Highlight : Jelila

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How did you transition from the Corporate world in London to being a healer in Bali?

I was ready!  I was practicing yoga and 5 Rhythms dance for 7 or 8 years… studying spirituality, absorbing hundreds of personal development books. I had my own art studio and was making art and having shows for 17 years and my art is a way of looking deeply within– it’s a kind of meditation and also is where I learned to stop listening to the critical inner voice ‘you can’t put red there!’ – as ‘I already did!’

When I left BNP Paribas, where I was a consultant in IT and systems design, I enjoyed a hero’s sendoff –my journey out of Corporate, to Bali was a journey that my colleagues might have loved to make.

In Ubud, Bali, I began teaching Kundalini Yoga.  Then, I was initiated into Advanced Light Language – a powerful healing modality using sacred geometry, light and colour, and I began to realise my gift as a healer.

What kind of healing do you do?

Using The Reprogramming™, my deep talking and transformation process, I help you access the web of hidden core negative beliefs that may be trapping you.  It’s dynamic and fun – often surprising, as we uncover and release your true root causes! 

To clear emotional baggage, you lay on the bed and I use intuitive healing with a high vibration of light, cocooning you in sound healing music and crystals until you feel lighter and happier.

Why do you do it?

I do it because it’s easy for me, because I am good at it, because it is intriguing, and because I get great results for people, and that is very satisfying.

What transformations have you experienced and witnessed in others?

Oh, difficult to choose! So many great moments over 20 years and more than 10,000 clients.

The best, is in myself – I now have inner peace.  I no longer suffer from negative or critical mind talk at all.  I feel that is a fantastic achievement!  How many people do you know with POSITIVE mind chatter?  I guide my clients to reach that peace as well, when they complete my program The Gift of Harmony, a deep step-by-step transformation, to release core issues and balance 4 (normally warring!) parts of yourself.

At the Four Seasons, where I was Master in Residence, one client, a company chairman, said I transformed her life.  I helped her let go of 30 years of grief.

Another client said he wouldn’t have had his child, without “The Gift of Harmony”. It helped him resolve relationship issues and commit.  Now his lovely daughter is 11.

Several clients have said ‘I wish I’d met you 10 years ago – I would have saved thousands of dollars in therapy!’ – you can see comments like this on my Tripadvisor – ‘Jelila Spiritual Healer’.

Crystals are obviously an important part of your work – how do you use them?

I was blown away when I first discovered the power of crystals – I was asked to do a crystal healing and found I could just naturally do it – I felt I was tapping into knowledge that I already knew!

In Singapore, at Sanctum, and Basic Essence Healing Centres, I continued practicing crystal healing, using the power of the crystals to move energy, release negativity, balance emotions, harmonise chakras, and create peace and wellbeing. 

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How did your Crystal Healing Necklaces come about?

Individual crystals got lost in the bed, so one day I created a ‘chord’ of crystals, 1.2 metres long – a strand of rainbow crystals to balance the chakras – “The Yoga Chord”.  I love using it for healing as it is so easy to move anywhere on the body.  My clients loved it too, and wanted to buy it to wear, and so my healing crystal necklace range was born.

How do you use them?

Wear them, and place on the body during Crystal Healing.  More about my methods and how to use my healing crystal necklaces are in my book ‘The Power of Crystals’.

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How do you program your crystals?

I set an intention, then I ‘talk’ to the crystals, until they agree to do it!

How do people feel when they wear your crystals?

Uplifted, positive, happier, more focused.  My clients adore them –especially the Yoga Chord –if it breaks, they can’t wait to get a new one!

You replace them if they break?

Yes because a crystal can break when a pattern breaks.  Obviously my clients are always advancing, so this does happen!  That’s why I guarantee them.  I usually tell them why it broke. 

Are you psychic?

Yes of course!  I am clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient – I can see, hear, feel, and know what is going on with you, and I have ‘inner guides’ who tell me. 

How about your music?

I sing my own healing songs, live, to my clients.  I sing ‘Light Language’ a funny sounding language that people say touches their soul.  It conveys deep emotions and knowledge through the vehicle of sound healing.  It reaches the parts others can’t reach. My song ‘The Law of Attraction’ teaches how to manifest your desires, and also has a positive, attractive vibe to help that happen!  Here is an excerpt, you can listen and download the song and read the full lyrics, at the link below: 

The Law of Attraction

by © Jelila 2005 All Rights Reserved:

Constructive thoughts will win the day, so it pays, to take time to perfect your creations –in your head first. 

