What is The Inner Bridge

The Inner Bridge offers a space for self-connection, helping you create bridges to your authentic self, to that which is real in you, your awakened and compassionate self. The Inner Bridge is also about relationships, developing and growing as a couple, creating conscious bridges with our partners, becoming aware of the dynamics which no longer serve us. The Inner Bridge is a caring space for awareness, growth and authenticity.  When you realize who you really are, your relationships transform and your whole world changes.

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“Intuition is the whisper of the Soul.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Mallorca Retreat

August 12 to 16, 2019

Five day retreat on the enchanted Island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean sea

Cost: AED 5.000/ U$D1.365

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Treat yourself to a week dedicated to listening to your inner voice.

Let your intuition guide you in identifying what prevents you from moving forward and learn to let go. Reconnect with your authenticity and your truth, with what is meaningful to you.

Where is it taking place?

 

On a private estate in Mallorca

This week long retreat will take place in a recently restored, lovely, nineteenth century farmhouse. The five-hectare property is located within a protected natural area of special interest. Surrounded by the natural park of Llevant and the mountains of Arta, it is a rural area where carob trees and ancient olive trees abound.

Cultivating a dialogue with your intuition

You will gain clarity about the blockages and limiting beliefs that hold you down, making you suffer. You will become more aware of the patterns that mark your personal relationships, being able to transform the negative aspects. You will learn to cultivate a dialogue with the voice of your intuition, to be able to make choices that resonate with your truth allowing you to grow.

You will sow new seeds that reflect your most authentic and creative self, both personally and professionally. You will share a time with other human beings that will inspire you and help you in your process of self-exploration. You will laugh, play and learn.


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Archetypes Course Isabel Galiardo Dubai

‘’No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities.’’

Joseph Campbell

Working with your Archetypes to understand your life path.

November 2018

November 10 – One day Workshop from 9am to 6pm

Venue in The Greens (Dubai)

Cost: AED1200


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Archetypes and our life path.

Would you like to understand your interpersonal relationships and everyday interactions in terms of their spiritual significance? We each have been put here on earth to fulfill a Sacred Contract that enhances our spiritual growth.

What does this workshop cover?

 

My Relationship with Myself

An archetype can be understood as the original pattern. We have several primary archetypal companions that define us. They are deeply embedded into our psychic makeup and they shape who we are, who we can become and how we express our unique selves in the world. They influence how we perceive and respond to the varied events of our lives. The Wounded child, the Rescuer, the Clown, the Victim, the Lover, the Healer, the Alchemist, the Rebel, the Caretaker, the Judge are some of them.

During this one day workshop, we will examine our experiences and relationships from a new perspective using our symbolic sight to look at the events of our lives in terms of their higher purpose. This work can help us better understand our inner dynamics and gain greater clarity regarding our relationships and life choices from a higher perspective.


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Why shadow work is important

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

Carl Jung

Shadow Work

November 2018 Workshop Dates

November 7, 14, 21 and 28th. 

Wednesdays 7 to 9pm

Venue in The Greens (Dubai)

Cost: AED1200


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The shadow represents a cluster of various parts of ourselves hidden within our psyche. 

It is the adaptive unconscious material that determines our thoughts, feelings and behaviors most of the time. It is in charge of evaluating our environment, interpreting situations and generating stories to create coherence and protection.

Remembering that the shadow is elusive is important; it hides behind us. 

Our defense mechanisms are designed to keep our shadows repressed and out of view.

Benefits of Shadow Work

1.- Improves your relationship with yourself. 

  • As you integrate your shadow side and come to terms with it, you see yourself more clearly and become more grounded, whole and authentic.

2.- Enhances communication and improves relationships.

  • You become more compassionate and acceptant of yourself and of others.

3.-  Boosts energy

  • With Shadow Work you liberate a tremendous reservoir of energy that you were unconsciously investing in protecting yourself.

What does this workshop cover?

Week One: Who do you think you are?

We inhibit Shadow Work when we are judgmental and critical. We will engage in introspection from our compassionate witness. By being centered and open we can become curious about the hidden aspects of ourselves.

How would you define yourself? How do you think people perceive you?

Week Two: Shadow Dialogue.

The more you pay attention to your behavior and emotions, the better chances you have of catching your shadow in the act. We tend to project our disowned parts onto other people.

