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Re-Gifting the Treasures of the Pathwork

Re-Gifting the Treasures of the Pathwork

Note: This post is dedicated to my fellow Pathworkers around the world, and especially to those new to this sacred journey. Recently the Mid-Atlantic Pathwork Community gathered at Sevenoaks Retreat Center for the bi-annual Pathwork Community Weekend. We welcomed old friends and curious new seekers with the theme of  “Making Soul Connections: The Gift of Real Friendship.”    I found myself reflecting on what it was that initially drew me to the Pathwork, and what it is that keeps me connected with this community year after year.   Pathwork has given me so many gifts, it is impossible to do justice to them all in one blog post. If I had to distill it down to three main ways my life has changed since encountering the Pathwork teachings, it would be these:   I reconnected with and healed the pain of my inner child. Pathwork has taught me to embrace my scared, hurt, angry, wounded inner child with unequivocal compassion and acceptance. This community has consistently offered me a supportive, nonjudgmental space to feel all of my feelings, uncover unconscious misconceptions, and discover and give to myself what my child needed most — without getting stuck in self-pity, blame, or victimhood.  I stepped more fully into adulthood. I have learned what it means to be a responsible  adult, willing to accept the consequences of my thoughts and actions. I have been challenged and supported in choosing to consciously create a life of meaning, fulfillment, and intimacy. I have learned to risk failure, humiliation, and disappointment to follow my heart’s longing and offer my gifts to the world. The potential...
Everything You Need Is Already Inside

Everything You Need Is Already Inside

As we move through the dog days of summer and I begin to sense that fall is right around the corner, I am reminded that we are approaching a time of transition. The weather will soon begin to cool down, another school year will begin, the leaves will start the process of revealing their glorious display of colors, and before we know it we will have chosen our next President.    Life is always changing, but there are certain periods when that change seems more apparent, as if moving at a quicker pace. My oldest daughter is getting ready to make her first big move away from home, relocating from the east coast of Virginia all the way to the west coast of Oregon. She’s been through several periods of change in her short 26 years, but this feels to me like it has the potential to be one of those “summer to fall” kind of changes.   Accelerated periods of transition can at times be exciting, and other times be challenging and anxiety producing. Or both. They often involve a letting go of the comfortable and the familiar in order to make space for what is awaiting. It is not unusual to stand at the edge of the abyss, afraid to take that leap into the unknown.   I recently saw a video about the morphing of a caterpillar to the chrysalis that will hold its journey of transformation. Now, the caterpillar to butterfly metaphor is a very familiar one, used to describe the beauty and mystery of our own personal transformation. I have always known that inside...