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An Intensive Encounter with the Naked Beauty of Life

An Intensive Encounter with the Naked Beauty of Life

Life recently threw me a surprise party. Yup, it intentionally set things up so that I would experience a somewhat sustained period of circumstances that left me feeling overwhelmed, anxious, helpless and perplexed. It talked me in to traveling to Vermont for a week long personal Pathwork Intensive Retreat at just the right time, just as I was up to my eyeballs in difficult feelings. And then, once I gave myself fully to the silence and seclusion alternated by individual  sessions with my Pathwork Helper, Life surprised me beyond my wildest dreams.   Why would anyone choose to carve out a week to immerse themselves in seclusion and silence, alternated by intensive sessions that are challenging and exhausting?   A Pathwork Intensive Retreat is a hero’s journey of sorts, an inner pilgrimage to the center of your being. When you consciously leave your usual life for a period of time for the purpose of personal and spiritual growth, you are met with unexpected gifts as well as challenges.   So after arriving at the apartment that would be the chrysalis for my journey from caterpillar to butterfly, I spent a day and a half unplugging, unwinding, reading, reflecting and journaling. All alone and away from phone calls, television, Facebook, emails, text, and daily news reports, I was able to drop into a deeply contemplative space that is not easily accessed in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.     Little things became larger than life. The taste of delicious, farm to table Vermont food. The beautiful little hummingbird joyfully perched on the bush outside my balcony. The soothing...
Who Ever Said Transformation Had to be Boring?

Who Ever Said Transformation Had to be Boring?

Have you ever had that moment of grace when you received a flash of insight not just in your  mind, but in your heart and soul and every cell of your body? The kind that seemed more like a remembering than a discovering for the first time?   A realization like this often shifts how you perceive life from that moment on. It can move you to the core of your being, and allow you to release stubborn behavior patterns and find peace and forgiveness.   Profound truth, deep insight, and transformative healing are usually revealed in this way, because the mind has limitations that can’t fully grasp what is meant to be experienced. And that is why the great writers and poets have used metaphor and symbolism as a creative way to point to that which cannot be contained in words.   The pictures they evoke bypass the brain and reach a different kind of intelligence, one that emerges from that spark of divinity that lives at the core of your being. The place in you that just knows. And has always known. The mind may have forgotten, but the Real Self never did.   I love the beauty and power of these mystical messages to inform and guide us. And that’s why I’ve created an eight week online course entitled, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Your Journey Home to the Real Self” that explores the mystical symbolism in the classic story of The Wizard of Oz as seen through the lens of the Pathwork teachings.   Because who ever said transformation had to be boring?   I’m...