Welcome! My name is MaryCatherine (Cathy) Burgess. With the skilled assistance of Heather Blenkinsop, http://www.hjblenkinsop.com, who designed this website, I have created a place and space to explore and share the core visions, mentors, and resources that have sustained and guided me for many years.
During this era of unprecedented whole systems transformational change, when our personal and collective shadows are rising from the depths, we have opportunities to ‘seed this chaos’ with visions, values, and actions that reflect a worldview in which all are interrelated, interdependent, and mutually committed to co-creating a globally just society that embodies the greater good for all life on the planet.
Chaos can be daunting, but we know that order eventually will emerge. To influence the fabric of that order, all global citizens, universal humans, and social artists, who are actively midwifing this process with ‘seeds’ of compassionate justice for our planetary society, need each other’s support, encouragement, and solidarity.
Meeting this challenge calls for:
consciously evolving to a more inclusive, diverse, and global worldview;
cultivating the values, beliefs, and spiritual practices that fuel those visions, behaviors, and systems that co-create a better world and provide stability as familiar external conditions shift;
and developing compassionate communities that collaborate to align values and behaviors in co-creating and implementing a Global Society of respect, care, and service to all life.
One way I have addressed these complexities is by striving to shift my own consciousness. When I am successful, I more effectively understand what is happening in my life and in the world around me. Calling upon the power of myth has been key in promoting that shift and expanding my frame of reference to embody the perennial philosophy and elementary ideas found in cultures throughout the world.
The Arthurian Search for the Grail exemplifies a universal Heroine/Hero’s Journey that transforms one’s life. It is one of those myths that caught my attention as a teen and has deeply influenced my entire life. I have loosely incorporated the on-going Call, Journey, and Return cycles of the Heroine/Hero’s Journey into the The Spirit, Purpose, and Community categories on this website.
Another way I’ve attempted to address our global complexities has been to reflect upon and gather for myself a variety of resources that stimulate intentional evolution into a bigger picture and a greater sense of compassion. A sample of these resources, which I offer to you in categories throughout this website, are based on my experience and study, not on exhaustive searches.
As you will see, most of these categories provide a reflection on my own learning, in addition to a listing of selected programs, links, and bibliographies that I have found useful. May they provide possible support – maybe even a hidden Treasure – for your own journey of self-study, growth, and action.
In addition to promoting self-study for myself and others, I love to facilitate experiential retreats, workshops, courses, and training events designed to integrate heart and head, practice and theory, intuition and cognition. Our best learning occurs when we activate all of our human dimension: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Then we can thrive, because our values, beliefs, and behaviors fall into greater alignment, and we feel more whole.
Under EVENTS, please check for workshops and/or retreats that might interest you. For 2018, two of three scheuled events were held in Omaha in May and June. However, the third will take place in October. Also, in collaboration with the Toronto Centre for Psychodrama and Sociometry (TCPS), I’ll be offering a workshop in Toronto, Canada, on 27 -28 October 2018. That will precede co-presenting at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto the following week.
If you and members of your team, group, or organization are interested in a topic I address, please contact me to arrange an event or series designed for you.
May all of these resources – written and experiential – serve you well.