Leadership Resources

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Schedule for Leadership Course 2013-2014

The Leadership Course begins with the first face-to-face session and ends with the last face-to-face session.

Face-to-Face Sessions

The face-to-face sessions are at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, USA on the following dates:

  • September 9 – 13, 2013
  • March 30 – April 3, 2014
  • September 8 – 12, 2014


Following is a list of the webinar dates, and the internet links you can use to access the visual presentation for each webinar. You can access the audio presentation by phone or Skype. The phone number, 206-402-0100, and the access code, 899508, remain the same for all webinars. Instructions are included below. After the webinar has occurred, you can access a recording of the webinar using the same link from this list.

All webinars are on Saturday at 8:30 am Mountain Time. Additional webinar links will be included as they are available.


October 12, 2013



To see the webinar presentation on your computer, go to the internet link provided above. To listen to the webinar by phone, dial 206-402-0100 and enter the access code 899508, followed by “#”. To listen via Skype, click on “Skype for PC Instructions” or “Skype for Mac Instructions” and follow the instructions.

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Recommended Reading List

The following books are recommended reading for the Leadership Course:

The Third Sacred School, Volume Six, Uranda and Martin Cecil, Emissaries of Divine Light, 1983
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover, Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette, Harper San Francisco, 1991
Personality Types, Don Richard Riso with Russ Hudson, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996
On Writing Well, William Zinsser, Collins, 2006
Leadership Is an Art, Max DePress, Doubleday, 1989
Good to Great, Jim Collins, Harper Business, 2001


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The Transformational Interview
An exercise for spiritual transformation and personal empowerment

If you are interested in finding a safe way to go deeper in the process of personal transformation with another, this exercise may work well for you. The exercise allows a person to explore an area of their life, and find creative next steps for their life journey.

The form of the exercise is simple. It utilizes an interview format with a list of questions. The person playing the role of the interviewer asks the questions in order. Any irrelevant questions can be skipped. If a slight rewording of the questions helps to make it relevant, that can work well.

The person being interviewed responds as openly and candidly as they would like. There should be no sense of pressure in the exercise for the person being interviewed to share more about their life than they are comfortable sharing. There should be no pressure from the interviewer for the other person to take steps in their life that they are not ready to take.

Most importantly, the interviewer has the opportunity to practice asking the questions in a spirit of curious, loving, interest. This means that the interview should be conducted without any judgment of the person, or of any issues that arise.

The interview can assist a person to come to a new place in thought and feeling regarding important matters in their life. It can assist a person to take action regarding those matters. The interview also provides a safe context for friends to share deep matters of the heart.

We encourage you not to add to the questions as you do the interview, and we encourage you not to change the questions more than is clearly useful. At the end of the interview, a time to debrief together about the process can be useful. The whole process usually takes about thirty minutes.

As a reminder, this exercise is not a means of mental health diagnosis of any kind, and also not a substitute for professional counseling. It is simply a tool for deep, interested, curious listening and sharing.

The Interview

1. What would you like to talk about?
2. What is happening for you in this?
3. Why is this important to you?
4. I understand that the other people involved here may have their issues to deal with, but what do you think is really going on for you at a deeper level?
5. Is there a way in which this is an opportunity for transformation for you?
6. What are your feelings in this situation? Anger? Sadness? Fear? Joy?
7. Where do you feel that in your body?
8. Can you feel that feeling just as energy?
9. Could that energy assist you to bring what you have to bring to this?
10. What would you like to have happen in this for you?
11. What would it mean to you if that really happened?
12. And why is that important to you?
13. What would be different?
14. What do you long for, personally, in this situation?
15. What are the values you are upholding in this situation? (What is important to you in this?)
16. Looking at this from the standpoint of your values, how do you think you are handling this?
17. Are there any negative messages you are getting personally about yourself from this situation?
18. Is there anything about this that you’ve seen before in your life?
19. When was the first time anything like this happened in your experience?
20. Is there anything from your prior experience that is playing out in what is happening now?
21. How do you feel about that? Angry? Sad? Fearful? Joyful?
22. What quality of spirit from you would let the most creative thing happen in this?
23. Can you tell me your name for that quality of spirit?
24. Can you tell me more about what it means to bring that quality of spirit into the world?
25. Are there factors that have stopped you from bringing that quality in the past?
26. What might be at risk for you to bring that quality of spirit fully now?
27. Can you take that risk in a way that works? What might be good or bad about taking that risk?
28. Have there been times in your life when you have brought that quality of spirit yourself?
29. Who wouldn’t be surprised to hear that you have the capacity to do that?
30. What do they know about you?
31. What kind of support would help you to bring that quality of spirit that you want to bring?
32. Are there people in your life who have given you that kind of support, or who could give it to you now? Who?
33. Do you think you are really ready to bring that quality of spirit fully into this?
34. Can you love yourself as you handle this?
35. Are there any practical steps you could take to let what you want to have happen do so?
36. What might be at risk for you to take those steps?
37. Can you take that risk in a way that works? Is that a good risk for you to take?
38. How might taking that risk affect you; how might it influence your life?
39. The next time we talk, can we check in on the steps you want to take?

