All posts by Lorena Colarusso

Lorena Colarusso CPC Her private practice, Alchemy Holistic Counselling was founded in 2004 where she still works in a variety of capacities. She offers Individual Psychotherapy, Coaching, Energy Medicine sessions and Group Workshops and Training. Her areas of expertise are Transpersonal and Integrative, Voice Dialogue, Energy Medicine and Systemic Family and Relational Constellations. Lorena is a Spiritual Psychotherapy and Coaching graduate of Transformational Arts College in Toronto where she taught Voice Dialogue Psychotherapy from 2008 to 2015. She brings a diverse background to her wellness business and private practice with 30 years of executive experience in non-profit and corporate leadership. Her experience in public education and personal development training, coaching and consulting includes consulting with the Canadian Mental Health Association and various non-profit centres and services.

MINDFUL RELATIONSHIPS

Mindful Relationships includes Coaching, Energetics and Counselling as a compassionate pathway that can support the creation of healthy relationships in all dimensions of life.  Mindful Relationships focuses on relationship dynamics, communication skills, clarifying expectations and roles.  The importance of intimacy and connection and the obstacles and challenges to prevent the formation of lasting bonds.  These sessions are information and support and live time teaching of the skills required to be present mind, body and soul. These sessions are not for those couples needing psychotherapy.  The free 30-minute discovery session will help to uncover what is needed.

  • Facilitation can support couples in an existing long-term relationship to understand the relationship dynamics and energetic movements in long-term relationships.
  • Parent-Child relationships of any ages can also benefit from this compassionate approach to mindful communication and mutual respect.
  • Couples who are beginning a new relationship can take advantage of this opportune time, to begin with, clear expectations and set up the dynamics in a healthy way from the start.
  • Couples who are divorcing and need to become co-parents benefit from support during this transitional period for themselves and their children.
  • Individuals who are seeking to create a relationship and may need support in clarifying the energetics and cognitive-emotional broadcast through their mind, body and energy field that lead them to patterns they want to change.

Sessions begin with an understanding of what the present day challenges are in a gentle and noninvasive format.  Frustrations are identified through an expansion of perception incorporated a multitude of coaching and energetic tools.  Intentions are formulated and mutually agreed upon.

To book a free 30-minute discovery session contact Lorena

Mindful Relationships Facilitation integrates the following tools and more

  1. Relationship dynamic coaching to bring clarity and understanding to the difference between love and dynamics.  Dynamics, when explored, can be transformed through awareness, coaching and skill building.
  2. Values and Goals Clarification is useful to bring to consciousness similarities and differences in individual values.  From this foundation knowledge, a new relationship space can be created for the couple which includes both similar and differing values. An inspiring vision can be created for the couple.
  3. NLP Communication Styles and Perceptual Positions support the acceptance, understanding and respect for differences in communication and processing styles and expand empathy and compassion through expanding the perception of each other.
  4. Transpersonal Consciousness adds the dimension of soul and spirit to these sessions which allow when chosen, for couples to drop into a spiritual and energetic experience and connection to each other.  This can include the idea of energetic relationship chords and opening up to higher levels of consciousness including our higher selves or wise selves.
  5. Compassionate Communication and Mindful Listening includes the teaching, practising of key skills that allow us to listen without interpretation or judgement.  This is a multi-level process building on each other to a peak experience of empathetic and compassionate listening.
  6. Personal and Family Soul Constellations which through energetics, dynamics and ancestral dimensions may affect our capacity for alignment to our authentic self and be present and available in a deep relationship.
  7. Child Development and Maturation information and support to expand awareness of the holistic needs at each age and stage of life and how this impacts relationships and parenting.

This pathway may be beneficial if you are interested or need to explore any of the above relationship forms and facilitation tools for present-day challenges.  It is also beneficial as a coaching and potential path to expand your relationship consciousness and open yourself up to deeper levels of connection, healthy dynamics, love and intimacy.  Please feel free to contact me to book a free 30-minute discovery session contact Lorena

Individual Coaching

Alchemy Pathways invites you to explore a bridge-building process that is designed to support your well-being. It begins with meeting you where you presently are in your life and then guides you to discover a path that can transport you to finding your deeper capacity for authenticity, intimacy and joy. The foundation of that bridge rests on our helping you learn how to operate in present time from a place of inner balance so that your future creations are both doable and sustainable.

Lorena Colarusso, in her role as a Certified Professional Coach, will partner with you to build solid inner pathways that can provide opportunities to uncover the dormant potential within you. Coaching introduces you to perceptual, interpersonal, inner resources both awareness and skills that you can use to expand and grow.  You are facilitated to create your own template for meeting future change and life challenges with awareness and capability.

In support of your personal growth and healing, Alchemy Pathways offers a menu of services that can focus on your mobility towards expansion and wholeness.

Whether it is…

  • help you identify your barriers to well-being and provide pragmatic support for your transformation
  • connect to your motivation and understand the inner paralysis that stops us through the Inner Critic, Perfectionist and Rule Maker
  • understand your outer child and how it can play havoc in your life
  • gain insight as to how boundaries create a healthy inner relationship as well as outer relationships
  • support your connection to your soul purpose and its manifestation in your life
  • build self-esteem, self-understanding, compassion and inner balance through Inner Selves facilitation
  • develop communication skills that allow you to connect through authentic listening, compassionate understanding and expanded validation of self and others
  • a soulful and energetic approach to family constellations
  •  NLP strategies that help defuse old programs and belief and reset new behaviours and to support a whole brain, body and spirit approach to change.
  • the more subtle and spiritual work of  integrating Spiritual Growth and Energetics which addresses the unseen but influential energies that touch us all

…Alchemy Pathways is committed to providing you with personalized processes that invite collaboration and empowerment.  opportunity to shift your self-awareness; balance your emotions; discover your inner selves, tap into hidden inner resources and access your full potential. The focus is to support you to create positive change in your perceptions and ultimately in your life.

Feel free to explore our Services. You are invited to Contact   Alchemy Pathway if you have any questions, inquiries or would like to book a consultation or session with Lorena Colarusso.

Couples and Family Soul Constellations

Couples and Family Soul Constellations is a coaching, facilitation and energetic process that has been reported by facilitators and clients around the world, to produce healing shifts of consciousness in individuals and their family. It is based on the family constellations facilitation developed by Bert Hellinger. Family Constellations is a world wide movement facilitated in groups and individual sessions for over 30 years.  It is a type of consciousness work that moves beyond the personal or individual consciousness to the collective consciousness of the family.

Family Soul Constellations Facilitation and Coaching are approached from a variety of perspectives, Lorena facilitates with an integration of shamanic energetics, ancestral connections, family communication and relationship dynamics coaching. The Shamanic Family Constellations session is an energetic, coaching and facilitation session.

Family Member or Couples Coaching Sessions

These sessions integrate family constellations systems knowledge about entanglements and loyalty bonds, ancestral soul with communication facilitation and teaching.  Frustrations are identified and communication styles explored along with present moment coaching to deepen understanding and reconnect the relational field.  Sessions can be Mother/Daughter or Father/Son or any combination of family members.  Sessions can also be Couples Coaching based.

Shamanic family constellations is a  multi-dimensional soul and a relationship dynamics healing process can generate moments of insight into awareness of the bonds, influences, loyalties to ancestral unresolved energetics.

Individual Shamanic Altar Sessions

In an individual session the facilitator may set up an altar with objects to create energetic connection with ancestors and family members. The facilitator and client may connect directly with the energy of the family dynamic being explored or family soul. The Shamanic Constellations work is not role playing, nor does it explore the family story or use therapeutic tools to heal trauma, that is all in the realm of psychotherapy.  Shamanic  light journey, ancestral energetic healing, altar constellations, energetic transmission and connection tools are used in the work.

Words are rarely used when connecting to what is referred to as the “field” in family constellation teachings.   Movements body, soul, dynamics and insight happen through family and ancestral soul connection.  Family Constellations language of soul and truth sentences are offered by the Facilitator to support understanding, insight and shifts of perception.

You can contact Lorena for find out more about the Shamanic Family Constellation approach or to explore the suitability of your objective or issue that you are seeking resolution.

To book a shamanic individual or couples/family constellations session contact Lorena.

These Individual, Family or Couples  sessions are not suitable for anyone suffering from severe PTSD, depression, hallucinations, bi-polar disorder, psychosis, compulsive or obsessive disorder, or any other severe and self-limiting mental health condition.

The Shaman Archetype

Are you aligned with the Shaman Archetype?  Here is a brief self-assessment.

