Issue Three 2017
PAUL CAMERON Why we must pretend
Pranic healing: Using and understanding the laws of nature to heal ourselves
Claire Evans Kay Westrap Stuart Kerslake
Creating a new paradigm of wellbeing Can you change your brain? Are you aware who you really are?
Taking a look at a key Collaborator in the community: Matt Lewis: Financial advisor with EQ investors
Published by Be Collaboration, 21 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4JZ UK Issue 3, first published on 30th January 2017. All rights reserved. Copyright ÂŠ BeCollaboration and Contributors, 2017 While aligned to the vision and values of BeCollaboration, the views expressed here are soley those of the contributors and are not expressions of policy on behalf of the BeCollaboration leadership.
For more details about The Quest and about BeCollaboration, visit our website at www. becollaboration.com. You can contact the team by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to one of the contributors whose contact emails can be found at the end of their articles. The Quest is a publication platform open to members of BeCollaboration to contribute to major debates and issues of concern. Operating within the UK economy, and part of a global economic system, contributors to The Quest hold a big picture. They are personally involved with complex issues that require the skills and intent of many to solve. They are on a passionate, sometimes a lifelong search, to secure change in the world and as such hold a great responsibility for benefitting future generations. BeCollaboration believes in working for a world where every individual has the opportunity to be the best they can be: where we are empowered to recognize and honour our â€˜innate geniusâ€™, exploit our full potential and make our dreams real. We seek a world where business and work are designed to meet a Human need for respect, to be valued, to achieve and to contribute to others. Most of all we seek a world where everyone has the opportunity to have their voice heard and make a positive difference to the planet and humanity.
About our contributors Paul Cameron Paul Cameron is a session drummer who now creates Tree Houses, Rope Bridges, Tree-top Walkways and Nest Swings worldwide. Following Royal College of Music and whilst Professor of Music at the Royal Military and Royal Marines Schools of Music he achieved Musical Director and performance roles at the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London’s West End Theatre, London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House, as percussionist on the Oscar-winning film track ‘Shakespeare in Love’, Artistic Consultant to ‘Rhythm Sticks’ at the South Bank Centre, an Executive Producer and promoter for ground-breaking collaborations, co-producer for a Warner Classics top 5 classical-crossover album and has published a successful series of books for Faber. With an MBA and his creative and eclectic background he has enhanced a career in music with an entrepreneurial journey as CEO of Treehouse Life Ltd., with Elton John, Gary Barlow, founder of Gum Tree, FD’s of Disney and Kurt Geiger and the owner of F1 as clients and projects worldwide.
Claire Evans Following a period of personal development as a Mindfulness Co-Creator Claire founded The Centre of Wellbeing in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire in 2015. The Centre of Wellbeing has developed into a community hub funded by its members as a place of acceptance and connection. It is Claire’s firm belief that connecting people is the key to wellbeing, as we all have an innate desire to belong, and as champion for a new networking group called Elysian designed for alternative and complementary therapists, she also encourages collaboration. This group is now designing wellbeing training that can be delivered to local businesses and services. Develop-Insite CIC is Claire’s not-for-profit company that facilitates wellbeing projects such as ‘Moving InWards’, which provides live music workshops and performances on mental health hospital wards. She also coordinates, ‘Within’ a music project that combines relaxing, upbeat music from mental health band: ‘refuge’, combined with mindful meditations from Claire. Finally, she has played an instrumental role in developing www.rethinkyourmindco.uk (another major project from Develop-Insite), described by Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE DBE, as “a social movement”.
Kay Westrap Kay has experienced more in her life so far than many people can pack into a lifetime. She uses this knowledge and empathy when she works in her many voluntary roles such as Samaritans, as well as mentoring and working with young people and adults with learning and physical disabilities. She believes that her personal experiences have given her the ability to identify with the pain of others as they go through challenging times in their lives. She understands how to reach within to find healing for body and mind no matter what the devastation that they might be going through. She is the person that people turn to when they need support and someone to “be there”. Not to heal or be the guru but to facilitate them connecting with their own subconscious such that they can heal from within.
Matt Lewis Matthew started his career in finance, specialising in alternative investments and studiously worked to gain a high level of knowledge of financial planning and qualification. He now holds the Investment Management Certificate and is a key team player with EQ Wealth. Outside of work Matthew enjoys sport, being a regular skier, runner and triathlete. He is already looking to his next challenge.
Stuart Kerslake Having been an accountant for many years, Stuart slowly became aware that there was more to life; both in the very practical sense of finding little joy in “crunching numbers”, and in the more spiritual sense that there’s a wonderful, rich, abundant universe out there. His belief in this abundant universe, enables him to see where all things are possible, and he chooses in every instant to be connected with that wonderful possibility. Through his work he shares the great news that whatever we choose in that instant will serve us, and we can consciously choose the best path forward to ourselves. Plus there is always another instant coming up in which to choose. He works with professionals, especially accountants, helping them spend less time in their heads worrying about “how”, and more time in their hearts connected to their true self; from that space it is easier to find clarity about who they really are, distinct from the labels and assumptions they have chosen to believe about themselves.
Claudia Agha As a fully qualified Pranic Healer Claudia has been delighted by the amazing results she has produced for her clients. Successfully healing many people she also ensures they are empowered going forward in maintaining their own well-being on many levels. Claudia also owns a business that sells exclusive skincare brands directly to beautiful spas. As a result she can clearly see how there is a gap between products and purpose of well-being. She is on a quest to bridge the gap between the spa industry and holistic well-being.
