Join this facilitated discussion to explore the important and often overlapping themes of spirituality, faith and religion in the context of the Three Principles. The personal definitions of spirituality are limitless and profound. How does your experience of the spiritual nature of life guide you to mental health and wellbeing? What does faith mean to you and what do you have faith in? Where does religion fit in this picture for you? What is simply indescribable? Beyond your daily lived experience of the spiritual, what do you turn to for reading and reflection? How do the principles articulated by Syd Banks align with or differ from contemporary spiritual experts and resources? Join this Supermind discussion on February 18 to share, reflect, and listen to others exploring the Three Principles.
Kathy Marshall EmersonKathy was first introduced to the principles in 1995 with ongoing instruction from nearly all of the seminal Three Principles teachers including Syd Banks, Roger Mills, George and Linda Pransky, and many others. She writes, “My own life was changed before I even realized it; others told me I was different! The draw to health was natural and out of control in a good way. It spilled into my life’s work in unimaginable ways.”
Kathy pioneered application of the principles in public grant-funded major community systems change work. School and community leaders in two separate 20-year projects have changed hundreds of youth and adult lives in statistically significant ways. Evaluations are posted on the National Resilience Resource Center website (nationalresilienceresource.com) on the Outcomes page. A major Education page is the newest charitable service NRRC offers.
From 2002 to date Kathy has taught a principles graduate course on Spirituality and Resilience at the University of Minnesota. It is common for student evaluations to say, “This is the best course I have ever taken and it should be required of all students at the University.”
Kathy explains, “The simple pleasure of life is really only a thought away. As Sydney Banks writes, ‘When our channel to the soul is open, we live in a more harmonious reality. Such a state involves no effort and nothing we have to do. We simply go about our everyday business of living, our actions stemming from compassion, love, and wisdom. This soul thinking is always present when we aren’t engaged in other types of thinking. Often our negative thinking gets in the way, and we are pulled away from this pure state of thought.’ I find soul thinking is an important part of tapping natural resilience and navigating life successfully with ease and grace. Regardless of age or circumstances we never lose the ability to rely on this healthy, natural part of ourselves and it is natural to live in a state of service. Often it is in conversation with someone close to us that we can explore soul thinking.” Marshall Emerson says Supermind is one good way to join the conversation.
Kathy studied at the University of Southern California as a National Defense Education Act Fellow to complete a Master’s and additional doctoral work in Communication. She retired from the University of Minnesota after 20 years where she created and directed the National Resilience Resource Center (NRRC). She currently leads the private NRRC LLC and continues to offer a University graduate course, Spirituality and Resilience. Her principles-based trainings are dedicated to changing systems and enhancing the health of helpers in order to facilitate the natural resilience, health and well-being of children and adults.