Traditional native doctors among the American Indian tribes generally took on one or a few apprentices towards the end of their lives. These doctors would transmit a portion of their power to a younger apprentice. The apprentice would then go out alone into the mountains to fast for four days and nights without food or water to earn the right to work with these gifts of healing.

Many of the traditional doctors were exceptionally powerful and were able to assist people with a wide range of psychological and health related issues. Native people approached their doctors with an offering. The doctors would request items such as tobacco, rouge made from red clay and certain kinds of feathers at the time they agreed to work with an individual. He or She would then advise the patient on specific protocols. The agreement made between the doctor and patient was considered to be a sacred contract. Both doctor and patient were fully committed to the process of healing.

My mentor Horace Daukei was the last surviving traditional doctor among the Kiowa Indian tribe. I had assisted him on many occasions as he worked with his own native people. I tried to follow Horace’s example as I began to work on my own, but I discovered rather quickly that people within our mainstream culture do not respond to these healing practices in the same way that the native people do.

Competing influences

There are so many things competing for people’s attention these days. Individual and collective consciousness is being gradually “remapped” by the continual inundation of commercial messages that are skillfully designed to link an individual’s basic wants, needs and drives to certain products, services or ways of believing and doing. These messages seep into the subconscious and are designed to convince people at a very deep level that the products or services being offered will satisfy their deepest needs and longings. The body-mind stores these sensory inputs along with any subsequent emotional responses that are not processed. Shutting down emotionally and being subjected to a never ending sensory barrage has a very numbing or desensitizing effect that causes people to lose touch with their internal state of being. It also makes people much more susceptible to manipulation.

Everyone struggles with some form of adversity. Many are looking for an intellectual solution to their suffering because that’s all they know or understand. They’re continually filling their heads with more and more information by attending classes and workshops, reading stacks of books, listening to or watching CD’s and DVD’s and spending way too much time on the internet.

The intellectual mind has an extremely limited capacity when it comes to healing the body and the deep emotional wounds. There is no magical realization that will heal people’s suffering. Nearly everyone needs to be doing some form of intensive daily spiritual practice. People also need to be receiving body work such as deep tissue massage and healing sessions on a monthly basis.

Marketing is not something that I ever wanted to do, but I’ve had to promote my work for the time that I’ve been here in the mainstream culture in order to survive. I’ve done lots of radio and television interviews and have offered many classes and workshops. People often show up for my classes and workshops a time or two and then I never see or hear from them again. They may have experienced something powerful at the time, but many are just not willing to do the work that is necessary in order to heal. Others have so much going on in their lives and are so over stimulated and that makes it difficult for them to process or utilize what is being offered.

I feel the stress and pain that people are holding within their bodies as I stand in front of the room. I see the extent to which people have been wounded and can also feel the parts of the self that have shut down. Sometimes it saddens me, because I see that people are only utilizing a very small portion of their potential and are not experiencing the quality of life that they could be enjoying.

People are more likely to forget anything they learned if they only show up to my classes or workshops a time or two. I have to find a way to reinforce the message I’m offering. I’m more likely to make a lasting impression if I can send people home with books or CDs. Having to write books, articles and make videos requires huge amounts of additional time and effort on my part, but it necessary to keep my message within people’s awareness.
Interrupted opportunity

The form of healing that I practice served as the primary form of medicine among the native peoples in different parts of the world. But most people within our modern western culture have no understanding of the healing gifts that indigenous people have worked with for many centuries and do not recognize the rare opportunity that is available to them.

The presence working through me during the individual healing sessions awakens the parts of the self that have shut down and heals past and present traumas. It helps people to digest the volumes of stagnant emotional residue that has accumulated within their bodies. In many instances, people stop smoking, drinking and using other substances. Others tell me that they no longer require the medications they have depended upon to address various health related issues or to mitigate the painful feelings associated with depression or anxiety. Many have left abusive partners and other toxic dysfunctional relationships and are now attracting healthier companions into their lives. The changes that take place as a result of the sessions make it easier for people to access the resources they need to realize their true potential and create more of what they want in their lives. Artists, writers, musicians and people working in various professional capacities often tell me that the healing sessions are helping them to take their work to a higher level. Digestive and respiratory disorders and a wide range of other health related issues also clear up and the physical body becomes much more resilient.

