What People Are Saying
“Integral relationship has been the missing piece, and circling is the most powerful relational practice I’ve seen…”
phoning in on one of our Aletheia weekends…
“Relationship seems to be more important than ever and yet more elusive than ever. For all of postmodernism’s emphasis on the relational or cultural components of life, they have offered pitifully little in terms of actual practices to authentically awaken and get in touch with this dimension. This is where Authentic World excels!
Authentic World is the pioneer in helping individuals contact and experience the “we” space from an integral and integrative level. When you do that in an authentic way, something very special unfolds. This is how true zen should be practice: to allow everything that wants to arise to arise. Too many zen practices are trained in discipline. It’s very militaristic. In those cases, zen doesn’t really do what it’s suppose to do. Freedom from ego is freedom to ego. From there, the ego will start acting freely and then let go. Together, you reach the stage of pure witnessing, non-duality.”
“Circling brings us into a shared experience of the truth of the moment…”
San Francisco, CA
“Training with Authentic World has given me an understanding and a framework to know why I love what I love. I knew that I loved connecting with people and being real. I didn’t realize it could be taught! When I started learning it, I saw that in my favorite moments with people, this is what I was doing. And these guys have taken it apart so that it can be taught and can be reproduced more consistently.
Another other thing I love about this work: It allows people to be in the moment and experience themselves and others without a story. Without rejecting story, just seeing that it’s not necessary for revelation.
Circling brings us into a shared experience of the truth of the moment, a space of rawness. To me, that’s where magic happens, and that rawness is powerful fuel for my spiritual growth.”
“Because of Authentic World’s circling practice, I am now married to an incredible woman…”
Author, Speaker, and Forbes Columnist
Like most guys, I thought I had everything figured out in my life–I thought Authentic World’s AMP course would maybe put a few finishing touches on me. Little did I know that it would completely rock my world, shake me to the core, and change my life forever. AMP made me aware of a lot of unfinished emotional business that was still mucking around in the depths of my soul, and which was profoundly affecting the way I was relating to women (and everyone) for the negative. I was a major people pleaser, and wasn’t even aware of it until AMP.
Getting circled at AMP helped me discover that the most respect and approval I could have was my own–and from respecting and deeply accepting myself at a core level–becoming whole and complete with myself, with who I actually am and not who I wish or pretend I was–flows all respect from other people and from women in particular.
Shortly after AMP I fell madly in love with my life partner, and now wife. Jena is the woman I always dreamed about, but never before allowed myself to imagine existed. She is a successful entrepreneur, a fellow salsa addict, a well-read philosopher of life, a spiritual adept, a wickedly sensuous creature, an ass-kicking warrioress, and gorgeous to boot! We are having the time of our lives together.
The chance of me attracting a woman of Jena’s caliber into my life before AMP was approximately 0.0%. AMP didn’t “make me” attractive to her. I attracted Jena in my own right. What AMP did was clear away all the BS that had been accumulating in my life for years, that was preventing my natural attractiveness from shining through–allowing it to shine through for all women, and particularly Jena, to see. Thank you thank you thank you Decker and Bryan!
Guys, AMP will kick your ass–but you’ll be thanking Bryan and Decker for it for life when it’s done. I guarantee you will look back on it–as I do for me–as one of the most important things you ever did in your life.
“I’m Loving the Circling Practice – and Enjoying the Hell Out of this Deep-Dive!”
Marianne Rowe, MS
Marriage and Family Therapist
Pacific Grove, CA
I am inspired and challenged by — in other words, completely loving — the Circling Practice as a pathway into We Space. This practice of intentionally attuning to and riding the flow of subtle energy currents in dialogue opens new worlds and ignites possibilities. I am enjoying the hell out of this deep dive into the cenote of relationship … I feel alive, engaged and totally lit up.
“For the First Time Since I Was A Child, I Feel Free. I’m In Touch With How Much I Love My Life, And The People In It.”
