I’m delighted to announce that I will be joined on Sunday, September 21st at 10am Pacific by Ole Vadum Dahl for a conversation we’ve titled “How Going Blind Opened My Eyes.” Although he lost his sight at the age of 17, Ole is a prolifically creative leader, the founder and director of the largest post-graduate psychotherapy academy in Denmark.
His journey to becoming the leader and teacher he is today is a powerful example. It shows not only how adversity can transform to strength and purpose, but also how opening the “eye of spirit” and awakening from limited identifications can transform our lives.
As a child and into his teens, Ole had a talent for drawing, painting and photography, and he wanted to become an architect or a graphic artist. But when he was 17 years old, he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease that meant he would lose his eyesight entirely. This suddenly changed everything. Up until that point, he had been identified with his visually- based talents, and they were his main source of self-confidence and sense of self-worth.
Losing his vision was disorienting not just in the obvious, direct sense of plunging him into visual darkness. It also threw him into a profound crisis of identity. He was still a very young man, and he was overtaken by intense anxiety and depressive states. People began interacting with him as a handicapped person. But he couldn’t identify with that any more than he could any longer identify as an artist or an architect. This disruption propelled him into a search for his true identity, which was essentially a spiritual journey.
As Ole often says, “I am not a blind man; I just can’t see.” He says that this question of identify has been the foundation of his life’s work. From the beginning, he has been helping people discover their embeddedness in their personality and ego identities, and helping them recognize that they are more than that. The school he founded is named “ID Academy” because it focuses on comprehensive in-depth integral processes of identification and dis-identification.
When people can begin to make their personality and ego structure an object instead of being embedded in it, everything in their experience and their lives can change. Ole believes he has an impact on people because he relates to them on a being level, in a way that is both personal and spaciously impersonal.
I hope you’ll join us as Ole and I dive into an inquiry of identity and change, crisis and redemption, and what it means to be more than who we think we are.
About Ole Vadum Dahl
Ole Vadum Dahl is the founder and director of ID Academy, the largest post-graduate psychotherapy academy in Denmark. He has more than 30 years experience in psychotherapy, coaching, and spiritual and personal development and has taught in Denmark, India, USA and Europe. He has pioneered several cutting edge techniques and training modalities, most recently in Integral philosophy, psychology, spirituality and life practice. He has authored five bestselling books in Denmark on self-development, therapy and coaching.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Sunday, September 21st at 10:00am Pacific; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
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The Beyond Awakening Team