I have shared many examples of how people have healed from a wide range of personal and health related issues. For every individual who experiences a profound healing, there are at least five others who interrupt or sabotage their healing process. Many are unwilling to experience their true feelings or address relevant issues. Others may derive some form of reward or secondary gain from their suffering. And some are very afraid of or resistant to change.

Mara was sexually abused during much of her childhood and early adolescence. She suffers from chronic gastrointestinal distress and holds a great deal of physical and emotional toxin within her abdomen. Mara’s abdomen has become very hardened and distended and she is only able to defecate two or three times a week. The chronic stress resulting from the trauma has led to adrenal burnout. Mara also suffers from fibroids and various other reproductive issues.

Mara has shut down on many levels. She’s very disconnected from her body and has a lot of difficulty accessing her emotions. Mara told me that she feels broken internally and that she experiences an underlying sense of not being good enough. She has difficulty trusting and allowing her partner to come close to her and begins to shut down during moments of physical and emotional intimacy. Mara also experiences a chronic fear of abandonment and fears that her partner will leave her.

Honoring our commitments

Mara worked with me one time and then scheduled a follow up session. She called a few days before the session saying that she wanted to cancel. Traditional native elders felt that nonnatives lacked the capacity to respect that which is sacred or adhere to protocols that are essential for the success of the ceremonial practices. Non-native people would often do things that had a disruptive impact upon the healing process taking place. On many occasions they have taken what they witnessed and invented their own versions of the ceremonial healing practices that were devoid of any real power or substance. For this reason many of the traditional elders did not allow nonnative people to come into the ceremonies.

Many people in our present day society think nothing of canceling or blowing off an appointment. There is no such thing as cancellation among the native people. One certainly doesn’t allow their fear take over and cause them to abort the healing process. Native elders told me on many occasions that one is making a commitment any time they pledge themselves to go on a vision quest, participate in the Sun Dance or work with one of the native doctors. The forces or beings that facilitate healing begin to set the process into motion once an individual makes a verbal commitment to doing the work. People who are not honest and do not honor their commitments cannot heal or receive the blessing of the higher power. To blow off one’s commitment leaves a lot of loose ends and that’s not good karma.

Internal resistance

Many of us have spent our entire lives shutting down or disconnecting from the feelings and realities we haven’t wanted to deal with. We may have even been punished, told that we were bad or made to feel wrong whenever we experienced or tried to express our feelings. The feelings that surface during the healing process have in many instances been held within the body for a very long time. These feelings can be very uncomfortable at times, but they need to be brought to the surface and then digested in order for healing to take place.

Some of us have become so accustomed to our lifelong state of dysfunction. We may become very fearful or resistant to the healing process or attract circumstances that seem to work against us whenever we take the steps to heal. We mistakenly assume that something is wrong when we experience resistance or encounter obstacles and then we take it as a sign that it’s just not meant to be. The sad thing is that we sometimes allow our internal resistance to completely sabotage our healing process. We can always say “I’m not ready” but we may never have as good of opportunity as the present moment to address the matters that are of concern to us and to heal. The feelings and issues we’re unwilling to face grow considerably more powerful as we continue to avoid them. Giving into our resistance may preclude the possibility of ever healing.

It is critically important to confront our resistance head on. There was one instance where I got food poisoning the day before going on a vision quest and I spent much of the night throwing up. I looked and felt like hell, having purple splotches all over my face. But I knew it was important for me to honor my commitment. I drank a gallon of water to flush the toxins out of my system out and then I headed on up the mountain that morning to begin the vision quest which involved fasting four days and nights without food or water.

It is critically important for us to understand that we will naturally encounter a certain amount of resistance whenever we move beyond the range of motion we have grown accustomed to. We may not always feel like doing what it takes to heal, but in some instances we may need to push through our internal resistance by going ahead and taking the steps that are necessary to facilitate healing. I find that it helps to breathe into the fears and other feelings that cause me to feel resistant.

