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Illness as an Accelerator of Spiritual Intelligence and Awakening

Illness or caregiving can be part of your spiritual practice and path. Using the Integral map, we’ll use the very difficulties that illness magnifies as the place to bring our attention and our practice.

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Learn to accelerate the spiritual intelligence that illness allows us to access.


This virtual course begins March 1, 2022.

We tend to think of tragedy and loss as experiences that close us off from spirit, or we believe that chronic illness is an impediment to our spiritual development. The truth is, illness can be a direct route to spiritual growth. 

Some people are thrust into spiritual awakening by their illness, experiencing sudden states of expansion through the intensity of their physical experience or their grief. Others come to rely on a spiritual practice to help open them to a broader understanding and context for their illness experience. Others see the dilemmas of illness as koans which can help them awaken.

Illness as an Accelerator of Spiritual Intelligence and Awakening, our 6-week live, virtual course, focuses on illness as a path to deep spiritual growth. Using Ken Wilber’s Integral map, we look at how this growth occurs and how the experience of illness can offer a direct route to a less painful, more expanded view of your existence, regardless of your health status.  

Special Bonuses For This Course:  Register Now and Receive

 The Six Skills Of Meditation Course Free!


A Discounted SQ21 Spiritual Intelligence assessment

For more information about the meditation course, please go here.  For more information about the assessment, please go here.

This Course Will Help You:

  • Understand spiritual intelligence and the process of spiritual awakening
  • Learn practices to help you to develop your spiritual self
  • Cultivate the capacity to view chronic illness or caregiving as a path to awakening, rather than a burden to be endured
  • Hear other people’s experiences to both normalize and inspire your own path

This Course Is For:

  • People who want to grow and develop their spiritual intelligence and awareness
  • People who wonder about the meaning of illness, why it’s happening, and what the purpose of illness and suffering is
  • People who want to validate and understand the spiritual growth they have experienced in living with chronic illness
  • People who want to mine the spiritual depths revealed by illness

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Or, if you need a discount, contact me at [email protected]. No one will be turned away for financial reasons.

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What you'll receive

— 6 modules packed with helpful ideas, questions, and practices.

— Multiple materials ranging from pdfs. to videos

— Links and referrals to helpful resources

— 6 live Zoom calls which feature both teaching and discussion, recorded and archived on the site

— A supportive group of participants to share with and learn from

— Special bonus for this course: The Six Skills Of Meditation Course

Course Overview

Week 1: The Koan; Two Vectors of Spiritual Development

Week 2: Spirituality and the Body

Week 3: Spirituality and the Psyche

Week 4: The Spiritual Line: Self Awareness and Self Mastery

Week 5: The Spiritual Line: Universal Awareness and Presence

Week 6: Awareness and Awakening

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Using Illness as an Accelerator of Spiritual Intelligence and Awakening is part 5 of our 6-part Koan of Illness series..

Each of our live, 6-week, stand-alone courses addresses a part of the illness experience and is designed both for people suffering from chronic illness and caregivers. You can begin with any of the courses, pick and choose, or do them all

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The Koan Of Illness series

The Koan of Illness 1: Empowering Yourself

Does the complexity of chronic illness management overwhelm you? Do you struggle to navigate the paperwork, the emotions, the lifestyle changes that illness brings?

Everyone who deals with illness, whether patient, caregiver, provider, or administrator, deals with a complex mixture of personal, technical, institutional, and spiritual issues.

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The Koan of Illness Part 2: Healing the Trauma

When you learn that illness is a part of your life and likely to be for some time, it is often a traumatic event. You may begin with denial and move through other stages such as anger or grief. You find that illness touches every aspect of your life – from your physical existence to your spirituality. Often it creates havoc with your relationships , your self-esteem, and your beliefs...

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The Koan of Illness Part 3: Healing Your Relationships

Chronic illness brings changes and challenges to every relationship – your partner, children, parents, employer, friends, and even yourself. Your relationships can fracture or deepen depending on how you integrate illness into them.

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The Koan of Illness Part 4: Illness as a Springboard for Personal Growth

Chronic illness can seem like a prison sentence, isolating you from life and taking away opportunities you might have had. However, illness is as valid a life path as any other, and, often, people with illness are able to use that difficulty to deepen their personal growth.  In this course, we use the integral map to look at the process of individual growth...

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The Koan of Illness Part 5: Chronic Illness and Spirituality

How does one find spirit in the midst of pain and loss? How can illness offer opportunities for spiritual growth? In this course, we use the integral map to look at the spiritual aspects of illness and explore how illness offers a path to awakening and an opportunity to develop spiritual intelligence.

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The Koan of Illness Part 6: Integration: A New Vision for Healing

How can I create a personal plan for growth in the midst of the complexity that is illness and personal development?

How can I relate to the systems in which I have to operate?

What are my Koans?

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Your Instructor

Dr. Lynn Royster Fuentes

Lynn is a college instructor, educational course designer, and a mediator with a BA, MA, JD, and PhD. An experienced classroom and online instructor, she has designed and taught courses in transpersonal psychology, writing, planning, chronic illness, and conflict management at DePaul University, where she also founded and directed the Chronic Illness Initiative, a program to help students with chronic illness obtain a degree.

A devoted student of Ken Wilber and integral philosophy, she has published integrally oriented essays and articles on conflict resolution and illness management and weaves integral ideas into her course design and teaching. She follows an integral life practice of physical, psychological, meditative, and cognitive development.

Lynn has volunteered in many capacities – with battered women, people in the recovery community, and people with chronic illness – and served on the board of the Solve ME/CFS Association of America for many years. Despite her study of many disciplines, Lynn regards her greatest learning as long-term caregiver for severely ill family members.

Scholarships are available

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For the current course in the series please head over here.