Whole Heart Connection Making Connections – Live Webinar- July 16, 2022

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 Participation in this Whole Heart Connection workshop is limited to students who have already completed the Whole Heart Connection Intro (either online or in-person).  For those who attended the Whole Heart Connection Intro in person, but have not attended an online event, join me first for Taking Heart at 11:00 a.m.


I’ve always been a little bit uncomfortable with the name of the practice Thinking-Feeling-Void. What the heck does that mean? Nevertheless, it is one of my favorite practices because it really addresses the question of, is it always safe to have an open heart? Are there some situations in which it’s not a good idea to have an open heart?

It is always a great idea to have an open heart, in the sense of a doughnut hole, an empty space filled with light. It’s not the human heart—the fleshly thing that can get filled with barbs and arrows. This heart is the empty space. It is always a great idea to have that open because it is a receptor site for consciousness. Especially in situations that are dangerous or difficult, you want more receptor sites for consciousness, you want more awareness. The more open the heart, the more universal awareness can come in. Also, the more open the heart, the more room there is for light to come through—not just from behind us into this world—but from this world.

It’s a profound gift in loving relationships that may be an even more practical gift in not so loving relationships. It allows us to come close to people who may in fact be hostile, or toxic, or throwing rage in our direction and be unharmed. It allows us to stay very present, and even get very close. We will spend an afternoon toning up the heart muscle. By helping people find it in themselves, we can share it with each other and share it with our world. I hope you join us 

Taking Heart

If you’ve already attended a Whole Heart Connection Intro and you want a chance to re-immerse in heart-space, please join us for our monthly Taking Heart gathering.

Or, if you want a brief review of how Whole Heart Connection skills translate into an online context before signing up for other classes, join us for this short and sweet review of the basic practices. Learn more here.

I have participated in two Whole Heart Connection mentorship series on the West Coast. There is tremendous value in establishing a cohort that provides a safe field for exploration and transformation individually and collectively. Deep openings happen more easily. All aspects of being human are allowed, no apologies needed. In the context of opening to the Whole Heart within myself and in each other. Great freedom and great compassion arise as a result.

The mentorship series gives the opportunity to open deeply, to share yourself honestly and to behold the Heart openings of your colleagues. I urge you to take the chance to really grow into this way of being a true human.

Nanette Niski Whole Heart Connection Mentorship Series September 13, 2016

Whole Heart Connection for Personal and Social Healing

These are tools for fostering equality even in the midst of social power imbalance, and for becoming effective agents of social change without courting burn-out. In fact, Whole Heart Connection will do more for your health than you would have believed possible in such difficult times.

Whole Heart Connection practices draw upon aikido, Chinese medicine, and Sufism, all of which teach us that healthy change takes place on a me-first basis. Our goal is the well-being of entire communities, and so we are committed to fostering personal health every step of the way. There is no division between being an activist and taking care of ourselves.

Perennial Medicine’s Commitment to Social Justice

At Perennial Medicine, we are committed to addressing the roots and manifestations of socially constructed power imbalances without shaming, blaming, or oversimplification. We understand that social justice is a very complex topic, and we welcome people who are at different stages of exploring all the ways that we might create a more fair and equitable world together.

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