Discover Full Flourishing, Reclaim Your Power

The drive to flourish fully is as natural as the everyday hunger for food.

But so many of us aren't flourishing. Relationship problems. Financial problems. Social problems. General dissatisfaction. Deep misery. Burnout. Sometimes it feels like nothing is working.

Right now, millions of us also feel stuck, overwhelmed and powerless. We don't like what's going on - for instance, mandatory lockdowns and experimental injections. Ever more people are thrown off social media. The situation keeps getting worse.

On top of that, for over a year, we have been living through an extended endurance trauma - lockdowns, masks, curfews, social distancing, isolation, ongoing messages from all sides instilling fear of a virus, economic disaster for millions. The rules keep changing, so we can't even adjust to one stable set of circumstances.

What do we do?

How do we get to life as we can feel it can be?

Life with inner stability, despite outer instability and dangers. With close connections, work satisfaction, civic connection, an inner sense of power. With more courage than fear. With passion and the curiosity to explore. With contentment and joy. And also with a society with safety, stability, justice. A society where we can trust the messages we get.

What steps can we take, from where we are?

One step: explore Full Flourishing.

Why turn to Full Flourishing? Most personal development approaches ignore vital aspects of life. For instance, there's a lot on feelings and beliefs - generally very little or nothing on perceiving and thinking. But right now, we need tools for perceiving accurately, and for sorting through the very different versions of reality we're presented.

Then, most personal development approaches stress how the world changes if we change. But right now, whatever our mindset, we need to recognize external realities - especially dangerous aspects.

Most personal development approaches also stress that all people have a core of love within themselves. But right now, we also need to recognize and deal with badness - like the deadly barriers that have been erected to deny access to effective treatments for the c-virus.

On top of that, most personal development approaches do not see social awareness and effective activism as essential to being a self-actualized person. Full Flourishing holds that these are essential for full adult development.

Finally, Full Flourishing focuses on the impact of what is occuring: the extended endurance trauma, the coercive measures and pressure tactics, the stress of not being able to trust media and official sources. How does one maintain and even strengthen inner well-being and also health-giving social connections, plus respond on a civic level?

Core to Full Flourishing:

* first, what I believe is an adequate model of a fully flourishing person, because every model I found had vital stuff missing. It includes all the aspects listed above, as well as, for instance, valuing feelings and beliefs, love relationships and work.

* and second, a reliable 3-part process for moving toward full flourishing - ACE - A.C.E. - awareness, caring, engagement. It is a process of lifelong growth.

Here's an overview, plus a story about my father, and a bit about myself.



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Elsa is a spiritual healer and a brilliant writer and thinker. She is also for me a pillar of strength and a voice of reason.
          And her music videos are a reminder that there is a beauty in this world too!

Nicole Davidoff, passionate advocate of human rights and freedoms, passionately against any ideology that is totalitarian, cat lover


Mary Andrew

When I came upon Elsa's work, I had been galvanised to protest by the horrific slaughter of children in the Manchester bombing . . . But I felt isolated, downcast and daunted by the mountainous size of the problems. I have always been utterly anti-racist, but my friends thought I had become a bigot. I didn't know what to do. 
          Elsa's amazing, inspirational work has become a beacon of light to me, . . . which I desperately needed to become tougher, more confident, and much more active. . . . Thank you, Elsa, so much for all you have done to embolden me, and nurture my development. I am truly grateful! 

Mary Andrew, working for a voice in mainstream politics


Ramachandra Abhyankar

Elsa has a unique talent to clarify issues and motivate people. Elsa has also taught me to not give up even when confronted by obstacles. . . . She is an inspiration and an example!

Ramachandra B. Abhyankar, associate professor


Bernadette Maclean

Elsa and I originally connected via LinkedIn. She started a wonderful group of like-minded people. Elsa led the group.

Words to describe Elsa.
An amazing group leader. Contained structured boudaried, with freedom thrown in too!
Enabler. Enables growth.
Motivator. Enthusiastic supportive informative. Open minded.
All welcomed equally.
I would highly recommend her groups and workshops.
Elsa also contains any loose cannons too, such as me when I get on my soapbox!
Humour and coping strategies and wisdom abound.
Aware too. Lots of energy. The full caboodle.

Bernadette Maclean, critical incident responder / EAP counsellor / trauma responder


BChris Zahn

I was referred to Elsa Schieder and Full Flourishing when I was seeking a like-minded group. I found what I was seeking. A group of thinkers who weren't willing to accept the propaganda we were being spoon fed.

We learned a lot from each other. I learned much more quickly than I would have on my own about what was being censored.

Elsa and the group are very caring. This encourages engagement. I'm encouraged to engage within my sphere of influence about everything.

I recommend Full Flourishing and Elsa's ACE method (Awareness, Caring, Engagement) for everyone.

Chris Zahn, friendly guy who can't help being logical



Dr. Schieder’s “Getting There From Here” was a wonderful experience for me. Many times, people don’t take initiatives simply because they don’t know what to do or how to start.  Dr. Schieder has a way of helping people not only define what it is that is holding them back, but she provided a framework for activation and execution of goals.  Our group meetings were engaging and fun.

It gave me the motivation and support I needed to formulate a plan. Once I began the process, the stress of feeling static left me and instead I was energized and renewed with a deep sense of purpose.

