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Path & Practice 
The Transformational Journey
Laureen Quick

Welcome to "Path & Practice" our e-newsletter for individuals interested in the process of personal transformation. 


This month's e-newsletter focuses on the inner journey of the hero.  


In "Living Happily Ever After" we explore the importance of life practices that help you to nurture yourself and increase your self-awareness on your journey to transformation.


Our feature article, "Reframing Strategies" is about how to change your perceptual filter in order to see all the potential and possibilities that lie before you--even in the face of your challenges.


Finally, in "Guided Meditation" we explore the practice of guided meditation as a way for calming your mind and gaining greater clarity about who you are and who you want to become.

I am glad you decided to join us for the journey. 
Warmly, Laureen

"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are." 
                                                            ~Anais Nin 

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Featured Article
This month our featured article is about learning to use discernment and reframing to see the possibilities and potential of your journey.

October 2012 Articles
Living Happily Ever After
Reframing Strategies
Guided Meditation

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Happily Ever After Journey
The Journey: The Return
Living Happily Ever After

The hero returns home transformed. Having made the journey, the hero returns with a new knowledge or understanding about life.  During this stage of the hero's journey, the hero's challenge is to:
  • Retain and integrate that wisdom into living life; 
  • Sharing that wisdom with the rest of the world.
At the same time, the transformed hero has a story to tell. The hero's story plays an important role in human society.  It is is a story that  inspires.  It plants the seeds of transformation in the hearts of individuals. That is why the hero's story is so prevalent in all human cultures.  
The Tools of Transformation
The tools needed to retain and integrate the wisdom found on your journey are the very same tools you develop on the journey.  These are the practices that nurture the hero and help the hero to become more self-aware and self-reflective:  
1. Self-care
2. Affirmation
3. Gratitude
4. Journaling
5. Meditation
Upon the hero's return home these practices serve to help the hero remember the lessons learned on the journey as well as guide the hero in how to live
a happy life. This is why it is important to develop these tools through practice on the journey.  They are tools for "living happily ever after."
Sharing The Hero's Story
One way of retaining the knowledge learned on the journey is to tell your story to others. The hero's story can be told selectively among family and friends or shared with the community at large.  The power of the hero's story is that it is an important archtype that touches the soul or spirit of human beings. It is a call to be and become your best self. When the hero's story is shared it both inspires as well as reminds the hero of the lessons learned and knowledge gained on the journey.

The Transformational Journey 
Travelers club
Want to learn more about the transformational process?  

Every fourth Wednesday of the month, meet up and join in the conversation with other travelers on the journey to transformation to discuss the application of transformational concepts as it relates to your life.  Club membership is free and all are invited to attend and participate in our monthly Tele-Circle calls.

October 2012 

TeleCircle: October 24, 2012
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Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Book: "Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life
Author: Gregg Levoy

To learn about what books we will be reading for the next couple of months, check out the Calendar below. 

Want to register for this month's book discussion? 

The Departure SuitcasesFeature
Success Strategies For Your Journey
Reframing Strategies

You make meaning in the world by taking a limited number of facts and through your frame of reference you infer meaning.  Your frame of reference is a construct of how things are perceived and understood.  There are many perceptual frames or ways to perceive your experiences.  
Discernment is an awareness of how you are interpreting the behavior of others and/or the events of your life. One way to create this awareness is to see your emotions as a signal that it is time to pause and reflect upon your frame of reference.  Intense emotions--like anger, anxiety, frustration, etc. are indicators that something is disturbing you and that disruption may be the result of how you are perceiving an event or situation.   
Taking time to pause and reflect on your perceptual filter disrupts the emotional process and allows you to regain some "reason" in your approach to the situation.  At the same time, it may facilitate a new way of looking at the event or situation that will create alternative solutions.  

Discernment & Reframing




Reframing means that you tell yourself a different story about what you are experiencing. There are many different frames of reference.  Here are four that you can use to explore different ways of seeing a situation or event in your life:


1. Life 101: You are the student in course called Life 101 and your experience is a lesson from which you are to learn something.  Ask yourself, what is it I am supposed to learn?


2. The Supporting Actor/Actress Role: Image that you are playing a supporting role in a play or movie. Ask yourself, which member of the cast are you there to support and how should you play your support role?  


