The Power of Forgiveness~ a Conversation with Dr. Fred Luskin

05-19-17  The Power of Forgiveness~ a Conversation with Dr. Fred Luskin

Frederic Luskin, PhD has become world famous for his work in a most unusual subject – forgiveness. This quality is sorely needed in this world of polarization, conflict, and violence.
I first met Dr. Luskin when he approached me at the end of a class I was teaching at Stanford University, while he was in graduate school. In this conversation we will trace his pathway to his current position. He is now the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

In his work in health promotion, he started to research the effect that forgiveness had on physical and emotional well-being as well as the reduction of the risk of cardiovascular disease. His research showed that learning to forgive helps people hurt less, experience less anger, feel less stress and suffer less depression. As people learn to forgive they become more hopeful, optimistic and compassionate, and they report significantly fewer symptoms of stress such as backache, muscle tension, dizziness, headaches and upset stomachs.

In this conversation you will get to meet him up close and personal as he and Dr. Miller share their perspectives on forgiveness and healing at the personal and family level as well as at the global level.

About Frederic Luskin, PhD:

Dr. Luskin is the author of the best seller Forgive for Good – A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness , Stress Free for Good and Forgive for Love. His work has been featured in Time magazine, O magazine, Ladies Home Journal, U.S. News and World Reports, Prevention, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. Learn more about Dr. Luskin and his work at learningtoforgive.com

In the Forgive for Good workshop and class series Dr. Frederic Luskin presents the forgiveness training methodology that has been validated through six successful research studies conducted through the Stanford Forgiveness Projects.

Dr. Luskin’s work combines lecture with a hands-on approach to the ancient tradition of forgiveness.  Participants explore forgiveness with the goal of reducing hurt and helplessness, letting go of anger and increasing confidence and hope as they learn how to release unwanted hurts and grudges. His presentations explore the HEAL process of forgiveness that, when learned, can lead to enhanced well-being through self-care. In class practice may include guided imagery, journal writing and discussion all presented in a safe and nurturing environment. Dr. Luskin holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Health Psychology from Stanford University.

Dr. Luskin continues to serve as Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, an ongoing series of workshops and research projects that investigate the effectiveness of his forgiveness methods on a variety of populations. The forgiveness project has successfully explored forgiveness therapy with people who suffered from the violence in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone as well as the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. In addition his work has been successfully applied and researched in corporate, medical, legal and religious settings. He currently serves as a Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford University and is a Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He presents lectures, workshops, seminars and trainings on the importance, health benefits and training of forgiveness, stress management and emotional competence throughout the United States. He offers presentations and classes that range from one hour to ongoing weekly trainings.

Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep

05-12-17  Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep – a Conversation with Justina Lasley

We often think of our dreams as nonsensical distortions of our much more reasonable and important waking lives. At the same time we think of our waking lives as the source of information becoming a truth, and guidance.  As Justina Lasley shows us, our dreamworlds can be the bridge to great wisdom. You will learn from her personal story about how keeping track of her dream experiences awakened her from her rigid  lifestyle. They transformed her life and have the power to inform, enlighten, and guide us all.

While enjoying this rich conversation, you will gain a new respect for the potential of dream time and learn some valuable ways to interact with it. Dreams can be understood through the lenses of character, belief, and emotion, and they are a powerful channel to our power and passion.
Justina is the author of   Honoring the Dream: A Handbook for Dream Group Leaders,  In  My Dream… A Creative dream journal and her recently published book Wake Up to Your Dreams: Transform Your Relationships, Career, and Health While You Sleep, and she will share some of the many tools she has found to help open this inspiring door to an expanded reality.

Be prepared for an intriguing and entertaining hour, concluding with a beautiful guided meditation.

“Our truest life is when we are in our dream awake” – Henry David Thoreau

Justina Lasley holds a master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology and a B.A. in both Applied Art and Education.  She is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Dream Studies. This is an internationally recognized program that promotes the understanding of dream to help people claim their uniqueness and full potential. She is also the creator of DreamSynergy™, a comprehensive process with proven results for uncovering dream meaning leading to personal transformation. Learn more about Justina at dreamsynergy.com

Get To The Promised Land Without Wondering 40 Years In The Wilderness

05-05-17  Get To The Promised Land Without Wondering 40 Years In The Wilderness– A conversation with Reverend Michael Schulenberg.

What is the promised land? Could it be that a militant agnostic could learn practical tools from sacred scriptures?

