I began meditating in 1972 and although it made me feel better, I struggled to establish a consistent meditation practice. Each year my new year’s resolutions included “Meditate!” in the top three (vying with lose weight and exercise for #1).
During the 80’s and 90’s as I juggled career, family, and eventually became a stay-at-home-mom to our four kids, I continued to study different traditions and techniques but I didn’t want to be identified as a Buddhist or a Yogi or an anything. I just wanted to feel less angry, and frustrated. I wanted my vision of who I was and the reality of how I was acting to align.
So, I continued looking for answers. I studied Christianity, Buddhism, Yoga, and Judaism, Native American… the list goes on. This search lead to me helping to found a non-profit dedicated to exploring and learning about the different paths to transformation. (We closed it doors in May of 2012 after seven years of great exploration and learning.)
But I’m getting ahead of myself. The turning point came in 1998 when I found a technique that I actually practiced regularly and it began to transform both me and my relationships. Several years later I found a living teacher of that technique who simply said,
“Try this. If it works, use it. If it doesn’t, don’t.”
Someone not trying to indoctrinate me but encouraging me to find what worked for me?
And this is the tradition of teaching I try to carry on.
Thursday July 21, 2022 | 6:00 – 7:15pm PT / 8pm CT / 9 ET
Thursday September 29
7:00pm PT / 9:00 CT
The Ritual of Forgiveness opens up your mind and heart and provides a way to forgive those who have wronged you. We do it each year during the Fall Equinox—when the world is balanced between light and dark—as an annual soul cleaning.
Saturday, October 23
12:30–3:30pm PT / 2:30 CT / 3:30 ET
Learn how to move through and and transform intense emotions. No more need to suppress, deny, or hide, from these powerful forces because you will know what to do when an intense emotion arises and how to transform it into equanimity, compassion, kindness and wisdom.
Location: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center
Thursday 5:30pm – Sunday 2:00pm
Escape to a beautiful secluded retreat center surrounded by giant firs and cedars and enter an oasis where you can prepare the body and mind to learn and practice techniques that open up your ability to hear the Sacred Sounds vibrating within you. Not only are the exercises and techniques fun to learn, they gently transport you into the transcendent realms of peace, calm, equanimity, and joy.
Wednesday October 26, 2022
7:00–8:15 pm PT / 8:00 CT / 9:00 ET
If you feel/believe/know that there is some part of us that continues to exist even after the body dies, then this is the time to share love, strength, and blessings with your loved ones who have departed from the earth plane.
7 weeks, July 11 – August 22
Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm CT/ 8:00 ET / 5:00 PT
7 weeks, July 12 – August 23
Tuesdays 7:00–8:20pm PT/ 9:00pm CT
7 weeks, July 14 – August 25
Thursdays 10:00–11:00am PT / Noon CT / 1:00pm ET