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Changing Lives - From Failure to Celebration
My Day with Ian Watson - by Frank Foley
I want to start with putting this as simply as possible: on 12th November 2016, I did a 3 Principles workshop with Ian Watson, and my life changed forever!
I'd go as far as to say, he saved my life. Not from suicide, but from the tyranny of my own thinking. My life used to be a disappointment of what it wasn't. Now it's a celebration of what it is.
What makes this change so incredible is that I wasn't even looking for it in the first place. Over years I'd become so deeply attached to seeing my life as an increasing set of failures that the possibility of peace, happiness, fulfillment, and, yes, even joy, was ridiculous.
Luckily, I have people who care for me, who having themselves worked with Ian, intuitively knew that he could help me see the illusion of this. Against my whining objections, they managed to get me to the class.
I've since written in depth about my experiences that day, about my initial dismissal of what was being said, and then my piqued interest, my resistance, my frustration, even my anger... And then my calming, my quietening, my listening from a different space, a space not of conflict, but of recognition and peace.
And, of course, throughout the day, there was Ian, standing there with this serene calmness, seemingly impervious to the onslaught of my questions and rebuttals and contradictions and counter-arguments and flat-out rejections. He was so .. so peaceful, so untouched by my resistance, and yet he exuded this overwhelming sense of ... compassion.
On that day, it made me furious. Now, I'm thankful. I can look back and see the conflict and what I now call the "resistance-to-life" that I was carrying around with me. I can see this, in part, because not only did Ian describe the 3 Principles to us - gently, neutrally without preaching - but because he was also a living example of the Principles in action. The world looked different to him, I could feel it. He seemed to occupy a different space; fully, in the moment. It was maddening!
Some weeks before Christmas I was explaining all this to a friend I hadn't seen for a while. He could see the difference in me, and asked about it. I gave him a much longer version of the above, and tried to quantify my reduced stress levels.
"If my underlying stress and frustration before that class jagged between 7 and 10," I said, "now it's down to a 3 on most days."
I thought about that 3 afterwards, and realised, as "low" as it was, it wasn't nearly low enough. My underlying stress and frustration, in truth, hovers below 1 on most days. But here's the thing: it's not because the circumstances of my life have changed, it's just that much of what I thought was stressful or a problem, just isn't any more. I can honestly say, I feel like I'm living in a different paradigm.
And all this happened to me from a one-day workshop with Ian. I sat in a room with him, he spoke about the 3 Principles, and something in my brain / spirit / soul / being (insert your favoured word!) shifted.
Before the 12th November 2016, I would never have thought that was possible.
Now I know it is.
Thank you, Ian.
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