Letting Music Flow

Elizabeth Stevenson // June 30th, 2018

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I love singing and always have.

Growing up I was very shy, and felt uncomfortable if others could hear me. I sang in choirs where I could blend into the crowd, but always knew there was more to my voice than I was letting out. Truthfully I was hiding, trying not to be seen because I was afraid of being judged.

I began meditating, and over the years realized I had nothing to hide. I decided I wanted to know truly know my voice so I began singing lessons.

The lessons happened on Fridays, which I privately nicknamed ‘crydays’ because often as not I’d be in tears arriving, leaving or during the lesson. My body had a lot of emotion to express about being seen, heard and validated.

I slowly learned to let go of worrying what I sounded like. Instead of immediately evaluating what I had just done, I started paying attention to allowing the sound to just flow through me, to actually enjoying the act of singing.

This shift changed everything. My goal is no longer about producing a certain sound – it’s about my journey. And now, singing is a deeper and richer experience.

A New Reality

Jeanine // June 1st, 2018

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I was sitting on a water taxi and talking with a friend of mine. We were both travelling to Gambier Island to spend the weekend at the Lightwork Ecovillage. And in this moment, as a wave crashed across the bow of the boat, I noticed how much meditation has changed me.

In the past, a long weekend would typically mean two nights available for partying instead of one. A long weekend might mean some chores and lots of television. Maybe, if I was able to organize it – a long weekend might mean grabbing brunch with some friends.

But now? This current version of me was excited to be spending a long weekend digging a drainage ditch, meditating, checking out the extensive garden, investigating the winter pond situation, cooking delicious and healthy meals from scratch, and enjoying time with friends.

This current version of me was able to have this weekend full of all these amazing things I love, with very little space for unconscious, zone-out time. And it’s because I love myself enough to spend an entire weekend doing things I love with people I enjoy spending time with. I love myself enough to eat healthy, embrace exercise, and spend downtime watching the world around me.

Meditation has given me this great gift of an increased ability to have more of what I love in my life, and less of what I now identify as “painkillers” (rather than joy-givers!). I don’t need to binge watch an entire season of something to avoid my life and forget about the things I don’t like. I don’t need to drink large amounts of alcohol to interact with other people. I don’t need to feel lucky I shared a single meal this week with friends.

And getting off that water taxi? It felt like the life I’ve always wanted was in motion.

Trust The Process

Julia T. // April 1st, 2018

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I saw the best shirt of my life in 1987 when I was 8.

It was a black T-shirt. The sleeves and the bottom were fringed, making it totally tough-looking. But what really intrigued me was the message on the front, in cursive font: “If you love something set it free. If it comes back it’s yours, if it does not come back it was never meant to be.”

So intriguing! My 8-year-old brain started to play through scenarios of what this could possibly mean. If you took the leash off of a dog, and it ran away and never came back…it was not meant to be, so just suck it up? I asked my mom who didn’t seem to have a satisfactory reply. I wondered, who would wear that shirt? So hardcore.

Fast-forward 30 years to today. Would I wear that shirt? I’d have to consider it. I may need to wait another 30 years before that wisdom fully soaks in. Don’t get me wrong I like idea of fringe. But what does it mean to truly set something free?

It makes me think of a technique I learned in Lightwork Level 1 Meditation. The technique is about consciously creating what you want. In last part of the technique you use the following message, “I would like this to be manifest if it is of my highest integrity and the highest integrity for all.” You hold the intention of creating the thing you want only if it won’t harm you, or anyone else. Then you completely let go of attachment. It feels so good to let go in this way.

I remember when I first moved to Vancouver I was looking for a place to rent. I did the conscious-creating technique in meditation, including that last crucial step of letting go. That weekend my roommates and I looked at two suites. One had such a horrible stench we could barely make it through the tour. Nope. The other was lovely. Wood floors, fireplace, great location. We put in our application. And waited.

The landlord said no. Application rejected. Somebody else got that beautiful place. We were so bummed! Where would we go? Not the stench place? Noooo.

I kept having the feeling I should walk down 3rd Ave, and sure enough, there was another suite for rent on that street. A little mountain view, reasonable rent by Vancouver standards, a newly renovated kitchen. This place was great! We said, “We’ll take it!” and the landlord agreed.

A few weeks later, I walked by the beautiful place we didn’t get. I could smell the fire before I saw it. The neighbouring house had burnt to the ground and ravaged the surrounding homes, including the suite we had admired but not secured. I could see directly into the suite, as the fire had eaten right through the walls. It was shocking. I was stuck with the knowledge that I had so wished for that suite, and now I was so grateful I didn’t get it.

It was a good reminder that sometimes even though I may really want something, but there may be more than meets the eye as to why I can’t have it. I’ve learned to trust the process, and allow myself to just let go.

