In this article Knill discusses his theory of alternative experience of worlding and its relationship to the imaginal as as an essential element of the therapeutic process. Reprinted from Poiesis, Vol. 2, 2000 with permission. Do not reprint or otherwise redistribute this article by permission.
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As a lifelong learner and dedicated volunteer involved in arts and education I approached the E.A.I. introductory class with curiosity and some trepidation. A few prior E.A.I. graduates were in my circle and I highly admired them all, but didn’t really imagine taking on such a large commitment or inspiring to make such a shift in my career path or life direction.
I was awestruck by the end of the weekend. Having never so clearly before been exactly where I should be. My overwhelming feeling was “this is who I am, this is what I do.”
I haven’t looked back and am on the most fantastic journey of my life.-Tara Gravis
When I attended the Intro Course, I said to myself, “this is what I have been looking for… for so long.” Before the weekend was over, I was already planning the next two years and what I would do to be in this beautiful place.
So, yes! Of course the introductory course changed my life, without a doubt! It was the beginning of another era, another way of feeling and seeing the world around and inside me.
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