My niece says I have earned an honorary PhD in self-help. After a significant experience of loss and desire for change, I longed for something but lacked the wisdom or strategies to get out of the patterns that no longer served me. I was spending countless hours reading, workshopping, and planning big life changes. Once I connected with a soul friend and guide, the work I was doing had traction. I was in flow with the process. It took less effort and the benefits were more immediate.
Space began to open up for me to hear my inner voice and see the opportunities all around me. More guidance and more effective strategies continued to appear and I was mindful enough and supported enough to discern how to best use my time and energy. This is the space I maintain through practice, intention, and attention to what matters most to me.
I am human and sometimes I get out of flow. When things get crunchy, my feelings tell me something in my life is out of “sync.” But with a subtle turn toward practice and connection with my guide, I am back on track. I am passionate about holding space for the supported growth of individuals in community. This is why I am here.
This is one of my favorite quotes, which explains my own work as well as that of the Hines Center:
In some ways we are more connected than ever. This means navigating our growth is an individual and community responsibility.
What we don’t transform, we transmit.
~ Richard Rohr
As we develop cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually, we can be ready for change before the tools for the next step appear. Energy builds before the way appears. This energy build up can give us what we need to breakthrough our patterns and transform. With the fast pace of our lives and the abundance of self-help options and strategies, effective time management and guidance become valuable aspects of our growth.
Emotional intelligence and spiritual growth are not linear processes. While on an individual quest for depth, meaning, and transformation with so many choices, we can find ourselves spinning in isolated circles. At the Hines Center, our message is clear:
- You are not alone
- This isn’t all there is
- There is another way
Place yourself among authentic and open-hearted peers, in a community developed by students, teachers and guides who can help you craft a schedule of programs to best respond to your inner voice and allow you to live more fully from the center.