Improving Life, Improving Experience Issue 3, January 2012
Hope you all enjoyed the festive period and that 2012 has started on a happy note.
It is safe to say that this month’s Hove StressBusters event (10th January) was a truly transformational experience! The session started off with Maya Zack (DHyp), one of the few Sedona Method practitioners in the UK, who gave a very informative talk introducing this powerful self-development method and the ideas behind it. The basic concept is really rather simple: by saying things such as “I am unhappy” or “I am anxious”, we identify ourselves with these emotions, we perceive them as an intrinsic part of our personality, which makes it impossible to separate ourselves from them. In contrast, if we say “I am feeling unhappy” or “I am feeling anxious”, it becomes clear that we are talking about emotions that we are currently experiencing and, as such, we can look upon them as objects that we can keep or throw away – it is entirely our choice what we do with them. Sedona Method, therefore, applies this approach of objectifying our emotions and uses a set of questions to challenge our determination to hold on to these ‘emotional bubbles’.
Sounds really simple... a bit too simple, and yet when Maya started demonstrating how these questions can alter our perception of our emotions, the entire group was absolutely stunned at the change we experienced (click the link below to see the list of Sedona Method questions we practiced with Maya) . We worked on several emotions that everyone could identify with (fear, anger, etc.) and, after going through a set of questions with Maya, these emotions were minimized and several people reported an almost physical sensation of empty space in their chest and stomach which was previously occupied with unpleasant tension related to the negative emotion. Some questions even made people laugh – it does feel really ridiculous when you realize that you are holding on to something which is rather unpleasant and yet, for no logical reason at all, you stubbornly keep holding on to it...
After this uplifting and liberating Sedona Method session, we were in for another treat (and here I am not referring just to the delicious raw chocolate bars that we were indulging in throughout the evening). Sapna Bhatiani, the energy healer who makes the aforementioned chocolate bars as a part of her mission to educate people about the benefits of superfoods, gave a brief talk about her work and the various techniques she uses.
Energy healing is not a concept familiar or acceptable to many people in Western societies. Although energy healing techniques exist in many cultures in the world, our culture generally dismisses them because they do not seem to have any solid theoretical foundation, at least not from the scientific point of view. That is why the best way to approach this topic is not so much by talking about it, but by simply trying to experience its’ benefits. This is exactly what Sapna did: she led us through several exercises, such as deep breathing (it was incredible to realize how shallow our breathing normally is!) and feeling and stretching our Chakras. This latter exercise seemed a bit whacky when we first started practicing on each other, but by the end of it most of us seemed to get it and the feelings were really... well... impossible to describe... a description of stretching the Crown Chakra that many people seemed to agree with was “like pulling stringy cheese”. To finish off, Sapna did a group Oneness (“Deeksha”) Blessing – we all sat with our eyes closed, imagining that she was touching our head, and... that was it! Again, there are no words to describe the sensations and, indeed, it is difficult to know whether different individuals had different sensations, but by the end of the session everyone looked really blissful and the overall atmosphere was euphoric.
What we have learnt with both practitioners were just a few simple tools that we can use in everyday situations to reduce our stress levels and improve our wellbeing. Of course, this was just a tiny taster of the benefits that these two quite different approaches can bring to us. Maya and Sapna are both participating in the Hove StressBusters Christmas Offer (valid until 7th of March 2012) so anyone interested in their approaches should make the most out of this Offer.
Continuing the theme of energy work, our February event will include a taster of Tai Chi as well as an evidence-based discussion of the benefits of Reiki healing. We do hope many of you will be able to join us next month and keep spreading the word: the more people get involved, the more diverse and interactive our events are going to be!