Complete Schedule for the Spiritual Guidance Training Program March

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					                                Complete Schedule
                  for the Spiritual Guidance Training Program
                                           March 29-April 1, 2007
                                        Schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, March 29th
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Field of Consciousness in a Spiritual Guidance Meeting
With Atum O’Kane, Ph.D.

For several years, Atum has been exploring the core theme of the field of consciousness in a
spiritual guidance meeting. In our full day gathering, we will discover together fundamental
layers of consciousness that contribute to the states in which spiritual guidance arises.

Using the practice of sculpting a constellation, the following dimensions will be honored.
Individual and small group exercises will also be offered to amplify and integrate the teaching.
• The inner attitude of the seeker
• Practices that foster an attunement for serving as a guide.
• Qualities essential for creating an appropriate container
• The relationship of the seeker and guide to their own and to each other’s souls.
• The shadows of the seeker and the guide
• The foundational archetypes; the one who hears the cries, the advocate of the soul, the wise
    one, and the liberator
• The presence of the elements; earth, water, fire, air and ether.
• Archetypes of the containing feminine, the dynamic masculine, the structured masculine, and
    the dynamic.
• Sharing of the heart’s concerns, needs, and wounds; and the yearning for wholeness with the
• Four essential ways of meeting; honoring the divine within, authentically sharing yourself,
    opening your heart to the other, and being present together in the presence.
• Dimensions of a guidance relationship.

12:30-2:30 p.m.
Lunch break

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Field of Consciousness continues
With Atum O’Kane

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Dinner break

7:30-9:30 p.m.
Waking Dream
With Eve Ilsen

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Our dreams speak the multi- leveled language of myth and metaphor. We will spend some hours
together experiencing the unfolding of this language as induced by a unique use of imagery,
pioneered by Mme. Colette Aboulker-Muscat, lineage-carrier of mystical Sepharadi Jewish
tradition. Bring journal or notebook and pen, and review your recent dreams, if you record them.
(If you have not yet begun this practice, start leaving a journal and pen by your bed at night,
writing the date of the following morning on a blank page before going to sleep.)

(See biographies of presenters at the end of this document.)

Friday, March 30th
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Spiritual Guidance
With Reb Zalman

We operate on many levels of reality. However, there are times when we confuse the levels on
which we really operate. When we talk about it we move to the realm of speech, which connects
us to the cortex and the prefrontal lobes. However, in our work and in the way in which we work
with ourselves, the real work happens on levels not easily accessib le by words and yet you need
to talk about them. How should we handle that? How can we talk about the unseen helpers and
the help that we seek and get? Are we flying solo or is God our copilot?

Reb Zalman will deal with these issues, both in practice and in theory.

A note from Atum: From my experience with Reb Zalman, no matter what topic he addresses it
stems from his unique connection with the divine. It always carries his full-hearted ecstasy and
spiritual intimacy.

12:30-2:30 p.m.
Lunch break

2:30-5:30 p.m.
Dimensions of a Guidance Relationship
With Atum O’Kane

Atum will use the model of a constellation to demonstrate the essential dynamics, gifts,
and potential distortions in various expressions of the spiritual guidance relationship. The
five aspects that will be evoked are:
• The seeker and a guide.
• The initiate and a teacher of a tradition
• The student and a teacher who holds the projection of the student’s soul
• The disciple and the guru
• Peer spiritual guidance

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7:30-9 p.m.
Universal Worship Service
With Dakini Lynn Marlow, M.A.

Hazrat Inayat Khan, the first Sufi Master to come to the West in 1910 initiated the vision of an
interfaith service known as the Universal Worship service. It is a candle lighting service
honoring the uniqueness and similarities of the religions of the world with the intention of
helping to bring peace to the world. When we can all worship at the same altar, rooted in our
own tradition and respecting and understanding the traditions of others, peace will prevail.