Editorial Gill Tiney
Welcome to this issue of The Quest where we explore different themes around wellness. When we started this journey into wellbeing we were aware, as are most people, that our mental health has a profound effect on our physical health. At a time when the NHS is once more in crisis with A&E visits resulting in people being left in corridors and even dying for want of attention, we are quite rightly horrified. Yet is it merely a lack of funds that is preventing them from functioning properly? Or is it a lack of education that could prevent some of the illnesses that we are told has the NHS on the critical list. When was the last time you had to endure the horror of travelling to an A&E department, supposedly a last resort, when you do not know who to turn to and upon arrival find you are waiting in a potential queue for 10 hours or more, measured apparently by who is likely to die first. Coupled with the concern of drink and drug induced patients also waiting for help it really is the last place you would choose to go. Would this vital service and the NHS as a whole be under so much pressure if we as individuals took more responsibility for our own health? Claudia Agha explores the theme of using nature to help us heal. Whether using natural oils or other elements of our world, we have access to centuries old knowledge and traditions to support our health and yet we heavily rely on new medicine to be a cure all. Even one of my friends would prefer to ‘keep taking the tablets’ for his IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) than change his diet to a less acid more alkaline one. Or to even experiment to see what food causes the flare up of pain when he can simply pop a pill to make the pain go away. However Claudia takes the journey into ancient healing arts to share her experience of Pranic healing. An alternative therapy Claudia is seen by some as ‘woo woo’ a term coined by some as derogatory because they are unable to scientifically explain how or why it works. Our role at The Quest is not to confirm or deny opinions of our contributors merely to make them accessible for your own consideration. If you consider that we are all on a spectrum of mental good health it is a welcome initiative that Teresa May shared in her speech at the Charity Commission when she announced; ‘a number of pledges including training at every secondary school, training for employers and organisations, and the appointment of a mental health campaigner.’ BBC news online 9th Jan 2017 Claire Evans in her role as a campaigner of good mental health believes we should be focusing on the cause and not the symptom. As she illustrates in her article we have the power within us to choose good mental health and more emphasis should be put on empowering the individual to be in control of their emotions. By starting in schools we would be empowering our children to 5
[Editorial - continued] choose good mental health. Any initiative to reduce childhood suicides has got to be welcomed Kay Westrap reinforces this philosophy when she illustrates how the brain can be rewired to leave hurtful or futile emotions in the past and not to let them have an impact on the future. Understanding where our thoughts are coming from is the first step towards moving on. Intense negative emotions will eventually leave a physical impact, and can blight your future. This is why it is so important that this type of education and tools to cope, be given to children so they can be empowered for a healthy future. One Collaborator Matt Lewis completed a giant personal goal when he undertook the Wales IronMan competition. You can read his story of what happened and how, even though it is a solo race it is indeed a team event, when he considers the collaboration that went into his support network. A very physical challenge that could not be done without good strong mental health. Paul Cameron takes us back to our childhood when he illustrates that we all need to remember how to be in the moment, and to live in wonder and awe. What else could you achieve if you saw life through the eyes of yourself as a child, when anything was possible? He believes we would all be better off emotionally and physically if we re-engage with our younger self. Looking at how we interact with others and collaborate in order to grow as human beings is where Stuart Kerslake identifies us as ‘human being human’. He acknowledges that with more awareness of who we are we can help each other to be the best that we can be. For surely that is the reason we have been put on this planet? We have a duty to ourselves and any god we may or may not follow to make the most of our time on earth, and if we are sick or allowing ourselves not to be at our optimum wellbeing, we are missing out, and so are those around us. We hope you enjoy this issue around wellbeing, we would love to hear your thoughts to broaden the horizons of those who read it and to enable us to improve and be the best that we can be too. Wishing all of our readers a happy and fully healthy 2017 Best wishes Gill
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WHY WE MUST PRETEND.
For me now as a grown-up, my most rooted memories of childhood come to life when I think of the treehouse my grandfather created for me. The memory actually is all about how the treehouse made me feel...the dreams that became vivid, alive and fully formed with a sense of discovery and adventure in an outdoors world bursting with colour and wonder. My treehouse was simply an amazing collection of logs, sticks and aspiration but perhaps because my grandfather built it and that it created a space within which to imagine, believe and become, it was for me everything a childhood should be. Childhood is a time of wonder, surprise and magic. I didn’t know it at the time, but what I was experiencing is a childhood ‘moment of excellence’, one that allowed creativity and imagination to flourish, an aesthetic experience in which my senses were operating at their peak. Excitement and adventure, fantasy and fun were all present in the current moment and expressed with wonderful confidence in my own and often shared imagination – I discovered, through imaginative play, to be curious of the world and people around me, I was allowed to pretend. Ken Robinson in his Ted Talk ‘How to escape education’s death valley’ tells us:
and curiosity to be child-like and therefore reconnect with that ‘moment of excellence’ to be “natural learners”? Available to us all as we were each a child once but in becoming ‘grown-up’ I wonder if we forget to remain child-like in our ability to be naturally curious. Everyone needs a ‘treehouse’ emotion in their life. I believe we perhaps all remember the treehouse we had as a child or possibly more often the one we wished we’d had as a child whilst growing up. Anything from some scrap timbers, broken pallets and old doors put together as a family weekend project to imaginative, even palatial, woodland adventures fulfilling dad-encouraged fantasies in the treetops. A treehouse or perhaps more importantly your ‘treehouse’ emotion, all at the same time, can be a powerful and passionate emotion of childhood wishes, but also an opportunity for grown-ups to connect with their inner child and for grand-parents to give as a legacy of highly treasured family values. If you can remember your personal ‘treehouse’ emotion, then you are making that important connection with your inner-child. A fundamental pillar in the BeCollaboration ‘Be Inspired’ program is to place a photo of yourself as a child on the wall at the start of the day, then after having followed the learning journey there is an emotional reconnection, almost reconciliation, with yourself as that child and your beliefs, confidence and curiosity remembered in that child-like moment.
