No. 2, January 2011
New B e g i n n i ngs E vo lv i n g B u s i n ess H e a l i n g M o d a l i t ies B u d d h i s t P ra c t ice
e need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion. -- Max de Pree
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Lif e l e s s o n s
Re C a l i b r a t i o n
Sa v i n g e n e r g y m e a n s sa v i n g m o n e y
La u g h t e r
Ev e n t s a n d s e r v i c e s
A new reality
The breath as life
Benefits of Buddhist practice
Spiritual su rvival
24 Lo v e â€™ s i n c l u s i v e p o w e r
20 lthough the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller
9 Ye a r n i n g f o r l o v e 31 Va r i e d re l a t i o n s h i p s
he feedback regarding our first issue has been exciting. (Some of the comments can be seen on page 3). We have confirmation of at least 1500 emailed magazines that went directly to our clients, friends and contacts. Then there are those that readers sent out. Evolution Track has travelled the globe to: USA, Dubai, Germany, England, France, Japan, India, Spain, Belgium, Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, Scotland, Wales and New Zealand.
Editor Barbara King Contributors Andrew Cohen Andromeda Ann-Marie Ahye Garfield King Gerard Gittens Gwyneth Frankson Hilary Bengochea Karen Stollmeyer Linda Hutchinson-Jafar Lynden Allicock Marilyn Robb Neale Donald Walsh Rinchen Blake Sandee Bengochea Vanessa Soodeen
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Garfield King designed and manages the website which welcomed over 420 visitors (over 270 unique visitors) and over 1700 page views between October 6, 2010 to January 7, 2011. Site visitors were from 27 countries including: Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, United States, Canada, U.K., Hong Kong, Sweden, Egypt, Ireland, Slovakia, Spain, Bahamas, Germany, Portugal, China and South America. Not bad for a newbie in experimental mode. It is clear that Caribbean people are eager to have a magazine that highlights what is available for those who seek a non-traditional road to personal growth. Yes, there were a lot of yoga articles, because the yogis were keen to share their offerings, but this is not a magazine about yoga. It is my hope that the wide variety of available alternatives will come to light as the community becomes aware of this avenue for sharing, and readers like you put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to share your wisdom, experiences and strategies for evolving. Evolving relates to all areas of human endeavour and so in this and future issues we include articles on the environment and the world of business. The topic of healing is featured with articles on Spiritual Survival, Releasing Emotions, Where Does the Healing Begin? Healing Touch and a listing of more than twenty healing modalities with website links for you to explore. For those of you who find it a challenge to read the magazine on screen, you will find the articles on the website (www. evolutiontrack.com) so you can drop in and read as time permits or peep to see what events are happening online or in your area. So, read, pass it on, send feedback and keep evolving.
Barbara King January 2011
Feedback from our first issue Thanks for sending through your magazine – what an undertaking! I thought it was beautifully presented - illustrations/ photos were fabulous – amazing what can be done without creative experts really. I liked the use of and range of quotes. It should appeal to anyone who cares about the planet and has an interest in spiritual growth and well being. Sue King, Regeneration Ltd, UK Great magazine! It’s about time TT had a mag like this, with these topics. It would be great if it was in print or even if it was a monthly newspaper. I have not looked at the entire magazine yet, but thought I would write first to congratulate you. I have a feeling many in the spiritual community will be into it. I would like to see this kind of material be accessible to the average “man on the street”. Great work. Thanks for asking me to be a part of the inaugural issue. Elspeth Duncan, Trinidad I love it! Well done! It’s wonderful to see the rise in consciousness in the Caribbean manifesting in this way at this critical time in earth’s evolution … Maureen Marks-Mendonca Ontario, Canada
“I like it because it is spiritual rather than religious and focuses on the dynamic biological equilibrium between each of us and the world we live in. If we don’t stop wrecking our world there will be little future for the human race. We use resources up at 140% the rate they are being replaced and the trend is increasing. It is totally unsustainable. What will future generations have to look forward to??” A consultant from New Zealand who specialises in technology and innovation. “And thank you now for this amazing magazine ...I “leafed” through it quickly but with each page, knew I would get back to it and savour every article ... it is quite wonderful and I will be sending it on to friends and family who would appreciate it ... Blessings and gratitude ..” Maureen Arneaud, Trinidad “Wow! This IS AWESOME! Cheryl, my sister, I feel your joy and share it with you all. I felt humbled to be reading the works of such phenomenal people. Would you in your upcoming edition, discuss the difference between Joy and Happiness, please? The topics are wide ranging, yet contributing to developing The Total Human. Evolution Track seems to encapsulate the TOTAL HUMAN workshop that I attended at SJC last month. Bravo Barbara, Cheryl and friends.” Maria McShine-Ransome, Trinidad
Neale Donald Walsh Reproduced with permission
like to use January as a Time of Forgiveness. For me it is a Time of Cleansing, when I try as hard as I can to forgive myself my trespasses, even as I forgive those who trespass against me. I am not always successful with that first part. I can forgive others, and believe that I sincerely do. I am not so good at forgiving myself. It seems indulgent somehow; it feels self-serving. And so I have to let go of my thought that it is not okay to serve myself. It is self-serving to forgive oneself. There’s no question about that. The question is not whether it’s self-serving, but whether it is okay to be so selfserving. God says that the answer is yes. You must serve yourself to know yourself. Indeed, you cannot know anything without serving it. Service is the experience of Knowing, in action. This is how we come to Know God. It is how we come to Know Life. It is how we come, at last, to Know the Self. Serving God is, of course, Selfservice. And this is what we ultimately come to Know. Through the process of serving God, we come to know that we are serving the Self. Through the process of serving the Self, we come to know that we are serving God. And through the wondrous process of serving others, we come to know that we are serving both. The circle completes itself, and we see that the circle has always been, and will always be. There is nothing but the Circle, there is nothing but the Cycle, and it is only a question
of where we are, now, on that never-ending revolution of the soul. We are revolving, and as we experience each revolution we see more clearly that it is a Spiritual Revolution, producing a Spiritual Evolution. We are doing much more than simply “going around in circles” here. For the soul, revolution is evolution. The Cycle is Eternal, but that does not mean it is getting nowhere. Ever upward the Cycle goes, and one day we see that the Circle is not a circle at all, but a Spiral. Looked at one way, from a place of perception that sees with no depth, but only on the surface of things, it looks for all the world like a circle. Only when we see into the depth of things, only as our perception grows deeper, do we see that the circle is a spiral. It is like a Slinky. Remember the Slinky? What a wonderful childhood toy. Pushed together, crammed together, it looks like a circle. Only when it is expanded does it reveal itself to be a spiral. Maybe it’s time for all of us to hop up to a New Level. To take the next step, to make the next leap—a quantum leap into new understanding, new awareness, a new experience of ourselves and of what it means to be human. Maybe this will be the year in which we do that. And maybe enough of us can do that to make this next 12 months the year that the world itself changed forever.
Or at least began to. What do you say? Want to make this the YEAR of the New Beginning? In the larger cycle, want to make this the time when we first saw, really saw, the Spiral? Let’s begin. Let’s start now. Let’s use this onset of the New Year as the onset of the New Self. Let’s forget everything we think we know about ourselves, let’s forgive everything we think we’ve done that is “bad,” and let’s start over, this time recreating ourselves anew in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever we held about Who We Are—as a species, as an individual, and as an Aspect of Divinity expressing That Which Is. Remember today that you are not your Yesterdays. Remember today that you are not your weaknesses, not your foibles, not your offenses, not your failures. Remember today Who You Really Are, and claim that. Happy New Year, everyone. Happy New YOU. Excerpts from The CwG Reader #4 Neale Donald Walsh through the years has given hundreds of talks and written scores of articles revolving around the messages he received in his Conversations with God. You can access more of his writings, live calls and more at: http:// www.nealedonaldwalsch.com/ http://www.conversationswithgod.org/
Change Your World
Don’t Quit Anonymous
You cannot change the world, but you can present the world with one improved person, yourself. You can go to work on yourself to make yourself into the kind of person you admire and respect. You can become a role model and set a standard for others. You can control and discipline yourself to resist acting or speaking in a negative way toward anyone for any reason. You can insist upon always doing things the loving way rather than the hurtful way. By doing these things each day, you can continue on your journey toward becoming an exceptional human being. Brian Tracy
When things go wrong as they sometimes will. When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill. When funds are low and the debts are high. And you want to smile, but you have to sigh. When care is pressing you down a bit. Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns. As every one of us sometimes learns. And many a failure turns about When he might have won had he stuck it out: Don’t give up though the pace seems slow You may succeed with another blow. Success is failure turned inside out The silver tint of the clouds of doubt. And you never can tell how close you are. It may be near when it seems so far: So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit It’s when things seem worst that you must not QUIT.
