Trauma, the Imaginal, and Awakening ~ Julie Yau

Published on Apr 19, 2016

As our conception of consciousness expands to include what was once unconscious, a greater awareness develops that embraces others, the natural world and the cosmos, while potentiating opening to primordial awareness. These important dimensions will be discussed and explored in the context of healing trauma.

The process by which a trauma heals is inherently turbulent, often complex and rarely occurs in a linear sequence; however, each dimension of recovery provides a broader context and wider
possibility of meaning to the individual’s experience and consciousness. When trauma is healed, especially early trauma that arrests the development of aspects of our consciousness, an authentic spiritual awakening may occur, allowing people to reconnect to themselves and the world.

Included in the presentation on resolving trauma, will be a focus on the imaginal, the intermediary realm that links the sensuous world of matter and the invisible world of mystery and spirit. Our culture has stripped the body and imagination of its mystery and numinosity, yet these elements are vital in most spiritual traditions for awakening. We may benefit from recognizing that the separation of the psyche from the spiritual domain is the root of a large problem. The psyche has been alienated not only from spirit but also from nature, the body, and people’s very lives, partly through the severing of imagination. We will explore how the imagination holds a reality creating potential, which is often uncovered through trauma, altered states of consciousness and extreme emotional states. The manifestation of the imaginal may allow one to reclaim their authenticity, and to open the truth of nondual awareness, or
simply the inclusion of the imaginal in one’s everyday spiritual practice will assist with one’s spiritual illumination.

Julie Brown Yau, Ph.D., SEP, is a certified NARM practitioner, and a dream pattern analyst. Using a unified approach for addressing developmental and shock trauma, Julie’s work includes the latest neuroscientific and psychosomatic findings, and Eastern wisdom. Julie has a private practice in Laguna Beach, CA.

Julie’s diverse 30-year background in spiritual, psychological and somatic traditions provides her with a unique depth of knowledge and experience. Julie also supports those who are actively dying to awaken to the multilevel cosmos. Julie is the director of education and program development at CCALS. Julie has lectured in hospitals, schools, and the UCI center for Integrative Medicine.

The Transformative Power of Beauty ~ Igor Kufayev

Published on Apr 19, 2016

In the myriad of ways to realize our essential nature the way of Beauty is perhaps the least obvious, yet most mysterious. The sense of beauty is not an aesthetic concept or sentimental
feeling but a powerful throb within consciousness, a reflection of its own magnificence. Although some traditions dismiss creativity as nothing but volitional activity and therefore causal in its nature, if we are opened to another possibility we might uncover the inner artist and the very reason behind existence. Extreme sensitivity to beauty–with harmony as underlying structure of all formations–stupefies the mind of its entanglement in dual structure of the brain, even if momentarily, giving one direct and palpable experience of unity amidst diversity. This, when cultured enough
and brought to the level of one-pointed recognition – from cathartic experiences in the arts of various forms, to most mundane of encounters in daily life – culminates in a highest state
of Aesthetic Rapture. At once, an outpouring of creative impulses and bathing in the light of one’s own self-recognition. This is an invitation to re-evaluate the nature of experience and to reclaim your divine status. The only quest here is in beholding life awakening through you as existence itself. This is the Path of Beauty…

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