THE KOAN OF ILLNESS

A Journey of Awakening

If you or a loved one suffer from a chronic illness, you've come to the right place.
Here, we look at illness as a growth path instead of a prison sentence, a healing journey instead of series of losses, and an opportunity for awakening beyond the confines of body and mind.
Our current offerings are described below.  I hope you join us on this journey.

 

Each of our live, 6-week, and stand alone courses addresses a part of the illness experience and is designed both for people suffering from chronic illness and caregivers. You can begin with any of the courses, pick and choose, or do them all (discounts and scholarships available).  

Healing Your Relationships begins November 17. Scroll down for more information and to register. 

In Zen Buddhism, a koan is a question designed to put you in touch with the limitations of your thinking mind and provoke a deeper awareness. You cannot solve a koan using your usual methods. Instead, you must allow it to solve you.

Living with chronic illness, no matter if it is yours or a loved one’s, is a unique koan, one that is not understood by the rest of the world – a world that often feels uncaring and unsupportive and moving far too quickly to notice what you’re living, day-to-day. 

On the illness journey, you are forced to deal with different perceptions of the illness experience and the meaning of suffering and to navigate many difficult feelings such as sadness, anger, and guilt. You have little to no assistance to guide you through the unique stresses and trauma that chronic illness brings into your relationship with yourself, the people in your life, and the rest of the world. 

However, managing a life within the constraints that illness brings can be: 

A growth path instead of something to endure 

  • A healing journey instead of a series of losses
  • An opportunity for awakening beyond the confines of body and mind 

 None of this happens magically or spontaneously. You need frameworks, practice, and support.

In the Koan of Illness, you will find support, guidance, and community. Using the Integral Model – a comprehensive, holistic, practical, philosophical, and spiritual map – we will help you to: 

Increase your capacity to manage illness:

  • Heal from the trauma it causes
  • Improve the quality of your relationships
  • Use illness as a springboard to personal growth
  • Deepen your spirituality 
  • Find a community of depth and support 

Illness may be a tragedy, but it also holds gifts for those who are willing to look for them.

 “I learned so much about how I have needlessly struggled; how I have learned to overcome the challenges and how there are new and exciting possibilities for where to go from here.”  – Imago Inocente

 

The Koan of Illness Live Courses

Living with chronic illness is a hero's journey. The following 6-week stand alone courses are designed for people suffering from chronic illness and their caregivers. You can begin with any of the courses, pick and choose, or do them all.

The Four Dimensions of Healing: – only $17.00. Get an overview of the integral quadrant map and how it can be used to better manage illness.

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Empowering Yourself: Begins each June

Discover ways to take back some of the power that illness has taken from you. Learn to map the complex world of illness and mine its treasures.

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Healing the Trauma: Begins each August

The wounds of chronic illness are more than physical. Part of the path of illness is acknowledging and working with the emotional and psychological layers of trauma.

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Healing Your Relationships: Begins each November

Chronic illness brings changes and challenges to every relationship – your partner, children, parents, employer, friends, and even yourself. Your relationships can fracture or deepen depending on how you integrate illness into them.

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Using Illness as a Springboard to Personal Growth:  Begins each January

Illness is a path to deep personal growth.  Understanding how this growth occurs can offer a direct route to a better, more mature, and more sane experience of being human, even in the midst of tragedy.

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Illness as an Accelerator of Spiritual Intelligence and Awakening. Begins each March.

Illness or caregiving can be part of your spiritual practice and path. Using the Integral map, we’ll use the very difficulties that illness magnifies as the place to bring our attention and our practice.

 

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Integration: Begins each May

It’s time to take all that you’ve learned and apply it to your life, implementing your own integral life practice that includes all the dimensions of your own being as well as the collective experience. It is recommended that you be well versed in integral philosophy or have taken at least one of the other courses before taking this one.

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Join us to investigate these and other questions that arise out of the illness experience.

In this series, we use a comprehensive practical, philosophical, and spiritual map – the integral map – to increase our capacity to manage illness, to heal from the traumas it causes, to improve our relationships, to use illness as a springboard to personal growth, and to deepen our spirituality. In the first course, we look at how illness can be so disempowering and how we might take back some of our lost power. In later courses, we look at healing our emotional pain and our relationships, and at using our experience to lead us to higher levels of personal and spiritual growth. 

 


 

As our gift to you, leave your name and email to receive the free ebook, The Koan of Illness: How to Use Illness as a Springboard to Spiritual Transformation. This 22-page ebook takes you through the stages of grief that accompany a diagnosis, as well as suggestions for how to work with them.

What Course Participants Say:

 As a person struggling with a chronic condition, I find the world isn't often interested in hearing about my challenges when they come back again and again. But being able to hear from, respond to and talk live with others who share that experience gave me a sense of being seen and heard in such a healing way. Never have I felt so connected to so many new friends in such a deep and meaningful way. – Liz Taylor

 The course has prodded me out of my comfort zones, humbled me when I see the challenges others face, invited me into a valuable self-assessing of myself, and challenged me to engage once again with the Integral model, this time grittily working on my understanding of myself and where I can grow into further ways to work with great consciousness with this dis-ease. Lynn teaches from a place of being a person still learning after all these years in the territory of illness and caretaking and shares as a companion on this challenging journey how she finds the perspective of Integral is useful when living with illness. – Susan Schuurmans

 Lynn has created a way of seeing our experience of illness that empowers and enlivens. Being part of her course let's me know I'm part of a greater whole where my challenges are shared. I can feel connected, seen and heard. Even the difficult stuff is allowed. – Heather

 This course is wonderfully thought provoking and has so many valuable tools I hope to keep revisiting it again and again to further contemplate all that you have given us.  – Laria

 Wendy: And Lynn - simply wow! Thanks for being such a pioneer and putting such an educational and heart-full class together for our benefit. I will read and re-read your handouts as I continue to live with this chronic illness. Your work is a blessing and a deep comfort to me. It is good to be understood and to have partners on this journey. So thank you for showing up on my computer - I will never forget you!

 

Dr. Lynn Fuentes founded and administered a university program for students with chronic illness, created and taught a university course on chronic illness, served for several years on the board of a national illness organization, and has been a caregiver herself for several decades. Lynn has degrees in political science, communication, law, and conflict management. Her Ph.D. was based in Integral Theory which informs this unique approach to illness management.

Participate or learn more:

Facebook: Join the conversation about illness and transformation here.

Interviews:  Listen to experts with an integral perspective on chronic illness.  Click here.

Resources and Readings:  Writings and resources for chronic illness management.  Click here.

Integral Life:  Watch a video describing an integral way to look at illness: https://integrallife.com/koan-chronic-illness/

FAQs

Do I have to do all of the courses? Or, do them in order?
No! You can do one, a few, or all of them. And, you can start with any of them. However, it is recommended that you have a solid understanding of Integral philosophy or have taken at least one of the courses before the sixth one, Integration.

What if I can’t attend the live calls?
They will be recorded and archived so that you can watch/listen at a time that works for you.

Who are these courses for?
Anyone with chronic illness. Caregivers for people with chronic illness. Professionals in healing modalities that are supporting people with chronic illness.

 

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