Boca Raton, FL
Circling with Authentic World in a space of safe, open inquiry has had me come to know myself with an ever-increasing clarity. As my patterns become conscious… I can see them as they occur, and from this place of knowing, I now have choice.
For the first time since I was a child I feel free. Things are still really hard, and still the world occurs as bright and beautiful. I’m in touch with how much I love my life and the people in it.
“I have taken many many courses and workshops in the past 6 years. The leaders of Authentic World, and the community that surrounds it, have totally impressed me with the authenticity and embodiment of what they teach– these men and women are living the work, not just talking about it, and living well and successfully too. They practice what they preach, and love the people they serve. Can’t find better men and women, period.”
Industrial Artist, Oakland, CA
“I’ve loved learning from trainers in Authentic World, partially because of the results in my life (ok, mostly), but also because they’ve supported me in such an open and humble way. I’ve been reminded of what I know to be true for myself and that’s made the biggest difference of all for me.”
Attorney, San Francisco, CA
“It is refreshing and impressive to see coursework so committed to genuine depth. I am continually surprised at how consistently Authentic World is making a real difference in people’s lives.”
Stanford Professor, Palo Alto, CA
“Being part of a circle creates a meaningful bridge between me and others where I can be my authentic self without fear of judgment or rejection. Circling provides the space for me to not only be seen but truly “gotten” in a powerful way. Having begun a difficult transition in my life, I found circling provided a secure space where I could share my innermost thoughts and feelings, and receive feedback and insight that helped me reveal some of the stories that were controlling me. Jeffrey is adept at guiding the circling process by gently keeping the group on a helpful path for the circlee, and by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard. He also has a natural wisdom demonstrated by the insightful questions he poses and the ability to echo and reframe what participants communicate to ensure that their words are most helpful to the circlee.”
- Doug Levin
“My connections with others have deepened in large part due to my work in circling. It teaches you how to connect with yourself and then how to authentically connect with others on a totally different level than we are used to. This connection is so amazing, rich and invigorating that it’s one of the main reasons I keep coming back for more. Jeffrey is the best air traffic controller out there. He allows the space to grow, breathe and be the way it needs to be (exactly perfect the way it is), but also knows when to step in to preserve the authenticity of the experience. And each experience is totally different. Circling is awesome.”
- Rachel Sillman
“Circling provides one the rare opportunity to be seen, heard and appreciated for their authentic selves. Because the people in the circle vary from event to event, you have the opportunity to see yourself through many different lens the more circles you attend. Jeffrey creates a space of safety that allows people to relate to one another straight from the heart. If there is something that you need to release, or if you are searching for warm, comforting souls to embrace, I highly recommend Circling.”
- Julie Holly
“Why do I keep going back? It’s not a classroom where you are given your lessons so much as a guided dynamic space where people learn from and about each other, withholding all judgment and assumptions. It has been a good exercise for me, not to jump to a conclusion of what I think a person is thinking or feeling, but to give the space for them to share it, an in this space comes the unexpected. Different every time. My first time I being circled, it was almost like a part of my soul was detoxified and for the next couple of weeks, I really felt like a new person, rejuvenated and evolved. Jeffrey keeps it real and is considerate of all who participate. He genuinely cares about people’s experiences and his range of life experiences and skills gives him an open mind from which to approach and lead Circling making it a comfortable space.”
“Circling is absolutely getting in touch with instinctive human traits, we otherwise might lose, by calling out everything and anything natural inside of us. Being circled has made me see individuals as individuals with varied perspectives and perceptions. Circling has definitely kept me in check to respect each person’s authentic experience outside of my own ego. Experiencing, without judgment, and loving people for our strengths and vulnerabilities. I would describe circling as a group activity of getting to know another person, and many people, in a free and open way; free of judgement and bias. Jeffrey is such a neutral, yet passionate and dedicated facilitator. I have experienced facilitators who have strong, almost overbearing energy (albeit in their own judgement-free way) but Jeffrey always provokes inspiring thoughts with the most trusting finesse, it’s a skill I admire and respect to no end.”
- Lori Zelman