WHAT IS THE ‘HEALING’ METHOD THAT YOU PRACTICE?
The method I practice and teach is, in the end, my own. The focus is on trauma as the ultimate cause of almost all our problems. The roots of my methodology are in RPT (Reference Point Therapy), Advaita Vedanta, shamanism and a form of ancestral trauma healing that I developed spontaneously whilst working with clients.
There is a strong focus on the following:
- The client taking responsibility for the problem(s), and therefore the healing. The healing comes from within – I facilitate it.
- Heart connection – re-integration between the head and heart awareneness (and the masculine and feminine aspects), thereby ‘bridging’ the higher cognitive functioning and pure instinct, and developing the intuition.
- Healing specific traumas from one’s own lifetime
- Healing the wider ‘patterns’ of ancestral trauma
- Shifting one’s state (of awareness) from limited awareness (caused by trauma) to ‘peak’ and ‘resource’ states of awareness (‘bridging’ one’s own awareness with ancient ancestral awareness.
WHAT IS HEALING?
Healing is an entirely natural process. In the same way that the body automatically, spontaneously, and effortlessly heals itself, so too do we heal on the emotional, psychological, and spiritual levels – as long as there is nothing ‘blocking’ that process. The job of the ‘healer’ is therefore to remove the blockage. That’s what I and my students do. The real healing comes from within the client. (See this article for more: 3 Steps to Profound Healing)
One more thing I’ll add: to me, healing, personal development, and spirituality are almost the same thing. One without the others is no good. We need healing to develop our true selves, without which there is no real spirituality.
HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE NEEDED USUALLY?
Depends primarily on you and the extent to which you take responsibility for the problem/s. But also on each specific problem, and whether it’s a complex issue or straightforward. I can say that: occasionally just one session is all that is needed to solve a problem; sometimes more sessions are needed.
But I prefer to see personal development and healing in a wider, more holistica and global context. Let us all work and keep working on ourselves so that as we heal our society and the world around us also heals.
I see healing as a responsibility – we owe it to our ancestors who survived, and our descendents whose future well-being depends on what we do now. And in my experience, there’s a lot of work to do now.
WHAT DO YOUR SKYPE SESSIONS ‘LOOK’ LIKE?
We simply talk – usually via Skype but it can also of course be in person. I guide you to a deeper understanding of the issue / symptoms, until the causal factors are ‘uprooted’. The uprooting happens as a result of focused presence and intention. When this happens there is usually a noticeable change in perception and awareness described as a ‘shift’. Sometimes this is instant, other times it’s part of a gradual process.
The results are permanent.
CAN I HEAL TRAUMA THAT I DON’T REMEMBER?
Yes, you can. When you cut your body, you don’t have to remember the moment of being cut in order for your body to (spontaneously and automatically) heal itself.
Well, emotional healing is the same. The trauma itself is an event in the past, and trauma healing is not about changing what happened, but about transforming the consequences and freeing yourself from the reactive patterns that emerged. To do this, there are various methods that I use – if you don’t remember the trauma, there are other ways.
WHAT KIND OF YOGA DO YOU TEACH, AND HOW?
I teach classical yoga as it has been taught for 5000 years. I’m a Sivananda advanced teacher, with the title Master of Yoga (Yogacharya), and I am loyal to the ancient lineage through which I received this wisdom. Having said all that, Yoga is Yoga.
Although essentially a purist, my teaching and practice are heavily influenced by Tai Chi, Chi Kung, and various other more ‘yin’ approaches.
My yoga classes are ideally 2 hours long and consist of a short relaxation to let go of tension, followed by about 20 minutes of pranayama (deep breathing). Then some warm up exercises (for example, Sun Salutations), and a sequence of asanas in which the emphasis is usually on holding he postures for extended periods.
We finish with a good 20 minute Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation).