Know Thyself ~ entrance to the Delphi Temple of Apollo
Know Thyself MeditationTM is a direct path application of the central teaching of all the great wisdom traditions. Through this practice, we invite attention to discover the immediate, self-evident, universal reality of aware being, our conscious presence, accessible here-and-now, always. We also explore all aspects of our being: How we relate to our sensory perceptions, body, thoughts (including autobiographical memory), emotions, and personality (including its shadow elements). And we inquire deeply into how we relate to “others”, and to our sense of the “Divine”.
This year-long, online meditation teacher training course will focus primarily on practicing Know Thyself Meditation, and learning to teach this approach to others. Know Thyself Meditation was developed by Kimberly and Jim Carson based on their decades of delving into various types of meditation – especially mindfulness meditation as originated in Buddhist traditions, and self-inquiry meditation as taught in the nondual yoga traditions of Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism. Know Thyself Meditation has been the foundation of the Carson’s various research studies demonstrating the beneficial effects of the Mindful Yoga program (see Research LINK).
In addition to Know Thyself Meditation, course participants will learn about and practice a wide variety of other meditation techniques, including (but not limited to): loving-kindness/compassion meditation; meditation-in-movement (while doing yoga postures, walking, etc.); mantra/prayer meditation; Raja Yoga/Patanjali meditation; kirtan/recitation meditation; breath awareness/vipashayana meditation; and bhavana/contemplation meditation.
Along with a commitment to daily meditation practice, the 12 month course will consist of biweekly online group meetings, a series of individual mentoring meetings with the Carsons, a meditation retreat lasting 5-7 days, and reading assignments drawing from a wide variety of meditation traditions – yogic, Christian, Sufi, Buddhist, etc. The course will culminate in each participant leading an 8-week meditation course, under the guidance of the Carsons. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be certified as Know Thyself Meditation teachers. If participants are members of the International Association of Yoga Teachers, they may be eligible for continuing education credits from this course (see Research)
Every person possesses the Buddha-nature. ~ Dogen
Beginning Fall 2020
With Jim & Kimberly Carson
Meditate on your Self. God dwells within you as you and for you. ~ Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa