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Insight: Three Tips for a Perfect Life (Russell Bishop)

(In the 1970s, Russell Bishop joined with others to create and design Insight Seminars. After almost a decade's absence, Insight will be returning to Boston. Russell is flying in from California to give us a complimentary taste of the beloved, heartfelt experience of Insight. This mini-workshop also offers new material for past graduates.)

Description of the mini-Workshop:

Perfection is Something You Can Experience But Cannot Possess

The main challenge with perfection is that perfection almost always lies just out of reach, sort of the impossible dream that can’t be had.

As Teilhard de Chardin noted many years ago: “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” If you would know your spiritual path, if you would know the deeper essence of who you truly are, all you need do is stop and notice what is present within you. Many have suggested that the spiritual path leads home and, as the old saying goes, home is where the heart is.

In a similar way, your perfect life is right here, right now, brimming with experiences, all designed to lead you back home, back to where you already are. A perfect life is not measured by what you accomplish, have or produce; rather, a perfect life is measured by the quality of experience you extract along the way, by how you go about learning, growing, and discovering more of what works for you.

Why Positive Thinking Isn’t Enough

Learning to experience the perfection in your life is one part positive thinking, but positive thinking alone won’t get you there. Pairing positive thought with positive action is paramount. The tricky part is learning to distinguish between a positive outlook and wishful thinking

How to Make Your Seemingly Impossible Good Happen Now

Affirmations and visualizations can be an incredibly powerful aspect of moving from positive thinking to positive action. Even with something as simple as “my seemingly impossible good is happening now,” some part of you will begin to discover those small steps that make big differences.

Who is Russell Bishop?

A recognized expert in personal and organization transformation, Russell has helped thousands of individuals around the world discover more about who they truly are and how to create balance and success in their personal and professional lives. As Editorial Director for Healthy Living, Impact and Good News at the Huffington Post, he brings advice and support to readers seeking to improve the experience of wellbeing in their personal and professional lives.

Russell is an internationally regarded speaker, educator and consultant. His corporate clients include Fortune 500 executives in aerospace, healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications and oil and gas. He has extensive international experience working in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Having started five different organizations in his career, Russell is well versed in the growth and expansion challenges faced by founding entrepreneurs and CEO’s. Executives and senior teams frequently engage his services on issues of leadership, growth and work-life balance. In 1978, he created Insight Seminars, one of the largest and most successful personal transformation programs in the world, with well over one million graduates in 34 countries.

Russell also serves as Managing Partner of Bishop & Bishop, a consulting and coaching company whose seminars, coaching, and consulting offer individuals and organizations a new approach to integrating personal and spiritual values into their personal and professional lives. In addition to his best-selling book, Workarounds That Work: How to Overcome Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work, he is the author of hundreds of articles on the power of choice and awareness.

He has lectured on productivity for the executive MBA programs at UCLA, University of Texas and Washington University in St. Louis. Russell previously served on the Board of Directors for The University of Santa Monica and was a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Points of Light Foundation.

He received a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the Davis Campus of the University of California.


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  • Julie J.

    Hey, I was there. No need for the message about not cancelling.

    March 29, 2013

    • Dennis P.

      Yes, you were, Julie. Mea culpa. Sorry.

      March 29, 2013

  • Kimberly Demers V.

    The meeting was good! I will say it was very emotional for me, as I have never opened myself to strangers before. By the end of the evening I was feeling a bit more comfortable in my surroundings. I learned some things about myself through the exercises done and am thankful for being invited!

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • Rob K.

    an enjoyable way to be together and learn. if you are interested in a gentle and compassionate approach to improving your access to peace and joy, listen to what Russell Bishop has to say.

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • Laura

    interesting and helpful

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Suzie H

    This event has transformed me :-)

    March 23, 2013

    • CZ

      Thanks despite my running some events still fuzzy on the good to see you process-thanks for this event.

      March 23, 2013

  • Rob K.

    Nice to be together. Thank you Dennis (and others) for putting in all the effort to bring us together. I am offering Non-Violent Communication Mini Workshop(s) through our network here as soon as I get enough feedback from members that they would like to see it offered. God Bless Everyone, Rob Kanzer[masked]

    March 23, 2013

  • Rob K.

    i don't think i can get there early, but please DO feel free to ask me to help once i'm there.

    March 21, 2013

    • Dennis P.

      Great, Rob. I'll need you with John on chairs should we need to move more in. Thanks. - Dennis

      March 22, 2013

    • Rob K.

      Thanks Dennis, Colleen and I will be leaving for Westin Waltham-Boston, from Lowell in about 20 minutes or so. By the way, I did post a "suggested NVC min-workshop" - not sure if I did it "correctly". *smile* Thank you for your patience in helping me understand the protocols for PGN as they evolve - I hope I can make worthwhile contributions to the community. With love and light, Kanzer ... Rob

      1 · March 22, 2013

  • Laurie V.

    Dennis - In fact, I'm quite certain I've already registered for this (did it on my phone so wasn't able to print a ticket / not aware there was such a feature?!) I will be bringing my husband - so I believe he got the last spot! I'm sure you're swamped finalizing this - but I'd be pretty bummed about coming all the way there to be turned away... Would you please confirm? Many thanks! Laurie

    March 22, 2013

    • Laura

      Hi Laura, Just come and bring your plus 1. I'm sure there will be some last minute no shows and we can fit you in. You won't be turned away.

      March 22, 2013

  • Laurie V.

