Saturday, January 12, 2013, with Robert Scaer, MD.
The Freeze Response and The Spectrum of Trauma brought a good crowd to Caritas as Trauma expert, Bob Scaer discussed the implications of the many diseases that have their basis in the physiology of an aborted, truncated or incomplete discharge of the freeze response in the face of a life threat. The resulting disorder of regulatory functions in the brain and body results in a spectrum of symptoms that include emotional, cognitive and somatic dysfunction. From infancy to adulthood, many “minor” negative life events may assume the physiological state of trauma if experienced in a state of relative helplessness, and therefore have profound implications for complex societal trauma. This concept has important implications in consideration of causes for, and the treatment of, addiction, disease and mental illness.
Caritas Holiday Party, December 13.
A great group of Caritas friends gathered to enjoy the sumptuous food, drink and music (thanks, Jackie Rock!) and do some holiday shopping for themselves and their loved ones at the Silent Auction.
Many thanks to volunteer Connie Wolfe for stepping in to ringlead the collection of wonderful goods and services offered for bidding at the Auction. Many MORE thanks go to all those who offered their quality products, services, and travel vacations to Caritas as our foremost fundraiser for the year!
And we still have some of the items available at our Post-Auction for minimum bids, including trips with tremendous savings to Santa Fe, a Rocky Mountain Ski-in, Ski-out Luxury Stay, and Costa Rica. Come by soon to get in on the bargains!
Yogacharya Dharmananda (Swamiji)’s inspiring talk on Yugas, or world ages December 8.
Swamiji educated us on the Sun’s movement around Alcyone, the central sun of the Pleiades, which creates Yugas or world ages. Like changing seasons the Yugas change. Just as each season has its own characteristic affecting human life, similarly each yuga has very specific characteristics that affects human life, evolution and civilization. We are now in ascending Dvapara Yuga that unfolds a vast potential and quickens growth of human consciousness. There is a clear direction in which human civilization will move in the next 2000 years. The subject explains in great detail the well known 26000 year Mayan/ Equinoctial cycle and what is likely to happen on December 21, 2012 and what the immediate future is likely to be for all mankind.
Yogacharya Dharmananda (Swamiji) is a preeminent scholar and teacher of the Science of Yoga, Hindu Philosophy, and Comparative Religion. He is the Director of the International Vishwaguru Yoga and Meditation Institute (Rishikesh, India), now living in Longmont. His lectures, especially his mode of presentation with humor, stories and anecdotes, have earned him wide acclaim.
Canadian Chiropractor Ian Gainor, November 17.
By special invitation, Canadian Chiropractor Ian Gainor joined us for a drop-in afternoon of personalized Whole Body Vibration training, in which attendees had their individual questions addressed by the expert. Dr. Gainor is a world authority on this state-of-the-art medical and fitness technology and co-author of Whole Body Vibration and Your Health.
Steve McIntosh captivated the audience, November 16.
Integral philosopher Steve McIntosh spoke about his new book: Evolution’s Purpose: An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins, presenting a fresh and compelling view of the scientific facts of evolution, and showing how a deeper understanding of evolution itself can lead directly to a more evolved world.
As science has increasingly shown how everything in the universe is subject to evolution—including matter, life, and human culture—these very facts reveal that the process of evolution is unmistakably progressive. And as we come to understand how evolution progresses, this reveals evolution’s purpose—to grow toward ever-widening realizations of beauty, truth, and goodness. It is through the generation of these most intrinsic forms of value that evolution expresses its spiritual message. McIntosh argues that the purpose of evolution is not “intelligently designed” or otherwise externally controlled; rather, its purpose is being creatively and originally discerned through the choices of evolutionary creatures themselves. Without relying on any spiritual authorities, the book demonstrates evolution’s purposeful progression and shows how the scientific story of our origins is actually a profound and sacred teaching compatible with many forms of contemporary spirituality.
Author, teacher and lecturer David Cowan, November 12.
It is no secret something BIG is happening on Planet Earth. David Ian Cowan explored many avenues leading to an appreciation of a Bigger Picture of this Time of Transition. He discussed all you really need to know about the ‘2012’ phenomena, the effect of Cosmic energies on DNA, the ‘roots’ of human limitation, the Grand Cycles responsible for former periods of change, the experience of the Collapse of Time, and much more. Knowledge is power… the power to respond creatively and confidently to what may be the biggest opportunity for positive change we have had on Earth in eons! David’s intent of this work is to replace fear with facts, apprehension with Peace, and questions with answers.