The body is an optimum vessel of communication! It contains a record of everything we have experienced since birth, every memory (even those the personality/mind has blocked out), every feeling, every belief we hold is locked in there; the most vast library we could ever imagine. Some parts of our story and our ancestry are also coded into our DNA, and have become so deeply ingrained in our ancestral lines that some of these beliefs we carry, do not even belong to us!
My life work has been primarily invested in the exploration of this relationship between the body and wellbeing, balance and harmony, and to that end I have walked the path of the 'Wounded Healer', seemingly calling in all that I needed to learn to truly make this 'medicine' mine. It's not been an easy road to walk, but it has been deep, rich and ultimately extremely rewarding.
In order to transform these stories we hold, at some point in our lives, we must become the Witness of our dis-ease, rather than the Victim. We begin to ask what could I change? Is it possible that I could respond to this differently? And how can I heal? It is at this point, what I will call the 'trigger point', healing is possible.
Ancient systems have known for thousands of years what we in the west tend to ignore in our pushing, driven and consumerist modern lifestyles. The Sanskrit Vedas, Chinese Medicine, The Medicine Wheel and many tribal cultures all over the world understand the relationship between the mind, body and spirit with health and wellbeing. We on the other hand tend to ignore or belittle those ways of understanding, and yet they are key to our overall health.
Now that science is starting to map the interconnected relationships of health , the etheric and auric bodies and the invisible energies of the world around us, via things like quantum mechanics and energy medicine research, new possibilities of understanding arise for those of us less quick to catch on!
In my work, I am concerned with these subtle energetics. I believe that for many people the root of disease can be tracked to a set of sustained traumas or thought patterns that exacerbate pain in the physical, mental and/or emotional bodies. In our sessions we look at the origins of these energies, and how they have created imbalance in the naturally self righting mechanisms of the physical body. The body is an ingenious piece of mastery! It will do whatever it can when it detects invaders, or imbalance to correct that as fast as possible. This takes energy, and whilst our energy is being used in that way, a certain law of nature means that something else is being depleted whilst our immune system deploys it's support networks to correct dysfunction. So how do we put that right and bring it back into balance? With deep rest, balancing nutrition, mindfulness practice and self awareness, and by healing the root causes so that the issue does not simply grow or return every time it is triggered.
In my one to one bodywork sessions, I combine shamanic scanning (connecting to the theta mind state to read the energy field of the body) with various modalities which create and support the opportunity to examine more closely how our personal and ancestral histories are affecting our health, our beliefs and our inner standing of our potential (or limitations).
We can transform so much by bringing our attention and awareness to that root point of dis-ease, rather than simply medicating the pain away. Modern medicine without doubt has a great deal to offer us, but what of the deeper meanings behind our illness or suffering; what then?
Thankfully, GP's and people invested in medicine as a true route to healing, are starting to support the idea that to really create health, we need to look beyond suppressing 'symptoms' and move to supporting and healing 'cause'. After a recent TED talk I was fortunate enough to see, given by Dr Rangan Chatterjee, a current practicing GP, I am encouraged that change is possible even in the midst of habitual over medication. You can read more from Dr Chaterjee here.
If you would like to book a session with me, be prepared to be open to change. Be prepared to be open to healing at core levels. Be prepared to be challenged, but more importantly, be prepared to be supported through your journey into awakening and re-creating your personal, sustainable health and wellness. This is a deep de-armouring and healing process, and the purpose of doing this work is to create freedom from pain, suffering, illness and dis-ease. We do this work for ourselves, for the generations to come and for those who have gone before us who couldn't make it. In gratitude, love and the spirit of true healing.
This time 2 weeks ago I was just returned from what I would describe as one of the most intense experiences of my life. Words cannot possibly do justice to what I experienced on the ragged tops of the welsh mountain in my Quest; they could never capture the ineffable quality of the feelings, thoughts and impressions of this inner (and outward) journey. I learned so much about myself and I returned, above all else with a feeling of knowing exactly who I am, what my work is in this world and equally, who I am not.
This sense of who I'm not is actually pretty crucial to my post today. We live in a modern world where advancing technology happens daily, amazing new discoveries occur all the time, and we have an openness and accessibility like no generation has ever known before to information, thoughts and feelings, opportunities, happenings and change. This isn't always a good thing though right? It's easy to become overwhelmed and to lose a sense of ones centre in such a fast paced world, and sometimes a paradoxical thing happens in such a fast flow, we move into inertia, almost paralysed by that sense of overwhelm. 'Who am I?' and 'what do I want?' become questions of confusion rather than hope. Vision Quests can help us find the answers to those questions on a deep soul level. Personally, I chose to work with my shamanic teacher whom I highly recommend, and you can find information about his work here. Chris is an impeccable teacher, a true 'hollow bone' and I'm most grateful that I became his student, for what I've learnt under his humble and skilful leadership is immeasurable.
In native cultures, Vision Quests are seen as rites of passage as integral to the community as eating, hunting or sleeping, but here in the west, we have very few of those ceremonies or acknowledgements to act as our anchors and our guiding lights. I knew about 3 months ago when I felt the call to this Rite of Passage that it would be life changing work; it was. I learned that I am courageous and determined way beyond my perceived and self imposed limitations. I learned that I can be still, not just for ten minutes in meditation, but for hours upon hours, and not just accept it but enjoy it. I sat, for 3 days and 3 nights in a ten foot diameter Sacred Circle with only water and the clothes on my back; thankfully, a small tent for shelter too - it was a Welsh Valley mountain after all and not an American desert - I was also about ten foot from a powerful stone circle once used for funerary rites, so a small death was probably inevitable! In this kind of intensity when one is totally alone with oneself and no distraction, no time pieces, nothing but you, the only thing you can do really is face yourself or go mad trying! By the third day of praying hard for visions, of approaching life and my quest with a 'hungry heart' and a humble prayer, I knew more about myself than I had learnt in years, and my life work became crystal clear. We're not advised to discuss the contents of our Quests for at least a year, so I won't share details here, but what I do want to say is, be brave and go to your depths. Be brave and discover what makes you who you are, and let go of who you are not. Find the help and support you need and do your inner work. We are here but for a moment in time, and we do this for "All Our Relations" because when we heal ourselves, the work we do reaches back into our ancestral karma, that which has got before and that which is still to come. Forgiveness and self mastery are powerful things.
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