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About Catherine Dowling
As a child, I dreamed about getting a job working with people. The only job I could think of was teaching. I loved the teaching part of being a teacher, but imposing order on a classroom was not for me. It took four years in the job to realize there are other ways to work with people. I needed to move on.
Over the years, I've been a waitress in Phoenix, Arizona, worked as a bank clerk in New York City, stacked supermarket shelves in Dublin, Ireland, and cleaned hotel rooms in London, England. I worked in group homes and geriatric homes, hitch hiked around the United States, and along the way got a Master's in history in beautiful Missoula, Montana. I trained in groupwork, and became a free-lance group worker for community development organizations and women's groups throughout Ireland. Every job offered me opportunities to meet people of all ages, orientations, political affiliations, and life experiences. I particularly enjoyed working with people approaching the end of their life who brought the history I studied in college to life.
Then I discovered breathwork therapy. For twenty years, my clinical practice allowed me to get to know people on the deepest level. I was privileged to be able to witness and support them through struggles, losses, and successes, through letting go of old beliefs and moving forward in new and more joyful ways. Out of that experience, came my first book, Rebirthing and Breathwork: A Powerful Technique for Personal Transformation. (Piatkus, London).
I moved to the US from Ireland in 2007 to take part in an internship at the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico. As part of that program, I learned meditation, studied various spiritual practices, and was exposed to poverty on a level I hadn't previously experienced. At the end of the internship, I was offered a job in the corporate world in California. For the first time in my patchwork career, I worked with documents and computers rather than directly with people. The money was great, but the experience confirmed that my childhood instinct about working with people was correct. Out of my American experiences, both spiritual and corporate, came my second book, Radical Awareness: Five Practices for a Fully Engaged Life. (Llewellyn Worldwide, USA).
Spiritual awareness, I believe, is not just internal. It affects the way we live life. If we know, despite outward differences, that human beings share the same vulnerabilities, hopes, and desires, this surely affects the way we vote, the way we respond to conflict, the way we respond to people who are homeless, addicted, incarcerated or otherwise don't live up to society's definition of success.
I currently work with women exiting incarceration who have addiction and mental health issues. Many have been homeless. Some are veterans of America's wars. They're not what society deems successful. Therefore, their stories are not often heard. But they all have stories--of childhood trauma, of growing up in poverty, of loss and abuse...and of triumph over hardships most people never experience. Their stories of courage and resilience rival any hero's journey. Out of this, has come the most rewarding writing projects of my career. Invisible Women: Hidden Stories of Courage and Triumph. (Forthcoming).
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This book, based on over 20 years of clinical practice by one of the leading authors in the field, tells you all you need to know about the technique. It’s also packed with information and exercises that guide you surely and gently through your own inner journey to awareness and freedom. Learn about how your birth, your childhood relationships and life experiences shape your belief systems and govern the way you respond to life right now. Then learn how to change that.
Use breathwork to:
•Resolve old emotions, memories and belief systems safely and gently
•Bring about deep, full-body relaxation
•Improve the quality of your relationships
•Free your creativity
•Access mystical states of expanded consciousness
But most of all, use breathwork to develop a deep, satisfying and liberating connection with yourself.
If you want to heal your past and move forward in freedom, this book is for you.
Experience a profound engagement with life through the transformational power of spiritual awakenings. Presenting a simple and safe system that can be applied to daily living, Radical Awareness shows you how to achieve the mystical state of oneness. Join author Catherine Dowling as she offers meditation techniques, hands-on exercises, and breathwork methods for enlightenment and expanded awareness.
Exploring five practices for turning everyday experiences into opportunities for spiritual growth, you will learn to move past fear and self-sabotage, break the bonds of anger, understand the expectations of others, honor your own values, and more. Grounded in the knowledge of ancient and contemporary world wisdom traditions, Radical Awareness is a down-to-earth, workable guide for living with passion, abundance, and serenity.
“There is much learned and practiced wisdom here!”—Fr. Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation
“When you’ve read this book you will understand what mysticism and spirituality are . . . Everyone will grow with [Radical Awareness], even the most experienced. It is a truly excellent book.”—Joy Manne, PhD, author of Conscious Breathing in Everyday Life