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Ongoing Wisdom Works

Upcoming Sessions

1. Wednesday, October 27, 2021 21 Cheshvan 5782

7:00 PM - 7:50 PMZoom.us

2. Wednesday, November 3, 2021 28 Cheshvan 5782

7:00 PM - 7:50 PMZoom.us

3. Wednesday, November 10, 2021 6 Kislev 5782

7:00 PM - 7:50 PMZoom.us

4. Wednesday, November 17, 2021 13 Kislev 5782

7:00 PM - 7:50 PMZoom.us

5. Wednesday, November 24, 2021 20 Kislev 5782

7:00 PM - 7:50 PMZoom.us

6. Wednesday, December 1, 2021 27 Kislev 5782

7:00 PM - 7:50 PMZoom.us

7. Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4 Tevet 5782

7:00 PM - 7:50 PMZoom.us
Past Sessions
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 14 Cheshvan 5782 - 7:00 PM - 7:50 PM - Zoom.us
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7 Cheshvan 5782 - 7:00 PM - 7:50 PM - Zoom.us
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 30 Tishrei 5782 - 7:00 PM - 7:50 PM - Zoom.us

Wisdom Works is guaranteed to make your life better (absent a true disorder). Struggles in families and other interpersonal situations can be calmed down, simplified and worked through.  Any kind of therapy will become more efficient with Wisdom Works in the background.  Many people who practice Wisdom Works don’t need much psychotherapy. 

In the Ongoing Seminar in Wisdom Works, each class, various aspects of the two different facets of Wisdom Works (described below) are discussed with time for Q & A.

The Ongoing Seminar is similar to a music, dance or martial arts training class. You don’t take a class once – you train regularly. The Wednesday 7 pm night class is the “dojo” of Wisdom Works.

Wisdom Works can be understood in two ways.

Conceptually, Wisdom Works is comprised of four dimensions.

First, we have an ongoing vision for our lives, rooted both in a rational understanding of ourselves, and the world, as well as a deep understanding of human potential. Our vision should exist with a moral and spiritual framework – aiming for goodness in a life shaped by moral concerns.

Second, we constantly work on the will to realize that vision.

Third, we master specific skills that the various aspects of our vision require.

Fourth, that we develop the capacity for ongoing, corrective reflection on all the above.

Procedurally, Wisdom Works requires three levels of mastery, with a fourth level, advisable but not necessary.  Typically, one focuses on each level in order.

The first level of mastery is Virtue – restraining (not repressing) and redirecting speech and behavior that can negatively affect our interpersonal lives. While easy to understand, living lives of virtue can be a profoundly difficult life journey. Virtue practices must be trained and implemented daily.

The second level is Rationality – as much as possible, an accurate and precise understanding of ourselves, other people and where we are in the process of things. Most people suffer more than they need to because they don’t think clearly in certain stressful situations. Because language mediates between the unconscious and conscious world, when we regulate our thoughts and feelings with reason we can calm ourselves, calm others and find our way to wisdom and goodness. 

The third level is Wisdom. Wisdom has many different dimensions, but in the practice of Wisdom Works it means an understanding of our own inner lives. It is the will and skill to exert interventions and the restructuring of our thoughts, feelings and emotions rooted in our vison for ourselves. A core part of wisdom is managing ego-states, understood as a given intertwining of, for example, thoughts, feelings, emotions, images, sensations, intuitions, drives and impulses.

The fourth level is depth.  That usually means experiencing what I call (metaphorically) the fifteen chambers of the soul. The path of depth that I teach typically focuses on Jungian ideas of archetypal psychology and the use of poetry, myths, metaphors, literature and especially secret literature. My own ductwork is strongly shaped by the spiritual psychology of Hasidic Kabbalah (taught in a separate class).

 

$250.00 for all ten sessions, one person per screen
($150.00 members of Ohr HaTorah Synagogue)


$350.00 for all ten sessions, two people per screen
($200.00 members of Ohr HaTorah Synagogue)

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