Chaverim class promotes healing from fear

C. Diane Ealy, Ph.D.

“From Fear to Excitement: Your Personal Journey of Empowerment” will be the focus of a fundraising workshop for Congregation Chaverim on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. till noon.

“Chaverim has been through extremely difficult times these past two years with the death of Karla Ember and Gabby’s shooting, both violent acts particularly directed at women,” says workshop facilitator C. Diane Ealy, who holds a doctorate in behavioral science from the University for Humanistic Studies, with a concentration on the feminine creative process.

A Chaverim congregant and an energy healer, Ealy is the author of five books including her most recent, “Your Creative Soul.” She has conducted workshops locally, nationally and internationally for more than 30 years.

Fear is all around us in our political landscape, as well as in daily life, notes Ealy. She recalls meeting an Israeli psychologist, who told Ealy that she moved to the United States because she “couldn’t deal with the trauma any longer. Although Israelis go about their lives and are very productive, they still live with constant fear.”

At the November workshop, Ealy will lead exercises that help people feel more powerful, she says. “One exercise I’ve found very useful is to gently go to a situation that might instill fear. Focusing attention on that fear will shift energy away from the fear to a place of feeling strong. It takes practice for people who aren’t content to live in fear.”

Rabbi Stephanie Aaron usually starts preparing people to go on the March of Living in April around this time, says Ealy, adding that’s another reason to hold her workshop now. “It’s all about teaching people to take control of their own emotional reactions.”

The cost of the workshop is $45 prior to Nov. 8; $50 thereafter. Register at 320-1015 or chaverim.net, or mail a check to Cha­verim, 5901 E. 2nd St., Tucson 85711.