Enlighten Up!™ Event: Speaker and Workshop Leader Biographies
Day 1 Talk Descriptions and
Day 2 Talk Workshop Descriptions
Patrick Williams – Biography
Patrick Williams is a superlative artist, inspiring public speaker, visionary educator, and independent scholar. He is founder of his own public speaking, creativity consulting, and art business as well as Artistic & Creative Director and Operations Manager of Satori Institute; an arts, education, research based non-profit organization. With 4 decades of experience, Patrick has innovated creative curriculums and taught children and adults art, creativity, new science, budo, and art history in public and private schools, community centers, teacher trainings, and mentorship experiences.
Patrick’s paintings and drawings have been shown in many solo exhibits and group shows throughout the United States, Japan, and China. His work has been represented by galleries in Chicago, Seattle, Albuquerque, and Omaha. Patrick’s artwork is in private and public collections. Patrick is currently a self-represented artist, exclusively in charge and managing all aspects of his artistic career.
He holds black belts in Karate-do and Aikido and has trained and taught Budo for more than 37 years. He also practices Kyudo and Jo, Japanese archery and short staff. Patrick has an expansive and comprehensive knowledge of creativity, art and art history and holds a BFA in painting from the University of Nebraska.
“Create Yourself Forward”: Communicating the Art of Creativity – 20-min. Talk
Communicating the Art of Creativity, is a dynamic intermedia presentation focusing on our collective relationship with Creativity. Each of us has a deep and original connection with Creativity. Often this authentic and imaginal bond has been “misplaced” we seemingly lose our Creativity. In reality, Creativity is always within each of us.
With personal stories and artistic anecdotes Patrick assists his audience in understanding the powers of their own Creative Nature. Using excerpts from his ground breaking Philosophy of Creativity, Patrick defines Creative Colonization, Creative Collapse, and the Creative Void; the hiding spots of “misplaced” Creativity. Patrick describes the pathway out of the Creative Void into Creative Metamorphosis and the necessities of Creative Tension. No matter your age, education, job description or pay grade, student, aparent, business person, teacher, novice or accomplished artist this presentation is for everyone who desires and dares to access, maintain, and sustain their Creativity and will point people in the right direction toward rekindling their embers and turning them into Creative flames.
Workshop Description – “Create Yourself Forward”: Communicating the Art of Creativity – 3 Hours
This workshop designed for people who are interested in reengaging their original Creativity. Stepping back into one’s Creativity can be a daunting endeavor. Patrick magically invites your inner child, the Creative Genius within you, to reemerge no matter how long it’s has been in hiding. Patrick introduces grounding spatial awareness exercises, drawing exercises, and journaling exercises to get people back into their authentic Creativity. This workshop provides a supportive and safe environment to ignite your creative flames. Join Patrick and “create yourself forward”.
Jayma Jamieson – Biography
Jayma Jamieson was born and raised in Boulder and cursed by Chief Niwot, she doesn’t plan to ever leave. After graduation for CU/Boulder with a BS in Business, Jayma worked with Eli Lilly – pharmaceutical sales – selling Prozac in the rainiest city in the US, Seattle. It was here that she professionally – and personally – discovered seasonal-affective disorder, and she relocated quickly back to sunny Colorado.
After a season of personal loss and transition, the death of a parent and subsequent divorce, she went back to school and received a Masters in Transpersonal (body/mind/spirit – holistic approach) Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Jayma’s approach to depression – and her clients – is East meets West. She believes that Western medicine, pharmacotherapy, can be effective, and is sometimes necessary for recovery. However, her Naropa training and belief system encourages her to view people holistically, and know that with the proper support, many people can heal without need for pharmaceuticals.
Jayma enjoys helping men, women, teens, and couples to overcome and develop self-awareness about developmental wounds, attachment disorders, addiction, shame, depression, and perfectionism, as it applies to their daily life (marriage, divorce, oppression, bullying).
