Thank you to everyone who attended this online Education & Growth webinar event. The recording is now available below. Details Topic: Meeting the Shadow on the Spiritual Path: The Dance of Darkness and Light in Our Search for Awakening GuestSpeaker: …
Thank you to those who attended our online online ASI Community Gathering webinar. The video recording is now available below. Description: At our last community gathering where we explored the topic of psychological shadow. We talked about and share how …
Thank you to those who attended our online Education & Growth webinar event with guest speaker Henry Yampolsky. The video recording is now available below. Details: Topic: Conflict, Boundaries and Dialogue in Spiritual CommunitiesGuest Speaker: Henry YampolskyDate: Monday January 9th …
Thank you to all who joined the ASI community discussion about the importance of peer support among spiritual leaders.
The video recording is now available below. Watch the video to learn more about:
How peer groups can be a tremendous support for those who are in positions of leadership within their respective spiritual communities, particularly teachers, gurus, counselors, coaches, therapists and transpersonal psychologists
Why it’s important to normalize this kind of support system among all spiritual leaders, and
How ASI is prototyping and modeling peer support groups for spiritual leaders
Click on the Read More button for a link to the ASI Peer Support Initiative, and the video replay.
Thank you to all who joined our webinar event with hosts Dr. Katherine Lawson, Gerette Buglion, and Katherine Bell.
Description: Those who seek spiritual guidance are deeply vulnerable to influence. A cornerstone of the ethical treatment of students and followers is to accept and support their own interpretations of their spiritual experiences. As conscious practitioners, it is important to recognize that our own histories and blindspots affect our students and followers. Staying vigilant with our own processes and reading clues from our bodies will help us keep sight of these vulnerabilities.
Ethical treatment of our seekers protects us as well as them. We have to learn to live with the uncertainty of never truly knowing what another’s experience means to them. As leaders, we need to understand the inherent power we hold in the teacher/student or leader/client relationship and strive for conscious attention to these dynamics.
Click on the Read More button for full details and the video replay.
Thank you to all who joined us Money & Spirituality – Part 2. The video replay is available at the end of this post.
This was the second in a two-part webinar series (previously three-part but now two) on the topic of money and spirituality. In our first webinar, we wanted to hear from everyone who wished to speak. We heard voices and opinions expressed for the first time from people whose faces are familiar from ASI zoom events. We have since analyzed what was shared and found that there were 38 contributions and each touched on one of three topics: Money in our profession (37%), Money and personal shadow (35%), and Culture of money (29%).
Money touches all our lives, daily. Our upcoming webinar offers an opportunity to engage in some personal work around our relationships with money. When we honestly examine our personal beliefs, conditioning, and attitudes we can bring greater awareness to how we approach money in our profession.
Click the “Read More” button below to watch the video replay of this online meeting event held on February 7, 2022.
Description: The relationship between money and spirituality can be complex and nuanced. We would like to begin a series of exploratory talks on this theme. This webinar opened the topic where we took some time to share our experiences and views about the relationship between money and spirituality, with each other. The following two webinars will deepen our discussion. We hope that over the 3 upcoming webinars series (usually 6 weeks apart) we will all have a deeper understanding of how financial abuse arises within spirituality together with some insights into our own relationships with money.
Thank you to all who joined us for this event with our host, Ann Gleig! There will be no video replay available of this event, at the presenters request. Ann’s presentation deals with particularly sensitive subject matter and her material is also time-sensitive, due for wider publication next year.
Description: Since the 1980s, Western convert Buddhist communities have been the site of repeated cases of sexual violation and abuse. Cutting across Buddhist lineages, offenders have included many prominent first and second generation Asian and American teachers. This presentation will consider how practitioners are combining Buddhist and non-Buddhist frameworks to understand and respond to these crises. It will identify emerging forms of Buddhist community, leadership, and practice that have been generated in the wake of abuse.
Thank you to all who joined us for this discussion! The video replay is now available, along with the PPT presentation by Jules Evans.
Topic: Critical Thinking and the Spiritual Importance of Discernment
Hosts: Jules Evans and Dr. Dan Wilson
Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021
Cost: Free – donations are gratefully accepted (buttons are below)
The title “Paramahansa”, as in “Paramahansa Yogananda”, refers to a legendary swan that was said to have been able to separate milk from water. This symbolizes the yogi’s refined discriminative faculties, which enable him or her to discern the Real from the unreal – Truth from falsehood. Many spiritual traditions and teachers emphasize that developing these faculties is essential on the spiritual path, and caution that failing to do so can throw us off course.
Today, the importance of developing discernment, or critical thinking skills, is playing out on the world stage. As documentaries such as “The Social Dilemma” have portrayed, social media connect and inform us but can also distract and divide us.
One might think that spiritual leaders and aspirants would be somewhat immune to such manipulative agendas, but in fact, many of us may be susceptible. Has spirituality eroded our critical thinking skills or failed to encourage their development? Does knowing that spirituality can reveal deep, hidden truths incline some of us to believe dubious assertions, simply because they have allegedly been concealed? How can we tell if our critical thinking skills are deficient, and what can we do to strengthen them?
Thank you to all who join us for this ASI Members & Friends meeting on September 6, 2021. It was a lively meeting and some topics explored gave rise to some sharing of intimate and personal details. It was requested that we don’t post or repurpose the meeting recording. We respectfully have deleted the recording. See our Upcoming Events page for what’s coming next, and we look forward to seeing you soon.