Elizabeth Lesser on Building Omega Institute, Intentional Communities, ADD (Authenticity Deficit Disorder), the Value of Grief, and the Emotion of Illumination (#505)

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” We truly began to be tired of ourselves teaching this technology of inner awakening to the very same individuals over and over. Its like the number of times do you have to wake up in the morning? Youre awake. Do something.”
— Elizabeth Lesser

Elizabeth Lesser (@ElizabethLesser) is a bestselling author and the co-founder of Omega Institute, the renowned conference and retreat center located in Rhinebeck, New York. Elizabeths very first book, The Seekers Guide, chronicles her years at Omega and distills lessons discovered into a powerful guide for growth and recovery. Her New York Times bestselling book, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help United States Grow, has sold nearly 500,000 copies and has been translated into 20 languages. Her third book, Marrow, chronicles the journey Elizabeth and her more youthful sister went through when Elizabeth was the donor for her sisters bone marrow transplant. Her most recent book, Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes, exposes how humanity has actually outgrown its origin tales and hero myths. Elizabeth has actually provided two popular TED talks and is among Oprah Winfreys Supersoul 100, a collection of a hundred leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity.

When a variety of fresh concepts were growing in American culture, she co-founded Omega Institute in 1977– a time. Ever since, the Institute has been at the forefront of holistic education, offering workshops and conferences in integrative medicine, meditation and yoga, cross-cultural arts and creativity, ecumenical spirituality, and social change. Each year near 30,000 individuals take part in Omegas programs on its campus, and more than a million individuals visit its website for online learning.

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Get In Touch With Elizabeth Lesser:
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Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser
The Seekers Guide by Elizabeth Lesser
Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser
Marrow: Love, Loss, and What Matters Most by Elizabeth Lesser
Omega Institute
Sufism|Oxford Islamic Studies Online
The New Yorker
The Gift by Hafiz
Tales of the Dervishes: Teaching-Stories of the Sufi Masters over the Past Thousand Years by Idries Shah
An Esoteric View of the 1960s and 70s|HuffPost
Rudolf Otto and the Concept of the Numinous|Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion
Naropa University
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior Mass Market Paperback by Chogyam Trungpa
Buddhism|World History Encyclopedia
WordPress
Shaker Museum|New Lebanon, NY
Woodstock Festival
10 Facts About the Ancient Library of Alexandria|Reserve Riot
Bennington College
Food As Medicine: Its Not Just a Fringe Idea Anymore|The Salt, NPR
Summer of Peace, Love, and Yiddish Song: The Legacy of New Yorks Camp Boiberik|Smithsonian Folklife
The Definitive Guide to Yoga for Beginners and Experts|Healthline
Device Elf|Non-Alien Creatures Wiki
Is Ecumenism Biblical? Should a Christian Be Involved in the Ecumenical Movement (Ecumenicalism)?
Practicing Innervism|Omega
What is Internal Family Systems?|, IFS Institute

Women, Power, Stories: An Interview with Author Elizabeth Lesser|An Injustice!
Gods Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins|Poetry Foundation
Medical Definition of Hippocratic Oath|MedicineNet
Do No Harm, Take No Shit|Mindful Necessities
Elizabeth Lesser: Say Your Truths and Seek Them in Others|TED Talk
Interview: Elizabeth Lesser|Lessons of the Soul|Finest Self
The Open Secret|Oprah
In Grief, Try Personal Rituals|The Atlantic
On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
How To Die Before You Die: Meaning and Meditation|The Joy Within
A Letter of Consolation by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Anita Hill Accuses Clarence Thomas|History
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
Women & & Power Past Events|Omega
Me Too Movement
After Weinstein, Trump Sexual Misconduct Accusers Demand Action|BBC News
Black Lives Matter
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
How Was Larry Nassar Able to Abuse So Many Gymnasts for So Long?|The Guardian
Cassandra in Greek Mythology|Greek Legends and Myths
Gloria Steinem Reflects on Womens Liberation 50 Years Later|Time
Amateur: A Reckoning with Gender, Identity, and Masculinity by Thomas Page McBee
The Tending Instinct: Women, Men, and the Biology of Relationships by Shelley E. Taylor
How the Fight-or-Flight Response Works|Verywell Mind
Befriend and tend Theory|UCLA
List of Central Park Statues|Central Park in Bronze

Why checking out Omega Institute might feel a little like starring in your own Disney movie.
Who is Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan?
Coming from an atheistic background, how did Elizabeth discover herself on a spiritual course when she first encountered Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, and what did he help her find?
What did the prototype appear like for Omega Institute, and how did Elizabeth and her co-founders select what to consist of versus leave out?
What issues made the early Omega Institute leaders reconsider their intention of living communally?
How was the curriculum safely and lawfully lined up with the tagline of “awakening the very best in the human spirit” during this time, and how were instructors picked?
On the expedition of ecumenical traditions and innervism.
What is the motion from me to we?
How would Elizabeth specify “spiritual”– or does she choose another term?
Elizabeth speaks about sharing a “soul marrow transplant” with her sister Maggie, and how she found a particularly poignant needlepoint slogan after Maggies death that shes adapted to her own meditation: “Do no harm and take no shit.”
What is Authenticity Deficit Disorder?
In my own experience, its not constantly an answer that helps us unburden ourselves of what Rumi called an open secret, however the act of asking. Does Elizabeth agree?
Suggestions for people going through the mourning process– specifically in a culture that doesnt actually manage us time to grieve.
The importance of, as Henk Kraaijenhof has actually stated, doing just needed, not as much as possible.
What is the origin story of Elizabeths newest book, Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes?
Does Elizabeth think an impulse toward aggressiveness is inevitable in ladies who obtain power? If so, can it be mitigated to avoid the abuses worked out by many guys in power? Why do people in power tend more towards the battle or flight school of studied tend and befriend?
What effect does Elizabeth intend to have with Cassandra Speaks? How does she believe that full-hearted fathership might conserve the world?
What would Elizabeths signboard state?
Parting ideas.

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Elizabeth Lesser (@ElizabethLesser) is a bestselling author and the co-founder of Omega Institute, the distinguished conference and retreat center located in Rhinebeck, New York. Elizabeths first book, The Seekers Guide, chronicles her years at Omega and distills lessons found out into a potent guide for development and recovery. Her 3rd book, Marrow, chronicles the journey Elizabeth and her younger sis went through when Elizabeth was the donor for her siss bone marrow transplant. Elizabeth has actually given 2 popular TED talks and is one of Oprah Winfreys Supersoul 100, a collection of a hundred leaders who are utilizing their voices and talent to raise mankind.

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Does Elizabeth think an impulse towards aggression is inescapable in females who get power?