Bob Waxman - Author and Educator

Sunday, January 5th: Exploring A Path To Lasting Happiness & Positive Thinking

An Inspiring Interview with Author and Therapist Diane Lang

The Open Center is delighted to welcome Diane Lang, MA – therapist and Adjunct Professor of Positive Psychology at Montclair State University in NJ. Diane has dedicated her career to helping people turn their lives around by offering valuable information on how to sustain a positive attitude. She has found that Positive Psychology can provide a strong foundation for finding happiness, inner peace, and contentment.

Bob Waxman, Ph.D. will interview Diane and ask her about: a) methods for controlling our thoughts to become an optimist, b) necessary steps for creating balance in our lives, c) how to cope with pessimistic people and negative situations, and d) how to break patterns of behavior that are self-defeating. For the second half of the program, Diane will dialogue with the audience and answer questions.

Diane Lang is the author of Creating Balance & Finding Happiness and Baby Steps: The Path from Motherhood to Career. Her clinical experience includes treating patients with mental illness, physical and emotional abuse, and relationship issues. Please visit Diane’s website:

When: Sunday, 1/5 from 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Where: Fellowship Hall, Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota
voluntary donation

January at The Longboat Key Education Center

Inspirational Cinema: Films that Motivate the Human Spirit! with Bob Waxman, Ph.D.

Come and enjoy (4) fascinating films that will ignite your imagination and expand your mind! After each film, you'll be able to participate in a vibrant discussion on the intriguing ideas presented. All films have received excellent reviews and have won several awards at national film festivals. Their universal themes are uplifting, motivating, and enlightening. Be prepared to feel inspired after each class!

When: (4) Wednesdays in January (8, 15, 22, 29) from 3pm – 5pm
Where: Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr. #212, Longboat Key FL 34228
Cost: Members: $75; Non-members: $85.
How to register: Request class WW18 when you contact The LBK Education Center at: 941-383-8811 or by email:

For info. visit: www.lbkeducationcenter.orgplease register early – most classes have sold-out over the past 9 years. February class for Power of Myth is sold-out.

Sunday, Jan 12th: When The Impossible Happens (2nd Sun. monthly)

With Lori Marshall & Mark Sanders

If you’ve had any type of paranormal experience such as: near-death, out-of-body, mystical or afterlife communications/sightings, spiritually transformative events or any other unique perceptions beyond the (5) senses – please come and share your experiences with others. Even if you haven’t had such experiences, but are interested in such phenomena – you are most welcome to attend our meetings!

Where: Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. / Enlightenment Center.
When: 1:15pm – 2:30pm / meets 2nd Sunday each month / love offering.

Saturday, January 18th: Inspirational Cinema Presents
Choice Point

Just Released and Not available on Netflix!
(voluntary donation)

If you’re serious about fulfilling those New Year’s resolutions – here’s a brilliant film that will help you eliminate self-defeating behaviors. Choice Point is a world-class documentary that will inspire you to unlock the secrets at the heart of transformational change.

Why is it so important for you to see the movie?

If you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed - or envisioning insurmountable obstacles in life - you’ll feel inspired by the stories, wisdom, and perspectives of many well-known inspirational figures. You’ll be mesmerized by these individuals, who came to a Choice Point. By making key decisions at just the right moment, they radically altered the direction of their lives. The film features Barbara Marx Hubbard, Jack Canfield, Desmond Tutu, Gregg Braden, and dozens of authors, philosophers, and visionaries. Come and learn how to shift your beliefs, take action, and ultimately reach the pinnacle of true success – both personally and professionally!

When: Saturday, 1/18, 7pm – 9pm.
Where: Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., Main Sanctuary / voluntary donation.

(4) Thursdays in Jan. - Feb: The Best of Kabbalah

with Bob Waxman, Ph.D.

Come and enjoy the most mysterious and intriguing aspects of Kabbalah. In this class, you’ll discover that this universal wisdom tradition is truly an instruction manual for living a meaningful, compassionate, and joyful life.

Why should you attend this class? You’ll have the opportunity to learn the authentic teachings of Kabbalah that were originally passed down throughout the ages. You will find that Kabbalah will illuminate your heart & mind through the assimilation of universal truths.

