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3-day Workshop with Albert Clayton Gaulden
Path to Authenticity
August 22 – 24, 2008
Hilton Hotel, Sedona
PROMISES FOR THE THREE DAYS:
INTUITION: You will learn how to activate your own intuition and be able to distinguish intuition from wishful thinking.
FORGIVENESS: There will be strategies for uncovering where resentments have been festering and how to forgive yourself and others.
FAMILY DYSFUNCTION: A major component for the three days will be tracking where in the family tree all the compulsions and addictions began to distort who you really are and how this distortion led to living a lie.
ASTROLOGICAL BIRTH CHARTS—Albert will have the birth chart of each class member, and will anonymously give individual insights for how to deal with the issue of authentic versus the false you. He will assign a number privately to each person and when he calls a number only the person whose number he talks about will know who he is addressing.
Friday, August 22 9 AM- 4 PM
Prayer and Meditation
Class members will come with a statement about: (a) Who they think they are and what is their purpose in life; (b) What they would like to get out of the class; (c) What is their heart’s desire.
Each day, Albert Gaulden will facilitate the discussion using insights, strategies and tools to clarify where members of the class might be stuck, enmeshed in family dysfunction, etc., et al.
- Who or what has been misidentifying you?
- What keeps you from living your passion?
- What has been your success in relationships? Marriage or live-in?
There will be an in-depth discussion about how your Ego, your dark side, interferes and distorts to keep you from being authentic. Gaulden will explain how your ‘Other Self’, your Shadow, is complicit with your Ego that become the block to who you really are.
- Addictions and Compulsions
- Family dynamics
There are far more addictions and compulsions than alcohol and drugs, all of which will be exposed in order for the class to see what are the deep holes into which they fall to stay inauthentic.
Saturday, August 23 9 AM – 4 PM
Prayer and Meditation
Albert will begin the discussion with the statement that “None of you are who you think you are,’ but we are about to uncover the real you as opposed to who you have been acting like you are.”
VI. Where the misconceptions of who you are not were born
VII. How you keep the lies you tell about yourself from spreading
VIII. The antidote to outing your false self in order to live authentically.
IX. What does it look like and feel like to be authentic?
X. How do we remove the barriers to the real self?
Homework for Sunday:
Write what changes you have to make to become who you were born to be.
How can you find support back home?
What do you put in place of what you have to give up to be real?
Sunday, August 24 9 AM – 12 PM
Prayer and Meditation
Albert will bring the two days together. He will outline the how’s and why’s of staying authentic. Gaulden will handout strategies that solidify the major points he has covered in class.
Each class member will face the class and let us know who the authentic Self really is and what have been the misconceptions that kept them living as someone they were not.
What have we learned about us?
What can we do to stay real?
Who or what must get out of our life to stay authentic?
Call (800)647-0732 or (928) 282-4723 to register
Happy Birthday Swami Swahananda
We here at the Sedona Intensive™ wish Swami Swahananda, Albert’s spiritual teacher, a very Happy 87th Birthday. He was honored with a cake and ice cream celebration at the Vedanta Society in Hollywood on Sunday, June 29th. Swami is the Spiritual Head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. In Albert’s new book, You’re Not Who You Think You Are—a Breakthrough Guide to Discover the Authentic You, which will be published December 2, 2008 by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Swami Swahananda serves as a spiritual conduit of the eight steps to self-realization. www.vedanta.org
Om Tat Sat Om—Peace, Peace, Peace
A few weeks ago Scott and a close client friend and I went to Los Angeles to celebrate Swami Swahananda’s 87th birthday. Swami is the spiritual head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. As many of you know I joined the Vedanta Society largely because the Hindu approach, “all paths that lead to God are right paths” is in alignment with what I know to be true for me.
Although we were only in California overnight, the traffic (we were in a traffic jam for over an hour on Saturday night as the Hollywood Bowl was just letting out), the humidity and the general frenetic energy of this complex and over-crowded city got to me big time.
The next day as we drove into Hollywood for the service in the Temple, I felt out of sorts to the degree that I found myself doubting whether or not I should have come for Swami’s celebration. I made a bee line for the Temple and secured seats on the front row for me and my group.
The minute that Swami came into the room I immediately began to let go of all distractions and annoyances and irritation and became as calm and as cool as that proverbial cucumber. My group whispered to one another that they could not understand much of what Swami was saying—he still speaks with a thick India accent. But I got exactly what I came for—to be able to still myself and to go inside where peace lives. He spoke for an hour and I was transfixed. More often than not when a big piece of stuff speaker speaks, I impatiently look at my watch constantly wondering when he or she will be finished. I was enrapt with being in the energy field of this master; the hour sped by.