    How can I add a +1?!

    March 22, 2013

  • Laurie V.

    I may be already registered - but want to add a +1

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to make it tonight. Have fun!

    March 22, 2013

    • Dennis P.

      Sorry to hear that. I wanted to intro you to the group. Let's do coffee!

      March 22, 2013

  • Dennis P.

    Please use the wait list. There has been movement on and off all day.

    March 22, 2013

  • Dennis P.

    Yes, we will be in Ballroom C. Park in the covered garage and either walk outside past the lobby to the "Eden Vale Ballroom" entrance, or walk into the lobby and turn right past the elevators.

    March 22, 2013

  • CZ

    Is this in a ballroom-or will there be signs haven't been to anything at this hotel before.

    March 22, 2013

  • Gene

    Sorry. Haven't slept since last night. Driving is not a good idea right now.

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Dennis P.

      Thank you for doing it in enough time to free up the spot. Hope to see you at a future event, Gene. - Dennis

      March 22, 2013

  • Dennis P.

    Please use the wait-list! People have been dropping off and adding on all day. - Dennis

    March 22, 2013

  • Leanna James B.

    Yes, we'll definitely be there. Leaving Northampton at 5 after work; hope the traffic is smooth and we arrive in plenty of time!

    March 22, 2013

  • Melissa

    A unexpected family responsibility came up I will not be able to attend.

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Dennis P.

      Thanks for free up the spot, Melissa! Hope to see you at another event. - Dennis

      March 22, 2013

  • Laura M.

    Glad to have found this group. Looking forward to tonight.

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Beth O.

    Looking forward to it.

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Dennis P.

    Lynn Wetreich would like a ride from Newton Centre. Anyone leaving from Chestnut Hill/Newton area? [masked] Thanks, Dennis

    March 20, 2013

  • celeste l.

    Will get there around 8:30

    March 18, 2013

  • Dennis P.

    Please Wait-List yourself if you'd like to go. We're investigating yet a larger room should enough people wait list.

    March 18, 2013

    • Dennis P.

      So, this "40 person workshop" has gotten a bit bigger. We moved to yet another, larger room. "Thank you, Boston", Russell says. (Perhaps now they'll believe us when we say a decade away is just too long!)

      March 18, 2013

  • Penny G.

    Michael and I are looking forward to coming

    2 · March 18, 2013

  • Lynn M. T.

    Carolyn and I will come!

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • Scott S.

    Yeah! I'm number 79!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Russell B.

    Hi folks: this is going to be FUN! I'm having a blast getting ready and have some super experiential exercises in store for you. If you can't make the Boston event, maybe you can get to
    Cape Cod (http://on.fb.me/Z62sAX) on the 24th. Or
    Philadelphia (http://on.fb.me/YiJY0T) on the 21st. Or
    Denver (http://on.fb.me/15SRPrl) on the 19th. Looking forward to seeing you there!

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Dennis P.

    OK, we've sprung for the larger room. We'll be closing RSVPs at 90. (Urge your friends to signup before Meetup announces this event broadly on Monday.) If we fill, wait-list yourself. We'll see some people dropping out as we get closer. Only if *a lot* of people are still stuck on the wait-list by Thursday, will we move again to the next larger room (but there's always standing room.)

    March 16, 2013

  • Timothy H.

    Lori Whitmore - call me or somebody who knows Lori, give her my number[masked]
    Anybody wanna carpool? I am coming from Everett, Ma.

    March 15, 2013

  • Rob K.

    Thank you for the invitation. I look forward to attending. What is the registration/confirmation process (especially for my guests?

    March 15, 2013

    • Dennis P.

      Great to see you again, Kanzer. You and your guests are registered. Please update your numbers if they change either way, or if they register independently. We may be making our second move to an even larger room.

      March 15, 2013

  • Joan G.

    Laura - you can email Diana at [masked] with any questions.

    1 · March 14, 2013

    • Laura

      Thank you very much.

      March 14, 2013

  • Dennis P.

    We're bumping against the maximum for the room. Please urge friends to sign up now (or include as your +1 guests), and we may be able to motivate Insight to move to a larger room. There's only so many information tables we can remove to make room for seats.

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • Mick

    Insight was the major pivot and game changer in my personal growth, guiding me away from my head and into my heart. Very excited to see it return.

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • Donna

    Would like to attend but not sure I can work it out that Friday.

    1 · March 9, 2013

    • Dennis P.

      If travel is an issue, others are going from the south up to Waltham.

      March 10, 2013

  • Sharon

    I'm hoping there will also be workshops in Boston or South

    2 · March 9, 2013

    • Dennis P.

      Russell Bishop is flying in for this one. However, if you like any of the work by any event leader, invite them to your neck of the woods! That would make a great event!!! Grab some of the great folks in Quincy, agree on a living room, contact the event leader, and post the event here. You are a Creator!

      1 · March 9, 2013

  • Lori W.

    Looking forward to it

    2 · March 8, 2013

  • Dennis P.

    Share with friends who might like to go with you. You never know who might be open to exploration today.

    March 8, 2013

  • Dennis P.

    Ah, a venue!! We'll meet in Waltham, just off Rt.95, about 10 minutes north of Rt. 90.

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • MariePatrice M.

    Wish I could be there. I have another commitment.

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • mc

    Would love to attend, but have a conflcit.

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • Mark H.

    I'm looking forward to getting back in touch with the spirit of Insight.

    1 · March 6, 2013

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