Both had a major impact on me. Don't expect this entry to make much sense to you if you're not in care - I'll try to explain it another time. Right now it's just a recalling of what happened.
The theme of the weekend was "I know who I am, and I know why I'm here." This phrase was the guideline of my weekend. By the end of the weekend, I was able to say it with confidence and certainty - I may or may not be able to put it into words, but I DO know who I am, and I DO know why I'm here. I'm here to facilitate people with this care, and in doing so, to hopefully change their lives. (It'll happen with those who want their lives to change. For those not taking an active part in their care, not so much)
The NSA portion of the weekend cemented that firmly in my head, before I even got to the SRI portion. Going into the Gate, I was still not 100% convinced that NSA was really doing anything that couldn't be associated with the stretching and guided breathing I was doing in my sessions. After entrainment #5, however, my body was doing stuff I simply could not explain. My right arm was moving in intricate patterns completely of its own volition (I could stop it if I wanted, but I was too fascinated for a while. Until I had to try to eat lunch. Then it became an issue). My body was waving in weird ways. And this was for about 30-45 minutes AFTER the entrainment ended. Very cool stuff - and that's not even mentioning how good it felt. I spent much of Saturday and Sunday in a perpetually floaty state - completely high on my own life energy. The one downside was that I think I peaked at the 5th entrainment - my body didn't really do much on the table at the 6th (and final) one, which was supposed to be the climactic entrainment of the weekend. Oh well. I'm not complaining - the first five entrainments were fantastic, and I look forward to seeing where everything ends up between now and the end of the next Gate.
Monday and Tuesday were the SRI portion of the weekend. There are 12 stages of SRI, and Dr. Epstein (the developer) says that you can't be in one stage until you've already fully passed through all stages prior to it, but I think it's a little less linear than that. I think that partially because I didn't get much out of Stage 3, but when we were doing 4 I got through a lot. For the majority of my life, I've felt like a passenger in my own life - after we got through stage four was the first time I really felt like I was in the driver's seat. We'll see how long it lasts.
The downside to the SRI portion was that we thought it was supposed to end at 6, which meant assuming it would end by 7 was semi-reasonable (Dr. Epstein is notorious for running late) - so we scheduled our airport shuttle ride at 7 to catch the 9:25 flight home. Shoulda been plenty of time...except that the seminar was scheduled to end at 7, which means we had to leave "early" to catch our flight.
It was a great experience, and we're looking forward to the next Gate we can get to. The next one in the States is September 1-5. It'll be in the Denver area again, so we're hoping to make it to that one. (It's easier than getting to one of the ones in Como, Italy).
Similarly, the first Basic Care Intensive I can get to (that's the NSA seminar that'll start to teach me how to do the stuff) will be May 5-7 in San Francisco. My calendar's marked....