Beautiful Bjork : Utopia

It goes without saying really, that Bjork is one of the most important artists of the 21st Century and is fully attuned to the possibilities of healing through voice, sound and music. Her otherworldly qualities often suggest that she is a creature somewhere between human, superhuman and extra terrestrial; yet her constant humility and contradictory mix of fragility and strength are beyond endearing. She is a true living icon and a talent like no other.

We love this behind the scenes video on the making of her album Black Lake.

She is always full of surprises with every new album she offers and with a plethora of talented collaborators in her creative embrace. Her look and sound are always on the cutting edge of style and innovation and her new album Utopia is nothing less than mind-blowingly impressive both sonically and visually.

Check out the latest music video for “Blissing me out” and then go and have some fun browsing around her website BJORK HOMEPAGE and listen to/buy the new album BJORK UTOPIA  and you will likely find yourself being transported into multiple other dimensions at the same time.

Video credits:

Directed by Tim Walker & Emma Dalzell Creative Direction by Björk Director of Photography – James Henry Lighting Director – Paul Burns Producer – Jeff Delich Stylist – Edda Guðmundsdóttir Dress – Pam Hogg Shoes by Gucci Braid ornaments – James Merry Makeup Artist – Hungry Steady Cam Operator – Tommi Marshall 1st Assistant Camera – Þór Elías 2nd Assistant Camera – Daníel Gylfason Gaffer – Finni Sænski DIT – Benedikt Vilborgar Og Jóhannesson Local Production – Oli Páll Torfason & Daddi Bjarna Post Production – Coffee & TV

Blissing Me Lyrics:

All of my mouth was kissing him now into the air i am missing him is this excess texting a blessing or just two music nerds obsessing he reminds me of the love in me i’m celebrating on a vibrancy sending each other mp3s falling in love to a song this handsommest of wickermen he asked if i could wait for him now how many lightyears this interim while falling in love with his songs his hands are good in protecting me touching and caressing me but would it be trespassing wanting him to be blissing me robbing him of his youth cliffhanger like suspension my longing has formed its own skeleton bridging the gap between singletons sending each other these songs the interior of these melodies is perhaps where we are meant to be our physical union a fantasy i just fell in love with so i reserve my intimacies i bundle them up in packages my rawward longing far too visceral did i just fall in love with love?

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The Power of Sisterhood by Lauren Lee

Now, more than ever, we are being called to stand up, speak our truths and live with compassion, authenticity and fearless hearts. Many of us are feeling a call to live more sustainably and protect the earth, to learn/share integrated practices which help us to live from a place of love and not fear. Our individual efforts are 100% needed for a collective shift…

This is why I teach yoga and meditation.

I know that these teachings have given me tools to step out of my personal addictions, and help me to make better decisions daily. And with my own healing, I can offer more support and love to those around me. I can live a life of service and have the most positive impact in the world.

Most importantly, I know that these practices bring people together in community and that ideas become more powerful when shared…

This shift in consciousness is the rise of the Divine Feminine. The energy of the female is potent — She gifts us the qualities of creativity, intuition, protection, holistic thought, collaboration, empathy and unconditional love…all of which have been ignored and abused within our society for far too long.

While men have an equally important role to play, it is women’s time to gather in sisterhood to encourage mass collaboration and love as the qualities our society will recognise and hold sacred moving forwards.

This is why I share the practices of yoga and mindfulness through retreat immersions around the world. I want EVERY human to first treat themselves with the love and respect they deserve through heathy lifestyle habits: high vibe nourishment through diet, sleep patterns, physical movement and time for reflection and relaxation to bring awareness to the parts of us we need to nourish (or begin to nourish) daily. I want women to learn to accept themselves exactly as they are, to see themselves as a beautiful and unique Goddess and live with more sweetness. Most important, I want everyone to experience the gift of sacred community: what it feels like to be seen, heard and felt from a place of neutrality. When we feel nourished from within and supported from those around us, we naturally rise into our highest selfs.

This is the power of Divine Sisterhood. Our sisters provide the platform for loving-kindness and a safe haven of support. Our sisters help shape-shift us into better partners, mothers and daughters. They remind us of our power and responsibilities as women of the world. They hold us accountable without shame or blame. They honour our uniqueness and help us integrate with tenderness. The power of sisterhood is fierce, creative, loving and a change-maker…and this energy resides within each one of us.

As we are all a direct mirror reflection of one another, it is imperative we take initiative and become mentors for the world. Women must celebrate and collaborate with one another in order to encourage those around us to follow suit.

And when enough of us support one another to take action, the system will naturally adapt to support us. There is a ripple effect which will spread far and wide.

But it begins on an individual level…

It is our birth right to step into our highest selves — to be happy, healthy and give back to the entire eco-system that is our global family. This is a call to action to create more Divine Sisterhood in our lives. Together, women can change the world. I feel it. I believe it with every single cell in my being. Things are just getting good and I am so honoured to be here, right now, alongside you.

The Divine Goddess within me, recognises the Divine Goddess within each and every one of you.

Let’s THRIVE in 2017!

LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures.

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Holding Space by Giada D.

Have you ever walked into a room and felt an expansion in your heart as you breathe in?