20 Minute Talk: Depression – The Power of Changing Your Mind
We will look at neuroplasticity; how our brains constantly morph and change. Our thoughts and feelings have the power to create, sustain, and form neural networks, or connections in the left and right hemispheres in our brain. What we feel, think and believe about ourselves and our circumstances, programs the brain in constructive or destructive ways. We will explore how to process, integrate and reframe the past and present, in order to paint a brighter future. We will talk about various ways to bounce back from depression, re-build, create resilience and vitality.
Workshop Description: Painting a New Picture – How Art Therapy Enhances Healing
Art therapy serves as a bridge between client and therapist; it speaks for the client, expressing emotions and experiences on paper. This is helpful when it’s difficult to find the right words to express yourself. Art therapy taps into deeper levels of awareness, such as subconscious memories. It brings these memories out onto paper, facilitating self-awareness and healing. Art therapy utilizes the creative brain, the right hemisphere, which is where visual memories are stored. Therefore, many therapists and clients utilize it to access repressed memories and to process trauma.
Together we will use our creative brain and explore three different art therapy projects. We will utilize personal experiences, feelings, Jungian dreamwork, archetypes and their symbolism, to discover meaning in your unique creations.
(1) One project explores something going on in our present and…secondly the future, parts of which are often subconscious, even to the artist/client. It is a very unique way of gaining self-awareness, and personal growth.
(2) The second art therapy projects entails creating a personal vision board ~ goal setting, what you want in the next five years, and utilizing this to change the subconscious mind to create a positive life trajectory.
(3) The third project is mandala coloring which helps facilitate the processing of trauma, as it stimulates left and right brain integration.
Dr. Mattie Leto – Biography
Dr. Mattie Leto loves traveling, hiking, training in the fighting arts, and providing regular Chiropractic care to families, athletes and animals. After graduating from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2000, Mattie opened a practice in the West Village of NYC where he practiced for 11 years. During his time he was able to pursue his passion for both Chiropractic and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He served as the team Chiropractor for the illustrious Marcelo Garcia Academy, where he had the honor of training with and adjusting world-class athletes.
Mattie is also a devoted student of Vipassana Meditation, outdoor lover and adventurer. He’s embarking on more than 15 cross-country road trips across the U.S. He has also travelled internationally, placed in international Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions, as well as leading and serving Chiropractic humanitarian trips in Brazil, Haiti, and Dominican Republic. His love of nature ultimately led him to move and open a Chiropractic practice in Colorado, where he is very excited to serve the Boulder community.
20-min. Talk and Free One-Hour Talk on Day 2
~ Circumstances and Upheaval
~ What it felt like and who I became during
~ The effects it had on the body
~ What was really happening: A resistance to the release of a lifetime of suppressed negativity in the form of —-> sensation, feeling, emotion, belief systems, and thoughts all released at once. Resistance to release = Crisis
~ The advice of others
~ Searching for answers
~ Finding the techniques
~ Complete commitment to the practice
~ Returning to my roots of service
~ Serendipity and coincidence
~ Explanation of the practice: Allowing, Welcoming, Insight revealed = Self Love
~ The payoff of the practice: Freedom; Freedom from what?
~ What it takes to let go: Willingness and Ruthless Self-honesty
~ Deeper insight into the crisis: What is Resistance?