Make your imagined design the most perfect thing you can – as an idea, a mental plan – before you make it.   

That way, you won’t have to break it down, and do it again, another day! 

Like this, you’ll avoid strife, and easily bring the thing to life, in the perfect way. 

That’s the Law of Attraction! 

For the full song click here!

And your CDs?

I’ve recorded 14 CD themes of my healing music.  My favourite is Lullaby for the Inner Child – deeply soothing, with words your inner child loves to hear, it starts off with peaceful Light Language song.

How about your other books?

The Gift of Harmony portrays your inner world in a new yet simple way that is wonderful for relationships.  Alien Wedding reveals some ancient negativity you can cleanse, The Reprogramming I and II, let you learn from (fictionalised) healing sessions of others and release stuff yourself as well.  All are available on Amazon and Kindle and in my online store.

One last thought?

Don’t give up!  Everything is possible, and it’s easier than you think.

With The Reprogramming™, you can reach any issue, change anything, when you reach and release the core negative beliefs that are truly driving you – and in days and hours, not years! 

My intention is to help you overcome any issues gracefully and go on your way, as soon as possible, living a happy life! 

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http://www.jelila.com

© Lightening Magazine 2016

Highlight : Jonny Freesh

 

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It pains me to say this, but there are quite a few people these days who have a negative opinion of hip hop, and I think they’re justified. When you look at some of the ways it is represented in the mainstream media, it makes sense. Radio stations are flooded with uninspired songs touting shallow pursuits like designer clothes and emotionless sex. Rap icons glorify violence and drug dealing. And major hip hop blogs spend more time covering twitter beef and groupie fights than the music itself. But that’s not what hip hop is supposed to be about, and it’s certainly not what it was when it started. Most people think that “hip hop” refers only to the music, but in reality, when the term was coined it encompassed five pillars; rapping, DJing, B-Boying, Graffiti and arguably most importantly, Knowledge of Self. Regardless of which of the first four pillars you engaged in, it was always a path to the 5th pillar. Today I’m going to talk about using my favorite of these pillars, rapping, to increase my knowledge of self, as well as heal some of my past wounds in the process.

For those of you who have listened to my music or seen me perform, you may remember me best for my comedic songs. They tend to be the ones that people enjoy the most. But if you’ve dug a little deeper you will probably find that I can get quite introspective with my lyrics. In fact, even with my comedic songs I will often do this. I like combining levity with seriousness because it makes inner work fun. I want the pursuit of personal growth to be enjoyable, and I can’t think of a more joyous way to do that than to rap about losing my pants while taking a long, hard look at what’s underneath. The surface that is, not my pants.

“Then I found my pleats just in time for a hot date with,

this girl I met at the class with all of the sadists,

I was gonna put on my best mask so she would be fascinated

but then I realised that I would only find true love if I showed up truly naked”

Many times in my life I’ve put on a mask to impress someone, whether that be a friend, a teacher, an employer, or a prospective lover. And after writing a four minute song of comedic punchlines about misplacing my corduroys (which are making a comeback soon I swear to you), I somehow stumbled upon this nugget of wisdom. This is often the progression of events when I write. No matter what the subject is, I will almost inevitably circle back to uncovering something about myself. Or at the very least reminding myself of a lesson that I may have forgotten.

I lived in Ubud for 3 years and I experimented with my fair share of healing modalities, for lack of a better word. Some of them were very powerful. Some of them were downright dangerous. The realization that I kept coming back to, over and over again, was that the most potent healer in the world, is always yourself. I believe that there are many great healers that can help, and many amazing tools to improve your own capacity for healing, but regardless of who or what you engage in, responsibility for self is always the key. And there is no chance of responsibility for self without knowledge of self.