Kabbalah is truly for everyone – it is compatible with all faiths and spiritual beliefs. In this class, you will learn the essential concepts which will be explained in an easy-to-understand and uplifting manner. Additionally, you can participate in all discussions during the Q&A period. This is a class that helps you create a peaceful inner life, which brings personal success to your outer world.

When: (4) Thursdays, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 from 6:30pm – 8pm.
Where: Unity of Sarasota, Fellowship Hall, 3023 Proctor Rd.
Cost: (4) classes for $69. Seating is limited, so register now!


February at The Longboat Key Education Center

The Power of Myth: The Best of Joseph Campbell with Bob Waxman, Ph.D.
(sold-out / waiting list is available)

In this class, you'll experience the genius of Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) and discover the amazing similarities that he found in world mythology, comparative spirituality, and the wisdom teachings from Eastern & Western cultures. From the critically-acclaimed PBS series - The Power of Myth - Campbell offers fascinating answers to profound questions asked by Bill Moyers. Some of the topics include: 1) Love and the Goddess, 2) The Journey Inward, 3) The Transcendent Experience, and 4) The Path to Enlightenment. An in-depth discussion will follow after each segment of the program. This is your opportunity to enjoy the life's work of this great scholar! No books to buy.

When: (4) Wednesdays in February (5, 12, 19, 26) from 1pm – 2:30pm
Cost: Members: $75; Non-members: $85.
Where: Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite #212,  Longboat Key, FL 34228
How to register: Request class WW17 when you contact The LBK Education Center at: 941-383-8811 or by email:

For info. visit: www.lbkeducationcenter.orgplease register early – most classes have sold-out over the past 9 years.

Sunday, Feb. 9th: When The Impossible Happens (2nd Sun. monthly)

With Lori Marshall & Mark Sanders

Please see description above for Jan. 12th.

Where: Unity of Sarasota / Enlightenment Center.
When: 1:15pm – 2:30pm / 2nd Sunday each month / Love offering.

Tuesday, Feb. 11th: One of Your Closest Relationships Wants You To Know…

...I stare at you because I’m trying to give you messages.
...I want you to know what I’m thinking.
...I came to you when I did for a special reason.

A truly unique event! Wendy Cooper, MSW will explain the life-changing benefits and amazing impact of connecting with your pet on a much deeper intuitive level.

Wendy will be interviewed by Bob Waxman, who will ask her: a) How is it possible to understand our pet's thoughts and needs? b) What techniques are available for increasing sensitivity and intuition toward our pets? c) Do our pets really have their own language? and, d) What types of messages do our pets want to convey to us? Wendy will also dialogue with the audience on all animal-related topics.

Wendy Cooper had a very successful private practice as a psychotherapist. However, 15 years ago, she decided to follow her passion and pursue working with pet lovers. Since that time, she has helped her clients to strengthen their pet relationships and to better understand their pet’s health, behavior, and mindset. Wendy is also co-author of The Spirit of Women Entrepreneurs.

When: Tuesday, 2/11 from 6:30pm - 8pm.
Where: At Unity - Enlightenment Center / voluntary donation / All are Welcome!

Please see details below to register for Wendy’s upcoming class! 

Feb. 15th: Inspirational Cinema Presents
The Shadow Effect

Not available on Netflix! Voluntary donation

Based on the bestselling book (#1 on NY Times List)! Be uplifted by the power that is hidden beneath the surface of your conscious mind. A visually stunning and cutting-edge documentary that will inspire you to break free from the bonds of the past. Featuring Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Dr. David Simon and many other world-renowned authors, teachers, philosophers, and visionaries.

The film reveals the transformative power of your shadow – the parts of yourself that you dislike and disown, the past that you regret and repress, and the bright future that lies ahead! The Shadow Effect will inspire you to take back your power, envision all the wonderful possibilities ahead, and then become the next greatest evolution of yourself! Please join us for Q&A after the film with host Bob Waxman. 

This movie is a "must see." View the movie several times and your perspectives will shift~ that of yourself, your relationships and the people around you. This movie powerfully opens your eyes, wakes up your mind and connects you with your heart. – Personal Growth Mag.