  1. Do you believe that there is a spirit in all things?  What is your daily practice to connect with the spirit of nature, animals, and crystals – elements of the earth?
  2. Shamans believe that we are all connected to Great Spirit. What are your thoughts on this?
  3. Spirit and Spiritual energy are described in the shamanic tradition as having divine qualities such as love, peace, harmony, joy, manifestation. Do you agree?
  4. Soul and Spirit are an interplay of the dark light with the bright light. What is your belief and definition of these aspects: the dark and the light?
  5. Do you believe that there is a shamanic archetype in all of us? Shamanic healers often say they are called through their soul ray to this spiritual path.  Were you called?  How were you called?
  6. The Foundation of Shamanic practice is the ability to enter, sustain and at will move in and out of shamanic states of consciousness. Where are you with this and how did you develop it?  Were you born with it?
  7. Shamans develop experiential and direct relationships with their helpers and guides, trees, flowers, stones, crystals, beings of light. They are sensitive to the spirit in all things.  What direct relationships with nature and animal allies have you developed.  Do you connect to the spirit within each and respect that that spirit can transmit light and healing?
  8. What is your daily practice for energising and clearing chakras and your energy field? How do you infuse yourself with light?
  9. It is said that Shamans “see in the dark”.  Primarily this is about the Third Eye, spiritual vision. Knowing can come in many ways, information can be auditory, visual, kinesthetic, feeling or just knowing. The shamanic tunnel – the third eye is key to assisting those transitioning in shamanic work.  What practice do you do that focuses on your Third Eye?
  10. Shamans have a tendency to wear black, to be invisible, unseen, to be cloaked; they have no fear of the dark light. What are your thoughts on this?
  11. Almost all Shamanic traditions describe shamanic vision to be rooted in the third eye.  Their pathway to this vision is to combine clear vision with a compassionate heart.  Shadow work is required to transform third eye obstacles such as cognitive distortions, reactive defences, denial, projections and delusions to name a few.  What shadow work have you done?  Have you focused most of your spiritual path on developing a compassionate heart or have you done both?  Do you think you can have an authentic, compassionate heart without self-compassion and inner- balance?
  12. Shamans move between levels of consciousness, they call it other worlds, the upper world, the middle, world and the lower world. All of these worlds contain both our shadow and our light and provide the shaman with the opportunity to transmute energetically and retrieve aspects that are ready to return to us. Which level of consciousness has been your focus:  the upper world of angels and beings of light, the middle world of conscious reality, the lower world of personal and collective subconscious healing?
  13. What is the deepest shadow work that you have done?
  14. Shamans work with different levels of aura, soul and morphogenic fields – the personal, the family, the collective.  The LEF, luminous energy field, is described as energy and light emitted by all living things.  Morphogenic fields, a well-researched concept by scientists, surround all living things, including systems such as family systems and even DNA.
  15. What are your thoughts on how ancestors and family systems can affect your life?

To find out about upcoming Shamanic Reiki Workshops and Shamanic Energy Sessions contact Lorena

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Articles and Posts on Alchemy Pathways are published strictly for information purposes.  They are not intended as a therapeutic tool. 

 

Creating a Mindful Life

 

A Mindful life is a unique experience for each person.

Mindfulness training is a pathway of tapping into the potential the Mind has to activate and restructure the brain and create health on all levels.

Mindfulness is a compassion-based approach with a multitude of brain changing benefits.

Through evidence-based science, a revolutionary understanding of the neuroplasticity of the brain reveals that the adult brain is changeable and continues to develop throughout life.    We can change our brains through mindfulness and self-compassion much like we change our muscles and bodies through physical exercise.  Mindfulness can be compared to a type of physical fitness or physiotherapy for the brain.   Through discipline and practice, new neural networks and pathways within the brain are developed first short term and then with ongoing practice they remain long term.

Mindfulness training has been researched and documented with key benefits mapped and linked to many parts of the brain.

It is a form of attention training rooted in non-judgement.  It enhances skills of concentration and intention.  This deliberate process of paying attention in a specific way activates the brain and creates states of mind that change brain structure. The flow of information and energy creates changes through the brain, brain stem and bodily systems resulting in mind, body, psychosocial, psychoemotional and intrapsychic health.

Ultimately Mindfulness develops the skill of present moment living allows access to deeper experiences of joy, balance, peace.  Through a process of developing inner and outer attunement, relationships can become more connected with deeper empathy and intimacy. This reconnection expands as the experience of vastness and interconnection into the depths of consciousness grows through mastery.  A sense of compassion for self, others and beyond emerges creating evidence-based changes in the pre-frontal cortex and the middle brain.

Mindfulness works through the mind and heart, through meditation, inner journeys and exercises.  

Mindfulness can

  • help us understand our emotional selves, interpsychic selves and strengthens the emotional regulation systems
  • soothes our complicated threat and fear systems
  • Gives pause to our drive and impulse systems affecting reactivity
  • Soothes and enhances our secure attachment systems
  • Sharpens our ability to concentrate and focus
  • Develops mental coherence and insight
  • Supports our bodily and immune systems
  • Builds self-awareness and self-confidence through compassion

Mindfulness Coaching and Energetic Sessions

Each session includes a Mindfulness Practice:  Meditation and Facilitation.  Also, a Coaching component to identify and transform blocks to Mindfulness development and practice.  The client can choose any mediation or practice listed.  The program is designed to teach and grow mindfulness skills of sustaining and shifting attention.  Sessions can be facilitated on Skype or in person.

