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Author Anne Archer Butcher opens the Vail Symposium’s Consciousness series this week

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According to Anne Archer Butcher, "consciousness" really has to do with understanding who we are as individuals, shaped by an evolution of our experiences, as spiritual beings. Regardless of belief or background, Butcher feels that our experiences show us the key to expanded consciousness and spiritual evolution.

The author of the bestselling book "Inner Guidance," Butcher visits Vail to open the Vail Symposium's Consciousness series on Wednesday with a lecture, "Expanding Consciousness: The Key to Transformation," and an experiential workshop on Thursday, "Inner Guidance, Our Divine Birthright."

On her visit, Butcher will impart a lifetime of extraordinary experiences that have helped shape her view on expanded consciousness as a means of improving wellbeing.

"Many people say they want to change their lives or they want to have a more fulfilled and joyous life," Butcher said. "In order to do that, we really must learn how to change our consciousness. Everything comes from the evolution of our consciousness. In fact we only attract to us what is in accordance with our own state of consciousness. That is the law of consciousness."

Butcher's lecture and workshop are designed to give people tools and techniques as well as share her personal stories to explain how a change in consciousness can bring about change in life.

"The stories seem to be very attractive to people. What is important about my stories is it helps people understand their own stories, which are often more significant than they realize," Butcher said. "Our experiences are actually showing us the keys to spiritual evolution."

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Specifically, one part of Butcher's program is to ask people to examine their lives as if it were a dream. The audience will be asked to look at what story is being told, and where it is they want the story to go. They'll be asked to listen to — rather than silence — that voice that guides them forward.

In her own life, Butcher has relied on this voice, which she describes as "inner guidance" to be aware, survive, evolve and succeed. Her stories include dealing with predicting her father's death when she was just 7 years old, the extraordinary event of being swept out to sea, challenged by a shark, and rescued by dolphins off Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, and answering her students' questions about truth and inner connectivity while teaching high school literature and philosophy.

"All sorts of things have happened to me," Butcher said. "When I was younger my mother had the wherewithal to teach me that we all have an inner voice that guides us, and she told me to listen to it. The world teaches us to forget and not to listen. But the messages I understood when I was younger would be very important to me and change my course throughout my entire life."

In addition to her lecture, Butcher has given her workshop all over the world. In it, she guides attendees step-by-step in connecting them with their own inner guidance at a deeper level than most people have ever experienced.

"One of the things I really talk about is working in concert with the divine," she said. "We are divine beings and this energy wants us to succeed. I have learned a lot on my path of study(ing) these tips and techniques to a better life; I am passionate to share this with others."

If you go …

Who: Anne Archer Butcher.

What: Expanding Consciousness: The Key to Transformation.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Where: The Arrabelle at Vail Square.

Cost: $25 in advance; $35 at the door; $10 for students and teachers.

More information: Call 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.VailSymposium.org.

What: “Inner Guidance, Our Divine Birthright” workshop.

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

Where: The Antlers at Vail.

Cost: $25 general admission; $10 students, teachers and Vail Valley Young Professional members.

More information: Call 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.VailSymposium.org.