What about the opposite experience- have you ever walked into a room and felt a sweep of fear or contraction in your gut?

Is it possible to affect a room or space, so that anyone entering into it may instantly feel at ease? The simple answer to these questions is yes.

Upon entering a room, consciously set an intention to clear all negative energies within, towards and around the space; then sit still in meditation and breathe with this wish until there is a feeling of ease and a sense that all negative energies have been cleared.

You could consider to remove your shoes and leave them at the door. Anyone who practises yoga frequently gets into the habit of doing this at almost any doorway, sacred or not. It is said that shoes represent the ego, which is why it is an act of reverence to remove them before entering a space. It can also be helpful to cover the head with a shawl or a hat as a connection to spirit and a veil of protection representing humility.

Another beautiful ritual to enhance good energy, is to create an altar of meaningful objects, talismans, crystals, candles and fresh flowers. Anyone entering this room can contribute to decorating this altar, ideally with a personal object that they cherish and wish to have charged for the duration of their time in the space, with all the positive energy that will be flowing through. A way to welcome people towards an altar would be to invite the setting of intentions internally or out loud for whatever is to take place in the room or simply for whatever wish or prayer that a person may want to call into their lives or their futures. One by one, as people place their objects on the altar to both contribute and receive a sense of sacred space is created by all who enter it.

Smudging or the burning of sacred herbs such as sage, palo santo or incense is a sensual way of releasing negative ions into the air and creating an instantly uplifted mood. This ritual is practised in many cultures, religions and sacred spaces worldwide.

Holding space is not just about creating the right atmosphere, bubble or den of love, trust and safety- although that is definitely a powerful and effective intention.

There is a psychological aspect to this concept too. Coaches, counsellors, healers and teachers are all space holders first and foremost before offering their knowledge, expertise and gifts as lightworkers, caretakers or empowerment catalysts.

Learning to park the ego to one side is an integral first step in being able to allow the necessary space to be filled by the students, the clients, those who come to learn or who seek help and are in need.

The Karpman Drama triangle is an insightful diagram explaining what conflict can arise internally and externally if a person takes on a “Rescuer” “Let me help you because you are weak” role, a “Persecutor” “All knowing. I am right and you are wrong” role or a “Victim” “Help me because I cannot help myself” role .

Karpman Drama Triangle

Holding space is not about rescuing or playing out any of these roles, it is about standing in the eye of the tornado as an observer of thoughts words and emotions and all that is energetically swirling around us. It is about being fully present and heart centred in authenticity with transparent intentions and very clear boundaries. It is about seeing things as they really are, whatever may arise, whatever may be said or done. It is a path the demands a strong sense of discernment, of knowing when to speak up and when to hold back, when to smile and when to just simply nod your head, when to give advice and when to ask powerful questions. It is also about developing a sixth sense slowly over time for understanding the unspoken and the subtle. Some people are born with high levels of intuition and others develop it through the school of hard knocks aka “the wounded healers”. Our pain can be our greatest strength and from there we can learn how to best be of service to others.

Holding space can be a catalyst for deep healing and powerful transformations and the most beautiful thing about it, is that we all have the power within us to develop the skills and hold space for each other.

This article by Giada D. was first published in  KULA Magazine.

© Lightening Magazine 2016

Forest Healing : Nalini Nadkarni

Forest Healing

There have been multiple studies on the link between the mind and the body and how a calm and healthy mind boosts one’s immunity and helps the body recover faster from illness and injury.

People who are recovering from an accident, injury or operation have to go through a testing time. Simple tasks which were easy to do earlier can take up a lot of effort and also require assistance. Beyond the physical difficulties, most people also face a host of mental challenges. Sadness, anger and anxietyabout their present condition can change their outlook to life as well as affect their behaviour.

Therefore it becomes very important to supplement their physical therapy with a more holistic approach to their problems. Something that can help them find answers to unsolved questions in their mind. And forests serve as friends to give comfort and hold space for connecting with something deeper so that the process of healing can begin.

Richard Mitchell, an epidemiologist at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, did a large study that found less disease in people who lived near parks or other green spaces. Compared with people who have lousy window views, those who can see trees and grass have been shown to recover faster in hospitals, perform better in school, and even display less violent behaviour. *Source

TIP: So if you know someone recovering from an accident, injury or surgery ask them to spend a little time in nature. It will help them find the connection that triggers faster healing and reduces the recovery time.

“The Queen of The Canopy”. World renowned biologist Nalini Nadkarni pioneered the use of mountain climbing equipment to assist her climbs of Costa Rican rain forest canopies in the early 1980’s. Years of research, countless ascends (on four different continents) came to an abrupt halt during a normal afternoon 50 feet above ground in the Olympic National Park, Washington (America). Nalini eloquently describes her near death fall and offers some insight into a life altering, meaningful disturbance.

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Directed by: Skylar Nielsen | Interview: Doug Fabrizio

Dr. Nalini is an exceptional scientist whose work has challenged our perspective on trees and prisons. Nalini Nadkarni explores the rich, vital world found in the tops of trees. She communicates what she finds to non-scientists — with the help of poets, preachers and prisoners.