The Ego - an anti-evolutionary force
By Andrew Cohen, published with permission
here is a profound contrast between the enlightened perspective, which is the absolute, universal, and impersonal view of the Authentic Self, and the unenlightened perspective, which is the relative, separate, and personal view of the narcissistic ego. It is literally the difference between heaven and hell. When I speak about ego, I am not using the term in the psychological sense, which usually refers to what we could call a self-organizing function in the psyche. In an enlightenment context, the word ego refers to something else altogether. Ego is the deeply ingrained, compulsive need to remain separate and superior at all times, in all places, under all circumstances. In contrast to the inherent freedom of the Self Absolute and the fearless passion of the authentic Self, ego is experienced as an emotional quagmire of fear and attachment. It is the part of you that has no interest whatsoever in freedom, feels victimized by life, avoids anything that contradicts its self-image, is thoroughly invested in its personal fears and desires, and lives only for itself.
Ego is an anti-evolutionary force of powerful inertia in human nature â€”attached to the past, terrified of change, and seeking only to preserve the status quo.
Ego is the one and only one obstacle to enlightenment. If we want to be free, if we want to be enlightened, we have to pay the price. The great wisdom traditions have always told us that the price is ego death, and in evolutionary enlightenment it is no different: if the Authentic Self is going to act through us as the uninhibited expression of evolution in action, then our attachment to ego must be transcended. Andrew Cohen is an internationally respected spiritual teacher, cultural visionary, and founder of the global nonprofit EnlightenNext and the award-winning EnlightenNext magazine.
“Unfelt emotions are stuck energy and when we leave our emotions unprocessed we deprive ourselves of access to that energy”... Daily OM
locked access to our energy is not the only consequence of unreleased emotions. When we keep these emotions locked up in our system our bodies give us excellent clues that we need to do something. We feel the tension in our shoulders and back when we hold in our anxiety and worry. Prolonged tension results in chronic aches in various parts of our bodies such as unexplained headaches and stomach aches. Stress and the associated negative emotions have been found to affect the immune system and therefore can exacerbate symptoms in diseases that have an immune system component. Stored up emotions have been associated with serious illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome. Apart from the physical consequences of unreleased negative emotions, there are also mental and psychological consequences that though they may not be as obvious and direct, are just as significant. Feelings and thinking are so tied to each other that our functioning and action in the present moment are directly influenced by how we feel at that moment. How do you react to everyone around you when you are angry with one person? How do you ‘behave’ when you are hungry? Are you able to ‘think straight’ when you are scared? Fortunately for us, we are blessed with mechanisms for healing emotionally. Human nature is so diverse and rich in variety that like everything else with us, there is no one way of releasing emotions that works for everyone. However, the important
thing is that though we may take different pathways, all roads lead to the one purpose: emotional healing and better functioning. Some of the strategies that can be used for getting rid of these unwanted negative emotions include journaling, meditation, and counselling. There are so many different counselling techniques and approaches available. My most favourite technique for emotional release is a process called Re-evaluation Co-counselling. Not only have I found it to be the most effective process of releasing emotions that I have been exposed to and practiced for the past twenty-four years , but the ‘co-‘ part of it makes it accessible to a wide array of people and adds the element of community –building for ongoing support. When I first came into contact with Reevaluation Co-counselling it hit me like the proverbial lightning bolt that what was different about this was that it truly fulfilled its promise of not only identifying the negative emotions we carry, but the techniques were truly effective in getting those emotions out of the depths of one’s being and clearing them out of the system. This was my aha moment! For all those years before, my interest in psychology and counselling had left me with a void. I could see how emotions were labelled and behaviours were identified and even named - all the personality disorders, all the syndromes, all the conditions. Yet none of these schools of psychology really offered a process for healing from these, except for lying on a couch weekly for years on end and talking about these behaviour patterns. Re-evaluation Co-counselling involves the availability of another human mind to facilitate the process of unravelling the emotions that get tangled January 2011
with an experience; and not only unravelling but effectively clearing them out. Re-evaluation Cocounselling is based on the premise that the human body is equipped with inherent strategies for doing that, for example we cry to release sadness, we shake fear away, we rant and rage out the anger, we giggle away embarrassment, etc. The techniques are therefore built on the co-counsellor providing an emotionally safe space and the right ‘contradictions’ to these negative emotions that allows the body to do what is naturally healing. Building a supportive community is an important factor in this process. Breaking isolation, interrupting feelings that we are alone in our distress or that our ‘stuff’ is too ugly or hard to show anyone else. It remembers us that the old patterns of behaviour are not the truth of our present selves and provides contradictions to the chronic patterns we carry - feelings of inadequacy, incompetence, disempowerment.
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There are many ways I can tell that I am benefiting from my commitment to this process. However the largeness of my positive attention in the present is the best indicator. I could tell when I was a graduate student and I could see and others noticed how I was the only one who was not distraught by studying and actually enjoyed coming to class and doing my work. I could tell when I keep my cool and respond well to people in situations and environments that normally will trigger others. And those are the surface level benefits. The amount of emotional and mental energy that I have reclaimed over these years is immeasurable. The deep shifts in my emotional well-being that allow me to parent, teach and support others with such a wide open mind is another story. Author’s note. Re-evaluation Co-Counselling is based in Seattle, Washington, USA and has communities in more than 80 countries in the world, including Trinidad and Tobago.
lot of people say they want to get out of pain, and i’m sure that’s true, but they aren’t willing to make healing a high priority. They aren’t willing to look inside to see the source of their pain in order to deal with it. L i n d s a y wagner
ow can we escape from the uncertainties that most feel in life? How can we find freedom from the things and situations that create unrest? How can we move beyond the confusion that we feel and find peace of mind and peace of heart? How do we come to know that the things which are happening around us that are not nice, is not the way things will continue to be? And finally, how can we have access to a power to right the wrongs, and literally create peace and prosperity? So many souls are searching. So many souls are wanting, being needy. Many think that it is the physical things that they can put their hands on that will satisfy the need that they are feeling; to fulfill the lack that they might be experiencing. But when they get hold of the material things, they find that the dissatisfaction is still there. When they respond aggressively to situations that might have disturbed them, they find that they still feel torn after. The peace and fulfillment they thought they would have found, continues to elude them. There is a way for souls to come to the place of peace that will last. To come to a power that is truly powerful. That can say to the storms that create unrest: Peace be still. Every person is more than what meets the eye. We are truly spirit beings clothed in bodies of flesh. The reality of this truth is made known to you when you begin to quest inward, yearning to know what you are; yearning to discover the truth about your own being, and truly coming to know that you are supported. Not only by that which is material, but profoundly more so by that which is spiritual and Divine. The nature of spirituality continues to elude many because their minds continue to grapple with and reduce everything to what they think is the expected norm. The ego mind cannot fully understand true spirituality. This does not mean spirituality is beyond knowing. For true knowing can only happen through the heart. It is important to recognize that it is not through struggling with the mind that a soul comes to know what it is. But by letting go of struggle and coming to the place of feeling that is with each of our hearts.
When you are hungry, you feel that hunger. There are no words. You can articulate it in words after, but from experience we all know what hunger pangs are. It is the same with thirst. The body aches for food or for fluid to satisfy the immediate need. All the hungers and passions felt in the body are really passions in the soul that are waiting to be acknowledged; to point each individual to that ‘place’ that is within them. So that through the conscious awareness of the feeling that arises from all of our senses is what develops the correct knowing of what we are. You are a being of feeling. Not just plain emotions. The knowing that comes from your feeling helps you to acknowledge the power that is with you. And from that place of power that comes from feeling all of your senses, you will know that you can open that space within your heart. For all your feelings mark where your spiritual heart is. It marks the space through which you can yearn for that which is beyond time, space and matter. Yearning for Love that is truly Divine that can only come from that Source that created you. As you feel through all of your senses, you breathe. And with each breath that you take your heart opens in yearning to receive Love. And this Love comes to the souls that are sincere in their allowance to receive it. Love flows and brings about a knowing, a fulfillment, a peace. And this peace gives each person a power. You receive a power to live your life to bring about more peace and harmony that improves your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. The Beingness of Love is real. It is present within our world. Every soul is being called by Love to Love. Only those who answer yes, receive. Lyndon Andrew Allicock is the author of “Human Operations Manual”.For consultations or to purchase “Human Operations Manual” in Trinidad and Tobago call: 868-645-7532/8532 For more insights visit: www.nucomsystems.com
he economic turmoil can erode family relationships. Finances are typically among the top issues spouses and partners along with their families will face and, while the economy may improve with time, relationships may not. The challenge is to identify the stressors that occur and manage them. Economic challenges can either bring families closer together or cause tremendous strife. We need to bond and work as a resilient team to find ways of improving financial management skills and explore all options and resources that would ensure our survival. We can start by identifying our priorities, paying the bills, keeping our home safe, ensuring our children’s education, managing our health issues. Then make decisions as to how we are going to achieve our new ambitions. Do we really need the latest model cell phone or a bigger television screen? Next we need to focus on the things we can control and let go of the rest. Explore opportunities, and be creative in reaching solutions. Family meals for example can return to basics – if you don’t already, maybe its time to start going to the market, or if there’s a farmers market close to you check it out on weekends. You can save a lot of money by getting up early. Exotic foods and expensive cuts of meats can be reserved for perhaps one meal a week. Food takes a big bite out of our budget, however with some
planning and creativity we can accumulate huge savings. Could this be our new reality? Adding value Today as we look at television, listen to the radio and read the newspapers we are bombarded with negative news and views of the economic landscape. We can come to believe that the opportunities for business are scarce and the horizon is bleak. However we must remember this is just a mental construct and that the bounty of the earth and its people have not changed. The blessings of nature and the need for services and products by the peoples of the World have not diminished. The failure is in the man-made financial and economic models of business. In these times we are challenged to think differently, to look at events from a new angle and to use our creativity. Recently I heard of a young woman in England who found herself with a salary cut, but still wanting to indulge her desire for new outfits. She came up with the idea of inviting her friends over, asking them to walk with something to eat and drink and to bring along an item of clothing or fashion accessory that had not been used more than once, with the intention of exchanging with friends. The evening turned out to be a great success with each person leaving with a different outfit. The young lady had succeeded in maintaining her lifestyle on her lower salary while also creating a social network. She has turned the concept into a business with a website to set up similar home parties all over the UK. Focusing on adding value to people and society this young woman was able establish a new creative business model. That was her New Reality of Business and Wealth.
