The Pathfinder Magazine, May/June 2010.
Lindsay makes little distinction between her life as an actress, advocate, mother, or author. What unites these various parts is a commitment through her work and her personal life to explore and advance human potential.
She was The Bionic Woman and star of many highly rated television films, but for many years Lindsay Wagner has had a mission that transcends television and films.
Lindsay first came to prominence in the critically acclaimed role of Susan Fields in The Paper Chase, but received household recognition worldwide when she broke the mold for women on television with her iconic portrayal of Jaime Sommers. As she collaborated with the writers, The Bionic Woman became an inspiration around the world and in 1977 Lindsay won the Emmy for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series."
During her many successful years as an award winning actress, Lindsay has studied Eastern and Western spiritual healing modalities, discovering natural healing techniques for her own health challenges.
Wagner continued her self-directed studies, with guidance from people she calls her team of angels.
"I met some extraordinary teachers and counselors, who came from within religious traditions and outside them."
Eventually, she became a practitioner of energy psychology, and has since traveled to India to continue her study of spiritual growth. Wagner now leads two- and three-day seminars titled, "Quiet the Mind and Open the Heart," at conference centers across North America and Europe. "They're a blend of retreat and workshop," she explains, "during which participants delve into how their past experiences – their inner file cabinets, as it were – color their perceptions of the world. We are a quick-fix oriented culture. We want lots of stuff and we want it now. What we often leave out of the equation, however, is that we would prefer stuff that works. We want computer printers that last longer than a year, a job we can grow into a passionate career and a soulmate we can love for a lifetime. Because we often sacrifice integrity for expedience, the art of quality engineering, true craftsmanship, and meaningful relationships is shrinking to the domain of a dedicated few. When I visited Japan, my friend Koichi told me that the oldest company in Japan – and the world – is 800 years old. The company is an architectural firm that specializes in building temples and pagodas. The company, Koichi explained, does not use nails in their construction. Instead, they make a series of tabs on the ends of wooden pieces and fit them together. Over eight centuries, when there have been earthquakes, this company's structures, including five-story pagodas, have stood firm while buildings around them crumbled."
"Our experience of any life circumstance is a function of our perspective," Wagner said. "For example, a particular incident causes real pain, but the body has the capacity to heal from it – if we allow that to take place. We're very intelligent, divine creations, we humans," Wagner said, adding that past experiences with family and society can program us to react in ways that rob the joy from daily life.
In her seminars, Wagner helps people explore their prior programming and then shift their perspectives beyond it, "to experience life as it is in the moment."
Life's highs and lows are like waves, Wagner believes. "We're constantly building sea walls to [avoid] experiencing the crest of the wave," she said, "because we think we can't handle it.
But by understanding and observing the waves one gains power and a fresh perspective on life in all of its tumult and exhilaration."