Shifting Perspective on Death

Posted by on Oct 30, 2020 in Catherine Ann Jones, Catherine's Blog

Shifting Perspective on Death

with Catherine Ann Jones

Who has not lost family or friends? Often the wish to have said or done more for those we loved and lost, lingers. If I could see them one last time, what would I say? What would they say to me? What might I ask them? Is it possible to communicate with those who have already passed over? Where do they go? How to confront the inevitable challenge of losing those we love? How to face the grief and guilt remaining? A shift in perspective is needed to cope with such loss in a way that may help the soul to understand and grow. Also, as many of us know, death need not end a deep relationship. Perhaps a new language is needed to talk with those who are no longer living – yet not totally gone.

This is the original seed that took root and led to my sixth online course for DailyOM. As with other extreme challenges in life, experiencing the deaths of loved ones – though difficult -can become an opportunity for our souls to grow. The eight weekly lessons will include short writing exercises as a way to explore the themes and clarify what our own beliefs are about what exists after death and how best to honor the dead and aid them onward, sometimes even continuing a relationship with those who have passed on. Discovering ways to both honor and communicate with those who are gone – yet somehow remain.

How to deal with loss in ways to promote growth, honor and help the departed soul on their journey after death are the goals of this course. Join me in this unique exploration that touches us all.

What you will learn with this course:

  • The Price of Staying On
  • How Loved Ones & Pets Communicate with the Living
  • Creative Ways to Honor & Remember the Dead
  • Writing Personal Memorials including Dialogue
  • How to Cope with Death & Loss in Ways that Help Us Grow
  • What to Do or Say If You Could See Them One Last Time.
  • Shifting Perspective towards Death: Is Death another Stage of Life?
  • How to Prepare for Our Own Crossing

What Others Are Saying

“Catherine Ann Jones showed me how to write my way out of the darkness and into the light.” – Beth T.

“Wonderful!! Absolutely amazingly, delightful! Catherine knows how to break through your barriers and tap into your own personal creative potential. She is gentle, while prodding your brain to open up.” – Mieke B.

“Catherine Ann Jones is a superb teacher who knows how to open doors to the creative, psychological, and spiritual. Thoughtful, personal instruction. A brilliant exploration, many thanks!” – Marietta S.

“Taking this course has been tremendously helpful in revealing what used to be only theories. I understand more about bringing out essential hidden truths about the self.” – Colleen M.

“I revisited memories I had not thought about in decades through the writing exercises. Catherine’s insightful course helped illuminate the memories in unexpected ways. Thank you!” – A. K. W.

“Catherine Ann Jones’ groups are encouraged to go deep and her exercises provide a safe, nurturing space in which to do this. This is my sixth course with Catherine, and I look forward to the next one!” – Bill H.

“I can’t tell you how impressed and moved I am by Heal Your Self with Writing. Your students are so lucky to have you to guide them!” – Gary S.

“Your structure gave my story wings. I’ve never been so clear on what I want to write.” – Linda L.

“Catherine Ann Jones is a clear, compassionate soul who gives her students exercises that are pathways to their own souls. This work is about so much more than writing. As you work the process, you realize that this experience will continue to inform your writing as well as your whole life. So many seeds were given that I expect to be picking from this writing garden for the rest of my life.” – Cynthia C.

Catherine Ann Jones holds a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and Archetypal Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she has also taught. After playing major roles in over fifty plays on and off-Broadway, she became disappointed by the lack of good roles for women and wrote a play, On the Edge, about Virginia Woolf and her struggle with madness in a world gone mad, Hitler and WWII. The play won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Twelve of her plays, including Calamity Jane (both play and musical), The Women of Cedar Creek, and Freud’s Oracle, have won multiple awards and are produced both in and out of New York. Her films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards & Julie Harris) four Emmy nominations, Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), and the popular TV series, Touched by an Angel. A Fulbright Research Scholar to India studying shamanism, she has taught at The New School University, University of Southern California, and the Esalen and the  www.wayofstory.comOmega Institutes. Her books, The Way of Story: the craft & soul of writing, Heal Your Self with Writing (Nautilus Book Award 2014), What Story Are You Living?,Freud’s Oracle, True Fables, and Buddha and the Dancing Girl are used in many schools, including New York University writing programs. Based in Ojai, California, she leads The Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing, workshops throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Over 56,000 have subscribed to her six online courses on DailyOM.

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