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What Are They and How Do We Live a Full Life With Them?
Boulder, CO Workshop January 23, 7-9PM
Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.
~Mary Oliver (Thirst)
Most people have not heard the term “ambiguous loss” even though all of us have experienced many of them in our lifetime. An ambiguous loss sometimes seems to be an ‘invisible’ loss because it is often not recognized or acknowledged as a significant loss, either by others or even by ourselves, in the same way a death is—with community recognition, ceremony, condolences, and a sense of finality. It is not uncommon for us to minimize our ambiguous losses as “just part of life” and therefore not grieve them or resolve the grief the way we would with an acknowledged loss like the death of someone we love. Ambiguous losses can be devastating, agonizing, evoke fear and deep heartbreak because they offer no true closure.
Archetypes of the Sacred Feminine
It gives me great delight to offer this this little e-book, Archetypes of the Sacred Feminine, the first fruit from a large body of work that is now being harvested into words. This download is a 33 page excerpt from a larger book, Sacred Feminine Initiation: An Archetypal Journey. This e-book is a 33 page excerpt that includes one chapter on Sacred Feminine initiation, and five chapters describing each of the five core archetypal energies I have been working with since 1980: the Mother, the Amazon, the Lover, the Medial, and the Queen. Enjoy!!
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Ambiguous Loss: A Gateway to Grace
Ceremonial Day for Men & Women
With Sheila Foster, M.A.
Saturday September 13, 2014 ~ Sophia Center, MD
11 AM – 4 PM
Early bird registration with payment of $125 by August 15
$150 after that. Space is limited.
I will be away from email/office August 16 -24, 2014.
“With ambiguous loss there is no closure;
the challenge is to learn how to live with the ambiguity.” Pauline Boss,
Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief
Samyama: Alchemy of the Heart
Samyama is an ancient meditation practice from Raja Yoga that appeared in my meditation one day about 20 years ago, to my great surprise. I was unfamiliar with this form of meditation at the time, so I simply followed the detailed instruction I was given on the inner levels in how to turn toward my heart. This radically changed my life and my work with others, and the lives of the many it has touched, as you will see when you read what others say about Samyama below.
Samyama makes it possible to directly experience life as it is, be in the present moment, and meet ourselves in our own precious hearts, no matter what is happening in any given moment. It is also a path and a portal to the realization of our essential being, the pure awareness that is the unified field. The practice also offers a profound level of healing for our deepest wounds. From my own experiences, as well as witnessing so many others doing Samyama, I see that it is an amazing gift of Grace that keeps on giving, endlessly, and an exquisite vessel of receptive devotion.
Samyama is truly Alchemy of the Heart. This means that when we learn the skill and cultivate the practice, amazing changes occur within our hearts so that healing of painful emotional states occurs and we open to the silence and peace of our essential nature.
The instruction given to me was simple: no matter what was arising, I was directed to bring my attention back to my heart and hold my focus there on whatever what happening in my heart. It sounds simple, and it is, once you learn the skill involved. We all can feel what is in our hearts, and we do. What we don’t understand are the subtlties of attention that are involved to activate the Alchemy of the Heart.
Once I began using the practice several times a day, I became more peaceful in general, and this was remarkable to me at the time, as I was going through a painful time. Ever since, I have used Samyama daily for meditation, self healing, for simply being with what is. My center of consciousness has shifted from head to heart, as it does with most of the people who practice Samyama daily.
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©sheila foster 2014