Five Jewels of Transformation

a dynamic series of 5 two-day workshops
with don demercurio

There are five radiant and essential universal qualities that are innate to the make-up of our Soul. They are a part of our human experience and engender capacities that are essential to a healthy and fulfilling life. As we come into life and begin to take shape within our environment and culture our ego/personality loses touch with the purity of these energies. This results in a sense of deficiency or inadequacy in certain areas of our life causing us to compensate in one way or another in an attempt to defend against the loss of this part of our nature. This compensation is either a denial of these capacities or an attempt to mimic them in some way.

In the Sufi tradition these 5 Jewels are known as the Lataif.  Not only are they qualities of essence, but they connect us with entire domains of consciousness. We will be exploring how each of the Five Jewels informs our spiritual journey and how they apply to everyday life.

Module 1 – Yellow Jewel
True Joy provides us with Joy and delight – activates the souls wish for what it naturally and spontaneously loves. It gives us the sacred impulse of natural and innocent wanting and brings light-heartedness and wonder to the forefront of our experience.

Module 2 – Red Jewel
True Strength provides the strength, fire and courage to discern and initiate the actions that allows us to reach for and unite with our heart’s true desire.

Module 3 – White Jewel
True Will accesses and activates the soul’s inner determination and steadfastness, giving us the capacity for perseverance and commitment.

Module 4 – Green Jewel
True Compassion provides us with tenderness, warmth and Compassion. It opens our heart’s  sensitivity to the pain and suffering in ourself and others.  This quality has the effect of softening us and allowing us to be present to the painful things with a kind-heartedness that is neither reactive nor defensive.

Module 5 – Black Jewel
True Power & Peace opens the subtle perceptual faculties of the soul: those of intuition, seeing, and spiritual understanding. It reveals the vast openness and spaciousness of our soul and gives us the power to be ourself by dissolving anything that is not ultimately true.

I invite you to join us in a rich and dynamic exploration of these intrinsic qualities, while inquiring into many important questions such as:

  • What is our history with these 5 qualities?
  • How do our beliefs and our past conditioning affect our access to them? 
  • How does it feel when these qualities are flowing?
  • What is the effect of these qualities on our own capacities and our contact with others and the environment?

 workshop details

This is a 5 part workshop series open to all.  You can come to any or all of the one day workshops, each of which explores a particular domain of our soul. In each of these 5 workshops we will create a safe, fun-filled and dynamic form for liberating our authentic self and our innate capacities.

Dates & Times:

Module 1 – October 4, 2014
Module 2 – December 6, 2014
Module 3 – February 7, 2015
Module 4 – April 11, 2015
Module 5 – June 6, 2015

9:00am – 5:00pm

Mercy Spirituality Center
65 Highland Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

registration and fee schedule

Pre-registration required. Space limited to 20 participants.

Workshop Series
(Early registration discounts)
$800 if registered and paid in full before July 15, 2016
$1000 if registered and paid if full before August 15, 2016

(Regular registration)
$1100 after August 15, 2016
$100 non-refundable deposit due with registration

Balance due on or before September 15, 2014

Individual Workshops: 
$50 non-refundable deposit due with registration
Balance due 2 weeks prior to workshop

cancellation policy

100% refund less non-refundable deposit if cancelled 45 days or more prior to workshop date. 75% refund less non-refundable deposit if cancelled 30 – 44 days prior to workshop. 50% refund less non-refundable deposit if cancelled 7 – 29 days prior to workshop. No refund if cancelled less than 7 days from workshop date.

Limit 20 participants.