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Champions of Change:
Personal Change Management
in an Ever Changing World

with Ian Lawton

Course Overview

“Life is divine chaos. Embrace it. Forgive yourself.
Breathe. Enjoy the ride.”
- Solbeam


We ALL live in the middle of change. Some change flows easily, like a sudden opportunity or a new relationship, and some change is traumatic like a sudden separation, termination, or diagnosis. Either way, the quality of your life is in large part determined by your ability to stay present to change and grow with it. If you can stay with it, without shrinking back, then change always bring gifts.

Through this course, you will learn to how to manage change in the most skillful way possible. Whether its personal changes like relationship or career changes, a change in direction, or a desire to be a more effective change agent in communities, organizations or the world at large, this course will help you tap into your own intuitive wisdom. You will learn the truth of the serenity prayer, discerning what you can change, what you must accept  (for now) and  you will gain the wisdom to know the difference.

This course is practically oriented. You will have opportunity to reflect on your own life situations and apply wisdom from all the great change agents of history. The bottom line is that you will rediscover your own intuitive ability to change, and change well.

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Who Should Attend?

This course is for anyone looking to live more mindfully and skillfully. In particular,

  • Going through divorce and separation
  • Changing career or life situations
  • Managers and team leaders
  • Those in recovery or looking to change behaviors
  • Those dealing with grief or loss
  • Coaches and those who help others with change
  • Activists and those who care about the state of the world
  • Parents, grandparents, emptynesters
  • Anyone looking to get out of the funk of feeling stuck

What You'll Learn

Each week of the nine week course will include a guided meditation, a memorable analogy or two, 3 Big Ideas as they apply to you, a reframing exercise, a tailored affirmation  to carry with you and  a homework assignment to really create new patterns in your life. Below is a Course Summary to give you a sense of the flow.



Topic/ Week Guided Med Analogy Big Ideas Reframe Homework Affirmation
1. Begendings - Always in the Middle of Change Still Point Rocky IV and Zen Duck story Impermanence
Sacred Time
Karma
Every moment new More to come exercise Uturn in breath
2. Change is messy - Stay with it Snake shedding skin Deck of Cards Chaos Theory
Fractals
Butterfly Effect
Chaos is alchemy Linger in moments Dive Headlong
3. Awareness Sky Diving Ipod Mindfulness
Witness
Stages of Change
Behavior
E/thing a teacher Playlists Frost from a car
4. Acceptance Dinner Party Octopus Jung
Transcend/
Include

Activism
Imperfection
All is unfolding as it needs to Serenity List 1. Like a rising sun
5. Surrender Breath Glove Surrender/ Submission
Adaptive Skills
Higher Purpose
Let go to step into Serenity List 2. Soften your gaze
6. Action pt 1- Effortless Effort Water Hokey Pokey Wu Wei
Flow
Inspiration
Skillful means Serenity List 3 Be like water
7. Action pt 2- Intentions
30k feet Bagger Vance Imagination
Scenarios
Language
Getting Closer every day Vision Board No matter how old
8. Action pt. 3- Persistence Time/ Growth Everest Conviction
Experiment
Flexibility
Always becoming Growth chart Seed of best efforts
9. Action pt. 4- Responsibility Inner Strength Resume Awareness
Empathy
Choice
Always s/thing can do Resume Weight training

 

What You’ll Get Out of the Course

  • Confidence in your ability to manage change.
  • Positive and proactive ways of dealing with loss
  • Techniques for learning and growing through difficult change.
  • Skills for discerning great opportunities, and how to grab them with both hands.
  • More than a few peeks into your essential nature, which flows with change easily.
  • Skills to make you a better human being, and a more effective partner, leader and community member.

About Ian Lawton

Ian earned his Masters of Change Management over 20 years of helping people and organizations grow through change. For the last 8 years, Ian has led an organization through a process of transformative change. For over 20 years Ian has coached individuals, couples and teams in all the major life transitions.

Having lived in 3 different countries, Ian understands the challenges and opportunities of change. Ian originates from Australia, where he worked on Sydney’s inner city streets and saw the reality of human suffering first hand. He sought a spirituality that brought healing and unity rather than division.  Ian was always interested in connecting with the people who often don’t go to church; the homeless people, the broken people, the creative people, the liberated people, the recovering people, the inquiring people, the family people, those who put their humanity before their ideology. He met them in pubs and on university campuses, in gyms and through social media. He stood alongside them at protests and bar lines. He just didn’t often see them in church. Ian always believed that inclusive spirituality could create the type of community that met the needs of these people.

In 2004, Bishop John Shelby Spong convinced Ian to come to the United States to lead an emerging group of progressive Christians in West Michigan. Today Ian calls Grand Haven, Michigan home where he lives with his wife Meg and three children Hugo, Darcy and Raina.

Ian is a spiritual leader of a growing world-wide community with a 20 year background in pastoral, change and grief support. He is an author and lectures internationally on contemporary spirituality, technology and change. He has been blogging and writing daily affirmations for several years and teaches regularly at C3 Exchange in West Michigan which is an independent, inclusive spiritual community.

Ian has also launched an online community with his wife Meg―Soulseeds―that offers resources and services for people of all faiths and no faith. The Soulseeds network has grown quickly in the year since it launched, with over 3000 website visits a day, over 6000 Facebook fans, and over 80,000 tweeps. Its a fast growing and cutting edge social network of people interested in personal development, social change and the beautiful connectedness of life.

Ian has studied through this time with Ken Wilber, Genpo Roshi and other leaders in conscious change management and contemporary spirituality, as well as reading Wheatley, Senge, Scharmer, Jung, Campbell and Erickson for all their broad perspectives on change.

Praise for Ian Lawton

“Ian Lawton leads us beyond the death of religion as we know it and into the excitement of a post-religious, spiritual future. He writes with engaging verve and with profound insight.  Those hungry for meaning in the Western world will relish this book.”
Bishop John Shelby Spong on Ian’s upcoming book on Inclusive Spirituality

“I love it! You have done something great here. You are describing a very big movement and I love the way you have gone about it. I have high hopes for this book, Ian!”
Elizabeth Lesser on Ian’s upcoming book on Inclusive Spirituality

“Over the past few years Ian Lawton has become one of my closest friends and colleagues. I absolutely love the fact he has, in his own words, “an impatient zeal for authenticity.” Ian has a rare gift of being able to deliver Sunday morning sermons, week after week, with no notes. He fully prepares a text version, but in the pulpit — actually, he uses no pulpit — he speaks without referring to notes.”
Michael Dowd, America’s Evolutionary Evangelist

“Ian has masterfully led our organization through massive and exciting changes over the last 8 years. We have been liberated to become more authentic and our future is bright. We have become a grass roots activist organization where people are empowered to take initiative and be the change we wish to see in the world. People of all faiths and no faith come together, and share in the joy of being alive. As a community we participate in the evolution of a more loving, united consciousness.”
Judy Swanson, Chair of the Board at C3Exchange in Grand Haven Michigan.

“Ian has helped to guide me through the biggest challenge of my life, the ending of a 20 year marriage. He has coached me to reclaim my power and create a whole new  path. I couldn't have done it without him.”
Coaching Client (name withheld)

“Since my husband died last year I am learning to live a strange new life with still a profound absence. I have found Ian’s affirmation seeds such a source of positive thinking - so original and intriguing in so few words. It is remarkable that day after day a new one appears with another way of looking at life and I welcome them to start the day.”
Anthea, Soulseeds Subscriber

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