Upcoming Courses/Seminars – Fall 2017

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Hello!  I hope you are enjoying the warmth, the light, and the joy of these beautiful summer days!  I am heading off to New York for the Immortal Sisters conference in Phoenicia at the end of August, and land back here in September to hit the ground running!

The Summer Qigong Intensive was held at the Aboriginal Gathering Place on the campus of the College of the Rockies on June 24 and 25th – it was AWESOME…the participants enjoyed beautiful weather, a beautiful space, and the beauty of each other’s company!   Each person was able to experience the energy of the Fire Element, and determine whether it was bountiful or deficient within them – ways to better balance the fire element were then shared with the participants.

The next seminar in the Five Element series of Qigong intensives will be held at the College of the Rockies on September 9 and 10, 2017 – Late Summer, and the Earth Element, with a focus on the Spleen and Stomach organs.  For more information, and to register, please click here.

Also starting in September is the first seminar of the Medical Qigong Practitioner level series.  There will be an information/question and answer opportunity about the upcoming seminar series, on Thursday, August 17, 7:00-9:00 pm, at the Trickle Creek Lodge in Kimberley.  Please email me if you are interested, and I will forward you a document outlining the details of the training.

Opening to a Higher Path – Guided Meditation

Hi Everyone,

I recently had the pleasure of listening to this meditation, and decided to post a link to it to see if it resonates with you.  It is on the Orin and Daben Lightbody website home page, and is free to listen to or download.  Link is below the picture.

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I have made a commitment to open to a higher path, and would like to invite you on the journey….enjoy!

Orin Meditation – Opening to a Higher Path

Blessings of peace, love and light,

Caroline

January 2017 – Happy New Year!

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I haven’t added a new post for over a year….it was almost exactly a year ago today I was shocked to learn my Mother had just been diagnosed with lung cancer.  She left the earthly plane approximately six weeks later.  So imagine my surprise when I realized this Christmas holiday was the most peaceful and serene I had ever experienced.  How is this possible, I asked myself, after such a devastating loss?

This year has been one of the hardest years of my life; it has shaken me to the very core of who I am – or rather, who I thought I was.  Somehow though, I am in a better place than I was before. I have more peace, more joy, more clarity regarding who I am and what I came here to do.  It is through the darkness I felt and experienced after my mother’s death that I found more light; indeed, I found MY light.

We have a choice in each moment of who we want to be when faced with tough situations like this.  These tough times, times of darkness, despair, frustration, and loss, they polish us; they give us an opportunity to grow, to learn, to feel, heal and transform…without the darkness, how would we ever be able to see the light?

I am sitting in a place of deep gratitude for my Mom – all the strengths, beliefs, virtues, and gifts she passed on to me, and all the things I learned from her.  I know what she sacrificed for me and my siblings….how hard she worked to give us the life she did….and how much she loved us!  She feels closer to me, is with me more, now that she is gone than when she was alive.  I understand that death does not separate us, and love continues well beyond the end of physical being-ness. So perhaps that is where the sense of peace and joy comes from – knowing we are never truly apart from our loved ones, and knowing in darkness, there is an opportunity to find and experience more light, more love, more joy than we could have thought possible. In the darkness is an opportunity to heal.

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“What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly” Lao Tzu

This has been a year of tremendous shift and change, and this change continues to guide and move me through 2017.  I am being called work differently – less weekly classes, more seminars, more online sessions, and a focus towards spiritual and soul work – helping people increase consciousness, and live from their heart, with joy!  Not sure what that looks like yet, but am excited at this change in direction – it feels more aligned with who I am.

I am really enjoying teaching medical qigong/shamanic chinese medicine seminars – stay tuned for possible dates for the fall!  It is extremely satisfying to help others learn about the process of spiritual cultivation and healing.

In the near future, I am looking forward to starting post-graduate shamanic chinese medicine seminars with my teacher Wendy Lang this March.  I am also going to New York this summer to attend the Immortal Sisters Conference in August – to meet like-minded Taoist sisters and find out what others are doing in the Qigong, Tai Chi world.

Blessings for a year filled with love, peace, light and prosperity!

Caroline

November 2015

Evolution of Consciousness

Medical Qigong is a wonderful transformative practice, with the underlying intent of developing greater consciousness, or awareness, of what is happening in our bodies, our minds, and our feeling and spiritual worlds.  Stagnation, or blockages, in our spiritual and energetic fields and bodies can manifest into dis-ease in our physical bodies, or at the least, rob us of important vitality – it is important to have a way to connect with these aspects of our being so we can transform any energy that blocks us from manifesting our true beauty and light into the world.

I’ve spent the latter half of my life trying to understand what Consciousness is, what it means, how to define it, how to gain it and how to help others understand it.  In addition to Medical Qigong, and courses in Channeling and Mediumship, I have also been studying the Lightbody, with wonderful results.  Lightbody meditations are designed to bring awareness to the energetic aspects of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves, and how to bring more light into all of these parts of us.  I attended the most recent Lightbody Meditation (held every April and October in Medford, Oregon) and came away feeling lighter and more energized after three days of meditation.

Imagine my surprise when, after my return, I started to experience intense anxiety.  I questioned my studies, I questioned my abilities, I was questioning whether or not all my efforts to develop consciousness were in vain, as I was feeling more anxious than I had ever felt in my entire life!  Then, it hit me…..

The consciousness I was gaining was what was making me aware of the anxiety!  I likely experienced anxiety all the time, but was so skillful at applying the masks I used to cover it that I was hardly ever aware of it! Until now.  Now I had to face it…now I could face it, because I could feel it.  I marvelled at the strength of the masks I had used to conceal it, and to avoid feeling it.