~ From Resentment to Gratitude
Karla Schwenn – Biography
Karla Schwenn, BS; Exercise Physiology, MA; Somatic Psychology, Dance Movement Therapist (DMT), Certified Yoga Guide and Instructor (ERYT), Certified Personal Trainer (AFAA), Motivational Coach & Speaker
- Naropa University: Boulder, CO. MA: Somatic Psychology; Dance Movement Therapy 2001
- University of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT. BS: Exercise Physiology, Minor; Modern Dance
- Western Wyoming College: Rock Springs WY. AA: Physical Education Associate Degree
- Metro State College of Denver; Adjunct Professor; Human Performance and Sport Department
- Exempla Lutheran Medical Center West Pines; Experiential Therapist
- Abusive Men Exploring New Directions (AMEND) & Longmont Safe Shelter; Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor
- Front Range Community College (FRCC); Adjunct Professor Physical Education Dept & Wellness Center
- Eclectic Yoga Instructor & Yoga Therapist; Yoga Alliance Certified
- SEVA Yoga Projects Research and Scholarly Thesis & Studies
Workshop Description – Radiance in Recovery: A Journey of Transformation
Graceful and mindful movement through Change to Transformation, the workshop includes lecture and “experiential” experiences along with incorporating yoga asana poses, meditation with poetry, deep dialogue, journaling, inter-spiritual chanting, ceremony and clearing, and contemplative meditation!
What to Bring to the Workshop:
Your HAPPY self, comfortable clothes to move, a yoga mat… if you have one, (please let me know if you need one, also, any health concerns!), a Mala Bead, Stones or Sacred Objects, a Journal, an Open Heart, with a Mixture of Delicious FUN! — we will be making a Vision Board, I will bring all those supplies.
What To Expect / New Tools for your Toolbox
- Clarity and a More Energetic You — You will rise With Confidence and Inner Wisdom
- Ability to work with Feelings of Shame & Guilt, Fears & Anxiety, and that “stinkin’ thinking'”!
- Meditation Made Easy
- How to Journal with Intention
- Personal Healing thru Random Acts of Kindness to SELF — Peel away layers of your own Personal Pain, Fear, Shame and Guilt.
- Have a Vision, Set Your Intention, and Trust Your Path! Learn To Live Beyond Your Limitations
- Find and feel the support through this new Community & Connection – Empowerment to Shine and LIGHT UP!
Patty Shull – Biography
Patty Shull is a global talent-development and retention strategist serving both small business and large Fortune 100 organizations. She has a measurable track record for successfully designing and implementing high-performance work environments, enabling employees to produce breakthrough performance results that directly impact the bottom line. Unique to Patty’s leadership approach is her use of corporate comedy, humor, games, and social media to engage diverse employee groups (especially Generation X and Millennials.) Patty can be counted on to deliver results, enhance workplace dignity and “bring the weekend into the week.”
20-min. talk – Cracking the Code for Moving Out of Depression — The Linguistic Foundation & Resolution to Depression
In this talk (and subsequent workshop,) you’ll learn basic understandings and techniques that will allow you to move from “living in depression” to “living in effective action”. Patty will introduce you to a method of resolving depression from an original body of work called, Ontological Mastership™ (O.M.) is a synthesis of linguistics, biology and philosophy that brings forth a language of effective action. With it, you will discover a new approach based in the connection of body and language. This work articulates a new understanding of the operation of depression and therefore a different approach for resolving depression. These distinctions will open new possibilities for your life.
Workshop Description – Cracking the Code for Moving Out of Depression — The Linguistic Foundation & Resolution to Depression
In this workshop you will learn about depression from the viewpoint of the new field of Ontological Mastership™ (O.M.) — a synthesis of linguistics, biology and philosophy that brings forth a language of effective action. This field awakens us to the groundbreaking distinction that we operate within our body and that the body originates all action, not our minds. All conversation and language operate through our body and bring forth how we are being in the world. Therefore, depression is not something you “have”, rather, it is something that you are bringing forth moment-to-moment through language (your thinking and speaking). Depression is an assessment that you and others are making about how one is operating with the loss of possibilities in life.
Topics to be discussed include:
- The Operational Distinction™ of Depression: What it is and is not will surprise you!
- The Scale of Depression™: Applies to the workplace, your life at home or your experience at large
- Practical Application Exercise: In what situation would you like to have a breakthrough experience? Shift from breakdown to breakthrough
- Methodology for Resolving Depression through Language: Situational Resolution Process (SRP)
- Key Take-a-Ways: Life giving conversations you can apply immediately.
