We are living at one of the most important times in human history. Many spiritual traditions and teachers tell us that we have the power to help evolve human consciousness and usher in a new world — a world based in truth, peace, creativity, and love. A world that works for all people, everywhere. They also tell us what many of us know in our hearts and bones — that we chose to be here at this time and in the bodies we inhabit. Many of us are in bodies our societies tell us are wrong or unimportant. We are black or brown, we are women, and we may not be straight, Christian, or rich. And yet, we know that we are supposed to be here. We have something important to offer to the world. We have something that is unique to each of us that is needed at this time. Our facilitator Veta Goler shares your knowing: “I have this same inner knowing about my life and my gifts. And one knowing is that I am called to hold space for others — especially black and brown women — to help them discover their soul’s purpose so they can add their voice and their energy to the birthing of the new world.
I am answering this call by offering a soul discovery process I call What My Soul Wants. Those of us in two small groups will seek our Soul’s guidance so we can offer the gifts we’re called to share at this critical moment in history. To do this, we’ll draw on Courage & Renewal®, Purpose Guiding™, and New Thought teachings and practices and BIPOC cultural traditions to hear what our Soul wants us to know. If you’ve been curious about New Thought teachings and practices but have not felt welcome in those predominantly white spaces, this process is for you.”
In these small online circles, you’ll be able to discover and/or affirm your purpose through readings, videos, individual and group practices, sharing, discussions, and creative explorations.
We’ll meet each week from mid-October 2022 to the beginning of February 2023. My goal is to help you move solidly into 2023 with a greater sense of who and what you are, the gifts you have to offer the world, and how you can go about offering them. Through individual and group reflective practices, we’ll dare to imagine a new and better world — and ways to act boldly on our imaginations. Are you in?
Veta Goler, PhD, recently retired after 33 years as a faculty member and administrator at Spelman College. Her research interests include the intersection of dance and spirituality in popular culture, and explorations of spirituality and contemplative practices in education and the workplace. She has published her research in dance and culture journals and anthologies and has presented at national and international conferences.
A longtime meditator, Veta is committed to helping others discover the ways contemplative practices can enrich their lives. She has facilitated retreats and workshops for personal and professional renewal at colleges, universities, K-12 schools, and retreat sites throughout the country. She also incorporated contemplative practices in her classes and in the guided meditation sessions she led for Spelman students, faculty, and staff for over 15 years. Veta is a national Circle of Trust® facilitator, and leads retreats based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, who has written extensively on the value of living an “undivided life,” in which one’s work is in harmony with one’s values. She is also a certified Purpose Guide™ working with people to discover their inner purpose through reflective and contemplative processes.
Section I—For BIPOC Folks
Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 PM ET
Section II—For Everyone
Thursdays from 7 to 8:30pm ET
For this pilot program space will be limited. I am hoping to have people across generations, experience, and perspectives. If you feel this program is right for you, please write me a statement (300 words, max, please), addressing why you want to participate in this process, how you identify, and whether you prefer Wednesday or Thursday. To help ensure a sense of safety, the Wednesday group will be limited to people of color. Please send your statement to me at email@example.com with the subject line What My Soul Wants, by September 19.
o Feel free to use the link to register for the process, but don’t pay the registration fee until after I’ve read your statement and have given you the go ahead to pay.
o I’ll send an email letting you know by September 26.
We will use a three-level sliding scale for registering for this program. Please choose the registration fee that is right for you — $300, $400, or $500 —$400 if you feel able to pay for the general cost of the program, $300 if the higher fee would add stress to your life, and $500 if you are able to help others participate in this program.
Please also know that there are a few scholarships available if $300 would be hard for you