How is Insight Different from Other Personal Development Seminars?
Insight Seminars are unique because we work with an aspect of human consciousness that science is only now coming to recognize: the intelligence of the Heart. When you become aware of how to work with this dynamic and powerful inner resource, aligning with it through the power of intention, you naturally begin creating the things and experiences in your life that lead beyond enjoyment, which is temporary; to fulfillment, which is whole.
People who have taken other courses often comment that Insight Seminars are unlike any personal growth seminars they have ever experienced. Using a gentle and nurturing approach, Insight Seminars allow participants to discover a depth of experience that can transform their lives in miraculous ways. The seminar atmosphere is one of unconditional acceptance, safety, and support where individuals access their own unique wisdom. Insight Seminars offers a “heart-centered” approach to personal growth to awaken the heart, tap into the human spirit, and open the door to new possibilities.
What is Unique About Insight?
Insight goes beyond the mind. It goes beyond being “inspired” or “feeling good”. Insight addresses the whole being: the physical, mental, and spiritual levels.
Focusing on the heart, Insight assists participants in creating a loving consciousness as an ongoing daily reality. The seminars are structured to provide a deep and gentle experience of those beautiful places within us all that we so often forget in our everyday lives. The loving way is, indeed, a very real way that can be lived in a practical day-to-day manner, producing results that previously seemed beyond reach.
Insight is an educational process that is much different from schooling. Insight assists you in unlearning the limitations, false beliefs, and self-judgments that prevent you from experiencing the fullness of your potential. In Insight you can discover the truth of who you are, calling forward the strengths and abilities that reside just past the illusions of who you aren’t.
What Else Can I Tell my friends, Family and Colleagues About Insight?
We encourage graduates to share their own experience of the seminar, what they learned, how participating in the seminar improved the quality of their lives. At Insight we do believe in our mission of transforming ourselves and assisting in transforming the world.
We want to assist people in having the tools to create the life of their dreams. Insight Seminars are unique because we work with an aspect of human consciousness that science is only now coming to recognize: the intelligence of the Heart. When you become aware of how to work with this dynamic and powerful inner resource, aligning with it through the power of intention, you naturally begin creating the things and experiences in your life that lead beyond enjoyment, which is temporary, to fulfillment, which is whole.
Is Insight a religion?
No. Insight is not here to change your beliefs, but rather to offer information for your consideration. We encourage people to test the teachings inside themselves and see if they work or not. No one involved with Insight should “leave their brains at the door” when they participate. People are free to come and go in Insight, participate as much or little as they wish and to live their lives as they wish. Insight’s three basic groundrules that we use with all of our work are: 1. Take care of yourself so you can help take care of others. 2. Don’t hurt yourself and don’t hurt others. 3. Use everything for your upliftment, growth and learning. The idea of calling both spiritual and non-spiritual groups “cults” has become very popular. In fact, over the course of time, most every church, personal development seminar, even the US Army, have been referred to as a cult, and Insight is no exception. One religious scholar said that a cult is a group that another group doesn’t like. Insight is not a religion, nor is it a group that tries to brainwash or control people. In fact, quite the opposite. Insight is all about people choosing what works for them and letting go of what doesn´t. Insight is about people trusting that their answers lie within. It´s not a doctrine or belief system or set way of thinking. Insight is about people experiencing their own magnificence, discovering what they really want in life and how they block themselves from getting it through looking at their limiting belief patterns, guilt, resentment, fear. It’s about learning how to let go of what’s blocking them and then exploring and building upon their own strengths to create a life that is joyful, fulfilling, successful and abundant. Insight is about people believing in themselves and their own innate goodness, discovering their self-worth and the incredible power of accepting, loving and honoring themselves as they are.
What is Insight’s relationship with MSIA?
Insight University and the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA) share a common founder: John-Roger.
The two organizations are legally separate organizations with different purposes — Insight University is a university. Insight Seminars is the Continuing Education Division of Insight University and offers personal and professional development programs which teach people how to live and lead from their heart — the center of their authentic self — and provides tools for living happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives – and MSIA teaches Soul Transcendence – an inner spiritual study.
MSIA started in the late 1960´s and was formally organized as a nondenominational church in 1971. Insight had its beginnings in late 1977 when John-Roger and Russell Bishop met and looked at the idea of an awareness seminar as a format to assist people in becoming happier, more effective and successful in their lives.
Insight was created in 1978 as a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to assisting people in transforming themselves so that the greater transformation of the planet can take place. In the early years of Insight, many MSIA students participated in Insight and were involved in the trainings.
Eventually, the number of participants far exceeded the boundaries of those involved in MSIA. Over 1 million people around the world have attended Insight since it started, while MSIA´s current active students number between 5,000 and 10,000 worldwide.
Do You Recommend We Audit the Seminars? Take Them Again Periodically?
YES. We do recommend everyone audit the seminars periodically. Some people choose to take the seminar each year as their “annual tune-up”. Every time someone takes the seminar they bring themselves present at that point in their lives so there is always more to learn – always more opportunities for growth and expansion.
Do You Recommend Family Members Take the Seminars Together?
Some families like to take the seminars together and they find it brings them closer and enhances the relationship. Others want to take the seminars separately – and that works fine too. Some people feel they can get more out of the seminars and participate more fully if their significant other is not present. We suggest you discuss it with one another and decide what you think will work best for you. There have been times where three generations were present in the same seminar and it was an incredible experience for their family and all involved. So it’s an individual decision.
What is Insight University?
Insight University is a non-profit university with two divisions:
- The degree granting division is focused on graduate education and its first program is a Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) in Transformational Leadership.
- The continuing education division, Insight Seminars, is focused on individual and organizational transformation, offering seminars for youth, adults and businesses.
Why was Insight University formed?
Insight University was formed after a lengthy analysis about the education Insight Seminars had offered for the past 33 years. We were looking at ways to continue making it relevant. We considered how education was currently being delivered and how it might be delivered in the future. The board of Insight Seminars determined that creating a university would be the best way to facilitate future goals and decided to support its creation.