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05-06-22 The Power of Wisdom to Transform Our Lives 

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” 

― Isaac Asimov 

Who has not looked at the world around us and wondered:

“How can the human race be so brilliant as to create computers, satellites that orbit the earth, and the internet and yet be so foolish as to spend so much time making each other uncomfortable, fighting, and destroying the very earth we all live upon?” Why is it that we are not wiser than that?

To be successful in my work of helping those who came to see me for therapy or coaching, I had to figure out how to help them be wise. In this webinar, I will share what I have learned after several decades of studying this phenomenon of wisdom – something most people think they understand but do not.

Sometime back in the 1930s, the American theologian Ronald Niebuhr wrote these words in a sermon: “God, give me the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”

Although I was a militant agnostic at the time, these words made a great deal of sense to me. I had seen the enormous suffering many people experienced because they felt continuously guilty, ashamed, or resentful about things that had happened in the past, even though these feelings and thoughts could do nothing to change the past. As a result, they could not be happy and successful in their current life.

In fact, their disappointment over how things turned out in the past led them to feel helpless, so helpless they were unable to take steps to accomplish the things that they actually could do! How tragic, yet I could see this same pattern over and over . . . and I could see how most unhappiness and failure, in relationships and in life in general, was the direct result of this simple pattern.

In this presentation, you will learn what wisdom is, how it differs from knowledge, how it is blocked by stress, and how it is related to our system of spirituality (or deeply held values). Through meditation, guided imagery, and other Mind Tools, you will have an actual living experience of these principles.

 “By three methods we may learn wisdom: 
First, by reflection which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is the easiest; 
Third, by experience, which is the bitterest.”
– Confucius

Your Choice!

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