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CMED INSTITUTE proudly announces our new partnership with The Association For Humanistic Psychology (AHP).
AHP is recognized by the following boards and departments to offer qualifying courses for Continuing Education Credits: California Board of Behavioral Sciences, for California LCSWs and MFTs; National Board for Certified Counselors, for Nationally Certified Counselors; California Board of Registered Nursing, for California Nurses; The State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, for Illinois Registered Social Workers.
During the past three years, I’ve had the privilege to serve as a catalyst in the healing experiences of many people. By healing, I mean that in the course of certain workshops, a particular atmosphere was created that I ultimately concluded served the healing of illness or assisted people in finding their way through a life crisis.
These workshops had the theme of mystical consciousness and learning about the nature of the soul, based on my work in Entering the Castle. The significant difference was the mystical contents—helping people understand the power of reflection, contemplation, their inner being, prayer, and the nature of the soul. These workshops led people across a mystical inner drawbridge into their interior castle, the metaphor Teresa of Avila used for the soul. And in making this journey, workshop participants experienced what these great mystics mastered so well—they “defied gravity.”
What does it mean to defy gravity? If you’ve ever said a prayer or relied on an intuitive hit, that’s just what you were doing in a mystical sense. That is, in both instances, you were looking for a response that was beyond logic and reason and the boundaries of physical law, one that came instead from the realm of mystical consciousness. We first hear about gravity when we are very young. Every schoolchild learns that Sir Isaac Newton once observed an apple falling from a tree and from that experience was inspired to write about the law of gravity and the mechanics of the universe. That in turn introduced the idea of weight to our thoughts to this very day. (The word gravity itself comes from the Latin gravis, which means serious or grave.)
As a medical intuitive I studied how we anchor our thoughts into our history, how we attach psychic, emotional, psychological, and historical weight to an experience—how we give gravity, literally “weight,” to our thoughts. As children we decided which things were grave enough for us to drop anchor on. These become our gravity fields, the places in our history where we leave ourselves behind.
What I have learned through studying mystics (particularly Saint Teresa of Avila) is that one characteristic they share is that they defy gravity. Their understanding of Divine consciousness is that being in a state of grace is a state that by definition has no gravity; it lacks the seriousness or weight of the human condition. And as such it is subject to mystical law—not natural law—as it transcends the level of consciousness. That is not to imply that mystics did not take life seriously; quite the contrary was and is true about mystical consciousness. But the key to their profound world of inner perception is that they learned to discern what in life is worth taking seriously—the pursuit of truth, the capacity to love, the ability to serve and to heal others, and attain an inner knowledge of their deepest calling in life so well that they “defied gravity.”
For a brief period of time the participants in these workshops became emotionally and mentally “weightless,” existing only in present time, not dwelling on their past traumas or present crises. Out of that temporary state of grace, a few emerged instantly healed; others healed over a period of months. Their illnesses included cancers, crippling arthritis and chronic eczema. These healings occurred continually in these workshops though in varying degrees. These occurrences were so profound, I felt I had to pursue the subject of healing on its own.
Defy Gravity is an investigation into the experience of healing. It is also an invitation to each reader to enter the experience of healing. I’ve created two Defy Gravity workshops based on the subject matter of this book, both approaching the topic from a completely different angle.
Both workshops include intensive individual and group exercises and healing work. The workshops are not sequential; they are designed so you can attend one or both. There are no other CMED class prerequisites—both workshops are open to the public. Each workshop can be applied for credit at degree programs at Wisdom University in San Francisco, California.