Director's Message -- May, 2017

May 1, 2017

Greetings Sacred Path Community,

ETT Training instructor Lolita Domingue, LMFT

I was in Upland on Saturday for what’s called a Consult, which is the 6-hour follow-up to the Level I ETT Training that Jeffrey Young, Anthony DiMaggio and I participated in last month.  I wrote about the therapeutic power of Emotional Transformation Therapy in the April newsletter.  Read about the healing power of color and light via ETT in this month’s newsletter.

As a reminder, our Trainer, Lolita Domingue, LMFT, is offering another Level I Training in early June.  I recommend it for psychotherapists who wish to advance their skills to help people who, not only can benefit from the process in general, but also those who have not found other forms of therapy to be effective in moving them through their issues.

If you participate in the upcoming Training you’ll be able to join the three of us for our Level II Training in July for Certification and in line for Dr. Steven Vasquez’s Addiction Training in Southern California during the month of August or September.  I hope that some of my fellow therapists in our community will join us as we move forward in our practice of this revolutionary neuroscientifically-based healing modality.  Perhaps, Dr. Vasquez will join us as a participant presenter at our Fall Sacred Path Men’s Retreat.

Rod Louden & Dr. Stephen Johnson

Speaking of that, I have been meeting with Associate Directors Rob Bruce, and Michael Lewis, M.D., as well as Bill Flaxman, Ph.D., and Anthony DiMaggio who have joined me in commencing the preparations for the October retreat.  We are working on the early development of a Continuing Education program that would allow therapists and counselors interested in men’s work to be able to attend the retreat and gain CEU’s toward maintaining their license in good standing.

Mark your calendars for October 19-22 and get ready to send in your deposit when we open early enrollments within the next couple of months.  We’ll continue to update you on the program and presenters with each monthly newsletter.

One of my colleagues at my Woodland Hills location, Rod Louden, M.A., has authored an important article for this issue ("A Safe Parenting Approach On and Off the Field"). Sports often play a significant, if not life-saving, role in the development of a young person’s life.  And, the presence or absence of a parent as well as how the parent comports himself or herself also contributes to the relationship that the youth develops with his or her chosen sport(s) as he/she matriculates through life's challenges.  Sports are important teaching tools providing vital lessons in success, failure and self-esteem building.

I recall learning that the founder of Little League baseball opined, and I paraphrase, “that the worst thing to happen to Little League was when the parents got involved.”  That was a poignant statement that resonated with me because I had participated as a coach or in the stands of several games with my boys and daughter when they were young.  I vividly recall some of the overzealous parents or hot-headed dads who coached their kids with a heavy hand.  Frequently, I found myself feeling that the kids would have been better off if the parents were placed in the stands within a cone of silence.

I’ve found that the pressure on youngsters to succeed these days often takes the fun out of the sport or educational setting to the point of inflicting trauma.  A good mentor is worth his weight in gold but a coach, parent, teacher or anyone in authority who goes over the top and crushes a youth’s spirits can create a wound that becomes a scar that interferes with one’s life for years to come. 

Success is relative and so is failure.  I’ve heard it said that true success is built on all of the supposed failures along the way.  In other words, failures are just varying degrees of success leading you to the result that moves you closer to the attainment of your goals and the actualization of your destiny.  Participants who attend our October retreat will find ample opportunities to explore their self-esteem issues that are at the core of past experiences around success and failure. 

I’ll close with the words of famed basketball star, Michael Jordan:
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game -winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.”

And, Thomas Edison:
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Keep the Faith. Stay the Course!

In Love and Light,







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Spring 2017
MCLA Colorado River
Sacred Path Kayak Camping
Wilderness Retreat


Dr. Stephen Johnson is founder and executive director
of the Men's Center Los Angeles and leader/wayshower
of the Sacred Path men's retreats for the past 30 years.
He is author of "THE SACRED PATH: THE WAY OF THE SPIRITUAL WARRIOR," an amazing how-to book for
men who want to become better men . . . AND
for the women who care about them.



The MCLA Wisdom Council honored Dr. Johnson's amazing 30 years of mindful men leadership and mentorship with a special commemorative film that debuted on
the mountain at the recent 30th
Annual Sacred Path Men's Retreat.
Click here to view "The Sacred Path."