Foundation

  1. Re-inhabiting the Body Guided Meditation and Focusing Awareness
  2. Physiological Bodily Reconnection
  3. Breath Focusing and Emotional Clearing Facilitation, accessing the Witness and observing emotions and reactions
  4. Concentration and Anchor Points, Sound, Mantra Facilitation
  5. Linking with our Wise Self
  6. Loving Kindness Meditation

Awareness

  1. Intrapsychic awareness, mapping of inner selves to expand consciousness
  2. Inner Critic and Perfectionist Facilitation
  3. Pusher and Striver Facilitation
  4. Nurturing the brain with energetics and words of nourishment and self-compassion
  5. Development of the Aware Ego Process, non-attachment and separation from inner selves with the power to choose behaviour

Development of a Compassionate Mind

  1. Compassion Skills Facilitation
  2. Recent positive experiences of compassion
  3. Compassion through the timeline, past to future rewiring the neurons
  4. Development of Presence from Inner Stillness

Relational Mindfulness

  1. Nourishing a secure attachment system Facilitation
  2. Empathetic Communication Facilitation
  3. Intrapsychic parts compassion Facilitation

Perception

  1. Perceptual Positions Facilitation
  2. Transforming Negative Self-Talk with Heart Centred Affirmations

Expanding Consciousness through Energy and Information Flow

  1. Energising the 7 Bodily Chakras Facilitation
  2. Opening the Heart Chakra System Facilitation
  3. Activating the Third Eye and Crown Chakra Facilitation
  4. Unified Chakra Facilitation

Connecting to the Ocean of Consciousness through Mindfulness

  1. Belvaspata Core 12 Pairs of Emotions Facilitation
  2. Belvaspata 16 Rays of Light Facilitation
  3. Belvaspata Heart Energies Facilitation
  4. Belvaspata States of Being Facilitation

Mindfulness Manifestation

  1. Connecting to the Authentic Self and Soul Purpose
  2. Mindsight for clarity and contrast to reveal the essence of desires
  3. Invoking the States of Being and Heart Energies to manifest

Mindfulness and Character Development

  1. Returning to self-love and original expanded state of pure potential
  2. Reconnection to self, source, love and family constellation

Intuitive Mindfulness

  1. Opening up the interconnected channels of brain and heart intuition
  2. Awareness of bodily wisdom and intuition

Contact Lorena to book a mindfulness session

Understanding Integrative NLP: Opening to Spirit

NLP:  Opening to Spirit through bringing choice to Mind and Body by Lorena Colarussso MNLP

For further information on Skype or In Person Professional NLP Mentoring or Individual Therapy sessions, please contact Lorena Colarusso alchemyholistics@gmail.com, NLP Master Practitioner.

NLP is the study of the structure of subjective human experience. Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioners are trained in an accelerated learning strategy to detect and understand how individuals structure their thinking, their patterns of being in the world, their perceptions.  It is a profound therapy that focuses on how language and experiences has affected our minds, bodies, our inner parts, our values and beliefs.  It explores how our thoughts, speech, actions and connections create our personal reality. Through freeing ourselves from limiting events and beliefs, we can open up to our spiritual selves in a more authentic way.

NLP Facilitation can shift beliefs and patterns that no longer serve clients in present day. The therapeutic goals are set by the client bringing beliefs, emotions, and traumas, patterns that are limiting their life and preventing them from accessing their full inner resources. Trained NLP Practitioners become facilitators for clients who call upon them to use NLP skills of changing, transforming subjective reality when it no longer serves a person.   The process is embedded in respect for each person’s model of the world and an acknowledgement that all are valid.  The goal of NLP is to provide the opportunity for choice in our mind, body and spirit.  Those who take the path of NLP are often curious and even fascinated by our human perceptual experience.  NLP therapeutic questions are about, how we do what we do? how we think?, how we learn?, how we experience our emotions?  Specifically the focus is on how we structure reality individually in our brains, our minds and our bodies. Tools and processes of NLP and Trance are used to access and shift limiting imprints and beliefs. .

NLP Origins NLP began in the early 1970’s with many contributors, from many fields.  The developers were originally Richard Bandler, John Grinder. Three key therapists that influenced NLP were Fritz Perls, originator of Gestalt Therapy, Virginia Satir, a key force with Family Systems Therapy and Milton Erickson, Clinical Hypnotherapist. Other insights came from Gregory Bateson, anthropologist who contributed the cybernetics and communications theory.  Many over the decades have added to the knowledge base of NLP.

