The Great Pilgrimage from Head to Heart

A four-part course with John Prendergast


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In this course, we experientially explore and awaken the depths of the heart area–a multidimensional center of remarkable sensitivity, feeling, and knowing. This is the sacred pilgrimage of attention from the head to the heart–what we most want in life.

The “Deep Heart” refers to three distinct dimensions along a single spectrum:

  • The level of early psychological conditioning that was influenced by our relationships with our primary caregivers and early life experiences. It is here that our core limiting beliefs (such as “I am unlovable” “I am unworthy” “I am not enough” or “I am flawed”) are stored with their related feelings of shame, unworthiness, and self-doubt, along with a range of subtle somatic contractions. This domain is the primary focus of depth psychotherapy and is often numbed or walled off because it was too painful or overwhelming to bear when we were little.
  • The soul level – an intermediary area of profound personal intimacy, archetypes, essential qualities such as love, compassion, and gratitude, as well as expansive states of consciousness.
  • The great or universal Heart, that is impersonal, non-localized, whole, and undivided from the totality of life.

Through guided and silent meditations, heart-felt meditative inquiry, talks and conversations we will uncover and be with these unfolding dimensions of our heart. There is a natural movement between attuning with Presence (being aware of awareness) and meeting our deeply embedded conditioning. The more that we can access heart-felt Presence, the more we can intimately welcome our conditioning as it is. This facilitates a natural opening up and letting go, which in turn allows an easier, more stable access to Presence.

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  • Intimacy with our heart
  • Heart-felt meditative inquiry
  • Sitting with an essential question; Questioning core limiting beliefs
  • Tapping into heart-wisdom via subtle felt-sensing
  • Recognizing ourselves as the totality
  • The safety of expressing our true nature in intimate relationships and everyday life
  • The roles of the illumined mind and hara in supporting the full expression of the heart


John Prendergast

John J. Prendergast, Ph.D., is the author of In Touch: How to Tune into the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself (Sounds True, 2015) and the senior editor of The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom andPsychotherapy (2003) and Listening from the Heart of Silence (2007). He is also the Editor -in-Chief of Undivided: The Online Journal ofNonduality and Psychology at He offers workshops, retreats, and several self-inquiry groups. He is a psychotherapist in private practice and a retired Adjunct Professor of Psychology at CIIS.

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