My Lightwork Journey

Tiffany // March 1st, 2018

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About 10 years ago now, I moved to Vancouver from a northern Gulf Island. I was coming out of a tumultuous time; it was the end of a relationship. I was full-on soul searching and making a major course correction in my life. I was ready to let go of pretty much anything that stood in the way of finding a renewed sense of myself.

I moved to Vancouver to take the Lightwork Level 4: Transformation program. I felt hopeful about this decision and other big changes I’d made; I landed a new job and scored a great apartment, seemingly overnight.

Settling into the city felt like taking a plunge into a deep sea. It felt rattling, relentless, unfriendly and cold. I missed the green and wild of island life.

I couldn’t get over the realities of city-living, like hearing the pedestrian walk signal from my apartment, and feeling the thick concrete floor always beneath me. It was a new and different place to call home. And while I had deep sense that I would find my way, it was definitely one of the most uncomfortable times of my life.

In retrospect, I now understand the enormity of what that move represented. I was basically laying it all on the line, spiritually speaking. I needed answers to some important questions that had been plaguing me, and a way out of an unhealthy relationship pattern. I was doing major repair work, and everything in my life was changing around me. I was in the throes of an intense transformation.

At times I felt raw and vulnerable. Sometimes uneasy. Sometimes emotional. Yet simultaneously more comforted, more at peace and more free.

At some point, I realized that I was out of the woods, so to speak. And I was ready to give back. This was a wonderful shift.

Skip ahead to present time and my life feels quiet, strong and settled. I see now that it’s hard to witness one’s own transformation while it’s underway; it’s hard to know that it’s actually happening. But with commitment to a healing path, change does happen and pain is alleviated. It just takes a little while sometimes.

Now, as one of the Lightwork staff, it gives me great joy to teach meditation classes and give energy healings to others. This past year I’ve had the honour of assisting the current Level 4: Transformation students as they dive into their own self-healing journeys. What a thing, to see the process full-circle, and now be in a position to offer support. I am immensely grateful. I can’t think of anything more satisfying.

The Power of a 1-Minute Meditation

Jacqueline // January 31st, 2018

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It was the end of my work day, and I needed to rush out the door to make a class. I’d been reconciling a project budget all afternoon, but the figures on the spreadsheet just weren’t adding up. The final budget was due on my boss’ desk the next morning. I felt the pressure rising up within me – I was getting irritated and upset that I couldn’t find the error.

That’s when I noticed that I was in a state of effort and resistance. So, I closed my eyes, sat back in my chair, took a deep breath, and centered myself. I grounded and shifted into a state of flow. I reminded myself that everything can be done from a state of ease or effort. I had been attempting to solve the problem using effort, and clearly it wasn’t working.

I asked myself, what if I tried again from a state of ease and flow? I let a smile grow on my face and I felt the tension leave my body. I opened my eyes and calmly gazed at the spreadsheet. I immediately saw the formula error and corrected it in seconds.

I couldn’t believe it! My own fears of failing had clouded my mind, blocking my ability to see clearly. A simple 1-minute meditation reset and I was operating from a clear place again.

Since then I regularly use a 1-minute meditation as a reset technique along with the powerful question, “What would it be like if this easy?”

Finding a Richer Life

Leslie Dickout // December 31st, 2017

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Life in North America is designed to be busy. We are expected to fill our time
with work, friends, family, social media, travel, and a host of other activities. I
believed for a long time the fuller my life was, the richer my experience of life
was. And although I have no regrets, I recall the moments when I thought my
life was at its “richest” and still there felt like something was missing, or that I
wasn’t truly happy.

Meditation has allowed me to make room for what was missing…simplicity.
Calm. Presence. Me. Instead of filling my time with more and more, the most
fulfilling thing I do is the same meditation each day that brings me back to my
centre, to my grounding, to that quiet yet alive place that is me. It’s a kind of
fulfillment I have only dreamed of.

Experiencing life from this place has made everything I do throughout my days
that much richer. From taking in the changing leaves on the trees in autumn to
having conversations with loved ones, interactions with colleagues, or time by
myself. Being more present in each moment, and letting that be enough, has
allowed me to feel the true richness of my life.

What is Lightwork Meditation?

Julia W. // October 31st, 2017

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Lightwork meditation focuses on awareness of the human energy system to keep your body healthy and Spirit bright. Instead of focusing on watching the breath, you consciously move your energy through your energy channels and energy centres.

You still your thoughts as you move the energy throughout your body, letting go of tension and anxiety. It is an active, engaged form of meditation that can work well for anyone more used to doing rather than being.

Living a Textured Life

Cathy // September 26th, 2017

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I am extremely grateful to be on the journey of self-discovery and growth.

Over the summer I was taking stock of my life with some changes in mind.  As I did this review, I realized that I live a very textured life.  My life is rich in experiences and relationships.

Meditation has helped me get to this place. It has supported me in letting go of fear and limiting thought patterns. I have been able to open my creativity and express myself more clearly, develop more authentic relationships and simply be me.

