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 Relationship as Spiritual Path, June 2008 (final edit)
  
From: Diana Owens <lovingwaydiana@gmail.com>
Subject: Relationship As Spiritual Path
Reply: lovingwaydiana@gmail.com
In This Issue
Greetings to Relationship as Spiritual Path! (Glenn and Diana)
Early Bird Special (until May 23)
Relationship Quotes We Like
Relationship Readiness program by Diana, June 25th
Friends and Resources We Recommend
Loving-Way Series Concludes With 'Relationship As Spiritual Path',
June 6 - 8, Clarkdale, AZ

Diana Feb 08

Dear Friends,

Following an unusually busy winter of family changes and relationship growth of our own, Diana and I are really looking forward to sharing with you our final full weekend installment of the Loving-Way series, "Relationship As Spiritual Path".

In our own practice of intimacy and loving regard for one another, as Diana and I let go of old assumptions and stories, we discover with amazement that we are each others' best teachers when it comes to matters of the heart, and being the Love that we want to be.

And, as Maya Angelou said, "When you learn, teach. When you get, give..."

Namaste-Yay,
 
Glenn
 
 
Hi Dear Ones 
I feel so alive this spring with the vibrant green of the trees, the renewed warmth of the sun, and the songs of the birds heralding new life. Thanks be to the Bringer of Life and Growth without and within!
 
And Thank all of You who have come to our Loving Way evening programs. We have had over 20 participants for our 6 programs and through movement, breath, sound and meditation, we have heightened our consciousness and expanded our joy and created a community of like hearted people who have been willing to grow in intimacy with themselves, their partners, each other and all of Life. We change the world one person at a time starting with ourselves. 
 
The upcoming Relationship as Spiritual Path retreat will focus on using our relationship with our life partner for psychological and spiritual growth. I love this theme as it encourages us to "grow where we are planted", using the stuff of our relationships and our lives to really see ourselves, were we shine and where we are stuck. We will be teaching skills and givng direction through  Sky Dancing Tantra practices  to resolve our blocks to higher consciousness and learn how to deepen our loving and expand our joy and open the door to our spirits.
 
Please join us for a joyful spring renewal for ourselves and our relationship. You deserve this time and we support you in taking time for You!
 
Love,
Diana

                              Relationship as Spiritual Path


Weaving Together Spirit, Love, and Sexuality

In Your Relationship (and Everyday Life!)



Clarkdale, Arizona
June 6th-8th, 2008

Friday 7-10pm, Saturday 10am-9:30pm, Sunday 9:30am-noon




This is how love ripens us -- by warming us from within, inspiring us to break out of our shell, and lighting our way through the dark passage to new birth.
-- John Welwood


In previous generations, our ancestors could explore the deeper mysteries of life and spirit in the seclusion of hermitage or monastery. Many societies accommodated the spiritual seeker with built-in structures of church and community, and throughout Asia it was a respected practice for an elder who had completed householder duties to withdraw from the tribe and wander in the wilderness in "earnest quest".


We moderns do not have it so easy. Not only have the old ways become irrelevant in our fast-paced pursuit of individual freedoms, there simply are no more caves left to retreat to! Ours is a landscape of edges and fences, where every woman and man is left to figure out the Great Matter for themselves, a proposition that would have struck our ancestors as the greatest of follies.


And in this new wilderness of "anything goes", men and women come together in their relationships, face to face with all their gods and demons. What to do?


Join us for this timely and magical weekend of re-uniting with Spirit, as we mutually create a safe haven of trust, and explore opening to being together with our partners, instead of merely being together. Using breath and meditation, movement and sound , you will deepen into your unique capacity for open-heartedness and acceptance. With exercises that you can easily learn and practice on your own (and with your partner!), we will gently wake up the Sacred Energy of Life, including sexuality, and practice the amazing opportunity for wholeness and intimacy that relationship offers. This will be a loose-fitting, fully-clothed event.

  • Foster a positive, exciting and ecstatic adventure with your beloved partner

  • Awaken your senses, transform old patterns, heal sexual and emotional wounds, and discover how to transform negative feelings to empower your relationship

  • Enhance your sensuality,sexuality, intimacy and love

  • Nurture yourself in a peaceful retreat setting in the picturesque canyons and mountains of Clarkdale (one hour from Prescott, twenty minutes from Sedona)

  • Recapture the "Honeymoon Glow" and keep it alive for a lifetime of loving

 
Early Bird Special -
$275 per Couple!


(Until May 23, $300 afterwards. 
Registration closed May 30)
Easy on-line registration
HERE

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Diana is a licensed clinical social worker, certified sex therapist, relationship coach, trained yoga teacher, and certified Sky-Dancing Tantra teacher.
Glenn is a musician, writer, and trained Mankind Project facilitator with over
30 years experience in Re-Evaluation Counseling. He is also a Sky-Dancing teacher-in-training. Diana and Glenn are life partners, committed to co-creating
a joyful and peaceful world, and dedicated to realizing that

this very moment is their Heart's desire.
And yours.


TO REGISTER: go to www.lovingway.net
or call Diana at 928-445-7501 (lovingwaydiana@gmail.com)
or Glenn at 507-649-2488 (gbardo@yahoo.com)


Relationship Quotes:

Relationship is a very advanced practice and not for the faint of heart. It's one thing to practice compassion or loving kindness sitting alone on your meditation cushion. It's quite another to keep your heart open in the face of conflict or dissatisfaction with your loved one. In the fire of relationship, we are challenged to actually put into practice all the great spiritual teachings. We must learn compassion for ourselves and for the other. We must learn forgiveness. We must loosen our own attachments to how we think life should be. We must learn to release one another from fixed opinions, surrender judgment and come ready to meet each moment fresh - without the baggage of history, blame and hurt.

http://sacredunion.com/site/?page_id=110

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The meaning of sexuality is our capacity to love fully...Our sexual energy heightens our ability to express ourselves fully and lovingly moment to moment and to unite with another. We all have this capacity and can live intimately every moment through this process.  As we do this, we start identifying the blocks to our loving, wounds we have that influence us to close down or numb out.  This becomes a spiritual path where we have the opportunity again and again to choose to continue to open up and love. This is the heightening of consciousness which is what spirituality is.
 