Which brings me back to hip hop. There are few things in the world that I find more ecstatic than finishing an awesome verse and rapping it all the way through for the first time. And then performing that song live for the first time and getting an enthusiastic crowd reaction. So with the idea that all hip hop pursuits are meant to funnelled into an increased knowledge of self constantly in my mind, I can heal myself while I do what I love. In fact, I can’t think of a better way to heal myself. So let me give you an example of when I recently had a major epiphany while writing a song. The track is about this sensation I’ve experienced lately where my mental perspective and emotional state spin around so fast that I can’t tell what is true and what is ego, and all I can do is just sit back and watch. I knew I was going to write about this when I started but I had no idea where it would go. But when I’m focused and in the zone, my words tend to go where I need them to. They took me to a girl I had recently developed feelings for. One minute I was in love with her, the next I thought my desire stemmed from my ego fearing the loss of her. I realised that this whole spinning sensation had blossomed from my ambivalent feelings for her, and that it was seeping into the rest of my life. So I explored this by writing about it, and by the end of the verse, out popped the epiphany. It was something that had been holding me back for a long time and I never even realised it.

I discovered that I had a deep rooted belief that I could only achieve my goals if I was alone, and so I was preventing myself from pursuing romantic relationships and unconsciously using this excuse to justify it. This realisation cleared up my thoughts and emotions, the spinning sensation subsided, and I was able to feel clearly what I truly wanted. So I went for it. And though I didn’t get it, I’m much better off for trying. I’m pretty much always better off for trying, and I couldn’t even begin to count how many incredible things making hip hop has influenced me to try.

Jonny Freesh is a 3rd culture kid originally from Canada, last seen in Indonesia and now found frequenting hip hop nights in Melbourne. He brings a truly original brand of hip hop to the table that he likes to call “explosively quirky”, and is known best for his visually jaw-dropping music videos. When he’s not rapping about losing his pants or his beard, you’ll probably catch him ranting about how crowdfunding platforms like Patreon are the future of the music industry.

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© Lightening Magazine 2016

Highlight : NCG

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In 2011 I suffered from a knee injury where I was no longer able to dance. After the initial shock of the injury news, I decided that I had to find a new way to express myself that would be non-impacting for my joints so I created “City Is My Playground. I began sampling from my many years of Hip Hop dance training, drawing specific inspiration upon the “freeze” component or static shapes one creates with their bodies from the art of breakin’ (breakdance). I then integrated this freeze form athleticism and blended in the mindfulness and posturing influence inspired by my Pilates education and teaching. The final ingredient was transferring this new found mode of self expression of static shapes and forms using my body, from the studio out into the city. I started to explore the vibrant streetscapes and street structures that surround us and how I could integrate bold physical shapes and forms with their support.

I want to inspire people to start looking at the city as their playground, and look beyond traditional methods of training, self expression and creative physicality.

For me, the city is the canvas and the street structures are the tools. It’s about having fun in the places and spaces we live in and having a sense of pride towards our surroundings and environment.

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Through the unique blend of body art (or what I describe as physical graffiti) and cityscape urban furniture, my mission is to flip the way people view and experience their city.

I lead “Flex in the City” workshops, where we follow a specific adventure route around the City. Using a creative and playful approach, I draw upon low impact mixed modalities/movements, introducing creative isometrics- static shapes or as I call them “flexes”- and Pilates/athletic dance based conditioning, to build core and upper body strength.

I am sensitive to the fact that this is a new style of physical training, therefore I ease people in. The aim is to inspire others to look at what’s around them that they can strike a shape in, on or between. It’s so much fun to go out with a group flexing around the city, whilst getting friendly with the doorways, streetposts and walls that surround us. The possibilities for creative physical expression are endless.

Having travelled to NYC and Paris with City is my Playground, I hope to bring the Flex in the City workout to more people in as many cities as I can. I am passionate about sharing the tools and techniques that I have found so useful to maintain my passion and physicality, whilst empowering people to start looking at the city as their playground and have fun with it

The second movement experience that I have developed is the Free Your Spine Series. The live masterclass consists of 8 short movement sequences, that focus on spinal flexibility and mobility, whilst stressing the importance of moving.

Sitting is fast becoming the smoking of the 21st century.

The digital and office worker lifestyle that we live in means that our bodies are becoming more and more sedentary and less and less active.I really want to encourage people to take a few minutes out of their day to get moving in an accessible, fun and informative way.

