This Ministerial Training Curriculum is facilitated by Pathways of Light ministers like me who have personally experienced the courses and completed facilitator training so they can effectively assist you on your journey of awakening. Most students communicate with their facilitators by phone. You may also use voice over the Internet, such as Zoom.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes this a new kind of spiritual ministry?
Inspired by the principles presented in A Course in Miracles, this ministry training focuses on accepting the mind healing that is guided by the Teacher within, the Holy Spirit. Allowing our minds to be healed supports our spiritual transformation. It is an ongoing process that empowers us to release blocks that interfere with knowing our true Source of Love within. As our minds are healed, we become Holy Spirit’s instruments of healing.
What does ordination qualify me to do?
In addition to being certified to facilitate Pathways of Light Spiritual College courses and 8-week groups, you are qualified to offer Accessing Inner Wisdom Spiritual Counseling. As an ordained minister, you are legally qualified to perform weddings, baptisms, funerals, memorial services, and other ceremonies of transition in any state in the U.S. and many other countries.
Through an affiliation with the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry, Canadian Pathways of Light ministers can register to officiate weddings in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Ontario residents may also register through the Bancroft Spiritual Center. Click here to email the Bancroft Spiritual Center for more information.
After your ordination, you may take the Relationship Enhancement Counselor Training to expand your ministry. You are also eligible to participate in the free ACIM Study Group Leader program.
What is included with each course?
Each course includes:
Guided meditations, processes and study material from the course on audio CD's.
Work sheets which guide you through the study material and help you apply what you are learning to your daily life.
Laminated reminder cards that help you apply the course ideas.
Binder conveniently organized with all course materials.
When you take the certified courses with a facilitator, you also receive:
One-on-one telephone support and guidance through the course by a trained facilitator. Internet voice communication options are available.
Certification by Pathways of Light Spiritual College upon completion. This certification may be applied to meet the curriculum requirements for Ordained Ministerial counselor.
What is this new spiritual ministry all about?
This ministerial training is a commitment to your true Self. The curriculum is for your ongoing awakening to the truth about yourself and others. It means letting go of the idea that ministers are preachers and replacing that with ministers as people acknowledging their continuing process of strengthening their connection with Inner Wisdom, and helping others do the same.
The Counselor/Minister training provides tools for your own deepening communication with Inner Wisdom so that you can be Spirit’s mirror reflecting the innate innocence of everyone.
What does a facilitator do and how do I become one?
A Pathways of Light facilitator does not “teach,” but rather guides the participants in discovering the Holy Spirit — the Inner Teacher within them. This involves leading participants through reading and discussion, facilitating experiential processes and leading guided meditations. A facilitator develops such qualities as unconditional love, trust, patience, defenselessness and following the guidance of the Christ Mind within. Developing these qualities empowers others by demonstration.
After you have completed the courses in Step 4, you are certified to facilitate most of the ministerial training courses to others, offer the Accessing Inner Wisdom Counseling as well as offer the 8-week Spiritual Awakening and Healing Inner Child groups in your community. You are also eligible to participate in the ACIM Study Group Leader Program.
How does Pathways of Light support your ministry?
Ministers are included on the Pathways of Light website with a photo and the services they offer. Pathways also provides professionally designed and personalized fliers, brochures, business cards and other materials to help you inform others about your services as a minister. In addition, Pathways of Light invests $1000's per year to advertise in printed publications and on the Internet to help attract students who are ready to accelerate their growth and help others do the same. These students are referred to ministers in their area.
Our extensive website with over 2000 pages attracts thousands of visitors every day who are interested in spiritual growth, learning more about A Course in Miracles, or looking for services such as counseling or wedding officiating.
Facilitators receive payment for their services. For example, with correspondence course 132, which requires 2-3 hours of facilitator time, the facilitator receives $55 (total correspondence fee is $109). If the student wants additional time, compensation is arranged directly with the facilitator.
How do I become an Ordained Ministerial Counselor?
After you have completed the credentialed courses in Steps 1-4, you will have fulfilled the requirements for ordination as a Pathways of Light Ordained Ministerial Counselor. This status allows you to legally offer Accessing Inner Wisdom counseling and officiate weddings as an ordained minister of Pathways of Light.
How long does it take to complete the minister training?
Many people take about a year to complete the 22 courses. Since you set your own pace, you can take as long as you want. There is no requirement to complete the courses within a set time.
