Into, Green, Kathleen, Leeson, Kathleen Leeson, shamanic, traditional, herbalist, herbal, healer, healing, program
Into, Green, Kathleen, Leeson, Kathleen Leeson, shamanic, traditional, herbalist, herbal, healer, healing, program

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Into, Green, Kathleen, Leeson, Kathleen Leeson, shamanic, traditional, herbalist, herbal, healer, healing, program
Kathleen Leeson
Into, Green, Kathleen, Leeson, Kathleen Leeson, shamanic, traditional, herbalist, herbal, healer, healing, program
















WISDOM & HAPPINESS PROGRAM: FULFILLING YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE

GRADUATES TALK ABOUT BEING IN THE WISDOM & HAPPINESS PROGRAM

Participant # 1 - Age 37 upon Completion

1. What has been the significance for you since knowing your Contract (Soul Purpose) in the 5-Day Prerequisite Intensive?
o Focus and purpose.

2. What has been the difference with how you feel since receiving your True Purpose?
o Privileged.
o I have a consistent feeling of Clarity.
o I can orient myself (intention and actions) with the right focus/ the right goal in mind. After years of exploration and study it feels like the puzzle is fitting together that is, for me, becoming a "Death Doula".

3. How have the practices learned in the Program aided you fulfilling your Contract?
o I've specialized my studies and reading in the field of "Death Doula".
o Less time wasted on what my ego would like to have happened in my life and more focus on what my Soul needs to have happen in order to fulfill my Purpose.

4. How has being in this Program impacted your life overall?
Well, I could write a book on that! LOL
o The Wise Woman Tradition is an essential part of my daily life, healing and understanding of myself and others.
o It has also taught me about and caused me to become bigger hearted, more compassionate, and patient.
o By creating ritual in my life for myself, others, and the Earth, I am now securely experiencing the art of giving and receiving, in the flow of life. o By helping me keep the balance.
o Everything we did together has helped me get closer to who I am in truth and that leads me that much closer to fulfilling my Soul's Purpose.
o Tremendously ... and I am very grateful for it!
What it comes down to is: this Program has impacted my Life in ways that words cannot convey and I live the effects of it daily. Be this a curse or a blessing (some days it's difficult to separate the two), in the end it is a great blessing. With my heart and soul I am grateful to have found someone who could teach me and lead me to the road of fulfillment. I have not fulfilled my Soul's Purpose yet but I am on the right road to get there and for that I am eternally thankful. The phrase "curse or blessing" is said because awareness can sometimes be hard to bear even though it is also a blessing to be more aware. These days, it is more often blessing.

Participant #2 - Age 35 upon Completion

1. What has been the significance for you since knowing your Contract (Soul Purpose) in the 5-Day Prerequisite Intensive?
It brought a lot of focus in my life - and I like focus! I had been searching for what it was that I was meant to do in this world and that is why I signed up for this program. Right there, on Day 1, I get my Contract! My Contract has become more refined and even more focused now that I have worked with it over the 4 years of the program. It wasn't like I was anywhere near ready to step into my Soul's Purpose right away, but it really was a clear starting point.

2. What has been the difference with how you feel since receiving your True Purpose?
I feel happier and clearer. It used to be really hard for me to orient myself. For instance, how to spend my energy, what projects to take on and what jobs to pursue. That may be freeing for some, but at a certain point in my life, "exploring possibilities" was no longer what I was looking for. I had gotten sick with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in my twenties trying to "push" to find my place in the world. I wasn't one of those people who "just knew what I wanted to be when I grew up" and then went for it. I really needed a way to get guidance and work out what in me would keep me from fulfilling my potential. So, I feel miles better than when I started, if not only because that search for my Purpose s over. I found it, and now work from that as my "home base". Having that as my center makes all the difference in the world. When I first started working out how to be in the flow of my Soul's Contract, I began practicing with opportunities that came up in my life - would this option forward me in my Contract, does it serve my Contract? If it didn't, then my decision was much clearer. Over time, of course, the Universe presents you with chances to refine that process. Now, it looks like "which of these opportunities best serves me in my Contract"? A much subtler version of the question, but one that is still so valuable to work with. The things that best serve me fulfilling my Contract give me energy and the ones that get in the way of that do not. We are all meant to fulfill our potential and it is a privilege to be in a position to do so.

