Preparing for Awakening

  An Ongoing Study Group to Live More Deeply from Your Spiritual Nature

A program of:

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A New Series is Being Planned  

Deepening Presence® explores the infinite expressions of our spiritual nature.  This in-depth study group integrates practices of mindfulness, meditation, breath work, movement and inquiry while using tools from Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology, and the wisdom of the Enneagram.  We explore the steps and tools needed to move from our reactive survival mode into thriving mode.   These practices help to shift the habitual aspects of our personalities to reveal our most radiant and loving nature.

LIVE life with purpose & be more fulfilled

DEVELOP your mindfulness in daily living

TRANSFORM automatic behaviors, emotions & beliefs

BALANCE the energy systems of the body

EXPERIENCE your spiritual nature

There are three Levels to Deepening Presence®.  They guide you through the steps we take in moving from our normal survival mode into thriving and awakening modes.  We all have automatic habitual reactions to life that are formed because of influences from our family history, culture, and biology.  Level I of Deepening Presence® prepares you for awakening by walking you through 6 steps required to shift from the reactive Survival Mode into Thriving Mode.  Level II takes you through 6 additional steps in moving from Thriving Mode to Awakening Mode.  Level III focuses on our continued awakening.

Level I:  Preparing for Awakening, 6 Steps from Surviving to Thriving

Step 1: Recognizing Survival Mode

Step 2: Exploring & Developing Thriving Mode

Step 3: Embracing & Sustaining Transformation

Step 4: Knowing Yourself & Underlying Motivations

Step 5: Developing & Integrating Thriving Skills

Step 6: Overcoming Challenges on the Journey


We tend to focus on the future or past and not fully living in the present.  We sink into the day-to-day “to do” list and react instinctually to obstacles that get in the way, whether it is our own physical and emotional bumps in the road or challenges from our environment.  We try to get ahead, but often get frustrated and tired, and start to wonder:  Is this all there is to life?  Why are there so many struggles?  Why do I have such a hard time coping? 

You may also wonder:  How do I really thrive and live from a place of abundance?  What is my unrealized potential?  How can life be more fulfilling? How can I live more from my spiritual nature?

The Level I study group integrates traditional practices of mindfulness, meditation, breathwork, inquiry, and movement while also using tools from Energy Medicine, Energy Psychology and the wisdom of the Enneagram to deeply explore and release the habits that obscure our Essence.

  • Mindfulness techniques help us increase awareness of those behavioral, emotional, and cognitive habits that make up our personality.  They help us learn the “being” part of living to help balance all the “doing”.  This study group will help you begin or deepen your practice of mindfulness and meditation.
  • Transformative tools from Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology will be used to release and balance the energies holding those negative beliefs, unwanted emotions, and unhealthy behavioral habits that get stored up and are unresolved.   Participants will become facile in using these tools to unlock those aspects of our personality that block True Nature from expressing its clarity, joy, and abundance.  Energy Work will also be used to activate perceptions and experiences of our spiritual nature.
  • The Enneagram is a sophisticated map that outlines the perceptions and emotions associated with how we experience the perceived loss of oneness with True Nature.  By understanding and accepting how our personality styles actual limit us, we begin to experience broader perspectives of life and can live from a place of radiance, abundance, oneness, and peace.

Join us in an opportunity to integrate wisdoms from the East and West in living a more balanced, centered, and fulfilling life.  Regardless of where you on in your journey, this study group will help support you in the next step.


Participants are asked to attend through April 2021.  Level I is for new members.  No prior experience is necessary, just a desire to evolve more consciously.  Once completed, members may attend Level II.  Members in Level II or III may also attend segments of Level I they would like to develop further. 

The group provides a field of presence and compassion for each member to do their own work.  Members share their experiences when they feel ready to do so.  They are asked not to comment on another member's sharing or to give suggestions.  This approach supports each member to stay focused on what is arising for them rather than focused on helping others.

Facilitated by

Doug Moore, Ph.D., Psychologist, Life-Coach & Spiritual Director

Much of this coursework evolved from years of collaboration with Kathleen B. Corcoran, Ph.D.and the The Surviving to Thriving model we developed. I also collaborated with Jane L. Eckert, Ph.D. in developing Enneagram Dynamics.  I’m grateful for these partnerships that have enhanced and inspired the work.


Total cost of $680 is divided into 4 payments of $170.

Please consider this series like a college class, you pay for the entire course whether you miss or withdraw.  If you have to miss a particular session, it will be taped and made available on the website. Because space is limited, please send in your registration and first payment to reserve your place.

The first session will include an overview of the concepts covered during the year.  If after the first class you decide the series isn't right for you, you can receive a prorated refund.


Mostly Every Other Thursday



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Email or call Doug:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 216-239-0382 (calls or texts)


If you are currently coping with significant emotional issues, this is not the right time to start such a group.  If in therapy, discuss with your therapist whether this group is in your best interest.  All you need is a stableness & readiness to let go of old habitual ways of being and a desire to deepen into your spiritual nature. 

Participants will find it helpful to explore which Enneagram style is primary for you.  You may take a test on-line at and take the Full RHETI.  The best Enneagram book to start with is, The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Riso and Hudson.

Come...Deepen into your Presence


Doug J. Moore, Ph.D. is a Psychologist, Life Coach, and Spiritual Teacher.  He is the founder of Thrive and Awaken®, a website with classes on self-discovery and conscious waking.  He provides online life coaching and spiritual direction and spiritual teaching to help people learn to Thrive and Awaken®.  Doug Moore integrates traditional services with alternative and complementary approaches such as meditation, mindfulness, enneagram, energy psychology, energy medicine, EFT, AIT, and EMDR. Doug's holistic approach is applicable for people wanting to learn thriving tools applicable to many areas of daily life as well as those wanting to transform their personal, professional, and spiritual development. He works with adults, couples and organizations in the USA and internationally. As an Amazon Associate I earn a commission from qualifying purchases. This applies to links to books on my site.

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