“curiosity is the engine of achievement…if you can light the spark of curiosity in a child, they will learn without any further assistance [because] children are natural learners”. Think about the emotions a treehouse connects with. I believe it can actually be Here is the clue and key, we all have a past as a a generic term for a group of emotions, child, we all have a childhood, but as adults and passions and feelings to do with make-believe, grown-ups do we have the ability, opportunity adventure, fantasy and fun – this, for me, is a 8
journey where the word ‘treehouse’ takes us to a place of childhood. For kids it’s where they learn to imagine, for grown-ups it’s where they discover how to feel like kids again and for grandparents it is all about showing us all what childhood really is. The fundamental instinct of parents and grandparents to provide for their children, where they can, with something that sets the values of their own childhood is a really powerful aspiration, the need and wish for capturing kids adventure, imagination and confidence skills is a powerful inspiration and the emotion of wanting to create something for your own growing family is a deep rooted passion. How often have you seen hours of play from kids and a cardboard box, because in their imagination it is a house, a blanket in the garden on a summer’s afternoon, because in their imagination it is a house...? A simple platformdeck or even the concept of something that can become a house, yet equally another day be a café, a castle or a princess’ palace is actually much, much better at doing the imagination world. With equal passion it is for grandparents, often with the garden, time and possibly some
savings to really do something that embeds into their grandchildren all the old-fashioned, wholesome and traditional childhood that they had as a child. In the last 20 years, perhaps even further, a whole generation of childhood has become focused very differently to the values of their grandparents, it has happened quickly in a blink and right under the noses of today’s parents. Are we [and I’m a parent too], the generation who allowed childhood to disappear? It is perhaps today’s grandparents that can invest in childhood values because interestingly it is only they that truly remember and feel what that really is...? The truth is that play-spaces are whole family spaces, somewhere that we can each share no matter the age, gender or level of fitness. A treehouse is a collection of emotions that together is a place where we can all meet, play and let go. Treehouses are for kids a pretend grown-up world and for us grownups, a reconnection with our personal child-like world. It is also businesses that can invest in playful workspace for employees to encourage and support imagination, 9
creativity and a natural feeling of childhood. Businesses including Google, YouTube and LEGO understand that a workforce that feels younger than their chronological age will benefit the performance of the company as a whole. Google designed their Zurich office to feature playful and unusual workspaces in an effort to boost the creativity of their employees including an indoor slide and a fireman’s pole. “For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail – it’s just the opposite – we aim too low and succeed”. Sir Ken Robinson Kids imagination is their greatest talent and often as grown-ups a talent we lose. It becomes replaced with a reality and a work-place world within which there are expectations to be grown-up and adult-like. But interestingly being grown-up and adult-like is often not our natural state and being child-like is something we have to re-learn. I really believe that being ‘child-like’ is our natural instinctive self, how often is it that when we relax, unwind and feel most grounded is also when we are doing ‘child-like’ activity? Just think about how we are when we’re home, when we’re at a weekend, when we are on holiday, when we are on a beach? Childhood is a real high-point of our imagination and belief in our dreams, we spend much of our adult years trying to reconnect with this, a treehouse takes us straight there in an instant right the way back to all those happy feelings. Being a child is a state of fully formed dreams – “I am an astronaut” rather than the grown-up version “I want to be an astronaut” or the adult realisation “I wish I’d been an astronaut”.
adventure, fantasy and fun in order to find our natural state of being child-like. Importantly, one of the child-like traits often associated with creativity is lack of self-control and in fact we tend to regard creativity and selfcontrol as mutually exclusive – creativity is childlike and self-control is adult-like. We might think and believe that in order to be ‘grown-up’ there is a requirement to have self-control, a conscious and effortful control of yourself with the ability to hold things in mind, stop or suppress an action that might be the first choice or shift your focus of attention to adapt to a new or difficult situation. An assumption may be that self-control is not well developed in kids and may be something that defines being grown-up, but in fact being a kid allows creativity and self-control to work in collaboration, just think – in order to pretend, you have to hold things in mind and inhibit reality along with the way you normally behave in reality, for pretend to work at all you have to exercise your self-control. Kids know to use imaginative play and ideas as a natural technique to exercise self-control. “The obvious tool to think differently and problemsolve more creatively is to pretend. That’s it. Just pretend”. Ideas to Go, The Science of Imagination Why does our creativity and playful curiosity wane as we become grown-up? Among a few reasons one is key and that is simply a lack of practice: we spend more of our time in reality and less in imagination. It is time to remember your childhood ‘moment of excellence’ and find your own place to pretend. Creativity and selfcontrol are a collaboration and being child-like is our natural place to be.
Finding your inner-child could be the place where you will find your dreams fully formed, You can contact Paul at: perhaps in becoming grown-up we forgot how to make our imagination, dreams and firstname.lastname@example.org beliefs real. Perhaps we all need a ‘treehouse’ emotion in our lives and certainly the emotions, passions and feelings to do with make-believe, 11
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CREATING A NEW PARADIGM OF WELLBEING
What I know to be true is that we are all unique. Throughout our lives we are taught many falsehoods that we intellectually accept to be the truth and yet, intuitively, we know that they are not. This imbalance is a fundamental aspect of how we learn to trust the outside world and all it teaches, far more than our internal knowing.
develop a society full of peaceful balanced and healthy people, then part of that journey is going to require us to provide a conducive environment for that to happen – Context is everything!
Each of us, with our own internal perspective creates the subconscious paradigms within which we experience the world. Our Western culture focuses, quite unashamedly, on giving us values, information, measures, perspectives, beliefs, truths that create a paradigm of fear. Yet it is our genius, our creative power that allows us to step outside the paradigm and broaden our perspective. It is our innate creativity that is key to our wellbeing.
Wellbeing for me is being emotionally intelligent. Knowing when you feel in balance and when you don’t. noticing signs from your body, your feelings your thoughts and taking intelligent, resilient action. Wellbeing comes from knowing yourself better and better.
So, how do I believe we create a new paradigm for health?