At this time when there is a great deal of religious tension in the world, the Universal Worship
ceremony reminds us of our shared humanity and increases understanding and empathy. Singing
and dancing are included in the service!

The theme of the service is: Meeting: Longing and Belonging. Helen Luke, as Atum often
quotes, says that spiritual guidance is a meeting. In this Universal Worship, we will explore how
this theme is expressed through a number of religious traditions.

Saturday, March 31
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Beads for Life
With Patty Manwaring
Events Program Development Manager

Bead for Life eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between
impoverished hard working Africans and North Americans who want to create a world that
works for all. Through the production of handmade jewelry made of paper beads, Ugandan
women generate income to lift their families out of poverty. Our members are women with
HIV/AIDS and refugees from the war in Northern Uganda.

North Americans partner with Ugandans by opening their hearts, homes, and communities to buy
and sell the beads. All profits from Beads for Life are invested in community development
projects that, along with income generation, help people escape extreme poverty. This circle of
caring and participation enriches us all.

10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Embodiment of Spiritual Guidance
With Dakini Lynn Marlow, M.A.

As John O’Donohue, Contemporary Catholic theologian, poet, and mystic says, “everything that
happens to us in life happens in our body.” Thus the body is essential to our spiritual lives.

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In our time together, we will explore the importance of awareness of the body on the spiritual
path and in particular in the experience of spiritual guidance.

In addition to increasing our understanding of body language, we will explore deepening and
enhancing our felt sense experience of the Breath of Life in the “miracle” of our own breath,
sensation, muscle, bone, organs, and cells in movement and touch. The practice of embodiment
in the moment is a means of staying grounded and co-creating a sense of connection to our own
core and a sense of meeting and belonging. We practice being present with ourselves, the other,
the environment and therefore the One Being.

We will work with practices of basic breathing, external and internal respiration, and sensing,
looking, and listening. We will also explore sensing into our Core, the point of contact, and
boundaries through Natural Movement, tuning into the movement that is happening in our
“stillness” and letting it unfold organically without choreographic it.

Each person will be guided and supported in relaxing into what feels comfortable for them and
gives them a sense of ease and satisfaction.

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Spiritual Guidance continued
Part 2 of earlier presentation
with Reb Zalman

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Dinner break

7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Blessing Project International
With Debra Aaron, CEO and Vision Holder

The Blessing Project opens hearts through powerful messages incorporated in exquisite art. This
divinely inspired project begins with the purchase of items from natural elements made by
women in indigenous villages and cooperatives throughout the world. The materials are lovingly
crafted by "Light Workers" in the U.S. to create one-of-a-kind works of art infused with a
blessing that transcends all traditions to convey the true heart of spirituality. The cards are sold
and the profits used to start the cycle again in new villages across the globe.

The lives of women across the globe who experience suffering either from lack of basic material
needs or lack of spirit and purpose are linked creating the hope of a new possibility in their lives.
This consciousness is ignited through the blessing causing all who see these cards to become the
radiance, which moves from heart- to-heart transforming lives, communities and the world.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Talent show and dancing

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Sunday April 1
9:30 a.m. – 11:15 p.m.
The Fire of Love, Death, and Transformation
With Karima Bonnie Milgrim

11:30-12:30 pm.
With Atum O’Kane

Karima will invite us to attune with the six directions: the south letting go, the west being stalked
at times by our fears that may impede life's journey, the north for the ancient wisdom that resides
in each and every one, the east new beginnings and transformation, and the honoring of mother
earth and father sky.

Each moment is a letting go into the next. When we accept just this present moment shifts begin,
and we are then able to be our true luminous light being that is our divine inheritance.

There will be time for practical ways of being with the dying process, how to just show up and
hold sacred presence by just BEING, story telling, work with sacred ritual, dyads, and
movement, art, breath, laughter and whatever else the moment brings forth.