Having been a Pilates educator for over a decade, it is not uncommon to meet many people with a slipped disc or severe lower back complaint. The Free Your Spine series delivers accessible movement sequences which will wake up the bodies innate way of moving, whilst not compromising physical form or technique. The importance of self care and balanced cross training cannot be underestimated. Between the Flex in the City workout and the FYS method, I think there is a nice mix of strength and stretch components to help maintain an injury free life! This has been my personal movement practice and mantra for four years and I am excited to share the FYS masterclass programme. It bridges the gap between my passions: creative movement/physical therapy and holistic practices.

In essence, through a knee injury I discovered and developed a whole new way of moving and expressing. I had no choice but to create and innovate other ways of using my body. Four years on now (post injury) and it is a privilege to be able to share the work and mission behind both City is my Playground and Free Your Spine.

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© Lightening Magazine 2016

Highlight : Brett Bevell

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Excerpt from The Wizards Guide To Energy Healing: 

Chapter 1 What Is Energy Healing?

THE UNIVERSE IS CONSCIOUS. I first recognised this two decades ago when I began engaging a number of alternative healing techniques to overcome my own childhood trauma, trauma which was complex and deep, far too complex for traditional psychotherapy to conveniently unwind. As I engaged these techniques, which ranged from shamanic healing to rebirthing to energy healing, I noticed quick and radical changes that were very positive beginning to happen in my own life. I also noticed my own level of awareness grew, my intuition became more sharp, and I was overcome with the constant peculiar sense that the universe was conscious and aware of me. The deeper down I went exploring these alternative methods of healing, the better I felt about myself and my body, and my emotional awareness grew. I was able to eventually feel the energetic attachments between me and those who had abused me decades ago. I was then taught how to sever and release those attachments, these energetic strings that had kept me like a puppet victim for so many years no matter how much traditional therapy I did. Once those attachments were cut, I felt empowered to be free and have been on an amazing journey ever since.

Energy healing works with the premise that everything in existence is made of light and has an energetic signature. This concept corresponds with the string theory in modern physics that the smallest, most basic particles of creation are oscillating and vibrating, almost like the music from the strings of a guitar. These energy signatures affect us all the time. If we are in a room that is full of joy, we feel that vibration. Similarly, if you enter a room where people have been fighting and arguing it often holds a very different energetic signature, what some might call bad vibes. What energy healing does is address those fundamental energetic signatures, even those energetic signatures from the past that can impact the present and future.

We cannot change past events, but we can change the notes, the tune that those strings from the past are sending into the future. We can also change the energetic signatures of our own cells for physical healing, as well as change the energetic signatures in our emotions to change how we feel about ourselves and the world.

A Magical Awakening healing session is actually quite creative from the healer’s point of view. The healer goes into a place of deep listening, allowing the Divine consciousness within the energy itself to unfold and teach the healer what needs to happen next. It is more a healing art and not a science. This also allows the healer to let go of their ego, let go of the need to fix or heal anyone. Instead, they are simply playing with numerous Divine energetic signatures the same way a musician riffs on various notes during a jazz improv session. The beauty and joy of this is often felt as much by the healer as the person being healed, though the positive healing results for the person receiving the healing are astonishing. One person whom I gave three treatments to told me it changed their life and that they no longer felt the need to be in therapy after fifteen years. Also, a Magical Awakening session can be sent to numerous people simultaneously. At Omega Institute, where I work and teach, I often give half hour long sessions to a room of twenty or more people all simultaneously, and have on rare occasion worked on as many as one hundred people at once.

Energy healing at this level leads the healer into awakened states of consciousness, often being able to see karmic patterns, past life issues, and even the core spark of Divinity residing inside each person. As you learn to unwind the debris that covers that core spark, more light begins to shine outward into all aspects of your life. You also begin to realize that the universe itself is a dream, a playful dream. As a healer, you loosen, let go, laugh, and come to realize you are playing with the Divine and nothing more, that the joy of energy healing at its deepest level is simply energetic play, a game with the Divine. I do not even think of Magical Awakening healers as being practitioners as much as wizards, like the great wizard Merlin.

