At the heart of each one of us resides essential Light, also known in Sanskrit as prana. In most of us, however, this Light is dampened, shrouded in a cloak of self-protective darkness that prevents us from standing fully in our powerful presence, individually and in relationship with others. We are mired in habits that ensure that this pure Light is barely visible to ourselves and to others. How does this happen? What ways are there to clear the path to live into the possibility of me, of you, and of us? Esther will share the essential spiritual teachings she turns to and her own experience to expose this process and offer ways to access alignment with our life purpose.
Esther Wyss-Flamm and her husband Brad Flamm have been coming to USG for four years, occasionally accompanied by their son Theo and daughter Maya. As a young girl, Esther attended services at the River Road Unitarian Church. She worked with Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s International Programs for three years while studying in Boston, and went on to spend years working with international organizations, including UNICEF, to develop and strengthen partnerships with local health and education groups. Esther has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and a PhD in Organizational Behavior. After moving to Philadelphia, she established herself as a yoga and mindfulness instructor at several studios and organizations in the area, developing her own business, White Flame Yoga. Esther began exploring meditation and yoga while living in a rural village as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa, when she was in her 20s, and has been finding refuge and renewal in these practices ever since. Esther is also one of the founding board members of The School Mindfulness Project in Philadelphia, and part of the member-elected board of our local beloved Weavers Way Coop.