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Welcoming New Life

Welcoming New Life

Hello my friends, While it is just the beginning of March, Spring feels like it’s right around the corner and I couldn’t be more ready to welcome in new Life! The Mid-Atlantic Pathwork Helper Community recently gathered for our quarterly retreat at Sevenoaks Retreat Center, where Louise Del Maestro shared her “Rest” work based on the Living Inquiry work of Scott Kiloby, and we spent the afternoon exploring how our commitment to the Pathwork is manifesting in our lives. Thank you, Louise, for introducing us to this beautiful teaching!   Old and new friends alike gathered this past weekend for an engaging variety of workshops at the Pathwork Community Weekend — a  celebration of our shared longing to deepen personally and spiritually. We will be offering another Pathwork Community Weekend at Sevenoaks July 29-30th, so stay tuned to hear the details on another exciting opportunity to come together to share the beauty of the land at Sevenoaks and the transformative power of Pathwork.   Tuesday night I launched the first meeting of my new Pathwork Group, “Bridging the Divide,” and it was an beautifully intimate beginning as these students each took steps to deepen in their individual soul’s journey.  We’ll be meeting every other week through the beginning of June, and I’m really excited to witness how Spirit will be moving in their lives.   Growth, transformation, and change is all around us at this time of year. The big question is, how will we meet it, how will we support Spirit’s longing to manifest in our lives and on our planet?    How about you, are you ready...
Are You Lost in the World of Duality?

Are You Lost in the World of Duality?

Recently I assisted Senior Pathwork Helper Jac Conaway in the Sacred Dimensions weekend at Sevenoaks Retreat Center. We examined our beliefs about reality, and how we take for granted what we think we know is true. A simple exercise of putting a plastic bag over our heads demonstrated how we see everything through a certain lens, and assume what we are seeing is what everyone else is seeing, and that it is the final reality and truth of the matter.   Back home, I had a conversation with a friend over an opposing view of life….each of us held a different perspective that was near and dear to our hearts. Each of us deeply believed in the certainty and goodness and rightness of our perspective. Each of us felt the other was somehow well-intentioned but misguided.   Who is right? Who is wrong? Who is good? Who is bad? It was like both of us were talking to each other with bags over our heads, full of pain and hurt and anger and shock at the perceived reality of the other. I left saddened at the apparent impasse.   Both of us had been in emotional reaction. Both of us had moments where we spoke from judgment, anger, and assumption. Of course, I say this from my own limited perspective, and she may have had a different take on our interaction, but I think it would be safe to say we both had bags over our heads. And yet I still believe both of us were doing our best to see the other. We were both trying to listen...
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...
Living “Awake and Alive” at Sevenoaks Retreat Center

Living “Awake and Alive” at Sevenoaks Retreat Center

Something very special happens when you drive onto the property at Sevenoaks Retreat Center. Winding down the long gravel driveway, I always feel like I am arriving home. Sevenoaks is my spiritual home. The land here has been called “spiritually seasoned,” as the center has been home to spiritual transformation and healing for over 40 years.    Whenever I am here, the healing energy of the land at Sevenoaks is palpable. Hiking to the river, walking the medicine wheel, taking in the view of the mountains, or meditating in the little sanctuary, peace is everywhere.   Over the years that I have been coming to Sevenoaks, there have been many weekends full of laughter, joy, and celebration, while others have been painful and challenging, but wherever I have been in my process, I have always been met with a love and acceptance that fostered deep healing. So it is always exciting for me to share the Pathwork and the beauty of Sevenoaks with others when we host our bi-annual Pathwork Community Weekends.   I love waking up to a hot cup of coffee and a view of the lovely campus. I love walking the grounds at night, marveling at the silence and the Milky Way sparkling above me. I love connecting with my spiritual brothers and sisters who have known the best and the worst of me, and share my commitment to bringing these teachings to others. And, most of all, I love watching new people experience the magic of the Pathwork community for the first time.     Through their eyes, I re-live that magic I first discovered...
Tasting the Sweetness of Community

Tasting the Sweetness of Community

“There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe.” ~ Teilhard de Chardin   The spiritual journey, if sincerely followed, is a path of self-discovery leading us home to our Real Self, and the paradoxical realization that we never really left home to begin with. To once again align with and anchor in the deepest truth of who we are is a precious gift of grace, and while it requires a certain amount of solitude, prayer and inner reflection, most of us were never meant to spend our lives secluded in a monastery or as reclusive hermits in a cave high on a mountain top.   We all need Connection. Communion. Community. We need one another!   If we could have made this journey alone, we would have reached our destination long ago. But just as there are insights that can only be revealed in solitude and silence, there is wisdom that can only be gained when kindred spirits engage in authentic relationship, walking the path together in service of supporting one another’s personal and spiritual growth. Both are essential to the spiritual journey.   Here are some of the invaluable gifts I have received in community:   To know I am not alone. When others share their hopes, fears, sorrows, and disappointments, it gives me the courage and humility to come out of my isolation and share the same. I realize we are really more alike than different. To be supported....