12:30 p.m. –2 p.m.
Lunch break

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Serving the Birth of a New Consciousness
With Atum O’Kane

Our time has been called an era in which a new development in human consciousness is seeking
to break forth into the world. We have the opportunity to serve the emergence of a new myth that
articulates this awakening. In our own journeys and with those we support through spiritual
guidance, the new paradigm can find integration. This offering will seek to identify essential
dimensions of this new consciousness and relate them to the practice of spiritual guidance.

Closing ceremony

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                                  BIOGRAPHIES of PRESENTERS

Eve Ilsen is a psychotherapist, storyteller, and singer who apprenticed with physiotherapist Dr.
Harold Reilly, mythologist Joseph Campbell and Mme. Colette, and integrates these modalities
into her various roles.


Dakini Lynn Marlow, M.A. In addition to being an artist, has been a body-centered
psychotherapist for over twenty- five years. She is also ordained as a Cheraga (Interfaith minister)
in the Sufi Order as well as a healing conductor and guide in that tradition. Dakini co-facilitated
the Spiritual Guidance Training in Boulder and has also taught in the international gatherings in
Amsterdam and Boulder. She is passionate about Feminine Spirituality, particularly the theme of
embodiment and creativity.


Karima Bonnie Milgrim assisted with the spiritual guidance seminar in Kalamazoo Michigan in
2000-01. She is a Mind/Body Psychotherapist, and has been doing work in self-acceptance
healing, grief, death and dying. Trained in Peruvian Shaman work, and Bioenergetics as
gateways to clear blocked energy paths as we dance into our destiny. She worked for many
years with Hospice. Karima has been a Spiritual Guide, Retreat Guide, Cheraga and Shefayat in
the Sufi Order for over 20 years. Her heart enjoys to laugh as much as possible, to connect in
meaningful ways, by 'honoring the beauty inside each soul which is a unique work of art.'


Thomas Atum O’Kane is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, which focuses on the
depth psychology of Carl Jung, the vision of Teilhard de Chardin and the practice of Christian
Mysticism. He holds a Master's degree in Psychological Counseling and a Doctorate in
Transpersonal Psychology. Thomas Atum O'Kane is the founder of training programs in
Spiritual Guidance, located in America, Canada and Europe.

Atum conducts training in aspects of Transpersonal Psychology for those in the helping
professions. He is a senior teacher in the Sufi Order International where he served as the
Secretary General for twelve years. Atum has co-taught with Zen Buddhist teachers in an
interfaith dialog for over ten years. Reb Zalman Schachter, founder of the Spiritual Eldering
Institute, served as an advisor and mentor for his graduate studies.


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Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, better known as "Reb Zalman," was born in Zholkiew, Poland, in
1924. Raised largely in Vienna, his family was forced to flee the Nazi oppression in 1938. After
almost three years without roots, they finally landed in New York City in 1941, settling in
Brooklyn, where young Zalman enrolled in the yeshiva of the Lubavitcher Hasidim. He was
ordained by Lubavitch in 1947. He later received his Master of Arts degree in the Psychology of
Religion in 1956 from Boston University and a Doctor of Hebrew Letters degree from Hebrew
Union College in 1968.

He taught at the University of Manitoba, Canada, from 1956 to 1975 and was Professor of
Jewish Mysticism and Psychology of Religion at Temple University until his early retirement in
1987, when he was named professor emeritus. In 1995, he accepted the World Wisdom Chair at
Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, officially retiring from that post in 2004.

Throughout his long career, Reb Zalman has been an unending resource for the world religious
community. He is the father of the Jewish Renewal and Spiritual Eldering movements, an active
teacher of Hasidism and Jewish Mysticism, and a participant in ecumenical dialogues throughout
the world, including the widely influential dialogue with the Dalai Lama, documented in the
book, The Jew in the Lotus. One of the world's foremost authorities on Hasidism, he is the author
of Wrapped in a Holy Flame: Teachings and Tales of the Hasidic Masters . His latest book is
Jewish with Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice , written with Joel Segel. Reb
Zalman currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, and continues to be active in mentoring his many
students the world over.

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