May I take these courses from my home?
Yes. Most of the ministerial training curriculum courses are taken through facilitated correspondence. You communicate with your facilitator one-on-one by telephone or by voice over the Internet. You may also participate in group teleconference courses.
Course 2000: Accessing Inner Wisdom Counselor Training and portions of courses 1001 & 1002: Course Facilitator Training Parts I & II are offered through teleconference with other students and facilitators.
Are Pathways of Light programs for you?
The following statements may resonate with you: I have a great desire to experience more peace and joy in my life. I am willing to look at my limited thinking and let myself be led to the awareness of my True Self. I know that when I share what I am learning with others, I strengthen it in myself. I want to teach what I need to learn. I feel drawn to Pathways of Light courses by my Inner Guidance.
How do I benefit from these courses?
Pathways of Light courses help you get in touch with your Inner Guidance. As you do the experiential processes in each course, you are led to:
Get to know and trust the real you instead of the false ego identity.
Strengthen your awareness of Inner Wisdom by helping you recognize and let go of limiting mental habits.
Bring Inner Guidance to your relationships.
Learn course and group facilitating and how to facilitate the Accessing Inner Wisdom Counseling to assist others in their inner healing process.
Learn to conduct spiritual ceremonies such as weddings, memorial services and baptisms.
The Pathways of Light courses, if taken with a facilitator, include certification which applies toward satisfying the prerequisites for the Minister Training Curriculum.
Can anyone take these courses?
Yes, the material and processes presented in the courses are designed to help each person awaken to the truth about themselves and become aware of their Source of Love within. The courses are taken by people new to a spiritual focus as well as people who have spent years with meditation, metaphysical study or A Course in Miracles. The courses are experiential and the focus is on allowing Inner Guidance to lead the way.
I am interested in both Minister Training and Miracles Practitioner training. Which should I do first?
Most people take the Minister Training first. This training focuses on strengthening your connection with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and helps you remove the blocks to the awareness of Love's Presence, as well as training you to facilitate most of the minister training courses. In addition it also leads to ordination which qualifies you to officiate weddings.
After your ordination, you are eligible to take the Relationship Enhancement Counselor Training and for free training to lead ACIM study groups.
The Miracles Practitioner training offers in-depth study of key principles of A Course in Miracles with many experiential exercises plus guided meditations, a laminated poster and laminated reminder cards to use to help you apply these principles in your daily life. It does not lead to ordination. Minister Training is not required to take any of the Miracles Practitioner courses.
Click here for more information about the Miracles Practitioner courses and frequently asked questions.
Can I take these courses for personal growth through self-study without a facilitator?
Yes, although you will not receive the certification needed to meet requirements for facilitator training or ordination.
Many have found that upgrading to facilitated correspondence brings their experience of the courses to a much deeper level. A student who worked with a facilitator said:
The guidance and insight of my facilitator is very motivational. Having a facilitator really makes these courses meaningful. It would be challenging to have the same benefit without one. — P.B.
If you later decide that you would like the added support of a facilitator or would like to receive course certification, you can upgrade at any time. Simply call the Pathways of Light office to register or register online through our secure ordering system.
What is the value of taking these courses with a facilitator?
Having a facilitator really makes these courses meaningful — it would be challenging to have the same benefit without one. —P.B.
The processes contained in these courses are greatly enhanced when shared with a trained facilitator. Because the courses lead you into sincere self-evaluation of beliefs, fears and seeing your barriers to Love, it can be helpful to have a trained professional to guide you through this process. The facilitator has already personally experienced the course, and is trained to help you gain the most from the material and processes. Because this interaction is omitted in self-study, you will find the course is greatly enriched with a facilitator. As you join together with Spirit, a wonderful synergy occurs.
Many find when working on their own that there is a tendency to delay or put off working with the material. The “to do” list becomes too long. These are forms of resistance that the ego uses to keep us locked in our old, unhealthy patterns. It is helpful to recognize these forms of resistance and know that moving through the resistance will take you to great healing. When resistance comes, it is wonderful to have a trained partner who can help you walk through it to the light on the other side.
Is there a certified course facilitator in my area?
Go to Community Facilitators to find biographies, pictures and locations of Pathways of Light facilitators and ministers offering Pathways courses, groups, counseling and correspondence courses throughout the world.
How do credentialed correspondence courses work and how do I get started?
