Dating: Letting Go of Insecurities

Julia W. // September 1st, 2017

Julia Watson

Needless to say, dating can be anxiety producing.

The smallest thing can trigger nervousness as insecurities come to the surface. Wondering if your comments were misunderstood or if your hair is sticking up. You wish you wouldn’t care what your date thinks about you…but this is super challenging when you are attracted to someone.

Meditation helps me let go of all the critical voices in my head, and reset to a state of calm and love for myself. It relaxes my body and brings a sense of peace.

From this more relaxed, self-referencing state, I can find my sense of humour again, and have a good laugh at the awkwardness and embarrassments that dating someone new can bring.

 

Dealing with Grief

Krista // July 31st, 2017

Krista Love, Lightwork meditation teacher

Meditation helped me cope with grief.

My brother died when I was 20, and it was a very challenging time in my life. I felt like everything I held onto was crumbling down around me. I felt lost. I didn’t know how to process my sadness.

I had a hard time dealing not only with the loss of my brother, but also the loss of the person I was before he died. I coped with it the best I could, but I had a lot of unresolved grief until I found meditation.

Meditation helped me look at this part of my past head-on, and deal with it step-by-step, so my body wasn’t overwhelmed. I learned meditation techniques to process my profound grief, and the trauma that came with it.

Meditation has helped me understand that grief is a process, and I can take as much time as I need. There is no right way or wrong way to grieve.

In grieving for my brother, I’ve created more peace for myself. I’ve melted away limitations on love, trust and feeling safe. In doing so, I’ve enriched my experience of life.

 

Cathy’s Perspective on Lightwork

Cathy // May 30th, 2017

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Lightwork meditation teaches you how to focus your energy.

It teaches you how to be aware of when your mind wanders, and you learn techniques that help you to refocus your attention.

It also provides opportunities to change things in your life so that you can live with less confusion, and fewer feelings of being scattered or not on top of your game.

This can affect life’s biggest and smallest things. For example, Lightwork has helped me become more organized simply by seeing that if I changed just a couple things in my daily routine, I would feel less stretched and overwhelmed. Instead of having many things on the go, I learned to bring things to completion as they came up.

With these changes I feel better about myself, more capable and settled.

Coping with Life’s Curve Balls

Julia W. // April 28th, 2017

Julia Watson, Lightwork Meditation Teacher

I’m not a parent as I always thought I would be. At around 35 years old, I realized that in fact I might not have kids. I wasn’t in a relationship, and I was clear I didn’t want to raise kids solo, so I began to have to face the possibility that it might not happen.

Meditation helped me to navigate the immense sadness that arose. I realized that I had really bought into the idea that kids were the key to living a fulfilled life as a woman.  If I didn’t have kids, could I even call myself a woman? I was surprised at the intensity and longevity of my emotions about this issue.

But meditation helped me see that I am valid no matter what. Kids or no kids. It makes no difference. Now in my forties, I feel free of that sadness and fully embrace life without kids. Life is rich and full, and its joys are available to everyone.

Energy is Real

Julia T. // March 29th, 2017

Julia Thiessen

Learning Lightwork meditation has helped me understand how to manage my energy.

I can do a meditation to be more grounded. And I’ve learned that being grounded affects my perceptions and experiences of life. I feel safer. More present. I’m more effective in whatever I’m doing.

Now I know I can shift my energy by meditating. I’ve become much more conscious of my energy system, so I can assess what needs to happen for me to feel more at ease, more in flow. I can increase my flow of energy by doing a meditation.

Everything in the universe is made up of energy, so learning about how energy works is truly fascinating. It’s helped me understand myself and the world so much more deeply.

 

 

Why I Started Meditating

Denis P. // February 28th, 2017

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For many years I felt that something was missing in my life, and also that this wasn’t even really my life, but rather a movie I found myself in, with no control over the direction it was going. Then at one point, a thought popped up in my mind – there must be more to this.