Reverend Michael Schulenberg is an Episcopal priest. Mike graduated from the same college as did I, Trinity College, in 1963. We met again, a full 50 years following our graduation, at a talk I gave. After my talk, Michael came up and insisted upon giving me a copy of a recent book of his. He said that he felt an enormous similarity between his book and the ideas that I had just spoken on. I felt my eyebrows go up – that this devout minister who, over the span of 34 years, had served as a parish priest for four different churches. What can he possibly have in common with a militant atheist like me?

Well, when I read it I was deeply moved. I have spent the last 40+ years trying to answer, through scientific study and mathematical reasoning, such questions as “What is healing,” “What is Life and “How can we access our deepest healing power and wisdom to transform our lives.” It was deeply fulfilling to discover that Mike, through the deep study, practice, and devotion to the teachings of a Christian church, had in essence come to the same conclusions.

In this episode we each share our perspective, and you will see how incredibly they match up. You will also have an opportunity to experience the love at the core of the relationship between these old friends. An intimate, honest, compassionate, and moving experience of what Mike and I feel is the deepest of human wisdoms and the key to living the life you came here to lead.

About The Reverend Michael Schulenberg:
Born in 1941 in Red Wing, MN;  1963 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, with a B.A. in Economics. He then attended the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA, graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor of Divinity Degree. Ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1969 and became a priest in 1970.  He served four churches as a parish priest over a time-span of nearly 34 years, retiring from active ministry at the end of 2002.

The Essence of Meditation and Spiritual Freedom – A Conversation with Ex–Carmelite Nun Kimberly Braun

04-28-17  The Essence of Meditation and Spiritual Freedom – A Conversation with Ex–Carmelite Nun Kimberly Braun

I discovered Kimberly Braun and learned about her work with spiritual freedom and meditation while browsing through TED Talks. Although she was talking about a very practical approach to spirituality, it turns out that she had spent 10 ½ years in a Carmelite monastery. I contacted her, and I am happy to share this most interesting and inspiring conversation with you.
From the age of five, Kimberly had experienced herself on the receiving end of the many moments that she has come to call “unitive experiences,” where time seemed to stop and the veils pulled back revealing the deeper essence of the moment. These experiences continued, and they led her to ask deeper questions, and eventually to become a nun. Although she loved the utter simplicity of life there, she soon found herself called to become a general contractor (with no prior training). With this she lead construction of a multimillion dollar stone monastery.
Together we explore the changes she went through, and how they have finally led her to become a meditation teacher and spiritual guide who teaches about spiritual freedom. We then discuss the similarities and the contrasts between her approaches and my own. What we found is that meditation can bring us into a presence of oneness. This ceases to identify, compare, or name “what we are,” and  can help us transform our lives and the world.

About Kimberly Braun M.A. CSP and Spiritual Freedom:

Below is Kimberly’s first person biography which is a small piece of what you can learn about her and her work at her website kimberlybraun.com

From a very young age, (4-5 years old,) I found myself on the receiving end of many moments I now call unitive experiences. Time seemed to stop and veils seemed to pull back where the deeper essence of the moment came forward within me and around me. Naturally curious I liked the feelings these experiences evoked and began to connect the dots that THIS was a key to happiness. These experiences happened in ritual, family, school, and especially nature. Naturally curious the occurrences inspired me and motivated me to ask deeper questions. These deeper questions led me to find out that all our happiness and success is within us, we just have to discover it and surrender to it unconditionally and proactively. This can be easily said, but not always easily done, and my journey, probably similar to yours, has been an ever unfolding participation in the co-creation of my life, a yes to what reveals itself in any given moment.

So again and again I surrender. Ever ancient. Ever new.

The first large surrender was to immerse myself in silence in a monastery, impelled by Love firing within my soul I lived ten and a half years as a Carmelite nun. Within that frame came many surrenders, all impelled by the marriage of myself to God.

Another surrender led me to obtain my Masters in Theology, concentrating on spiritual direction and psycho-spiritual development. My hope was to presence others to presence the Divine within themselves…nurturing skills to hear the language of the heart

And yet another surrender, after three years on a ministry team, led me to plunge into the world as a woman, a spiritual guide whose lineage was the common essence of all people and all creation; independent of, yet bowing to all, traditions, faiths and practices, culling forth what can be shared with all.

My training continued as I studied with Rev. Laura Thornberry in developing psychic and spiritual skills, culminating in ordination with the Church of the Creator; and also studying Reiki through the Diane Stein school, bringing me to complete level 3 Reiki Master training.

Now, I surrender to the pulsing of communication through writing books soon to be published, offering keynotes to inspire all to experience their own inner Essence, teaching Essence Meditation class, and a large host of retreats and workshops including yearly stints as meditation faculty at the renowned Omega Institute in New York and a retreat in Ecuador with AmazonAndesSky. I am happily accepted as a Certified Speaking Professional and member of the National Speaker’s Association.