When you enroll (e.g. click “Step 1 Discount” in column at right to order), you are sent the course materials and assigned a facilitator, unless you have indicated a facilitator preference. At designated points in the course, you contact your facilitator in person, by phone or via the Internet to share on the processes and the course material you have completed.
The correspondence courses allow for 2-3 hours of one-on-one work with a facilitator. For details, see the course descriptions by clicking on the course titles at right.
May I take an individual course?
Yes, you may take any course that does not have a prerequisite, whether or not you plan to take the full curriculum. Many of the courses offer practical skills you can apply immediately in your life that will help you improve your relationships and live more peacefully. (Prerequisites are listed with the course descriptions at right.)
How do I communicate with my facilitator?
Most students talk with their facilitator by phone. If your facilitator is nearby, you may choose to meet in person rather than by phone.
Course 2000: Accessing Inner Wisdom Counselor Training and portions of courses 1001 and 1002 are offered via teleconference. Several students and facilitators join through teleconference for this training. You are given a phone number and extension to call at a designated time to join the facilitators and other students to discuss the course material and learn how to conduct the Accessing Inner Wisdom Counseling process.
How can I participate if there are no facilitators near me or in my country?
Most correspondence courses are done by telephone with your facilitator. Many facilitators work with students from around the world. If your long distance telephone charges are high, you can interact with a Pathways of Light certified facilitator via the Internet using Skype or voice messenger services such as Windows Live, MSN, Yahoo! or AOL.
Why become an ordained minister?
Many have found that the best way to accelerate their spiritual growth is to pass it on. Not only does sharing it remind you of what you are wanting to reinforce in your life, but you have the joy of connecting with others who also want to wake up to awareness of their true Self. The joy and fulfillment in training yourself to be a vehicle for spiritual awakening is beyond words.
What does Gary Renard have to say about Pathways of Light?
Gary Renard, author of The Disappearance of the Universe and Your Immortal Reality, shares his experience of Pathways of Light:
It was my pleasure to visit Pathways of Light for the third year in a row to present and record a workshop for a DVD. Pathways is an excellent spiritual teaching organization that's run by Reverends Robert and Mary Stoelting, who have been there since the early 1990's. Robert and Mary have been involved in the spiritual movement however, since the 1960's. Their hearts and minds are definitely in the right place.
One of the reasons I love Pathways of Light is that they’re into empowering people to hear the Holy Spirit’s Voice for themselves. They’re not into telling people what to do; they’re into training people to receive their own Guidance. I’m very grateful that there are wonderful teachers such as Robert and Mary who recognize that no teacher is superior to the students, except in illusions.
What is the Pathways of Light Satisfaction Guarantee?
If you are not completely satisfied with any Pathways of Light course, home study, self-study program, or product, return it within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price (shipping not included).
Minister Training Curriculum
The Ordained Ministerial Counselor curriculum applies the principles of A Course in Miracles to spiritual ministry. Being an Ordained Ministerial Counselor (OMC) prepares you to fulfill your purpose of serving in this time of the Great Awakening. Upon completion of the Ministerial Curriculum you are qualified to offer Accessing Inner Wisdom Spiritual Counseling as well as to facilitate Pathways of Light Spiritual College courses and 8-week programs.
Step 1: Getting to Know & Trust the Real You
132: Self-Image Transformations Details
You may still feel plagued with fear, anger, resentment, self-doubt and guilt cropping up here and there. Intellectually you know better, but those old, subconscious scripts still seem to be around.
Self-image transformation means changing the way we perceive ourselves. To transform our self-image, we don't need to change what we do. We need to change whom we think we are. What we do comes from whom we think we are. In A Course in Miracles we are taught to remind ourselves frequently, "God is but Love, and therefore so am I," and "I am not a body, I am free. For I am still as God created me."
This course will provide practice in becoming aware of the trance formations that make us act like robots, controlled by unconscious, habitual ego belief systems. You will learn to retrain your mind to develop new mental habits while releasing those old mental programs that are limiting and painful.
Learn to feel more loved, accepted, and loving.
Feel more relaxed for a greater experience of wellness.
Soften the grip of unwanted habits as your self-image changes.
Build the habit of recognizing tension and guilt and letting it go.
Open to greater possibilities and fulfillment as you move into your true spiritual purpose.