Magical Awakening has its roots in the lineage of Merlin and the healing power of The Grail. The beauty of this system is that not only is it one of the most powerful energy healing systems I have been shown in terms of what one can accomplish with it, but it also works to free the mind of the wizard healer who uses it. Magical Awakening always requires that the wizard healer be fully present, open as a child, without preconceptions to where the healing is going to go. The wizard healer is asked to listen intuitively to the energy itself, and to play with it. Through this sense of magical play it is constantly reinforcing that the universe itself is a dream, a playful dream. We are nothing but haikus, little wonderful poems created by Divine imagination. It is through this playful dance that we realize we are nothing at all, and we then know simultaneously that we are everything.

Just to continue in a wizard’s spirit of play, if you would like to experience yourself inside a bubble of Divine consciousness simply put your finger inside the zero and keep it there was long as you wish

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Brett Bevell is author of the books The Wizards Guide To Energy Healing, Energy Healing for Everyone, New Reiki Software for Divine Living, The Reiki Magic Guide to Self-Attunement, and Reiki For Spiritual Healing. A poet and performance artist, he is also author of America Needs a Woman President and America Needs a Buddhist President, a poem that initially aired nationwide on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Since receiving his Reiki master initiation in 1995, Bevell has dedicated himself to discovering new Reiki techniques that work collaboratively with the higher self. These simple techniques are not only highly effective, but also shift Reiki into a practice of daily living that can transform even the most mundane aspects of our lives into works of healing.

Also a spoken-word artist, Bevell has electrified audiences around the world with his live oral recitations, and he has often been compared to the late poet Allen Ginsberg. His writing has received critical acclaim from authors such as Anne Waldmen, John Perkins, and has appeared in numerous magazines, including Earth First Journal and Tricycle. Bevell’s poetry is featured on several CDs and is part of NPR’s permanent website archives.

What People Are Saying About Brett Bevell

“Brett Bevell crosses the boundaries of time, reaching beyond Reiki ‘modality’ to reveal the true meaning of healing…inspiring the awakening soul to return to wholeness.”

—Elizabeth Harper, author of Wishing: How to Fulfill Your Heart’s Desires

“Brett Bevell outlines simple methods for utilizing the Universal Life Force Energy as a tool for spiritual awakening…powerful practices that can enlighten, as well as heal.”

— Llyn Roberts, author of Shamanic Reiki

“Brett Bevell teaches us how to shift every aspect of life, from the food and water we put into our bodies to the past, present, and future.”

— David Morehouse, PhD, author of Psychic Warrior

© Lightening Magazine 2016

Highlight : Mynoo Maryel

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What if you woke up one morning to find that your world had completely transformed?  Imagine that everything you once believed in simply makes no sense anymore: your luxurious life, your successful career, your loving partner — all of it now feels like a never-ending dream that you’ve somehow been trapped in. It’s as if you’ve been desperately trying to wake up, to swim to the surface of the water, and just cannot break through. The dream, which had originally looked as though it would be comfortable and appealing, has now become a monotonous, endless nightmare. And then, as if by magic, the ground opens, and… a hole appears. You can take the plunge and escape, not knowing where your leap will lead. Or you can choose to remain stuck in the comfortable nightmare, in familiar territory.   

This happened to me, in London. Like Alice I chose to go into Wonderland, down the rabbit hole, diving deep into my inner world. I didn’t know whether or where, when or how I would emerge on the other side (or even who would emerge). And by choosing to leap I embarked on the most thrilling, enchanting, challenging, expanding, romantic adventure I could possibly imagine. It has been and continues to be the adventure of a lifetime.

My personal spiritual journey has been full of its own dynamic twists and turns. It began in Bali, where I reconnected with my Source, my unique mastery; this is the essence of who I am and what I bring to the world.  Each of us has this mastery. My own journey has enabled me to create my 7 pillars to living an extraordinary life with ease, grace and joy, where all aspects of my life can, and do, coexist.

Putting these pillars into practice, my physical world changed dramatically. I was drawn to the ancient rocks and expansive skies of Western Australia.  This in turn connected me to the spirits of nature and to the Milky Way galaxy.  The kangaroos, emus, dolphins, mongoose, spiders, snakes and sharks, all of them became my teachers.  I started communicating with the beings of the animal and plant kingdoms and began writing down the wisdom that started to flow through me. The hardiness of the Australian bush and the deep blue oceans supported me, and gave me the courage to implement what I’d received through my writings, applying the lessons in my own life.