There are times when I have felt very resistant to going through the vision quest. I felt very resistant to and dreaded the whole experience of being up on the mountain for such a long time without food or water. But I would breathe into the hunger and thirst, the fear and the parts of me that were fighting the whole experience. Diffusing the resistance in this way enables me to become more open and receptive to healing in a way that makes it easier for me move forward with what needs to be done.

When expectations get in the way

Mara said something about the work not meeting her expectations. Mara would not be in such horrible shape if she really knew what she was doing or possessed the resources necessary to effect healing within her body and mind. Expectations often get in the way and make it difficult for people to receive the full benefit of the healing. In some instances preconceived notions and expectations completely derail the healing process.

People who have spent the vast majority of their lives disconnecting from their feelings, physical bodies and the realities of their lives have no basis from which to form realistic expectations of the healing process. In many instances they have become so divorced from themselves that their own feelings and physical bodies feel totally foreign.

I realized that I was moving into unfamiliar territory when I began to heal the traumas of my past. I had absolutely no context for what was happening, no one to guide me through the process and there were times when I wondered if I was going over the edge. It took a lot of courage to go through those spaces, but I would have never healed had I not surrendered into the process taking place. I had to completely let go of any expectations and trust that something good would come out of the process. I have traveled so far along this road over the years in the process of healing the traumas of my past. Now I do all I can to help the people who come to me for assistance to work through and understand the various stages of the healing process. I can only do that for those who stay in touch and keep me informed.

People who follow the Hindu-Vedic tradition of India have a cultural context for healing that goes back over five thousand years. They’ve gone to their Hindu priests to have pujas and yagyas conducted, have visited saints, made pilgrimages to sacred sites and they tend to be much more in tune on these levels. There were many exceptionally powerful doctors among the American Indian tribes and other indigenous groups. People who grew up in these ancient traditional cultures work with their healers at various intervals throughout the course of their lives.

People growing up within our modern western society tend to have a very limited understanding of healing because it has not been a part of our culture. Many of us are so out of touch with our emotions and physical bodies and that’s why we possess so little self-awareness and understanding of how the body-mind functions. We’re venturing into foreign territory as we begin to work with a healer, do intensive spiritual practices or even experience our true feelings.

Many of our pop culture’s contemporary spiritual beliefs and attitudes are only adding to our confusion and misunderstanding and causing us to become even more ungrounded. I encounter so many people who are afraid to experience their true feelings because they fear that it will result in some kind of negative manifestation. They spend much of their time in their heads imagining what they want to happen and then they censor any thoughts or feelings that do not seem to be in alignment with their vision. But in doing so, they are operating primarily from their conscious minds. The problem here is that the conscious mind is only a very small portion of one’s total awareness. Shutting down “negative” feelings exacerbates the split in people’s consciousness and then all those feelings remain trapped within their bodies. They end up becoming even more disconnected from their bodies and the parts of themselves that are holding all these conflicted and painful feelings and issues.

I went into my apprenticeship with Horace Daukei with all kinds of expectations. I was just another clueless white boy who had read too many Carlos Castaneda books as an adolescent. Fortunately, I had enough sense to throw all of those expectations out the window. I held other sets of expectations when I started going on the vision quests. But the process is nothing like I imagined it to be. I began my training with Shifu Li Tai Liang with another set of expectations. I would have never received the vast wealth of what Shifu has passed on to me had I held onto my preconceived expectations.

It’s fairly common for people to come in with preconceived notions or expectations. It’s important for us to suspend any expectations of what we think should happen when we work with a healer. We’re stepping into completely new and unfamiliar territory as we embark on our healing journey. We need to learn as we go by opening ourselves to the healing process as it unfolds so that we can gain the understanding that our body-mind has to offer us.

The greatest impediment to healing

The most challenging aspect of working within our mainstream culture is people’s resistance to facing the issues and experiencing their true feelings because that prevents them from being fully present in their bodies. Healing sessions take people right to the source of the problem. All kinds of feelings and issues are brought to the surface. People who have shut down or disconnected from their feelings and issues for most of their lives may assume that something is wrong when they begin to experience all the emotions they have been holding within their bodies for so long. Those who don’t understand that this is a normal part of the healing process may become fearful and run.

Our feelings and issues need to be brought to the surface so they can be digested and so that the body and mind can heal. People sometimes tell me “It’s too painful …I don’t want to go there.” Many are not willing to experience their true feelings. Painful feelings held within will continue to damage the body, distort and deaden consciousness and ruin lives. A very large percentage of our suffering is psychosomatic and there is absolutely no way that our bodies and minds can heal until we thoroughly digest our feelings.

Deadening of the body-mind consciousness

Mara said that she didn’t feel very much during the healing session and couldn’t really tell that anything was happening. Mara probably wouldn’t feel very much in the beginning because she spent most of her life shutting down her feelings and had become very desensitized. It would take a few sessions for her sensory range to open up enough so that she could even begin to perceive what’s going on. However, when I questioned her further she did mention that her fears of being abandoned by her partner had diminished considerably.

People who shut down their feelings disconnect from their body-mind consciousness. Huge portions of their awareness freeze up and they become very desensitized. It can be very difficult for them to feel the changes that are taking place within their own bodies and minds, therefore they do not realize that anything is happening. It takes a lot of additional time and energy on my part to connect the dots for people who are unable to do so on their own.

I have worked with many people who have shut down emotionally. Their whole sensory range begins to open up over time as they continue with the healing sessions. Developing the ability to access and work constructively with their feelings helps them to resolve many of their core life issues. Working through their feelings and issues in this way facilitates an ongoing process of evolution. They develop greater lucidity and become more present in their bodies as a result.

Can’t get through

Steve grew up with parents that were emotionally distant. He shut down emotionally from an early age and has tremendous difficulty developing or maintaining intimate relationships as an adult. He was still holding a lot of hurt from a past girlfriend who rejected him a few years prior. Steve helps to set up and maintain computer networks for businesses in the greater Boston area. He told me that his lack of interpersonal skills had cost him valuable contracts on a number of occasions.

Steve carries a lot of additional weight in his midsection. The naval chakra had completely broken down and was no longer functional. I could see and feel huge amounts of physical toxin, undigested emotions and other stresses that had accumulated within his abdomen. These toxins had sat there putrefying within Steve’s body for years. Steve could feel a great deal of movement within his abdomen during the healing session as the presence working through me began to clear out the toxin and facilitate healing within the physical and subtle bodies.

I have worked with many people who we’re faced with similar issues over the years. I explained as much as I could to Steve about what was happening within his body-mind. Steve’s midsection felt very toxic and I described the thick congealed residue that had backed up within his abdomen. I told him that he may experience diarrhea or become nauseous as the toxins work their way out of his body. I explained to Steve that all kinds of emotions and energies had sat within his body for years. Parts of his consciousness had been dying within and that it may initially feel horrible as these feelings, energies and physical toxins begin to emerge. These feelings need to be brought to the surface so the wounded parts of the self can heal.

I told Steve that it would take a number of sessions to clear the toxin, digest the backlog of emotional residue, heal any damage within the physical body and rebuild the naval chakra. Steve told me that he didn’t yet know his work schedule, but said he would get back to me. I called Steve to check in and see how he was doing and to schedule a follow up. He never got back to me.

Steve wouldn’t be in such bad shape if he possessed the resources and understanding necessary to facilitate healing within his own body and mind. He doesn’t possess the resources that would enable him to clear the toxin, digest the backlog of putrefied emotion or heal the damage within his physical and subtle bodies. I have worked with many people dealing with these same kinds of issues. I know from past experience that Steve will continue to struggle with the same issues. More undigested emotion and other stresses will accumulate, his physical and subtle bodies will break down and his body-mind consciousness will continue to shut down.

People who disconnect from their feelings and physical bodies possess so little understanding of their own bodies and minds. Those who lack understanding are more likely to become fearful and resistant when the issues and emotions begin to make their way to the surface.

I’ve chosen to do this work because I truly care about people. My desire has always been to do whatever I can for those who are fully committed to doing whatever is required to heal their bodies and minds. I do everything I can to guide the people I work with through their healing and make the process as comfortable as possible. There’s not much I can do for people who fail to listen.

Making a half-ass attempt

Pamela creates and markets her own line of clothing. Her work can be extremely demanding. She spends long hours working online, talking with business partners and buyers on the phone and going to trade shows. Her body is so overwhelmed by all the stresses pertaining to her work and personal life. Pamela’s entire lower abdominal region feels very dense and is backed up with many years of accumulated emotional and physical toxin. Her kidneys have become very depleted and that is making it difficult for her to get adequate rest. Her difficulty sleeping is further complicated by the fact that she has to get up frequently during the night to urinate.

Pamela only made a half-ass attempt to heal. She didn’t make time to do the practices that I gave her and then disappeared after the third session. At one point she said “My body is failing me.” I looked back at Pamela and said “You have it totally ass backwards. Your body isn’t failing you …You are failing to give your body what it needs in order to function and these problems will continue until you do what it takes to address your body’s needs.”

Waiting for the messiah

Many of us were taught that God sent his son to Earth to die on the cross to save us from our sins. This model of healing or salvation has become so deeply ingrained within the collective consciousness of our western psyche and many are still looking for a messiah to come and save them. The whole mindset associated with salvation says “I’m not responsible. Someone else is going to do it all for me.” People have told me on many occasions that they want someone to come along and take all their suffering away. What many fail to understand is that they are wanting to be saved from themselves. They’re totally enthusiastic when they first call and set up an appointment. But then they have to experience their true feelings and face themselves. They also realize how much work is involved. They do a session or two and then disappear.

It can be extremely difficult for people who are expecting instant gratification or salvation to comprehend the process of healing or to make any kind of commitment. Many have never really dealt with their feelings and issues and that has stunted their growth. Their lives are often full of toxic drama and their bodies begin to break down as the years go by. They have spent a lifetime creating a mess, but they assume a healer is just wanting to make money off of them by trying to get them to commit to doing work on a regular basis.

Some issues can easily be resolved within a few sessions. Healing will probably require considerably more time and effort for those of us faced with serious health issues or who suffer from depression or anxiety. It can take several years of consistent work to heal from the traumatic experiences that some of us have lived through.

Yoga has gained a considerable following here in the United States in recent years and there are many people who are very disciplined in their daily practice. More people are beginning to explore Buddhism and other ancient spiritual traditions that require tremendous discipline. But I have found it far more difficult to get most of the people that I have worked with here in the United States to do the amount of consistent practice that is necessary to facilitate healing. One doesn’t necessarily need to become a yogi, but doing at least an hour of some form of intensive healing-spiritual practice a day to maintain our health and develop our bodies and minds can make a huge difference.

People who are not willing to make the effort that is required to heal have said things go me like “I don’t want to work that hard.” These individuals fail to realize how much of their life they are throwing away or how much energy they expend on a daily basis in their current state of ill health and dysfunction. Their quality of life sucks, but many continue to settle because of their lack of discipline and limited sense of possibility.

People who follow the Vedic traditions in India work with mantras, do Pranayama or other yogic practices to develop their bodies and minds. It’s common for people in China to do Chi Gong, Tai Chi and other martial arts practices. People who train within the ancient spiritual traditions tend to be far more disciplined. Those who are truly committed to spiritual development generally do hours of intensive daily practice throughout the course of their lives. Intensive daily spiritual practice enables these individuals to continually develop their bodies and minds and to strengthen their connection to the higher power.

Those who train in the ancient spiritual disciplines in China, India and among the native people of the Americas understand that their masters, gurus and traditional doctors have traveled much further along the road ahead. Those who have attained mastery usually possess greater understanding. They may have also attained very high levels of development and possess exceptionally powerful gifts as a result of their many years of intensive discipline.

People who have done extensive training in the ancient disciplines have a more realistic understanding of the process of spiritual development and rely upon their masters and gurus to help them to navigate the unfamiliar territory up ahead. They listen to the advice that is given and they are prepared to do the hard work that is required to heal and evolve spiritually. In a similar way, I followed the directives of my mentor Horace and Shifu Li Tai Liang. I would have never advanced to where I am had I not listened and followed through with their instructions.

