I thought energy healing was my passion. After all, I had spent 29 years studying and practicing it. Then, one day, I realized I was losing steam. I thought it was burnout. It was not. I learned new methods, tried out different niches, redesigned my website. The lack of enthusiasm remained.
One of my all-time favorite magazine columns is “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler,” written by Rami Shapiro for Spirituality & Health. As he explains on his website, RabbiRami.com: “This spiritual ‘Dear Abby’ column [deals with] questions on religion, spirituality, and the deep conundrums and paradoxes of life.”
When Spirituality & Health announced they were going to publish a series of “Rabbi Rami Guide To . . .” books, I immediately ordered and devoured them. I then followed that series with more of his books: Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness, and Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries are among my favorites. Rami Shapiro’s books resonated with me in a way that brought me to a very important and timely aha: I have been a wisdom seeker my whole life!
I looked back on my life and felt like an idiot for not realizing it earlier. Every hobby of mine has centered around quiet contemplation: reading, journaling, taking long walks, photography. Even the not-so-quiet ones like dance and playing the violin. And even energy healing — especially energy healing — which is like entering a meditation with another being. All the activities I’ve valued over the years involve turning inward and listening. It then occurred to me that the reason my energy healing practice was fizzling out was simply because It’s Time: time for me to share what I’ve learned about how to turn inward and listen; about how to connect with and hear your own inner voice of wisdom; and how to trust that voice to guide you and support you.
A number of years ago I developed a script for my daily cultivation practice. It actually started out as a study aid for a Reiki course I was taking where we had to follow an intricate series of practices every day for 90 days. After I completed the course, I kept modifying this cheat sheet to suit my needs until it eventually evolved into a “placeholder” for my daily wisdom practice. This script has been so easy to follow and so easy to return to whenever I stopped practicing for a while that, after my aha, I realized it’s potential for helping others create a practice that works for them.
Using this script as my inspiration, I devised a step-by-step method enabling me to guide people through the process of designing their own wisdom cultivation practice. Because I wanted to make sure my approach is inviting and flexible, I also took a seven-month, 200-hour, multi-cultural, multi-faith facilitator training in Meditation and Contemplative Studies. And soon I will begin offering classes!
Learning how to connect with your own wisdom in your own way is meaningful and powerful. Whether you choose to study with me or with someone else, I wish you clarity and peace on your journey.
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I hope the information I’ve provided has helped you determine whether my classes interest you or not. In the meantime, there’s one more thing I really need to add:
I am not a psychologist or a philosopher or a member of clergy, and I definitely do not possess any psychic abilities. I doubt there’s anything particularly wise about me.
I’m not teaching wisdom cultivation to impress you with my “worldly” knowledge or “clever” wit, or to demonstrate what a great role model I am. I’m just me. Wisdom cultivation is so intrinsic to my nature and, because of that, I’ve figured out a way to connect with it and help it grow. That’s what I have to offer.
I’m wise enough for me but I would never want you to get the impression that I’ve got wisdom worth sharing — I don’t. My wisdom is my own. My belief system is my own. They are eclectic and eccentric and suit me perfectly. Just as you, on the other hand, have your own wisdom that fits you like a glove.
Don’t believe me? Then come check out one of my workshops!