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The Taos Cooperative Avatar Course has been my second internship and I arrived without a student. Right away I was moved to a table with younger students from 15 years old to late 20's. By the second day I began working with a fifteen year old from a Navajo reservation in Utah who has experienced much more than a 15 year old should have to. My first exercise with her was transparent belief which took the entire allotted time but was absolutely worth the wait. She felt so much lighter! By the end of the ReSurfacing weekend, it was decided that I would support her through sections II and III because she wasn't as comfortable working with her Mom and she had a good connection with me.
As each day passed, she felt so much lighter and began smiling! At one point I worked with her on the reality creation list and one of her secondaries was that she couldn't stop laughing!
The exercise that I'd like to share with you is handling attacks. She wrote that she blamed her family. I aligned with a teammate and she mentioned that I could work with this student on all of the different aspects of that blame. I found her and supported her in discovering all associated feelings, identities and resistances. Each discovery was discreated until she felt clear. At the end her response was "I feel like a piece of me is missing." Whoa! She said she felt this huge wieght had been lifted from her.
I'm just now remembering...after we ran persistant mass exercise, she said she just couldn't stop smiling!
Her Mom announced her last night as the world's newest Avatar. She couldn't stop smiling!

Robin Jackson- USA- 2009

Dear Harry,
I created a student and came to the Taos Course with great reservations. I hadn't done an internship in a year due to undergoing chemo therapy for my metastatic breast cancer. I wasn't sure I could handle 11 days of long hours. At our last evaluation I cried at how empowered I was because I was able to do the full 11 days and with good energy and enthusiasm. Much of the mental fog I had been experiencing is gone. I also feel like I have dropped the cancer identity. I also feel I have opened a new space of vulnerability and I feel a new "I" has emerged.
I have also been able to connect with others in a whole new place. I feel the place I have kept safe and protected has dropped. I am able to connect with my whole being for the first time. An awesome experience!
Thank you Harry for these incredible tools and for all your love, gratitude and appreciation.
I'll see you again at Wizards next year!

Jan Smith- USA- 2009

Just a quick note of gratitude to you for your trust, support and love, as we gallantly march forward on this amazing path.

This was my second internship as a JAI and I am amazed at how differently it felt this round than last. It is such an honor working in this new domain. I had the honor of working with a man from New Zeland, who upon coming to Avatar, had the heart of a little boy, but the rage of an cornered animal. Within days of working with him with the mini-courses, and getting him into section two, he began to smile and laugh; he became an explorer on his path, instead of a prisoner of his past. Thank you for providing the tools to help this man lay down his pain, shame and anger. For the first time, I truly understood the primary "the world is a reflection of me."

It is wonderful to know that we are here, together as a sangha, in support of each other as we evolve in our awakening, but also driving full-throttle to bring others along with us on the journey.

I am proud to be a member of your "pride".

Love and respect,


I'm a master on my second Internship. I've always completed the "The Discouragement Drill" with a bit of hesitancy and resistance. I felt it to a certain degree, but the shift was often short-lived. Shona took the Masters through the discouragement handling procedure as a group, discreating desire and resist to encouragement and discouragement. I really saw and felt how these identities that popped up, were keeping me from relaxing into the "Discouragement Drill" and the shifting of the modes it empowers. It was actually quite funny-I found it humorous and a great relief.
Thank you so much Harry and all the people/trainers who have pioneered this week using these amazing and simple tools to use ... if you choose. It has totally changed everything for me and I now feel in control and acceptance of my universe and can enjoy moving through the shells of creation/ beliefs to meeting consciousness out in the universe in other people. It is exciting and relieving! Much Love to you all,
Derek Browne