People like Steve, Mara and Pamela come to me all the time seeking healing. In many instances, their bodies are in absolutely horrible shape, their lives are a mess and they’re struggling to cope emotionally. Nothing they have done up to the time they worked with me had made any significant difference. I sometimes wonder why they ever bothered to approach me in the first place if they are not willing to listen or follow through.

It’s very frustrating and sometimes even heart breaking when I can clearly see what’s happening within the bodies and minds of the people who have come and gone. I know from past experience working with many other people with similar conditions that they can heal. From my standpoint, some of these conditions are very easy to work with as long as a person listens and follows through. But people who possess so little understanding of their own bodies and minds don’t always make the best decisions and may therefore continue to live with the consequences.

All of us operate with varying degrees of consciousness and unconsciousness. Fear, hurt, trauma and other stresses that we internalize shut down portions of our body-mind consciousness. Suppressing feelings and avoiding issues only compounds the problem. Our emotional wounds create a set of filters that distort our perception by preventing us from clearly perceiving what is taking place. True healing can only take place when we become completely honest with ourselves. Some people do not want to get it, because they’re not willing to address relevant issues. What’s really sad is that the segment of our population that is unwilling to face themselves or experience their true feelings constitutes such a large portion of our society. It’s no wonder that our world is in the shape that it’s in.

Our individual consciousness feeds into the greater collective consciousness and is reflected by the way we operate as a society. Our western model of medicine primarily treats the symptoms rather than addressing the underlying cause of an illness. We’re addressing many of the ills within our society with the same methodology.
Searching for a viable solution

Like so many other people, I was and still am searching for solutions. I’ve tried out all kinds of therapies and healing practices. I was so numbed out in the beginning and couldn’t really get a sense that any tangible change was occurring. But I kept going back because the suffering that I was going through at that time was so unbearable and I was determined to do whatever it took to heal. I would sometimes work with practices for months before I began to recognize the changes that were taking place. I usually did at least three to five sessions of any modality. My sensitivity gradually increased and that helped me to become more cognizant of the changes taking place within my body and mind. I let go of practices and modalities that didn’t seem to be producing results. I kept breathing into the feelings and sensations, doing Chi Gong, deep tissue body work, healing sessions and vision quests because I found that they produced the most powerful and lasting changes.

It’s critically important for us to understand that we’re never going to get any significant results if we just dabble in healing by doing a session or two of this and another session of that and keep hopping from one thing to another. Chinese masters, Indian gurus and Native American doctors became so powerful because they do many of the same kinds of practices on a daily basis throughout the course of their lives.

Getting through to those who can be reached

I’ve had the opportunity to travel and work with people in a number of different countries. People in all parts of the world are affected by stress and experience suffering. But there are vast differences from one culture to the next in the way that people address their suffering.

I find many similarities between the people of India and Sri Lanka and the native people of the United States. Most people in the various parts of South Asia have limited financial resources and do not enjoy as high of a standard of material living that people in developed nations have grown accustomed to. But I really enjoy working with them because they show gratitude and have a very deep appreciation for things that are sacred.

One of the things that I like most about working with people in South Asia is they tend to be more in touch with their feelings and physical bodies and have a greater intuitive understanding of the healing process taking place. Their bodies and minds are so malleable. They often tell me about the changes they’re experiencing afterwards and then they want to know when they can do the next session. While I cannot predict the future, my desire is to spend more time in India and Sri Lanka and eventually settle somewhere in this part of the world.

There are so many things about our culture that are designed to take us away from ourselves. What concerns me is that there are a number of ways in which we disconnect from our feelings and physical bodies and the realities of our everyday lives that are making it very difficult, if not altogether impossible, to heal. The majority of us have learned to avoid our feelings and issues. One of our most common mantras is “Don’t go there.” Anything we avoid or suppress is going to accumulate within our bodies. Many of us become very numbed out or desensitized as a result. Those of us who are naturally very sensitive may find ourselves becoming overwhelmed whenever our feelings do surface.