NOTE: This is not a resolution for chemical imbalances although altering your conversations will impact body chemistry. (Consult with your medical adviser or your physician about this topic)
We look forward to introducing to you this groundbreaking, life-altering work.
Jack Lavino – Biography
Jack Lavino has a lifetime of experience as a successful entrepreneur, national speaker, author and coach.
Jack specializes in Interventions and Counseling for Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Trauma. He is a Masters level psychotherapist and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. Jack has surpassed many seemingly insurmountable challenges in his own life with passion, determination and authenticity. Jack’s humor and insights allow individuals to work through their challenges to the “heart of the matter”; be loved, to love, and to belong.
Jack also speaks nationally on Forgiveness. His personal experience has motivated him to impact more lives through building a comprehensive healing team to address and work through the process of addiction, trauma, and forgiveness on various energetic levels. Forgiveness is a key component in the complete recovery from Addiction and Trauma. Addiction is treated as a Love Disorder. Forgiveness is a difficult concept for people to accept. The main misconception is that Forgiveness is for the other person, when actually it is about releasing ourselves from the pain of the past, so we can be free to live happy, abundant lives.
Workshop Description – Forgiveness: The Ultimate Revenge
Forgiveness is about releasing yourself from the pain of harm from being betrayed, offended or abused. The benefits are for you, not the offender. Anger has it’s place in the healing process, and so does Forgiveness.
Forgiveness is for courageous people seeking to be free of the past and live fully in the present.
Do you have the courage to take the next step in the journey to true personal FREEDOM?
Dr. Jeff Prystupa – Biography
Born and raised along the Connecticut River, Dr. Jeff overcame a fatal car accident at age 17. Narrowly escaping death a second time in a motorcycle-tractor trailer accident in 2002, he lapsed into a decade of depression. “My religion failed me, my worldview further depressed me, and the events in the world that I observed, seemed to seal my fate. I was sinking into futility like quicksand. I stopped struggling and then lost everything that I cared about. I was not in a good place.”
If you need a word of encouragement, or know someone who does, I invite you to hear my message of hope, encouragement, and recovery. I will share the tools, the concepts, and the strategies, for regaining your rightful place in Nature’s garden, where she planted you. I look forward to seeing you.
A graduate of Wesleyan University with a BA in psychology, Dr. Jeff has been a lifelong student of human behavior. He learned about health after being a ‘cell assassin’, he designed and formulated new methods for killing cells with swimming pool chemicals. He took that knowledge to Cancer research where he performed tissue culture at the Laboratory of Human Genetics in New York City. He then choose alternative medicine as the direction for study. Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Biofeedback, Chiropractic, Detoxification, Energy/light therapies, Massage, Nutrition, Physical Therapy and Yoga, are the fields of study that contribute to his broad understanding of life and health, from both the Eastern and Western ideologies. It was there in my lab, in the incubator, and under the microscope, where I learned about health at the cell level. My entire health career has been spent pursuing the reconciliation between what I was taught and what I observed. With the dawning of Quantum Mechanics and the Unified Field Theory, science has matured to the point where reconciliation is now possible. Finally, the simple, easy-to-understand, answers are now within reach. All we are saying is – give peace a chance. What I offer my listeners is a fresh perspective that starts small – at the cell level, and grows into a deeper understanding that enables and supports health at the level of being and expression.
Free One-hour Talk Description – Depression at the Cell Level: Encouragement, Strategies, and Support for Beating the Blues.
Does depression begin in our cells? Is there yet another reason why we suffer the ‘blues’? Can we find the reason for a long sad season in the mitochondria? ‘Dr. Jeff’ Prystupa has conducted over 30 years of independent research on the function of cells. Beginning as a cancer researcher at Sloan-Kettering and through his work treating patients, his findings offer new hope and strategies for overcoming depression. He offers people a new understanding of life, a new perspective of man’s role in the cosmos, and a new identity as a conscious being.
