“Wholeness is a state of being fully in communion with all of creation. The quest for wholeness is a quest to be fully who we are, growing into who we are meant to be. ”
– Parker J. Palmer
Wholeness is a state of being fully in communion with all of creation. The quest for wholeness is a quest to be fully who we are, growing into who we are meant to be. Growth in wholeness is discernible by an increase in our lives of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, even in the face of trauma.
Wholeness. A state in which consciousness and the unconscious work together in harmony. In terms of individuation, where the goal is a vital connection with the self, Jung contrasted wholeness with the conflicting desire to become perfect.
On Wholeness versus Perfection:
Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.
– Parker J. Palmer
1 // To learn about healing tools from a gifted/experienced healer for use in your spiritual growth.
2 // To spend time in community with men through sharing your healing experiences and hearing healing experiences of others.
3 // To spend time in nature to wander and reflect on your personal healing journey
Reflections on Wholeness
Out of the cacophony of random suffering and chaos that can mark human life, the life artist sees or creates a symphony of meaning and order. A life of wholeness does not depend on what we experience. Wholeness depends on how we experience our lives.
There is a twilight zone in our own hearts that we ourselves cannot see. Even when we know quite a lot about ourselves – our gifts and weaknesses, our ambitions and aspirations, our motives and drives – large parts of ourselves remain in the shadow of consciousness.
– Henri Nouwen
“It seems that it is the purpose of evolution now to replace an image of perfection with the concept of completeness or wholeness. Perfection suggests something all pure, with no blemishes, dark spots or questionable areas. Wholeness includes the darkness but combines it with the light elements into a totally more real and whole than any ideal. This is an awesome task, and the question before us is whether mankind is capable of this effort and growth. Ready or not, we are in that process.”
– Robert A Johnson // from his book titled ‘He: Understanding Masculine Psychology‘
The journey to wholeness requires that you look honestly, openly, and with courage into yourself, into the dynamics that lie behind what you feel, what you perceive, what you value, and how you act. It is a journey through your defenses and beyond, so that you can experience consciously the nature of your personality, face what it has produced in your life, and choose to change that. Words lead to deeds. They prepare the soul, make it ready, and move it to tenderness.
Trust allows you to follow your feelings through your defenses to their sources, and to bring to the light of consciousness those aspects of yourself that resist wholeness, that live in fear.
What Will I Learn?
The purpose of this retreat is to tap into and awaken our true self’s desire and quest for wholeness- that homing beacon inside us that yearns for completeness and full participation. Our goal is to provide you with tools that lead to personal healing and spiritual growth.
The retreat leader:
Mike Maloney has attended a number of our Indiana/Michigan M.A.L.E.s retreats. If you have spent time with him, you’ve experienced his calm, inner peace and grounded presence. He has been involved in healing work for more than 45 years. This includes work in Marriage Encounter, the Charismatic Renewal and Stephen Ministry. For more than 12 years he has been a Reiki Master Teacher, with an active Reiki healing ministry and training other Reiki practitioners. For the last 10 years he has been a Certified Healer Practitioner with an active spiritual healing ministry and training other spiritual healers.