This article was originally published by HEALING FOREST

Healing Forest is a project to help people reconnect with nature and build a community of friends who have a deep connection with forests. Our aim is simple. Helping people heal. Helping forests heal.

Lauren Lee : Mindfulness Matters

LAUREN LEE

Beyond the beautiful and beneficial shapes we can create with our physical body in asana, and the various nourishing breathing techniques of pranayama, lies one of the most simple and for many, the most challenging practices of all: Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is derived from Buddhist tradition, yet beautifully integrated and aligned with the philosophy and aims of yoga. Mindfulness is a gentle effort to be continuously aware.

It is a conscious direction of your awareness. It is an emotionally non-reactive state, one that witnesses emotions/sensations and actively chooses to allow them to pass through and cease to exist. This frees us from our thoughts, emotions and experiences (whether they are pleasurable or difficult) and transcends any limiting beliefs of judgmental states to heighten our moment to moment focus.

It is the art of attention; the fullness of living in the present moment and the sweetness of living in those moments with ease and gratitude.

Mindfulness is free and available to all those who commit to the practice. Most importantly, mindfulness is not only for the elite or for when you are on your yoga mat.

As many of you reading this already know, the true reflection of our yoga practice is demonstrated off the mat — in the moments far from the comfort of our yoga teachers and studio community. Our true character shines through during the moments when we are asked to ignite our inner strength (similarly as we do when we go upside down) or find guidance through calm rhythmic breathing (similar to the flow we cultivate during dynamic sun salutations).

These experiences are when we get to bear the fruits of our labor from our consistent practice of asana, pranayama and meditation to elevate our lives every single second, of every single day.

Lauren Lee

Here are 5 simple ways to practice mindfulness and enhance everyday through subtle, non-judgmental and open-hearted living.

Use the senses as an anchor: 

The senses are the windows to the world; we experience life through the senses, and each sense has it’s own unique and rich sensation.

Use the senses as a way to ground yourself back to the present reality by making a mental list of how you are feeling each sense. For example:

Feel the rays of the sunshine or a cool breeze.

Hear the sounds of people and activity around you.

See the simplicity, beauty and perfection within nature.

Smell the coffee you are about to consume.

Taste and enjoy each of the different foods you consume. 

Touch a loved one with intention as if it were the last time you would see them. 

Experience the 5 senses as if it were the first time you have every lived — with a new perspective, one that is so enthusiastic to be alive in human form to live on this beautiful Earth!

Breathe deeply.

Do this as often as you can. When in conversation or when quiet. See how smooth and even you can make your breathing. Ideally, aim for a steady inhale count to 3 with a slight pause, and an exhale count to 3 with a slight pause. Shorten or lengthen your rhythmic count depending on your lung capacity and current state of your nervous system. When you feel like you need to ‘reset’ take 3 cleansing breaths — in through the nose and out through the mouth with a sigh-like sound. Then work to build your even and full breathing so it is sustainable.

Find a tall posture.

Notice how this will encourage you to breathe more deeply as the spine lengthens and there more space is automatically created within the chest and lungs. You may also find you feel more confident, strong, awake and open.

Get outside!

Take breaks and walk in nature. Visualize your toes as they touch the ground and take time to enjoy the fresh air and change of environment without an agenda or any distractions.

Take a moment of gratitude before meals.

Pause for a deep breath before you begin and cultivate gratitude for the nourishing food in front of you. Eat your food slowly so you can savor each bite. Notice each food you eat through the textures, temperature and flavours.

Bonus!

Smile. Notice how this simple act shifts your perspective and the situation at hand to automatically feel more positive, lighthearted and pleasurable. Smiling is proven to lower the heart rate as it relaxes muscles and relieves tension in the body, and boost endorphins, the feel good chemicals that lower stress levels and encourage higher levels of happiness. Smile as often as you can and at as many people as you can…it is a contagious act of kindness that can only be received with mindfulness: a non-judging state of freedom and sweetness.

Lauren Lee

LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures. Read more about her HERE

This article was originally published on Raise Your Beat

Highlight : Vera Kaur

 

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The human body is a latticework of energies, vibrating at different frequencies, encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. It has been perfectly created to function optimally, providing we observe the laws of nature.

When we divert from these laws, through breathing polluted air, eating food far from its natural state, drinking chemical laden water, ingesting toxic medication, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, using inorganic body and household products, being exposed to electromagnetic pollution and even thinking negative thoughts, energy imbalances result within our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body, creating dis-ease.

The symptoms of our dis-ease are merely the body’s innate method of correcting the imbalances within, to allow us to return to our natural state of wholeness.

When we attempt to treat our dis-ease through the administration of medication, we are merely temporarily suppressing the symptoms. We are not addressing the root cause of our dis-ease, i.e. the energy imbalance. The medication causes further imbalances, disrupting the body’s natural immune system, which is rarely given the opportunity to fulfil its role.

Over a period of time, our initial dis-ease re-appears with more serious symptoms. Our body, once again is attempting to correct the imbalances within, to restore the healthy flow of energies. Our new symptoms are diagnosed as a new dis-ease, stronger medication is administered and the viscous cycle continues.

