All three of these options consist of Liz Casteel, Founder and Director of Nikaō Counseling and Nikaō Colorado, teaching and leading women through the cycle of transformation. As written in the Nikaō Colorado Retreat Guide, “Transformation is generally understood as a thorough, lasting, perceptible change in form, condition, nature, or character.” Author and speaker Dallas Willard defines Christian spiritual formation as the transformation of all aspects of the human self into Christ-likeness. He notes that the aim is transformation of the whole self through transformation of thoughts, feelings, social relations, body, and soul.
Though transformation happens somewhat differently for each of us, as unique beings with different life experiences, we believe there are reliable principles of transformation, and a pattern we call the cycle of transformation that can guide us as we seek growth and change.
- Transformation must start with a willingness to live consciously, to be willing to look at the past and present to see how and why certain patterns were formed in our lives as we strive to uncover the authentic self.
- Transformation is most effective when it works from the inside out, addressing our interior lives rather than just aiming to change behaviors.
- We need the power of the Holy Spirit.
- True change is Spirit led, with our cooperation in the process along the way. True change is holistic, involving our thoughts, emotions, social relations and bodies… our whole selves.
- Transformation is slow work… generally slower than we assume or would wish.
The cycle of transformation model we’ll be using to guide us addresses the question of “How do we really change?” We believe participants of Nikaō Colorado will experience transformation as they share ideas, truths, experiences and stories that have consciously and subconsciously been shaping their life since they were children.
“The most important thing in life is the person you will become.” — Dallas Willard
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23