ts already eight years since I nervously left the security of a high paying/high flying Corporate Marketing Executive job and embarked on the adventure of being a self employed Business Coach specializing in Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. And what a ride it has been. Surprisingly, it has been the best years of my working career. There have been times that I have missed the corporate flights to exotic lands, the VIP invitations to grand special events, the pictures and name in the newspapers, rubbing shoulders with the who’s who and of course the guaranteed monthly salary and pleasant smiles of the bankers. But I have gained so much more: the opportunity to chart my own course, more time with my family, being able to build a family business along with my wife, developing my God given talents, having time to devote to my church and surprisingly achieving better financial security. And all this in addition to: no more unending office meetings, no more office games and no more manipulated end of year reviews. A new reality in business The traditional way of looking at business is for creating profits. But an obsessive focus on profits at any cost has resulted in a mantra of “greed is good for me” which has led to aggravated climate change, the global financial turmoil and the subsequent increase in poverty and loss for so many.
We are therefore seeing a new reality dawning where the focus is not solely on profits and return on investment, but also for the good of the employees and the local community. Business professionals are now encouraged to focus on stability and sustainability over the long term and to measure success not only on revenue and profits, but also on its contribution to the well being of the society. They are being urged to add not just economic value, but also value to the communities in which they operate and society in general. Recently I was informed that a senior executive at one of the local corporations had chosen to downsize his car, choosing a smaller model than he was entitled to, because he felt it was the correct thing to do in the face of the difficult times many were experiencing. He said having made the decision he experienced a feeling of inner peace and satisfaction. Of course business still needs to focus on creating wealth, but wealth is not just financial it also takes the form of a secure community, environmental sustainability and the spiritual and emotional well being of oneself, one’s family and co-workers. Could this be the New Reality of Business and Wealth? Hillary can be contacted at: coachbengo.blogspot. com or http://www.sandeecommunications. blogspot. You can also connect with him on his Facebook Business Group page: http://www. facebook.com/group.php?gid=225670259945
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The breath as life
â€œHe who only half breathes, half lives.â€? Hatha Yoga Pradipika
here is a profound truth in this very simple statement. Breath is life, and if we are only half breathing, then we are only half living. In yoga, the breath is referred to as prana, which is the life force that permeates all things. The very foundation of all yogic practices begins with the breath, and it is the breath that is the basis of sound physical, mental and emotional health. Most of us give no thought to our breath, or to how we are breathing, and simply take it for granted that it happens. However, the breath is so much more than simply the air that keeps us alive. There is a deep connection between the breath and your state of mind, as it is the breath that controls the mind. If you are not aware of your breath and are not actively controlling the breath, then the mind will often be in a disturbed and anxious state. Also, the way that you breathe will significantly affect the quality of breath that you take in. For starters, we should only breathe through the nostrils and not the mouth, as the air needs to be filtered and warmed before it gets to the lungs.
Karen Stollmeyer MA, Yogacharya, Yoga Therapist
Most people breathe incorrectly, using only a small part of their lung capacity. This results in breathing that is short, shallow and rapid. People with this type of breathing will be more likely to suffer from irritability, nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, and an imbalanced personality. Health problems will also be more likely to develop as the body and its organs will be chronically deprived of oxygen. This is in contrast to breathing that is long, slow and deep, which stimulates calm, relaxed, and balanced states of mind. Slow, deep breathing also brings about a longer and healthier life as the body is nourished by the increased flow of oxygen resulting in improved physical health. The breath also serves as a bridge into the unconscious, a doorway into exploring the deeper aspects of the mind and spirit. Pranayama (the expansion of the dimension of prana through breathing techniques) is a system of exploring the breath and of experiencing the deep states of relaxation that come when a mind is steady, calm and balanced. When the mind has been brought into a state of calm, concentrated awareness through these powerful techniques, it can then enter into that state of indescribable peace, otherwise known as samadhi, or bliss. By practicing yoga we become intimately connected with the breath. Profound changes may then be made in many areas of our lives as the breath often reflects things that are out of balance. By simply improving the way that we breathe, we are able to effect positive changes where they are needed, and bring about improved health, increased vitality, greater peace of mind, and a more balanced and mature outlook on life. Following are a
couple of simple pranayama techniques for you to put into daily practice. Abdominal Breathing Abdominal breathing is the easiest and most efficient way to breathe. Due to tension, poor posture, restrictive clothing and lack of training however, it is often forgotten. Once this technique again becomes a part of daily life and correct breathing is restored, there will be great improvement in the state of physical and mental wellbeing. Abdominal breathing promotes proper diaphragmatic breathing, relaxes the mind and body, oxygenates the blood and purges the body and lungs of residual carbon dioxide. Can be used daily and continually. Do not be alarmed if you experience feelings of lightheadedness or dizziness when you first try these techniques. If this happens simply return to your normal breath and wait for the sensations to pass. This will stop once the body becomes accustomed to the increased flow of oxygen. How to do it Sit with your spine erect, or lie down on your back. Begin taking long, slow, and deep breaths through the nostrils. Place both hands over the abdomen. As you inhale, allow the belly to fill with air, drawing air deep into the lower lungs. As you exhale, allow the belly to deflate like a balloon. Try not to expand the chest or move the shoulders. Feel the abdomen expanding and contracting. Continue breathing slowly and deeply, keeping the breath smooth and relaxed, and never straining. Continue for a few minutes. Yogic Breathing This breath is used to maximize inhalation and exhalation. Its purpose is to gain control of the
breath, correct poor breathing habits and increase oxygen intake. It may be practiced at any time and is especially useful in situations of high stress or anger for calming the nerves. It should be practiced daily for short periods. How to do it Breathe through the nostrils into your belly as stated above but also expand the mid and upper chest region by allowing the rib cage to open outward to the sides. The shoulders and collarbones should also move up slightly. There should be no jerks or unnecessary strain. Exhale and repeat 5-10 times, eventually increasing to 10 minutes daily. There should never be any strain and the entire movement should be harmonious and flowing, never forced. Practicing these simple breathing techniques daily can bring many positive and lasting changes to your life, and you will soon begin to see significant improvements in your mental, emotional and physical health and well being. The divine light in me honors the divine light in you. Namaste Karen Stollmeyer MA Yogacharya, Yoga Therapist, Founder/Director Bliss Yoga, Trinidad www.omblissyoga.org
Karen teaches Integral Hatha Yoga in the Satyananda yoga tradition. She also offers private yoga therapy sessions where the focus is on physical, mental and emotional healing through deep relaxation, pranic healing, Korean hand Acupuncture, sound and vibration healing, chakra balancing and energy clearing.