The traditional energy healers of India had a wealth of knowledge on how to diagnose, treat, and cure dis-ease by natural methods, and through the generations, a great deal of this ancient wisdom has been kept alive, some of which is described below.

The purpose of applying traditional Indian holistic therapies is to empower our body’s innate ability to self-heal.

Acupressure

The holistic practice of diagnosing and treating the root cause of dis-ease, thereby curing dis-ease by applying intermittent pressure on specific areas of the hands and feet, that correspond to specific organs, glands, nerves, bones, tissues and so forth. This regulates the vital energy within the body part, empowering it to function optimally. Traditional Indian medicine widely recognises that the physical root cause of all dis-ease lies within our endocrine and exocrine glands. These glands have a profound effect on our entire being as they regulate the functions of our systems and organs by secreting the numerous vital hormones essential for our well-being. It is only through the application of acupressure, that our endocrine and exocrine glands can be re-balanced and re-empowered.

Mudras

The holistic practice of balancing the vital energy throughout the body by joining different combinations of the fingers and thumbs. It is believed that the human structure is a miniature form of the universe, composed of the five elements; earth, water, fire, air and space, each of which corresponds to a specific finger or thumb. Holding specific fingers and thumbs together for a short period of time allow the elements to regain equilibrium which creates a positive effect throughout the entire being, to encourage our body’s natural healing response. Traditionally, mudras were practiced in conjunction with pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) to attain a higher state of consciousness or to channel the vital flow of energy to an area of the body that required healing.

Pranayama

The holistic practice of controlling the breath by a number of different techniques to increase the vital energy within the body. Our breath is the life force that flows through each and every cell within our body, and by expanding our life force we can harmonize with the life force of the universe, to receive cosmic healing energy. Our thoughts and emotions can have a detrimental effect on our breathing patterns, affecting all the bodily systems. However, with the regular practice of pranayama we can influence our physical, mental and emotional states in the most positive of ways, to initiate the body’s natural capacity to self-heal. Traditionally, pranayama was practiced to release negative emotions, re-balance the body’s energies and prepare the mind for meditation.

Meditation

The holistic practice of quietening the body and mind through awareness to enter a state of deep tranquillity whilst being fully alert. Meditation has been practiced in India for centuries to promote good health at a spiritual, mental, emotional and physical level. It allows us to re-connect with our true selves to experience inner peace and contentment, which we can draw upon in times of external stress and chaos, to remain calm, centred and in control. Meditation is immensely therapeutic and with regular practice it enables our entire being to rest, recharge and recuperate to release negative thought processes, deep rooted emotional trauma and pain. Traditionally, meditation was practiced to discipline the mind to attain spiritual purification or enlightenment.

Chanting

The holistic practice of repeating a mantra, for a short period of time, to detach from the external world, bring our awareness to the present moment and return to the essence of our being. A mantra is a rhythmic speaking or singing of a word or sound. It is believed to calm the restless mind and rid it of negative thought processes to create tranquillity and mental purity. Chanting starts loudly, gradually becoming quieter and ends almost silently. This resonates with the energies of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of our body, to restore inner peace and awaken our latent healing energies. Traditionally, chanting was practiced with great devotion to reconnect with the divine light and love within us to experience the unity of life.

Facial Acupressure

The holistic practice of balancing the energy throughout the bodily systems by applying gentle pressure to specific points on the face that correspond to the body’s organs and glands. It is believed that our face reflects our inner physical, mental and emotional health and the upper, middle and lower areas of our face are associated with the upper, middle and lower parts of our torso. Indian energy healers study the face as a means of diagnosing health imbalances. Self- facial acupressure is effective for restoring our skin’s youthfulness and assisting our natural capacity to heal, as it re-activates the vital energy flowing through our bodily systems. Traditionally facial acupressure was applied during an Ayurvedic head massage to calm the mind, body and spirit.

Chromotherapy

The holistic practice of applying specific colours to parts of the body, by various methods to heal energy imbalances. The sun is comprised of seven colours, each of which possesses its own unique energy vibration and carries its own healing property. Each of the seven colours is associated with our seven main energy centres known as the chakras. Colour can be absorbed by our body through our chakras by sunlight, artificial light, the earth’s natural stones, water or visualization to restore harmony by correcting physical, mental and emotional energy imbalances. Traditionally the sun was worshipped for its ability to provide the necessary healing energy required by the body, to treat and prevent dis-ease, due to its abundant and unlimited source of solar energy.

Crystals

The holistic practice of placing the earth’s natural stones within the body’s magnetic field to restore the flow of healthy positive energy within and around the body by removing the toxic negative energy. The earth is crystalline, as it is composed of minerals, and our bodies are crystalline in essence; therefore our energies resonate harmoniously with the vibration of crystals. Each crystal possesses a unique chemical make-up which determines its healing property and appearance. Placing a crystal in our energy field or on a chakra allows our body to raise its vibration to that of the crystal. Traditionally, the earth’s natural stones were well known for their capacity to encourage self-healing and were widely used treat the organs and systems of the body, mind and spirit.