I understood that we are all magnificent beings in human disguise and that it is the human disguise that gets fractured (not the human being). All we have to do in order to connect to the magnificence in ourselves and in others is to embrace those fractures unconditionally.

In my rabbit hole, I shaved my head, was headhunted to lead a global women’s network in the USA and returned to Bali via Mount Shasta in California, knowing that I was ready to receive and bring into fruition the calling of my soul.   

It was on Mount Shasta, on 11/11/11, that I was gifted a surprising entry into the metaphysical world of ascended masters (a world of which I was completely unaware at the time). It is a world that is now as real to me as the swimming pool I am looking at as I write these words. St. Germain, Swami Yogananda, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Mother Theresa, the many Archangels and many, many other energies became regular visitors to my meditations and shared a whole new depth of wisdom with me. They gave me the practical processes, steps and actions to take to transform, heal and release all that is no longer in service to our highest good.  

My health transformed within a very short time. Parasites were gone, thyroid function returned to normal, irregular heartbeats normalized, high blood pressure was no longer an issue, type 2 diabetes disappeared, hormonal imbalance normalized and all other related disorders settled down.

I received a series of practices, meditations and vibration recalibration games that brought my world into alignment.

When I arrived in Bali along with my entourage of friends, guides and mentors from the metaphysical world, I received the mission of my soul. It is: “To expect and accept miracles, and to have them become the norm.”  I also received that a miracle is when something beautiful occurs that makes my heart sing. 

As I remained true to my Source, implementing the calling of my soul, I entered my own Palace of Extraordinary Miracles, The PoEM.  Miracles take place with the click of a finger, in the blink of an eye — that is the divine blessing I experience now. The miracles are there, in each moment. 

Now is the time to complete all that heals the past, because what is required as the planet activates into its new planetary grid has different frequencies, different healing vibrations and different resonances that werent available or accessible to us before.

As healers, weve already stepped into the calling of our souls, to play our part in the healing of humanity, of the beings on this planet, and of the planet itself. And weve done it, it has been achieved, mission accomplished! The planet is now in its new frequency. And that new frequency now requires that we shut off any attachment to the ways we knew.

So my invitation is to begin with your own self-healing, releasing yourself from attachments, reclaiming your original intention for becoming a healer in the first place, and stepping forth with a resolve to provide your unique capacity to heal, recalibrate and retune.

Weve moved for the first time into the energies of the New Earth. Weve shifted from the energies of command, control and competition into the 2016 vibrations of collaboration, cooperation, co-creation, coexistence, certainty, choice and charm. I invite you to leap up onto your surfboard and ride this wave! And I willingly and openly make myself available to support you, with grace and in collaboration with masters from this plane and beyond.

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For Lightening readers interested in accelerating their completions of the past and catching this New Earth energy wave to ride it all the way through, I offer a Clearing the Way session that may serve you well. More at http://bit.ly/mmsweetrelief and http://www.mynoomaryel.com

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About Mynoo Maryel

Formerly a high-flying executive and pragmatic serial entrepreneur in Europe, Asia and Australia, beginning in 2010 Mynoo Maryel (fka Mynoo Blackbyrn) experienced a series of spiritual awakenings and connected with the true mission of her soul. She entered periods of silence, during which what she now calls “downloads” — profound wisdom about restoring miracles, childlike wonder and sublime well-being to our lives — were revealed to her. She then undertook for herself what has now become The Journey Into Miracles(sm), actively applied the received wisdom to her own life and transformed, almost beyond recognition. Her own inner guidance has become her guru and guidestar, and her Journeys, for herself and with others, have been expanding ever since.

Mynoo is now the founder and visionary for The PoEM (The Palace of Extraordinary Miracles), a movement dedicated to making miracles the new norm. The PoEM’s initiatives include transformational media, vitality and wellness programming, lifestyle products and services and eco-luxury resort and retreat development.

 It is Mynoo’s great joy to share what she has learned with the world, inspiring others to discover and refine their own inner guidance and trust that it is their best teacher ever, the “guru” they have long been waiting for. That trust in turn opens the way to a life full of miracles — those beautiful and awe-inspiring experiences that make our hearts sing, fill us with gratitude, and bring us truly alive.

