More Heroes: Christiane Northrup, Michael Beckwith, Dan Millman
The Heroes for Healing online group writing project is entering its final week, and now has profiles of over 30 contemporary spiritual teachers, healers, and writers. The entire project will soon be posted at its permanent location by Jenny Mannion, the project’s creator and organizer. Check back here in the coming weeks for a link to the final site.
Below are profiles of three more worthy additions to the project, two of which were contributed by guest writers. The first is Dr. Christiane Northrup, a pioneer in women’s health and holistic well-being. The second is Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, contributor to The Secret, and leader in spiritual transformation. The third is Dan Millman, author of the bestselling Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and The Life You Were Born to Live.
Dr. Christiane Northrup
by Marilyn Kay
Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup is a leading proponent of medicine and healing that acknowledges the unity of the mind and body, as well as the powerful role of the human spirit in creating health. Following a career practicing obstetrics and gynecology for over 25 years, Dr. Northrup has dedicated her lifework to helping women (and the men who love them) learn how to flourish on all levels by creating health, prosperity, and pleasure in their lives. She says, “I’ve spent the first half of my life studying and footnoting everything that can go wrong with the female body—and figuring out how to fix it. I’m dedicating the second half of my life to illuminating everything that can go right with the female body, including teaching women how to truly flourish.”
What Marilyn Kay Has Learned From Dr. Northrup
From the late 40’s to mid 50’s is an awakening time for a woman, when there is a psychic and energetic shift from the identity she has known with her home and family to an urgent need for personal exploration and self-expression. There is literally a hormone-driven re-wiring of the brain taking place, a call to move both inward and outward. Inward to find her wisdom and explore her deepest connection to herself, and outward to express her courage and her voice. This is the most creative time for a woman, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. It is also a time when she begins to create from a place of knowledge and vision for all the women who will come behind her. “When Sleeping Beauty wakes up, she is almost 50 years old.” (Maxine Cumin)
Note: If you’ve learned something from Dr. Northrup, please feel free to leave your own comment at the end of this post.
Dr. Michael Beckwith
Dr. Michael Beckwith is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center and an internationally recognized leader in spiritual transformation and the creation of trans-denominational spiritual communities. Dr. Beckwith holds a doctorate in Religious Science and has received numerous awards for his humanitarian work. He created a process called ‘life-visioning’, that helps spiritual practitioners free their awareness from limiting social conditioning and open their awareness to the love, peace and abundance of God. He supports meditation, prayer and service to community as the foundations for personal and spiritual growth. Dr. Beckwith contributed to both the DVD and book versions of the bestselling The Secret, and has appeared on Oprah and Larry King to discuss it and his other work. The Agape Center is one of the largest multi-cultural religious institutions in the world, with over 9,000 members.
Books/CDs: Life Visioning (Audio CD), Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential (Nov. 2008)
What Lisa Erickson Learned From Michael Beckwith
“To the degree that you can break free of consensus thinking (normal thinking), to that degree, the fullness of God rushes in and becomes the activity of your awareness and your affirmation of that truth becomes your reality.” As this quote shows, Dr. Beckwith’s teachings go far beyond the law of attraction as it is presented in The Secret. He urges us to full spiritual liberation, by breaking through the traps of our conditioned thinking and experiencing. He urges us to live our lives as expressions of divine love, in every thought, word, and deed – not through judgment and force, but by shifting the loci of our awareness to another level.
Note: If you’ve learned something from Dr. Beckwith, please feel free to leave your own comment at the end of this post.
by Matthew Wadleigh
Dan Millman is the author of Way Of The Peaceful Warrior, which was written to inspire, uplift, and remind readers of life’s bigger picture and higher purpose. Dan has dedicated his life to bringing greater clarity and perspective to people of all walks of life by teaching how to live a more meaningful and purposeful life in the real world. Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a fictionalized autobiography that speaks to the peaceful warrior in all of us. The tale reminds the reader of the essential perfection of your life unfolding, and to trust this process. These topics resonate in a quote from Dan: “The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.” Dan Millman is a former world-champion gymnast, martial arts expert, and college professor. He has written an additional 12 non-fiction books, all expansions of the topics presented in his first tale.
What Lisa Erickson Learned from Dan Millman
“There are no ordinary moments.” The Way of the Peaceful Warrior was one of the first spiritual books I read, while in college, and it had a profound effect on me. I began to question the assumed reality I had been living in, and look for deeper meaning and patterns. In a very real sense, this book helped initiate my life-long spiritual search – something it has done for countless others over the years.
Note: If you’ve learned something from Dan Millman, please feel free to leave your own comment at the end of this post.