Diana Owens, Soulful Sex, Weaving Sex, Love & Spirit into Everyday Life, p. 79


My relationship with my partner is just as fraught with tangles and triggers as any other relationship I have ever been in. This seems to be the nature of relationship - working out these tangles. In the past, when the tangles got too bad, it seemed like the only solution was to find someone with fewer tangles. Well, I have come to see there is no such being. We are all eternally tangled. So, how do we stay in relationship and keep it alive?


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Love becomes a path of awakening - rousing us from the sleep of old, unconscious patterns into the freshness and immediacy of living more fully in the present, in accord with who we really are. -- John Welwood (from a review of the film "Innocence")

http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/films.php?id=3089

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Like the sun's rays that cause the seed to stir within its husk, love's radiant energy penetrates the facade of the false self, calling forth resources hidden deep within us. Its warmth wakes up the life inside us, making us want to uncurl, to give birth, to grow and reach for the light. It calls on us to break out of our shell, the personality-husk surrounding the seed potential of all that we could be. The purpose of a seed husk is to protect the tender life within until the time and conditions are right for it to burst forth. Our personality structure serves a similar function. It provides a semblance of security, as a kind of compensation for the loss of our larger being. But when love's warming rays start to wake us up, our ego-shell becomes a barrier restricting our expansion. As the germ of life swells within us, we feel our imprisonment more acutely.....The brighter love's radiance, the darker the shadows we encounter; the more we feel life stirring within us, the more we also feel our dead spots; the more conscious we become, the more clearly we see where we remain unconscious. None of this need dishearten us. For in facing our darkness, we bring to light forgotten parts of our being. In recognizing exactly where we have been unconscious, we become more conscious. And in seeing and feeling the ways we've gone dead, we start to revive and kindle our desire to live more expansively.

John Welwood

Source:

Love and Awakening : Discovering the Sacred Path of Intimate Relationship, Page: 19..20

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Awareness born of love is the only force that can bring healing and renewal. Out of our love for another person, we become more willing to let our old identities wither and fall away, and enter a dark night of the soul, so that we may stand naked once more in the presence of the great mystery that lies at the core of our being. This is how love ripens us -- by warming us from within, inspiring us to break out of our shell, and lighting our way through the dark passage to new birth.

John Welwood

Source:

Love and Awakening : Discovering the Sacred Path of Intimate Relationship, Page: 20..21
 

RELATIONSHIP READINESS FOR SINGLES


A Program to help you enhance your Love of Life and your readiness for the Love of your Life

Whether or not you are a happy and content single or looking for the relationship of your dreams or both, this fun and lively program will give you tools to deepen your happiness and strengthen your ability to effectively attract and keep just the right person in your life!

  • Meet like hearted singles and share who you are in a meaningful, relaxed and fun way.
  • Enrich your understanding and appreciation of yourself!
  • Learn the essential elements of readiness for a committed relationship and steps you can take to expand your own readiness.
  • Become familiar with the 10 Principles of conscious dating and how to apply them in your own life.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 25, 6:30-8:30PM

WHERE: 2520 Shadow Valley Ranch Rd., Prescott

Facilitator: Diana Owens LCSW. Diana is a licensed clinical social worker, success coach and relationship coach. Co-sponsored by Tri City Singles

Call Diana, 445-7501 for info, or Tri City Singles (LINK)

RESOURCES FOR OUR READERS

The following are friends and colleagues in the healing and creative arts field that we highly recommend as resources for healing, wholeness and enrichment.
 

Bettina Seidl

Ortho-Bionomy®    Wholistic Bodywork    Trauma Resolution


I heartily endorse the healing work of my friend Bettina Seidl as I have  experienced her to be extremely loving, sensitive, intuitive and gifted with an amazing ability to touch my body and my heart and soul at the same time. I have received deep healing through the time I spent with Bettina and suggest that anyone with physical pain or body/mind/spirit issues consider a session with Bettina.

- Diana

Bettina's Spring 2008 Newsletter HERE
A SpiritWeaves Dance Retreat

This SpiritWeaves Dance Retreat, hosted by
Michael & Anneli Molin-Skelton (from Los Angeles), will explore through
movement and ritual the very meaning of how and where we belong in our lives and the places we feel exiled from ourselves and others.  Learn how to rest and listen, trust and surrender, as gravity repeatedly tells us "I have a place for you, and it is here."

Flyer and Registration Info HERE

Earl Duque and DeLisa Myles,
(Prescott and Flagstaff)



"A Tango Quickie" -  Designed for Absolute Beginners
and for those
wanting to review their basics
 

May 18th, 12:30-3:30pm,
Northern Arizona Yoga Center,

113 S. San Francisco Street,
Flagstaff AZ
$25, $20 NAYC Members 
Link HERE


Murat and Michelle Milonga Workshop -
Saturday May 31, 2008, Sunday June 1, 2008
Northern Arizona Yoga Studio,
113 S. San Francisco Street, Flagstaff AZ
Link HERE

 
For more details and registration, contact:
Earl Duque at: Earl.Duque@tecverde.com
Website HERE

 

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