Much of our work has been inspired by the Processwork or Process Oriented Psychology of Arnold Mindell. This is a multicultural awareness practice for working with individuals, groups and organisations. Like the Inner Camino, Processwork uses awareness to track all experiences, including parts of our world of which we may not be fully aware. In Processwork there are three levels of focus. Consensus Reality refers to our ordinary world of 'real' events, while at the level of dreamland we explore our dreams, deep feelings, unspoken truths and double or unintentional body signals that may be below our immediate awareness. The third level Mindell identifies is a deep, non-dualistic or essence level, where there are tendencies that are sentient, but are not yet easily expressed in words. From this essence level we access a field of intelligence, similar to what the Taoists describe as the 'Tao that cannot be spoken'. Mindell describes this field of non-dualistic intelligence as Processmind, linking it to Hawking's Mind of God. According to Mindell, every time we ignore sentience or these dream-like perceptions, something inside of us goes into 'a mild form of shock'. This is because we have overlooked the spirit of our life, our greatest potential of power.
On the Inner Camino we investigate this underlying field of intelligence, and which we see as belonging to a higher state of consciousness. We call this Intuitive Consciousness. Like Mindell, we explore the concept of 24 hour lucid dreaming, where we develop our capacity to encompass with deep democracy, multiple layers of awareness and altered states. We liken Intuitive Consciousness to a bridge between our ordinary ego awareness and higher levels of the spiritual realms that we call the numinous.
The Inner Camino takes us on a journey through the stages, step by step, to cross the threshold into this field of consciousness. Mindell describes a similar process as stepping into 'presence'. We use the term threshold to describe that passageway out of ego sensible perception of the ordinary terrain to access supersensible perception and the numinous realm. It refers essentially to a shift in consciousness. The nature of dual awareness is that we have access to another more expanded and detached point of view beyond the ordinary. This is the source of our greatest wisdom and creativity that encompasses both the psychological and the numinous. On the Inner Camino we discover how to intentionally access these more unknown levels of consciousness.
On the Inner Camino we use the term dual awareness, to cover this process, where we literally have 'one foot in and one foot out'. We discover how to be in the ordinary world of ego, or consensus reality to use Mindell's term, and at the same time to live across the threshold in extra-ordinary states of consciousness where we can access our higher wisdom or 'mind of God'.
How do we know that the state of consciousness we have accessed is truly our Intuitive Consciousness or mind of God? Mindell uses earth spots and vectors to access this Processmind field. On the Inner Camino we also explore ways to cross this threshold recognizing that the pulls of the ordinary mind can indeed be intense. Even as experienced Processwork diplomats we have discovered that when we are in a complex or in the grip of a strong emotion, it is difficult to access deep states of consciousness. When we are triggered we may find it difficult to tap into the a Processmind field, let alone be inwardly detached and compassionate enough to work with Intuitive Consciousness.
Therefore we have looked at what we are calling the existential edge, our inherent resistance to letting go of our ego scripts or stories. We can so easily be tricked by our ordinary mind. We have developed practical methods to ensure that when we step into a different state of consciousness we do not bring a distortion with us.
The first section of the Inner Camino helps us to truly detach so that we are free to work with the expanded state of Intuitive Consciousness. From there we are available to address our relationships and interactions with the world, using basic Proceswork concepts around such areas as relationship, rank and power and dreaming up. Therefore, the Inner Camino is a combination of first training using second training consciousness.