Rinchen Blake, Buddhist Monk
Photo: Gerlinde Grunt
think if most people were to look carefully and honestly at their life they would find that, while many things are good, there is also a sense of something being missing, or something slightly unsatisfactory. Maybe they would look at life itself and see birth, old-age, sickness and death and find the whole process of living and the nature of our own bodies and minds leaving something to be desired. The same thought occurred to a young prince 2500 years ago who lived in northern India. I think most of us try and make the best of it and if any people are good at celebrating life Trinis would have to be amongst the best - perhaps the best! And yet at any moment, if we investigate now at this very moment, do we feel completely content and at peace, relaxed - completely fulfilled? The Buddha to be, this young Indian prince, had a feeling that all the unsatisfactoriness of life, like anything else that happens, must have a cause. And he felt that if he could find the cause of this unsatisfactoriness, or dukkha, then he would be able to bring it to an end - not just for himself, but for all living beings. He then left his palace and spent the next six years in his quest until eventually he sat underneath a Bodhi tree outside a small village in northern India vowing that he wouldn’t get up until he’d found the cause of suffering. Legend has it that after meditating day and night for seven days, he saw the morning star rise and at that moment realised perfect enlightenment. So, what is this enlightenment that he later helped people find - what is this liberation from suffering? The Buddha (as he then was - it just means somebody who was woken up to the truth of life) saw the all our suffering in the end comes from our own mind. We somehow create it. We have mental habits which cause us to suffer. All of us do. And he summarised these as greed, hatred and ignorance. He said it’s not what’s happening around us that is the main problem, it’s the way we are reacting to it. If we can just train the mind to react in a different way, in a better way, then we won’t have to suffer any more. In fact, we come to convert these negative mental habits, negative emotional traits, into very beautiful qualities. We become fully human in the best sense,
having developed compassion, love and wisdom in their stead. So the practice, as I learned and now teach, is focused on training the mind so that it doesn’t give us all this grief, all this suffering. We give up the feeling of being the victim of circumstances and instead work towards true liberation. This liberation is not some cute idea but a very real reality. Wonderfully, the Buddha said ‘Don’t believe anything, even if I tell you it’s true, or even if it’s written in the ancient scriptures, or agreed by a group of wise old men. But instead find out for yourself’. The way we find out is through doing the practice he recommended and seeing if we do truly find ourselves moving towards peace and liberation. If we do, then we can be said to be on the path and working towards liberation. This enlightened state of mind knows nothing about gender or race or age. It doesn’t matter what’s happened to us in the past, or what we’ve done, or what kind of a person we are now. It’s said that only from the human state can we attain liberation and therefore this life should not be wasted pursuing things which in the end we find to be unsatisfactory: they disappoint us and we go looking for something else. We tread endless treadmills.
Rinchen is a Buddhist monk who’s been visiting Trinidad since 2003. He first started meditating in 1970 and became a monk 20 years later having lived in the West Indies most of that time. His country of origin is England. You can contact Rinchen Blake on Cell: (868) 710 8413. Email: email@example.com January 2011
Spiritual Survival 2001 by Vanessa Soodeen
SPIRITUAL SURVIVAL Vanessa Soodeen Gestalt Psychotherapist / Artist
he image “Spiritual Survival” was created for my exhibition titled “Inner Awakening… Love Live & Laugh” held in Trinidad in 2001. I had returned four years earlier, knap sack on back, after a long time living & travelling in Europe, and my intended visit to Trinidad turned into an extended stay and journey of deeper inner healing and revelation. The term “survival” usually arises in context of being faced with some trial, difficulty
or challenge and coming out of it with some degree of success… and so it has been with my own healing process … and so it is for many of us. The painting depicting the resurrected Christ walking again, symbolically represents rebirth, hope, survival and coming back to life in a more enlightened way. As my upbringing has been in the Catholic tradition, I have more of a sense of images that come from that institution … however my intention is not to align with any particular “religion” as such but to portray what I have come to understand
as an eternal life process that is evolving and continuing organically and endlessly. Surviving our trials is part of our healing process, a process which is only necessary and which only makes sense in the context of where we are in our evolutionary process right now. With our egos and dualistic perceptions (good evil/ right wrong etc.), we perceive ourselves as being separate from the totality, from our environment, from each other… and it is only in this perceived separated state that we are in need of being healed. How is this so? The way I have come to understand it is that the healing which is needed is that of our perception of being separate and isolated, an individualistic state that is also necessary for our growth, all being perfect in the totality of life. Our egos seem to work on a “no-win” basis because on one hand their parameters and vision are limited and “holistically false” causing suffering, fear etc. and on the other hand this is exactly what they cling to, this limited perspective. It is not to condemn the ego as being “bad” as this too would be a dualistic judgement. The ego also has its evolutionary purpose, to let us experience our individuality… Healing then can exist only in our dualistic state of separateness (“you” and “I”) because only in this disconnected state is there something to heal. The purpose of healing is to restore the awareness of our unity and connection to all (“you and I are one”) through healing our perception and illusion that we are separate. This false perception leads to illnesses on many levels:- physical, mental & emotional, personal & interpersonal, our connection with the environment & afar and is held and upheld by our egos. Life itself as an evolutionary process which I have come to trust will lead us naturally and organically to wholeness. At the same time and I am reminded here of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam”, we too have to reach out and participate actively and consciously in
our growth process. In each incarnation there is an opportunity to learn and to exercise our will and responsibility to work with and heal ourselves, cultivating a multitude of talents such as self-discipline, right-mindedness, patience… …. And most importantly, the way back and the way forward to wholeness is through healing our relationship with love both intellectually and emotionally. We grow through expressing this love by expanding outwards towards our fellow humans, our environment, our cosmos, our macrocosm and by expanding inwards towards our microcosm, our smaller but no less important reality with our organs, cells, subatomic particles, spreading care and love in all directions. “Health is inner peace.” (A course of miracles). The concepts Spiritual Survival and Healing will become redundant as we evolve to wholeness. And on that note … onward I go, loving, living and laughing!
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Where does the healing begin?
hile hospitals may be overflowing with the physically wounded or ailing, my experience of working with individuals and groups on self development, has shown me that beyond hospital walls there is an abundance of emotionally, psychologically and spiritually wounded people. Some are crippled by various past experiences, some limp through life hobbled by erroneous beliefs and misunderstandings and others suffer the pains of memories and damage from abuse, neglect or abandonment in childhood and adulthood. I’ve often wondered: “Is there anyone who does not need to heal some open wound from their past?” So where does the healing begin? It seems to begin with dredging up the memories and stories we hold on to and acknowledging that there was hurt, breaking the silence or disclosing one’s truth to one’s self and to a trusted listener. That listener does not have to be a trained expert, simply someone who can give undivided, non-judgemental, loving attention; who can allow you to vent your anger, fear, grief or other deep emotions safely and confidentially. While God can be the greatest listener, I’ve seen that it is also necessary to be able to unload with another person. Having brought the story into the light of day, the healing can proceed by examining the experience with increasing levels of detachment, reviewing it from the perspective of all concerned and with increasing understanding. The Work of Byron Katie offers an effective tool for doing this (http://www.thework.com/dothework.php). The aim has to be to reclaim the piece of your self that was trapped in that episode, get past the story, leave it behind and stop toting it through your life and relationships. Of course, it may not happen
in a day, it can require repeated efforts to keep looking and moving forward, choosing again and again to be different, that is: to think, feel and respond differently, in new ways. This is where tools like prayer, affirmations, gratitude journaling, inspirational reading and meditation can be the wind beneath your wings. It used to be that years of therapy were considered necessary to address deepseated wounds, but practitioners of the healing community suggest that is no longer the case. They purport that energy healing modalities can shorten the process significantly. Spiritual healing Healing, in a spiritual context, recognizes that an ailment or disease may manifest as a physical problem but have its roots and origins beyond the physical in the emotional, psychological, or spiritual. It has become quite common to hear people talk of psychological connections to such ailments as heart disease, fibroids, ulcers and even certain cancers. Scientific research in recent times has confirmed what spiritual practitioners have known for centuries – that the healing of the body cannot be complete without the healing of the mind and soul. Holistic healing Holistic or wholistic healing addresses the whole person. Deepak Chopra describes healing as more than the absence of disease of infirmity. “Healing is a positive state of well-being: A state of physical well-being; a state of social well-being; a state of spiritual well-being; a state of emotional wellbeing and ultimately, a state of environmental well-being.” Healing, he asserts, comes from the
word holy. “Healing is the return of the memory of holiness.” So to truly heal one has to address all aspects of the Self. Chopra and his colleagues also speak of Quantum Healing. Quantum Healing sees human bodies as fields of information, intelligence and energy. He has described the healing process as involving a shift in the fields of energy information, so as to bring about a correction in an idea that has gone wrong. “So Quantum Healing involves healing one mode of consciousness: mind, to bring about changes in another mode of consciousness: body.” There is a vast number of healing modalities to be found at this time in any spiritual community and on the internet. The Church of Healing Energy has created a marvelous resource listing just some of the techniques they recognize and their origins with website links. Rev. Barbara Mallory, Director of the church, has generously given permission to share that listing here. Warning As with any aspect of life that we chose to explore, as thinking adults it is important to enter into spiritual explorations with an open, but critical mind. A wounded individual is vulnerable and can be open to abuse. Research, question, question, question and go forth cautiously, not with fear, but with the consciousness that not every type of service offered is suitable for everyone. Look for a modality that is a “good fit” for you.
Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. Tori Amos
Healing Modalities from The Church of Healing Energy Published with permission All of the modalities listed below are based upon or facilitated by energetic healing principles. The primary principle underlying energy healing is this: A major part of all negative experience - physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual - involves disruption in at least one of the body’s energy systems. Relief of the energy disturbance relieves the discomfort or negativity of the experience. In our list, we focus on energy approaches with which we are familiar. In their application, some of these modalities are “user-friendly” and many include empowering self-care strategies. Most attribute their inspiration and efficacy to a Higher Source. Allergy Antidotes - presented by naturopathic physician, Sandi Radomski, ND, LCSW, MSSW; a collection of non-medical, clinically effective, energy-based approaches to allergy-like or energytoxic reactions; uses muscle (energy) testing to identify energy disturbances and measure effectiveness of outcome. Many techniques are user friendly. Website: www.allergyantidotes.com Be Set Free Fast (BSFF) - originated by clinical psychologist, Larry Nims, PhD; an inspired, elegant, and systematic approach to resolve emotional problems at a deep level; BSFF enlists the subconscious mind as co-therapist; muscle (energy) testing skills are helpful. User friendly. Website: www.besetfreefast.com Creative Energy Therapy (CET) - originated by psychologist, Mary “Mo” Wheeler, PhD, working with Spiritual resources; a creative, eclectic blend of spiritual and energy-based helping techniques; uses pendulum Dowsing for energy testing and sometimes for clearing energy disturbance as well. User-friendly applications. Website: www. energyhealingpartners.com
Divining Health - originated by psychologist, Barbara Mallory, PhD, with Spiritual resources; a list-based approach to identify energy disturbances which cause or maintain emotional problems; uses Dowsing modes to energy check, including muscle testing; Dowsing selects appropriate healing modalities and self-care activities. User friendly. Website: www. feelingfree.net Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) - developed by performance coach and ordained minister, Gary Craig; quick and easy self-treatment to eliminate energy disturbance causing emotional distress; uses tapping with fingers on a series of acupuncture treatment points plus simple verbal and eye-movement activity. Userfriendly. Website: www. emofree.com Energy Medicine - developed by Donna Eden, medical intuitive with gift of seeing all levels of the human energy field; simple body tests (kinesiology) identify energy blocks; enjoyable energy exercises treat both physical and psychological distress; User-friendly. Website: www. innersource.net Esoteric Healing - based on the teachings of Djwhal Khul as presented in the book Esoteric Healing by Alice Bailey and further developed by Brenda Johnston. Practitioners use hands off the body, balancing
techniques, and triangles of resonance that relate the body’s energy centers and endocrine system to facilitate unimpeded soul life, healing and a more harmonious state. Website: www. esoterichealing.com Essential Energy Healing* - Integrative spiritual-energy healing approach originated by Mary Maddux, MS, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, background in counseling and teaching meditation. Energy interventions, with or without light touch, use conscious healing intent to balance the human energy field for self-healing of body, mind and spirit; apprenticeships possible. User-friendly. Website - www. heartofhealing.net Healing Touch* - developed by registered nurse, Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN; an energy-based approach to healing using the hands to identify and clear energy disturbance; done with or without direct hand touch; restores harmony and balance in the body’s energy centers (chakras) and energy field (aura). User-friendly applications. Website: www.healingtouch.com Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Developed by Healing Touch instructor and registered nurse, Linda L. Smith, RN, MS, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry (HTSM) is an educational program that provides the student with the tools to do healing ministry-prayer, hands-on healing and anointing with healing oils. The deeper roots of HTSM go back to Judeo-Christian prayer, the laying-on of hands and anointing with oil as modeled by Jesus in his healing ministry. Website: www. htspiritualministry.com
HeartMath - Research at the Institute of HeartMath has shown the heart’s energy field to be 5000 times stronger than that of the brain. Developed by Doc L. Childre and Howard Martin, HeartMath is a gentle, systematic protocol for inducing coherence in heart rate variability which, in turn, allows access to the heart’s problem-solving wisdom. HeartMath is used to advantage by Fortune 500 companies, educators, clinicians, and clients. User friendly. Website: www. heartmath.com Jin Shin Do Acupressure* developed by clinical counselor, Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, MA, LMFCC; a skillful integration of counseling with acupressure treatment; uses finger pressure on “acu-points” to balance body energy and release disturbing emotions; promotes deep relaxation, feelings of well-being and heightened awareness. User friendly. Website: www. jinshindo.org Polarity Therapy* - a comprehensive energy therapy developed by Randolph Stone, DO, DC, ND; assesses and resolves disturbances in the Human Energy Field caused by a wide variety of sensory and life experiences including relationship, trauma and environmental factors; palpation, observation and interview methods are used to support the client’s innate self-healing potential. Website: www. polaritytherapy.org
Quantum Touch* - The Quantum-Touch practitioner uses simple breathing and body awareness exercises to focus and amplify life-force energy around a client’s affected body area. QT is a hands-on healing method easily learned by both lay persons and professional practitioners and combines well with other physical and energetic treatment modalities. Website: www.quantumtouch. com Reflexology* - Reflexology may be generally defined as the practitioner’s application of specific pressure by hand, thumb and fingers to a reflex map resembling a human body which is believed to exist on the body’s extremities. Only when defined and offered as a healing intervention in the human energy field, is reflexology an appropriate modality for CHE healing ministers’ practice. Applications must be limited to clients’ hands, feet and outer ears, without use of mechanical tools. Website: www. reflexology-usa.org Reiki* - natural healing method developed in Japan by M. Usui Sensi; introduced in USA by recovered patient, Mrs. H. Takata; Usui System endeavors to remain faithful to its origins; uses hands to reduce stress, invite deep relaxation, and infuse universal spiritual life energy for improved health and enhanced quality of life. User friendly. Websites: www. reikialliance.com and www. reiki.org
Seemorg Matrix Work - originated by psychologist, Asha Clinton, PhD; an inspired energy-plus-counseling approach; integrates hand-positions on major energy centers with statements correcting negative beliefs; uses muscle testing to track energy changes; uses long-term clinical applications for deep, trauma-based problems. Userfriendly applications. Website: www. seemorgmatrix.org
unconditional love of Creator Of All That Is to do the actual ‘work.’ By changing one’s state of consciousness to include the Theta state, the individual can actually ‘watch’ the Creator Of All That Is create instantaneous physical and emotional healing. Website: www.thetahealing.com
Self Wellness Energy Evaluation Technique (SWEET) - originated by spiritual healer, Rev. Sandra Itenson Sweetman; SWEET uses muscle testing or dowsing to identify the presence and nature of energetic disturbances in the biofield/aura; then appropriate correction mode is selected, applied, and locked in place. User-friendly. Website: www.mydivineblueprint.com
Thought Field Therapy (TFT) - originated by psychologist, Roger Callahan, PhD, Thought Field Therapy, also known as the “Callahan Techniques,” involves tapping with fingers on specific acupressure treatment points. Specific tapping sequences are used to resolve specific emotional problems. Userfriendly. Website: www.tftrx. com
Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) originated by Tapas Fleming, Licensed Acupuncturist. The client’s gentle hand positions on forehead and back of head support clearing of energy disturbance related to trauma and other negative emotional experience as well as toxic sensitivities. User-friendly. Website: www.tat-intl.com
* This modality involves, or may include, the healer’s use of physical contact using fingers/ hand to enhance energy flow and balance in the human energy field and energy systems. Healing ministers wishing to use such modalities with clients may require professional licensing.
Therapeutic Touch* - originated by Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN and Dora Kunz; involves use of practitioner’s hands to balance the body’s energy centers (chakras) and energy field (aura); practiced in and out of hospital by many holistic nurse practitioners; scientific research supports efficacy. User-friendly adaptations. Website: www.therapeutic-touch.org
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ThetaHealing - Created by intuitive healer, Vianna Stibal, ThetaHealing is a technique that teaches how to use our natural intuition, relying upon the January 2011
The last time that my Mother spoke to me in a full sentence was at about 9.00 a.m. on September 04, 1995. She had not slept well the night before and she was going to play “catch up” with sleep. Around 10.00 a.m. on that same day my Mother had a stroke. In August 1995, I had attended Part 1 of the Healing Touch Programme in Payson, Arizona. We had been taught a technique that could be used on persons making any kind of transition. I used this technique on my Mother at the hospital several times that first day. When I reviewed the technique in my Workbook the next day, I realized that I had been doing it in the wrong sequence! However, it was my intention that mattered! My intention was that whatever I did for my Mother would be for her highest good and I poured my heart and soul into the work. My Mother received regular treatments during her ten-day stay in the hospital. I am convinced that the loving, healing energy in the “Touch”es that she received, kept her alive. On her return home, we continued to be a healing presence with her. She finally made her transition nine months later. The journey to becoming a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner was a nine year journey with long lasting benefits. It was also for me a journey of spiritual and emotional growth and development. Nurturance of the spiritual, physical and emotional self was strongly advocated. Intellectual growth was stimulated by the wide range of required reading material. Balancing all of these other activities with play was highly encouraged. Mentoring was provided.
energy channels resume their task of integrating the body, mind and soul to restore health and/or promote healing. It may also help prevent future issues by restoring balance to energy field disturbances, which could later result in illness if left unbalanced.” Healing Touch complements conventional health care and is also used in collaboration with other approaches to health and healing. The goal of Healing Touch is to restore harmony, energy and balance within the human energy system. Source: http://www.healingtouchprogram.com/ about-healing-touch-program/what-ishealing-touch
What is Healing Touch? Healing Touch is a holistic energy therapy that emphasizes intentional, compassionate and heart-centered care in which the Healing Touch provider and client are equal partners in facilitating health and healing. Healing Touch providers use their hands with gentle, light non-invasive touch to help clear, balance and energize the human energy system, thus promoting healing for the mind, body and/or spirit.