We have a saying in Qigong, “you have to feel it to heal it”.  It is an important part of classes and of sessions.  For real transformation to occur, the journey will be at times joyous and at other times, uncomfortable and difficult.  I wish you blessings of peace and love through these times, as you bring light to the dark corners we all have.

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Winter is coming, a time for quiet contemplation.

News

All classes in Cranbrook and Kimberley are running – please see Classes and Services for times and locations.  I am available for individual sessions in Cranbrook and Kimberley.

I am offering package deals for sessions, as one session is usually insufficient to create the transformation people seek; regular attendance at classes is recommended and is much more economical, but I have tried to make the sessions more economical for regular clients as well.

The Winter Intensive – Water Element, is fast approaching – it is being held January 29 and January 30, 2016, at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook.  Please register early to avoid disappointment, we have sold out the last two intensives.

Thank you for your interest, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Namaste,

Caroline

 

Masters of Medical Qigong

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Masters of Medical Qigong, IIMQ, May 2015

I am happy to say that I have meet all the requirements for the 1000-hour Masters of Medical Qigong from the International Institute of Medical Qigong! It feels like it was earned, and I am proud to have qualified for it. However, it in no way means the learning has ended. 1000 hours, and in many ways, it still feels like I am just beginning. There is so much information to take in! Acupuncture points, treatment protocols, exercise prescriptions, oh my!

My husband has a theory about mastery….what mastery is, and what a master is. Masters are always practicing; masters put what they know into practice, and are constantly learning through constantly making mistakes. He calls it “experimenting”. Being a master is not about achieving perfection….masters make mistakes, masters sometimes fail, masters have enough knowledge to know what they don’t know. As my masters degree adviser at the University of Victoria, Dr. Howie Wenger, used to say, “the more you know, the more you know you don’t know”. I am at the stage of knowing what I don’t know! It is not knowledge alone but knowledge and practice combined that create the right conditions for mastery to occur. It is a work in progress, which requires diligent and consistent practice and effort. I will continue to add knowledge and continue to practice, to be worthy of this designation, and worthy of the trust put in me by the students who come to my classes and the clients who lie on my treatment table.

Namaste,
Caroline

Note: please watch for upcoming courses, including fall and winter intensives …stay tuned!

Allowing Our Greatest Potential to Emerge

Since the start of the New Year, I have been privileged to lead, channel, and be a part of many transformative classes and moments with my students. Just before the New Year, we listened to Orin’s Peace Meditation, and sent the peace we generated into the world to join the peace being created by thousands of others doing the same meditation.  At the end of January, the College of the Rockies hosted a Winter Qigong Intensive – held in the Aboriginal Gathering Place, 13 of us spent Friday evening and all day Saturday honoring the season of Winter and the water element, and re-charging our kidneys through deeply relaxing meditations, re-vitalizing exercises, and connecting to Mother Earth.  It was a powerful experience in a location where all felt supported by the energies gathered there.

Classes at Exhale Yoga studio continue – Tuesdays at 4:30 pm and Wednesdays at 10:00 am, with a new Qigong for Beginners class starting at the end of February, Fridays at 4:30 pm.  As well, there is a weekly class held at Centre 64 in Kimberley – Tuesday evenings at 6:45 pm.  Please feel free to attend any of the above classes!

I am enjoying doing individual treatments at Exhale Yoga Studio in Cranbrook, and at the Red House on Wallinger in Kimberley.  Depending on which class above you attend, there may be impromptu group treatments in class, depending on the needs of the group on that particular day.  I would like to leave you with a beautiful passage I found on the World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day website, regarding how transformative the practice of Qi Gong and Tai Chi can be….enjoy!

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When we hold on to fears, angers, or trivial obsessions, our mind tightens down, our health is diminished, and our vision squeezes to a tunnel vision, cut off from the flow of life. That’s how we “hold on” to things physically, physical things like forks, spoons, or baseballs, and so on, by squeezing them. And this is also how we hold on to thoughts and emotions—by tightening our consciousness around them. This in turn tightens our physical atoms of our body and being, which can translate into “pinched” nerves and high blood “pressure” as the mind tightens down the body. When we hold onto old stagnant images of ourselves, others, or the world, there is no room for new inspired images of reality to flow through us. Even though there is always a new, better reality wanting to emerge through our minds into the world all the time, this gripping of old reality keeps us tight. Tai Chi and QiGong are designed to teach us to breathe…and to let go…of everything our mind and heart hold on to, so fresh creative and inspired thoughts can continually flow through us. Just as that same loosening unlocks physical power.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and may 2015 bring all the happiness, love, joy and prosperity that you can imagine!

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Speaking of Joy…..I was x-c skiing at the Kimberley Nordic Center this week, and tired and near the end of my outing, I noticed the word “joy” carved in the snow.  It was faded, not fresh, but unmistakeably “joy”.  I marvelled at the coincidence and the timing – me looking just at the right place at the right time to receive this message and inspiration.  One minute feeling tired and exhausted, the next second feeling light and uplifted, and understanding that feeling joy was a choice I could make in that moment.

I find joy while admiring the beauty of snow-capped mountains, or in the feeling of blood and life force energy flowing through me as I ski through fields of pure white snow.  I experience joy while seeing the diamonds as the sun hits the snow in just the right way, enjoying the opportunity to be just in the right place at the right time to be sparkled and bedazzled!  These are the only diamonds I want and need. Being outside in nature brings me joy; being connected to Divinity brings me joy; spending quality time with the people I love brings me joy.

What brings each of you joy?

In every moment, we are given a choice regarding how to think about, act, or react to, the situation of our life at that moment – and from the choices we make in each moment, we create a life.  I encourage you to choose the light; choose the option that is the highest and best; choose the one that brings the most joy.  If you do this, you will build a life with the least amount of regrets.