That thought was present for a while, and then I met my partner who’d been doing Lightwork for a long time. I kept asking her about meditation. I had many questions, but was looking for the information from more of an intellectual point of view, so one day she told me, “You can find all the answers from within, and meditation will facilitate that.”

I took my first Lightwork class shortly after. She was right.

 

Finding Freedom

Darci R. // January 23rd, 2017

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I used to think that freedom meant you could just fly where the wind takes you without a care in the world. I equated being free with not having any responsibilities.

I was under the impression that there was freedom and then there was reality. The two did not intermingle. Now, though meditation I have deepened my understanding of freedom and I recognize it as an internal state. It is not about external things.

Analytically I knew that even people in tough situations of abuse or poverty or war could be ‘free in their mind’. I’d heard stories of historical figures such as Gandhi or Mandela who overcame great oppression and maintained a level of freedom but I didn’t understand how this could apply to my own life.

Through meditation, I continue to learn what an internal state of freedom feels like. I experience deepening levels of freedom that come with self-responsibility and internal peace, all while living a seemingly normal day-to-day life.

I’ve learned I can choose freedom.

Why Take a Meditation Class?

Julia W. // December 28th, 2016

 

Julia W.I don’t think I’ve ever heard of someone who just sat down, closed their eyes, silenced their thoughts and began a deep, ongoing, daily meditation practice without any hiccups.

Typically when people first start meditating they fall asleep, drift off in a daydream, or begin to think through their worries.

You would think just closing your eyes and sitting quietly is all there is to it. But the mind is a powerful thing and it doesn’t automatically support your intention to meditate. That’s why Lightwork offers specific techniques that help you get into the groove.

Getting guidance from a meditation teacher can help you move beyond the mind’s objections to the quiet calm just beyond.

Taking a class also helps you address another common challenge: creating time in your busy schedule. When you commit to a class, you have a dedicated time every week to meditate, get instruction and ask questions. Plus you get to share the experience with other students, which can be so helpful.

If you’d like to make space in your life for meditation, check out Lightwork’s upcoming class schedule.

 

 

Coping with Global Challenges

Jacqueline // November 21st, 2016

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 This post is based on a recent class taught by Scott Robinson

 

So we find ourselves in a time of great change. Perhaps great stress. Great intensity. But you need to know, the effects of the U.S. election do not need to determine how you feel inside. Or how your spiritual path unfolds.

If you choose to be conscious, you are in charge of your reality no matter what is going on around you. You can live in a state of brightness and freedom. But you have to choose it, otherwise you are at the mercy of external forces.

The Buddha lived during a period of intense political unrest and violence in India. Not only did he find his own personal transcendence during this time, but he created a practice that has helped countless others transcend; a practice that is still going strong 2000 years later.

Tibetan monks continued to choose consciousness and spiritual freedom even when Chinese invaders overwhelmed their country, killing untold numbers and destroying 6,000 monasteries.

And consider that Nelson Mandela emerged from 20 years of imprisonment and hard labour, a brighter, freer, more conscious being.

Human beings are powerful. You can create what you want to create. But a bright, conscious existence must be chosen. You won’t fall into it accidentally.

The great news is, the initial steps to taking charge of your reality are simple. As you go about your day-to-day existence, are you bringing light into the world? Or are you participating in darkness?

Participating in darkness can happen so easily. Like being competitive with a colleague at work. Taking out your frustrations on your spouse. Angry annoyance at someone on the bus. Judging someone who has a different view than you. Immersing yourself in news coverage that gets your blood boiling. Posting charged comments on social media.

If you are aware of some of your own dark behaviours right now, don’t freak out. Don’t judge yourself. Just start to make different choices.

Meditation really helps with this. It is a very real, very powerful way to bring lightness and consciousness into your life. It can help you through life’s ups and downs; even your darkest moments.

Now more than ever before, with so many global challenges facing us, it will be important for you – for everyone – to have a way to process stress and live in a state of light.