When it comes to changing our health paradigm, creating focus on our own wellbeing is crucial. By placing one’s energy on knowing yourself better, you are taken out of When human beings live in fear, they live in the your comfort zone, and out of your mind and mind, unable to connect to the experience of are listening to a broader perspective. living due to their pre-occupations with what might be lurking around the corner. Inevitably With a systematic and consistent practice of a culture that exists in this way and constantly focus we quickly learn that focus, at any given reinforces this behaviour begins to experience point, is what we are choosing to create. This is more and more health challenges. Physical about the present, about our bodies, and how expressions of a lifetime of ‘not measuring we feel from moment to moment. in doing up’ of ‘never being good enough’. Mental so, there is no focus at all on what has gone expressions of the shame of abuse; the stress before or what could go wrong. This is about of constant change; the overwhelm of anger; building momentum around human potential the numbness of depression, the emptiness and allowing each individual’s creative power of grief. Our culture fuels low energy through to be expressed. our thoughts, our media, our food chain and our health challenges are a direct result of this A new paradigm encourages self-growth cycle of neglect. and evolution within an ethos of co-creativity that has a win for you, me and the greater Look at what our media talks about, look and good. It is the idea that growth of self is not listen to our ‘news’ – Is what we inhale and a selfish, individual effort for self-betterment digest a recipe for wellbeing? If we aim to but the understanding that a more emotionally 14
“Look at what our media talks about, look and listen to our ‘news’ – Is what we inhale and digest a recipe for wellbeing?”
intelligent me will impact the paradigm to act. It is a way of life…. Acknowledging that life is full of contrast and yet choosing to still feel create more of what I am. ok about it, wellbeing requires mindful living. It is clear to me that the extent to which the We cannot shift into a new paradigm from NHS resources are struggling and the increase where we are. It requires of us an energetic in illness and addiction proves that focusing focus on creativity and a desire for wellbeing. on the problem does not bring solutions. When we finally acknowledge that there is How many times do we get distracted with a only one health and we focus entirely on the diagnosis or a condition that simply keep us cause, the paradigm shift will begin and we will caught in the symptoms, focusing on the label never return. and feeling powerless in our own lives. It is time to widen our perspective and to move the You can contact Claire at: focus from the symptom to the cause. email@example.com The cause is, more often than not, emotional and the time has come for us to empower ourselves to understand how health is affected by feelings and to equip them with the tools and techniques that will remind them how to be emotionally intelligent. There are, of course, cases where people are limited in being able to tap into this intelligence but there are steps that can be taken. For instance, we know that music still touches the emotional memory of those living with advance stages of Alzheimer’s and often helps them feel better. We were born with an innate sense of wellbeing, with bodies programmed for balance and minds programmed for survival. We stay well when we maintain this focus on wellbeing. Wellbeing does not mean perfect health, it means being well, in how you think, feel and 15
Can you really change your brain?
One of the things that you hear over and over is “You cannot teach an old dog, new tricks”. Well I believe you can. Why do I believe this? Well let me explain. Your brain is a living changing organism. The brain is the least known part of your body and yet huge amounts of research is done every year and vast amounts of funds spent on trying to understand how the brain works.
emotion. It is just as possible to remove that same neural pathway just as quickly. Some people feel that their traumas, such as PTSD have to be ‘put up with’ for the rest of their lives and will undergo varying different therapies that develop strategies to live with their ‘issues’. I have found personally that my traumas can be unlocked and the emotional connotation that I had associated with the traumas are no longer triggered.
One of the things that we do know, is that the brain is constantly changing and reforming itself. This is known as neuroplasticity. Neuro (meaning “nerve,” “nerves,” “nervous system”: neurology) Plasticity (the adaptability of an organism to changes in its environment or differences between its various habitats). Neuroplasticity therefore is the way in which the brain is able to change and reshape itself when subject to change.
I have no doubt that it is possible to re-wire the synaptic connections in the brain. Thought Field Therapy unlocked trauma that had led to nightmares every night for 40 years. Thought Field Thereapy was developed by Roger Callahan.2 It uses nature’s therapeutic system to balance the body’s energy system promoting natural healing and improved mental health. After just one therapy session I have been able to sleep without nightmares for over 8 years.
There have been lots of scientists that have studied the concept and in particular Michael Merzenich concluded that neuroplasticity exists in the brain ‘from cradle to grave’.1 So the brain is able to change and reform itself until the very day you die saying: an old dog can indeed learn new tricks!
From that very personal experience I then committed to training in Thought Field Therapy. I now deliver the same therapy to my clients and enable them to stop the triggers between the traumatic events that they have had happen in their lives and the emotional reaction to them.
What does this mean for us as individuals in the modern world? From my personal standpoint, I have learned that nothing is forever. I have had a number of traumatic events happen to me in my lifetime as well as many, many wonderful ones and I have indeed been scarred by some of them. But I found that you can heal. In the same way that trauma is instilled into the brain in an instant – a new neural pathway is created that supports that event and the associated
The problem is that the brain cannot tell the difference between real and imagined. Nor between something that happened 30 years ago or something happening right now. Your reptilian brain acts in the now, it uses the fight, flight or freeze reactions to assess the danger to you and when a trigger is activated that makes you recall something traumatic from your past, your amygdala will assess it as if it were happening in the present. It then
Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity”. TED. TED Conferences LLC. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 1.
produces the associated adrenalin to deal with the danger, and that is why you experience the same feelings in your body that you had the very first time that you experienced the trauma. So what causes a trauma? Two people can be involved the same incident and yet one person will embody the event as a trauma and the other person will not? Why does the brain decide that this particular event is traumatic and that if anything ever remotely like this were to happen you should fight or flight? One theory is that it is to do with the feeling of inescapabilty. If you feel in control and that you can escape, you will not be traumatised. If you feel that you cannot escape or control the situation, you will be traumatised. So when you hear people say “I am a control freak”, maybe it is because at some stage in their lives, they felt unable to control the situation and that feeling was uncomfortable or was distressing for them. So therefore they have set up a synaptic connection in their brain that says lack of control is bad, dangerous or unpleasant.
years. During this phase we are in ‘input’ mode and we are just hoovering up knowledge, events, feelings and are just accepting them as facts. We do not learn to rationalise these events until later and so they go into our psyche unfiltered. So the child that watches their parents display anger with violence, or is abused with associate negative behaviours with love. Is it any wonder then, that these children have trouble forming loving relationships later in life?
