Dr Louise Livingstone is co-founder of the Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, and Director of the Heart Sense Research Institute. She has a PhD in transformative learning from Canterbury Christ Church University and an MSc in Holistic Science from the Schumacher College in Devon, UK. In the early 1990s, Louise was struck by a virus that enlarged her heart leaving her with numerous physical ailments. Deep in her soul, she knew that her heart was urgently trying to speak to her, making her aware that she had been ignoring her heart’s wisdom and guidance for many years. Today she brings her research, professional and personal experience into a practical setting; empowering people to access their heart’s wisdom in order to engage more fully with life.
The Ancient Stones Are Speaking – An Imaginal Journey to a Sacred Site
Sunday 20th February 2022
3pm – 5pm (UK Time) via Zoom
The world is always in conversation with us; showing itself to us in its fullest living expression in every moment through vibrant images. In these rapidly changing times, how can we better engage with the dynamic, yet subtle, gestures of our planet and the more-than-human world that have so much to teach us? Such approaches towards us from the world are often missed through a purely head/mind-based rational worldview. In this session, we will take an imaginal journey to a sacred site on the Maltese island of Gozo through our organ of imaginal perception – the heart. We will explore the importance of conceiving of the heart as an organ of imaginal perception (Corbin, 1997); as a bridge between the physical and subtler realms.
This way of thinking of the heart inspired archetypal psychologist, James Hillman, in his own work. For Hillman, if one thinks with the heart, one thinks in images, which is the language of the living, breathing world and our inner selves. The heart, in this sense, offers us the possibility for deeper relationship with our inner selves and the animated soul of the world; opening ourselves to the possibility of touching our soul spark, the sacred, the deeper mystery of life. Combining theory with contemplative exercises, you will be given the opportunity to open up towards the inner wisdom of your heart and discover what a sacred site in Gozo wants to show you. By reconnecting your loving, kind, compassionate heart to the body of the earth, through the active imagination, a gateway to development and healing opens. Calling out across time, we ask for the support of the ancient living stones to offer wisdom and guidance to support us in our present moment. Communing with the stones, we receive higher wisdom as it speaks through stillness, contemplation, reflexive conversation, ritual and creative expression. In this imaginal, heart-centred space, spontaneous memories, images, visions, colour, words and knowing are given the possibility to emerge and be acknowledged. Through the heart, in direct conversation with the world, we can reconnect to a deeper, more expanded way of engaging with life.
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