Yoga Asanas

The holistic practice of physical postures known as asanas, each of which has specific physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits to unite the body, mind and soul. Yoga alleviates numerous health conditions through restoring the healthy flow of our energies. The breathing carried out during the practice improves our cell oxygenation and increases our lung capacity which is beneficial to every bodily system. Regular practice of the asanas instils a calming and balancing effect on our endocrine and nervous system to relieve stress and anxiety. It is believed that as our physical body becomes more relaxed, flexible and open, this promotes a similar effect on our mental and emotional body. Traditionally, yoga asanas were practiced to purify the body and quieten the mind in preparation for meditation.

Barefoot Walking

The holistic practice of walking on the natural earth, barefoot to draw upon the powerful and unique energy source that lies within the earth. The earth is composed of minerals and the human body is mineral in essence, therefore our body’s energies resonate perfectly with the earth’s energies. It is believed that through the practice of barefoot walking, our body absorbs the antioxidants it requires to counteract harmful free radicals. Sleeping outdoors during the summer, on a natural fibre placed directly on the bare earth is immensely therapeutic and described as charging the entire being with the vital healing force of the universe.  Traditionally, humans were aware of the benefits of connecting their body with the earth’s surface; sleeping and sitting on natural animal skins and walking barefoot.

Healing Visualisations

The holistic practice of creating positive images of healing within the mental body, which allows the emotional body to respond by becoming receptive to the healing, which subsequently initiates the healing process in the physical body. Our body and mind are intricately connected and our thoughts have a direct influence on our physical health. By using the power of our mind, to envision our healing in process, we are disciplining our nervous system to react in a positive way, resulting in the desired outcome. The regular practice of healing visualizations, allows us to detach from our past limited beliefs to release our fears, bring our awareness to the present moment to enable us to create a healthy future. Traditionally, there was an innate awareness of the mind, body, soul connection and healing visualizations were practiced through daily prayer.

Raw Food Diet

The holistic practice of eating food in its whole, un-refined and un-cooked form that is positively and negatively balanced, supplying the body with a plentiful supply of solar energy and active enzymes. Food eaten in its raw, natural state has a detoxifying, calming and balancing effect on the energies of our body, which instils a similar effect on the energies of our mind and emotions. All of the nutrients required by the body are available in plant based food, in a form that is easily assimilated. Traditionally, fasting was recommended during illness to allow the body’s energy reserves to be directed towards self-healing, however adopting a raw food diet for a short period of time can have similar health benefits.

In today’s fast-paced world, as we strive to create balance in our bodies, tranquillity in our minds and harmony in our lives, to experience inner peace and contentment, we can benefit enormously from the ancient Indian wisdom of self-healing practices to cleanse, calm and empower our energies, ensuring they flow smoothly and synchronically, instilling physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

About the Author

Vera Kaur is from Sikh Indian origin and currently lives in the Forest of Dean, England. Indian holistic healthcare was part of her upbringing and in her twenties she visited and lived in ashrams in India, where she observed the remarkable results of the self-healing practices used by the traditional energy healers.

Vera would like us all to be empowered with this ancient Indian wisdom, to take responsibility for our own health and well-being.

Through her dreams and meditations she was guided to write her book,

“Diagnose, Treat, and Cure All Dis-ease with Traditional Indian Holistic Therapies”.

http://www.verakaur.com

© Lightening Magazine 2016

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Highlight : Fabio Gori

FABIO GORI

When did you discover an interest in healing?

Since a young age, I had a passion for the body’s anatomy and it’s movements . From the age of 14 I was teaching sport disciplines in the local gym and from this, my interest in posture and wellness grew. Shitzu was my next interest followed by my degree in physiotherapy to complete my journey with a six year course to specialise in Osteopathy , it was a natural progression.

I believe osteopathy came to me, I didn’t look for it.

What type of healing do you do?

I know various ways to achieve overall physical wellness, however after many different studies, osteopathy is what gave me the best results and satisfaction. I wouldn’t define it only as a healing therapy, everything is based on the deep knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body but also from your perception and feeling in tune with your patient.

What is your brief description of Osteopathy?

It’s a type of alternative medicine that heals the partial or total loss of muscle tissue and bones, cranial and visceral. It gives back movement, the cells are improved, the body achieves total harmony.

Osteopathy helps the three body’s components : self-healing auto-regulation and homeostasis

What do you want people to know about Osteopathy?

Very often, the general public confuse osteopathy with chiropractic referring to the thrust adjustments, however osteopathy is divided into three branches.

Structural osteopathy, describes the diagnosis and treatment of dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal system.

Visceral osteopathy relates to the visceral system, mobility and the ligaments.

Cranio sacral, a palpation of the cranium can be used to detect rhythmic movement of the cranial bones and selective pressures may be used to manipulate the cranial bones to achieve a therapeutic result. A good osteopath uses all three disciplines, choosing different techniques based on his perceptions.

Why do you do this particular sort of healing work?

I have chosen Osteopathy, because I help people to get better with my treatments, real treatments of anatomical basis. Also a good sense of perception is needed to get in tune with the patient to understand what the patient needs. This is a gift I have received , I am not sure who from and why , I only know that I get in tune with the body and my patients can perceive this energy and it’s effects.

