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For 35 years I have been blessed to be in close contact with many people who were approaching death. Almost all of these people were reaching out for healing – healing in relationship to death, healing in relationship to illness, in relationship to a wounded heart, to separation from their own self. My consuming interest, both personally and professionally, has been the healing process. Why do some people experience wholeness as they approach death, while others lose themselves in denial, depression, distraction? Why is it that some of the most alive and awake Westerners I’ve known have been, almost without exception, people near death? Is there some powerful truth about life and about healing that you and I can receive from these few who, as they went through the process of dying, deeply realized their own wholeness?
Bringing emotional/spiritual support to someone with a life-threatening illness is a twofold task. First, help the client realize they are more than that which will die – the finite self – the body and personality. At the same time, honor this finite self, healing its woundedness, its identification with separateness. Rumi said “Grief is the garden of compassion.” This transmuting separateness of grief into the connectedness of compassion is that the heart of the work. Confusion, anxiety, depression, anger are typical responses arising as the end of a life approaches, both for patients and their families.
This presentation will explore possibilities for realizing wholeness at the edge of life where illness, grief, and loss arise. Both psychological and spiritual tools will be used in the investigation of these profound and challenging issues. We will offer participants the opportunity to explore the deeper questions surrounding death, healing, and the sacred, so that each of us can better embody an enlivened sense of being in the world in each moment rather than a sense of isolation and denial.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
COURSE OUTLINE – 1 Day Workshop – 8 hrs.:
8:45 – 9:00 am
9:00 – 10:00 am
Overview of the healing paradigm-motivation, invocation, awareness, grounding, centering, compassion, empowerment, wholeness.
10:00 – 11:00 am
Motivation for healing. Cultivating awareness of the emotional patterns that cause suffering. Becoming present in one’s body as the foundation for opening the heart of compassion.
11:00 – 12:30 pm
A. Definition of compassion and discussion of its qualities and benefits
1. Connectedness, spaciousness and warmth
B. Relationship between compassion and appropriate boundaries
C. How compassion prevents burnout.
D. “Grief is the garden of compassion.”
1. Transforming the separation of grief into the connectedness of compassion
2. Grief work – We are all grieving
E. Guided compassion meditation
F. Group exercise exploring compassion.
12:30 – 1:30 pm
1:30 – 2:00 pm
Contemplative practices to transmute fear of death, to cultivate the heart of compassion, to accept loss of control.
2:00 – 3:00 pm
3:00 – 4:00 pm
4:00 – 5:00 pm
What is it that dies and what is it that does not die?
What happens when you die?
How can the certainty of death yet the uncertainty of the time of our death
lead to awakening rather than to fear?
5:00 – 5:30 pm
5:30 – 6:00 pm
Complete evaluations and closing
One Day – 8 CEs, $175
You may register online by visiting www.livingdying.org, and clicking on Healing at the Edge: Conscious Living/Conscious Dying. You may also send a check or money order to Living/Dying Project at P.O. Box 357, Fairfax, CA 94978. With your payment, please include your email address and if you wish C.E.’s includes license number and degree. You may also register by phone: please call 415-456-3915.
We are open and providing service in-person and via tele-therapy (video and phone)