112: Knowing Your True Purpose Details
As you are open to understanding your true purpose, you enter a new time — a time of looking at the concepts you are holding about yourself and others and letting them be replaced by the awareness of your unlimited True Self.
• Understand how the veils of forgetfulness can be lifted to give you a new sense of life's purpose. • Learn how to change your beliefs about time. • Learn to access long-held thought patterns you picked up as a child, and heal these limited thoughts with the help of the Light within you. • Find out why it is important to quiet your mind and listen to yourself, and how you can better serve your true identity as Spirit in this life. • Receive insight on new choices and new ideas, and learn how you can extend the qualities of your true Self in your life. • Take an inward journey to a Haven of Greater Awareness to connect and identify with qualities of Spirit, such as universal Love, and feeling deep inner peace. • Transcend time and communicate with your unlimited Self. • Imagine seeing life differently in the years ahead as you dissolve blocks to the greater awareness of Love's Presence. • Practice seeing yourself knowing and expressing your true life purpose.
111: Awakening to Your True Self Details
In this course, you will look at core aspects of your personality which are holding on to ideas that do not come from your true Self. Some ways these aspects express themselves include self-righteousness, suffering, victimhood, and projecting guilt and blame onto others. If you still sabotage your innate happiness, this course will give you practice in identifying and healing those self-defeating aspects. You will learn how to quiet your mind to let your true Self lovingly transform your mind — your thoughts and feelings — to higher levels of awareness.
As you learn to quiet your mind and listen, you awaken to the real you — to your true Self. As you gradually welcome awakening to your inner Spirit, your experience changes to allow in more joy, love, and the knowledge that you are safe in God. Your true Self is your true nature, the essence of what you are. You will learn to allow in the awareness of your true Self more fully and receive helpful insight. Your true Self is your inner Teacher and will help you transform your thinking to see the outer world differently to live a happier and more purposeful life.
As your thinking increasingly comes from your true Self, you become more gentle with yourself and others. You are able to see past the fearful thinking and resulting behavior in yourself and others, to see the true reality of Love that lies behind all fear. You are able to make choices and decisions from a place of Wisdom and peace.
114: The Transforming Power of Trust Details
This course will help you feel more confident about trusting your Inner Guidance, spiritual intuition and your ability to know what is right for you. Trust opens the door to living a purposeful life, following Spirit. Trust helps you experience the quiet peace that comes with letting go of fearful thinking. When you trust that your Source is working for you and with you, you relax and allow It to lead you.
Learn how to let go of the doubt that cuts you off from experiencing trust in areas of:
Knowing your innate abundance
Allowing loving relationships
Becoming increasingly aware of quieting your mind to listen to Inner Wisdom.
Learn what pushes your buttons, causing you to lose your trust, and how to get back to trusting your true Self as your source of Guidance. Trusting your inner Teacher changes how you see everyone and everything. This trust allows you to see the world from a new perspective of oneness. As you place your trust in your true Self, you see through the false veils of ego thoughts of conflict, limitation and lack. You are unlimited Love and Light. The more you can trust in the Christ within, the more it will be reflected in your life.
115: How to Be Loving, How to Be Loved Details
Within everyone is a desire to return to Love, our Source. In our search for Love, we may look to someone outside of ourselves to give it to us. In this stage we are not aware of the Love within. We don't recognize our inner worth, our Light, our own perfection. As long as we continue to look outside ourselves to fill this sense of emptiness, we will feel unfulfilled.
When you realize that you have not found Love by looking for it from others, you are ready to go into a new stage of your life. You are ready to walk into an expanded awareness of Love. You are ready to consistently express your true unconditional loving nature. You are ready to wake up to What you are. In this course you will practice healing and releasing your barriers to Love. With the support of others, you will experience the depth of unconditional Love which lies within you. You will learn how to tap into this reservoir and bring Love to situations in your life which need healing.
You will learn to let go and let Love take over, seeing the world from a new perspective. You recognize that Love is giving, not getting. As Love extends from you, the sense of scarcity and lack gently falls away. Extending the Love that you are is your top priority. It is what you are here to learn and teach. You will focus on opening up to that Love and letting It shine through. Love is the healer. It will change your life.
Step 2: Strengthening Your Awareness of Inner Wisdom
203: Introduction to A Course in Miracles Details
This course summarizes the important ideas, and lessons presented by A Course In Miracles. You will learn to tell the difference between ego thoughts and the thoughts of your true identity. You will learn to choose peace instead of conflict, Heaven instead of hell.