“I advise my patients: ‘Learn how to operate your body – or someone else will operate on it for you.'”
Come join us for a fantastic and refreshing discussion – Depression at the Cell Level. Encouragement, Strategies, and Support for Beating the Blues. How to begin your adaptation to the conditions in our world that lead us in directions we do not choose. ‘Dr. Jeff’ is a popular teacher, a successful alternative doctor, and someone who has dealt with and overcome depression. His presentations are informative, highly-energetic, filled with humor, and fun.
“I see life as an aggregate of cell function. All of health and illness, including depression, reside at the cell level. By beginning here, and learning about the function and role of the cell, we can gain the knowledge needed to make good health decisions that will lead us to joy, happiness, and fulfillment. I look forward to sharing this exciting breakthrough in ‘can do’ thinking with everyone.”
Donna M. Fox – Biography
As a creative architect for change, Donna Fox is fiercely committed to guiding motivated individuals to achieve powerful insights, clarity and confidence so they can create a life full of passion, purpose, potential and profit.
If you are looking for a proven professional who can guide you to address…
- Ambivalence About Your Future
- Overcoming Paralyzing Fear
- Formula for a Fulfilling Life
- Finding Joy in Every Day
- Sustaining Balance in Recovery
…then you’ve come to the right place.
Donna has over 25 years of experience working with clients with similar worries and concerns. Using her unique techniques and strategies, she guides her clients to achieve remarkable success. Donna’s mission and commitment is to challenge limiting beliefs, inspire clients to dream bigger and give clients a toolbox to create their life’s blueprint. In addition, she closely supports each client as they move in the direction of their new, amazing future. What lights Donna up about her work is knowing that as an architect for change, she can assist clients in creating a personalized blueprint for achieving their dreams. All the while showing them a process that they can use over and over as their dreams grow and change.
Workshop Description: Spirituality – The Longest Journey from The Head to The Heart
Desperation, bring us face to face with our Spiritual beliefs. Crying out for help in the hopelessness of our addiction, depression, anxiety or grief, we want to believe there is something larger than ourselves that can bring us peace, hope, and change.
The journey from the head to the heart begins with exploring the difference between religion and spirituality. Especially if there was a separation from the religious beliefs we grew up with.
During our time together we will be using unique writing techniques, hands on activities and create tangible tools to take home to continue the journey.
5 Steps on a Spiritual Journey
- Define current Beliefs
- Challenge the possibilities of a Higher Power
- Create several tools for Letting Go
- The process of looking for Proof
- Exploring Faith and Trust
Gregg Eisenberg – Biography
Gregg Eisenberg is a Boulder-based writer, publisher, music composer, and public speaker. His new book, The Eisenberg Principles: A Global Philosophical Adventure, is a comedic journey through science, spirituality, and the paradoxes of modern life told though a 16-chapter collection of mind-bending quotes about Buddhism, existentialism, quantum physics, and everyday life. Brought to you by Curved Space Comedy, this is the book about quieting the mind that everyone is talking about. This is a book about impermanence that will last forever. This is the book that unveils the very new and trendy approaches to transcending ego-attachment that lots of others are now trying to take credit for. (But he doesn’t care: copyright infringement is the highest form of flattery). Twisting sentences into semantic mobius strips, like a baker twists rolls of flour into pretzels or a balloon-man twists rubber into the shape of a duck, Mr. Eisenberg’s warped humor will wrap itself around your brain as quickly as your brain wraps itself around his humor. His talk, entitled “Letting go is all we have to hold on to,” will take you on a surreal, side-splitting journey through fields of metaphor riding on the wings of paradox all the way into the heart of the snake that is eating its own tail (which is all of us, nowadays).