Years of medical studies, physiotherapy, elastic therapy and anatomy, everything supported from a great passion and curiosity of human wellbeing. I think I have an innate gift in perceiving where the problem is and how to heal it, a mix of these factors has led to what I do today.

How did you develop your abilities and methods?

After years of medical, physiotherapist healing and anatomy studies. Also with a passion and curiosity of how the human being can achieve a state of wellness . I believe I have the gift of perception in finding where the problem is and how to solve it . A combination of those factors made me what I am today.

How do you prepare for your sessions?

Three words describe my session: Attention (meaning total concentration), Presence (I’m fully here mentally and physically) and Intention (I transfer with my energy information to the patient who receives it).

What does a visit to/working with an Osteopath healer involve?

An osteopath session involves meeting the patient first to discuss any physical problems, this is also a good opportunity to get to know the patient to help me to get in tune with him/her. Second step consists of palpating the patient ‘s body to diagnose any evident disease. The next step is the real treatment and manipulation to solve the cause of the physical disorder.

What transformations have you experienced through your Osteo journey?

What I have obtained through my journey after many years, is an extreme understanding of people, a perception of their traumas both physical and psychological, this helps me to obtain better results. Without those understandings, the manipulations would be only mechanical.

What transformations have you witnessed in people you have worked with?

Firstly the reduction and/or the elimination of pain, which is the main reason patients come to see me. After treatments, I also see a psychological improvement of general wellness in the patient; especially the reduction of stress levels.

One client always came with a skeleton diagram to demonstrate the pain she was experiencing still one year after being in a road traffic accident. After four treatments she improved dramatically and after a few more treatments she said that “everything finally felt back in the right place”.

What has your greatest realisation or learning been?

The greatest realisation has been that I am able to help people and make them feel better. What I have learned in time is the importance of being in tune with and feel the energy of my patients.

What is the most powerful type of healing you have experienced?

I could tell many anecdotes, but one sticks in my mind.

I remember a 92 years old lady who was living in Rome and from 2 years she was unable to walk. After many check ups and doctors consultations no one would take the responsibility to treat her because of her age. I don’t believe age is important and the lady had such a powerful energy that when I treated her, after 5 manipulations she started walking again like she was 60 years old not in her 90’s. To make this lady happy and independent when everyone else felt that she was too old to be treated was one of the greatest satisfactions I have experienced.

Do you have one tip to share for happiness and wellbeing in everyday life?

Life is motion from microscopic to macroscopic.

The Earth travels around the sun as the electrons travel around the nucleus of the cell, therefore all is movement.

I advise people to move as much as possible with their body and mind.

What is your favorite music/artists to listen to?

I love songs that talk about life diversity and different moods especially John Lennon and Elton John.

What are your plans for the future, evolution of what you do?

My goal for the future is to have three different offices in three different places in the world. Rome, London and one on a remote island .

This year I hope to expand by opening a second office in London.

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FABIO GORI

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AMARA SAMATA

When the student is ready the Shadow Teacher appears.

Because we have not faced the core illusion of separation, we suffer.

It hurts. There’s nothing like a big dose of agony to get our attention.

Fear rattles the cage screaming “FREE ME PLEASE!”

Due to our endless devotion to fear as a way to evolve we invoke shadow healers into our lives. People who enter our field who are committed to deception disguised as truth. They make great truth-lie-truth sandwiches.  They come in many designs from the most charming to the despicable but they away come in as a direct match to your favorite flavor of fear. So illuminating they are, revealing the price of all that you crave and all that you despise.

Shadow teachers are unaware of the real lessons they bring. If they understood their role in your life they would be conscious. Consciousness doesn’t cast a shadow. Conscious teachers are masters of Compassion & Wisdom. To expose the lies within you, like great magicians, they can use illusion to reveal the truth. Out of love, in the end, all tricks are revealed, full transparency, nothing to hide. The illusion lasts just long enough to show you that you bought into it in the first place. They attract others in a responsible way. It’s not glamorous but it’s real.

Shadow teachers on the other hand, get lost in the magic trick itself. They are restless and often repel others after the initial attraction has worn off. They end up alone burning through friends, partners, students, even family falls away. The have to keep on the run, shape-shifters, retreat junkies, entrepreneurial gypsies. What they serve up and what’s on the menu are two different things. Not in a paradoxical way but in a way that says, “HEY SOMETHING’S NOT ADDING UP HERE?”

The great lesson of the shadow teacher is contrast, that Ah-Ha moment where you finally see what they have been trying to show you all along; your pride, your fear of being alone, poor, unworthy, etc.

When you have identified a shadow healer in your life it’s best to honor them and yourself with confession, forgiveness and open appreciation. To call a shadow person out is a death threat. Truth is crippling to what they thought they were and what they thought they had to offer. Can they follow you out into the light of day?  Sure. Will they? Not many. They love the drama. It hides the trauma within. So they focus on how screwed up you are so they don’t have to look in the mirror. Thank them for being so illuminating of your shadows, such great examples of what NOT to be, excellent imposters, faux-teachers that teach you what’s real.

In this way, the habit of fear-based living can break and LOVE can shine through the cracks they seem to have made in you. Turn 180 degrees and walk in the opposite direction out of the mind games and into heart of Love. They will tell you, if you were really (filling in whatever word describes what you want to be the most) you would stay and play their game.  We need them until we don’t. We have all been one to someone at sometime. Walk into the sun. The courageous ones will follow.

