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‘what is the book this week’ that has changed my life?

‘what is the book this week’ that has changed my life?

The book that changed my life… Is there one important book that changed your life? It is hard to choose one because I could really answer ‘what is the book this week’ that has changed my life? However, if I had to choose just one it would be: Gerald Jampolsky’s ‘Teach only Love’

From the moment I read the title, I thought to myself… “that resonates so deeply with me. I have to read that book!”

The twelve principals of attitudinal healing contained within this wonderful book capture, for me, the essence of my life purpose which is to teach love. For me, there really is no other lesson. Once this lesson is understood, everything else fits neatly into place like a jigsaw piece into a puzzle. To teach love one has to learn about love and this is not a lesson that ends with a certificate or degree. Rather it requires lifelong learning to both learn and to ‘teach only love’…

The Twelve Principles of Attitudinal Healing
1. The essence of being is love.
2. Health is inner peace.
3. Giving and receiving are the same.
4. We can let go of the past and the future.
5. Now is the only time there is.
6. We learn to love ourselves and others by forgiving rather than judging.
7. We can become love-finders rather than faultfinders.
8. We can be peaceful inside regardless of what is happening outside.
9. We are students and teachers to each other.
10. We can focus on the whole of our lives rather than on the fragments.
11. Because love is eternal, death need not be viewed as fearful.
12. We can always see ourselves and others as extending love or giving a call for help.

Thank you Jerry for your wisdom and generosity… So what is the book that changed your life? Click here to learn more about Jerry’s work

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Teach Only Love

I am a great fan of the teachings of Gerald Jampolsky whose work is very much aligned with Petrea’s work and Quest for Life.

Here are some of my favourite quotes from this lovely book… I hope you find them as inspiring as I do.

‘All healing is inner healing… love is our only function and destiny’

‘Be still and listen to your inner voice and trust what you hear’

‘Our emphasis is on how we go, not where we go… Our part is to gently trust so that we can act from peace’

‘We have an internal physician… the voice of love’

‘It is what we do with our hearts that affects others most deeply. We love from heart to heart’

‘Set yourself a goal that can be fulfilled where you stand [that is…right now]’

‘True healing is not a manipulation of an external situation. It is a change of heart, not a change of circumstances’

‘Any form of attack is a call for help, and the answer to every call for help is gentleness’

‘We can be peaceful inside regardless of what is happening outside… we can choose peace’

Personally, I have been working with these inspirational words for many years. It’s not always easy but on a good day, I manage my attitude well and on a ‘tricky day’, I use them to encourage me towards a more hopeful, forgiving state of mind.

I wish you all peace

Margie

Margie Braunstein

Margie Braunstein

Margie is about to facilitate a new program called the Heart of Healing, incorporating some of these principles. For more information please visit The Heart of Healing on our website.

Margie is a somatic psychotherapist and counsellor providing psychotherapy services to the people of the Central Coast and Sydney.  Margie lives on the beautiful Central Coast with her husband, two children, two dogs and a cat.

Over the last 12 years, Margie has also been engaged in the design, delivery and marketing of transformational learning programs. During this time she has regularly facilitated personal development programs for up to 50 people on weekend workshops, week-long intensives and advanced programs of 3-4 months.

Margie has a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education from UTS, Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Australian College of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy and qualifications in somatic therapy, executive coaching and relationship counselling.

Margie has a passion for personal development and regards people with respect, empathy and compassion in the belief that while we all do the best we can, a little bit more kindness and care can lead to even greater peace and joy in life.

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One of the focuses of Attitudinal Healing is to let go of the blocks that interfere with experiencing ourselves as love and giving that love away.

The following is a suggestion from Jerry Jampolsky and his partner Dianne from the attitudinalhealing.org website.

“We have experienced that the main blocks to love are generally our judgments of ourselves and others, our attachments to guilt and blame, our control issues, the interpretations we make on others and ourselves, and our belief that we are only bodies doomed to die and that’s the end of it. These are strong manifestations of the ego’s system that keep us from experiencing love and inner peace.

Another manifestation of the ego system is that we get caught up in our “to do list” and achieving, and feel guilty when we have not completed our impossible list. We seem to make our “to do list” more important than “being.” Would you be willing for just a week to wake up in the morning and focus on what we call our “to be list?” This would mean that you could wake up every day and say to yourself”.

Today I recognize that my “Being” is:

•    Unconditionally Loving
•    Compassionate
•    Peaceful
•    Gentle
•    Generous
•    Honest
•    Trustworthy
•    Kindhearted
•    Mindful
•    Open Minded
•    The Light of the World

That all may sound a bit “oomie goomie” but give it a go for a week and feel how it is to be in your body at the end of the week.

Wendie Batho

Wendie Batho

Wendie has co-facilitated residential programs with Petrea for more than sixteen years. Prior to that Wendie spent over 25 years as a teacher, school principal and was involved in educational leadership and facilitation of school executive groups.

Ten years of this time was spent in PNG where she taught and worked for the government. Wendie has been travelling since the early sixties and is especially attracted to Asian cultures. She holds degrees in Anthropology, Education, Sociology, Theology and Political Science. Her current passions are her grandchildren, travel biographies, exploring Asia, 4×4 driving, reading everything she can get her hands on, and watching movies on the big screen at home.


