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Personal Journey Course

The Personal Journey Course is a 30-week, three part sequence of courses that guides participants through levels of transformational development, using their personal experiences to illustrate the material. Exploring significant emotional patterns and developing increasingly effective abilities to recognize and work with different states of awareness leads to enhancement of career growth, creativity and personal fulfillment.

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Part 1 is a detailed exposition of the inner work that must be addressed to free us from pain-inducing patterns, leaving the "healthy ego" intact. We will experimentally explore the naturof awareness, how awareness recognizes patterns and the process by which awareness is freed from those that trigger emotional discomfort. This class is a prerequisite for all of the subsequent ones. Duration -10 weeks.

Part 2 works with awareness to recognize ego and become increasingly free of "the story of me" and all the mental commentaries that are so pervasive. Participants learn to recognize the tricks by which ego tries to hold onto itself. Also explored is how life is limited by the ego and how daily life would be lived in a state of sustained presence. Duration - 10 weeks.

Part 3 explores the advanced developments that are only possible to consider when one is pretty 
continuously present. In this class, participants experience the structure of the inner world and our transformational movement through it. The inner love is introduced and how life situations are handled from love rather than ego is explored. Duration - 10 weeks.

Classes consist of between six to eight students and last approximately two hours. The classes meet once a week at a specified time which has been agreed upon by the students in that particular class.

