As you read this I have already begun an amazing inner journey that started today as I walked through a doorway, the portal to my inner world… on an inner journey.
I’m in Virginia Beach this week, doing a residency for the first of three courses in a graduate certificate in Integrated Imagery. You might know it as past life regression, but the technique doesn’t require a belief in reincarnation to be a helpful life tool. Most of us know how effective the imagination–imagery–can be in reaching a goal or healing an old wound. Even athletes use it to visualize the best form in their sports. This is no different.
For me, this is another step in my exploration of our inner world, the place from which we can call forth all sorts of useful information. Some years ago I came to see that we can cross the boundaries of our physical bodies and enter those inner realms if we wish.
Not a parlor game
Sure, it’s fun to discover what we might have been in a past life, but that parlor-game aspect of integrated imagery is not my focus. I’d like to dig more deeply into my own soul’s purpose and, if this work resonates with me as I hope it will, help others do the same.
Our program is deeply rooted in the work of Carl Jung, Erik Erikson and other psychology pioneers. While I’m loving that part of the curriculum, other parts of it are a real challenge for me, as I don’t let go of control easily. But for some reason, this is the place I’ve ended up and I’m rather excited about it.
Today, I’ve walked through the first doorway on my voyage of discovery. The other students in the program and I will meet tomorrow in person for the first time, and our professor will be with us every day this week. We’ll learn regression techniques and practice on one another.
Back to college
The program is offered by Atlantic University as part of their Master’s program. The school was founded by Edgar Cayce in 1930 and is now an accredited online university. This certificate program, though, requires an onsite residency every semester at Virginia Beach, home to Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment, and to Atlantic University. Last year I toured the A.R.E and it is a fascinating place. I extended my trip by a day so I could spend it in Cayce’s amazing library and get a massage at their holistic facility.
I’m undecided right now if I’ll take further courses after these three, or even seek a degree. It’s not necessary for me to have another Master’s degree ( I was lucky to ace Statistics in my traditional M.S. and would prefer not to take Quantitative Methods and Statistics again) but it might be fun to take some of the coursework in Transpersonal (or spiritual) psychology.
So back to that plain green door. I love that image from Portugal, because the door looks pretty unassuming. Behind it though, treasures of the mind await and I’m really excited at the prospect of excavating them in this inner journey.