Power with Heart News - August 2015
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August 2015

Dear <<First Name>>!

We have an exciting announcement: The 10th Anniversary Edition of Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics has just been published! 
  • 100 additional pages
  • more depth and complexity
  • new cover
  • new material in every chapter
  • new sections on apology, forgiveness, power differential and collaboration, shadow of power,  power and "isms," challenges, four dimensions, grievance processes
  • same price!
  • See order details below....
 We hope you will enjoy this issue of Power With Heart News.

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In this issue you will find:

Featured E-Course

There will be a several month delay in offering CEUs for RUP on-line courses because of new regulations for NBCC and because the new material in each chapter.  Stay tuned.

Workshops & Trainings

Siler City, North Carolina

Right Use of Power
October 30, 2015

Presented by Julia Corley, LMBT, C.H.T.
Click here for more information

Boulder, Colorado

Right Use of Power Workshop & Facilitator Training
July 16 - 19, 2016

Presented by Cedar Barstow
Mark your calendars! Information coming soon....


Teachers of the Month

Twenty-eight people from five different countries attended the Right Use of Power Workshop and Teacher's Training in July in Boulder!  It was an enthusiastic and deeply rooted group.  Sixteen stayed for the Teacher's Training, brought their own life experience and wisdom, and fully engaged with the RUP material.  They will now take it to their own groups of therapists, business people, youth, women, and parishioners, to name a few.  We will meet again in September when each of the 16 will talk about their first experiences of presenting.  

What We Learned From German Prisons

by Nicholas Turner and Jeremy Travis in The New York Times

Earlier this summer, we led a delegation of people concerned about the United States criminal justice system to visit some prisons in Germany and observe their conditions. What we saw was astonishing.

The men serving time wore their own clothes, not prison uniforms. When entering their cells, they slipped out of their sneakers and into slippers. They lived one person per cell. Each cell was bright with natural light, decorated with personalized items such as wall hangings, plants, family photos and colorful linens brought from home. Each cell also had its own bathroom separate from the sleeping area and a phone to call home with. The men had access to communal kitchens, with the utensils a regular kitchen would have, where they could cook fresh food purchased with wages earned in vocational programs.

We hoped that we were getting a glimpse of what the future of the American criminal justice system could look like.

This is an encouraging moment for American advocates of criminal justice reform. After decades of callousness and complacency, the United States has finally started to take significant steps to reverse what a recent report by the National Research Council called a “historically unprecedented and internationally unique” experiment in mass incarceration. Congress, in a bipartisan effort, seems prepared to scale back draconian federal sentencing laws. Many states are making progress in reducing their prison populations. And President Obama, in a gesture of his commitment to this issue, last month became the first American president to visit a federal correctional facility.

Read the rest of the article here.

Quote of the Month

RUP Teacher Julia Corley sends this quote.  A student in the Mallorca Hakomi Training brought it to a discussion in her segment about ethics. 

"Angry people want you to see how powerful they are... loving people want you to see how powerful You are. “ - Chief Red Eagle

Right Use of Power as Soul Work

Here are some remarkable words by Richard Hofstadter about Abraham Lincoln and his commitment to using his power while staying connected to his heart.  Power with heart.
To be confronted [when he entered the White House] with the fruits of his victory only to find that it meant choosing between life and death for others was immensely sobering. . . . In one of his rare moments of self-revelation he is reported to have said:  "No I don't know what the soul is, but whatever it is, I know that it can humble itself.". . . .Lincoln was moved by the wounded and dying men, moved as no one in a place of power [thinks they (cb)] can afford to be . . . .For him it was impossible to drift into the habitual callousness of the sort of officialdom that sees men only as pawns to be shifted here and there and 'expended' at the will of others.  It was a symbolic thing that his office was so constantly open, that he made himself more accessible than any other chief executive in our history. . . .  Here, perhaps, is the best measure of Lincoln's personal eminence in the human calendar--that he was chastened and not intoxicated by power."  Jacob Needleman, The American Soul, pages 187-188.
Being chastened and not intoxicated by elevated positional power is challenging soul work and yet it is possible.  Actions born of integrating strength and compassion raise consciousness and make the world a better place.

10th Anniversary Edition is Out!

With 100 new pages and beautiful new cover, this newest work of Cedar's is ready to be shipped! There is new material in every chapter as well as new sections on apology, forgiveness, power differential and collaboration, shadow of power,  power and "isms," challenges, four dimensions, and grievance processes.

Same price as the old book: Only $24 plus S&H

Buy the New Edition Here!

Self Care as Right Use of Power with Self

A thank you from Hiromi Willingham: "I have used the self-care check-list from your book in my workshop titled "Hakomi therapy for the healer of the household in Japan. Participants loved it as it opened the definition of self-care in a much deeper and nurturing way." 

You can find the self-care checklist on Page 207 in the old version of Right Use of Power: Heart of Ethics or Page 257 in the 10th Anniversary Edition of the same book (You can purchase the 10th Anniversary edition here). The checklist covers self-care scales in areas of balance, rest, satisfaction and support.

The Structure of Gratitude

by David Brooks in The New York Times

I’m sometimes grumpier when I stay at a nice hotel. I have certain expectations about the service that’s going to be provided. I get impatient if I have to crawl around looking for a power outlet, if the shower controls are unfathomable, if the place considers itself too fancy to put a coffee machine in each room. I’m sometimes happier at a budget motel, where my expectations are lower, and where a functioning iron is a bonus and the waffle maker in the breakfast area is a treat.

This little phenomenon shows how powerfully expectations structure our moods and emotions, none more so than the beautiful emotion of gratitude.

Gratitude happens when some kindness exceeds expectations, when it is undeserved. Gratitude is a sort of laughter of the heart that comes about after some surprising kindness.

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