I highly recommend her program for anyone wishing to take their goals from thoughts to concrete action.

Maria Nardi, software developer


BChris Zahn

Elsa is a strong and wise leader who has inspired me massively with her commitment to humanity and her powerful leadership. She is super smart and at the same time very compassionate and caring. She is utterly dedicated to the advancement of justice and human rights, and ending unnecessary suffering in the world.

Elsa will truly help you to flourish and achieve your full potential both as an individual and in the context of your wider role in society. I encourage you to engage with Elsa who will help you to flourish fully as a human being and reach your highest potential in terms of the impact you make in the world.

Jane Bayler, entrepreneur, proud cancer survivor, marketer and trainer who helps thought leaders and experts generate impact and authority through their online presence and communications.


Dr Elsa Schieder

Long ago, the university where I was getting my MA offered students 18 free counseling sessions. But I saw them as for other people. After all, other people had problems, and I didn't. Well, there was one little thing. I easily got angry at small stuff, and hated myself for it. So I eventually decided, I'll take 2 or 3 sessions, get rid of the anger.

18 sessions later, I had a dream. I'm coming out of a changing room at the side of a huge high school gym. I notice my therapist - chubby, unstylishly dressed, unstylish hair - effortlessly running laps around the gym, not even short of breath.

Those 18 sessions were the first steps into a decades-long journey on my quest for full flourishing - a journey that has included trying just about everything, from psychoanalysis to breath work to neurobiological approaches to coaching. It all started with a small bit of awareness. One awareness led to another. Each exploration led further. There were also long breaks. And then something else would emerge.

My growing interest in personal growth led to a triple disciplinary PhD - Psychology, Sociology, Cultural Theory. My research and experience also led me to believe that an important component of the human development movement is undoing deep inner fears. This ties in with neurobiological findings on how inner constrictions can be passed on in the DNA, through activating or suppressing different genes.

My doctoral thesis explores the role of fear as the underpinning of constricting forces in society; ways this fear can be passed down generation after generation; and ways of undoing this fear. An underlying question: can a deeply embedded fear actually be undone - or are we condemned, like Freud's Oedipus, to be caught generation after generation in a fear-based struggle? My conclusion: yes, it can be undone; but generally it isn't easy. It's much easier to get stymied or stuck.

Another conclusion: most personal growth movements miss vital stuff, especially relating to the importance of perceiving accurately, thinking well, and having a strong healthy involvement with the larger social world.

But humans have gotten into outer space. I see the quest for full flourishing as an even more important quest.

I've ended up teaching in 6 departments at the university and college level: Humanities, Education, English, Film Studies, Women's Studies and Sociology. I was long a tenured Humanities prof at John Abbott College.

In general, I love thinking and reaching people.
Elsa - good thinking
I also love creativity. For instance, I've written a preteen novel, Caro's Quest. It's about Caro Carolina, 13, weird Geela Gribbs, and Fluffers the invisible dog. Caro faces big questions. What is real? And what can she do when a classmate is struck by a hit and run driver? 
kids' story  with qn invisible dog and big questions
Often one of the hardest things is breaking inner walls and building inner strengths, especially when there is a big fear barrier - unconscious fear, in many cases.

My concern with this led me to develop a popular course I taught for over 10 years: Knowing the Inner Self. The course gave students an overview of the human development movement - differing routes to inner change.

I believe the human development movement is as central to our time as the technological advances - all the more important at present as strong forces encourage fear.

I also believe that the hunger for full flourishing is a natural human hunger - like the everyday hunger for food, a healthy part of everyday life. In other words this is an ongoing journey.

A more general commitment is to truth - figuring out what the truth is on many subjects, in many areas, and then getting the truth told. This commitment ties with the commitment to full flourishing.

I see that accepting what we're told blocks our flourishing and the well-being of our society.

I've developed what I believe is an adequate model for a full flourishing person, plus a 3-part process for change - extremely flexible, so it can be used if we have one small problem, if we are facing a major crisis, or if we're dealing with the impact of an ongoing damaging situation.

Right now we're living an extended endurance trauma, fear instilled from so many sources, lack of stability as the rules are changed over and over. All of society is disrupted, in upheaval. Lockdowns with massive impact in all areas of life. Closures and openings. Businesses. Schools. Travel.

I see a huge need for a solid reliable process to encourage people to learn more ways to release stress, process the instabilities, develop an inner sense of security even while looking closely at what is happening - and see how they can contribute toward a safe, stable society.

ACE - A.C.E. - awareness, caring, engagement - provides that, especially though the option of ongoing support.

Something else about me. I love to share whatever I know. I remember, as a child, teaching my sister about fractions. I was 8. She was 5. And I was able to teach her!

When I was nearing the end of my MA studies, I was given the chance to teach 2 courses. I loved it. I couldn't believe I was getting paid for doing something that gave me so much pleasure. I had never thought of teaching. Teaching those 2 courses was a turning point for me. I found a deep-rooted vocation.

In the past decade I've moved to online projects. The impulse to share things I know and love, things that matter to me, is still powerful.

There's more. I deeply believe that I have things many people are hungry for. Ways to have more flourishing in many areas of life. A lifelong process of increasing flourishing.

That's the impulse behind Full Flourishing. I have explored so much, learned so much. That's not enough for me. I have a passionate desire to share.


Elsa, Full Flourishing


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