Pivot Point Projects makes space for you to address persistent questions about life and death, about purpose and fulfillment, and to take action fueled by your insights.
With awareness of seasonal and daily cycles, the practices include: to cultivate a still mind, apply tools of self knowing, explore the arts and music and, learn through service. Thus we come to appreciate and understand our lives and sharpen insight about how to align current action with our purpose in life.
“Pivot Point provides incredibly valuable programming that allows the space for meaningful, personal breakthroughs. I’m grateful to have experienced several of them as a result of participating.”
Daily life provides the material. In various stages of life our perspective shifts and we turn in a new direction. Embrace the experience and cultivate an ability to contemplate even as you engage in life.
Pivot Point Projects offers a variety of opportunities to come together with others of various ages and to experience the alchemy that happens as we take time and space to share our experiences.
We invite you to enroll in a workshop, join an ongoing group, attend an event or schedule a one-on-one session.
Join us. Build your capacity for a fulfilling life whatever the circumstances.
Programs Encourage These Four Practices
About Pivot Point Projects: Context
“Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw
Heavenly Pivot, an acupuncture point on the abdomen, inspired the name Pivot Point. From its place in mid-abdomen on the stomach meridian, this point, provides a pivotal point between the earth and the heavens.
It builds the capacity to find balance between having one’s feet on the ground and connecting to the heavens, the realm of inspiration. It also aids digestion and assimilation of nourishment of all kinds.
The purpose of Pivot Point is to empower individuals to access their own wisdom and to open to the mystery of life’s gifts and challenges at any stage. The Pivot Point Projects logo reflects this dynamic stability.
The Second Half of Life: Paradigm Shift about “Elders”
Author and physician Bill Thomas writes about the need for a paradigm shift in how we see our elders:
“Scientific theories about how we age nearly all accept, without question, the doctrine of youth’s perfection. They focus on decline and pay little heed to the steady emergence of new gifts and capacities in later years.”
The paradigm shift about elders benefits everyone. A college student doing a video project of “elders” telling their life stories on tape, was so amazed by their stores that she said “I can’t wait to get old!”
Well known researcher Abraham Maslow outlined a hierarchy of needs in which self actualization was at the top. This need is most often felt in the 50’s and 60’s when other primary needs are met.
“Self actualization” is defined by Maslow as “the ongoing actualization of potentials, capacities and talents, as fulfillment of mission…as a fuller knowledge of, and acceptance of, the person’s own intrinsic nature, as an unceasing trend toward unity, integration or synergy within the person.”
The “unceasing trend toward unity” evolves out of the tapestry of our lives. Pivot Point Projects offers a variety of opportunities to come together with others to share these rich experiences. Educational workshops, the arts, and service all contribute to the process of self-actualization.
Jung on Individuation and Seven Tasks of the Second Half of Life
Dr. Carl Jung used the term individuation to describe finding one’s essence or coming into one’s own and provided guidelines and tools to engage in the process. These tools are useful for people at any age but especially relevant later in life.
Pivot Point Projects uses material on Jung’s Seven Tasks of the Second Half of Life as described by Dr. Bruce Baker, in the development of programs and offers some sessions specifically for people entering or in that stage of life.
Jung’s first task, to “come to terms with the reality of death” inspired the development of the Threshold Support Circle and the incorporation of programs dealing with end-of-life issues and after-death care. People of all ages benefit from doing this thoughtful and engaging inner work.
“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.”
– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
- Founder, Pivot Point Projects
- Licensed acupuncturist, (Jennifer Downs Acupuncture), RN
- Workshop facilitator, and organizer
A registered nurse with thirty five years of experience as an acupuncturist, Jennifer is grounded in the healing traditions of both East and West, is Certified as a Myers-Briggs practitioner and explores the teachings of Carl Jung for guidance about the second half of life. Through Pivot Point, Jennifer creates spaces where individuals of diverse backgrounds can encourage one another in the work of their lives, discover ancient wisdom traditions, reap the bounty of life, and explore the meaning of death in service to life.
Dana Rosenstein, LCSW-C
Presenter: Weaves together the arts experience with deeper inner life
Dana is a well respected clinical social worker in practice for thirty years in Baltimore. She co-owns and manages The Gatehouse, with her business partner Leslie Krohn. The Gatehouse is a renovated office on Falls Road in Roland Park which hosts a number of practitioners. Dana invited Jennifer Downs to lead a wisdom group for health care practitioners which met over a three year period at the Gatehouse. Besides her extensive clinical experience Dana is an artist and loves empowering others to tap into their creativity. She ran a series of well attended parenting workshops in the area and offers other workshops in a variety of settings.
- Private practice for 30 years. work with individuals, couples, groups, led many workshops.
- EMDR certified
Deborah Baer, LCSW-C, JD
Presenter: Extensive experience with grief and loss; brings depth of insight and compassion through her workshops The Many Faces of Grief
Deborah Baer is a psychotherapist who has worked for many years with those who are grieving. Deborah always brings warmth, substance and a sense of humor.