Gwyneth is a Health Care Professional and a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. She uses Sacred texts, Creative activities and Hands-on healing to journey with adults seeking reconciliation with self, others and God. Gwyneth has found that most of us are so burdened by stress, overcommitted in our routines and occasionally paralyzed by past hurts that we are not even conscious that we are seeking something, far more - reconciliation. When we take part in a creative activity, contemplate nature or reflect on sacred texts, we slow down and relax. In this relaxed state, we meet our truest, best self and are able to access joy, peace and freedom to make changes in our lives and restore harmony. We begin to live authentically.
How does Healing Touch work? “Energy therapies focus on removing energy congestion that form in our energy fields (aura) and energy centers (chakras). Once these imbalances and disturbances are cleared, the
For information on her Handprints of God Retreats or the Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Programme, you may contact Gwyneth Frankson 1 868 686 7745.
Life Lessons Linda Hutchinson-Jafar
ne of the things I have been doing recently to maintain control of situations around me is dropping baggage that has been weighing down on me, both mentally and psychologically. Recently, I had to make two major decisions that have been churning around my mind, occupying my thoughts much more than I would like and in the process, becoming a serious mental burden. Firstly, I examined the pros and cons of the issues that were weighing heavy on me. Do I feel the decisions I’m about to take would be the right ones and would I look back and have regrets? In the end, I confidently felt I was taking the correct course of action. After taking action, the second thing I did was remove them from occupying my thoughts. It was no longer important, I told myself. The deed has been done. Immediately, I felt as though a physical heaviness was lifted off me and I became free. Just as we de-clutter our homes, getting rid of things that are no longer needed or in a state of decay and taking up valuable space, once in a while we also need to examine the state of our minds and get rid of the clutter and junk that continue to pile in that virtual space. You know the feeling when you have decluttered your living room or your closet and it feels light and airy, it’s the same when you get rid of the junk that you have been storing in your mind as an illegal and unwanted occupant. It could be that bit of animosity towards someone in your workplace or the feelings that you are being misunderstood and you want others to see you differently or that people around you haven’t really appreciated your work. It could also be, like in my case, freelance writing jobs for two Caribbean newspapers which after examining, I concluded that value was not being
gained at either end. Before arriving at this point, the issue occupied my thoughts in a nagging sort of way and became mentally burdensome. To bring an end to it, I wrote polite emails, thanking editors for considering me but also pointing out that the relationship was not beneficial for either one of us. For me, it was more than time to move on to other ventures that brought mutual satisfaction and more importantly, exorcising the baggage that I was lugging around. I’m also ‘training’ my mind to remove what I call ‘dead’ thoughts, ideas, fears, and other emotions that can be quite overwhelming at times. Instead, I’ve found having an ‘open’ mind without prejudicial thoughts and feelings, the outcome of a situation can be pleasantly surprising. Even though the mind does not take on a physical shape or is something that one cannot touch and hold, the memories, thoughts, ideas, worries, fears, hate, jealousy and obsessions swirl through endlessly, repeating over and again, churning away until sheer exhaustion takes place. Mind is defined in Buddhism as a nonphysical phenomenon which perceives, thinks, recognises, experiences and reacts to the environment. It is described as having two main aspects: clarity and knowing; meaning that the mind is clear, formless and allows for objects to arise in it, and that the mind is knowing, an awareness, a consciousness which can engage with objects. My own experience, difficult as it may be sometimes, is that you can control what enters and what stays in your mind. You can cleanse it and you can set yourself free. Linda Hutchinson-Jafar is a Trinidad and Tobagobased Caribbean news agency Journalist and is the Editor of the digital quarterly publications Earth Conscious magazine and Business Journal. January 2011
Love’s inclusive power Ann-Marie Ahye
was thirty-one and engaged for the second time. My wedding day was just five weeks away when the proverbial rug was pulled out from underneath me. My fiancé had strayed and our future as husband and wife was shattered. We had lived and worked together in London for several years. Now every essential part of my life was in collapse. Soon I would leave my job and then the home we shared. Further, I would leave the country where I was born and had lived for much of my life. This unparalleled event was indeed a rude awakening that shook me to the core. It felt tantamount to death. Sanctioned Dissolution For several years prior to this now expired relationship I had been practicing yoga and meditation and had attended a comprehensive program in Practical Philosophy. I soon realized that this inner work was in fact the catalyst for our break up and not the more obvious reasons in sight. I had lived so much of my life ‘towing the line’ and following the preordained dictates of society and my mother (no blame here as she did what she knew). Now, the insight that surged from my selfinquiry allowed me to relinquish empty standards and align instead with my intuitive guidance. Under ordinary circumstances, these losses 24
would have been sufficient to cause me to spiral into depression. Instead I had the extraordinary experience of witnessing two opposite forces simultaneously in effect. My personality was swept up in a torrent of emotion with its efforts directed towards trying to fix what was already broken. Meanwhile my spirit soared with a renewed vigor exclaiming “Freedom at last!” It was a most unique phenomenon to observe one part of me clinging to what was familiar while a deep inner knowing sanctioned this dissolution. As a result of my conscious self-search, I was in a prime position to really experience what I was going through, without the pitfall of becoming swallowed up by it all. It was the momentum of this self-study and the fruit garnered that enabled me to meet the chaos of this break up with significant clarity. Though there was practically nothing left to hold on to and my future was unknown there was an all-embracing trust alive inside me. This abiding trust would spearhead my way forward. Conscious Self-care Before I left the home we had shared, many insights were revealed. As I contemplated my imminent departure a question arose, “Now, Ann-Marie, soon you will be walking out the front door. And, when you do so, what will you take with you?” It was not material stuff that was being brought forward for my consideration. Rather, I was being summoned to look closely at what I would take on an energetic level. Would it be the emotional weight of this last ten percent of our relationship, which was upsetting, painful and filled with disappointment? Would I then use this injured tone to smear the other ninety percent of our relationship, which had been filled with mutuality and an authentic love? Or, would I walk out the door and radiate what was most prominent in my heart? As this question was presented to me I was very clear of the choice I would make and exactly why I would make it. Immediately I felt
unwilling to harm myself further by trying to extricate any feelings of love that I naturally held. I knew that walking out with a feeling of bitterness would taint the good of our past and allow anger, resentment and a general feeling of ill will to prevail. The price going forward would be mine to pay. It was clear that choosing to carry the valuable energy of the major part of our relationship made simple math sense. Additionally and most importantly this choice would enhance my experience of well-being.
for love to exist. These are clearly divisive forces whereas love holds the power of inclusivity. Within love’s embrace the discordant tensions find a release and the power that fueled them is reset to its original essence; Love. When we allow the need to blame or hate another to have supreme reign over the need for authentic selfcare (which is not the same as being defensive or running away), then we determine our own traumatized destiny. When we choose instead a more expansive consciousness we are strengthened and remain open to life.
The Power of Inclusivity This decision revealed my desire to take care of my psychic space and to cultivate a more com-
Ann-Marie teaches Mindful Yoga & Meditation
passionate view towards myself and by extension another. Such conscious choice equates to an act of self-love. Love reveals itself to be an inclusive force that allows the potency of what resides as a heart feeling to coexist with any feelings of hurt and pain. Whereas, the reactionary choice of anger and resentment would deny the space
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Re Calibration is all about getting in touch with your inner issues in a most direct manner and learning to sit with them using various meditative techniques. There are many ways to grow spiritually and each of us must feel free to explore and develop what works best for us. Re calibration is the unique mix of techniques that I have developed over the years. It is always evolving, as it is a living process guided from within and from an expanding knowledge. It is about learning to listen to your self with courage. It is my hope that it will serve to inspire and guide. It will be most beneficial to use this link http:// www.evolutiontrack.com/recalibration-the-secret-tofreedom/ to quickly review the previous article, as this column is a series. Mindfulness is the first step of Re Calibration. We must become aware of our thought clusters and mood patterns if we are to evolve into the living light. The objective of Re Calibration is to experience living in peace and to achieve this we must first be solidly in touch with our messy stuff. We must meet ourselves where we are. We must be courageous enough to enter the dark basement in order to explore those things that are affecting our very foundations. To choose the path to enlightenment, wisdom and peace, is to choose to work for it. We are in an age of instant gratification and folks are seduced by the slick marketing promises of the latest book or CD set. No doubt there are many fine tools and courses out there. But make no mistake about it, we are here to grow and that means growing pains. We cannot talk of abundant fruit in a verdant field of sun kissed splendor without an honest willingness to also talk about getting our hands dirty tilling the soil. We must deal with the weeds and wild bushes that threaten the orchid.