When: Saturday, 2/15 from 7pm – 9pm.
Where: Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. / voluntary donation / All are welcome!

(3) Tuesdays in Feb. - March: Listen: Do You Want To Know A Secret?

With Wendy Cooper, MSW

Wendy will let you in on a secret: you can learn how to access your intuitive skills and deepen your connection with your pet. Everyone has this capacity! Wendy is incredibly knowledgeable on this subject - and she is a brilliant teacher.

By learning her techniques, you’ll realize your potential to develop the multi-dimensional skills that are necessary for creating a more meaningful and loving bond with your pet. Accordingly, you will view your pet as a much more thoughtful, and communicative companion!

Wendy Cooper has a unique method for providing clients with comfort, advice, and grief counseling when pets are either sick or have made their transition. She also focuses on all types of pet-related issues and helps to give them a voice. Awards: Favorite Animal Healer (non-vet), 2012; Winner: Vet Specialist, 2012; Honoree for Favorite Animal Radio Show, 2011.

When: (3) Tuesdays: 2/18, 2/25, 3/4 from 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: At Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd., (between Swift & Beneva Rds.)
Cost: $59 for early registration through Feb. 11th ($10 discount).


Starting February 20th: The Wisdom of Solomon

Timeless Methods for Success, Wealth, and Happiness
(with film excerpts)

Please join Bob Waxman, Ph.D. for an inspirational class that will reveal King Solomon's wisdom for achieving breakthrough success in relationships, finances, and universal spirituality. Solomon's philosophy of life is often overlooked, and yet he was one of the wisest, wealthiest, and most compassionate men who ever lived!

It is not widely known that Solomon is credited as the author of (3) biblical books: Song of Songs, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes. His timeless insights into human nature were so profound, that Pete Seeger turned Solomon’s poetry into the song, Turn! Turn! Turn!
In this class, you will learn all about Solomon’s secrets for personal and financial success. Although he was not perfect, he was able to: a) experience unconditional love, b) amass one of the world’s greatest fortunes, c) become a widely respected world leader, and d) accept universal spiritual principles. There’s certainly much to learn from the life of King Solomon! Additionally, film excerpts will be shown during each class that tell the story of his many achievements.

When: (3) Thursdays: 2/20, 2/27, 3/6 from 6:30pm – 8pm at Unity of Sarasota (main building).
Cost: $49 for (3) classes; no books to buy. Seating is limited, so please register early!


Sunday, March 9th: When The Impossible Happens

with Lori Marshall & Mark Sanders

Come and discuss extraordinary experiences such as near-death, out-of-body, mystical, after-death, and the paranormal. Share your experiences with others or come and learn what others have experienced beyond the (5) senses!

*Special Film: 2:30pm – 3:15pm: The Life of H.P. Blavatsky (not available on Netflix or in the US!). Madame Blavatsky was the founder of the Theosophical movement in 1875. She was the first woman to enter Tibet and to introduce Eastern esoteric philosophy to the Western world.

When: 3/9 from 1:15pm – 3:15pm (meets 2nd Sunday of each month)
Where: Unity of Sarasota, Enlightenment Center.
Love offering donation.

March 11th: Understanding Your Life Path (vol. donation)

With Zahid Hossain, Ph.D.

The Open Center is delighted to welcome Dr. Zahid Hossain, Founder and Director of the Educational Holistic Institute. Zahid has an in-depth understanding of Western, Chinese, and Vedic Astrology and will help you to assess your mission in life and ultimate purpose. Interview with Bob Waxman and Q&A.

Dr. Hossain has obtained certifications as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer, a Master Hypnotist, Life Coach, Reiki practitioner, Nutrition Consultant, and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. His goal is to better serve his clients using a well-rounded, holistic approach. Zahid has held workshops in Costa Rica and Alaska and has worked with adults and children of all ages.  

When: Tuesday, 3/11 from 6:30 - 8pm.
Where: Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. / Enlightenment Center
No reservations / voluntary donation. All are welcome!

Please see details below to register for Zahid’s upcoming class! 

(3) Tuesdays in March - April: Your Life’s Journey - What Lies Ahead?

