Course begins online June 2, 2018
It requires dealing with the healthcare system, navigating changes in lifestyle and relationships, and handling the emotions that arise with having your hopes and dreams derailed. But illness is also about growth and awakening.
If you have a chronic illness and are wondering where to go next or how to manage all of the issues facing you, this course can offer new perspectives. We will use the Integral map developed by Ken Wilber, who himself suffers from a chronic illness and was a caregiver for many years for his wife. This map will give you a comprehensive look at how your inner and outer worlds are affected by illness and how you can use the experience of illness for personal and spiritual growth.
The course is suitable for patients, caregivers, practitioners and others who deal with healthcare matters.
Lynn is a college instructor, educational course designer, and a mediator with a BA, MA, JD, and PhD. An experienced classroom and online instructor, she has designed and taught courses in transpersonal psychology, writing, planning, chronic illness, and conflict management at DePaul University, where she also founded and directed the Chronic Illness Initiative, a program to help students with chronic illness obtain a degree.
A devoted student of Ken Wilber and integral philosophy, she has published integrally oriented essays and articles on conflict resolution and illness management and weaves integral ideas into her course design and teaching. She follows an integral life practice of physical, psychological, meditative, and cognitive development.
Lynn has volunteered in many capacities – with battered women, people in the recovery community, and people with chronic illness – and served on the board of the Solve ME/CFS Association of America for many years. Despite her study of many disciplines, Lynn regards her greatest learning as long-term caregiver for severely ill family members.
Overview. Course Information. Introductions. What Is a Koan?
Week 1 Chronic Illness Basics and the Integral Map
Week 2: The Disempowerment of Illness. Heroes in Disguise
Week 3: Taking Back Your Power: Mapping the Territory
Week 4: Taking Back Your Power: Working with the Trauma
Week 5: Taking Back Your Power: Managing the Project
Week 6: Communication and Integration
This course is one of six courses on turning the challenges of chronic illness into opportunities for relationship healing, personal growth, and spiritual awakening. Register now for the entire series for a 40% discount, or register for the first course and receive a 25% discount coupon for any additional courses.
Each course is six weeks and includes guided discussions and video calls (all calls are archived so you can listen to them later). The courses in the series are:
Course #1: The Koan of Illness: Empowering Yourself
Course #2: The Koan of Illness: Healing Yourself
Course #3: The Koan of Illness: Healing Your Relationships
Course #4: The Koan of Illness: Illness as a Springboard for Personal Growth
Course #5: The Koan of Illness: Illness as a Path to Spiritual Awakening
Course #6: The Koan of Illness: Pulling It All Together: How Growing Up and Waking Up Heals Bodies, Minds, and Spirits.
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We donate 50% of revenues from this course to organizations that support people with chronic illness. If you would like to suggest a particular recognized chronic illness based charity, please contact Lynn at the address above.
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