And so it is recommended that you start a journal. Write your feelings down with abandonment regularly. Do not hold back. Seek counselling if necessary. There are many deep-seated issues that are sabotaging our lives that must be dealt with honestly. If we are to grow we must start in the soil. There are pivotal moments that scar us for life and deepen into entrenched thought and feeling patterns that we play over and over again. They limit us, stymie our progress and can chain us down firmly on the launch pad. These issues sabotage our efforts to progress, rob us of peace, sully our self-image and can lead to bouts of depression and even suicidal thoughts. Clearly the field must be cleared before we talk of planting. Re Calibration will offer you a direct means of engaging and transcending these dogged issues that are bound up in your energy field. And it is imperative to be conscious of what you are dealing with. I might add that this is no quick fix. A mature response of self -analysis perhaps with the help of a
mental health professional and or spiritual guide is to be commenced or continued. For the moment try this: Sit still with eyes closed and focus your attention on your body for several minutes. Feel the sensations within it. This will put you in touch with the emotions because the emotional field is deposited in the body. This may prove uncomfortable, depending on how far down the spiritual path you are or on your mood at this time. Do this daily for a few minutes as a means of acquainting your self with the inner world. If you keep this up you will begin to become more conscious. Blockages are crystallized thought pattern trapped in the body. Because your energy meridians are blocked by these emotional deposits it can be difficult to stay with it. They want to control you and usually succeed unless you learn to master them. This is why meditation can be so difficult for many
people. By dwelling mentally on the person, event or place that caused these emotional blockages, these thoughts will feed the emotional field that can be felt in the body. Untamed, the energy blockage then feeds the mind and a crazy loop pattern is set off. This, to a large extent, is what Re Calibration addresses. I realize that this is not what many of you may want to hear, but I know of no authentic way to construct a fine house without starting with a solid foundation. Following articles will get into how to manage this excavating work and how to move toward completing and finally moving into your new â€œhomeâ€?. I hope you will bear with me. For those of you who enjoy art, you can check out my artwork at this link: http://www.myspace. com/darkmaskgerardgittens To make comments or ask questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn to d raw in 3 months Art Made Easy The Art Academy offers a comprehensive study of Art and provides the student with an opportunity to earn a certificate of completion. The course is divided into 3 trimesters: Learn to draw and shade like a professional using an easy to follow step by step system Painting. Having learnt colour theory and mixing you go on to complete at least ten increasingly impressive paintings Create tremendous depth in your original pieces as you master drawing in perspective with impressive pen and ink finishes Courses are open to: - Students of art (14 years and up) - Individuals wishing to develop a talent in art Contact: Gerard Gittens 34 Pacific Avenue, Paradise West, Tacarigua T: (868) 640-5321 . E: email@example.com
Saving energy means saving money Garfield King First published in Earth Conscious, April 2009
ave the planet? What’s it ever done for me? I recently heard someone say that, jokingly of course, but it did get me thinking about the payback for trying to live as if the environment is a partner in my life rather than something that gets in the way. When asked to recycle, save energy, or live green many people will think “what’s in it for me?” The comments I usually hear can be summed up this way, “Where’s the incentive? After all, in this modern world where technology makes it easy for me to do very little and think even less, why should I turn my comfortable lifestyle on its head and worry about stuff that’s not likely to affect me? I mean, climate change and all those trendy issues won’t trouble Planet Earth until long after I have left it.” Well, the effects of climate change and our unbalanced relationship with the environment are already with us. Have you noticed the shift in weather patterns that have affected farmers? Have you or someone you know been affected by the floods that catch us woefully unprepared? Have you heard fishermen warning about the pollution 28
in our rivers and seas threatening marine life? Has your weekend lime ever been spoiled by the reckless disposal of garbage that has turned some beaches and recreation areas into playgrounds for rats and snakes? In 2008 officials at the US Centre for Disease Control warned that the potential effects of global warming range from an increase in catastrophic weather events like hurricanes and heat waves, to a reduction in the quality of our water and food. The real incentive Even with all the information about the possible devastating impact climate change may have on the quality of our lives in the years ahead and our future safety, the real incentive for many people to live a greener life is when they realise there’s money to be saved right now. As the mood of economic uncertainty continues to weigh on our shoulders it’s just plain common sense to look for ways to get more out of what you have and for what you spend. Saving energy reduces CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions - one of the main greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. Saving energy means saving money. How much? Well, that’s up to you and depends on what actions you take. For example, you could save hundreds of dollars a year by switching off. Don’t leave your TV, DVD players, and music centres on standby, switch them off. Instead of charging your cell phone overnight, charge it for a couple of hours. You’ll save money and help reduce the impact of climate change.
Giving your fridge-freezer regular care and attention could save you some cool cash and extend the life of the appliance. Regular defrosting (if it’s not frost-free), positioning out of direct sunlight and away from the cooker will make your fridge-freezer more efficient. Vapours from liquids make the fridge work harder, so keep them covered. Clean the door seals and replace them if they’re damaged. The CO2 emissions from your fridge will be reduced and the foods inside will likely stay fresh for longer. This adds up to even more savings. Eating locally grown food is not only
repositioning our desks to capture maximum light for more hours of the day and making use of natural ventilation we’ve been able to reduce the electricity bill. Getting more out of what is used is a more efficient model that can lead to increased profits, while saving valuable resources. This adds up to more money in your pocket, less contribution to pollution and wastage and the creation of a healthier environment. Recycling can play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions. According to the Energy Saving Trust in the UK “The amount we recycled in the UK last year saved the same
a healthy option, but also helps reduce the effects of climate change. Imported produce has to travel hundreds or even thousands of miles to get to us. Imagine the fuel and other energy used en route. Locally produced foods require less energy to get to the diner table. Eating local also helps the local economy and that has to be good news for all of us.
amount of carbon as taking 5 million cars off the road.” So, if all the scientific and ethical arguments are not enough to convince someone you know that dealing with climate change and reducing carbon emissions is good for all of us, you can always point out that being Earth Conscious and saving energy means saving money.
In the workplace When you’re at work, look around to see where waste can be reduced. It has been estimated that UK businesses lose up to 4% of annual turnover every year through avoidable waste. Greening your workplace includes reducing waste. The strategy adopted will depend on the nature of the business. It could be simple measures like using both sides of a sheet of paper; printing pages only when essential; energy-saving lighting throughout the building; switching off lights when not required; using ceramic cups instead of plastic or Styrofoam; recycling any non-hazardous material in the manufacturing process. I know in our tiny office at home, my wife and I have been able to save money by using the blank side of printed pages as note pads and printing in draft mode until the final document is ready to print. Also, by
If you want to save some money by cutting your energy bills, reducing your carbon emissions, recycling or any other Earth conscious strategy, you might want to visit the BBC’s climate change Bloom website. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bloom/ Also, have a look at National Geographic’s Green Guide for Everyday Living. http://www.thegreenguide.com/ There are endless resources online. They can be a good starting point if you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the mountains of information coming at you from all sides. Some of the tips of course will need to be modified for our use in the Caribbean. Some websites you could check for more information on swapping clothes: http:// www.swishing.org and http://www.swapstyle.com/
Healin g m a y n o t b e s o m u c h a b o u t g ett i n g b ette r, a s a b o u t l etting go of ev e r y t h i n g t h a t i s n â€™ t y o u - a l l o f t h e ex p e c ta t i o n s , a l l o f the beliefs - a n d b e co m i n g w h o y o u a r e . R a c h e l Na o m i Rem en S n ow p et re l over p a n ca ke i c e by Kev i n Bilyk; http://w w w.flickr.com/photos/86445296@N00/Kevin Bilyk 30
ociety and tradition direct us toward linking with a particular life partner or mate, but in reality no one person can meet all our emotional needs. When we demand that our boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, be everything to us, it can lead to resentment, bitterness and violence. No-one benefits. The partners are constantly dissatisfied with each other and children lose out because they live in a troubled home. To survive, thrive and function at optimum level, we need to consciously establish and nurture a variety of relationships that enable us to look after our personal well being - our mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. Most of us need a primary partner or “significant other” - someone who is a special
aughter – it’s just hilarious how good it is for you
friend, sexual partner, confidante, a source of support and an active co-parent. Everyone also needs a close friend. Preferably someone in similar circumstances with whom one can share confidences, explode, cry and laugh. One who listens well, can be trusted with secrets, who is open and honest. Playmates are also essential. We need people who allow us to laugh, play the fool and let off steam in healthy ways. Then there is a need for a mentor or spiritual guide: someone to share spiritual things with, one who inspires, challenges and is unafraid to pull you up when you need it. And of course, a two-way, loving relationship with the one you call God is essential for deep experiences of unconditional love and a sense of a larger, eternal reality.
L a u g h t e r
Staying active and regular workouts are good for the body, we know that. But studies now suggest that laughter can also bring some surprising benefits. These include improved cholesterol and blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, a strengthened immune system and a healthy appetite. The latest study, presented recently at the 2010 Experimental Biology conference in Anaheim, California, focused on the appetite effects of a good laugh. Researchers measured the hormone levels of 14 volunteers before and after they watched a
distressing or hilarious video clip. The researchers were particularly interested in two hormones which regulate appetite. The appetite hormones did not change significantly as people watched the upsetting video. But after the amusing video clip hormone levels changed as if the participant had engaged in moderate physical exercise. Study researcher Lee Berk, says the finding adds to the understanding that the body’s response to repetitive laughter is similar to the effect of repetitive exercise. Medical experts say while the findings are interesting the sample size was very small, so more research needs to be done.
