We are each part of a universal field, inextricably connected to a larger web of being that is constantly changing, evolving, and moving forward. We each have a purpose or gift to contribute in that evolution, but for a multitude of reasons, it’s easy to lose track of our gift or our inspiration for being here. What inspires and keeps me going is remembering this underlying, universal connection—feeling its power and support—and helping others experience and express their own unique connection, whether individually or in group settings.
The daughter of Polish-born Jews who survived the Holocaust, I studied with the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from 1971 until his passing in 1987. At his encouragement, I continue to teach Buddhist classes and lead meditation retreats internationally. Before his death, he encouraged me to involve myself in international dialog. In 1980, I also became the close student of Shibata Kanjuro, Sensei, the Twentieth-generation Bow Maker to the Emperor of Japan, and, at his request, taught Kyudo (The Way of the Bow) at Naropa University and internationally.
After years of deep training in these formal disciplines, and following my father’s death in 1990, I became ill with the mysterious condition known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This led me into the realm of alternative healing, studies with indigenous teachers, and ultimately to a more embodied way of continuing on my spiritual path, while incorporating and continuing my previous training. I also recognized that I was a “sensitive,” a person with heightened physical and energetic sensitivities.
In 2005, I had a life-changing experience on a train in Germany and understood that I needed to open the karmic burden of the Holocaust, which I had directly inherited from my family. So my journey took yet another turn—into the realm of generational trauma and ancestral connection. My book “Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust” is the story of this journey. I also trained in “Inner Relationship Focusing,” a simple yet powerful tool for accessing our deeper sources of knowing, and am in the final certification process as a Focusing Guide.
Now a citizen of Canada, the USA, and Poland. I welcome opportunities to speak about my book (Silver Nautilus Book Award and Independent Publisher Bronze Medal recipient) and topics, not only related to Ancestral Healing and the Holocaust, but to the Intersection of Spirituality and Social Change. For individuals interested in working privately, I offer a free 20-minute consultation.
Contact me at EllenKormanMains@gmail.com