My Current Life Courses
Learning Doesn’t End
This week, I found myself enrolled in 3 courses, facilitating 1, and have paused 1. No, I’m not a graduate student. I am a 44 year old female who is transitioning out of my field of being a clinical psychologist and stepping into the unknown world of creating my own path. Although I received my doctorate nearly 20 years ago, I am continuously learning. I realize in the past my current life courses were about the attainment of a degree. I took various classes that would afford me a spot in college, then graduate school, then the right internship.
After getting my license in clinical psychology and having full time employment, it was all about getting certificates in everything from hypnosis, reiki, sound healing, EMDR, executive coaching, labyrinth facilitation, Internal Family Systems, Gottman trained marital therapy, Diversity and Inclusion, 500 hour yoga certificates. The list goes on, and although I admit initially I did it because my jobs had so much funding in ongoing education and continuing credits, I maxed it out annually. Today I have no job, and find myself seeking more knowledge.
Freedom to Learn
But now I have the freedom to choose, without a job paying for it, what are my current life courses?
A course about the Black Madonna by Dr. Christena Cleveland. It’s described as a virtual pilgrimage to explore how the Dark Divine Mother can heal and help us, and how we can view ourselves as sacred. Cleveland, a female social psychologist and theologian, discusses her personal walking pilgrimage of 400 miles in France.
Another course I am getting psychology credit for is Self-Compassion, a class created by Dr. Kristen Neff, a clinical psychologist. This includes Buddhist and mindfulness principles as a way to make friends and care for ourselves.
In the midst of this, I signed up for a pilgrimage course e-course by Phil Cousineau who is a filmmaker, mythologist, and retreat facilitator. He previously was mentored by my favorite mythologist Joseph Campbell and therefore this class is focused on how to be intentional with each trip we take and facilitate these types of reflective spiritual inquires when leading others.
The course I am facilitating, which I seem to do annually, is The Artist Way by Julia Cameron. This is all about reclaiming our creativity, and although I facilitate it, I also participate in it and the majority of the exercises. My only class on pause, due to scheduling, is Flamenco , taught by a local Malguena in complete Spanish.
My Current Life Courses
Black Madonna, Pilgrimage, Compassion, Art, and a tad of Flamenco.
If I were to capture who I am right now in five classes this would be it. But the thing is, I am not doing these classes right now to check them off a list. I want to embed the lessons in my body. It’s the integration that takes time.
What classes in life are you currently enrolled in? How would you sum up who you are in five classes?
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
― Henry Ford
To read more about my virtual pilgrimage with the Black Madonna, check this site https://amodernpilgrimage.com/virtual-pilgrimage-of-the-black-madonna/ . To read more about Phil Cousineau’s work, go here https://www.philcousineau.net