Learn a process that helps you see past the physical form to the Light in everyone. It helps you forgive the people in your life whom you find difficult to love.
Take an inventory of your patterns of right-minded and wrong-minded thinking and practice shifting your thoughts toward right-minded thinking with the guidance of the Holy Spirit in your mind.
Focus on the true Self in others and experience how that focus helps you recognize the true Self in you.
Learn how to transform upset feelings into a healed perception with the help of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit's teaching is a lesson in remembering. Let us join in our remembering. It takes just a little willingness.
This course also includes a 3-CD set (MP3s with the downloadable e-course) of Gary Renard explaining ACIM in a full-day workshop.
113: Empowering Yourself by Changing Limiting Mental Habits Details
You don't have to experience life as a serious, stressful, day-to-day grind. In this course, you will identify the mental habits you may have developed which create tension, guilt, and self-doubt. See how inappropriate expectations cloud your ability to experience unconditional love.
Learn how you are unconsciously telling others how to treat you, to fit your unconscious expectations.
Discover ways you may still follow the unconscious expectations of others or try to live up to unhealthy models of perfection.
See how learned childhood responses become unconscious knee-jerk reactions. Learn how to release these reactions for a happier life.
Realize that you are not your programming. Consciously choose how you want to feel and how you want to think.
Connect with your Inner Source of direction.
Learn to be at peace and be happy.
This course will help you allow more constructive inner scripts which empower you. You will learn to perceive yourself and the world in a way that brings happy experiences of unconditional love, no matter what is happening around you.
802: Oneness Awareness Details
We have forgotten the reality of oneness that our true Self remembers for us as we dream the dream of separation. Practice letting go of the way you perceive the outer world, and focus on the inner reality of Spirit. Reacquaint yourself with your wholeness and oneness, where all minds are joined in God's perfect Love.
Connect with your inner Spirit, with the wisdom of your true Self.
Learn to recognize the true Voice of the Holy Spirit as your Guide.
Learn the art of mindfulness to identify judgments, feelings or beliefs which interfere with communication with the eternal Spirit.
Learn to distinguish what is important to your Spirit from what is important to your personality.
See how to align your thoughts more closely with your Spirit's perception.
Learn how to open to Oneness Awareness
manifesting the perfect expression of your Spirit.
Feel the joy of following Spirit's plan of awakening and joining our minds as one.
202: The Healing Bridge of Symbols and Rituals Details
Throughout history, mystics have used rituals to form connections between the consciousness world of form and the inner spiritual world, which is without form. We believe we live in a physical dimension of time and form. From the perspective of form, it is impossible to perceive the formless infinity of God — All That Is. Symbols and rituals can be bridges to a deeper awareness of the reality of Love's oneness.
This course will help you understand and use the power of rituals as pathways to experiences that transcend time and form. You will learn about potential pitfalls which may cause rituals to block the very spiritual awakening they were intended to assist. You will discover the root meaning and intent of thousand-year-old rituals. You will see how to transform old, lifeless rituals into empowering avenues to know the infinite Self. With this understanding, you will create your own inspired ritual to experience a transcendent awareness of your true inner Spirit.
801: Receiving Inner Wisdom — Tool for Self Transformation Details
Receiving Inner Wisdom opens your inner windows of communication to universal Inspiration, and helps you tap into the beingness of unconditional Love.
In this course, you will have the opportunity to practice receiving Inner Wisdom with ease and a sense of deep peace. With the guided meditations, you will find it easy to practice reinforcing the habit of allowing your Inner Teacher to be the source of guidance in your daily life.
Within you is the Source of all Love, peace, and joy. As you build the strong habit of stepping back and letting your Inner Teacher lead, you are led to let go of the fear, anger, and resentment which are barriers to knowing your true identity in the Mind of God.
In this course, you will practice being a clear and open channel for receiving and extending the peace and Love of God. You will practice getting helpful answers and bring through the healing perspective and insight of your Inner Teacher.
Releasing mistaken perceptions assists you in accepting your Self within. As you open your mind to your true Reality, you discover a new way of being in this world. More and more, the peace of God guides your thoughts, words, and deeds.
