Jonathan Dickau

Jonathan Dickau has been seeking for most of his life, to discover and explore pathways to the extraordinary, which unite the realm of the Magical and the Miraculous with what we know from Science and Mathematics. A true Renaissance man, Jonathan is a Composer, Musician, Engineer, Producer, Writer, Physicist, and Philosopher. Active in the Taoist Community, and a Unitarian Universalist, he was a member of the Church of All Worlds, and is a teacher in the Order of Melchizedek. He is also a nagual Seer/Sorceror, who has studied the emanations of the Eagle in great detail. He has been serving on the Executive Committee of the Center for Symbolic Studies. Jonathan is the chief Technical Wizard at Diverse Productions in Poughkeepsie, NY, a small recording studio and multimedia house, and a Vocal Coach for several promising new artists. He is currently working with Folk legend Pete Seeger, to create a 3-CD set to accompany the book "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?".






Using Both Brains

Research into left brain/right brain thinking shows that the two halves of our brain think differently, and are suited for different kinds of tasks. Studies of people from various cultures show that differences in our style of thinking are often culturally based, as well, rather than innate. But we can change this conditioning through our choices and our understanding of how the brain functions. Jonathan's view is that though one side of the brain seems very good at taking things apart, and the other side seems better at putting things together, they're both actually doing the same thing, but in opposite directions in time! In this workshop, Jonathan will examine how various tasks and different styles of thinking take advantage of the strengths of one side, or the other, and explain why some tasks require both sets of skills, to do well. He will outline various ways the individual can learn to develop the less-used portions of the brain, and discuss why it is helpful to learn how to think with one's whole brain.






Five Elements Four Directions

The Alchemical Elements and Four Directions are persistent themes across many cultures, since Ancient Times. Scientists claim that a view of reality with only 4 or 5 elements is far too simplistic, yet Science also affirms an order of the universe which is in close agreement with the conceptual framework this ancient belief system suggests. It is almost as though time travelers or ancient scientists left seeds of meaning for us, in these metaphors. Jonathan offers a unique perspective on the Elemental Archetypes which shows how they form the basis for Identity and correspond to the Natural Forces described by Science. People too can be examples of a particular Elemental Archetype, or they can blend the alchemical elements, forming a unique combination of personalities, or flavors. Alchemists have always been interested in Transmutation, but the secret meaning is that what is being transformed is ourselves. Jonathan will explore both Western and Eastern concepts of Alchemy, to highlight all aspects of that transformation process. The Five Elements and Four Directions are as meaningful now as ever, and they have plenty to teach us.






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