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Upcoming Pathwork Events!

Upcoming Pathwork Events!

Check Out These Exciting Pathwork Events! Sunday, June 25th, 2017 FREE Event!   Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm Event: The Pitfalls of Perfectionism Location: 5028 Park Commons Loop, Glen Allen, Va.       Perfectionism isn’t always defined by how clean your house is, how fashionable your clothes are, or how fit your body is. Sometimes perfectionism shows up in just wanting to be more than we are at the moment, and we may project a false image of ourselves to others in order to be more acceptable. Have you ever found yourself wanting to be more loving, charming or serene? Maybe you wish you were less needy, selfish, or vulnerable? Especially if you haven’t reached perfection yet, you are invited to join me for an evening exploring the pitfalls of perfectionism, and discover how we can relax into exactly who we are in this moment, and be perfectly lovable, warts and all. We’ll be working with Pathwork Lecture 97: Perfectionism Obstructs Happiness. You aren’t required to read the Lecture ahead of time, but you’ll get more out of the evening if you do. Following the presentation we’ll share a potluck dinner and fellowship. This is a free event, but if you are staying for the meal please bring a dish to share. Come out for the evening and discover the profound wisdom of the Pathwork Lectures! I look forward to sharing the evening with you! RSVP to Beth at: bethhedquist@gmail.com   ****************************   New Online Group Forming – Join in From the Comfort of Your Home!  Date: June 25th – Aug. 13th, 2017                          ...
Are You Chasing Pleasure or Running Away From Pain?

Are You Chasing Pleasure or Running Away From Pain?

At different points in my life I have bought into the idea that life could be the utopia I heard about in the storybooks.   Certainly when I was younger I believed that it was possible to find Prince Charming, settle down with two kids, a dog, and a white picket fence…..okay, my picture perfect life was a little more unconventional than the proverbial white picket fence, but the idea was the same. I would achieve my version of happily ever after with minor bumps in the road but nothing that would challenge me to the core. If I worked hard and did the opposite of everything my mother had done, I would become the one that pulled myself up by my bootstraps and overcame a difficult childhood. It didn’t happen.    The fantasy that I can find overnight success, fall effortlessly into romantic bliss without risk or vulnerability, navigate the parenting years with confidence and ease, and sail gracefully into the twilight years without regret, heartbreak, failure, and a health issue here and there….well, it’s just that, a fantasy. And it leaves me wallowing in a puddle of self-pity, wondering, “Why me?”   Life is hard. Fumbling through Dark nights, trekking across arid deserts, and falling into the deep abyss of the unknown are required terrain. Required. Which doesn’t mean “inevitable but try to stay away from it as much as possible.” It also doesn’t mean, “it’s inevitable and hopeless so just resign yourself to a life of despair.”   It means the mountaintop moments are just as much a part of the journey as the valleys, and...
Have You Ever Seen Through the Eyes of Your Heart?

Have You Ever Seen Through the Eyes of Your Heart?

I have a special friend. We began as acquaintances, because our daughters were good friends. Eventually we began to spend time together socially, and although we were quite different our connection grew.   I’d say we had a pretty strong friendship, sharing our hopes, fears, and dreams, as well as the everyday details of life. One weekend we decided to take the kids on a weekend adventure to the mountains. While there, I talked her into canoeing 12 miles on the Shenandoah River, which was a new and challenging experience for her as she was not a great swimmer.   Canoeing is an almost meditative pastime, as it has the effect of bringing you completely present in the moment. Everyday worries and pressures fall away and you become immersed in the beauty of the mountains cradling the river, the splash of a turtle leaving the log he was sunning himself on, the fragrance of the flowers growing wild along the shoreline, and the next draw of the paddle that keeps you afloat as you glide through whitewater rapids. So there we were, enjoying the gorgeous weather, stunning scenery, and the company of each other and our children, when something unexpected happened.   For a brief moment, all of her normal pretenses and defenses dropped away, and she let out a delightful laugh. One that came from somewhere deep in her soul, as if she had re-connected with the innocent, carefree child she once was.   In that moment, I SAW  her.   I saw who she most truly is in the core of her being. A seeing that came not...
Maximize Your Creative Power: Reconnect to the Source

Maximize Your Creative Power: Reconnect to the Source

January is now in full swing…have you written your New Years resolutions, set your goals, made your to-do lists? Are you determined that THIS year will be the year you finally achieve those goals? Maybe they have already fallen by the wayside, or you did not even bother to make them in the first place, thereby avoiding disappointment?   In my last blog post, I spoke of the Roman God Janus, who this month is named after, and how he is depicted with two heads, one looking backward in reflection and the other looking forward in anticipation. I invited you to indulge in a Sacred Pause, reflecting on the meaningful moments you created in the past year. And now it’s time to look forward to the coming year, and consider what you would like to manifest, as well as how to be effective in your efforts.   We are frequently bombarded with a variety of fail-proof strategies designed to achieve the goals and resolutions we set for ourselves. And yet often we still fall short…either we seem to lack the discipline, or we work like crazy but don’t seem to attract the abundance we desire. Too little willpower, tons of willpower that is ineffective, or possibly willpower that lasts awhile, and then disappears like snow in sunshine.   Have you ever wondered why others seem to manifest with ease, while you stumble time and time again?   Part of the trouble lies in our misunderstanding of and misuse of our will. The Pathwork teaches we have an inner will and an outer will, and that both, in their healthy...
A Sacred Pause on the Threshold of Possibility

A Sacred Pause on the Threshold of Possibility

Another new year has begun! It’s January, a month named after the Roman God Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, and often symbolized by gates, doorways, and passageways. Janus is often depicted with two faces, one looking back in reflection, and one looking forward with anticipation. As we begin the new year we stand on the threshold between what has been and what can be, which is a potent time to consciously set intentions for the manifestation of our deepest desires.   But before we get busy with New Year’s resolutions, to-do lists, and the details of daily life, I invite you to indulge in a Sacred Pause…an opportunity to slow down, relax, and carve out some time for reflection on the previous year. Allowing the various memories of the year to bubble up as they wish, have your journal handy, and use these questions to guide your meditation:   Which memories of the past year held the most meaning for you? Perhaps you achieved a long held dream or goal. Maybe it was an interaction with a stranger or a loved one that invoked intimacy, compassion, or forgiveness. It could even have been a moment you experienced nature with an open heart and expanded consciousness.   What did you engage in that made your heart sing? A hobby, an interest, a volunteer offering, a cause you are passionate about, or anything that was just plain fun!   What did you learn this year? This might be a practical new skill, a spiritual or emotional insight, or a valuable lesson learned in the midst of adversity.   How...