Step 3: Bringing Inner Guidance to Your Relationships
301: Christ Vision Details
Come back to the awareness of your perfect wholeness with Christ Vision. Learn how, with your thoughts and beliefs, you are writing your book of life, your holy book. In a guided meditation, you will learn how to rewrite your holy book of life with the help of unlimited, all-knowing Christ Vision. This rewriting will help you transform your life through correction rather than self-condemnation. In this course we will be working with the essence of awakening training. Experiential processes will help you move past the outer form to Christ's perfect Love.
Put yourself in the perfect environment for healing fear, guilt and self-punishment.
See through the illusionary forms as you practice allowing Christ Vision to move you to think of yourself as one with all, encompassing all humanity in Love.
Work with Christ Vision to see a person or situation in your life differently, from a perspective of oneness.
With Christ Vision, you are knocking on the door of the greatest force of Inner Light there is. The door opens and you recognize the Light and Love you feel as your own.
401: The Synergy of Intimate Relationships Details
All of us are searching for intimacy, companionship and nurturing. You may ask, "Why have I had such difficulty with intimate relationships in my life?" We find the keys in our own self-worth issues and our willingness to be intimate with ourselves.
Intimacy is a peak experience. We intuitively recognize that "in-to-me-see" is essential to growth and the enhancement of self-worth. In this course you will learn the answers to common questions such as: What is intimacy, and how do I recognize it? How do I know if I can handle a truly intimate relationship? How can I prepare for it?
In this course, you will see how we each draw to us the relationships we need to show us the beliefs and attitudes that are keeping us stuck, that are blocking our path to the Light within. You will look at the roadblocks you put in the way of intimacy and how to move past them.
With the help of experiential processes and meditations, you will look at troublesome situations in your life and see how to transform these situations with the help of the all powerful force of Love that is within you. You will see how it feels when you are playing the "separation game" by focusing on differences, and how to change that to the "Oneness game" by looking past differences to the innate goodness in others.
210: Star Child — Seeing the Innocence Within Details
The Star Child is that childlike essence within you, that energy of Love which pierces through the confusion and brings clear vision into your life. Star Child lightly and gently helps you let go of struggle. It is your inner Comforter, your innocent Self.
You will be led on a guided journey to become aware of the reality of your inner Star Child. You will be able to ask for and receive insight on questions of importance to you.
Practice letting go of limiting, nonproductive self-talk.
Gain a detached perspective of people, situations and issues in your life, allowing you to see your loved ones from a higher perspective.
Get in touch with a deeper level of peace.
Your inner Star Child will help you experience a feeling of invulnerability and trust. You will become less fear-driven and more led by Love as you allow your Star Child to help you loosen your grip on the game of illusions in this world. Your Star Child will joyfully expand your awareness to be deceived no more, to wake up from your dream of separation.
201: Adventure into the Sacred Life — Introduction to Spiritual Ministry Details
Self-realization comes when we acknowledge our true purpose and have the courage to follow it. Many have found that when they help others, they help themselves. There is no greater act of self-empowerment than that of empowering another. A sacred life, dedicated to remembering the truth about ourselves and others, is the fast track to true, lasting happiness. The sacred life begins when you transcend the duality of me/you and no longer see yourself as separate from others.
This course examines the inner drive and motivations to serve the awakening. It will explore both the potential pitfalls and enormous personal rewards of choosing spiritual service as a pathway of return to your Source. The quality of your passage in the sacred life depends on the clarity of your intention. In the sacred life, you serve as a bridge that connects yourself and others with the All. You transcend your separate identity, reunite with your Self and act as a channel for God's healing.
This course will provide keys to being your true Self, so you can be a more effective facilitator, counselor, and friend. It is for all who wish to experience a deeper awareness of Infinite Love in their lives.
805: Attracting Nurturing Personal Relationships Details
Singles or partners — build nurturing relationships. Connect with your inner Spirit to learn more evolved ways of attracting and maintaining desirable relationships.
Shed the weight of old emotional resistances which have kept you on the defensive and have blocked healthy relationships in the past.
Recognize when unconscious, limiting mental scripts are operating in your life. With your observer self, learn how to dissolve these scripts and replace them with healing scripts.
See how issues of power affect your relationships and how to empower each other rather than control each other.
Learn to shift your perception in your relationships from the perspective of your personality self to the knowing wisdom of your true Self.
Learn and role-play a five-step process to express yourself without blaming. This process takes you through the perceived hurt to forgiveness and Love. It is a powerful tool to build intimacy, release resentment, and express your true Self in your relationships.