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© Lightening Magazine 2016

Highlight : Anthony Abbagnano

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A 13 month-old toddler wobbles towards the side of the road, just as a car approaches. “Toby! Stop!” his mother screams as she runs towards him. In that moment before he breaks into tears, the child freezes, his breath trapped in his chest. It’s a moment his being will never forget.

Each trauma we experience makes us contract, the reaction becoming a habit until as adults we become used to denying our body a full and free breath. Even a small rise in tension is enough to make it short and incomplete. Yet our breath is our most important bodily function. Without it we are brain dead in just ten minutes. In fact our brain consumes as much as 20-25% of our oxygen intake, and over the last 200 years, since the industrial revolution, we have steadily diminished the supply due to pollution, lack of exercise, and living in closed, air-conditioned environments. Our air quality has become so bad that in hospitals, the very place where health should be protected and restored, we now contract mysterious illnesses we have never seen before due to the lack of plain old ‘fresh air’.

The truth is, Breath is the greatest gift we never received.

My life is a joy because I travel the world and teach The Alchemy of Breath. Day after day I witness what happens for those who are prepared to explore the simple practice of breathing consciously. I have seen lives change direction in a day, marriages revived, addictions abandoned and depression defeated. What is it about conscious breathing that makes life change so quickly?

I believe it to be information. When we breathe consciously, its not just the oxygen supply we increase, it’s also what comes with it. There are three ways that conscious breathing can make a difference to our health; physical, psychic, and spiritual.

Let us start with the physical body. The more we research oxygen, the more we become aware of its benefits. Many diseases cannot survive in an oxygenated environment. Recovery time from serious surgery has been cut enormously by using simple conscious breathing practices. Likewise, we are developing diagnostic techniques that use the breath as the information source. Cancer can be detected in the exhale, imminent heart attack can be revealed by breath analysis, and of course for those who drink and drive, they are well aware that alcohol levels have been easily determined by examination of the exhale for over 50 years! Diagnosis as a whole is set to change over the next 5 years as a result of the understanding the Breath. It will become instant and non-invasive, as the information required is already there, in our exhale.

Google ‘breath’ and ‘detox’ and see the myriad of information about how to use the Breath for cleansing the system!

If we consider our psyche, and the example I used at the top of this article, we have found that by using the Breath we can release trauma that has been embedded in the body for a life time.  The ‘freeze, flight or fight’ reaction to traumatic impact embeds or archives the event in our body and our psyche. The loss of breath associated with trauma ensures that the memory is stuck deep inside our awareness, and thus we are easily ‘triggered’ or re-minded of the trauma in later life by outside circumstances. In order to make life more bearable, we develop coping systems that protect us from the fear of aggression or trauma, and these systems then become the shell or the shield we hide behind for safety. We lose our self-confidence and freedom of expression. Our relationship with the unknown becomes fearful, and we learn to accept a life with limited potential. We may idealise hero’s and celebrities on the outside, but inside we are dominated by limiting core beliefs that tell us we are not good enough, we don’t deserve love, or we do not belong.

The simple act of breathing consciously shows us a different story. Each free and full breath opens the veils of protection, strengthens our trust in the beauty of life, and restores our self-belief.

After one breathing session an elder woman came up to me with tears in her eyes: “My husband,” she said. “For the first time in twenty-five years he told me he loves me!”

Now if we consider the Breath in a spiritual context, let us look at the word ‘inspire’, the origins of which are to imbibe spirit (in-spirit). The dictionary of etymology (or word origins) tells us c. 1300, “immediate influence of God or a god.

For those who are greedy for spiritual uplift, Breathwork is an instant way to import information from the higher realms. As we learn to breath openly and fully, keeping each cycle of breath connected to the next, we breath into new levels of trust. Once the obstacles of trauma and the mind are out of the way, and with a regular breathing practice, this new spiritual access becomes embodied, providing us with a very clear understanding that we are spiritual beings above all, and even though our journey on this material planet may be challenging at times, by simply using the Breath we can reconnect and re-pair with our true purpose.

What seemed like problems in the past take an entirely new perspective. The trauma that has limited our lives is dissolved, and we are permitted unlimited spiritual alertness. Many times after a Breathwork session I am told “I finally understand what God is.” Or, “Now I know God is everywhere, as inside as outside.” Our connection to the divine is re-stored, and we are gifted with the knowing that duality is but an illusion after all. The inner peace that comes with this awareness is a salve to the soul.

