Back from the most wonderful workshop with Dr. Brian Weiss and his lovely wife, Carol — five days at the glorious Omega Institute, learning about Past Life Regression. Dr. Weiss and Carol were so generous with their huge stores of knowledge on the subjects of hypnosis, past life regression, reincarnation, energy work, and more. I am still processing everything I experienced and promise to write more in a few days, but for the moment, I just want to enjoy my happy little bubble of bliss.
For those who don’t know, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies offers seminars from one day programs to weekend intensives to five day workshops, on a variety of spiritually-related subjects.In addition to the one I just attended, there were classes on meditation, yoga, energy work, mindfulness, Buddhist studies. In fact, I was excited to run into Pema Chödrön on campus yesterday. (She’s teaching this weekend.) As we passed each other on one of the well-tended paths, she looked right at me and gave me a huge smile! I admit to being a bit star-struck! I suppose I shouldn’t have taken her smile toooo personally since at Omega, EVERYBODY smiles! All the time. I don’t think I saw a grumpy expression all week! There is literally nothing to harsh your mellow — even the fact that it was damn cold for May (low 50s!) and raining most every day. People were friendly and supportive and loving.
The grounds were once a summer camp and the familiarity of the setting brought back a lot of happy childhood memories for me. I admit, however,the accommodations are considerably better than the bunks I slept in as a kid. Although the rooms and cottages are spartan, they are fresh and clean (i.e. not covered in decades of chipped paint with spider webs in every corner!) They have been upgraded with modern amenities such as air-conditioning, heat, and handicapped accessible bathrooms. And the grounds are heaven on earth! There are magnificent plantings, flowering trees, and lovingly tended grounds. Meals (mostly vegetarian) are provided in a big, friendly dining hall. (Although I’ll tell you honestly, if I never see another piece of kale in this lifetime, nor hopefully in my next, I’m OK with that.)
Truly, it was like spiritual sleep-away camp for grownups. I met lots of “campers” who return year after year, from far-flung corners of the planet — Australia, Japan, Uganda, Chile, Scandinavia, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico and of course Canada and the U.S. I feel I have found my people — folks who speak intelligently and knowingly about the same esoteric “woo” subjects which have long fascinated me but may have marked me as “weird” among non-believers. They were spiritual yet grounded, intelligent and serious about the subject matter but funny and willing to laugh at themselves. I think — I hope — I made some friends for life. (Just like camp!)
So, dear readers, please indulge me for a couple more days, and I’ll tell you about a fascinating regression I did on one of my fellow workshop attendees.
But for now….namaste, bitches!!!