Learn to heal responses you can use when someone becomes fearful, tense, or defensive, which can transform the relationship into a powerful path of shared awakening.
Step 4: Ordained Ministerial Counselor Training
1001: Course Facilitator Training, Part I Teleconference Details
This training will qualify you to facilitate the Pathways of Light courses for which you are certified, anywhere in the world, in groups, or through correspondence. You will be developing your skills in the following areas:
How to promote inner-directed healing when working with a group, one-on-one facilitating, or with personal relationships.
How to develop a feeling of trust and security in which people can relax, open up and be themselves without fear of judgment.
How to help people recognize where they are, and where they want to go.
How to gain a greater understanding of the growth process, what pitfalls to avoid and how to make growth a fulfilling experience.
How to create an empowering environment that makes it easy for people to release limiting concepts they no longer need and want.
How to bring through the Mind of calm and inner peace — our eternal Spirit.
How to turn anger, hostility, or resistance which may come up in the course into a healing experience.
How to promote your courses and follow Spirit's lead to connect with people in your spiritual work.
How to allow yourself to accept greater peace as you follow the lead of your inner Light.
Course 1001 includes a binder containing extensive materials, including sample brochures and fliers, logo masters, news release letterhead, promotion guidelines, facilitator notes, and handouts for presenting the 2-hour Introduction to Pathways of Light.
This course is done in a teleconference setting with other students and facilitators to provide the opportunity to practice facilitating a group. See 1001 Teleconference Schedule below.
Prerequisite: Must be certified in Pathways of Light Spiritual College course steps 1-3.
1101: Spiritual Awakening Group Facilitator Training Teleconference Details
This course will prepare you to facilitate effective Spiritual Awakening Groups in your community. Your training will enable you to:
Create a sense of security, safety, and trust within the group which supports the shared awakening process.
Explain and guide the experiential processes which help participants integrate the study material and practice it in their daily lives.
Bring out the wisdom of the participants, creating "ah-ha's" that are empowering.
As you lead groups, you will notice that your mind healing is reinforced. Your communication with inner Guidance becomes stronger and you gain more insight from the material. As you share your experience in the group setting, it becomes easier to release the limiting concepts you no longer need. You begin to express your unlimited potential more fully. Old, limiting habits and beliefs gradually dissolve, and you create a more abundant, peaceful life.
Topics covered: 1. Accepting Abundance 2. Opening to Inner Guidance 3. Going Gently 4. Transforming Your Line 5. The Awakened Perspective 6. Accelerating Your Growth 7. Building Your House of Light 8. Divine Play.
Prerequisite: Must be certified in Pathways of Light Spiritual College course 1001.
This course includes all materials needed to facilitate this 8-week group, including a binder with Group Facilitator Manual, Group Workbook, Self Awakening Meditation CD, and promotional materials.
1002: Course Facilitator Training, Part II Teleconference Details
Hands-on facilitating practice sessions will give you valuable experience. Receive direct feedback and tips to help you refine your facilitating skills.
Give guided meditations with a skillful blend of timing, tone of voice, background music, and flowing with Spirit.
Effectively guide discussions to draw out the wisdom of the participants.
Let go of self-interference to be your true, relaxed self.
Slow your inner tempo to consciously link with Spirit in a relaxed and natural manner.
Practice mindfulness by monitoring your tension level and thoughts to recognize when you are interfering with the flow of Spirit.
Set the tone with your voice, mannerisms, body movements, and pace to enhance the growth experience of the group.
Reduce the attitude or perception of greater and lesser which may occur between "facilitator" and "participant."
Expand a sense of openness and trust in the courses you facilitate.
Create a sense of flow, cohesion and focus which enables people to go further in their awakening process.
A portion of this course is done in a teleconference setting with other students and facilitators to provide the opportunity to practice facilitating a group.
Prerequisite: Course 1001
1102: Healing Inner Child Program Facilitator Training Teleconference Details
This course will prepare you to facilitate 8-week Healing Inner Child Groups in your community.
Experience the joy of helping your own healing and the healing of others. Feel the fulfillment of releasing limiting fears and returning to Love. The shared experiences and activities provide a rich opportunity to release limiting fears and bring more unconditional love into your life.
Topics covered: 1. Nurturing Your Inner Child 2. The Inner Critical Parent 3. Inner Child Baggage 4. Connecting with Higher Self 5. Transforming Fear 6. Stop, Look & Listen 7. Healing Relationships 8. Simple, Uncomplicated Love
Prerequisite: Courses 1101 and 1001.