I have identified here the three levels of the breath, how it reaches our deepest subconscious through our physical body, and connects us with the higher realms. When these three levels are connected and aligned, miracles are normal. Just as when our chakra are aligned, instant healing takes place, and permanent insights replace the impermanent concepts and notions we have clung to in the past – revealed as mere illusions that have limited our relationship with life itself.

In The Training, a one year journey with The Alchemy of Breath, we focus not just on the experiential value of a Breathwork Session, but also on what happens between the sessions. How can we best integrate this new awareness into our daily lives? We use inquiry, Alchemy Meditation, exercises, and group support to unravel the tight knots we have learned to carry inside, and dismantle the old and rusty architecture that has held us back in life. The Training is also designed to bring the student to Practitioner level, and can be supplemented to become a Trainer as well. But perhaps most important of all is the understanding that we cannot provide Healing for someone else. We can only work on ourselves, and by accepting this as our truth, then we can be alongside others in their healing journey, enabling and supporting them in their own empowerment, reassuring them that our presence cannot be shaken. Healing is not just a process but a state of being, each moment offering us the choice to renew and regenerate.

My own journey to breathwork was sequential, beginning as a young man. I remember as a ten year old, when a friend handed me a paper bag and said “Breathe into that for a minute, deep long breaths.” I did as I was told and in seconds I had collapsed and ‘saw stars’. I became a father at 18 years old, and learned and coached my wife in the LeBoyer technique over the pregnancy, which contributed to a painless natural birth of my son. Over the ensuing years I explored many breath practices, including Pranayama, Sufi Breathing, Holotropic Breathwork and Rebirthing.

But it was a near death experience that finally strung all these experiences together, when I lay in bed for three months in the paralysis of pain. Breathing was all that was left. My mind sought escape. What must I learn to end the hell?  But it was the Breath that gave me the support I needed to let everything fall to pieces, all the ideas and constructs of who I thought I was. I saw the emptiness inside the success I had achieved, and I learned to turn around to look at what I feared most in my life. By finding the dark hole in the centre of my fear – not with steeliness or resolve, but with softness and surrender – I had found a portal. What seemed the end became a new beginning, and the richness of life that I had never yet seen was shown to me.

Then I knew what I had to do.

Each inhale is the embrace of life, and each exhale is the letting go. Each inhale is an opportunity to absorb the new, and each exhale the chance to let go of what no longer serves us. There was no way I could refuse the call, and even today as I facilitate groups of up to 200 people, it is easy to see those who are called to be facilitators. There is no greater gift than to bear witness to the transformation of the human soul. If you feel the call, then you are called.

We can be the change we want to see, one breath at a time.

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Anthony Abbagnano is the founder of The Community of Healing, an international organisation that promotes the union of Western medicine with all other healing modalitiesHe is also the founder of the ARK foundation in Bali Indonesia, a centre dedicated to community health and growth of consciousness. With 8 years of personal daily breathing practice, Antonio has explored many different styles of the breath, including LeBoyer, Holotropic, Transformational, Sufi Breathing, and Pranayama.
As a result of his own healing journey, including the survival and transformation from a near death health crisis, Anthony holds tender space for the depth some need in their own healing path as well as supporting the celebration of joy and ecstasy that a breathwork practice promotes. Now a Clarity Breathwork practitioner, Anthony brings his life experiences of Motivational Speaking, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Bodytalk™ Therapy, Conscious Loving and Conscious Living Life Coaching (Hendricks Institute) to the practice. He also incorporates Sound Medicine and Aromatherapy into his Breathwork practice.
Living in Europe during the summer months and on the island of Bali the rest of the year, Anthony has created The Alchemy of Breath group workshops and private sessions.
Anthony will be offering Alchemy of Breath workshops at The Bali Spirit Festival on April 1st 2016. Alchemy of Breath Video

For more information about international online and residential trainings and a free accompanied Alchemy of Breath session that you can use at home on your own, contact Anthony Abbagnano info@alchemyofbreath.com

The Alchemy of Breath is a member of The Community of Healing.

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