Igniting the Fire of Creativity, Oct – Dec 2020

Are you living an inspired life? In this course we will explore meditation practices that support you to have a vital relationship with your inherent creativity, to care well for yourself and others, and to awaken the inspiration to express your life fully. You will be supported to explore the power of self-generated sound as we follow the energetic map of the chakra system within the body and chant the Five Warrior Syllables. These five sacred sounds from the tradition of Bon Buddhism have been engaged for centuries to remove obstacles and ripen the capacities of the practitioner.

During this 6-week self-guided course, 3 Doors Senior Teacher Marcy Vaughn will guide you to:

  • Learn the path of the Five Warrior Syllables and engage the practice to connect to the fundamental richness of showing up fully for your life.
  • Recognize the habitual tendencies that lead you to abandon and disconnect from yourself.
  • Practice reconnecting and reinvesting the power of your attention in the freshness and resourcefulness of the openness of your being.
  • Meet the necessary warmth of loving kindness within that allows your limiting self-stories to loosen and your inspiration to emerge, to mature, and to be expressed.
Hear Marcy Vaughn Speak about the program

Program Design:

In the first class we explore the ground or fundamental principle of creativity, which is being. According to these teachings, our being is fundamentally, inherently open, spacious, and empty of any defining characteristics. Within each of us is this ground, a source of all positive qualities. We explore accessing this source by drawing our attention inward and resting it on the stillness of the body. As we encounter our restless moving mind we focus on stillness and rest. We meet what occupies us and open into our experience, developing familiarity and trust in our capacity to experience openness. We will engage the crown chakra, one of the five energetic centers that we will explore in this course, and sing the Warrior Syllable A to connect us to the power of openness.

In class two, we explore the direct perception of openness referred to as awareness, naked awareness, thought-free awareness—awareness free of the clothing of the conceptual mind of bias and limiting ideas. Awareness is the discovery of inherent richness, of unlimited potentiality in any given moment. Fresh. Alive. And of course, we will encounter what obscures this awareness, our discursive gossip and inner dialog, and what to do about it. We will focus at the throat chakra and sing the Warrior Syllable OM to engage the power of awareness.

In class three we explore the power of intention or aspiration, and also inspiration, or the spontaneously arising movement of thought, image, or idea, sparked from our connection to open awareness. What blocks our capacity for inspiration or limits the power of our aspiration? All the stories we bind ourselves with, some of them not even fully conscious. We will learn to embrace our hesitations and difficult moments, to recognize that sense of me who doubts or hesitates, and to find the necessary openness, awareness, and warmth of self-compassion to loosen what binds us. Here at the heart chakra, the necessary components of discovering inner refuge come together as a single experience of openness, awareness, and kindness. We will focus at the heart chakra singing the Warrior Syllable HUNG, as well as sing the powerful mantra A OM HUNG to engage the power of inspiration.

In class four we look at embodying our inspiration or aspirations and moving with them, alive in the world as we meet others. We will talk about the power of the transformation of what appears as an obstacle—often our afflictive emotions—and when well met, how emotion becomes the fuel, a resource or support for our growth. We focus at the navel chakra and sing the Warrior Syllable RAM, engaging the power of the ripening and maturing of our aspiration or inspiration.

In class five we explore expression through body, speech, and mind and find what supports us to heal what may inhibit or block us from this expression. We will look at the expression of pain as a way to liberate us as well as the expression that spontaneously arises from openness. We will focus at the secret chakra and sing the syllable DZA to engage the power of manifesting.

In class six we acknowledge the entire journey, the ability to turn within and find the support and encouragement we need no matter where we feel stuck. We will explore all five warrior syllables as a mantra practice and focus on the motivation to benefit others and serve their well-being.

Course Details:  Currently in Session

October 30 – December 4, 2020 – For six Fridays beginning October 30th, new teaching and guided practice modules will become available to course participants.  In addition, three live practice sessions with an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences will be held on the following dates and will be recorded and available for course members.

TEACHER:   Marcy Vaughn

COST:  $249

LIVE ZOOM SESSION DATES:

  • Sunday, November 1:  1 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Central European
  • Wednesday, November 29:  1 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Central European
  • Saturday, December 6:  1 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Central European

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Prior to the program’s beginning, refunds for cancellation will be made in full (minus a $25 processing fee).  After the official start of the program, no refunds will be given.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE: This program contains 9 hours of prerecorded teachings and guided practices, as well as 4.5 hours of live video practice and discussion. The practice portion of the live video sessions will be recorded and made available to all participants. All materials, except the group discussions are available to access anytime and may be streamed or downloaded.

SUPPORT MATERIALS:  Spontaneous Creativity: Meditations for Manifesting Your Positive Qualities, Hay House 2018, by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and edited by Marcy Vaughn.

PREREQUISITES:  Prior experience with meditation is a benefit.

CONTACT:  Please contact chelsea@the3doors.org if you have any questions.

Teacher Bio

Marcy Vaughn
Marcy VaughnSenior Teacher
Marcy Vaughn has been a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for more than forty years and is a senior student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Marcy earned her master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, where she also taught and performed in a dance ensemble. She has a private therapy practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and is co-founder of Contemplative Arts Studio; her husband Gabriel Rocco is the other co-founder. Marcy works in close collaboration with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and has edited his books Tibetan Sound Healing; Awakening the Sacred Body; Awakening the Luminous Mind; and Spontaneous Creativity: Meditations for Manifesting Your Positive Qualities. She is a Senior Teacher in The 3 Doors Academy and teaches throughout the US, Mexico, and Europe for Ligmincha International.