Women and men make different moral choices for hard-wired biological and psychological reasons. In this month’s edition of The Seekers Forum, we’ll be exploring these differences between Venus and Mars and how they impact our emotional and spiritual lives. Why are women drawn to ‘the ethic of care’, for example, while their male counterparts tend to gravitate toward ‘the ethic of justice’? How do these contrasting values affect our relationships, creating richness as well as the potential for conflict? What lessons can women and men learn from each other about these built-in variations? These are some of the questions we’ll investigate together in this month’s provocative program.
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Venus and Mars from Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life
Guest Interview with Mary O’Malley
Mary O’Malley is an author, teacher and counselor whose work awakens others to the joy of being fully alive. Her inspired and transformative approach to compulsions offers a way to replace fear, hopelessness and struggle with ease, well being and joy.
Barely surviving her childhood, at 26 she found herself lost in a labyrinth of self-hatred, confusion, and despair. Then one spring morning she walked into a room where Joel Kramer was to teach a hatha yoga seminar. As soon as he began to speak, Mary became intensely alert and deeply fascinated. As she listened to what he had to say, it felt like her life had been lived inside of a b-grade, black and white film, and all of a sudden it became a full color, four star movie. She felt vibrant and alive, curious rather than reactive, compassionate rather than judgmental, and trusting rather than fearing. Even though the years of living in deep despair were very painful, they all now made sense. In fact, all of the joys and sorrows, the clarity and the confusion, and the openings and closings of life made sense. Although she returned to ordinary consciousness when she left the room, this awakening continued to work in the depths of Mary’s being, setting her on the path to changing her whole relationship with her compulsions, freeing her from a lifelong struggle and opening her to the joy and the wonder of being fully awake to Life.
Since then, she has dedicated her life to helping others heal themselves by seeing what truly blocks them from life’s joy. Through her individual counseling and coaching, books, classes, retreats and ongoing groups, Mary invites people to experience the miracle of awakening.
Acknowledged as a leader in the field of Awakening by many (including Neale Donald Walsch, Jeff Foster, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Stephen Levine, and Christiana Northrup), Mary clearly sees both the big picture-and the details-of human patterns and conditioning. She possesses an extraordinary ability to understand and connect with people. And she is skilled in empowering people to work with difficult mind states resulting in greater inner awareness and presence and a greater capacity for joy.