As I said that no two people will experience a traumatic event and come out with the same outcome, in the same way it does not necessarily follow that everyone that has been ill-treated or abused with then go on to become abusers themselves. Children of the Holocaust did not go on to become torturers, killers or abusers. Quite the opposite – sometimes the negative things that happen to us give us a blueprint for how we DO NOT want to live our lives as opposed to programming us that this is right way to behave. What we Lots of these traumas are set up during the do know if the brain is an extremely complex ‘sponge’ phase of our childhood – ages 0-7 organ and if we were able to understand the 18
“Are we teaching them to be selfsufficient, but to be caring of the world we live in and the other people and creatures that live in it too? ” workings, the world would be a much easier place to navigate! So what can we draw from what we see in the world of neuroplasticity that we can make use of in our day to day lives? I think the most important things that I have learned is that the formative part of our lives between 0-7 are extremely crucial and therefore we need to be mindful of what we are filling the heads of our young people with. Are we teaching them to be compassionate, that love is unconditional, that human beings are meant to love and care for each other. That race, religion, wealth and other distinguishing factors are just that – they bear no value to our sense of self-worth, or in fact our worth in the world. Are we teaching them to be selfsufficient, but to be caring of the world we live in and the other people and creatures that live in it too? What are we showing them by our own examples? I have also learned that no matter what you have experienced or will experience there is always someone better or worse off than you. Gratitude gives me a great sense of being and allows me to evaluate everything on its own merits: it has taught me that my traumas can indeed be re-wired and that the baggage that I collected on my journey can indeed be cast off in an instant. That for me has been truly liberating and life changing. To know that I will not be in pain for the rest of my days from things that I had no control over in my past is extremely comforting. Each and every day can be new, fresh and re-born.
relationships with the people in my life. I think it can be very easy to only look to those you already know, especially if you are an introvert – which I am not, or if you lack confidence – which I don’t. But what if you do? I find there are so many ways to reach out to other like-minded people, meetup groups, collaboration groups, training groups and networking groups of all shapes and sizes. Ones that I have found work for me are professional groups aligned to my interests, networking groups and collaboration groups. I have joined BeCollaboration this year and found that it is a breeding ground for people that have a purpose – not all the same as mine, but they either already know what they want to bring to the world or are on a journey of discovery to find that. I find it is my ‘me time’ and I feel refreshed and enlivened when I meet with other kindred spirits in whatever group that may be. I am a natural networker and a people person so I love meeting new people and experiencing new things, but if this is not your natural self then I would suggest that you push your envelope a little. Outside your comfort zone is where the magic happens! I do have a purpose, which is to bring the healing that I have found to as many people as I can touch in my lifetime. I never want anyone to go through the years of agony that I did. I especially like working with young people and get great satisfaction from seeing them move on from traumas and phobias that are preventing them from leading a ‘normal’ life. Changing the world – one neurone at a time. You can contact Kay at:
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Profile: Taking a look at a key Collaborator in the community.
Matt Lewis: Financial advisor with EQ Investors
Our youngest Collaborator at just 27 Matt epitomises the ‘can do’ attitude of many of our community. I was lucky enough to witness his phenomenal achievement when he completed the Tenby Ironman competition in September 2016. Months of hard training and grim determination had brought him to this day, we had followed his progress with interest and more accurately awe. How could ANYONE swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and then run a full marathon! Matt pushed himself to his absolute limit.
So you were always pretty fit?
And yet none of them could have completed this alone. Yes they were the ones who endured the challenge, but there was a team of people who had supported them, encouraged them, trained alongside and ultimately sacrificed time and energy so that they could take part. As with most great challenges it is accomplished in collaboration with others.
Yes, absolutely no question there.
I played rugby to a half decent standard in school but then university happened and fitness seemed to go out of the window. So when I started training two years ago it was very much from a standing start. 2016 was the year where everything suddenly snowballed. I booked into my first triathlon at Hyde Park with a plan to complete a half-iron triathlon at the end of the year. Then it got ridiculous; I booked into the London triathlon, a friend provided a free entry into the Blenheim Palace triathlon, What was even more surprising is that I got a place in the London Marathon and thousands of other people were doing the completed the Richmond Half Marathon. same. From the young and the fit to senior citizens, all focused and committed to finishing Did you have a steep fitness curve to go this extraordinary race. through?
I had never done endurance sports before and therefore my body was the wrong build and had never done anything longer than 5km. I had not been swimming anything further than 200m ever, cycling was something that I used to get to the shops and running was just on a rugby pitch.
Here is what Matt had to say about his biggest physical accomplishment to date: For swimming I joined a swim squad which meant I improved quickly – I had to keep up! GT - Hi Matt, so tell me, why Ironman? Cycling was just putting miles in the legs so I started cycling back home in Surrey. Running I ML: Being really frank, Ironman was never was okay but distance wasn’t there. really on the horizon. There was a time when I was in my teens that I saw it and considered So, you had people in the swim squad to doing it. However, it seemed out of reach. In encourage you, who else supported you? reality I got dragged into Ironman accidentally by following a friend into triathlon. Slowly over I had great support from family, girlfriend and two years we began to build up to the fitness friends. Going training on cold dark nights required and each step seemed logical. You wasn’t always easy but there was always start small and then go for the big one. someone checking up on me asking how it went. Having someone at the finish line on 21
the smaller races always helped! I had a great resulting in a headache due to the cold for the posse of people ready to turn out to support second lap. I also nearly swam into a jellyfish the size of my head! The swim is not for the me. faint of heart with 2000 people starting at the What was the actual day like? – waking up, same time all jostling for position. I was fine starting the race, half way through, and with this but my friend Chris has never enjoyed finishing it, meaning he always takes a wide line around the buoys. And of course I nearly drowned in The whole day went so fast. We had already the scrum around the first buoy. prepped our run and cycle kit the day before as you are not allowed to do this on race morning, With the 2.4 mile swim completed it was so that stress was already out of the way. The onto the cycle. All 112 miles of it. We had only things I had to remember was nutrition for completed the course before so knew the my bike, my swim stuff and my little pink bag route was tough, around 2000m of climbing around the coast. The hills are relentless, the with spare trainers. only time where you get some respite is at the Wake up was at 4am. Our hotel host was awake beginning of each lap, and even then it isn’t all night (another amazing support) and put on flat. The cycle is glorious though as you cycle a breakfast for all athletes taking part, so we through Pembrokeshire, out to Angle, back in were able to get our porridge in very early. After land before heading north through Narbeth that it was mainly about routine, make sure you and back through Saundersfoot to Tenby. The had everything, go to the toilet, ensure you are cycle has two cheeky hills, Wiseman’s Bridge hydrated. where you will often see people walking and heartbreak hill. Both of these hills are in the last Once we had set up our bikes with our nutrition 3 miles of each lap. The second hill really does all that was left was to change into our wetsuits drain you before the run. and wait. At the beginning you sit in a funnel next to your expected swim time. Then, when Finally, the marathon. This was the hard point. the time comes, you are marched through Coming in after the cycle you see the strong Tenby in front of the crowds towards the North cyclists already running around with their Beach before the beginning. This is when it bands around their arms (each band represents becomes real, wetsuit on, goggles and swim- a lap and you need 4). But the only way I was cap on, cheering already at 7am from the going to get my medal was by completing this, crowds, the sun rising over the beach, – it was so off I go. incredible. I read that one should take the marathon as a two 10k races, a hard lap and a victory lap. I did not have the perfect race. During the swim I lost one of my swim-caps This is exactly what happened. I had planned 23
to run the laps and walk the aid stations to get hydration and food in. Laps one and two went smoothly. Lap three was hard, this is where the walking took place and suddenly I couldn’t stand to eat or drink anymore. I could see people finishing their races and I knew I had one more lap to go. I began the final lap with 1 hour 15 to go until 14 hours. With this in mind I set out to make sure I finished this lap within that time. Thankfully it all came off and relief was the overriding emotion at the end when I crossed the red carpet and heard the immortal words coming over the loud speaker ‘Matt Lewis you are an Ironman’. I will never forget those words. I will also never forget the volunteers who take care of you at the end. I don’t think I looked the best as a volunteer came over to check I was okay. She very kindly got me some water but all I wanted was a beer!