Valerie Shinbaum – Biography
Valerie J Shinbaum, MS, LPC, MAC, NCC, a practicing psychotherapist since 1992, is in private practice in two locations in the Denver Metro area. She is also a college professor, local and national speaker and former radio talkshow host. Ms. Shinbaum works with individuals, couples, and families and her areas of expertise include but are not limited to addictions, marital/couples treatment, adolescent issues, grief/loss, empowerment, self-esteem building family of origin work, career choices/changes, learning differences, trauma, mindfulness and much more. Ms. Shinbaum is a published author. Her forthcoming book is entitled “Remaining Single – Well Worth The Wait”. For more information on Valerie, visit www.bodymindandbalance.com.
Workshop Description – “Teachable Moments from the 12-Step Trenches – Using Recovery Tools to Enhance Clinical Conversations” – 12-Step Approach for Clinicians and Clients [PROFESSIONAL CREDITS: PDH (Professional Development Hours) certificates for CO DORA licsensure renewal requirements can be earned with this workshop.]
In the fast-paced and ever-changing world of mental health care, clinicians can benefit from any and all ancillary resources such as those found in 12 Step Recovery Treatment Tools to deepen and strengthen the overall clinical experience with clients. This 3-hour interactive workshop will provide tips, tools and techniques for utilizing the 12-step recovery resources in clinical treatment. While designed for all clinicians, the workshop will especially benefit outpatient providers who treat addiction clients once they complete inpatient treatment, where in many instances 12-step recovery tools are part of the daily regimen. In the outside world with its multiple life stressors, addiction clients may find it more difficult to continue regular 12-Step meeting attendance, thus putting themselves at risk for possible relapse. When outpatient clinicians have a strong commitment to and working knowledge of 12 Step resources, they are in a better position to assist their clients in relapse prevention. The workshop’s experiential focus is designed to assist not only clinicians but also participants who wish to deepen and broaden their understanding of the 12 Step process.
- Assess addiction-based behavior.
- Discuss concepts around addiction-based behavior origins.
- Compile detailed information about the history of 12-step fellowships.
- Demonstrate their knowledge of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Utilize12-Step literature in their work with clients.
- Explain to clients how the 12 steps of recovery will be beneficial in the scope of their clinical treatment.
- Create an action plan with clients for incorporating 12-step recovery tools into the clinical treatment process.
- Compile a list of 12-Step community resources to provide to clients.
Kurt Wimberger – Biography
Kurt Wimberger started life as a film-maker and scriptwriter but somehow stumbled into software development. His spiritual journey was jump-started back in 1993 when a friend suggested Shamanic Drum journeying. Though Kurt’s initial interest in the journeying was as grist for a potential screenplay character, the journeys proved so powerful and revelatory that they launched over twenty years of seeking, and that seeking has culminated in Neurosculpting®. Kurt teaches core Neurosculpting® classes and is available for private consultation.
Retrain Your Brain: Neurosculpting® for Beginners
Learn the brain basics of how neuroplasticity can transform your life, help you rewrite old patterns, heal from stress and trauma, and become the best you possible. This introductory class is designed for beginners. You will learn how to identify different brain states that hijack your ability to move forward, and gain powerful meditation tools to reverse that process. You’ll get hands-on experience in the Neurosculpting® modality of meditation and brain entrainment, and you’ll learn some daily exercises to take this transformational practice into your everyday life.
Michael Hamers – Biography
Michael Hamers is a professional artist and graphic designer. Through his long career, Mike has excelled at award-winning logo designs, print & web design, consumer packaging, and is an accomplished illustrator. He recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his Boulder-based design business, Lightspeed Commercial Arts.
After struggling through many years of chronic depression—a mid-life “dark night of the soul” journey—he subsequently successfully changed his life by changing his brain through a self-imposed concentrated focus on Art and Music, Prayer and Poetry, Humor and Knowledge about the brain and emotions—thereby triggering a “quickening”, a rapid shift and expansion of going from being to trapped by feelings of despair and isolation to a renewed life of Joy and Connectedness.
