Are you a graduate student who has a deep desire to make the world a better place?

 

But perhaps you feel stifled within the constraints of traditional academia structure? Or maybe, you feel unsupported because of a sterile and competitive institutional system?

Your conflicted feelings are not coincidences.

 

Graduate school is a place of oxymorons:

  • Your supervisor is partly your boss and partly your mentor.
  • Your job is to do original research, but you are expected to play within the confines of academic traditions.
  • You are being trained to be an “expert” and yet you need to validate what you say with other people’s words.
  • You want your research to be for the greater good but to climb that academic ladder you need to publish in gated knowledge communities.
  • Universities are full of students and faculty, and yet you find yourself ever so isolated.

There is a common saying that knowledge is power, but the opposite is also true: academia can be quite disempowering.

Do you feel your pain?

 

If the answer is no, you can stop reading here. This course isn’t for you. If the answer is yes, keep reading.

Manifestos. Declarations. Protests.

We hear promises of change everywhere and yet, do you see the change you want to see in the world? How about in yourself?

Inspirational quotes. New Year resolutions. Self-care campaigns.

Pledges of change are easy to make, but the reality is, the numbing discomfort of a comfort zone is more tolerable than breaking the cycle of repressed pain. Only when the pain of not changing surpasses the pain of staying in a cycle will a person (and a society) embark on their transformative journey. As 13th century poet Rumi has wrote, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

To see the change you desire in the world, you must also face your own resistance to change and to face your own pain.

 

If you are still reading, then you are already at this crossroads. You already feel enough pain to want to change. And you intuitively know that your transformation matters.

Self-Love for Graduate Students Online Course

 

Given that many graduate students suffer from anxiety, stress, insecurity, and/or self-doubt, getting additional support from someone such as a coach or mentor can be a very helpful to your grad school experience.

However, standard coaching rates are often well beyond the reach of many students. Therefore, I designed this self-paced online course so that you and other graduate students can benefit from my eco-spiritual self-love approach to social change.

This course bridges your mind’s craving for theory, your passion for social and environmental justice, and your desire for a more loving world. By bridging critical social theory with ecopsychology and philosophy, I guide you through a process of self-reflection to see knowledge and research as vital learning tools towards self-love, self-empowerment, and compassionate change in the world.

What’s included:

  • 10 learning modules with 3 hours of video content
  • 10 self-reflection workbooks
  • 8 mini quizzes
  • Downloadable video, audio, and slideshow files for use offline (mp4, m4a, pdf)

Price: $129 CAD

 

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Your obstacles are more than problems.

 

“A problem is something which I meet, which I find completely before me, but which I can therefore lay siege to and reduce. But a mystery is something in which I am myself involved, and it can therefore only be thought of as a sphere where the distinction between what is in me and what is before me loses its meaning and initial validity.”

– Gabriel Marcel, French philosopher (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

 

You may see your distresses and concerns as problems. Or see pertinent social-ecological issues in the world as problems. But if you consider the difference between problems and mysteries, then you will realize that there are no social-ecological “problems”. Every issue you try to solve, every change you want to make in the world, including your life, to some extent is a “mystery” in which you are involved.

In the process of unraveling a mystery, you are also changed in the process.

 

You will have to face your own painful emotions regarding this mystery, but to sincerely work through any social-ecological issue, you are also accepting to go through a process of self-discovery.

If you feel lost, frustrated, isolated, or doubtful, know that there is nothing wrong with you. Your intrinsic ability to know worthiness, belonging, and security is found in life’s mystery, and not through problem-solving. But society’s need to compartmentalize knowledge and reject certain forms of knowing (i.e., personal, intuitive, mystical etc.) has ended up exiling you (and others), metaphorically from the world.

To return back into the world, back into yourself, start your journey back to your true home.

An Eco-spiritual Self-love Approach

At the root of your mission is self-love. Not only is self-love foundational to a content and peaceful life, an empowered spirit and a compassionate heart can also change the world through the impact you make in your work. Three key pillars and a seven-module process set the foundation to your growth. At the core of the transformational process is the intention to develop conscious living and working, whether that is through research, design, advocacy, etc.

