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Dr. Ron Manley ~ Earned Secure Attachment and a Liberated Spirituality

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


In this presentation we will discuss Interpersonal Neurobiology, a current neuroscience understanding of trauma, and secure and insecure attachment ways of being-in-the-world. “Spiritual bypassing” may represent efforts to manage dysregulation in the nervous system, and may manifest in several ways including endless spiritual “seeking” and various aspects of “spiritual materialism” (Trungpa, 2002). It is proposed that working towards an “earned” secure attachment may promote a “liberated” spirituality, that is, one free of such bypassing, and that there are likely several routes to such an embodiment of security. We will encourage a sense of curiosity in our exploration of the relationships between spirituality, attachment theory, trauma, somatically-oriented psychotherapy, mindfulness, and nondual realization. The talk will be an elaboration of a presentation by Ron at the Science and Nonduality Conference in Italy in 2017.

Dr. Ron Manley is a registered (#0866) Psychologist who has worked for over three and a half decades in Vancouver, including eleven years as Clinical Director of a specialized eating disorders program for children and adolescents. He has a particular interest in the integration of somatically-oriented psychotherapy with cognitive, attachment, mindfulness, and nondual approaches. He is now in private practice where he offers psychotherapy, consultation for therapists, and workshops/training. His current interests include human potential generally as well as the interface between psychotherapy and spirituality.