The Five Phases as a Model for Physical Health, Emotional Intelligence, and Spiritual Maturity
This series of six webinars, a total of 8.5 hours, takes you step-by-step on a creative inner journey to reclaim your wholeness. Based on the Taoist tradition of the Five Phases, these webinars invite you to live more fully as you listen to the wisdom of the body and heart, in union with the mind.
The course is designed to give you a direct experience of the oneness of body, mind, and spirit. With the intention of embodying this awareness in daily life, Mary discusses the Five Phases in modern psychological language as metaphors for elemental energies in nature and within your body and psyche. For any real transformation to happen, individually or collectively, we need to resolve to reclaim these energies for ourselves.
Mary discusses the underlying principle, core issue, and challenge of each phase and the wisdom available to you when these are brought into the light of consciousness. She uses verbal probes to elicit unconscious core beliefs so you may experience how they influence your capacity for change and healing. The physical and psychological issues typical of imbalance are also included. You will become familiar with simple yet effective coaching and somatic therapy techniques to immediately apply in your life at home and at work.
This webinar series offers you the opportunity to explore, and ultimately embody, an increased sense of self-awareness and wholeness.
Experience on your own or as a study group.
The Webinar Series with Mary Saunders
A webinar course consisting of six classes
Available soon on YouTube
Length: 8.5 hours
I. Introduction and The Earth Phase
Discussion of the journey home to yourself, what it actually means to reclaim your health in the broadest sense, and why this is so important. The need for embodying the feminine principle to bring balance on all levels. Underlying principles of mindfulness, Taoism, yin/yang, the Five Phases, unconscious core beliefs, and alchemy.
The Earth Phase
Discussion of the underlying principle of being centered in the body, the central issue of nourishment and using it to contribute to the well-being of all, core beliefs about need, symptoms of imbalance, the challenge of transformation and maturity and strategies to meet it, benefits of balanced Earth, basic Earth balancing guidelines, the One thing: Eating Whole Foods, and the practice of gratitude.
II. The Wood Phase
Discussion of the underlying principle of getting out of the way to gain perspective, the central issue of self-assertion and using it to have an effect on the world, core beliefs about anger, symptoms of imbalance, the challenge of birth and renewal and strategies to meet it, benefits of balanced Wood, basic Wood balancing guidelines, the One thing: Vigorous Movement, and the practice of forgiveness.
III. The Fire Phase
Discussion of the underlying principle of expressing yourself, the central issue of control and using it to manifest our destiny, core beliefs about joy, symptoms of imbalance, the challenge of growth and manifestation and strategies to meet it, benefits of balanced Fire, basic Fire balancing guidelines, the One thing: Sleep, and the practice of play.
IV. The Metal Phase
Discussion of the underlying principle of knowing your value(s), the central issue of attachment and using it to move toward spiritual maturity, core beliefs about sadness, symptoms of imbalance, the challenge of harvest and decline and strategies to meet it, benefits of balanced Metal, basic Metal balancing guidelines, the One thing: Mindful Breathing, and the practice of journaling.
V. The Water Phase
Discussion of the underlying principle of diving deeply, the central issue of willpower and using it to embody our spiritual wisdom, core beliefs about fear, symptoms of imbalance, the challenge of storage and dormancy and strategies to meet it, benefits of balanced Water, basic Water balancing guidelines, the One thing: Rest, and the practice of retreat.
Discussion of the continuous nature of the journey through the phases, various paths to integration to embody the wisdom of this course, daily actions and habits to make this your own.