EXPLORING CONSCIOUSNESS


       CONSCIOUSNESS IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL SHARE.  
OUR VERY SURVIVAL DEPENDS
           UPON THE VISION
 OF ALL LIFE AS INTERCONNECTED 
AND EACH OTHER AS FAMILY.


HEALING 


Healing comes in many forms.  It is happening constantly.  Things are being born and dying with every breath.  We cannot avoid the yin/yang of change; the movement in and out of balance.  We might receive healing from the loving touch of a friend, or through the skills of a trained medical technician, or from a person with a highly developed healing gift.  We can also learn to work with our own bodies, hearts and minds to know and heal ourselves.  Even if you seek the assistance of an energy healer, the movement toward greater ease and fulfillment in your life happens primarily through your own growth and empowerment. Your healer is simply a guide and facilitator.  Physical illness, emotional pain, inner and outer conflict, like all aspects of our human experience, can become our greatest teachers.  We are both drawn and driven to the areas of ourselves that most need our care and nurture.

We appear to be physical bodies living in a physical world, but that is only part of the picture. There are at least seven levels of the human energy field that form themselves as our energetic bodies.  Each vibrates at its own frequency around and through the space occupied by the physical form.  They are experienced by us as emotions, thoughts, relationships or belief systems, and also as our connections to all living beings in this universe of which we are a part.
 
When we interfere with the balance and fluidity of these bodies of light they can become blocked, tangled, misshapen or torn.  This happens for a number of reasons some of which are: false beliefs, expectations, resistance to our experience (often called stress), negative feelings about ourselves and others, and destructive habits of thought.  Eventually distortions in the field will become visible as physical difficulties because the body is, itself, an expression of the energy field.

A Transformational Energy session opens and aligns the energetic pathways, the channels and chakras of the subtle body, to facilitate the flow of energy in your physical body. This can be felt immediately as the relaxation and release of tensions and stress.  By working with sounds, movement and meditation techniques, healing and rebalancing occur naturally as the levels of your energy field are cleared, and blockages are dissolved in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. 

As we tune in to the felt sense of these flows, the quality of our experience changes; it becomes more direct and less conceptual.  This kind of knowing allows us to better understand our potential as human beings.  This is not about perfection.  As human beings in a fragile and impermanent world we cannot avoid discomfort, pain, trauma, or death.  We are not to blame for these; they are inevitable.  But we can make choices that encourage us to open our hearts and minds to a deeper, wiser caring for one another and for our world.  Just as plants grow toward the light, so we each have within us an inner knowing that moves us in the direction of greater wholeness.    As Baron von Hügel said as he was dying, "Caring matters most."  And caring begins with ourselves.  A healer is by your invitation a facilitator of that movement toward your innate wholeness and toward the expression of your full potential as a human being in this precious human life.


Resources

Barbara Brennan School of Healing: http://www.barbarabrennan.com




MEDITATION

There are many forms of meditation, ranging from the use of particular sounds or movements to complete stillness and silence.  Each is a kind of mind training with its own special focus or intention.  All involve attention and the ability to free ourselves from preoccupation with our habitual thought patterns.  We are exploring our capacity for awareness, behind or beyond any identification with who we think we are.  When we sit down to meditate we make a commitment to become conscious at deeper and deeper levels.  There are no limits to this exploration.
                        "We discover consciousness by inhibiting unconscious behavior.  
        It arises in the gap.  It is something that is there waiting, not something we create. . . 
                                   Consciousness is certainly not something that you do."
(Marjory Barlow in conversation with Trevor Allan Davies, from "An Examined Life", Mornum Time Press, 2002)
Meditation is recognized, even by the medical community, as a means of reducing stress and managing pain which significantly improves quality of life and physical and mental health in general.  Ultimately, the practice of meditation brings us to a direct experience of the nature of our minds beyond words and thoughts.  

In studying with teachers of various traditions, I have learned and practiced different styles and techniques of meditation.  Pema Chodron has been my principle teacher for the last 18 years. My training as a meditation instructor is in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  Consultation  is offered, free of charge, for those who would like support developing their practice.  If you are interested please contact me.  Meditation instruction is also free of charge and is available upon request.


Resources     

          Dan Brown: http://www.pointingoutway.org



Biographical information about Lelia Calder’s Healing & Meditation Practice

My own search began at the age of 20 with a healing experience which changed my life.  It profoundly disturbed my beliefs about “Truth” and from this upheaval came a genuine quest to know the nature of reality.  Soon afterwards, I found The Infinite Way and my first teacher, who was also a spiritual healer.  In the 1970’s and ‘80’s, as the spiritual technologies of Asia became known in this country, I explored many of them, especially Zen practice.  From the Alexander Technique I had learned that physical form is not separate from what we call 'spiritual'.  More experience of energy flows in Tai Chi and Chi Gung practice led me to the study of energy healing at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing from which I graduated in 1993.  I also trained in the Light Body Work (1992) and in Flow Alignment and Connection (1994). 

The writings of Pema Chödrön, an American Buddhist nun well known for her teachings on developing compassion, brought me into Tibetan Buddhism in the early 1990’s. One milestone in the intensive study and practice that followed was Vajrayana Seminary from which I graduated in 1999.  In recent years, I have done extensive retreat practice at Gampo Abbey under the guidance of Ani Pema Chödrön and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, trained in the practice of Mahamudra with Dan Brown, and in Bon sound and healing practices with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Marcy Vaughn.  Vajrayana practice includes all the elements - sound, movement, meditation, visualization and energy work - that, for me, facilitate the journey toward integration and wholeness. 

Alexander Technique: teacher, 1984-
Barbara Brennan School of Healing, 1989-1993
Light Body Work, 1992
Flow Alignment and Connection, 1994
Vajrayana Seminary, 1999
Meditation Instructor Training, Baltimore & Philadelphia Shambhala Centers, 2001
Three Year Retreat at Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia, 2005-2010
Energy Healing: training course with Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson.  2011
Mahamudra retreats with Dan Brown.  2011, 2012, 2013
Tibetan Healing with sound, movement, and light, 2012-