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Judith Orloff, MD
4.16.12 (Audio: 54 min)
All of us can learn to tap into our intuition, a powerful source of wisdom that can enhance our relationships, careers and health. In this highlight recording of part of an Open Center workshop, Judith Orloff, MD, psychiatrist, gifted intuitive and best-selling author of Second Sight: A Psychiatrist Tells Her Extraordinary Story and Shows You How To Tap Your Inner Wisdom (Three Rivers Press, 2011), offers practical techniques to tap into our intuition and demonstrates group intuitive readings.
4.1.12 (Audio: 1 hr 13 min)
In early Greek religion, Eros was a god responsible for the creation of the world. In other words, eros is a creative principle in us. Eros includes sexuality, desire, pleasure, longing, connection, intimacy and love. We know that eros is difficult. Many have been brought up to fear it and repress it. For that reason alone it can be a portal to new vitality. Eros can lead us to the highest spiritual levels and to the sense that life is beautiful and worth living.
3.31.12 (Audio: 2 hr)
The magus of the European Renaissance saw art, music, and architecture as powerful tools for living, not just aesthetic entertainments. This was magia naturalis, natural magic, with its own resources and rules. Best-selling author Thomas Moore (Care of the soul) discusses how we can learn from these old practices to harness our intuition for a more effective life, and use the arts for spiritual and psychological purposes.
Andrea Beaman, HHC, AADP
3.22.12 (Audio: 1 hr 42 min)
Many people already know that eating locally grown foods is a better choice for the environment, but it can also enhance immunity, increase energy and longevity. Drawing from time-honored healing traditions such as Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, this class explores topics such as which foods are best for us in our region and why, and how to use foods for specific seasons to prevent seasonal conditions like colds in the winter.
James Fadiman, PhD
10.15.11 (Audio: 1 hr 42 min)
When the government shut down James Fadiman’s university psychedelic research lab 40 years ago, he felt like they were shutting down his religion, as well as forbidding one of the most effective tools for personal growth ever discovered. Since then, creative organic chemistry, botanical discoveries, indigenous healers plus a new generation of researchers have expanded the range of experiences being explored.
2.4.12 (Audio: 1 hr 34 min)
In Ancient Egypt, it was thought that the world came into being through sacred words of power, the names of the Neteru (gods and goddesses). This workshop looks at the many sacred forms that divinity takes in the natural world through the symbols and myths of divine beings. Tap into dream realms, secret longings, and the power of Logos in image and sound.
2.4.12 (Audio: 1 hr 37 min)
Ancient Egyptian magician/healers understood that all is vibration and that the frequency of vibration determined the form of spiritual substance. They developed a system for understanding the subtle spiritual bodies. This workshop explore the spiritual bodies through a study of ancient hieroglyphic texts and experiences.
1.12.12 (Audio: 1 hr 11 min)
Learning to be mindful—to pay attention in the moment without resistance or judgment-—can shift the course of our lives. Instead of being driven by our fears and hopes, we learn how to listen to ourselves and others, to pause and respond wisely. Discover how living in the moment, with awareness and curiosity, can open your life and fill it with peace and wonder.
James Gordon, MD
2.11.12 (Audio: 3 hr 52 min)
Dr. James Gordon, one of the great pioneers in Integrative Medicine and a groundbreaking figure in treating depression without drugs, believes that depression is a wake-up call that can be the start of a transformative journey toward wholeness. In this workshop, he presents a seven-step approach that those of us suffering from depression, whether mild or severe, can use to exert control over our own lives and find hope and happiness.
Robin Rose Bennett
1.10.12 (Audio: 1 hr 52 min)
The overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture has led to a crisis of antibiotic-resistant infectious diseases. Antibiotics are also radical remedies with side effects. Fortunately, there are a variety of teas, tinctures, topical salves, foods and herbs that can be used to prevent illness by strengthening our immune systems or safely help us heal when illness is present. Learn how our herbal allies can help us regain and maintain our health.