    MARY ROCAMORA describes the Personal Journey Course in an interview:   ... the personal journey is an outline for all of my work, in that it allows your awareness to touch each element of how to move into the free state. It’s like a set of stairs basically and each stair takes you a little bit further. The way things work in the free state is as soon as some attention is put on something then it registers, not in memory, but in awareness. And awareness works with accessing or re-accessing. Not with remembering because remembering is a function of the ego. We have to remind ourselves over, and over, and over this doesn’t work that way.   Can you explain what you mean by “re-accessing?” MARY: It’s that place…even in simple things like remembering somebody’s phone number that you use frequently. Then you’re touching into that phone number and if it imprints your awareness and makes an impression on your awareness better than you just skating over it. You can go in and…if your mind then slows down and is quiet, not agitated…then the number will just pop into your mind. It’s your conscience awareness. So, the training then has you touch into, let’s say, how do you know when you are in awareness and how do you know when you are in pattern. And energetically, you’re awareness can easily see that they’re totally different. One is slowed down and quiet and serene and trusting that the information stored there and the other one is agitated and afraid. I won’t be able to remember it. It’s a common simple example but it pays to be aware of the processes of your awareness. So, that’s how you learn that you need to slow down and not speed up. To relax and be receptive. Rather than grab and or push at something.   Now part of the structure, you say is “beginning at the desired state of being.” Can you elaborate on that? MARY: For you to experience a state of “presence” with your awareness on that state of presence. So that you can feel the qualitative difference in your mind. Then they’ll need to recognize any agitation. And slow down, and slow down, and slow down. So they can feel the exact point at which one more slow down and it will all flow through. And it’s that one more slow down…you can slow down till you feel that you’re actually present. But it’s going to take another step deeper. So that you’re strengthening your trust and your awareness.   Now for the personal journey course, you begin with it at the actual state of being. You start the course with some exercises from the top down? MARY: Right. We start with awareness. So, that’s where we’re going to is “what is awareness.” That’s our journey. So, in this paradigm, the model is to start feeling around when you are actually present. And to start to feel that that is not something fixed but something that is practiced with whatever context we’re in. Are we at the store? Are we in a movie theatre? Are we answering emails? Are we doing a test?   You have ten exercises that help the student to feel the difference, right? MARY: There’s three segments and there’s 10 lessons in each segment, so that you know where you are. And the operative underlying thing, for beginning students to apply is “What do you know?” and “How do you know that?” Those two questions need to be in play. And you can take that very first question “What is awareness?” And play with that unendingly. Because there’s a new context every few minutes.   By the end of the personal journey course, how can they take those two questions and start to apply them in their daily life? MARY: They work off of those imprints “What do you know?” and “How do you know it?” And “How does it feel to be free?” and “How does it feel to be trapped in ego?” And everything works off of those feelings. It’s so simple and that’s what’s so hard about it to most people. Because they’re looking for some kind of complicated formula and if you can just bare those few principles in mind it will help a lot. If I’m just standing in this moment, right now, and I process those two questions there’s a lot of data there. How am I feeling in my body right now? What sounds do I hear? What’s the content of the moment?   And what do people do with that data as it’s coming through? MARY: They start to register it. It means your building a data bank, if you will, in the prestage. Things that will apply to the next moment. So that the sense of a “new now” and the now that’s being co-oped by ego and made to sort of fit the new moment doesn’t take a hold. Every moment does feel fresh and new even if it has the same content. I could be standing at the kitchen sink looking out the window and every hour of every day, and I’m going to be seeing something different looking out the window. Standing there in my body feeling how I feel from hour to hour. Just hypothetically, as an exercise. Then you begin to feel “Oh, this is what it would feel to have a relaxed mind”. This is more of a research project on ourselves and the context in which we live, and how your moment would be different from one place to the next.   The Personal Journey Course is not a course in psychology? MARY: Oh, no. Nothing like a psychology course. It doesn’t have the same goals. First, a psychology course is all about having a healthy ego. The sense of “I” and “me” can still be there. But the old patterns are not as active and you don’t tend to make the same bad choices over and over again. With any luck. Where as you get deeply grounded in how it feels to be present then there’s not any thinking going on. And all thought is spontaneous. It’s back to the telephone number example. All I have to do is really imprint your phone number in my mind. Then when I need to call you, I just know to be in a really relaxed state and then I’ll remember the number.   In the Personal Journey Coursework, the first series of exercises is “What is Awareness?”, and will you explain the second set of exercises? MARY: We move to what we want to apply our awareness to, for example, if we can learn the simple drill of the phone number, or some other activity like that, that really doesn’t have any application to do it. You can then start to use it actively. “Oh, I want want to be aware of how my thoughts and my old emotions control my life choices.” It’s driven by curiosity. How are these driven by a conceptual framework? And there are many different psychological schools of thought but this is just one simple thing. And that’s why it would be unsuitable to make a religion out of it. Because it spans all detentions of consciousness. And the second level about our ego work is not just our personal ego material, but how it interfaces with the collective. In other words, all of society and all of the rules by which we’re taught to live.   And by now the student has gone through the second series of exercises, and they’ve collected all the data and context for which they see their ego at play. They can see the distinction between being present and being in ego. Then they move into the third section of the course. Can you explain what that is? MARY: And the personal journey on the third level is to say “Okay, now that I’ve identified all those ego thoughts, all those old patterns that repeat themselves unendingly, I want to see where my awareness could go to once it’s gotten free from all this old, repetitive mental activity. And where it could go to is to an even deeper and quieter place. And that is a conscious shift to co mingling with awareness with the open heart. So, if I’m standing here looking out on the road from my open heart, it’s going to feel qualitatively different. And I’m going to see things other than what I would have noticed if I were just present. If I were just present, I could see the gravel driveway and places that still need to be patched-up before it snows. If I experience it from my open heart, I see all the scrub around me and the rocks that line the driveway. And hearing the rush of the cars going by on our little one lane street here. I can hear the difference in sound quality. It’s the tires on the road. I can feel the silence. So, then they’re just a lot more accessible to awareness. And then that slow down quality can be nourished by letting go of any activity in your life that you can let go of that contributes to that speed. That speediness of “Oh, hurry up!” or “Oh, I’ve got too much on my mind! “ or all that “over-revved” feeling. It’s to clean the inner life and then clean the outer life too. Step by step. “Oh, I can’t be in a relationship with you any longer because there’s nothing there but patterns.” That’s an extreme example.

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