“I am convinced that the study of the soul is the science of the future.”
~ C.G. Jung
Full disclosure: This is, in part, a marketing piece. At the end of this post, is information about becoming a private student with me for a course of study which begins in September 2019 and concludes in June 2020. I conducted such a program this past year, and it was very valuable for those students and for me, so I am offering it again. Bu more about that in a bit.
“We are on the hero’s journey when we submit to the deep processes of life and allow them to affect us and bore their necessities into us. We are the hero when we take on the challenges and go through our initiations and transformations, enduring loss and gain, feeling happy and sad, making progress and falling back. The hero is engaged in life The hero is not the one who displays force and muscle without deep insight or the courage to be. The hero may not look heroic from the outside but may go through powerful developments in a quiet way. The difference is that the real hero engages life and reflects on it. She becomes more and more what he or she is destined to be.”
~ Thomas Moore
The importance of continued study and practice on the spiritual developmental pathway cannot be overemphasized. When we stop studying and our practices become repetitive and stagnant, our growth does not just cease, it withers. Gaining a practitioner license, becoming a lay leader, even obtaining a ministerial license and becoming ordained is not the end of the journey. Each of these is the beginning of a new chapter in your journey. This is true whether or not one aspires to future certifications, recognitions, or awards. We either grow through our efforts or we wither.
And the farther one is along the pathway of spiritual growth, the more esoteric and practical knowledge they have obtained, the more powerful their practices, the stronger is the need to do really deep and disturbing work into the depths of the self. And the truth is that today in New Thought, with very few exceptions, you can reach the pinnacles of certification and recognition, even winning awards, without ever having done the deep inner work of healing. While the organizations have a lot of excellent education, it is difficult to create curriculum for this depth of work. Additionally, there are, quite frankly, relatively few spiritual teachers qualified to work with students at this depth – not having done their own work in this area.
“We have a fear of facing ourselves. That is the obstacle. Experiencing the innermost core of our existence is very embarrassing to a lot of people. A lot of people turn to something that they hope will liberate them without their having to face themselves. That is impossible. We can’t do that. . . . That is the foundation of warriorship, basically speaking. Whatever is there, we have to face it, we have to look at it, study it, work with it and practice meditation with it.”
~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
What we have repressed since our arrival in this incarnation is called our Shadow. Working with the Shadow is difficult and disturbing and requires a long-term commitment to the process. When we do not do this work, or do it partially, we carry or repressed selves into every decision, every relationship, every aspect of our lives. The results are self-sabotage, drama, ennui, and mediocrity.
“Human consciousness does not emerge at any depth except through struggling with your shadow. I wish someone had told me that when I was young. It is in facing your conflicts, criticisms, and contradictions that you grow up. You actually need to have some problems, enemies, and faults! You will remain largely unconscious as a human being until issues come into your life that you cannot fix or control and something challenges you at your present level of development, forcing you to expand and deepen. It is in the struggle with our shadow self, with failure, or with wounding, that we break into higher levels of consciousness. I doubt whether there is any other way. People who refine this consciousness to a high spiritual state, who learn to name and live with paradoxes, are the people I would call prophetic speakers. We must refine and develop this gift.”
~ Richard Rohr
I have quoted four prominent teachers in this post, three of whom I do not utilize in my program. However, the message is known far and wide. If we are to realize our spiritual potential, we must do the deep work of personal transformation, and the way to that goal goes through your Shadow.
The program is called METAPHYSICAL PSYCHOLOGY FOR TODAY, and it is a teaching, coaching, and mentoring process. It is for students with some basic metaphysical education, not for beginners. It is a very challenging course of study, not a weekend or a class of a few weeks. It is for those willing to make an investment of time, money, and effort into deep processing and growth. It is also fun, inspiring, and creates a new community. In last year’s group there were ministers, practitioners, and lay members of New Thought communities, and students without affiliation to any New Thought organization. Students from North America and Europe. Students from their 40’s to their 70’s. The maximum number of students I will accept is 12.
The course involves a 2-hour group session on Zoom communications software just about every Saturday plus a 1-hour one-to-one session with me for each student. There is also a 5-day retreat in Europe at or near the end of the program.
Here is one testimonial:
“I am happy to have had Dr. Jim Lockard as a teacher and mentor and just love the wealth of information that he continues to share. As I have said many times throughout the 9 months, I feel as though this gave me more depth and breadth in my awareness of metaphysics, who I am how the world works and I know I am better because of this journey and having you as a teacher and mentor. Thank you!”
~ Rev. Staci Hylton, The Center, Las Vegas, NV, USA
I highly recommend this class to those who have already “worked” their spiritual path diligently—not a beginner’s class. This course is about deepening one’s spiritual awareness, beyond traditional New Thought boundaries, and may well be very challenging to some New Thought sensibilities. The course materials and time commitment are rigorous and, for me, provided a profound experience in developing new personal spiritual insights.
~ Dr. Steven Brabant, RScP, Emeritus
If you are interested, email me at JimLockardTravels@yahoo.com and I will send you more information. I am announcing this to my blog followers first, but please feel free to share this post with others who may be interested.
Copyright 2019 – Jim Lockard