My Transformative Experience at The Path of Consciousness Spiritual and Writing Retreat

By Sonya Julie

A large hawk circles overhead as the fog shrouds the corridor of trees, their soft autumn hues beginning to blush. I travel through the beautiful mist on this cool October day as I head to the Path of Consciousness Conference and Retreat. My dear friend Weam Namou has created this event from a vision she has had, following the urging of purpose unfolding from her soul.

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An autumn leaf on the forest floor sits upon the trail that many attendees visited over the weekend for reflection

The focus for all of us who attend is to pray, dream, and write the story in our hearts – one that inspires, gives peace, and strengthens the spirit. I had the opportunity to both speak at and attend this beautiful three-day event that focused on writing and spirituality. We experienced ancient healing techniques, used nature for connection, learned about journaling and memoir writing, stretched our bodies into beautiful yoga poses, experienced a powerful gong meditation that offered unique insight, and so much more.

My workshop was the first to occur early on Saturday morning. After dashing through the light rain to the main building, I found my place in a large room with a gorgeous view of the expansive land surrounding the retreat center. A field of vibrant green grass was surrounded by a thick swath of mature trees, just beginning to show their autumn color. I was presenting a session called Creative Vision Board Workshop: Envision Your Success! and being in this soothing space was perfect for the message I planned to deliver.

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Our beautiful meeting space for The Path of Consciousness Retreat at the Colombiere Conference and Retreat Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

 

I talked about how we can choose to change at any time and that creating a vision board is much more than just putting pretty pictures on a poster board and forgetting about it. Creating our vision is a powerful first step in which we can manifest our dreams. I offered tools and techniques to assist in the growth process and shared some of my experiences which included the time I decided to leave corporate life to strike out on my own – which was scary and wonderful all at once.

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Sonya Julie presenting Creative Vision Board Workshop: Envision Your Success! at the Path of Consciousness Retreat

Thoughtful questions, head nods, the occasional shared laughter, and a sense of connection were felt as I shared my heart with the audience who was so willing to receive. Afterwards I had many rewarding conversations all weekend long with people about working towards their goals and dreams. I met so many beautiful people and was able to witness such tender truth and heartfelt emotion from the core of their magnificent souls as they blessed me with their thoughts and experiences.

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Weam Namou, founder of The Path of Consciousness, presenting Memoir Writing for Transformation
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Weam Namou’s books were available at the author table during The Path of Consciousness Retreat

 

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Weam speak about memoir writing, especially because I am in the process of writing one myself presently. Creating a collection of stories from the heart is a transformative process that will allow me to shift my energy and experience deep personal growth. I appreciate her emphasis on creating quality material and utilizing professional editing – good advice for all types of writers.

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Patty Shaw signing her book and sharing smiles at the author and information table at The Path of Consciousness – a fun place to connect all weekend long

I loved hearing from Robert E. Haskins about handwriting analysis and when he analyzed my handwriting on my name tag, it was amazing as to how accurate it was and how the information flowed from his higher self to me. As he spoke to our group, he emphasized that in getting to know ourselves, we then experience tremendous growth. As we explore our subconscious mind we find buried information that will allow us to transform, heal, and move forward on our path.

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Robert E. Haskins presenting valuable insight about handwriting analysis at The Path of Consciousness Retreat

I had the pleasure of enjoying Mr. Haskins’ company as we sat together at lunch and offered gratitude for the bountiful food before us – lush salad greens with every imaginable topping, a variety of dressings, soups, and a beautiful meal of turkey and gravy prepared for the all the groups visiting the Colombiere Conference Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

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Everyone enjoyed the delicious bounty of food at the Colombiere Conference and Retreat Center

With big smiles and warm hearts, we shared life experiences, ideas, philosophies, and expressed what we appreciated about that moment – the birds perching on the large trees out the window that we chose to sit by and the wonderful people joining us at our table. Truly a kindred soul, I deeply felt that I had met him somewhere in a previous place and time.

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Wake Up Your Nature facilitated by Patty Shaw was enjoyed by all at The Path of Consciousness Retreat
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The beautiful grounds were part of our focus during Wake Up Your Nature at The Path of Consciousness Retreat
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Participants in Wake Up Your Nature were asked to think about how spirit lifts us up so that we may grow and share our stories

 

After lunch we went on a replenishing walk with Patty Shaw where she facilitated her workshop Wake Up Your Nature. She helped us to release that which no longer served us creatively and to gather inspiration and connection from the earth and our ancestors. It was a powerful experience and some participants shared what they felt. The most memorable for me was from the woman who noticed the bright yellow autumn leaves of a bush on the staircase as we ascended into the light and how it reminded her of her first spiritual awakening and it left goosebumps on my arms.