 

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Jerry & Dianne Jampolsky

Many years ago Petrea was invited by Dr Gerry Jampolsky to join him in California to work at his Attitudinal Healing Center in Sausalito. At that time, Petrea was working with a nine year old boy called Charlie who was nearing the end of his life through cancer. Charlie had given Petrea ‘permission’ to go so that she could ‘ask Jerry your questions about working with children who were dying.’ Friends had donated her airfare and accommodation and all was set for her departure.

On her way to the airport Petrea visited Charlie. She meditated beside him as he slept and, in quietness, realised that she was going to America to ask Jerry the questions that Charlie had the answers to. Three hours before her flight was due to leave Petrea cancelled her trip. Whilst going to the US and working with Gerry was a far more exciting adventure, Petrea knew that to journey with illness, anguish and Charlie’s impending death would break her open to understandings in ways that the experience of the trip could not.

Petrea did finally get to the centre in Sausalito and studied the Principals of Attitudinal Healing in their groups, trainings and programs. She also studied facilitation and counselling there. Gerry and his partner Diane Cirincione became dear friends and, many years later they traveled to Bundanoon to officiate at the Opening of the Quest for Life Centre in 1999.

Gerry is a child and adult psychiatrist, a graduate of Stanford Medical School and he founded the first Attitudinal Healing Centre in 1975. There are now independent Attitudinal Healing Centres in more than 30 countries.

“The Centres provide services for people to support one another to overcome the conflict, fear, and feelings of isolation that can accompany a life crisis and encourages a choice for peace of mind.”

Some of Gerry’s books include:

Forgiveness – The Greatest Healer of All
Love is Letting Go of Fear
Good Bye to Guilt – Releasing Fear through Forgiveness
Teach only Love: The Seven Principles of Attitudinal Healing
Love is the Answer
Simple Thoughts that can Change Your Life
Out of Darkness and into the Light: A Journey of Inner Healing

Here is a quote from Gerry’s 1979 edition of Love is Letting Go of Fear:

“Although we want to experience peace, most of us are still seeking something else that we never find. We are still trying to control and predict and therefore we feel isolated, disconnected, separate, alone, fragmented, unloved and unlovable. We never seem to get enough of what we think we want and our satisfactions are highly transitory. Even with those people who are close to us we often have love hate relationships……. Many of us are finding that, even after obtaining all the things we thought we wanted in terms of job, home, family, money, there is still an emptiness inside…… Throughout the world there is a growing recognition of the need to feel fulfillment within rather than to rely on the external symbols of success”.

It seems to me that not much has changed since Gerry’s early book. The world will definitely change and it is up to us whether or not we change and how we change to manage our lives in a more fulfilling way. Easier said than done! But what else is there to do between now and death but release everything that doesn’t work for us and find a better way. And that is sometimes a daily task!

Is that how it is for you?

Wendie Batho

Wendie Batho

Wendie has co-facilitated residential programs with Petrea for more than sixteen years. Prior to that Wendie spent over 25 years as a teacher, school principal and was involved in educational leadership and facilitation of school executive groups.

Ten years of this time was spent in PNG where she taught and worked for the government. Wendie has been travelling since the early sixties and is especially attracted to Asian cultures. She holds degrees in Anthropology, Education, Sociology, Theology and Political Science. Her current passions are her grandchildren, travel biographies, exploring Asia, 4×4 driving, reading everything she can get her hands on, and watching movies on the big screen at home.


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Wendie Batho

I have been agonising over my first blog. Kate tells me “Just start and stop thinking!” Good advise Kate.

I am very interested in the concept of forgiveness and a few years ago I came across some myths about forgiveness that may be of interest to explore. There are a lot of myths around the concept of forgiveness.

Myth 1
We can believe that it is about condoning or accepting an event or an action that has happened to us and saying that it was OK that it happened and “I” “Forgive” you or the event.

Here are some of the ones I found in a book that I can’t acknowledge because I don’t remember. So thank you to whoever it was. Maybe Gerry Jampolski as he has written extensively about Forgiveness. (Gerry’s book is on Quest’s website!!)

Myth 2

Forgiving means forgetting. What we need to do is put the event in the past and let it go.

Myth 3
Forgiving is the answer to any relationship that is experiencing challenges. What we need to do is just forgive our partner and everything will be hunky dory.

Myth 4
The sooner we forgive, the better so we can get on with our life.

Myth 5
Forgiveness means we need to tell the person who has wounded us.

Myth 6
Forgiveness is all about others and somehow we do it for someone else as in “I forgive you”.

Myth 7
When we forgive it is a permanent state that takes away the hurt.

Wendie Batho
M.Ed. B.A. Dip Ed. Grad Dip Min. B.Ed.

Wendie has co-facilitated residential programs with Petrea for more than sixteen years. Prior to that Wendie spent over 25 years as a teacher, school principal and was involved in educational leadership and facilitation of school executive groups.

Ten years of this time was spent in PNG where she taught and worked for the government. Wendie has been travelling since the early sixties and is especially attracted to Asian cultures. She holds degrees in Anthropology, Education, Sociology, Theology and Political Science. Her current passions are her grandchildren, travel biographies, exploring Asia, 4×4 driving, reading everything she can get her hands on, and watching movies on the big screen at home.

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