I spoke at the Cake Ceremony about my relationship with Swami and how he had inspired me to write my new book in a counseling session with him many years ago. I went to Swami to complain that someone had said something terrible about me. I went on and on with a lot of sniffles and a bit of ‘poor me’ and Swami looked at me intently when I had finished my saga of woe.
“Ramapriya, every time you come to me for counsel you tell me that you are not who you think you are. Perhaps you are not who he thinks you are either.”
45 minutes from me and a 10-second solution from O High Holy One. I went away satisfied.
I called Swami the day after I returned to Sedona to ask him for a quote for my new book. He agreed, and then I told him that my friends could not understand him in the Temple. He said to me, “Ramapriya, I would rather they understand themselves.”
Om Tat Sat Om. Peace, peace, peace.
TAKE A BREAK
Sometimes when everything you do seems to get you no where and the negative thoughts continue to bombard you, the best resolution is to get away from it all. You may think that this is running away or sticking your head in the sand like an ostrich, but I have found recently that it cleared my head to get away—to get away from the day-to-day grind—and just relax.
That’s exactly what I did on the 4th of July this year. Rather than stay home and have the pressures of work so close at hand, I decided to pile in the car and go to San Diego. From the high desert red rocks to the sea was the extreme change that I needed. We went to the beach, enjoyed the shows at SeaWorld—most of all we just had a good time by adjusting not only with a change of scenery but with a change of attitude.
It was amazing how much better I was when Monday rolled around and I went back to work with some new ideas and a better handle on how to get them done. Too often we try to convince ourselves that we are ducking responsibilities or that we just don’t want to face what we need to be doing; I disagree. The best direction for me oftentimes is to head out of town or to change my routine to give myself a new perspective.
The next time you are wondering how to mix things up—to clear your head for a better solution—take a break. Get away in order to come back home and to the job more relaxed, more inspired and more productive.
The biggest news this month is the two Eclipses: a Solar Eclipse New Moon at 9 degrees of Leo on August 2 and a Lunar Eclipse Full Moon at 24 degrees of Aquarius on August 16. A Solar Eclipse is a special New Moon when the Moon is directly between the Sun and Earth. During a Solar Eclipse the Moon completely or partially obscures the Sun across the Earth’s surface. In this moment of perceived darkness, spirituality and the psyche combine anew, beginning another cycle in our personal development.
Both Eclipses, since they are in Fixed Signs, will most affect Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Speaking of Aquarius, the Solar Eclipse New Moon on February 5 this year was at 18 degrees of Aquarius, and one of the more ominous interpretations of this Eclipse according to Sabian Symbols was “A man’s secret motives are being publicly unmasked.” This was around the time of the subprime scandal, Bear Sterns’ demise as well as Eliot Spitzer’s dalliance with a prostitute and his subsequent resigning as Governor of New York. The Affirmative of that same Eclipse is “I am bathed in the loving light of Truth.” Take your pick, or rather apply whichever interpretation has come true for you, particularly, if you are an Aquarian or have personal planets there.
A Lunar Eclipse Full Moon is when the Earth passes precisely between the Sun and the Moon—the shadow of the Earth covers the face of the Moon. There is a theory that Lunar Eclipses are more foreboding—triggering the end of the matter, perhaps a marriage or a job, oftentimes the loss of money or perhaps moving from one place to another. In my experience Solar Eclipse New Moons are more powerful in how one’s life can change in whatever area of the chart it falls.
There are four other planets retrograde in the Leo cycle: Jupiter at 16 degrees of Capricorn (may portend a slow down in the good fortune of this blessed planet; Uranus at 22 degrees of Pisces (sudden change are a bit kinder and less jolting); Neptune at 23 degrees of Aquarius (the deceptive nature of Neptune will be less daunting, and Pluto at 29 degrees of Sagittarius (diminished the full bore of Pluto’s colossal upheaval somewhat). Retrogrades soften the impact of the retrograde motion. What it really means is for each of us, wherever these retrogrades occur, should be learning the lessons they have come to teach.
Get ready September 24th for Mercury retrograde at 22 degrees of Libra. You know the drill—lay low and do not commit to contractual agreements and don’t start new projects during the three-week run of Mercury