3. Ego Versus Essence: You either see yourself as the center of the universe and all events happen in relationship to you OR you see yourself as part of a larger whole and you are intentional in how you participate and act within the context of the whole.


E vs E world view


Please Note: This explanation is based on the work of Carrie J Morgan, a coach and business consultant who works with her clients to assist them in accessing their Essence. To learn more about this model, go to:

Carrie J Morgan's Intentional Living


4. Newtonian Versus Quantum: The world is a giant machine of cause and effect or the world is a web of inter-connected relationships. Your interpretation of reality (and your role in it) will be different depending on which world view you use. 

  Ego Versus Essence


Want to learn more about discernment and reframing?  Go to:  Challenging My Way of Seeing: Practicing Discernment & Reframing for a two part introduction about how to discern and reframe your perspective. 

The Transformational Journey Meet Up 
Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!
empty nest
Meet ups will be facilitated by Laureen Quick, Transformational Life Coach whose own two adult daughters have "flown the coop" and left her living in an empty nest. Meet ups will briefly focus on theoretical concepts and focus primarily on providing practical tips and strategies for overcoming the pain of "losing" your child to their adult life and the joy of creating a NEW life for yourself. 


For more information or to register go to: Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!


Practice: Tools For Transformation
Guided Meditation

The journey to transformation can be overwhelming. It is easy to become stressed and discouraged. The stress of the uncertainty you live with and the fears of the journey can make you impatient, frustrated and angry.  


The Benefits of Meditation


The practice of meditation can help you overcome these challenges. Meditation will calm your mind and help you to become more focused on your journey. A simple ten or fifteen minute meditation can help you to overcome your stress and find inner peace and balance. 


Meditation can also help you to understand the way you view the world. You can learn how to transform your mind from negative to positive thinking, from seeing things from a victim's perspective to the perspective of a hero. 



Guided Meditation


One form of meditation is "guided meditation." In these meditations, you are voice-guided step-by-step through a meditative experience.  


There are many different approaches to guided meditation with different purposes.  Some guided meditations are designed to quiet your mind and help you reach a state of relaxation.  Others are designed to invoke "higher states of consciousness" through which you access intuitive knowledge about your life. Some guided meditations are very specific in their focus and are designed to create a particular result.  For example, the meditation may focus on healing your body or improving  your relationships or creating abundance in your life. 


Most guided meditation use imagery, describing very specific images or setting up a context and asking you to create your own  images.  Others may be body-focused, for example a meditation that instructs the listener through a progressive relaxation process. 


The key in choosing a guided meditation is knowing what you want from the meditation.  As you experience guided meditations you will also find you prefer more or less structure to the imagery.  


Calendar of Events
October 2012


Transformational Journey Traveler's Club

TeleCircle: October 24, 2012 

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time

Book: "Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life"
Author: Gregg Levoy
November 2012


Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!

Tele Series  

Part 1: Empty Nest Syndrome & The Hero's Journey 

Date: Monday, November 5, 2012 

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time


Note: This is the first meet up of a series of six meetings.  It is not necessary to attend all meetings in the series.


Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!  

Tele Series

Part 2: Discernment & Reframing

Date: Monday, November 19, 2012 

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time


Note: This is the second meet up of a series of six meetings.  It is not necessary to attend all meetings in the series.


Transformational Journey Traveler's Club

TeleCircle: November 28, 2012 

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time

DVD: "Shakespeare Behind Bars"
Director: Hank Rogerson
December 2012


Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!  

Tele Series  

Part 3: Overcoming Fear & Cultivating Courage

Date: Monday, December 3, 2012 

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time


Note: This is the third meet up of a series of six meetings.  It is not necessary to attend all meetings in the series. 


Living In An Empty Nest & Loving It!  

Tele Series

Part 4: Your Life's Purpose & Your NEW Life

Date: Monday, December 17, 2012 

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time


Note: This is the fourth meet up of a series of six meetings.  It is not necessary to attend all meetings in the series. 


Transformational Journey Traveler's Club
TeleCircle: December , 2012
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Book: "The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself"
Author: Michael A. Singer
The Transformational Journey  
If you are interested in exploring how one of our coaching packages may be assistance and support to you while on your transformational journey, contact Laureen Quick at 208.761.1812 or via email at