Outcome Clarification NLP is well known in the coaching world for its tools of contrast and clarification, outcome setting and aligning our goals and values with all levels of our being in order to create motivation for action.  The primary foundation is that human beings have all the resources they need within them.  Experiences of trauma and critical messages create through our unique physiology of thinking, body imprinting, limiting beliefs and stored images that prevent us from reaching our full potential.

Language Patterns NLP Practitioners are trained in detecting the gatekeepers of our perceptions, how we distort, delete, generalize.  In other therapies these are known as defenses and denial.  A key training in NLP is to be able to listen to and identify the patterns in linguistic structure that are used to create the distortions, deletions and generalizations. Metaphysical NLP works with the conscious, super conscious and subconscious minds.   NLP can create shifts of perception both in present time and with past traumatic or limiting imprints.  These shifts can facilitate transformations, evolutions of perceptions that have been frozen in time.

NLP Practitioners are trained to gather information, through listening to language in communication which can reveal what level of thinking a person is aligned with. These communication levels were developed by Gregory Bateson and are called Logical Levels. We communicate and think through the five senses at the level of Environment, Behaviour, Capabilities, Values/Beliefs, Identity, and Mission. Moving beyond these logical levels, we can communicate through energetic and metaphysical dimensions. Most NLP focuses on the five sensory model.

Communication is the Response that you received.  One of the Presuppositions of NLP is this statement about communication. NLP Practitioners are trained to be effective communicators, to experience communication with sensory acuity. Sensory Acuity means listening both to language and physiology. Effective communication begins in the space of trust and rapport. Rapport is developing an attunement, a mirroring and resonance between the two people communicating. While Rapport is sometimes judged as contrived, it actually requires a stepping aside of ego and a mind, body, spirit openness to the other person for it to truly be created.

Sensory Experiencing of the World NLP Practitioners are often fascinated by how individuals experience the world. Determining a person’s representational system is a part of NLP. We all use our five senses to experience, what we see, hear, feel, taste, smell and added to this model is what we can experience through the transpersonal and intuit energetically. Each one of us develops a unique way of remembering the images and experiences internally through these senses. It is said that 40% of us prefer images, 40% of us prefer feelings, taste and smell and 20% prefer sound or self-talk. It is possible, due to HEF, Human Energy Field surrounding each of us, that a new percentage could be added with respect to the transpersonal and energetic preference. NLP Practitioners are trained to identify a person’s representational systems for the purpose of self-awareness, learning styles and improved communications. NLP Practitioners also are trained to work with the nuances within those representational systems, using sub modalities, strategies, mapping and anchoring to facilitate change for a person who wants to have more control over how they think and feel.

NLP Timeline Therapy is known for its ability to work with perceptions of events in our personal history and personal stories.  It is a process of mapping, healing and re-imprinting our perceptions of events that stop us from our full potential. Timeline Therapy reconnects us to our inner resources and focuses on connecting our mind and spirit to our destiny and future instead of our past.  In NLP language these perspectives are known as Perceptual Positions and Future Pacing. Through NLP and Trance we can unveil, transform, integrate and leverage our existing internal resources and the resources of our ancestral timeline.

NLP Reframing is a process that can shift your perception of a situation by changing its meaning. Reframing is key therapeutic strategy focused on separation of the intention from the behaviour. Optimists reframe their experiences by focusing on the positive intention and Pessimists reframe their experience by focusing on the negative. The process is cognitive strengthening tool allowing a person to dissociate from an emotional relationship to a problem situation or state and accessing a different pattern of thinking.

NLP Motivation and Influence. Influence, a word that is often misunderstood with respect to NLP tools and strategies. As humans we are constantly in the flow of influence, either being influenced by others, by our filters of perception; or in the process of influencing the perceptions of others that we come in contact with. By understanding our primary subjective filters of motivation and attitude, we can access choice as how to use these filters to become conscious co-creators in all dimensions of our life values.

Contact Lorena Colarusso alchemyholistics@gmail.com, Master NLP Practitioner for more information on NLP therapeutic tools for personal development and therapy. Sessions can be scheduled on Skype or in Person. Lorena certified as an NLP Master Practitioner with Deanna Sager M.Sc, OAMFT, Canadian Association of NLP Practitioners and NLP Metaphysical Practitioner, Dr. William Horton, Psy. D., National Federation of NLP.  Additional trainings include Dr. Michael Hall, Ph.D., Transformational, Meta Coaching., Robert Dilts, NLP University, Anthony Robbins, Unleash the Power Within.