It is inevitable that each of us will experience three or more of the great mysteries of life: What is the meaning and purpose of my life? Why am I ill? Why is my body breaking down? Is there something else I can do to assist my body and my mind and spirit to recover vitality? Where is my path to healing? What is my way to inner peace? Why am I in the Dark Night? What are my unique gifts? What is the nature of grace and how shall I use my graces in the world?
In reading these questions, several points become immediately apparent. First, you are instantly drawn into the depth and significance of what is being asked because you have asked yourself at least three, if not more, of these questions. Secondly, you know intuitively that the answers you are seeking in asking these questions are not ordinary. These are the questions that redirect your life path, from one of endless searching to a feeling that you have found a path worth walking. Thirdly, and again intuitively, you know that all of these questions stem from fundamental life questions that are intimately connected to your spirit and to your health and well-being. These are among the core questions of life that rise up to meet us at the various crossroads of life.
It is impossible to separate the intimate relationship that exists between the invisible journey of our soul and the visible, tangible, aging, and our ever-so-finite physical life. No matter what we do for a living, no matter which way we approach the cosmos, no matter how much we would enjoy arguing the existence – or nonexistence of the Divine – at some point in all of our lives, the great inner mysteries animate themselves within our fragile biology, as if to say, “You have little choice but to begin to truly believe in your own infinity as you confront the inevitable breakdown of your finite self.”
The subjects of mysticism and health and healing belong together because they are the subjects that most reflect the way we ourselves are designed. Further, their very essence and wisdom speak to us of the truth of the human and the spiritual journey and what is required of us as spiritual and physical beings to ensure we are living as consciously and healthy a life as we can.
As always, I could not be with a more brilliant colleague, physician, scientist, wizard and life-long friend as my partner in this workshop on Mysticism and Health. Norm is not only a Harvard-trained neurosurgeon, but he created the field of pain management among so many other “firsts,” including pioneering the field of medical intuition. It was Norm who coined the professional title, “medical intuitive” twenty-nine years ago when we first partnered together to explore my ability as an intuitive. (Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have claimed the title.)
Norm has also studied mysticism for decades with an emphasis on the connection between spirituality and physical health. I’ve been a medical intuitive for almost thirty years, beginning my training with Norm. Through him, I have made significant contributions to the field of energy medicine and of course, medical intuition.
We consider this workshop on Mysticism and Health to be a master class for us as it gives us the opportunity to teach the best of decades’ worth of work and research in medicine, science, mysticism, archetypes, spirituality and spiritual crises, and medical intuition. Norm has maintained for decades now that mysticism is the search for God. Religion is the fight for God. True mysticism arises from the instinctive, intuitive NEED to understand the cosmos, to communicate with the divinity of the universe, to achieve MEANING in life, to become “conscious” or enlightened.
To a great extent illness is the result of neglect of the intuitive understanding of SELF. Ignoring or forgetting our intuitive connectedness with nature, our rational, logical brain often neglects the common sense awareness of risks. Thus, in the scientific world, risk of harm is often ignored in favor of a 50% chance of help. Nuclear and chemical scientific discoveries have controlled the industrial world, ignoring pollution and beginning to jeopardize health. It is as important to include an understanding of the impact of environmental toxins on your health – whether physical or psychic – as it is on recognizing what you are doing personally to hinder or help yourself.
This Mysticism and Health course will offer participants a very full program, in keeping with our desire to cover topics that are spiritual, personal, transformational in nature as well as those intended to assist in personal healing. Among the topics we will present are the following:
• Overview of Mysticism
• The Foothills of Mysticism
• The nature of the mystical laws and mystical consciousness
• Understanding the mystical experience
• An exploration of prayer and the power of prayer in healing
• Adjunctive Tools for healing
• Archetypes of mysticism
• Archetypes of health
• Nature and its role in healing
• Personal Sacred Tools
• Windows of the Sky
• Ring of Air and Neurotensin/Oxytocin
• The use of Herbs
• Mysticism and Religion: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism
• The Dark Night of the Soul: Encountering it: Avoiding/Overcoming it; Moving On
• The Light of the Soul: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Return of the Goddess
• Self-Actualization and Mysticism
• Mindfulness Practice; Vipassana; Back to the Yoga sutras
• Spirituality and Health
• Living Mysticism
• Specific tools for enhancing the mystical state, including Peruvian whistler vessels, crystal bowls, drumming, music
• Vipassana walking
• Transcendent Will
• Autogenic training & guided imagery
• Personal healing methods
This promises to be not only a superb intensive but also a deeply profound healing retreat. It is meant to be a blend of powerful mystical truths and useful medical and healing information, all of which you can use the rest of your life. I hope you’ll join us for this exceptional event.