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Attendees were able to walk the full path on this beautiful Labyrinth at the Path of Consciousness Retreat with Lisa Argo facilitating
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Lisa Argo, enjoying her time at The Path of Consciousness Retreat

Next, I traveled through a labyrinth as Lisa Argo facilitated our journey through spirit and writing. The process was very much like the path of life, ever ebbing and flowing, passing through the light and the dark, the fast and the slow, through long and short segments, as we move through all the seasons of life. We encountered twist and turns, unexpected moments, and encounters with other people as we walked our path. I was offered release, illumination, and deep insight about where I am headed on my own path currently and that I am entering a phase in my life where I am going to be sharing, creating, and doing more of what is true to my heart.

In the following workshop, Weam Namou talked about journaling and how we can use this as a writer. I have kept journals for nearly all my life, sometimes writing more during certain periods than others, and this is material that I can draw upon when I am writing my books. We talked about the benefits of journaling which includes physical and mental well-being. We talked about honoring our time, the balance of life, and how journaling can help us to transform our lives in all areas.

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Weam Namou presenting Take Your Writing into the World on Sunday morning at the Path of Consciousness Retreat

 

Stiff bodies and writer’s hands were then stretched out along with our minds as Sandy Naimou presented Writing for Yoga. Connecting in to the earth on our mats in a cool dark room as Sandy played singing bowls helped us to assimilate that day’s experiences while stretching our bodies gently. For those who were unable to get down to ground level, an alternate chair yoga experience was incorporated so that all were able to benefit.

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Sandy Naimou with one of her singing bowls, ready to facilitate Yoga for Writers at The Path of Consciousness Retreat
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Attendees eagerly awaiting the start of Yoga for Writing at The Path of Consciousness

We reconvened in the Chapel after dinner where Vince Anthony Pitre facilitated his Deep Insight Gong Meditation. First, he described his experience with hearing gongs for the first time in Hawaii and how it has magically transformed his life. As the deep blue-colored glass of the chapel windows grew darker with the sun setting behind the billowing clouds outside, the room darkened and softened as he began to introduce the gongs to us, each vibrating within its own frequency and range. With our eyes closed, we delved into a spiritual journey, our cellular structures vibrating as the gongs offered us transformation. A diverse sharing of experiences enriched the following moments as we listened to the encounters of those around us with open minds and hearts.

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The Gongs set up in the Chapel, ready for Vince Anthony Pitre’s Deep Insight Gong Meditation
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Vince Anthony Pitre, ready to facilitate the Deep Insight Gong Meditation at The Path of Consciousness Retreat

There were so many special moments – too many to share here. What was most important to me was connecting with people. It was beautiful to see how every workshop and presentation was interconnected and very valuable to my writing and spiritual path. Other activities over the weekend included a Recapitulation exercise on Friday night and an Awakening the Dreamer Symposium on Sunday. A Fire Ceremony was scheduled for Saturday night but a light rain prevented it from occurring so instead we met indoors. We shared nourishment and our observations from the day and how we could carry these insights forward together to make the world a better place. I know that when I left on Sunday afternoon that I felt like a different person than when I arrived. The powerful and transformative energies of our connection is palpable and I feel empowered and ready to create!

The retreat was designed with this in mind: “The spiritual and writing retreat will allow you to enhance your writing, personal, and business life with the help of various ancient, sacred, and creative teachings, including writing and storytelling.” Every moment embraced this philosophy as I came together with this group of people. Some of us strangers at the start, we all quickly connected with each other to create a cohesive group of souls that found great healing, joy, and support as we spent the weekend together.

I am so excited for our next conference and retreat – I knew in my heart that this event would be extraordinary and meaningful. Because it was created from the heart of all who contributed to its existence, it has the power to gain momentum and to continually touch more and more lives. Just as the flower of life extends outward, overlapping in layers, ever expanding like our great universe, gatherings like this are what will heal our world, allowing us to envision and create that which is benevolent and good and share it with others. I offer my gratitude to all who were a part of this event. Namaste.

This event took place on October 5 – 7, 2018. For more information about the Path of Consciousness visit https://thepathofconsciousness.com/ – I hope to see you there next year!

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The Forward Energy of Consciousness: Shutting Off Mind Chatter

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Gaining Clarity Through Insight – Practicing Mindfulness Techniques Allows You to Transform Your Life – Awakening The Core

Many people have brilliant ideas but are often unable to manifest them. What prevents them from moving forward? The ego. This is because the ego’s goal is keep us in low vibration thought patterns that perpetuate negative thoughts and beliefs such as fear, judgement, lack, selfishness, shame and jealousy. These kinds of thoughts often contribute to a perpetual cycle of self-defeating behaviors. A solid foundation cannot be built on a continual loop of negative thought. Something must break loose, to free the mind enough to allow it to travel in a new direction.