3. How have the practices learned in the Program aided you fulfilling your Contract?
Without the practices - the Wise Woman practices and the energy work (Shamanic) practices - I would not be working on my Contract today. I have had to do a lot of hard (and necessary!) work using these methods to "get out of my own way" - all kinds of things that would keep me small, all kinds of bad habits and misperceptions. I've been through a lot, letting them go and emerging into the person I have become - someone who is often in the flow of her own life, someone who has the courage to step out as her truest self, a woman of Spirit and Heart in the world. When I am not in alignment with my Soul's Purpose, when I have slid back into old habits and patterns and contracted into my smaller self, I now have tools by which to sort that out and get back in the flow. Without the teachings of the course, without my teacher challenging me, without the support of the other women who were working through the same kinds of things in the program, there is no way I would be where I am today. This program has been a huge gift in my life, one that I had to look for and work for as well, but I was definitely met more than halfway!

4. How has being in this Program impacted your life overall?
The program has transformed my life. I am not the same person I was when I started it, and I mean that in a good way! At the beginning, I didn't know how I was meant to be of service in the world, how to use and develop my gifts. Now, I am starting my own business as a Ceremonialist. I work with people to craft and lead ceremonies that are personalized to them and what they would like to mark in their lives. Many people are looking for weddings and funerals and it is my honour to co-create unique ceremonies for people in these transitions in their lives. In addition, I know it is also part of my work to challenge people to re-expand those limited ideas of Ceremony and Ritual. In indigenous cultures, Ceremony was a huge part of people's lives, as an on-going practice of experiencing connection to Spirit. In today's modern secular world, more than ever, people are looking for ways to lead "examined lives", lives rich with symbolic meaning and connection to their higher selves and their place in the world. Being in meaningful Ceremony can do that for people - deepening their experience of their own lives and placing them in the presence of the extraordinary. (For more information on my work, please visit www.ceremonialist.blogspot.com.) Over the course of the 4 years in this Program, I had a lot of opportunity to be in ceremonies of all kinds. I had previously felt a love of Ceremony, and in the program, it became clearer that this specifically was my Calling. I was given more and more opportunity to use the class as a testing ground for my Contract, and to keep growing in these ways. The program really both offered transpersonal teachings for the whole group and over time adapted to allow space for each of us to develop skills for our specific Contracts - the best of all worlds! I also feel a really close connection with and deep respect and trust for the other program graduates - my fellow journeyers. Since the program ended, we have taken on new projects together, which play to our strengths and continue to support the development of each of our Soul's Growths. To have such a community in my life, of heart-centred people committed to Truth and Spirit and the Earth is a true blessing in my life.

Participant # 3 - Age 52 upon Completion

1. What has been the significance for you since knowing your Contract (Soul Purpose) in the 5-Day Prerequisite Intensive?
· Having a quietness deep inside, in knowing that I'm in the right place doing what I am supposed to be doing

2. What has been the difference with how you feel since receiving your True Purpose?
· I feel like a piece of the puzzle (of me) that had been missing…has been found…and then I had loads of work to do, and that has really been fine with me

3. What has been the difference in what you do since receiving your true Purpose?
· On this journey of self discovery, I feel empowered as I get to know more and more about who I really am.

4. How have the practices learned in the Program aided you fulfilling your Contract?
· Being able to see the both/and - and cause and effect laws of life has enabled me to make wiser choices and to see things more clearly, which in turn, helps me to help others

5. How has being in this Program impacted your life?
· I say, do, and feel things in a kinder, gentler way.
· I am good to myself and take better care of me… I value me.
· I am much more open to appearing vulnerable. I don't always have to be the 'strong' one.
· Not so very long ago, I couldn't stand to speak with one of my relatives; they were always right and had an opinion about everything…and I took everything that was said to me, personally. Now I understand and see that they have the best of intentions and that what they say isn't personal to me and I even enjoy their company! At times I have to give myself a shake because it's so amazing to me: and a true miracle!
· Once upon a time I would instantly judge a person for what they said and did. I now take a closer look at what is 'really' going on. I try to see, hear and feel with my whole body.

Participant # 4 - Age 33 upon Completion

1. What has been the significance for you since knowing your Contract (Soul Purpose) in the 5-Day Prerequisite Intensive?
Knowing my Soul's Purpose has helped me make important life decisions that encourage and support my Contract and has brought me a deep sense of meaning and fulfillment that I've never experienced before. I have been able to manifest a partner who supports me completely and for the first time in my entire life I am truly happy. I'm able to create my life and live it in a way that brings me great joy. I feel really good about being able to show my children by example how they can also do this for themselves in their own lives.

