The Cook Awakening

Direct Access Techniques™

November 11, 2014
Posted in: Events, Integrating Lifestyle Changes, Meditation

In our 30 years each of seeking, sitting, studying and experiencing depth initiations, my husband, Tom, and I realized there are recognizable patterns in most spiritual practices and resulting changes in the human experience. Adopting a practice changes you. It brings what is true in your experience to light. It will help change patterns that no longer serve.

We have synthesized the practices we have studied, practiced, and now teach into a body of work we call Direct Access Techniques™.

Shakyamuni Buddha

Shakyamuni Buddha

Our in-person Spiritual Practices 101 workshop was a great success and we are very proud of what we put together. We are excited to bring it to you as a home study course! We recorded the guided meditations, and compiled the teaching and discussion points into a workbook. The workbook includes an overview of categories, styles and purposes of practices in an accessible format so that you understand why you would take on one practice over another in any given time. We provide online support to help you establish a practice and receive answers to your questions as you do so.

Recently I realized there was an ingredient in my own process that I have not always included in my private work with clients. Meditation. Many of the techniques I use are spiritual practices, but if the mind hasn’t learned to steady itself a bit, it can be very difficult to remember even the intention to practice. It is important to begin with the simplest, and most powerful form – concentration on the breath to steady attention, opening into mindfulness of the present moment.

A local psychotherapist and meditation teacher once told me he tells his new clients, “You can take on a meditation practice and we’ll be done with therapy in 3 – 6 months, or you can not meditate and we’ll be done in 3 years. Your choice.”

Taking on a meditation practice is a gift of great kindness to yourself. You may think you don’t have time, or it’s “too out there” to meditate, or you’ve “tried it and can’t do it”. With all the research that shows the benefits of taking on a regular practice, it is well worth questioning those thoughts that prevent you from committing to this simple form of self-care.

There are very real physiological benefits of practice. Research suggests that the following conditions can benefit from taking on a regular practice:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems

Do you experience any of these? And, do you notice that these are the ills that we associate with the modern world?

Here’s something most of us don’t understand when we first receive meditation instruction. You can’t do it wrong. It breaks my heart when I hear someone say, “I tried meditation, and I just can’t do it.” This is simply the voice of the Inner Critic sabotaging your efforts toward self-care.

We will continue to record the guided meditations in our ongoing classes and add workbooks to further develop this body of work, adding new home study courses. The Spiritual Practices 101 is the foundation upon which it all rests, and will be a prerequisite for any future in person or home study modules.

We are excited to share this with you!

To register for either course, email and I’ll walk you through the process.


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