haven’t seen each other for six months and are real good friends. Got to bed later than I wanted to. A bunch of our group was still at the bar partying.

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