I wanted to ask a bunch of questions regarding the online course full spectrum mindfulness, especially people who already finished the course. I am now in week 4 of the course and wanted to ask. About the instructions in week 4 even when reading and listening/watching the videos/transcript again, they seem unclear to me (the structure seems unclear to me).
Am I supposed to practice only the non-dual headless state for one week ? For example and hold all of the stage of growing up in awarness ? Yet this time with a non-dual headless approach, instead of witnessing ?
Or are there technically more weeks instead of only the “final” week 4 ? The other practice instructions are explained clearer and more coherent. In the final week of the course the practice instruction video only mentions to practice the headless non-dual state/approach. Nothing about wholness or the turquoise stage is mentioned in the practice instruction video. Only in the video about stage turquoise the practice instructions are mentioned for stage turquoise ( to witness basically everything that is whole). Fundamentally every holon I am capeable of thinking about, so thinking in wholes with an AQAL appraoch and alternating between this and the witness. But further on…
Only one alternative for practicing further on is mentioned. In the other weeks the practice instructions clearly explained to work basically with two stages for one week, alternating stages each day. In the final video of week 4 the practice instructions for stage turquoise is completely left out ! Only one alternative is mentioned to practice further on.
Am I the only one who noticed this ? For the people who finished the course how did you work around this or did I misunderstand something entirely ? Did you just practice the headless state exercise or did you include the exercise mentioned in the stage turqouise video ?
I am unsure how to continue with the course. Can I practice stage turquoise for one entire week and then move to the headless (unity) practice and do that for one week ? As well as additionally do the alternative or suggested practice approaches mentioned by Wilber ?
I know this is not about time and tbh I have a lot more questions that relate to time where I would need some perspective on. In order to determine how to approach integral practice. I listend to integral meditation as an audiobook, yet I can’t remember a lot from it besides that I did some exercises while listening to it.
I will leave it at that and potentially ask some questions later on. I really dislike this about online courses that it is very hard to ask questions and receive clarification. I would appreciate help with this because it is a lot of content and even though I don’t have any problems understanding or doing the practice. It bothers me that there is no clear practice instruction in terms of total amount of time spent or how I can integrate this in my life and embody the practice. Like I said I could be missunderstanding some instructions or recommendations because the course is quite content dense.
Some form of recommendation would be great to clarify how I can integrate this into my life. For instance a normal meditation practice can suffice in order to grow in waking up and growing up. When combined with having sufficient knowledge about the subject of stages of growing up and what to look out for in daily life and contemplate the structure stages. In short - reading and knowing the integral map and doing meditation as a daily practice will lead to growth in both growing up and waking up.
Or another example to take the exercises out of the course and apply them daily doing a 15-40 min practice session daily for basically… the rest of one’s life. I find this example unfeasible to some degree because I take meditation quite seriously and it will be very difficult to find retreats that will enforce or accelerate this specific approach. So, I often find the most prudent and pratical approach to have a daily meditation practice and do retreats at traditional meditation centers or more generally practice centers. As well as ocassionaly or in longer bursts to do meditation exercises or generally exercises that revolve around integral or are from the integral plattform (for e.g 1 month focus on stage orange characteristics).
This is what I mean with it is unclear for me how much time I am supposed to spend on each of these practices, I am unsure if I should do them in short bursts spending a week, a month a couple of months etc. on the pratices mentioned inside the course. Or if this is more a daily practice thing. Because in the next section of the course named full body mindfulness there seems to be no specific time frame mentioned IIRC. I watched a couple of videos in advance to see what it is about. I like the content, yet I am unsure how I can integrate it into my own life and there seem to be no recommendations for that.
As well as in the full spectrum mindfulness course there is no recommendation for daily practice. For sure I can take the ideas and apply them, yet then I won’t have any comparision to what has worked for others and what is recommended in general. It is also fine if there would be some sort of clarification saying that we will practice this for X amount of time and you can apply this again whenever needed. Of course I get the feeling or hint that this is what is meant ? Yet, still I am unsure when it is not explicitly stated, but the structure seems to hint at this approach … sort of. Maybe this is my own cultural bias wanting clarification and instructions.
Would really appreciate help since this is bothering me quite a bit and there should be at least a couple of people on the forum who finished the course.
How did you integrate it into your daily life ? Or did you use it as an accelerator and did the exercises for the recommended time, yet left out integration into daily life after the course ?
How long did you do full body mindfulness ? Or any other tips or recommendations ?
How did you handle week 4 ? Did you not notice there are no instructions for stage turquoise in the final video ?