Medicine Wheel North Journey Inner Critic and Inner Nurturer

Together we will begin a journey around the Medicine Wheel to embrace the archetypal inner selves in each direction.  This workshop focuses on The North Direction, the realm of the Inner Adult and its dimensions as Inner Critic and Inner Nurturer. 

Other workshops in this Medicine Wheel series include The South, the dimension of the Inner Child, directly opposite to the Inner Critic/Nurturer.  Also, The West Direction which is the realm of the Warrior and its opposite, The East domain of the Sage.

Host:  Helen Murray located in Guelph (registrants will be provided with address)

Facilitator:  Lorena Colarusso 

Saturday, September 14 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm              Fee:  $195    

The Workshop will begin with an overview of the Medicine Wheel Directions and respective Sub-personalities or Inner Parts.  It will include Shamanic Journey, Altars, Shamanic Energy Healing, Personal Awareness and Development Exercises.

The North Direction is suitable for anyone wishing to access the hidden gifts of their Inner Critic, understand its role as Inner Protector.  The North Direction is a shamanic journey of self-compassion, soul retrieval and integration back to wholeness. Alignment and awareness in this direction is focused on the Inner Adult and its unique mind, body and spirit resources.  The experiential nature of the workshop will provide tools for personal and professional practice

The North focuses on understanding the power of the Inner Critic to affect self-esteem and block motivation and action towards our goals is important for coaches, energy practitioners and therapists. The Inner Critic can create barriers and obstacles to Inner Balance and authentic relationships.  The Critic’s anxiety and fear at each human developmental stage will be explored.

When the Inner Critic is embraced it can become a powerful inner ally supporting us to reach our visions, goals and full potential. The Inner Critic can become a pathway to connect or retrieve the Inner Nurturer.

Traits of the Critic Energy when transformed and embraced:

  • It acts like a positive parent who supports you, makes your risk-taking safe, and allows you to be creative and flowing.
  • It is impersonal and does not allow you to worry about what others will think.
  • It helps you set appropriate boundaries.
  • It is no longer interested in other people’s criticisms, so they do not bother you. This helps to free you from the fear of shame and humiliation.
  • Its power gives you a greater authority in the world.
  • It brings you the ability to focus clearly.
  • As an objective mind, it analyzes events without emotion coolly, without making either you or others wrong.
  • Its objective evaluations of situations help you to behave appropriately and with self-discipline
  • It helps you to get appropriate consultation and advice without making you feel that this is a sign of inadequacy.
  • It can direct you to self-improvement as growth or as an adventure rather than as a chore because nothing is “wrong\” with you. It does not talk about symptoms or problems.

— From Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone:  Embracing the Inner Critic

The Inner Critic is a powerful Inner Self or Sub-Personality for most of us. It is one voice inside us that can stop our creativity, our growth, our development of potential through its power to humiliate shame and destroy our self-esteem.

The Inner Critic, without embracing and reparenting, challenges most of us.  It creates obstacles on our personal development paths.  The unrelenting Inner Critic operates from an ancient internal system of self-protection that served us at one time in our lives. It is an authoritative voice inside us that acts as a lens filtering, beliefs, fears, perceptions and information.

The Critic is the Voice that criticizes us and the Judge is the voice that criticizes others. The Critic, Inner Self or Voice develops throughout our childhood, a sponge soaking up all the messages, criticisms from the people around us, our family, parents, culture, religion, gender.  The energetic strength of the Critic and the Judge correlate; the stronger our Inner Critic the stronger our Judgment of others

When embraced, the Inner Critic has gifts for us. We can mine the gold within the energetic power of Critic consciousness.  This can happen through a process of separation from identification with its messages.  It can transform through the healing of both the inner child and the inner critic and through the strengthening of the opposite forces: the inner teacher and inner parent.  Both of these inner resources expand the wise self within us.

Working with the Medicine Wheel and the Inner Selves related to each direction can open the potential for resolving inner conflict and reconnecting us to our authentic Soul Infused Self.  Exploring our Inner Selves can lead to inner alignment,  transform limiting beliefs, reconnect to authentic soul essence.  All this can increase resilience, compassion and support us to develop practical tools that strengthen intrapersonal and interpersonal communication. Through this journey, we can develop a capacity to choose rather than react from old patterns of behaviour.  Soul Retrieval and Shamanic Journey are facilitated to embrace hidden resources.

As we journey around the Medicine Wheel,  Inner Selves are brought to consciousness that can lead to greater self-knowledge, compassion and understanding. This can open access to capability and inner resources that provide more balance, choice, empowerment and awareness.

This workshop is not suitable for anyone suffering from severe clinical depression, hallucinations, bipolar disorder, psychosis, compulsive or obsessive disorder, or any other severe and self-limiting mental health condition.

 Workshop Facilitator

Lorena Colarusso CPC, International Voice Dialogue Facilitator and Energy Medicine Practitioner, Retired Psychotherapist. Her passion is facilitating personal and spiritual development for those seeking inner balance, spiritual growth and a life lived from their full potential.  She is a graduate of the Spiritual Psychotherapy Training Program and was a Voice Dialogue Instructor for 8 years at the Transformational Arts College in Toronto. As a Certified Professional Coach, Hypnotherapist and Master NLP Practitioner, Lorena incorporates a mind, body and spirit approach in her practice.  Her training as a Voice Dialogue Facilitator was completed directly with Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone, authors and founders of the psychology of selves and aware ego process.  Accomplished as Usui Reiki Master, Sonic Reiki Master,  Belvaspata Grand Master, Shamanic Practitioner (training with the Four Winds Society) and Shamanic Reiki developer/teacher.

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