The Alchemy of Transformation
This course is designed as an advanced immersion training for those who have completed the Art of Spiritual Guidance Program. The Alchemy of Transformation is an in-depth experiential study of seven essential alchemical operations, which lie at the heart of the process of transformation. Explore each operation from its corresponding psychological and spiritual dimensions. How they are reflected in and affect Relationships is also a theme. Special attention will be given to the archetypical images, myths and sacred rituals of various traditions, which embody the operations. A unique aspect of the program is emphasis upon a rich collection of spiritual practices that facilitate the alchemy of transformation, and creative exercises that help to integrate the operations.
completion of two-year spiritual guidance
training with Atum
a commitment to
engage these potent operations in your life, rather than seeking a
solely intellectual understanding of them
various spiritual practices offered
a journal for reflection, to record experiences and images collected
of each operation|
Upcoming Alchemy of Transformation
programs: North America
Archetypal Dimensions of Spiritual Guidance
"Archetypal Dimensions of Spiritual Guidance" will be beginning in Amsterdam in September, 2012, at Centrum de Kleine Swaen, Brouwersgracht 266a, 1013HG. Contact Cora Sleiker at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at http://www.biorelease.net
"Archetypal Dimensions of Spiritual Guidance" will also be beginning in Ann Arbor MI in September, 2012. This program is currently full. Registration is closed, but there is a waiting list. If you wish to be on it, contact Aileen Kernohan at email@example.com.
"Archetypal Dimensions of Spiritual Guidance" begins in August 2013 in Northern California. Contact MadhuraCuadra@gmail.com for more information. You can also read more about the course below.
This training will explore eight archetypes central to the great religions. They also form the archetypical foundation of the Spiritual Guidance Wisdom School. Their significance to individual spiritual development, relationships and the needs of the world will be addressed through meditation practices, creative exercises and teachings from various traditions, including Jungian Psychology. Participants will be asked to practice invoking and engaging each archetype in informal guidance sessions.
The Keeper of the Sacred Space
How do we invoke, foster, sustain and protect the sacred space within one, with another, among a community and in the natural world. Transitioning in and out of sacred time, the symbolic shaping of space and the deep structures of ritual will also be explored.
The One Who Hears the Cries
Within the container of the sacred space there is the accommodation for inviting the deep cries, longing and dreams of the heart and soul. The gift is experiencing the longings being voiced, heard and honored.
The Advocate of the Soul
Advocation for different dimensions of the soul is to affirm the divine inheritance in humanity and the divine immanence in the creation. In this way we respond to the spiritual illness of the loss of soul so pervasive in our time.
The Wise One
The Wise One lives in the depths of all of us, abiding in the collective unconscious. This archetype holds the wisdom gleaned from all human experience. The wise person is one who has lived a full life, embracing the opposites and assimilating their journey through the heart.
Human consciousness has the ability to journey into many worlds. These include the liminality of transition, the heavenly angelic states, the hell realms, the underworld, the dying process, incarnation, resurrection and mystical union. The Journeyer is able to be present with another as they pass through varied states of consciousness.
Human life holds the possibility healing the wounds gathered in the process of incarnation. The divine healing energy and presence may renew the body, clear the mind, resurrect the heart and rebirth the soul. Relationships, communities and the natural world are calling out for healing that leads to greater integration and wholeness.
To be released from suffering through insight and illumination is the domain of the liberation. To find freedom from our diminishment in cravings, clingings, illusions and attachments opens us to living in equanimity in the present moment.
The path to the heart leads to the transformation of the lover into the longed for divine Beloved in the mystical kiss. Embodiment of the beloved, liberation through love and mystical death through absorbtion and union are defining elements of the world of the Beloved.
A Peer Group Guidance Model
The training will also contain the teaching of a spiritual guidance model based upon the archetypes that may be used among small groups whose members support each other on their paths.
This program begins in Northern California in August, 2012. Contact MadhuraCuadra@gmail.com.
Current and Upcoming "Archetypal Dimensions of Spiritual Guidance" programs:
The Soul of Christianity
This program will be an in-depth journey into the symbolic
life contained within the Christian tradition. Emphasis will be placed
on discovery of an inner path of spiritual development, rather than on
the organized religion or institutional Church. Spiritual practices and
teachings that invite us to participate in experiences of the divine
presence will be explored. To view the program flyer,
Current and Upcoming Art of Spiritual Guidance programs:
Spiritual Guidance Special
Atum offers special events and
programs on a biannual basis for those who have completed a core
training program. Each program is unique, and is often co-taught by
another member of the Spiritual Guidance community or one of Atum's own
mentors. Past special programs have taken place at Hollyhock in Canada;
in Amsterdam; Burlington, Vermont; and Boulder, Colorado.