What was the lowest point? I never really had a low point, I always knew I would finish and be happy with the achievement. I mean Ironman is ridiculous! I had wanted to do sub 15 hours and I ended up doing sub 14 hours. The hardest point was finishing the bike, knowing full well that I was about to run a marathon having already been out doing exercise for just under 9 hours. And lap 3 of the marathon. Yeah, lap 3 of the marathon. How did you get out of it? As it wasn’t a low point I just kept going, step after step, metre after metre, mile after mile. I wasn’t about to disappoint anyone, I had 20+ 24
“By creating your mission and making sure you have a support team around you then nothing is impossible ”
people who had come from all over the country to see me finish, so giving up just wasn’t an option. What was the highlight? The sunrise before the swim and the finish. The pure ignorance and beauty of the beginning. The pure relief and ecstasy of finishing. Will you do it again? Yes. I haven’t spent 30 weeks training just to get fat again. I’m having a year off as I have a few too many travels in the diary this year but I plan on doing another one in 2018. Either Barcelona, Roth or Bolton. Why did you BeCollaboration?
I got involved to meet people who would have a similar attitude to the world as I do. I firmly believe you get out what you put in. If I had done no training for the Ironman I would’ve failed, or more likely, drowned. Haha. At BeCollaboration my achievement is looked on as fantastic and yet I see people get up and present at meetings and I think they are fantastic being able to do that. We all have our personal challenges and at BeCollaboration we can be open about them and get support
to create triumphs. One of the Collaborators was a personal trainer and he gave me some great advice on how to tackle the Ironman. And should I need to present at the front of the room to the BeCollaboration community one day I know I would get help in that too. Has it changed the way you view the world? The main thing I will take away about taking part in the Ironman is that the mountain is always massive. Ironman will seem out of reach for many a person I know. However, it is never I cannot do that, it is always I choose not to do that. The average age at Ironman is 39! By creating your mission and making sure you have a support team around you then nothing is impossible. At BeCollaboration you get an opportunity to examine your thinking in a way that empowers you and inspires you to action. What would you say to a young person thinking of joining? Do it!
Are you Aware who you really are?
“So the Human part of us creates an identity of incompleteness, and seeks to know why we’re here and how we make it all happen, ” Do you ever wonder who you are? Not your name and family circumstances, nor what you do or how you do it, not even who you think you are, but who YOU really are. Often the way we communicate with others is an indication of who we think we are. And bubbles are a great analogy for interaction between people. Here is one way to find out: Bubble exercise I am sure at some point you have blown soap bubbles or seen someone do so, and watched them fly around, usually accompanied by delighted squeals from kids of all ages, 1-100! Some of the bubbles merge with each other, some fly off on their own carried by some subtlety of the wind, and if you’re really clever you can even blow one bubble inside another.
If, like me, these exercises bring up a variety of emotions, some quite uncomfortable, it may be that our relationship with these various states - co-dependence, dominance/control, and aloofness – is dysfunctional; in some way we’ve abdicated our power to another or we’ve controlled or avoided them. The answer is to remain sovereign true and conscious to our own power – then as each person comes into our orbit, we connect with them as equals, sovereign to sovereign, our bubbles touch at the edges for a while, and then separate and go on their way again. So how do we connect with our own sovereignty? By choosing to do so. Being Human
Imagine yourself as a bubble. Now imagine that you’re with another person and your two bubbles blend into each other – you are codependent, neither really functioning without the other. How does that feel?
I have an expression, that each of us is a Human Being Human. In essence, we’re an eternal Being (an “individuation of God” as Neale Donald Walsch describes it in his “Conversations with God” series), having a Human experience.
Return to just being in your bubble and let those feelings go, and then imagine your bubble wholly contained within someone else’s - how does that feel? And then reverse it, and imagine your bubble wholly encloses someone else’s - what does that feel like?
The Being part is whole and complete and perfect, but the Human part has forgotten this, and in seeking to remember our Self, we often crave to know “why” we’re here (usually expressed as our purpose) and “how” we make things happen (the practicalities of life).
Revert to being just you, in your own bubble, and then finally imagine that you’re aware of the presence of other bubbles, but somehow you never quite connect with any of them. How does that feel?
