Ancient Wisdom Awakens
with Melanie Ryan, LCSWR, SRMT
Sunday, August 11th
Register online or call: (914)864-0462
All ancient wisdom lineages teach us to “look within” ourselves for the source of health and healing, but modern culture has programmed us to believe and do otherwise. We have been taught to be busy; over-scheduled, over-stimulated and over-focused on the external. This has led to dis-ease and an overall “failure to thrive” for ourselves, our families and communities.
In this class, you will learn the power of two ancient wisdom healing practices that empower us to heal ourselves. Using Buddhist meditation, we will practice the ancient technique of calm abiding, “shamatha” meditation, slowing down, being still and looking within. We will learn how to be with ourselves in a gentle, friendly way, becoming the observer of our thoughts, practicing letting go of the stories the mind creates and train the mind to be still and aware. Over time, this practice cultivates mental strength, clarity and stability as well as loving kindness toward ourselves and others.
In the second half of the class, we will practice the most ancient form of healing known to our planet. Shamanism has been practiced long before any organized religion and connects us to the spirit within ourselves and all living things. Shamans have always been highly regarded for their powerful healing ability and connection to the spirit of the natural world. We will learn a few shamanic techniques for self healing. Remember...we all possess the ability to be a healer. It is our inherent ability to heal and connect to the spirit world. We will do the popular “shamanic journey” as a way to journey within ourselves as well as the spirit realms. Journeying is a deeply relaxed form of meditation that can be used regularly for strength, healing and wisdom.
All of the techniques learned in the class can be used at home for ongoing practice. All levels are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring water, an eye pillow and a journal.
Melanie Ryan, LCSWR, SRMT
Melanie Ryan is an international psychotherapist and teacher of ancient wisdom and holistic health. She is a shamanic reiki master teacher and authorized to teach Buddhism in the Shambhala tradition founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibet. Melanie Ryan guides individuals to sacred places around the world for spiritual healing immersions, connecting us to the ancient wisdom of our ancestors and to reclaim health and healing. Melanie is owner and founder of The Center for Health and Healing, a holistic health and learning center located in Mt. Kisco, NY where she teaches regularly and has a private practice.