Radical Soul Care
Owning your Roots and Wings in Challenging Times
A 9-Month Transformational Coaching Program
Why invest your time, money, and energy in this Radical Soul-Care program?
At this time on our planet and specifically in this country we are faced with the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, social polarization, glaring racial and gender injustices, and vast climate changes. During such times we are called to appreciate what we value most and how to live those values more radically as an everyday necessity. We are tested to answer tough questions….
Am I listening to the call of my heart and soul?
Am I expressing my full range of feelings and connecting intimately with those I most care about?
Am I working just enough and still giving myself time to really appreciate life?
Am I able to be realize that my soul satisfaction is an inside job regardless of external circumstances?
Both as an adjective or noun, radical comes from the Latin word for root, radix. As an adjective radical means proceeding from the root or foundation, the essential, fundamental, inherent, or basic nature of anything. As a noun a radical is someone who carries his or her convictions to their furthest expression.
So to be that radically courageous, creative, authentic, loving man or woman that you are, you will have to honor and nourish the roots of your being. Your own health and the health of your family, your friends, your community, and even the world truly depends on it.
Why don’t we practice real radical soul-care?
First and foremost we rarely, if ever, get training in the kind of soul-care that you are being invited into in this course. The training we did get is often confusing and contradictory. No matter what of those messages we adhere to and under what circumstances, all these points of view train us to read signals coming from the outside world. We end up becoming very reactive and paying very little attention to what is going on in our own hearts and souls. With that kind of training we get set up for creating a life of limits.
- Physically we end up dangerously ignoring and abusing our bodies or exploiting our bodies.
- Emotionally we deny our feelings and become emotionally restrained.
- Interpersonally we can’t be vulnerable and that makes honest equal partnerships impossible.
- Psychologically we end up being highly judgmental, constantly comparing and competing, and swinging to either the right OR the left and missing our center.
- Spiritually we stay aligned to old beliefs and miss our personal connection to the divine source.
So the bottom line here is that we are taught to create a mask,
an ego persona, that is molded by our response to others
and that makes it very difficult for us to know what real soul-care would mean.
As we inquire together about an alternative view of soul-care in this program you will have the opportunity to develop strategies that look first within for navigation and how that inner awareness provides us what we truly desire and simultaneously serves those around us and helps to create a world our hearts know is possible.
Why you and why now?
One of the important messages you will hear throughout this program is that to be a person living his or her own authentic destiny, you have to follow your unique soul path. The women and men we admire most are likely people who did just that. That path, that one-of-kind journey, your own story, is what you were born for.
The most important person in these radically changing times is you.
You are the only one you CAN change.
The radical soul care path is for those of heart and courage who are willing to stand up in their wild wonderful sacred selves and let their soul shine. Nothing in this world will change in a more whole and healthy way unless we all step up. It’s so easy to be distracted, numbed out, resistant, over-worked, or in denial. These are the symptoms of our times.
Radical authentic men and women co-create the new story of what it means to be awake, accountable, and generative. That new story develops as each one of us accesses the courage to take the small steps everyday to live into being that person.
Perhaps you have seen those big spinning platforms that kids play on in public parks. At the outer edge the big wheel is spinning fastest and it’s easy to get spun off. The more you move to the center, the quieter things get. That’s a lesson. Your fast lane can be a thrilling and grab your attention but can also throw you off. At the center you can turn 360 degrees, but you aren’t dizzy, you see the whole picture. So the radical wisdom shift is to move toward your own center, to be willing to move beyond conditioned inertia toward genuine soul-care.
Paradoxically, when you move toward deep soul-care you are actually moving from a ME orientation to a WE orientation. When you care for yourself at the most rooted, fundamental levels you are following the golden rule in reverse. By doing unto yourself as you would have others do unto you, you are working at the level where real, immediate, and lasting change can happen…. with yourself. When you racially care for yourself at the soul level, then you naturally live into the golden rule and extend that care to others and do unto them what you wish they would do toward you. From that move, the whole world thrives.
I invite you to join me in finding the pathways to caring for yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, economically, and spiritually and in so doing co-create a better world from the inside out.
What will this course cover?
This course will be divided into nine highly interrelated and interactive sections. Every two weeks you will get a new invitation to address a different aspect of radical soul-care. In this course we will explore with you how to:
- Protect your mind and clarify your thinking
- Honor your body and its native wisdom
- Honor all your emotions and deepen your relationships
- Feel the satisfaction of being the unique being that you are
- And act in service of your deepest purpose for yourself, your family, your community, and our earth.
The Risky Business of Asking for Trouble….and Support.
Taking this course involves risk and facing paradox. On the one hand we want positive change for ourselves, our families, our communities, and the world and on the other hand we want safety and predictability. In this course your world WILL change, the unexpected will happen. To live a life of radical soul-care is to invite good trouble; the trouble of thinking new thoughts, opening to uncomfortable feelings, shedding old snake skins, and taking important risks.
We are all in a world of trouble right now. You can see this a good thing or a bad thing but for sure the trouble we are in will cause big changes. This program will join you with others who are ready to face these challenges as a team and ride the currents with you.
So before you commit to this course you will have to answer the questions that are most fundamental to radical soul-care….
Are you willing to ask for support, receive support, and be held accountable?
Are you willing to be a team player and receive coaching?
Are you willing to take feedback?
Are you willing to take action to create a more beautiful world for everyone?
This program is for ALL Genders and is limited to
This allows for personal focus and individual attention within a small group setting.
The Basic Outline – 18 Online Sessions over 9 Months
One 2-hour and one 1-hour session per month
Month 1 – Crossing the Threshold – Program overview and Personal Trajectory
Introductions, Group Bonding and Norms,
Claiming Personal Agency & Creating a Court of Support
Month 2 – Big Mind & 4 Gateways Coaching
Thinking Radically, Updating your Inner Wisdom System.
Protecting your Mind. Mindfulness & Shadow Dancing
Month 3 – Body as Ally – Honoring and Tapping your Body’s Wisdom
Radical Health Care – Breath, Water, Food & Exercise –
Navigating the Pandemic
Month 4 – Big Heart & Feelings
Being Heart Smart, Looking for Love in All the Right Places.
Emotional IQ, Radical Healing, Healthy Anger, Befriending Grief
Month 5 – Radical Relationships
Honoring Ancestors, Deeping Partnerships, Family, Friendships &
Blessing the Children
Month 6 – Being and Blessing – The Guru is YOU
Generative Leadership – Accessing Your Sovereignty.
Month 7 – Radical Action
Warrior Spirit – The Right Use of Will & Power.
Aligning Values with Service.
Month 8 – Community Building & Earth Honoring
Living Sacred Economics. Less stuff, more soul.
Finding Your Ground – Becoming Native to Your Place.
Month 9 – Radical Living As Soulful Improvisation
Creative Living Art – My-story (Mystery) Project, Integration and Rebirth
The outline above is a staring point for co-creating and collaboration by everyone in the group based on individual desires and the evolving currents of life.
Dates & Times
We will begin this course in late September and continue through May of 2021.
The schedules of the 8 participants will determine the best date to begin, and the specific times for our online sessions.
All zoom calls will be recorded and available for replay at your convenience.
Your financial investment for the course is $165/month. You may pay in three installments of $495 or pay in full in advance and receive one month free.
The tuition includes:
- 18 Zoom webinars
- 2 personal 60-minute one-on-one coaching sessions
- One near the beginning of the program and another at a time you find most beneficial
- Course workbook and worksheets
Tom Daly, PhD, is a co-founder of The Men’s Leadership Alliance, The Living Arts Foundation, the Inner King Training, and creator 4 Gateways Coaching. He has led support groups of all kinds since the 70’s and continues his work through MLA as an elder, mentor and guide. Tom has a passion for creating a world of diversity, justice, and creativity that works for everyone.
Tom will be assisted at times by other certified 4 Gateways coaches and guests.
To learn more about the program contact Tom Daly: 303-530-3337, firstname.lastname@example.org
To register contact the MLA Office with your inquiry and payment plan option: email@example.com