Essentially, we are a Being in the middle of a Human sandwich; these desires to know “why and how” are the Human parts of the sandwich – our Being doesn’t need such constructs, being already all-knowing, but in my opinion, it plays along with us, for the pure joy of experiencing 27
These assumptions and beliefs are untrue (or only “true” in a human sense), but they hold So what’s the key to life as a sovereign Human significant power over the human part of us. Being Human? William Whitecloud (footnote) summarises these beliefs as follows, based on the work of Awareness, Choice and Alchemy Helen Palmer (footnote): “I’m not worthy”, “I’m Awareness of who we truly are (the Being in not (good) enough”, “I don’t belong”, “I need to control myself and my environment”, “I’m not each and every one of us). Awareness of what we’d really love to be, do safe/don’t trust”, “I don’t have the capacity”, “I’m powerless”, “I’m not capable” and “I, others and have. and things need to be perfect”. Do any of those And awareness of who we believe we are. resonate with you? And from that space, choosing which has the Over time we create an identity, sometimes power referred to as our ego, and we constantly reThe challenge for most of us is we are often inforce these beliefs and assumptions through wholly unaware of what we’d love, and are repetition, until there are distinct and replicable patterns that we act out whenever a particular asleep to the implications of our beliefs. type of situation occurs; often following an From a very early age we make up stories exact sequence of steps. about who we are, based on our thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences, and the On that basis, how powerful would it be to assumptions and beliefs we place upon them. become aware when we’re running these 28
patterns or thinking these thoughts? Only when we’re aware, can we chose (and it’s always a choice) whether to stop the pattern at that point in its sequence, and focus on something else e.g. what we’d love, or let the sequence run its course.
is choosing the default or status quo. If we’re aware of what we’d love, and we’re aware of where we are now “warts and all” i.e. including our ego and limiting beliefs, we can choose one or the other.
However if we have no clarity of what we’d like So the Human part of us creates an identity of and/or are asleep to our beliefs, what’s the incompleteness, and seeks to know why we’re likelihood our choices will be optimal? here and how we make it all happen, whilst the Being part knows the identity is purely that, The challenge is that what we’d love (our vision a suit we put on in this human life, to cover if you will) is often a quiet little voice, whereas our magnificent completeness. This apparent our ego is a loud, powerful one (it’s had years paradox is sometimes referred to as dualism – of repetition and reinforcement); it’s so easy to the reality is that there is no separation, but the just go with the norm, the familiar and to follow Human is rarely aware of this, which brings us the monkey-chatter in our head nicely back to Awareness. The glorious thing is that, in the same way As more people awaken to their Being, the that we made up the stories which feed our concept and practice of Mindfulness has identity, from connection with source we can become very popular in recent times. To make up stories about what we’d truly love, and me, Mindful is just another word for Aware; from that space the requisite actions become becoming aware of our current human “reality”, obvious (or at least we can just make them up, and aware of the tension between that and too!). what we’d truly love, can serve us powerfully From connection with source, we gain clarity Mindfulness is often confused with meditation, on what we’d truly love to be, do and have – but meditation is merely an extremely powerful our vision, if you will. This is not only in line with means by which to connect with Mindfulness/ “modern” thinking such as the concepts in The Awareness. It also helps us connect with our Law of Attraction i.e. that “thoughts become super-consciousness – love, god, source, things”, but is also aligned with the work of the infinity, the universe, or whatever word ancient alchemists – in essence, “spinning lead resonates for you as a description of All that is. to gold” is merely a metaphor for the human/ For the purpose of this article I’ll use the word being transformation process. “source” hereafter. The Alchemical process “makes the fixed You’ll note that I’ve mentioned the word volatile, and the volatile fixed”; we start in our choice a number of times. We make choices “lead” known to the Alchemists as Negredo (i.e. in every instant – even “not making a choice” our current “reality” ruled by our identity) which 29
“On that basis, how powerful would it be to become aware when we’re running these patterns or thinking these thoughts?”
is apparently solid and “fixed”, but by creating a vision of what we’d truly love, we make it “volatile” i.e. ethereal (this is the Albedo state in Alchemy).
Who you truly are (and always were/ever shall be) – that “individuation of god”, which allows you to connect with source, and if you will it, create your vision in this human life (Being).
In Law of Attraction work this often involves References: using vison boards and visualisations, but there are other ways to create a clear and powerful Neale Donald Walsch “Conversations with God – an Uncommon Dialogue” www.cwg.org vision. And then comes the step which many followers of Law of Attraction are not sufficiently taught, which in Alchemy is called Rubedo, “fixing the volatile” i.e. being open to what actions to take, from Awareness and source. And then taking those actions, with full intention and trust! That’s what “fixes” the vision into the “gold” i.e. the “having” of the vision. In summary then, sovereignty is about choosing to be “the best you, you can be” as the lovely Angela Makepeace puts it, in all your interactions (with yourself as well as with others), by being aware of these three elements:
William Whitecloud is an international speaker & teacher, founder of Natural Success, and author of “The Magician’s Way” and the “Last Shaman” www.williamwhitecloud.com Helen Palmer “The Enneagram: Understanding Yourself and the Others in Your Life” Angela Makepeace is a brilliant motion graphics animator and big advocate of the power of choice www.angelamakepeace.co.uk You can contact Stuart at:
email@example.com www.being-in.co.uk Who you think you are – your identity, ego, @stuartkerslake shadow (Human) Who you’d love to be – your vision (Human) 30
PRANIC HEALING: USING AND UNDERSTANDING THE LAWS OF NATURE TO HEAL OURSELVES
I always smile within when people seem impressed with the fact I am a healer but the truth is, we ALL have the ability to become healers. We all possess the natural gift of tuning into energy and the laws of nature to help us empower our health whether emotionally, physically, mentally or spiritually. Itâ€™s about the knowing. Yet knowing is not just about reading the books, or attending courses. It is about truly believing, practising, serving and BEING. I have been studying and offering Pranic Healing for over two years now and it has completely transformed and empowered my life on so many levels. Whilst I am at my physical best, I am also at a place of inner well-being. Pranic Healing has provided me the tools to help me empower my inner being by giving me greater understanding of higher levels of truth, as well as a healing method to channel great prana energy. As we may have heard many times, one must be the change we wish to see in the world. To be a healer, one must heal oneself first. All of us as a spiritual beings living a human experience, we can always talk with great passion about our own self development, yet once we have experienced it for ourselves can we fully appreciate and respect how very personal processes are guided by the laws of nature. I have always felt we are much more powerful
than we are led to believe which cuts across many subject areas, no more so than when it comes to our well-being. If wild animals have the ability to use nature to help them heal from many illness and ailments, why is it so necessary for us to reach out for non or prescribed medication?1 Who Created Pranic Healing ? Master Choa Kok Sui is an incredible man who gave his time, effort and love to serve humanity by bringing us the modern learnings of Pranic Healing that has helped millions of people and is the fastest growing complimentary energy healing system in the World. Master Choa Kok Sui also developed Arhatic Yoga a highly spiritual system to rapidly evolve the soul, (an important step for Pranic Healers to take to become greater at tuning into energy). This subject is vast and deep and for that reason, I will stick mainly to Pranic Healing and how it helps the body. MCKS (Master Choa Kok Sui) vision was to have a Pranic Healer in every family. Imagine the benefits! A parent treating their child for headaches, mumps, infections or hearing problems for example or a daughter or son treating their elder parents for arthritis, 1 Let me make this clear, Pranic Healing is NOT to replace medication or the advice from Doctors but it is a non touch energy based system to help give the body great prana energy to self heal.
