Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Lewinson.
Liz, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My multiple careers have as a common basis an excellent education at Beverly Hills High School. The English education was superlative, and all the teachers shared a standard of excellence that I did not see again in universities or career settings. After high school, I attended (and graduated from) U.C. Berkeley. In my sophomore year, I encountered a lecturer on Transcendental Meditation. I was enamored with the teacher and the notion that meditation was easy and natural. I went to India and became a teacher of TM. It was my sole profession. This went on for almost 15 years when a series of incidents caused me to pull away from the TM group. I became a freelance journalist. My specialty was interviewing celebrities — more normal interactions from Beverly High.
I frequently worked with public relations agencies and was offered a job as a publicist. I took that job. Over the next decade, I was often promoted and eventually became a Senior Vice President at two television studios. Also, during this time, I encountered another spiritual teacher, Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz, with whom I studied for 17 years. Rama encouraged technical careers to sharpen the mind to evolve one’s meditation practice. I went to a computer programming school and began a second career in technology. I became an I.T. program manager and successfully delivered highly complex I.T. projects on Wall Street for a number of years.
Rama spoke of the vast, innate power of women in the early 1980s. As a female meditator, I began to experience this. I had a powerful vision of the symbol of female power and the symbol of male power. They are not the same.
Now I am writing, teaching, and speaking about the power of women and the loving kindness of men. I have two new books — Women, Meditation, and Power and The Power of the Loving Man–coming out in early 2020. I am on the Board of The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism. All of my careers, an evolving meditation practice, experience with teachers and teachings, and my exposure to academic excellence continually shape where I am today.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest struggle that anyone who meditates faces is fear of stopping thought, letting the ego actually dissolve, and going through spiritual doorways.
I have encountered all of these struggles and continue to face them to the present time. The challenge just changes shape and form.
I began meditating when I was 19. Meditation increases your intuition and your sensitivity. In public relations and Wall Street information technology, I met many people who appeared calm on the outside but were seething with frustration and anger inwardly. I had to learn how to cope with and help such people, most of whom were not interested in meditation per se. But they enjoyed my calm presence. It was challenging to be deeply invested in fast-paced careers and also be a true seeker of light and love.
The most formative experience of my life took place when I stepped up to help Dr. Lenz deal with some false bad publicity. There was no social media then. I learned about the 80/20 rule. A journalist can write 80% negative and fake news and only add about 20% of accuracy in order to appear balanced. It was a hard fight but an incredible gift for me–to stand up for what I knew to be true. It was an extraordinary experience for a Beverly Hills girl, and it transformed me in the best of ways.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
With two books coming out in January, the republication of a third book in March, and the launch of my first audio book in late March, I am focused on teaching about the power of women and the loving kindness in men. I think getting that right is the most important thing what we can do right now. The terrible imbalance in our planet that manifests in so many ways has a root cause. You can’t suppress over 50% of the earth’s population, particularly the ones who are built to lead, and think climate, economies, politics, science and more will be OK. Everything is running at half mast. I look forward to making this the year I start to speak about this.
The two new books – Women, Meditation, and Power and The Power of the Loving Man–will be sold together because men and women need to work together to heal our planet.
The new company I founded, Skye Pearl, will be a multi-media company specializing in the production of all forms of transformative media, from books to film to webinars.
- Website: www.lizlewinson.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lizlewinson/
- Twitter: @lizlewinson
- Email: email@example.com
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/user/llewinson
Photo by Davide Khalil