Dear Shadow Teacher,

Thank you for showing up for me when I was not ready for a better way. At least I had you.

Thank you for giving me the chance again and again to see how I bow at the feet of fear.

Thank you for ripping from me all that I assumed I was, stripping me naked and leaving me alone on the side of the road, in the cold, in the spooky part of town.

Thank you for taking me on a tour of scar-city, forcing me to choose between the things, people and experiences I love.

Shadow Teacher, thank you for the exorcism of that haunting whisper, “You my dear, are not enough.”

Thank you for showing me what I am not willing to tolerate any more.

I grieve all the times I couldn’t see what I see in myself now. I grieve that you wont share in this seeing in yourself with me.

Everything you trigger in me is an opportunity to see the path away from you. Know that I walk away out of love.

Amara Samata

Amara Samata

When did you discover an interest in healing?

My Journey began when I was very young.

Seeing the conflict in my world, within my own family and in my school; I was born with a deep desire to question everything. What is going on here? What is God? What is Love? What is True? What is really REAL? How would I know? I had to know.

I had times in my life when I fell into great suffering and sadness as a girl, a daughter, a young woman, an actress, a wife and as a mother devoted to her son. I became interested in healing as a way to overcome the pain of self-sabotage, marital divorce and to make peace with this world and my experience in it.

What transformations have you experienced through your healing journey?

It’s important to understand that healing and transformation is not a destination. It is an on-going ever-present expression of unfolding self and mastering the Self and the No Self. Through the consistent willingness to witness my self and the life I’ve manifested, healing has happened. By healing I mean a capacity to be and express ones self as whole, less fragmented or limited in perception and experience. For instance, as a teen I was badly bulimic for 9 years. It was by finally facing that empty seemingly bottom-less pit of fear within, that I discovered that emptiness is where the magic happens. The empty void is your friend. I also transformed my chronic back pain of 7 years into a pain free spine. I’ve healed low-self esteem and I’ve given birth to the conscious nature that was always there hiding behind the veils of my small me-ness.  In the process I’ve learned to manifest with great skill, I’ve experienced un-earthly bliss and best of all I’ve stepped into my calling without fear or attachment. The calling of the Revealer.

What type of healing do you do?

Well “I” don’t, “do” healing. Healing is a natural by-product of Conscious Awareness.

Calling on all that has helped me evolve, I offer up what worked for me. After 12 years practicing and studying self-empowerment, spirituality, yoga and meditation I ended up mentoring with a Filipino Mystic and Healer and at the same time studying daily with a Tibetan trained Lama.  Together I was transformed through these distinctly masculine and feminine approaches to awakening. The combined result is what I offer to others in the form of hands-on energetic work, guided visualisations, meditation, inner inquiry, clairvoyant readings, sat sang and  intuitive strategic consultations, shaktipad and more.

Amara Samata

How did you develop your abilities and methods?

Whatever worked on me in the thrashings of my dark nights and in the illuminations of the light is what I use.

I have embody more and more what is called “The Skilful Means” to intuitively know what someone needs in order to heal. If it works on a few you can be sure it will work on thousands more. We are more alike then we realise. Out of all that I have found it’s the combination of Conscious Inquiry (asking the right questions at the right moment) and listening with a willingness to live the answer with the totality of one’s being that brings the quickest results.

What do you want people to know about Inner Guidance?

I offer in-depth and personal guidance as well as on-going support to those who come to see me which has resulted in over 1500 people now experiencing themselves in a new and more holistic way. This work with individuals, couples, families, groups, immersions and trainings is what has become the Inner Guidance Institute, an on-line seedling center for self-illuminating offerings.

Amara Samata

What transformations have you witnessed in clients/people you have worked with?

I’ve got the best job in the world! I’m privileged and honoured to be able to see into the depth of others’ systems and offer them the invitation of liberation. I’ve witnessed more than once, rape victims taking back their power and bowing to that experience, letting it go FOR GOOD. I’ve seen families heal old karmic wounds and give each other permission to love and accept one another in new healthy ways again. I’ve seen a woman stand up out of her wheelchair 7 days later and now she drives herself to the gym. I’ve seen a Guru confess their sins of jealousy and misuse of power and return to their students in a more humble and transparent way. I’ve seen a mother commune with her teenage daughter who died and seeing the reasons why she was able to move on with joy. I’ve seen a Muslim father give his ½ Muslim daughter permission to remove her headdress. I’ve seen her shower him with love.

How do you prepare for your sessions and workshops?

I set the intention to have no agenda other than to have no agenda. I disappear into the source of all that is. I listen, pay attention and take note of what inspires and serves others the most.

What do your mentoring and training experiences involve?

They involve you showing up 100% for yourself as we get into a deep line of inner inquiry that reveals the motives behind your actions. In a field of unconditional love, I’m here 1000% for you! Let’s connect.

 What has your greatest realisation or learning been?

The ongoing mastery of the living paradox of everything, nothing and the path that leads right back to NOW. Fear is only Love waiting to be embraced consciously.

