Why “Teachings of Value”?
Because these are Teachings that could change your life!
For all the great and inspired workshops, books and sites about personal growth and spiritual realization, how much of it is grounded, practical and clear enough to help you improve your life? What are the missing elements that would enable a sense of meaning in your life? Despite your best intentions or efforts, what gets in the way?
These Teachings deal with the nuts and bolts of daily life, bringing this into harmony with the big picture questions and longings we all share. From our earliest inception, the focus has always been on what works and what does not, when and under what conditions. We do all kinds of things. No thing is too small. No stone is left unturned in looking at how to approach life. We regard our practical approach to living as essential to helping people lead better, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. It is powerful stuff.
While there is a deep respect for and use of the immense amount of knowledge, wisdom, and techniques for human growth and development that already exists, there is also an understanding that the wisdom of other cultures were not geared for contemporary western life and all the dilemmas we face socially, politically, economically, ecologically and within ourselves. Teachings of Value provides a creative and original synthesis of diverse paths of personal growth and spiritual realization, holistic healing modalities, martial arts disciplines, and lifestyle practices. This knowledge is in one sense ancient, and in another sense very new, current, and fresh. No one technique or discipline is seen as the panacea for every human ailment, but rather we embrace any and every source of wisdom that could help to further or complete any aspect of human growth and development. We offer alternative perspectives to prevailing cultural notions about how things work and why. Our materials and methods have been continuously tested, refined, and expanded by teaching and practicing them in a wide variety of real life circumstances and situations. Over 40 years of search, discovery and experimentation has led to a mind boggling array of knowledge that spans many topics and embraces many spiritual paths.
When people aspire to improve any aspect of their lives, it’s all too easy to overlook or neglect, the role that our general lifestyle invariably plays in whether we succeed or not. We lay a solid foundation for how to personally assess your lifestyle and the positive or negative effects it, or any aspect of it, may be having on you. And how to go about modifying it in ways to help you move progressively forward toward achieving your goals and realizing greater overall satisfaction, happiness and fulfillment in your life.
By lifestyle we are talking about the basics of how you life your life: the food you eat, how you eat it, how you spend your time, your relationships with others, regular exercise, what are your inner practices and how are they conducted, transitions, and so on. What is the quality of your daily life? How do you cope in a healthy way with the stresses and strains of modern living? What will help you contact and be enriched by tastes and hints of the spark and sparkle of the divine in all of us?
For more about these questions and the answers we have found, we invite you to explore our articles, quotes, and courses. Perhaps the most accessible and usable teaching we offer is the Path of the Everyday Mystic.