2. What has been the difference with what you do since receiving your True Purpose?
By taking this program, I have been able to sort through my past and come to terms with it. I have formed several very intimate and genuine friendships with other people in the program as well. I now understand myself and no longer feel like a victim to my life. Because of the tools I've learned in it and the network of friends I've developed through taking it, I now have the power to create the life I want. I have experienced many miracles because of being in this program. It has allowed me to release a lot of patterns of behavior that were sabotaging my ability to make decisions that brought me happiness. Now I am aware of how I truly create my own reality and I'm living my wildest dreams. I recently bought a 200 acre farm - which is something I never thought possible. My children have a father they can rely on who loves them consistently and who is committed to raising them well. We travel to Hawaii every year, go on vacation in the summers and we've found a great balance between work, family and leisure. This may sound dramatic but I believe had it not been for being in this program my stepson would not be alive. He broke his neck in a car accident a few years ago and everyone from the course including Kathleen, showed up at the hospital and were there for us 100%. They all used their healing abilities to help him heal even though the doctors said he should have died on three separate occasions. Today he is completely fine, he walks around as though nothing happened. I am truly blessed to have had everyone from the course to support and help my family.

3. How have the practices learned in the Program aided you fulfilling your Contract?
When I entered the course I was lost and extremely unhappy. I found Kathleen's teaching style very empowering; she always knew when to support and help me through something and has shown me how to do it for myself. She also knew when to challenge me and encourage me to cut through my own bullshit in order to face the truth of who I really am and what was stopping me from achieving my goals. I have no words to truly express how grateful I feel for all she's taught me. I've met many Healers and Medicine people over my lifetime but none have so lovingly and patiently supported and encouraged me the way Kathleen has. She has shown me by her own example what Integrity looks like and I will always admire her for her ability to empower others through the teachings.

4. How has being in this Program impacted your life overall?
My contract is the archetype of "Helper". When I first received it I was very confused as to what it meant. After four years of experiencing what is means to be "Helper", I am blown away by the miracles and wonders I am privy to experience. I experience this Contract a lot like angelic encounters with people. Sometimes I am guided to say things or do things like an angel might. I have learned to trust these intuitions and follow through with the appropriate actions. My life feels like a river that constantly twists and turns. I never know where I will feel guided to be; all I need to do is trust that I am where I need to be. It feels great to be of service and to know I am in the flow of life. I can now help others to find their own sense of purpose and fulfillment by listening to my inner knowings.

Participant # 5 - Age 63 at Completion*

1. What has been the significance for you since knowing your Contract (Soul Purpose) in the 5-Day Prerequisite Intensive?
I feel more confident about the path I am on in my life, I am more focused in my activities and I have far less difficulty in declining activities that are not consistent with my life contract (saying "no").

2. What has been the difference with how you feel since receiving your True Purpose?
I feel not only more confident but less pressured and more at peace with what I am doing.

3. What has been the difference with what you do since receiving your True Purpose?
I do less and enjoy what I am doing more.

4. How have the practices learned in the Program aided you fulfilling your Contract?
I see a big part of any life contract being the work to shed negative and patterned behaviour responses. I find the learnings from the program enormously helpful in recognizing patterned behaviour responses or schemas and taking steps to shed these. I also feel less anxious when I am upset about something I have done because I now know how to deal with my emotions in a way that I pass through them and let them go instead of hanging onto them and being controlled by my anger or shame or frustration or critical judgment and having them dog me in my sleep or keeping me in ill humour.

5. How has being in this Program impacted your life overall?
I am far more confident taking steps to protect and look after myself - saying no to invitations that in past would have been torturous to manage; withdrawing from activities that I have entered into and realize after the fact that it was poor judgment on my part to enter into them; to enjoy fully the activities that I engage in and not constantly be worrying about plans for the next thing on the list of things to do; to set realistic expectations in my daily schedule; to have confidence that whatever happens, I can manage to find my way, regardless of the challenges I may face. The course gave me invaluable tools for personal growth and facing what were previously overwhelming challenges.

(*Participant #5 chose to leave the Program at the end of two years and did not complete the full four years.)


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