• April 18, 2017
  • 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • CIIS Room 607
Add to Calendar 04/18/2017 6:30 pm 04/18/2017 8:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Wisdom Meditation: Resource for Soulful Activism with Gary Raucher, LMFT, RDT Resource for Soulful Activism Synthesizing Unity & Diversity in a Polarized World CIIS Room 607 Office of Diversity and Inclusion ODI@CIIS.edu false MM/DD/YYYY

How do we nurture perspective when hopes for progress "hit the wall?"
Many Wisdom and Spiritual traditions hold the paradox of Wholeness: The One in the many & The many in the One. An experience of Wholeness is easily lost, though, in reactive Us-Them polarization that can arise in well intentioned efforts to realize holistic ideals through activism, especially when systemic injustice appears to be gaining ground. Burn-out and depression can discourage those seeking social justice. How do we attain spiritual poise in conflictual, dispiriting times?

Wisdom Meditation is a contemplative path that nurtures practical inclusiveness and group consciousness - the intuitive and evolving recognition that one is simultaneously an individual AND a drop in humanity's collective spiritual being. Group consciousness is distinctively different than group-think, a contracted form of self-identification rooted in exclusionary, fear-based affiliations.
Gary will address Wisdom Meditation as a practice for aligning one's actions to guidance from the Soul. Such practice synthesizes, in consciousness, outward diversity and inward unity - a necessary perspective for activists. There will be a brief demo practice and Q&A.

Gary Raucher, core faculty CIIS Drama Therapy Program, has been a Certified Teacher of Wisdom Meditation since 2012.

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