How is it that we become who we are? We are partially the culmination of our parents’ and grandparents’ stories, the stories perpetuated by our cultural heritage, and we are also constructed out of the stories told about us even before we were born. This seminar will examine the influence of the stories of our lives, those we have heard and those we tell. We will discuss the universal stories that unite us all as human beings and the very personal, individual stories that make us each unique. Students will be expected to engage actively in the sharing of their own life narratives and in discussion of the over-arching themes that bring us all together in a shared humanity. (A limited enrollment class)
Energy—it seems we never have enough of it. Without it, we can find ourselves depressed, weakened, and vulnerable to illness. However, new scientific findings have confirmed that many ancient (and once secret) healing systems from the East have been able to increase energy, improve health, slow/reverse aging, and even produce miracles like spontaneous cancer remissions. From the proven efficacy of acupuncture, acupressure, tai chi, qi gong, yoga, Reiki, therapeutic/healing touch, and more, we are learning that there are underlying, though invisible, energy systems in each of us that affect us, and which can be harnessed for better health and energy. To explore these energy systems, we will look at the tenets of Chinese Medicine and the Meridian system, a structure of hidden energy channels mapped by the Taoists more than 5,000 years ago, and still followed by acupuncture and acupressure specialists today. This powerful and confounding healing system (e.g. why a needle at the top of the foot fixes chronic migraines) has recently been correlated scientifically to connections between underlying fascial tissue. We will also learn about the similar Chakra system, mapped and described thousands of years ago within the Hindu tradition, which operates to this day as a key component in the physical and spiritual discipline of different types of yoga. We will examine where modern medicine, ancient Eastern medical principles, and the discoveries of Quantum Physics have begun to intersect with spirituality and the somatic sciences, leading to more effective holistic treatment. By exploring time-honored principles and learning actual practices, we will work with our own personal energy fields to directly experience the results that take place when we take charge of our energy and our health.