Learning to direct your energy and attention to your inner intuitive guidance system, or higher self, will allow you to rewrite the physical circuitry of the brain to create new mental paths. This then allows for new outcomes that are positive. This is often referred to as neuroplasticity in the world of science.

“We spend far too much time complaining about the way things are, and forget that we have the power to change everything.” – Bozoma Saint John

According to Joe Dispenza, “Neuroplasticity is our natural ability to change how the brain’s neurons are connected and organized into circuits, which we call its synaptic wiring. Every time we learn something new or have a novel experience, the brain makes new synaptic connections to form new neural patterns of networks – and this happens at any age. When we utilize new circuits in new ways, we rewire the brain to fire in new sequences.”

We can use the idea of neuroplasticity to create change for ourselves, so that we can move into a more positive state and open ourselves up to more opportunities, change, and growth. This process allows us to step out of the mind chatter and mental loops. The continual travelling of the same neural pathways repeatedly reinforces the thoughts and behaviors behind the chatter and loops. Finding a way to stop this pattern and create openings for new thoughts and behaviors is quite literally be mind-changing.

Working with the higher mind allows us to intuitively create. So how do you tap into the higher mind? The first step is to stop the mind chatter. There are many ways to approach this. One example is to bring your attention to your breath. Pay attention to each inhale and exhale, giving notice only to the breath. If you catch yourself thinking a thought, let it pass. Don’t judge yourself for having the thought, just notice it and then continue with the exercise.

It is life changing to create new neural pathways in the brain. To open the mind to new possibilities opens our life to change and new outcomes. I will be posting some videos soon to offer some techniques to practice mindfulness throughout your day. Visit me at www.AwakeningTheCore.com and on my Facebook Page  to learn about tapping into your unique personal growth and development.

In Love and Light,

Sonya

You Are A Powerful Creator

Registration opens for the Awakening Spirit 1.1 Workshop Series

Awakening Spirit 1.1 Workshop Series

Each of us has a unique story and path that we travel. How we live our stories defines who we are. In the Awakening Spirit 1.1 Workshop we will explore spiritual concepts and practices that enable you to create meaning and purpose in your life over the course of four weeks. By becoming your own divinely guided authority, you will learn to set boundaries, clear out that which no longer serves you, and learn to adapt techniques that will help you move forward on your unique path.

We will explore topics such as mindfulness, setting intentions, understanding intuition, implementing boundaries and self-care, the power of visualization, recognizing synchronicity and divine guidance, engaging energy management and coping skills, understanding dreams, discovering community, finding courage and realizing joyful creativity. Also, things like astrology, angels, karma, tarot, chakras and past lives will come up as well. There is a large amount of spiritual content in the world and being able to discern what speaks to your soul is important so that you can best serve yourself.

By getting in touch with your inner self you can better connect with the world around you and find your own path. Coming into alignment strengthens your physical self through healing, your mental self through control, and your spiritual self through awakening that which is already within you.

This workshop is a safe and fun way to explore spirituality in a private group environment in the privacy of your own space. This course will consist of four weeks of materials that are distributed via email and in a private online Facebook forum where we discuss materials, ask questions, and share with our classmates. The workshop includes a private 30-minute session with me, Sonya, and will take place on Zoom and will be scheduled in advance.

Where: in the comfort of your own private space

Exchange $111.00 USD

When: We begin on Tuesday, October 24th and continue for four weeks until Tuesday, November 21st.

To register: please contact me, Sonya Julie at AwakeningTheCore@gmail.com . Spaces are limited.

Meditation Workshop With Sonya

Autumn Meditation Workshop with Sonya Julie
Have you heard about meditation but don’t know where to begin? Perhaps you have tried to meditate on your own, but you’re unsure if you are reaping the full benefits. This workshop provides the tools, techniques, and teachings that will help you to understand the different kinds of meditation and will help you to find what works best for you. Learn to develop a conscious and calm mind, and to be present and reactive to your thoughts. Meditation will help you to experience less stress, anxiety, and depression. It also improves sleep and health, allows you to feel more self-acceptance and self-love, and allows you to reduce reactivity and experience more joy. We will look at a variety of options including walking meditations, breathing, guided meditations, and more. There will be time for questions, as well as a guided group-meditation. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing, bring a pillow and blanket, a notebook and pen, and water.

 

The workshop is on Thursday, September 21, 2017. The cost for the workshop is $35.00. Attendance is limited; reserve your space by calling Susan at 586-738-4064.

Email AwakeningTheCore@gmail.com for more details.