Welcome to the Your Inner Compass online course. I’m thrilled you’ve decided to join us!

In this course, you’ll learn practices to help you trust your inner guidance, discern what you really need, and get clearer about your next steps.

To help you and your fellow participants benefit the most of the course, please read and take the steps below.

One: Fill out the participant questionnaire as soon as possible.

I craft the course with your needs in mind, so the more you share with me, the more I can take your needs into account.

Two: Schedule the Following:

1.  Live online classes on Wednesdays, Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13, and Dec 20 at 3-4:45pm EST.

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I recommend choosing a space to sit/stand during the course that is as distraction-free and comfortable as possible, and bringing something to write with to class. And please arrive five minutes early. We have much to explore together, and you support the whole group when you arrive on time.

2.  Time to practice. To get the most out of this course, I recommend dedicating around fifteen minutes daily to engaging with the practices in this course—pausing, turning toward yourself with love and kindness, attuning to what you feel and need, and choosing a next step.

These 15 minutes can be all at once or sprinkled throughout the day. I encourage you to schedule at least one specific time to practice each day. Ideally, schedule this time at the same time every day, as that will likely make it easier to form a habit of practicing.

Three: Please read and honor these group requests in our live classes and online forum:

  1. Arrive a few minutes early. We are a small group, and when you don’t start together with us, it is harder to be all on the same page, and you miss out on important context and learning.
  2. Keep your Zoom camera on if possible. Your face is a resource to the rest of us, and it can be easier to be fully present when our cameras are on.
  3. Resist trying to multitask! It is neurologically impossible to multitask, and if you try, we will miss you and you will miss important learning. Please close other computer windows and silence your phone to minimize the temptations to multi-task.
  4. Listen with the intent to learn and support.
  5. Make space. Take space. Ask yourself: Why am I / aren’t I talking?
  6. Call a pause. If you begin to feel overwhelmed by something that was said or simply want to take a moment to honor what was said, you are welcome to call a pause.
  7. Do not offer reassurance (“you’ll be okay!”), dismissal (“it’s not a big deal!”, or unsolicited advice (“why don’t you…?”) in response to others’ sharing. These left-brained responses break connections between us.
  8. If you feel called to do so, offer “needs met” and “gifts received” . For example, if a participant shares something vulnerable and tender, rather than giving an evaluative statement, like “Wow, you’re so courageous!”, share “need met for courage” or “gift received for witnessing holding vulnerability with courage” in the chat and in pair-shares.

    When we share with vulnerability, it’s as though we extend half of an emotional drawbridge out to meet another person. When they do not extend their own side of the bridge and respond in a way that shows that they got us, it can feel like our bridge collapses and is left hanging.
     Sharing “needs met” and “gifts received” is a powerful way to catch another person’s bridge and help them feel safe and seen.
  9. Respect internal and external confidentiality. Internal confidentiality means not referencing someone’s process in a group meeting or to them directly outside of the session without getting consent first. External confidentiality means using a private room and headphones so no one outside the course can hear and not sharing identifying information about group members outside the group.
  10. Please know that we are recording, future participants will be able to watch recordings, and your sharing is a gift to others. Only volunteer to share in the full group if you consent to being recorded. And know that your sharing is a gift to others that meets needs for learning, connection, and safety.
  11. Download these printouts and put them by your bed:
    1. The Discernment Pause Cue Card
    2. The Feelings Lists
    3. The Needs Inventory
  12. Ask your questions and share your insights in the Inner Compass Slack Channel. Please ask your questions! The more you take advantage of this unique opportunity to receive support, the more you will get out of this experience.

You can share your questions and insights in the Inner Compass Slack channel. I commit to responding to your questions by Mondays during the course, and I may respond at other times as well.

Click here to join the Inner Compass Slack channel.

Four: Please do the following to deepen and support your own learning between classes:

1.  Amp up the warmth and deliciousness. How can you make this course delicious for yourself? I invite you to choose a cozy place to practice, perhaps somewhere with natural light or a view of nature, if possible. You might want to brew your favorite beverage. Or change out of your work clothes. Or put on soothing music. Get curious about how you can add deliciousness to your workshop and practice time, and give yourself the gift of integrating whatever deliciousness that feels possible now.

2.  Track new insights, investigate what works for you, and do more of that. As you move through the course, stay curious. Keep a journal with you during the class, and jot down insights, rememberings, and questions that arise.

Allow yourself to be skeptical. Listen to your body. Pay attention to what works for you and what works less well. When things work, do more of that. If you try multiple times, and practices don’t work for you, take a break. Rest. Nourish yourself. Try again, or not.

3.  Share your feedback and requests with me (Katherine). It matters to me that you receive the support you need. If you have any questions whatsoever, please share them in the Slack channel (and if you can’t access the Slack channel for some reason, please email me at katherine@callingsandcourage.com. Either my assistant or I will get back to you within two business days.

And, if at any point throughout the course, you’d like to share feedback with me in a more confidential manner, either sharing something you love or asking for change, please click here. Your feedback helps me improve the program for you and for other participants (current and future) with similar needs.

I will do my best to take your requests into account. Thank you in advance for dedicating the time and effort to provide me with your thoughts and feedback.

Five: Please keep in mind that this class is not therapy. As you go, please pay attention to your body and honor your body if it says no.

If you’ve disconnected from your body or not thought about challenging things to protect yourself from pain, the practices I share could elicit discomfort.

Please know that you can always opt out of practices. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, pause and take care of yourself. Perhaps scan the room for safety, squeeze your hands and feet, or move your arms and legs.

This class is not therapy. If you do your best to engage in the practices but experience no impact or experience a sense of overwhelm that makes it hard to engage, I encourage you to seek a trauma-informed therapist or practitioner who can support you in this process.

Six: If you’d like, invite a friend at a discount.

Finally, do you have a friend who you’d love to share this experience with and who you think might benefit? If so, I encourage you to invite them to join you for the course. That way, you can offer each other accountability, process your experiences together, and better integrate what you’re learning.

And for extra support, if this is your friend’s first time attending one of my courses, please gift them my Pay-it-Forward Discount. They can take $50 off enrollment with the code friendsdiscount. Here’s some language you might use to invite them (feel free to just copy and paste or edit).

As Lakota-Cherokee psychiatrist and shaman, Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, writes: “We need comrades to support new behaviors. We change because the people around us expect us to be different. If we remain isolated, we stay the same. The audience is required for a new play to go forward.”

I look forward to sharing this experience with you and seeing you on Wednesday, November 29 at 3pm!

In love and solidarity,

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