Whatever your way is, find it. Choose it.

 

 

Being a More Chill Mom

Krista // October 30th, 2016

 

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When I make time to meditate I am declaring to the world and myself that I am worth the time.

I deserve to be replenished.

I want to know myself more deeply, to live my truth and have more clarity of sight. When I close my eyes to meditate I am giving myself the opportunity to be more than I was before I closed them.

Children watch everything we do. They see our struggles and limitations; they see our joys and triumphs. They know, they observe, and much of the time, they become like us.

I want my children to see that I value myself. I want them to know there is more to life than being entertained, being busy, being smart, hip, cool, good…whatever it is we think we need to strive to be or do. Meditation is a space outside of all of that, a space where simply being is OK.

Having said this, I am not meditating for my children. I am meditating for me. I am meditating so I can get up in the middle of the night to soothe a cough and not begrudge anyone. I am meditating so when a child asks for more than I feel I can give, I can clearly see if it is time to dig deep, draw a line or find a creative solution.

Meditation soothes the edges when they become ragged or worn; when parenting pushes me to my max. It also helps me recognize how awesome parenting is, and lets me be present for the awesomeness rather than distracted.

Through meditation, I take care of me so I have more energy, patience and openness to be a mom.

 

 

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Scott Robinson

In 1995, after years of spiritual study, Scott founded Lightwork Spiritual Development, of which he is the Spiritual Director. Since 1995 he has been teaching intensively.

Scott believes that on a core level every spiritual teacher of integrity is teaching the same thing, because the core spiritual principles never change. However, there are unlimited ways to express these principles, and every spiritual teacher and practice has its own unique flavour. Finding a flavour that one likes is the task of the seeker.

Scott is also an artist, musician and poet, and has traveled the world extensively. He feels his purpose is to be on his spiritual path and to assist others on their path. His teaching is safe and supportive with amusement and integrity.

Krista Love

Krista first discovered Lightwork thanks to a tiny poster on Hornby Island. At the time she was practicing yoga and writing a play, but yearned for her true calling. Something about that little poster spoke to her and she hitchhiked to a Lightwork Healing Space event. Soon after she took Lightwork Level 1.

Her love for the practice was so immediate she packed her bags and moved to Vancouver to continue her studies, despite having no job or place to live. She made her way through several years of intensive training, graduating from the Lightwork Teacher’s program in 2003, and later becoming the first person ever to complete the apprenticeship program.

Krista says Lightwork allowed her to transform into the person she always knew she could be. As a teacher, she loves helping people tune into themselves as Spirit and bringing levity to any situation.

Krista teaches a wide range of classes including Lightwork Levels 1 to 3.5, Lightwork Moving Meditation and classes geared for women and parents.

Prior to Lightwork Krista attended theatre school, became a yoga teacher and received a diploma in clowning.

Alison Cretney

Alison has been practicing Lightwork meditation since 2007. As a certified Lightwork teacher, she offers classes suitable to first-time meditators or anyone who has practiced other meditation styles. You can attend her classes in beautiful Nelson, BC, or by phone or Skype.

Alison has found Lightwork's clarity, ease and potency to be transformative in all aspects of her life including parenting, work, relationships and stress.

She has a Masters in Strategic Leadership Toward Sustainability which she applies in collaborative projects seeking solutions for climate change.

Julia Watson

Julia offers meditation and consulting services for organizations and individuals.

She started her conscious spiritual journey in her mid-twenties but it wasn’t until she came across Lightwork in 2002 that she found a meditation practice that really worked for her.

Julia completed Lightwork’s seven levels of training in 2010. She has been joyfully teaching meditation classes and offering private energy readings since then.

She was previously the Program Director at Hollyhock (Canada’s leading educational retreat centre), the Director of Operations at Communicopia Internet, and a producer of the Web of Change conference.

Julia received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in 1994. She received a permaculture design certificate in 2000.

