There are very few people in the worldtoday who can truly claim to beinwardly complete,who feel adequate in every respect,and who truly believein themselves. Instead, most of usfeel insecurein some way or other.

In order to hide our insecurities and shortcomings, we have all learned to constrain our behaviour by playing carefully chosen roles. But sooner or later, usually once we are in a relationship, the strain becomes too much, and the mask begins to slip – the real person begins to show. The results are well known!

Relationship with the Self

In Journey of Adjustment, we look at the general principles involved in any kind of relationship and in Threshold to Excellence we explore the importance of working on the relationship with yourself, but in Relationship with the Self, we work from the basis that you cannot expect anyone to love and respect you if you do not love and respect yourself. Therefore, the accent is on commitment, and on what this means for you.

On this course we will show you;

  • What true honesty entails.
  • How to differentiate between the real you and your behaviour.
  • How to assess and change your self-image, at a physical, emotional and mental level.
  • What it means to be a whole person, and how to achieve this.
  • How to listen to your heart.
  • How to act rather than react.
  • How to find lasting love.
  • What it really means to take responsibility for yourself and your own life, and how to make this work for you.

Course Prerequisites

Please note that to enrol for this Relationship with the Self Course (previously know as ‘Relationships II’ Course) it is necessary to have first completed the following three Courses;

ISM has implemented this requirement because through experience it has become clear that people cannot benefit fully from the material imparted in this Course without first having acquired the fundamental tools for relationships imparted in The Journey of Adjustment, and having come to grips with their childhood through the material imparted in the World of Little People and Threshold to Excellence. 

Many people consider that because they may have received counselling and/or done workshops on childhood issues, they have their childhood issues resolved, done and dusted. But we at ISM have found that in ALL cases this does not suffice, and simply because concepts such as awareness, the relative factor of awareness, the formative years of a child, social conditioning from even before birth, etc., is all material that is generally not known and neither to be found in any of the workshops, seminars and counselling activities available to the general public. As a result most adults today live with a stunted emotional and/or mental development. And where there is this stunted development it is not possible to grasp the material offered in this Course.

(For your own good and for the good of the other participants, NO exceptions will be made to the above requirement.)

Course Content

The Course includes discussions, individual work, group interaction and a variety of games. Everything is designed to show you how you behave in your life so that you can decide whether or not you like it. Then if you don’t like it, we will give you the tools with which to change it.

Post Course Support

Because of the habits of a lifetime, this Course is the beginning and not the end of a process. With that in mind, there are a variety of other Courses, after-course meetings, further learning opportunities and activities on an on-going basis. Whether or not you want to take part will depend on where you want to take your life.

About Elizabeth Schnugh

Elizabeth founded and is Director of the Institute for the Study of Man. The Courses and Retreats offered through the Institute have been developed to give people valuable insights, as well as practical tools, so that they can effect meaningful and lasting change in their lives.

Elizabeth Schnugh – Seeker by heart and apprentice of the late Théun Mares, started her career as a Chartered Accountant. She was Financial Director of a multi-national company subsidiary for many years. As she reached the height of her career, and as her work brought her into touch with an increasingly wide cross-section of people, Elizabeth began to realise that her talents and fate did not lie in the corporate world but in helping people to help themselves. In 1991 she embarked upon a new journey, first of all training in the humanitarian disciplines, and then in 1996 becoming a full-time teacher.

Elizabeth has a simple, honest and highly practical approach in guiding people to look within their unique life experiences to find their own answers. This approach is immensely uplifting and empowering, since you will learn how to solve any problem or challenge that comes your way.

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