Mary Ann Archer is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and professional flutist. She received the master of arts degree in spiritual direction from General Theological Seminary in New York City. She has worked with individuals and groups in spiritual direction for more than thirty years, focusing on Ignatian active imagination, the examen, decision-making, and the Enneagram. She is the author of Shared Imagination: A Channel to God and with Each Other (Balboa Press), a trailblazing new use of imaginative, Ignatian meditation illustrated by first-person stories of spiritual experiences in everyday life. A member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City for twenty-six years, Mary Ann now performs with orchestras across the South and lives with her husband, Frank, and their cats in Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte NC 28270
A PowerPoint lecture of the author's book on Ignatian, imaginative meditation, illustrated by personal stories of spiritual experiences in meditation and in everyday life. Participants will be led through a short imaginative meditation on finding their heart's desire washing up on a beach, and on Psalm 37: Trust in the Lord, who will give you the desires of your heart.
Participants will be led through a simple version of the examen from the book Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life, (Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, Matthew Linn) and will be introduced to various times to use the examen - end of day, end of year, after a meeting, imaging our end, asking for future help from God.
In a small, confidential group, individuals will be helped to imaginatively enter a scriptural story in meditation, letting the tale play out as it will in their minds. After the meditation, participants will helped to gently explore the possible meanings of these “waking dreams.” Group members may experience sharing imagination with the Divine - as the stories evolve in their minds, and with each other - as they imagine how these envisioning meditations might point the way toward health and wholeness.
A PowerPoint lecture citing Biblical female images of God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Shekinah.
A PowerPoint lecture that begins with the popular new movie Toy Story 4, where Buzz Lightyear learns to listen to his inner voice, and moves to Ignatius' guide to making decisions.
The PowerPoint lecture begins with a cartoon version of the 1950's song Swingin' on a Star, sung by Frank Sinatra. New words are then provided where each short couplet acts as a memory guide/snapshot to the redeemed and unredeemed traits of each of the nine Enneagram types. Biblical and contemporary examples of all nine types are given and discussed.