Understanding knowledge systems

  • Acceptance: Know that you are meant to be unique and be part of a collective.
  • Narrative: The world is shaped by our words. You can change your perspective of yourself and the world by changing your narrative.

“Being” in the world

  • Embodiment: You are more than your mind. Your body holds memories and stories.
  • Belonging: Know that you already belong despite what society says; your memories and experiences are gateways to feeling belongingness.

Making conscious choices

  • Courage: Fear is a threshold to growth.
  • Compassion: Your unresolved pain (as well as society’s pain) wants to be loved.
  • Praxis: Applying your new understanding of yourself and the world to your research work.

Change the world by loving yourself.

 

Being empowered is about living life with purpose.

Your life purpose is not something for the distant future—when you finally finish your thesis or dissertation; when you graduate and get a stable job; when you receive a raise or a promotion—maybe, then, you’ll have the time and money to consider your life purpose?

No. The sequence will continue…when you have children…when your children have grown up…when you retire…

You are living your life now.

 

In every breath you make, you are already living your life purpose.

  • But are you living your purpose consciously and with intention?
  • Are you satisfied with your life choices?
  • Do you know enough about yourself to make these choices?
  • Are you having difficulty navigating or grappling with the weight of our social, political, or institutional systems while continuing to grow as an individual?
  • Are you working on a research topic that is socially relevant and deeply personal, but you are having difficulty reconciling these two aspects of your study?

This course was created to fill the neglected gaps of higher education.

 

If we are to have a flourishing society and a peaceful, just, and sustainable world, we need secure and self-loving individuals to lead the way. I help you see yourself, your life, school, and work in more empowering ways so that change can happen easier.

Many passionate graduate students end up despaired and desperate to finish their thesis or dissertations so that they can “start living their real life”. But I find that so unfortunate because school and work are not separate from life. Real life is always now. If you don’t want to wait to start living your life with purpose, enroll in the course today.

 

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Knowledge from the Fringes

Destructive paradigms are perpetuated by society’s need to create knowledge hierarchies. That means, some forms of knowledge are accepted in mainstream society while other forms of knowledge are ridiculed. Part of creating a flourishing commons is to learn to respect your own individual way of knowing and being in the world.

I encourage you to speak the knowledge systems that resonate with you. For instance, I engage with different languages of knowing depending on the audience. I speak “academia” and “social politics” as much as I speak “New Age.”

Decolonisation, neoliberalism, marginalisation, assimilation…Crystal healing, law of attraction, twin flames, and chakras…are all valid ways of seeing the world.

I had once been afraid of revealing my affinity to different knowledge structures—afraid of what others would think of me if I didn’t stay in an “approved” box of knowledge—but we can’t flourish, individually and collectively if we deny our own knowingness.

To bridge knowledge systems, I recommend the following esoteric and practical tools for self-reflection:

 

Oracle Cards

Unlike tarot cards, which are often used as a form of divination, oracle cards are generally more useful as a tool for introspection and self-reflection. The theme of each oracle deck is dependent on its author or illustrator, so different perspectives can be obtained through various oracle decks. The biggest insight that comes from using oracle cards is the interpretation made by the card user. No matter what outcome, the inquirer is the one who makes decisions in their own life.  

 

Human Design

Human Design is a personality-energy assessment tool based on cross-cultural archetypes including Eastern and Western astrology, the Hindu Chakra system, the Judaic Kabbalah, the Chinese I-Ching, and quantum physics. Using the day, time, and place of birth, Human Design reveals a person’s energetic blueprint in the world as illustrated in a personalised bodygraph chart. This chart shows a person’s unique attributes, challenges, life purpose, and susceptibility to social conditioning. It also discloses where one has the most potential for life wisdom and how best to make decisions for a flourishing life.

Included in my Self-Love for Graduate Students Course is an introduction to the Human Design system so that you can get started in understanding the basics of your own chart. If you are interested in getting a foundational Human Design reading from me, contact me to discuss. I have a Level 2 Human Design Specialist Certification from Karen Curry Parker’s Quantum Alignment System.