post op’s, mental clarity or even cancer.2 The interpenetrate and extend beyond the physical benefits are enormous. body. Some chakras also offer healers great insight to the emotional and mental issues a What is Pranic Healing and How Does it patient might be experiencing. Work? Pranic Healing works on 11 chakras in the body Pranic healing is an ancient science that each with their own purpose and function. utilises Prana or Ki or life energy to heal the When a healer is able to scan the energy whole physical body. Prana energy is what located in these chakras can we get an idea of keeps the body alive and healthy. The healer whether the chakra is depleted or congested in projects prana energy to the patient. There certain parts of the body. When the chakras are are three major sources of prana, solar prana malfunctioning this can manifest as physical from sunlight, air prana and ground prana. This ailments. For example, the basic chakra located is why sitting in sunlight for around 10 minutes at the base of the spine has many important is energising for the body, breathing exercises functions, to name a few; psychologically it’s that use great air prana relaxes or energises the “self-survival”, if one has financial issues this body, and walking bare foot or being around chakra will be affected. Physically persons nature is also therapeutic. Sick people benefit with highly activated basic chakras tend to be greatly sitting under great big and healthy robust and healthy whilst those with less active trees. Some people who have excess prana basic chakras tend to be fragile and weak. tend to make people feel better around them. Can Emotions Affect the Physical Body? Pranic healing is based on the overall structure of the body based on two parts. The Visible YES! One may not want to underestimate the Physical and the Invisible Energy Body called powerfiul effect that negative emotions have the bioplasmic body. The bioplasmic body on the body. Let’s look at this simply. When we is the invisible luminous energy body which are stressed, does it make us feel peaceful or inter-penetrates the visible physical body and happy? When we are stressed is our healing extends beyond it by 4 or 5 inches and is made ability better or worse? Negative thoughts or up of subtle or etheric matter. Based on two emotions have low vibrational frequencies and basic laws of Pranic Healing, the Law of Self- for that reason the body is affected. For instance, Recovery means the body is capable of healing anger and frustration may result in low prana itself at a certain rate. If a person has a wound energy in the solar plexus chakra (located in the it will heal itself and recover. The second law hollow part of the rib cage) and the front heart – Law of Life Energy, the healing process can chakra (located above the solar plexus near be accelerated by increasing life energy to the the heart in the centre of the body). In the first affected part and the whole body. It acts like a case, it manifests itself as indigestion or bowel powerful catalyst to the healing process. issues. In the long term it can manifest as an ulcer or a gall bladder problem as an example Both the physical body and the energy body – it can differ from one patient to another. Anger affect each other. Disease first appears in and intense worry devitalise the whole energy the energy body and can be prevented from body so that the body becomes susceptible manifesting into physical form. to different diseases. You may have noticed this yourself after an intense stressful period Chakras or Energy Centres in your life leaving you physically exhausted or sick. This is because the body is very depleted Chakras are whirling energy centres which of Life Energy or Prana. are important parts of the energy body. They control and energise the major organs in the For example I gave Pranic Healing on a body – they supply life energy. The chakras patient suffering with Psoriasis all over her body apart from her face. It was affecting her 2 Information taken from Miracles Through Pranic Healeveryday life decisions including her daily ing by Master Choa Kok Sui attire choosing clothes that covered her body. 33
It was a continuous cycle of frustration for her after trying numerous ways of trying to heal and clear her skin. From scanning the patient and discussing emotional factors taking place in her life, we were able to assess emotional events which has not been addressed thoroughly including forgiveness. She came to see me every week and during this time we would do physical exercises to prepare the body for meditation, meditation helping to release negative energy in the body, exercises after meditation to fuel the body with lots of great prana energy, breathing exercises and of course healing. My patient was very open and receptive to the healing and trying new things such as daily meditation at home to empower the healing process. It worked! After 28 days (cycle of cell production and replacement) we could see the enormous benefits and after 6 weeks the skin was healed. After such a small amount of time we were both able to witness and experience miracles through Pranic Healing.
decisions. Listening to your inner self, is a good place to start to fully understand your emotional well-being impacting your physical wellness. Be aware of your thoughts and how you react to those thoughts, be mindful of how kind you are to yourself by feeding and fuelling your body with positivity and love and open yourself up to the possibility of meditation.
What I have learnt for Sure
If there is one thing that I have personally learnt from studying and practising Pranic Healing is the well-being of your mental, spiritual and emotional self is the key to physical well-being - looking good, feeling good and feeling full of energy every day. One must take responsibility for their own well-being by first understanding life is a choice and then making the right
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I remember when Yoga was first launched into the public domain; it was widely received with scepticism assuming it was best served for “tree huggers” and yet today it’s available everywhere even in the local village hall. Energy healing will be the same, it’s happening now and more people are beginning to understand the enormous benefits of the Law of Nature, after all we are ONE WITH NATURE. When we come together collaboratively our energy is much stronger and the overall positive effects for humanity and Earth itself is enormous. Be Well
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Published on Jan 30, 2017
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