With Zahid Hossain, Ph.D.

In this fascinating class, you’ll learn essential astrological techniques from different cultures. Accordingly, you will discover: a) if you’re following the Life Path that is right for you, b) if your career and relationships are providing the proper support for this path, and c) how your upcoming opportunities will move you toward the life you were meant to live.

Dr. Zahid Hossain will explain that we come into this world with various underdeveloped and overdeveloped aspects of our character. His Life Path method explores the points of cyclical influences in our lives using a combination of astrological charts. Zahid will help you to develop the necessary experiences and essential qualities that are optimum for achieving your personal mission in life. (Please see his bio. above).

When: (3) Tuesdays: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 from 6:30pm – 8pm.
Where: Unity of Sarasota / Enlightenment Center.
Cost: (3) classes for $59.


Saturday, March 22nd: Inspirational Cinema Presents:

Beyond Our Differences (2008)

Winner of (12) Film Festival Awards! This uplifting film inspires hope by exploring past and present spiritual movements that have resulted in positive change. Features the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Karen Armstrong, Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra, S. Rinpoche, Robert Thurman, David Rosen, and many other authors, scholars, and experts. Discussion after the film with Bob Waxman, Ph.D. All are welcome. Not available on Netflix!

Beyond Our Differences proves that stories build bridges; dogmas build walls. When we know a person's story, we can empathize and relate to one another. Generals and politicians plan more wars; it is up to religious people to band together and create a better world of peace. It is up to us to walk the talk of our faith and mend the world together.”
Frederic & Mary Ann Brusant, Spirituality & Practice film review

When: 3/22 from 7pm – 9pm
Where: Unity – main sanctuary.
Love offering donation.

Thursday, April 3rd: Hypnotherapist & Hay House Author: Rena Greenberg

Transforming Your Life Through Hypnosis (love offering)

The Open Center is delighted to welcome Rena Greenberg, who has been conducting hypnosis seminars since 1990. Come and learn how to lose weight or break old habits without feeling denied or deprived. Rena will also explain how you can harness your inner power to maximize the beneficial effects of hypnotic conditioning and behavior modification. Bob Waxman will interview Rena for the half of the evening which will be followed by Q&A. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore a proven system with 24 years of results!

Rena’s programs have been sponsored by over 75 hospitals and 100+ major corporations including Walt Disney World and Home Depot. Her unique methods have also been featured in over 150 news stories on major TV networks including ABC’s Nightline. Rena holds a degree in Bio-Psychology from City University of New York and a Masters in Divinity from the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism. She has helped over 100,000 people to lose weight, find empowerment, and break unhealthy habits.

When: Thursday, April 3rd from 7pm – 8:30pm
Where: Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. in The Enlightenment Center.
Love offering donation.

*To register now for Rena’s upcoming (2) hour seminar on 4/12, please review the information below.

Saturday, April 12th: An In-depth Seminar with Rena Greenberg


Lose Weight After ONE Hypnotic Session!

If you’ve been looking for a successful weight loss program – don’t miss Rena’s (2) hour course. Like thousands of others, you’ll enjoy this powerful hypnosis seminar that will assist you in eliminating overeating, binging, snacking and emotional eating! In just one afternoon, Rena will teach you how to use this highly effective program to achieve maximum results. Additionally, you will receive the following helpful tools at no extra cost.

  • A Powerful Hypnotic Session                                                                
  • Behavior Modification Booklet
  • Free Seminar Repetitions for One Full Year
  • Home Reinforcement Audio Hypnotic CD
  • (8) Week On-Line Course (Transform Your Life with Self-Hypnosis)

When: Saturday, April 12th from 1pm – 3pm;
Where: Unity of Sarasota, Enlightenment Center.
Cost: $59 through April 3rd ($10 discount); $69 regular price.

Register Now!

Sunday, April 13th: When The Impossible Happens & Film Event

1:15 - 2:25pm with Lori Marshall & Mark Sanders / 2:30 - 3:45pm film with Bob Waxman

This fast-growing “discussion circle” meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month. These meetings include cutting-edge information on paranormal subjects. Many participants share personal stories about extraordinary experiences beyond the (5) senses. Always a thought-provoking afternoon with a vibrant exchange of ideas, theories, and interpretations. Come and participate or to simply observe. Love offering donation.