Do you have one tip to share for happiness and wellbeing in everyday life?

Yes, every time you catch yourself acting out of lack of trust, fear, obligation or unconscious sacrifice STOP. Give yourself a little love pat and say, “Oh, I’m doing it again. It’s ok, I don’t need to do that. I’m good.”  Take a deep breath in, exhale and respond anew.

What is your favourite music/artists to listen to?

The realms beyond this dimension. There is no music on earth like it. But some come kinda close. I love music created in highest intention. Nature is probably my favorite artist. I do like the power of the human voice.

What are your plans for the future, evolution of what you do?

I have a few opportunities, one is to open a healing center in BALI. It’s going to change the way we think about healing and humanity and it might also just be a nice place to have tea. That seems to be the plan working through me. I’ll be hosting more training programs in other countries and I’m finishing a book.

Anything else you would like to mention or share?

January 15th to 25th 2017

Inner Dance & Inner Guidance Facilitator’s Certification Training.

Come join if you are interested in a profound experience that will give you even more tools and deeper understandings to shift and to serve the world with.

www.amarasamata.com

www.innerguidanceinstitute.com

Inner Gudiance

© Lightening Magazine 2016

Angelo Marcos Santos : We Are Not Our Pain

ANGELO MARCOS SANTOS

I went running today…

I planned to do my usual laps around the park, then I decided to do my push ups BEFORE running.

I got to the park’s outdoor gym and decided to go straight into Sirsasana pose, which is the head stand. Half way through the 3 minutes I usually do it for, I felt a sharp pain on my back, to the left, next to my spine, behind my heart. It felt like my lungs were pierced by my rib.

I had experienced this pain before and being committed to the practice, instead of coming off the Sirsasana, as I was seriously weakened in that moment, I decided to override the pain (NOT something I would EVER recommend to students however) and connect with my energy body, instead of focusing on the pain in the body.

We are not the pain in our bodies.

1.5 minutes later (and they always have to be slow seconds because commitment is there) I knew there was problem. I couldn’t breathe properly, couldn’t expand my lungs. I was fine though psychologically as I had encountered this experience before in life, so I knew it would pass at some point. Certainly no more running that day or for the next few days.

Annoying as it was, I had to accept it. I didn’t want to let go of the push ups, so after much slow breathing energy and Qi / Healing energy moving, I was just about ok to go down on my knees slowly and do my 100 push ups. Going down was painful but once I was horizontal and in the push ups, it was fine.

Afterward, I went straight home. And was received by Ama Lia Wai-Ching Lee, who saw the state I was in, as I couldnt breath properly or speak very well when I entered the home.

So, this is the point of this sharing…it was HEALING TIME.

She got into her Healer mode straight away and sent me into meditation. We were going to access the source of the physical pain, which is found in our Consciousness.

All physical pain has a source, not the physical world, but the spiritual world. Something usually related to past lives. Some kind of trauma in past lives has been stored in the holographic memory which composes our multidimensional matrix and this is what true healing is. We access the memory of the source or origin of the pain, we come to see it for what it is, we get empowered and the issue is gone.

This is ever lasting healing so I knew I was in safe hands of course. She is by far a healer that creates a field of transformation unlike any other healer, shaman or mystic I have ever met. Aside from Great Rinpoches or other more “out there” teachers.

So I am sharing my story of a healing session which just happenend. A very weak pain is still around, but the disabilitating grave pain I was in is now gone through 20 mins or so of healing. Just astounding how Ama is able to tap into source, to the field of infinite potential, and allow you to come to your own healing, identifying what it is the cause and why the effect has been such.

In this last healing session just now, I got a great gift, a big surprise and that is how magic goes. We are brought to a space where we feel reality, we see more clearly, the nature of life as infinite potential.

I have done 3 sessions with her, and been at close proximity with her for over 2 years now, so I understand her impact in the lives of others, and still it is astounding to observe the healing work that happens when she does it on me.

These deep deep traumas incurred in our past lives are blocks which we were born with in our multidimensional matrix of the self. So this is something that our personality is not aware of.

In each session I have done with her, what arises is either physical pain or some kind of behavioural limitation in life, ie creating abundance or having harmonious relations with others, and then it is seen for what it is. Visually, we jump from life to life, seeing karma playing out as it is, repeated patterns of behaviour happening from life to life, affecting us in ways which eventually prevent us from having our desires fulfilled. Of course, this is also a huge blessing, as we get to understand life and the way of the cosmos. Ama Lia makes sure that the healing done is “seen”, so it truly goes away when the pain or limitation is acknowledged mentally, emotionally and spiritually as a lesson, and therefore something to aid us on our path.

Once healed, our lives are truly transformed. Like going from being a slow car to a Ferrari. That’s how it feels, something that has been deeply traumatic in our souls history, is healed. To me, this is priceless and no money can ever pay for this kind of transformation.

Angelo Marcos Santos is a consciousness researcher, who investigates the limitlessness of the human potential through Arts, Science and Spirituality. He is a Yoga & Meditation teacher, Mandala Artist, Dancer and Boardsports Enthusiast. More recently a poet, inspired by anything and everything to do with loving the Beloved.

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