The Total Human

Allyson Rice’s TheTotal Human ™ and
Malcolm Ringwalt’s Earth-Heart Institute of Vision and Healing

Allyson Rice’s TheTotal Human ™ and
Malcolm Ringwalt’s Earth-Heart Institute of Vision and Healing

Vision Quests, Spiritual Retreats, Women's Retreats, Kundalini Yoga & Meditation,
Creativity Retreats, Personal Intensives

July 2007

Welcome to the quarterly newsletter collaboration between The Total Human™ and the Earth-Heart Institute of Vision and Healing. Collectively, we offer Vision Quests, Spiritual Retreats, Women's Retreats, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, Creativity Retreats, Personal Intensives, Healing, and Spiritual Counseling. If you are not interested in receiving these newsletters once each season, you can click on the “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of the page.

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“We are not retreating; we are advancing in another direction.”
--Gen. Douglas MacArthur--

Take the military context out of that quote, and it’s a great example-in-action of the old maxim: “You can be right or you can be happy.” The key underlying principle is flexibility, adaptability in the face of new information. It requires a willingness to give up our claim to being Right, and being open to taking in new information and changing what we’re doing or thinking based on this new information, without our ego getting in our way.

It also means looking at our current change in direction, even if it’s a complete about-face in both our perception and the actions it requires, as a positive and forward step on our journey. It’s about welcoming rather than resenting the situation or person that has introduced something new and perhaps unfamiliar. As St Augustine once said, “Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies.” That kind of resentment is toxic; it doesn’t serve us at all. It’s a self-constricting, self-limiting emotion. The key is maintaining your focus on the positive forward movement, and having appreciation for the new information that allows for greater understanding of the larger picture.

Life is going to continue to change without end, and we will constantly be presented with those good ol’ opportunities for growth (usually during the times when we feel most Right). The minute we choose to dig in our heels, refusing to allow a new possibility to enter our world rather than the one we’ve perhaps already invested a great deal of energy in, we create tension within ourselves. We become constricted as we try to hold on to the past and the outdated information of the past, refusing to allow in the new information presenting itself in the present moment. We begin to fight what is in front of us and is trying to expand our perceptions, and that rarely leads to happiness in any area.

T. Harv Ecker gives another version of this same principle in his book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, “You can be right, or you can be rich, but you can’t be both.” Again, it’s about the difference between someone who sees the opportunities, the positives, and the learning of new information as a path to success and abundance, even if it means relinquishing what you thought was right just a moment before. It’s about flexibility, adaptability, and an open mind; it’s about being fluid in your movement through life.

Being fluid, like water, doesn’t mean never hitting an obstacle; but rather, hitting the obstacle and effortlessly flowing around it and finding the natural course after you’re around it. It requires a relaxation into the process of flowing, because to be rigid would be to fight the current.

It means being present in the moment
and responding to life as it occurs.

Otherwise, you’ll always be at the mercy of shattered expectations, feeling the victim to something or someone outside yourself. Water doesn’t whine about being a victim to the boulder sitting in the middle of the creek. It makes contact with it, and flows around the edges, and goes on it’s merry way. And in the act of making gentle contact and continuing to flow, little by little the boulder is eroded over time. Not that the water spends time worrying about dissolving it. It doesn’t “resent” the obstacle’s presence, or take it personally, it merely works with the obstacle and adapts it’s path.

There is a familiar Biblical quote, which after many translations from language to language, now reads “And the meek shall inherit the earth.” But a translation of the original Aramaic language and “meek” is not as we understand it today, but rather “adaptable.” And the adaptable shall inherit the earth.

It’s something to be conscious of when we’re in the middle of the process of living. If it weren’t for adaptable people willing to let go of past information and incorporate something new, we’d all still believe that the world was flat…




“Removing Fear of the Future” Meditation
(from “Self Knowledge” – Yogi Bhajan)

This is for when you feel yourself “digging in,” holding on to being “right.” It all comes down to fear. This meditation will take away your fears of the future that were created by subconscious memories of the past. It will force you to deal with your heart center.

  • Put on some instrumental music that you find very soothing.
  • Sit comfortably with your legs crossed (or on in a chair if that position is difficult).
  • Your hands are held in front of your heart, elbows bent and relaxed.
  • Rest the back of the left hand in the palm of the right hand (left fingers extended).
  • The right thumb rests in the palm of the left hand, and the left thumb crosses it.
  • Holding your hands this way will give you a peaceful and secure feeling.
  • Put this mudra (hand/finger position) at the heart center, with palm-side resting against the chest.
  • Relax, breathe slowly and meditate to the soothing music.
  • Start with 11 minutes, and you can gradually work up to 31 minutes of practice.
  • To finish, inhale deeply, exhale, and relax.


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Malcolm’s next Vision Quest is scheduled for July 1-8 in the Pine Barrens of southern NJ. Still a few days left to apply. See website for additional dates and locations. This course runs back-to-back with the 10-day Protector Course, an invaluable initiatory experience for those wanting to deepen their Vision Quest process.

Malcolm’s new long-distance Mentoring program was recently launched with a fantastic start -- most of the available spots taken immediately. Only a couple of places next for the next 6-month mentoring commitment. If you would like one-on-one mentoring with him, call to talk about your goals and see if it’s a good match for you. Malcolm is also expanding his private counseling practice in the L.A area. Short-term counseling for individuals and couples. Offices in Santa Monica, Malibu, and Topanga. Call for an appointment. Phone consultations are also available for those out of the area.

Allyson’s Sedona Women’s RetreatReconnecting With the Power of the Sacred Feminine” in April was a great success. Next year’s dates were set before the retreat was even finished. The next date will be April 23-27, 2008. Long-term payment plans are available. Reserve your spot now and take 13 months to pay it off. Come and spend 5 days in an extraordinary setting with a group of women as amazing as you. Ancient yogic and Native American women's power teachings, plus much, much more….

Allyson’s All-Women Vision Quest will be run in southern Oregon near Ashland Oct 14-21. It will happen one day after the Advanced Women’s Retreat “Accessing the Ancient Wisdom Within You ,” being run close by at Buckhorn Springs Retreat Center (Oct 8-12), for anyone wishing to take them back-to-back. Please note that you must have attended the Sedona Women’s Retreat (above) to come to the advanced women’s program. There is only one spot left in the advanced retreat.

Malcolm only has one Personal Intensive week available between now and the end of 2007 (just 2 Intensives per week scheduled).

Mon Aug 20 – Sat Aug 25

This date will fill quickly

The next availability will be late January of 2008.

The Seven Levels of Quest will be running in mid-September.

A new program The Sacred Heart of Darkness is in the works as well. Dates and locations for both programs to be announced soon. Check website for updates.


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Many blessings to you all,




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