If you’re staying for the film after the meeting – please bring a snack & drink.

From 2:30pm – 3:45pm, please join us for a new film on a fascinating esoteric topic. Discussion and analysis afterwards with host Bob Waxman, Ph.D.
These films are usually not available on Netflix!

When:Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. in The Enlightenment Center.
Love offering donation.

Thursday, May 1st: Rahnwyn Speaks - An Evening of Channeled Information

with Rev. Jacquie Riker

If you’re interested in Channeling, then you don’t want to miss this event! In the tradition of Edgar Cayce, the Seth Books, the Teachings of Abraham, and many others – Rev. Jacquie Riker is a channel for her guide, Rahnwyn. Consequently, channeled information is received by Jacquie on many fascinating subjects, which include current energy dynamics, and how to move forward on your authentic Soul Path.

Bob Waxman will interview Jacquie and ask her about the material she’s received from Rahnwyn, and how this information has been helpful to her and many others. For the second half of the evening, Jacquie will dialogue with attendees and answer questions. All are welcome!

Where: Unity of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Rd. in The Enlightenment Center.
When: Tuesday, May 1st from 7pm – 8:30pm.
Love offering donation.

Rev. Jacquie Riker was ordained in 1995 and served as associate minister at Center for Positive Living until 2012. She is presently active at the Sarasota Center of Light. Since 1996, she has taught various classes on: a) spiritual development, b) healing, c) connecting with angels and guides, d) Sacred ceremony, e) meditation, and f) dowsing. Additionally, she has led a Tibetan Bowl meditation group for (14) years and has facilitated women’s retreats. Since 1988, Jacquie has practiced the healing arts with a primary focus on teaching Visionary CranioSacral Work as a medical intuitive, channel, and medium.

To register now for Jacquie’s upcoming (3) week class, please see the information below.

(3) Tuesdays in May: Channeling – How It Can Work For You!

At the first Tuesday class, Rev. Jacquie Riker will partner with her guide, Rahnwyn to channel general information for the group and then answer questions such as: What is your life purpose? What does your soul want to express? What are your latent skills? What does your soul want to manifest in your life right now? This clarity and support will help you to feel a sense of confidence, trust, and partnership in times of uncertainty and change. It is possible that information may be received from other various guides as well.

The second two classes will focus on the foundations of a spiritual practice that will enhance your ability to connect with your soul’s inner wisdom. Through your Higher Self, you will learn how to access essential information that includes guidance and support on a daily basis. Additionally, the class will cover techniques such as: a) grounding, b) being present with your wisdom, and; c) how to move into an alpha brain wave state to enhance your creativity, clarity, and connection.

When: (3) Tuesdays: 5/5, 5/13 & 5/20 from 7pm – 8:30pm.
Where: Unity, Enlightenment Center.
Cost: $59 ($10 discount up to 5/1); $69 regular price. No books to buy.

To Register:

Saturday, May 17th: Inspirational Cinema:

What on Earth? Inside The Crop Circle Mystery (2011)

Winner of (3) Film Festival Awards! This is THE definitive film on this amazing phenomenon. These intricate designs are still appearing in farmers’ fields overnight. Although they have been found throughout the world – no one knows where they come from or how they are made. With breathtaking aerial views of these startling images – you’ll soon dismiss the British government’s official explanation that this is the work of two men with a wooden plank!

For (15) years, the filmmaker, Suzanne Taylor, has been interacting with people who have been “circle-chasing,” indulging in circle analysis, and sharing their theories about the creation of the circles.

Not Available on Netflix!

From Los Angeles Weekly:

At all costs don’t miss this film! It deals intelligently with the globe’s most persistent and beautiful mystery – the crop circles. If you have any inkling of adventure and even a small amount of curiosity, you will savor this lovely voyage into the realms of the magnificent and our human relationship with it.

When: Sat. 5/17 from 7pm – 8:45pm.
Where: Unity of Sarasota, main sanctuary.
Discussion after the film with Bob Waxman, Ph.D.
Love offering donation.


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