We don’t know when we may have a situation where we’ll be sitting with somebody who is dying, or when we’ll be facing our own death. Most spiritual traditions ask us to look at our own death as a practice in understanding ourselves and living an awakened life.
Recently Dale was at the bedside of someone who was deeply struggling with their dying due to cancer. As Dale tenderly offered support, she said, “Even though I’ve been trying to be spiritual, I didn’t focus on this part of my life enough that it made much difference. I’m still so afraid of dying.”
This was not the first time he had sat next to someone who had deeply regretted not exploring their nature more deeply. At the end of life, nobody regrets not having watched tv more.
Another time, Dale once was at the bedside of a highly trained and disciplined meditator — someone who spent decades thinking and talking about God. And yet, their energetic barriers remained thick and dense that they too deeply struggled as their imminent death was approaching.
From being with so many different dying clients, it’s really clear that spiritual ideas don’t do much good. They have to penetrate the core of one’s being. Ultimately it’s about surrender.
How alive are you willing to be?
Each of us is at a particular point on our healing path, confronting our next challenge, often without clearly knowing whether attitudes or practices we have been using to facilitate growth in ourselves or in our clients are becoming stale, without knowing which direction we should turn to create meaningful transformation.
Drawing upon the wisdom of eastern philosophies, western psychology, devotional practices and energy medicine, we will explore together a clear, concise, and usable model of the healing process that can specifically diagnose and identify the next step that is transformational for each of us, even during crisis. Short, intensive, guided meditations will be presented in order to create a healing experience rather than an experience that is about healing.
You will learn practical tools to activate the heart and become grounded and embodied in the face of suffering, work with pain in the body, and to consciously work with others dealing with their own emotional and physical pain. There will be given illustrated practices that can be utilized when sitting bedside to someone who is dying. Finally, there will be a live, 3-hour session with Dale and other workshop participants where questions and guidance will be addressed. It is through this investigation of death and dying that one awakens to a more conscious life.