O p e n M i n d : E v e n t s & Organizations
he energy of change and rebirth is all around us. Mother Earth is rebirthing herself to host the new, evolved Human Angels (us) in the New Age. Massive Earth changes: floods, tsunamis, storms and earthquakes etc. have become the norm. All birthing is painful. In the New Age we will have light bodies and live in a world of peace and love. This will happen when we realize that we are ALL ONE and what we do affects each other and our home planet. Presently humans are evolving spiritually and physically to inhabit the new Earth. The mission of the Andromeda Foundation is to prepare souls for this mass ascension in consciousness through our Spiritual Wisdom School which incorporates both healing and teaching. Ascension is achieved through initiations. Most humans are currently doing their third or fourth initiation. When you complete the sixth initiation Ascension is attained. This means immortality, world service and freedom from rebirth. It is not a matter of choice. We are all engaged in the process whether we are aware of it or not. We volunteered for this by coming to Earth. Our purpose here is to help ourselves, Earth and humanity to ascend. We do this by raising our own level of spirituality and completing our sacred contract with God. Jesus, St. Germain and other masters took many lifetimes to complete their ascension. However, God/dess has given many dispensations so that ALL may ascend in this lifetime. For those who are unaware the process goes slowly. The aim is to merge with oneâ€™s Higher Self and I AM Presence to complete
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Ascension. The Andromeda Foundation has the tools to help. Workshops consist of channeling the Higher Self and Guide as well as lectures on aspects of Ascension such as: What is Ascension, Sacred Contracts, Karma and the Violet Fire, Life in the Fifth Dimension, DNA activation and Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT). Sessions on the Art and Science of Dying and Healing are also available. All workshops are based on material channeled by the inner plane Ascended Masters including Dr. Joshua Stone, Jesus, and Melchizedek. Some of these have been published in the Andromeda articles in the TnT Sunday Mirror. An Opening to Channel workshop is scheduled to take place in January 2011. This is a prerequisite of the Ascension 1 class, which is scheduled to begin in February/March 2011. Students benefit from free Spiritual Clearings and a DNA activation. Clearings can improve/ remove problems arising from health, emotional and karmic issues. When soul blocks are removed it can have a positive effect on your mental emotional and physical well being. It becomes easier to connect to God/dess and ascend the spiritual ladder. The services of the Andromeda Foundation are available to members of the public. All facilitators are Reiki Masters and competent in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Healing Touch and Extra Terrestrial Healing. Find out more at www.andromedafoundation.com or call Anne Elder on 746-5771 or 386-4155
Manifest Miracles through the Guidance of your Soul A series of dynamic Kundalini Yoga workshops
When you understand who and what you are, your radiance projects into the universal radiance and everything around you becomes creative and full of opportunity. (Yogi Bhajan)
011 is the beginning of the Age of Aquarius. Hard Times will begin to give way to greater peace and prosperity for those who properly prepare themselves. Our pains, problems, and struggles cannot be resolved by looking outside ourselves. The only power that will save us and prevail lies within each of us; it can be accessed by tapping into the full potential of Consciousness. We all have the natural mechanisms to thrive during intense change: sensitivity, intuition, meditative mind, seven chakras and protective aura, and the steady guidance of the soul. When we experience our exalted Self and feel the powerful presence of the Soul, peace reigns in our lives. Eventually all will know and use the voice of the Soul for guidance and success. A proven effective technology for accessing the Soul and manifesting a steady flow of happiness is an ancient system called Kundalini Yoga. A complete body of powerful practices, Kundalini Yoga produces miracles of healing, and physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Upcoming opportunities for Training Introduction Lead trainer Guru Meher Singh Khalsa of Los Angeles will be in Trinidad over the weekend of 22 – 23 January 2011 to offer a series of self-mastery workshops based on the technology of Kundalini Yoga. MORE LOVE, MORE MONEY - Direct your desires to create satisfaction, contentment, fulfilment of your life purpose. EMOTIONAL LIBERATION - learn to harness the intense energy of your feelings for healing and success. Transform anxiety, anger, and even depression into allies to your progressive well being.
YOUR LIFE QUESTIONS ANSWERED - Learn to quickly and reliably consult your own personal Guru—the Divine Soul. Full day workshop featuring a variety of powerful yogic techniques. Go deeper Gain the knowledge and confidence to challenge yourself and venture beyond subconscious limitations to discover your amazing potential, power and purpose. Experience deep, lasting self-transformation through a full 200 hour immersion training in the yogic technique and lifestyle called The Aquarian Teacher. This fully accredited teacher training in Kundalini Yoga, to be held in Trinidad in March and July 2011, is the first of its kind in the Caribbean. It includes non-residential and residential options for three, week-long intensive training sessions. This course is designed for you—whether you want to transform your life and expand your consciousness, become a certified teacher or deepen your experience of Kundalini Yoga. All are welcome. Guru Meher Singh Khalsa began studying under Yogi Bhajan in 1981, and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga ever since. He is the Director of Teacher Training at Yoga West, Yogi Bhajan’s original studio in Los Angeles, travels internationally to train teachers in Level One and Two programs, and works with the Aquarian Academy to train the next generation of teacher trainers. As a professional Life Coach, he helps people identify and transform personal blocks to their happiness and fulfillment, and as a public speaker introduces non-yogic audiences to bodymind-spirit training. For more information and registration please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marilyn Ali – 773-6700, Elspeth Duncan – 786-2539 Hari Sant – 628-3335, Deirdre Ramirez – 362-5996.
The School of Philosophy The primary aim is to provide a systematic study and practical guidance for men and women wishing to embark on the journey towards Selfrealization, awareness and contentment. The School’s curriculum is inspired by the world’s great universal teachings. Particular emphasis is given to the philosophy of the unity of the Self, the works of Plato, his Florentine follower Ficino, Emerson and others who speak of discovering an underlying unity and joy in all things. The School of Practical Philosophy is staffed and cared for by its own students on a purely voluntary basis, without remuneration. Its tutors are all students of the school who have studied their subject for many years. In addition to presenting Practical Philosophy to the community, students have taken the universal principles presented and, through study and devotion, applied them to the disciplines of Economics, Law, Calligraphy, Education, Art, Science, Music, and others. The results have led to a wealth of great beauty, creativity, and understanding. Public lectures and concerts are some of the ways the students and the School have so far been able to share with the community the benefits they have received. INTRODUCTORY COURSE “philosophy works” A 10 session programme in “Self Development” designed as a model for pursuing answers to questions such as, Who am I? Can I realize my true potential? What am I meant to be doing in this life? The programme shows that
these questions are not only of passing theoretical interest, but can form part of an effective strategy for living. The result is happiness, freedom and success. DATES AND FEES The dates and times for the next introductory course are as follows: PORT OF SPAIN Beginning Monday 10th January 2011, 6:00 - 8 p.m Beginning Saturday 15th January 2011, 9:30 - 12.00 noon DRETCHI (Association for the Hearing Impaired) Wrightson Road, (Before John Donaldson Technical Institute) SAN FERNANDO Beginning Monday 10th January 2011, 6:00 - 8 pm UPFLOW -Upstairs Teachers Credit Union Independence Avenue (Opposite The Hospital) Beginning Saturday 15th January 2011, 9.30 - 12.00 noon Renaissance Preparatory School (Hubert Rance Street, Vistabella) All Courses run for 10 weeks. Contribution: $300.00 For registration Call 680-1078 or on the first evening or morning of attendance. The School of Philosophy is a non-profit education charity incorporated by parliamentary Act No. 23 of 1991.
Andromeda Foundation Spiritual Teachers and Healers Workshops 1 HEALING WORKSHOP Saturday February 19th Time: 9:00 – 11:30 am Cost: $200 Learn self-help methods to heal pain & trauma: Healing Touch, Source Healing, EFT & TAT
2 OPENING TO CHANNEL WORKSHOP Saturday March 19th, 26th , April 2nd ,9th Time 9:00 – 11:30 am Cost: $700 Learn about 2012, the 5th dimension and DNA activation & Contacting your Higher Self & Guide FREE OPENING SEMINAR & REGISTRATION!! SAT. MARCH 12TH – 9:00-11:30 am LIMITED SPACES!! Tel: Ann 746-5771 to register
Introduction to Buddhist practice:
Private healing sessions for people who need healing on any level, physical, mental or emotional. Counselling, deep relaxation, Korean Hand Acupuncture, pranic healing, sound and vibration healing, and chakra energy balancing to assist people in regaining balance and health in their lives.
From mid-January for 10 weeks in Cascade
Call Rinchen: 710 8413. Gyaltso on 684 5776 Email: monk.rinchen@ gmail.com
Karen Stollmeyer, MA, Yogacharya, Yoga Therapist Tel: 768-1251
All are very welcome to come. There are no charges for any of our activities and meetings. Donations will be accepted .
B L ISS Y O G A TE A CHE RS Hatha Yoga Studio Long Circular Road, POS Yoga for adults, children and teens; Yoga for kids with special needs; Pre-natal yoga Certified Bliss Yoga Teachers Rachel Guillen 620-7224
Rachel Choo Quan 681-0487