What’s one funny or random fact you’d like to share with the Body Collective Community about yourself?
I love serendipity/ synchronicity.
Back in 1985, I was a participant in the Lifespring Basic and Advanced Trainings, which were transformational for me. At the end of each training, the trainers will tell their life stories about how life spring had changed their lives. After the Advanced Training, I met with someone I had befriended in the Basic Training two weeks prior. When I was telling her our trainer’s story, I realized that one of the great gifts I received in the Advanced Training – namely that of claiming my essential aspects, including Love – was given to me by my grandmother, and that day was her 100th birthday! I excused myself from the dinner table to go and call her and wish her a happy birthday.
My grandmother‘s name was Lily, and in those days I was facilitating my Heartwork retreats in a guesthouse in Lily Dale, New York.
What was your path before joining Body Collective?
I have been in and out of spiritual practices (primarily Zen and the Diamond Approach) and various psychotherapies for 57(!) years.
How did your modality aid in your own transformation? What did your transformation look like?
Zen and the Diamond Approach opened me to aspects of my True Nature. Deep feeling psychotherapy allowed me to feel deeply. I used to be very serious, now I am quite joyous.
What brought you to Body Collective? Why did you choose to be a part of the Body Collective Team?
I know Lindsey through Heartwork.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love when a student has a life-changing realization that propels them through their issue and into a more spacious sense of wholeness and freedom.
What can be expected from a class / session with you?
Heartwork is a form of inner work that works through the psychological to access the spiritual. Doing one’s personal work thins out the layer that separates one from their deeper, spiritual awareness. Opening to one’s spirituality allows one to significantly reduce the time it takes to work through one’s psychological barriers, as one is no longer attached with one’s identities. The Heartwork process is very direct, and teaches one how to move through the barriers that prevent one form having what one really, REALLY wants. We often refer to it as the Great Adventure!
What transformations do you see and help facilitate in your students?
The fundamental transformation we see is when people get a glimpse of their True Nature, it puts their lives in a perspective that creates a newfound ease and joy. The opening of the heart allows love to flow freely. Clearing away the distortions to Reality caused by attachment to identities and deeply held beliefs about oneself and the world, allows one to see clearly and respond appropriately to one’s situation, rather than reacting from old “scripts.” Each moment is brand new, alive, and awake.
What brings you joy when you’re not teaching?
Doing my own work, both intrapsychic and interpersonal. My wife, friends, my beautiful home and gardens, nature, Tedi (my little Mini Goldendoodle puppy), projects.