In the 2.5 years since the paradigm shift in Mike’s perspective and life, he has created the Fresh A.I.R. Shows: Artists In Recovery and organized several publicly-held group art shows with other recovering artists and photographers—with a select group of creative amateurs and professionals who are also active in Alcoholics Anonymous. Mike is the creator and director of the Enlighten Up! Summit in 2015 and is also planning a large group art show & entertainment event as another manifestation of Fresh A.I.R. Artists in Recovery Shows at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder in October 2016. http://wwwFreshAirShows.com ՠhttp://www.Lightspeedca.net
Charna Rosenholtz – Biography
Charna Rosenholtz, MA is an accomplished teacher, specializing in psychospiritual growth and applications of spiritual wisdom. Ordained as a Hebrew wisdom teacher (Maggid) by Rabbi’s Zalman Schacter-Shalomi and Tirzah Firestone in 2007, she also holds a Masters degree in religious studies from Naropa University in Boulder. A visionary, Charna believes in the role of Hebrew Scriptures as a living guide for becoming the best that we can be. Charna has specialized in teaching and leading Torah studies since 1998 and has presented on issues of spirituality to all age groups.
A healing arts practitioner since 1985, she has studied with medicine women, clergy, and master teachers of health and human potential. Charna weaves embodied practices, felt-sense awareness, and contemplative exercises into the learning experience. Her skill set in developing empowered learning environments creates successful circles of learning. Currently a Rabbinic student with Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, her classes are taught in Boulder, Fort Collins, and Chicago.
20-min. Talk – The Gate of Tears: Finding God in the Oddest Places
“In the king’s palace,” the Baal Shem Tov, greatest Chasidic Rabbi of all time said, “there are many gates and doors, leading to many halls and chambers. The palace-keepers have great rings holding many keys, each of which opens a different door. But there is one key that fits all the locks, a master key that opens all the doors.
The intentions we have are like keys, each unlocking another door in our souls, each accessing another chamber on the spiritual plane. But there is one key that unlocks all doors, that opens up for us the innermost chambers of the divine palace. That master key is a “Broken Heart.”
To receive the light of recovery, we often have to enter into our shadow places. This territory contains both the glory and the flaw inherent in our lives. By entering into the dark night of the soul and opening to our tears, we can find spiritual grace. Together we will explore this dance of tears, waiting for us, holding the keys for a deeper connection with Spirit…and with ourselves.
Workshop Description – Through the Dark Mirror Brightly: a Spiritual Perspective for mastery of destructive impulses.
The Book of Genesis states that we are created in the image of God. If this is so, how can we fall as far as we do? Our impulses for the good can just as easily become enticements that are destructive. Are we destined to remain locked out of the garden or are there accessible tools for returning to the garden of delight, our spiritual inheritance? And what does God have to do with it?
Spiritual wisdom exists to help us deal with the dark night of the soul. St. John of the Cross spoke of the necessity of reconnecting with God when we are gripped in darkness. Imagery that sees God as King or Ruler can assist us in finding respite from the despair that can imprison us. Learning to move into our longing for spiritual connection and finding hope is the beginning process. Yet we have to face our shame and dark reflection in order to transform our inner conflicts. This creates a will towards action, which surprisingly, can actually lead to another dark night. Yet, knowing it is always darkest before the dawn, prepares us for an encounter with our deepest self.
Together we will explore our impulses, our feelings about the Great Mystery, and our capacity to shift toward our best selves. Using the metaphor of inner rulership, we will explore how we can harness the qualities of King/Queen for a settled mind and open heart. This will be in experiential format. Please bring a journal.
Enlighten Up™! is a 2-day conference, open to the public, based on various modalities for creating joy through a combination of understanding the science & psychology behind depression & addiction and the role that knowledge, art, music, dance, yoga, language, journaling, leadership skills and humor have on the human psyche to elevate the spirit to rise above and to flourish again.