© 2008-2014 Emissaries of Divine Light. All Rights Reserved

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What’s at Risk

“What’s at Risk” is a tool for Crucible Work. Crucible Work is emotional process work in a spiritual context. It is based in the understanding that the primary human emotions are gateways for the radiant expression of a higher spiritual reality.

Note that under each key step below, we have listed many different ways to ask the question or initiate the step.  We seldom use all of these ways at one time.  Pick one or two, until the participant understands your meaning. 

1.    Ask “What do you want here?”

2.    Acknowledge the resistance and ask “What’s at Risk?”

“So, it looks like there’s something going on here…”
“What’s at Risk for you to …. ”
“What might it cost you if you succeed in doing this?”
“If you get what you want here, what will you have to give up?”
“What do you get out of having it the way it has been in your life?”
“What’s the payoff you have been collecting for keeping this pattern in your life?”
“How has this pattern served you in the past?”

3.    Ask about how they have their life set up, using their words and a double negative.  (Widen the risk where you can).

“So, it sounds like you’ve got your life set up so that you DON‘T take (that opportunity from step 1) so that you DON‘T have to take (that risk from step 2), right?”

4.    Honor the Risk Manager (get more information if necessary):

“What do you think might have happened to you if you had continued to pursue that want (from step 1) in your family?”
“I’m sure that when you made that decision it was the only decision you could have made.”
“Little children don’t have much choice in this kind of decision.”
“When you made this decision, it was probably a good one. It got you here. It got you this far, right?”
“I’ll bet there have been times in your life when you could not have withstood another instance of (that risk from step 2), is that right?”

5.    Then ask them how that choice is working right now, using a “NOT” and a “KEEP.”

“How is that decision working for you right now? Does NOT taking (that opportunity from step 1) KEEP you from taking (that risk from step 2)?”
“Is there a way that the risk is happening anyway?”
“Is that decision helping you get what you want in this process?”
“What’s at Risk if you DON’T take (that opportunity from step 1)?”

6a.    If they say that it is not working in some way, ask if they are willing to take the risk.

“So, are you willing to take that risk, knowing that in order for you to have (that opportunity from step 1), you must take (that risk from step 2)?”
“Remember, that it is only a risk, it won’t necessarily happen.”
“So, are you willing to take this risk today?  You might not be, and we have other ways to go if you don’t want to take this risk.”

6b.    If they say it is working for them, you can to reply by saying:

“Maybe that is a risk you aren’t willing to take today.”

Then, if there is no Risk Manager on the carpet, get one out. 

“It sounds like there may be a part of you for whom it is hard to take this risk….”  

If there is a Risk Manager on the carpet, switch them into it, and see if they are willing to take the risk with the Risk Manager monitoring, or look for another risk they are willing to take, or ask them again about what they want to have happen in the process.

©1997-2014 Shadow Work Seminars, Inc.                                                          ©2005-2014 Emissaries of Divine Light.

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Ideal Support

“Ideal Support” is a tool for Crucible Work. Crucible Work is emotional process work in a spiritual context. It is based in the understanding that the primary human emotions are gateways for the radiant expression of a higher spiritual reality.

STEP ONE: From a triangled position, develop the idea of the support figure (giver):

“What do you want to have happen in this scene?”
“What needs to happen here?”
“What does this little one need?”
“What kind of support (or love, or blessing, etc.) might this [little one] like?”
“What kind of qualities might this little one like in [a support person]?”
“What kind of support (or love, or blessing, etc.) could he accept?”
“Is there a color for [the support person]?

STEP TWO: Ask the participant to pick someone to play the support figure (giver):

“I’d like you to look around and pick someone who could play [the giver].”
Or the shortcut:   “Would YOU be willing to be [the giver]?”

STEP THREE: Establish the relationship between the giver and the little one (receiver):

“What might [the giver] offer first?”
“Where would [the giver] be in relation to him?”
“What might [the giver] say to him that he always wanted to hear?”
“How might [the giver] touch him?”

STEP FOUR:  Switch the participant into the role of giver, if he’s not already there.

“Would you be willing to trade places with this role player and be [the giver]?”

STEP FIVE:  Have the participant, as the giver, offer support to the little one.  Anchor the support.  Also remember or record any lines the giver says to the receiver. 

“Take a minute to feel yourself as [the giver].”
“And here’s [the receiver], who needs [what was described earlier]”
“Can you give that to him?”
“Breathe that into him….send it in through the touch….that’s it….”

STEP SIX:   Put the participant into the role of receiver and have him take in the support.  Ask which role player should play the support role.  Anchor the support.

“When you’re ready, [participant], I want you to trade places so you can feel this from the other side.”
“Take a minute and feel yourself as [the receiver].  And feel what it feels like to have [the giver] come to you in this way.”
“Feel that in your body….feel that coming into your body through the touch….breathe it in…”

STEP SEVEN:  Either bring both parts together in the participant to close the process, or transition back into the rest of the process.

©1997-2014 Shadow Work Seminars, Inc.                                  ©2005-2014 Emissaries of Divine Light.

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