My shadow self and your shadow self are communicating nonverbally. One of the best ways to identify our shadow is to pay attention to our emotional reactions.

Week Three: Engage in Inner Dialogue.

Many forms of inner work require you to engage in an active dialogue with your shadow side. Self-honesty and integrity are prerequisites for Shadow Work. We name it, face it and own it.

Week Four: Enlarging Myself.

Working with the shadow requires integration of the shadow material at every level: spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical.

As a result of including new aspects of yourself, you grow and expand, becoming more YOU.


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The Goodness of Conflict. Managing conflict constructively is an experience quite similar to traveling.

The Goodness of Conflict

By Isabel Galiardo

Managing conflict constructively is an experience quite similar to traveling. For a moment we abandon the comfort of our homes and our customs to enter a new world of flavours, colours, sounds, values ​​and different perspectives. We park our fear of the unknown and explore new horizons and points of view despite the discomfort our mind may feel by not having the usual references to turn to.

When we return home from a trip, we arrive enriched and transformed, much in the same way as after a conflict, managed with openness and awareness, we are no longer the same having gained in our own and others’ knowledge and thereby having grown.

We avoid conflict because we associate it with moments of disagreement and of painful and sterile discussions that generate distance and resentment. Most conflicts originate from small things and either become uncontrolled or stagnant.

How can something so small be so destabilizing? It is not caused by the event itself but rather by what is triggered within us and how it affects us. When we feel our sense of identity is being threatened, we become defensive and leave no space for dialogue. We become rigid, feeding an enemy image of the other. The part of us that reacts is unconscious, which means that we do not have much knowledge of who is fighting inside us, nor how to stop the process. When we run on autopilot our life is reduced to a sum of reactive and repetitive behaviours that make us feel trapped in an endless Groundhog Day.

The greater the intimacy between people the more likely it is that regressive reactions will arise. Within the couple we tend to reproduce old adaptive mechanisms and defensive patterns learnt in childhood, so the first thing we need to do is to look inside ourselves to manage our emotions and realize what has been activated within us.

Attending to our discomfort with empathy allows us to readjust our point of view. Self-empathy helps us accept our fears and our pain and to establish a dialogue with ourselves. Once we provide the understanding and comfort we need we can remain open and flexible. This skill can be developed over time with practice. The more present we are, the more space there will be to consciously choose instead of being swept away by our conditioning. It is essential to identify the patterns that emerge within us when conflict appears. Our awareness of them will allow us to avoid falling into old habits.

Couples who cultivate conflict management skills become more aware and respectful of themselves and of each other. Conflict can be an opportunity for connection and learning during which we can transmute old personal wounds and connect in a deeper and more intimate level. Learning how to transform pain and defensiveness is key to establishing an open and respectful dialogue that fosters love and trust despite our differences.

‘’In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny’’. – John Stuart Mill

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When we love we become vulnerable, we find ourselves exposed and that makes it possible for LIFE to penetrate us and teach us. Love chisels us, polishes us and purifies us.

Learning to Love

By Isabel Galiardo

I must admit that I have always been interested in love. I have suffered from a lack of love and betrayal of love, unrequited love and the fear of losing it. I have experienced insufficient love, castrating love, dependent love, and unconditional love; love in its most diverse manifestations.

Couple disagreements, lack of self-love, lack of love from my father and the powerful love for my children have widened my heart and made it more permeable. Love has taught me, it has inspired me, it has hurt me and it has guided me.

After a life consecrated to the search for love, today I am convinced that it is the true purpose of our existence.The pain that it has caused me and the need for answers have led me to search within myself and learn about my capacity to love. Every conflict and every disappointment has allowed me to know more about my wounds, my insecurities and the lack of self love. Every encounter, and especially every disagreement, have led me to a deeper knowledge of who I am.

Planet earth is nothing but a school of love. The various experiences we go through provide us with the different scenarios in which to learn. In our life we go through all sorts of vicissitudes and challenges, ups and downs, crises and ecstasies that allow us to explore love in its most diverse manifestations. Thanks to our relationships we learn to love more and better, expanding our capacity to give and receive, widening our limits and conquering our demons. When we love we become vulnerable, we find ourselves exposed and that makes it possible for LIFE to penetrate us and teach us. Love chisels us, polishes us and purifies us.