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Dating: Letting Go of Insecurities

Julia W. // September 1st, 2017

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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.

 

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.

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Scott Robinson

Scott Robinson is the founder and spiritual director of Lightwork Spiritual Development, based on Gambier Island, B.C. For more than 30 years, Scott’s spiritual evolution has been his life focus, along with helping others discover themselves as spiritual beings.

Even in earlier stages of his life Scott lived outside the confines of mainstream society as a hippie kid, musician, video artist, photographer, poet and world traveller. Spiritually aware from childhood, he could see energy, and he knew there was a bigger picture than the material pursuits of life.

His spiritual purpose took shape in his early twenties when he discovered a meditation style that was an immediate fit. He dove deeply into spiritual studies, deepening his clairvoyant abilities and learning the art of self-healing.

Scott is constantly pushing the boundaries of spiritual knowledge. Through teaching, writing and photography, he empowers others to become conscious, bright spiritual beings on the path to freedom.

Scott is also Chair of the Board, chief visionary, and manager of the Lightwork Ecovillage, the Gambier Island sacred site that is home to the Lightwork practice.

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) and is now a self-employed bookkeeper.

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.

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 Robinson grew up in Calgary and completed a BA in Psychology in 2003 at the University of Calgary, but knew from a young age she loved the west coast. After working for a variety of youth-serving organizations and educational retreat centres, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area, Naramata Centre and Hollyhock, she took her first meditation class in 2007. It sparked a lifelong commitment and inspired a move to Vancouver in 2008.

Since then, Tiffany has been studying meditation intensively, completing Lightwork’s two-year Meditation Teacher Training in 2012 and the three-year Apprenticeship in 2015. She now offers introductory and advanced meditation classes full-time, and is Lightwork’s Operations Manager.

A dynamic, joyful educator, Tiffany draws from experience having worked as the Wellness Programs Specialist for the Crisis Centre of BC. For over 13 years, she was instrumental in bringing mindfulness into the Centre’s training programs, co-developing and facilitating hundreds of workshops and webinars for youth and adults designed to enhance well-being, resilience and mental health.

She is a Board Member and Resident Steward for the Lightwork Ecovillage on Gambier Island where she lives off-grid with her husband Scott. When she’s not teaching classes or sessions online, Tiffany loves to learn about sustainable living, enjoy time with community and investigate the natural world.

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.

Elizabeth Stevenson

Elizabeth decided to give Lightwork a try in 2010, after observing a friend's Lightwork journey. Deciding it was a fit, she took classes from her hometown of Victoria by phone for six years. She then packed up and moved to Vancouver to continue her studies, completing Lightwork's Level 6 Teacher Training Program in 2017.

Meditation has helped Elizabeth let go of fears and embrace all aspects of herself. She's excited that teaching now gives her the chance to offer the Lightwork techniques to other people.

Prior to Lightwork, Elizabeth completed a B.A. in anthropology, and certifications in community counselling and permaculture. Music has always been an important part of her life. She enjoys singing opera and jazz, and offering vocal improv classes.

Leslie Dickout

Leslie took her first Lightwork meditation class by phone in 2012 while living in the busy city of New York. She was awestruck by the simplicity of the tools she learned, and how they helped her let go of old patterns. She knew she wanted to learn more.

Now settled in Vancouver and enjoying a much simpler life, Leslie offers Lightwork Level 1 and Level 2 classes, as well as private energy reading-healings. She completed the Level 7 Apprenticeship program at Lightwork in 2021.

She also works in communications at BC Recreation & Parks Association.

Zhenya Andriyash

Zhenya started taking Lightwork meditation classes in the fall of 2012 while living in New York City and working for a bank. Meditation was his way of dealing with stress-filled workplace and hectic city life.

While taking Lightwork's Next Step program, he moved to Vancouver to lead a quieter, healthier life with a focus on his spiritual development.

Zhenya completed the Apprenticeship program at Lightwork in 2021 and now he offers beginner Lightwork classes (Level 1 and 2), as well as reading-healing sessions.

Having a job in the tech sector, Zhenya finds his meditation practice to be essential for having wellness and balance in his life.

Bogdan Serban

Bogdan Serban is a certified Lightwork teacher and a soccer-playing dad of two boys.

He started studying Lightwork in 2015 after many years of interest in spirituality and energy work. He considers the Lightwork practice to be life-changing, improving his relationships at home and work, and instilling a deeper self-confidence. He uses the Lightwork techniques every day to support his parenting, marriage and work life.

Bogdan originally hails from the picturesque, mountainside city of Brasov, Romania. He’s lived in Vancouver since 2005 and works in the telecom sector. In his down time, you’ll usually find Bogdan hanging out with his family or on a soccer pitch.

Bogdan completed his Lightwork teaching certificate in 2020. He also holds a degree in business management.