Julia Thiessen

Julia started taking Lightwork classes by phone from Winnipeg in 2004. The classes rocked her world so thoroughly she moved to Vancouver to continue her meditation studies, eventually graduating from Lightwork's most advanced program, 'Level 7: The Apprenticeship' in 2012.

Her move to the West Coast allowed her to become involved in the Lightwork Ecovillage, where she continues to deepen her meditation practice and learn life lessons (like...you really can grow kale year round!).

Julia is a certified Lightwork Teacher. She offers Lightwork Level 1 and Level 2 classes for beginners, as well as private energy reading sessions.

She brings creativity to the Lightwork administration team, and manages two annual meditation retreats: the summer '9-Day Dharma Healing', and 'Winter Light Week'.

She has an intuitive and studied understanding of all things green, arising from her work in therapeutic gardening at BC Children's Hospital and other locations around Vancouver.

Cathy Belgrave

When Cathy signed up for her first Lightwork class, she entered brand new territory. Coming from a scientific background, meditation was well outside her normal repertoire but she felt compelled to try it.

Without even being able to describe how, she shifted perceptions in all parts of her life and began making decisions that decreased stress. Encouraged, she thought she would keep meditating until it no longer felt like a fit. That day never came. She’s now a committed Lightwork practitioner and teacher.

Cathy offers Lightwork Level 1, Level 2, private classes and energy reading-healings. She blends her passions for writing, teaching and meditation by offering creative writing workshops for children and adults.

Darci Rosalie

Darci discovered Lightwork meditation in her last month of nursing school. She realized she wanted a totally new way of coping with stress, rather than relying on old, unhealthy habits.

So she turned down a fancy job in California with a big signing bonus and season’s tickets to her favourite football team. Instead she registered for Lightwork's beginners class and never looked back.

Throughout her healing journey Darci has witnessed how meditation has the power to shift tough situations and heal what needs healing.

Her favorite thing about being a Lightwork teacher is the simplicity and presence of being in the moment. The big and small of the universe come into focus and make room for significant awareness and healing.

Darci graduated from the Lightwork Apprenticeship program in March 2014. She offers energy reading sessions and meditation classes in a loving, supportive environment.

Tiffany Robinson

Tiffany has been studying meditation intensively for the past 9 years. She is a certified Lightwork meditation teacher and a graduate of Lightwork's most advanced program, the three-year Level 7: Apprenticeship Program.

Tiffany sits on the Lightwork Ecovillage Board of Directors and splits her time between Vancouver and the Lightwork Ecovillage on Gambier Island with her husband Scott and his daughter Cloe.

Her classes are open to teens and adults.

Victoria Smith

Victoria was searching for a way to bring ease and a sense of direction to her life. She signed up for a Lightwork class in 2006 and it was a clear fit.

She brings a deep, joyful commitment to practicing and teaching meditation. Through it, she found a way to create the fun-filled, community-oriented life she always wanted.

Victoria offers group classes, private classes and energy reading-healing sessions. She is currently enrolled in Lightwork’s Level 7 program, apprenticing to founder Scott Robinson.

Victoria is also a spa owner, fly-fisher and nature-lover. She spends free time at the Lightwork Ecovillage, a sustainable meditation community on Gambier Island.

Jacqueline Voci

Jacqueline first learned to meditate as an antidote to stress and a crazy-busy lifestyle in the tech and PR industries. As she gradually made it part of her daily routine, an entirely new way of experiencing life emerged.

In March 2014, she completed Lightwork’s two-year meditation teacher program and began its most immersive course, a three-year apprenticeship to founder, Scott Robinson.

Jacqueline teaches Lightwork's beginner classes (Levels 1 & 2) and offers meditation workshops for companies and organizations. She has hosted workshops for the Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education, UBC Faculty of Medicine, BC Cancer Research Centre and BCIT Student Association.

She is also a writer and communications consultant.