I first started teaching The Inner Arts in 2005 as a place in Alexandria, VA for offering workshops to all people in the Washington, D.C. area. Soon Meetup groups were added to the offerings. Then blogs, and somewhat more recently, videos. More is on the way (hint: courses and Webinars).
What are the inner arts?
They are the special skills we note in others who have abilities of greater:
introspection, effectiveness, creativity, positivity, imagination, resilience, confidence, wellness, inner and outer awareness, and productivity. They include:
-developing better thinking
-making our minds focus
-communicating with our imagination
-listening to our body signals
-holding our attention to release stress and pain
-embracing goals and hard work
-seeing from a bigger perspective and a longer time
….and a lot more. Much more.
Who studies the inner arts?
It varies. Some study for the powers of creativity and productivity. Others want to make a deeper connection to themselves and to others in their lives. Some come to improve business skills, others to reach personal goals such as writing a book or being a better photographer, and some for enhancing spiritual pursuits.
How are the inner arts studied?
As incredible as each of these skills are, they can be systemically studied and are being done so by many people in all walks of life. Each requires guidance the first few times we try them and we need to be taught the specific steps of each skill. We also need to learn how the skills fit into a life, when they are best used, and how to avoid overuse.
The inner arts can be studied, but they also must be practiced.
Practice (regular practice) is the only way to activate these skills and make them ready for use. A large part of training in the inner arts is learning how, where, and when to practice to get the best and fastest results.
Who is doing the teaching?
Since 1989 I have been teaching small groups on a variety of topics all around inner arts.
While most people can benefit from doing the sort of inner work our classes provide, it should not be considered a replacement for therapy provided by health professionals such as psychotherapists or psychiatrists. We are not psychotherapists or psychiatrists. We have had training in what we do or follow a path of careful study, but we can not provide the care that only a health care professional can.