This course includes all materials needed to facilitate this 8-week program, including Program Facilitator Materials: A binder with Program Facilitator Manual, Program Workbook, Healing Your Inner Child with Love Meditation CD, and promotional materials.
220: Spiritual Ceremonies Details
This course is specifically designed for participants in the Ordained Ministerial Counselor training curriculum. Learn to conduct weddings, memorial services, and other spiritual ceremonies, acknowledging transitions in people's lives.
Besides these ceremonies, you will learn the key elements of any effective spiritual ceremony. With this foundation, you will help people create personalized ceremonies for important spiritual events in their lives. These ceremonies will help them affirm and validate their beliefs, goals, and commitments related to these special events of growth and transition.
This course includes a minister's reference notebook with many examples of spiritual ceremonies, including weddings, memorial services, candle lighting services, and other transformative ceremonies of celebration and transition.
Prerequisite: Must be certified in Pathways of Light Spiritual College course steps 1-3.
901: Introduction to Miracles Practice Details
A Course in Miracles is all about forming and reinforcing the practice of receiving and extending miracles. This is the journey Home. This is the core of our reawakening to the strength and peace of God that has never left us. We have just temporarily covered It up by putting our faith in the false ideas of believing in bodies. Accepting the miracle, which is the correction of our perception, comes with our willingness to receive the truth of our true Identity in God as universal, undivided Love. This means being willing to let go of the idea that we are separate from the oneness of God. The miracle is what we receive in our mind as we let our belief in weakness, limitation, and separation be replaced by our eternal reality as Love.
This course is all about allowing ourselves to form and reinforce the daily practice of receiving and extending miracles. With the Holy Spirit, we allow ourselves to see the false ideas for what they are and allow Him to bring us the vision of true perception. In forming this daily miracles practice, we allow our confused minds to be healed of our belief in weakness, limitation, and darkness. We are persistent and diligent in continuing and strengthening this daily miracles practice. We want to return Home and we have the means to do it.
2000: Accessing Inner Wisdom Counselor Training Teleconference Details
The training for this one-on-one spiritual counseling process helps a person look at a perceived problem, apprehension, distress, or painful feeling, and take it to Inner Wisdom (the Holy Spirit) for a new perspective. The purpose of spiritual counseling is to help us change our minds about how we see or experience the world and to receive the vision of our true Self. Thus, we do not try to change the "outside" world, but rather, we recognize that what we focus on in the world is giving us a clue to the unconscious guilt hiding within our minds. As we are guided to let go of our projections, we get in touch with our innate innocence.
There are two stages to this process. First, we need to recognize the thought cluster (or confused thinking) that is the basis for the problem. This thought cluster may manifest in many forms: we may feel we are the victim of an attack from others; we may feel a lack of love or self-worth; we may feel unfulfilled in a relationship or job; we may feel angry or defensive; we may feel guilty or depressed, or we may feel sick and tired.
Once we have recognized the confused thought cluster, we must be willing to take these thoughts to the Light within, our true Self. As we are ready and willing, we will be helped to see a new way of thinking. Gradually, our true Self will help us make the transition in our mind from thinking we are isolated and alone to recognizing our unity and oneness with our Source — our true Self.
Prerequisite: You must experience the counseling and be certified in all other courses in the ministerial curriculum.
This course is done in a teleconference setting with other students and facilitators to provide the opportunity to experience and practice the Accessing Inner Wisdom counseling.
Step 5 — 2010: Relationship Enhancement Counselor Training Details
This in-depth training provides an understanding of the procedures and processes used in effective Spiritual Relationship Counseling.
You will learn tools you can use to help the partners:
Identify the key areas which need attention in the relationship.
Set achievable goals for the relationship they would like to have.
Develop effective listening and communication skills.
Recognize defensive thoughts which become barriers to love and lead to conflict in the relationship.
Dedicate ample time to the relationship to share with and listen to the needs of both partners.
Become nurturing and supportive to each other in their process of awakening to their true potential.
Included in this course is an in-depth program to guide your clients into a spiritual relationship.
Reports on 11 texts are required to receive your certification as a Spiritual Relationships Counselor. These 11 texts are not included in the course fee.
Prerequisite: Current Ordained Ministerial Counselor.