As the poet Gibran says:

“For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, so shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.”

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My rebel archetype

My Rebel Archetype

By Isabel Galiardo

Archetypes are original patterns embedded in our psyches. Even though we can relate to almost every archetype, there is a group of at least eight that represent your primary archetypes.

Understanding your archetypal patterns provides you with a clear map of your strengths and weaknesses and the motivations behind the choices you make. One of the main criteria to determine if an archetype is part of your psychological makeup is consistency. When a certain archetype consistently presents itself throughout your biography rather than appear occasionally, then you can identify it as one your primary ones.

This is an example of the work I did with one of my primary archetypes.

My rebel archetype

I grew up in a completely unorthodox environment. My parents were rebels themselves, oftentimes breaking the rules of convention. My mother taught me the power of choice, encouraging me to think and act freely. They were both atypical, my father was an actor and my mother an ex-model who practiced yoga. They lived an unconventional life under the rule of Franco, the Spanish dictator, in a very traditional and narrow-minded country.

We were misfits, living out of the box, inspiring criticism and admiration. Not belonging to any particular organization allowed us to explore other forms of spirituality and social interactions beyond conventions. Sometimes I wished to be normal, to do what other kids were doing. I envied their stable lives and felt ashamed of being different. Only later, in my adolescence, did I realize the gift I had received from my parents. Thanks to my upbringing I developed a sense of empowerment and strong confidence in my own criteria.

My biography manifests my rebel side, every decision along the way has been informed by a strong need to be coherent with myself even if that meant not fitting in.

I decided to become a mother when I was 21. I wanted to start a family, to create a safe haven for myself and to channel a strong motherly energy. It was difficult, and going against the current can be a lonely experience; my peers were traveling and partying while I was cooking baby food and taking my son to the park. I chose alternative birthing, alternative education and alternative medicine to raise my children because I wanted to explore other avenues, more fulfilling and meaningful than conventional ones.

I was married after having our children, so the three of them attended the ceremony. My eldest was five and took pictures of the wedding. We booked the nuptial suite with extra beds to accommodate the whole family. We were the first ones to leave the party. I was breastfeeding and we were tired. My friends stayed on, dancing until dawn.

My professional life has been influenced by this archetype. My training is pretty eclectic. I always chose courses and studies that resonated with my interests and my approach to life rather than following the traditional path.

Authenticity and courage are the two main focus points when I work with my clients. I passionately seek the truth and I’m ready to cope with the discomfort that comes when I confront myself with my dark side. The realization of a new insight feels quite liberating and transformation and change make worthwhile the unpleasantness. This is the spirit I share with my clients when I accompany them on their journeys of self-discovery.

What have I learned about my relationship to this archetype?

My rebel archetype makes me good at inquiring, examining situations and people and my own motives with honesty and objectivity and also gives me the courage to express my truth no matter what. With the rebel by my side, I dare to fight for what I believe in and confront situations when my integrity is at stake.

Thanks to my rebel I rely on my capacity to understand and evaluate challenges and choose to remain aligned with my values.

The rebel in me also has a negative side; I tend to react passionately and blindly, rushing into decisions that I later regret. I need to discern when my fire might be destructive and how to use it constructively, choosing my words carefully to express my truth but not with the intention of hurting others.

My shadow rebel has taught humility and the negative impact that pride and stubbornness can have on my life when they get in the way. When I get stuck in my point of view and I lose perspective, my shadow rebel isolates me and creates animosity towards others.

A good sign that I’m experiencing the energy of this archetype in a constructive manner is when it helps me keep in touch with my truth and remain loyal to my values without having to demonize the other. At that moment, my strength comes from my conviction and my commitment towards myself rather than being focused on an external battle with an enemy. The focus and motivation stay inwardly, the external act becomes an opportunity to experience truthfulness.

The rebel reconnects me again and again with my authentic self.  Every step I take in life follows my inner voice, which guides me on my path, showing me ways in which I can explore my uniqueness. I respond to my conscience in this constant dialogue that I maintain with myself in search for meaning, which is essential to a rebel.

You must keep on doing your best, according to your own clearest understanding. You must long for freedom as the drowning man longs for air.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

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