HIGHLAND PARK – Everyone has bad days that may result in mood swings, frustration or even headaches. The Infinity Foundation offers holistic classes and programs to help navigate through those feelings for “body-mind-spirit integration.”
For example, Reiki is a technique that activates the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restores physical and emotional well-being based on the principle that therapists can channel energy through touch.
“Let’s say you have a headache, people who are older often don’t want to take more medication, so I can go into your energy field and (virtually) open you up if you’re in pain,” said Stephanie Meis, Reiki master teacher and licensed psychotherapist. “Every illness that we have is blocked energy strength and if we go into it, and understand what it’s about we gain insight into where we’re hung up.”
Meis told DailyNorthShore.com more about her teachings on October 14 at Infinity Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration and grand opening of its expanded holistic education center.
Meis said she teaches a series of 21 classes, which are a combination of seminar and practice. These classes fall under the category of Energy Healer Training, and upon completion at the end of the year participants will receive an energy healer certificate. Some of the Energy Healer Training courses involve crystals, essential oil, and acupressure healing. She also works with more mystical things like the Kabalistic Tree of Life.
Meis believes that meditation is “a skill that you interweave in many of the things that you do,” whether it’s focusing on buying a wedding dress or making an important business decision.
Meis said, “One of the subjects Infinity Foundation just finished was Past Lives, which explained: “how you enter into a past life, what do you do with it and how can you use it to make your life better?”
Lori Flores Weisskopf, volunteer development coordinator at Infinity Foundation, shared her Past Life Regression experience, as Susan Wisehart, holistic psychotherapist led her class on their journey:
“This sounds bizarre, but I was a lumberjack, like the Brawny Man,” said Weisskopf. “I had these big hands and big arms with red hair, and I couldn’t believe it. It was so good that I didn’t want to open my eyes. The guide asked what the happiest moment of your life was, and I remember seeing a woman who had just given birth to a child. It could’ve just been my imagination, but it was an experience that I had. I’m not someone who is a believer, but some of it was really interesting. I learned that whether or not it happened, the fact that I experienced it is what makes it real.”
In addition to Wisehart’s Past Life Regression class, Weisskopf said psychic Mel Doerr teaches Intuitive Pathways and answers questions about the future often involving love, marriage and grandchildren. Instead of offering false hope, he encouraged family members to see their loved ones who were in failing health. “That’s what’s so wonderful about the Infinity Foundation, there’s always a positive spin in the end,” said Weisskopf.
When Weisskopf began volunteering as development coordinator several years ago, she signed up for classes that would help give her a better understanding of Infinity Foundation. “I was exposed to everything from yoga to meditation to crystals – a whole other world and without realizing it, the experience brought balance to my life,” she added.
Weisskopf has taken some of Meis’s classes and has nothing but high praise for her. “Stephanie is a psychotherapist as well as a Reiki master teacher, so she identifies with what causes you to get upset and feel out of control about something,” she said. “Stephanie is also a very talented violinist and graced us by playing songs of the soul where she would play different melodies and tunes based on each person in the room at mini VIP fundraisers.”
In 2015, Weisskopf began serving her second term as a Park Board Commissioner for the Park District of Highland Park. Have her experiences at Infinity Foundation impacted her role as commissioner?
“I think it’s helped me more in life in general,” she said. “I’m more mindful and self aware. I imagine in some regards that it helps me make better decisions, and I don’t take it personally when residents are upset about something. I understand that they have their own valid concerns and it’s helped me with patience.”
The Infinity Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization run by volunteers, built an addition to its original location next door at 1280 Old Skokie Road.
“We more than doubled our space, and are offering about 200 courses a year on personal growth and development,” said Nancy Grace Marder, executive director, at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “We do certification training, professional training, and some people have launched their careers by taking these classes. That’s one of the most gratifying things that we offer.”
Marder said the expansion has enabled Infinity Foundation to offer more diverse programming with fencing, cooking and art classes thanks to their new kitchen that has a “perfect table for art classes … We wanted to make it homey and very calming. This trimester we have 70 faculty members, and we change about 80 percent of what we offer every trimester. The work we do here is to improve other people’s lives,” she added.
For more information on Infinity Foundation visit: http://infinityfoundation.org/