An excerpt from the book, ‘The Journey is the Goal’, by Scott Robinson
Learning to communicate with your body is an essential part of spiritual growth. You have to be aware of what your body is saying to you and be able to touch into its main emotional tone. Although you may be functioning well, staying clear, and keeping your energy moving, your body could be in an entirely different state. This is not a problem, but it is important to listen to the messages your body is sending, and to offer comfort. What does your body want? What does it need? Where is it at? It is through the emotions originating in the second chakra that our bodies can communicate with us.
An excerpt from the book, ‘The Journey is the Goal’, by Scott Robinson
Present time is all there is. Imagine, for a moment, that this is the last hour of your life. Can you have this moment and enjoy it? Ultimately, every moment of your life is that. If you are always wishing things were different, then you are never in present time, and you are never having your life. In fact, you can miss an entire lifetime. Many people miss large amounts of their lives because they are rarely present. How present have you been? Are you predominantly living in the future or the past? Right now, be whole. Have it all. You create your reality. What do you want it to be?
An excerpt from the book, ‘The Journey is the Goal’, by Scott Robinson
Everything in the universe is made up of energy: trees, rocks, buildings, you the spiritual being, and the body you currently reside in.
Everything starts on an energy level first, then becomes manifest. There is, of course, a difference between animate and inanimate objects. You and the chair you are sitting in are both made up of energy, but you are a conscious, eternal, spiritual being with your own energy system, the chair is energy vibrating at a single frequency without true consciousness.
In Western culture, we have largely lost our ability to be aware of energy. Times are changing, however, and there is a move toward getting back in touch with our energy and our abilities; to get back to the way humans were originally designed.
It is natural to feel energy, to see energy, and to be aware of it on all levels. Everyone is aware of energy on some level. The spiritual journey is to bring it back into consciousness.
An excerpt from the book, ‘Navigation’, by Scott Robinson
You are not your worries.
Your worries may profoundly affect you. They may feel deeply familiar. In fact, they may be more familiar to you than anything else in your life. Your analyzer may tell you they are critically important. They may even be part of your identity.
You may have worries older than your current relationship and current home combined.
Despite all of this, they are still not you.
You are Spirit, and spiritual-seniority is possible even when the analyzer wants to churn with worry.
We have exciting news. Scott Robinson, Lightwork’s spiritual director, has a new book called Navigation that has just hit the market. Paperback and digital editions are available for sale now on the Lightwork website.
Navigation is a collection of Scott’s spiritual teachings, poetry and photography. It’s a journey into a fresh, new way of perceiving your life and the world.
The teachings in the book are from classes Scott has taught to the Lightwork community over the years, and the accompanying poems and photographs help to bring the teachings to life.
In Navigation, Scott Robinson offers a different way of looking at life and the world. He aims to help people create freedom, living outside the limits of consumerism, competition and judgment.
Mainstream society would have you believe you can’t choose your reality. Having devoted more than 30 years to deep spiritual practice, Scott has learned there are an unlimited number of realities, and you have the ability to consciously choose the one you want.
Before I started meditating I was confused and saddened by the state of the world. I did not understand how we could hurt each other so much, how humans were capable of wars.
As I began studying meditation, I learned that most people don’t actually want to hurt others, but their own wounds influence their actions and can lead them to do hurtful things. This understanding helps me treat everyone with love and compassion, even those who are hurtful toward me.
Now that I meditate, I feel as though my life is my own – my own to direct, my own to live, my own to experience. If something isn’t working for me I know that I have the ability to change it, instead of thinking I just have to live with it. Moving from being a martyr to someone who takes responsibility and consciously chooses her life is a big and sometimes scary change, but it’s also a huge validation of who I really am. Powerful, present and ready to go!
Now that I meditate, I’m not living for others anymore. I used to seek approval and do what I thought I was supposed to do to be a ‘good’ person. I was so caught up in this that I didn’t even know what I wanted. It was what others thought or knew that mattered.
Now I feel more balanced. I can hear and appreciate others’ opinions and I know that I can also have my own, and mine are just as valid.
To be at home in my own presence is to feel comfortable giggling at a funny leaf as it falls down on my path as I walk to work.
Being at home in my life feels like living true to my inner child.
As I move through this world, I use the meditation tools of centering and present time to ensure I am at home in my own space. I aim to live in the present moment, at peace with myself, and aware of the world around me. This intent for consciousness and presence brings me a multitude of gifts.
If I am present, I can notice a small child walking toward me, holding their parent’s hand on the city sidewalk. If I smile, they often smile back. What a way to brighten everyones day! If I am present, I might spot a flower poking out from the earth in a planter. If it has started to blossom, I might even stop to smell it. What an enriching experience!
If I am present, I’m much more likely to notice a gorgeous sunset, or how the sunlight hits the glass atop that building just so. There are sights I see and moments I witness only if I am present.
Bringing more and more presence into my life has felt like the most incredible ongoing gift to myself.
Being at home to me means being present in my own space in the current moment. It is not a specific physical space, but a mental place of being aware. When aware, I feel “at home” in my life.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 has been studying meditation intensively since 2007. 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 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 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 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 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.
In 2018 she completed Lightwork’s two-year meditation teacher program, and she began a three-year apprenticeship to founder Scott Robinson that same year.
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 also works in communications at BC Recreation & Parks Association.
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.
As of now, Zhenya is a part of the Apprenticeship program at Lightwork. 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.