I’m sure that I will face the same kinds of challenges for as long as I continue to work within our mainstream American culture. I’m committed to doing everything I can to facilitate healing within everyone that I work with, but I cannot change a culture. I can only help to facilitate change within those individuals who are willing to do the work that is necessary to heal.

I continue to do more radio and television interviews and offer more classes and workshops and write more articles and books. I do whatever I can to reach those who are willing to do what is required to heal …and I will no doubt entertain the rest.

Fully committed to doing whatever it takes to heal

A significant portion of the people who show up in my classes and workshops are struggling with the painful emotions associated with anxiety, depression and trauma. Some are suffering as a result of a painful breakup or divorce. Metaphorically speaking, these individuals are battered, bruised, cut and bleeding. Others faced with serious health issues.

People who come to my classes often tell me that the practices I have them doing are helping them to feel a lot better. And yet it amazes me how many of them come to class a time or two and then disappear. Of those who work with me individually, a large percentage will only do a session or two. It saddens me, because many of these issues and health concerns are relatively easy for me to work with. People who are not able to recognize and respond appropriately to opportunities being presented to them may continue to suffer.

I understand that some are fearful of going to the places within where they are hurting. And many are not familiar with the form of healing I practice. I didn’t know how to help myself when the repercussions of my own early life traumas began to surface. I often felt as though I were flailing in the dark. But I knew that I would never heal and get to a better place if I didn’t take constructive action. I was willing to try out any approach that held promise. And that’s how I found the tools and resources that have enabled me to heal.

One of the women that I have been working with recently said to me “I just want it to be done.” I would still be holding onto much of the pain and trauma of my past if I operated from that mindset. Fortunately I went into the process of healing with a willingness to do whatever it took. I received healing sessions whenever the opportunity presented itself. I went through fourteen sessions within a month’s time with a Buddhist Monk who possesses a powerful gift of healing while I was in Sri Lanka at a point when my own core issues were coming to a head. I went through another twelve sessions with the same healer when I returned to Sri Lanka four months later. I’ve gone through dozens of vision quests over the years. I could see that I was making incremental progress after each healing session or vision quest and I had enough sense to keep coming back for more.

Get with the program

Some of you are suffering as a result of the painful emotions associated with anxiety, depression or past traumas or you’re faced with serious health challenges. For better or worse, you have spent your entire life getting to where you are at this time in your life. Your physical and emotional state of being may very likely become considerably worse if you continue along the same path. Let’s be completely honest here. You probably wouldn’t be in the shape you’re in or be struggling with the same issues that have caused you so much pain if you possessed all the resources needed to fully heal on your own.

It’s critically important for you to understand that there is no quick fix. You’re not going to heal from the painful emotions that are causing you to feel so anxious or depressed, the messes you’ve made along the way or the major health issues you have spent a life time creating in one session. You’re probably not going to see any significant change unless you take constructive action on a daily basis to effect positive change in your life. Be prepared to work hard and to fully commit yourself to the process if you are truly serious about healing.

It’s important for you to go into the healing process with an openness to explore completely new terrain and to learn as the process unfolds. Years of shutting down or disconnecting from feeling can leave you very numbed or desensitized. You may not feel much of anything in the beginning, but your range of sensitivity will increase with each session. You will experience greater sense of lucidity and body mind awareness as this takes place.

The healing sessions are going to take you right to the source of the problems. All kinds of feelings and issues may surface as a result, but that’s all a normal part of your body and mind’s healing process. Some of the feelings that arise can be very unpleasant at times. Do the best you can to remain fully present by breathing into them. Feelings you fail to digest will remain trapped in the body. Conflicted feelings held in the body perpetuate many of the same kinds of painful dramas and will eventually express themselves as some form of physical pathology. Working through the feelings and issues that make their way to the surface is going to make you far more receptive to healing in ways that will facilitate your growth. The feelings will become more manageable over times. You’re body and mind will become more resilient. And you will find yourself better equipped to handle the issues as they arise.

Breathing into the feelings as they arise will ease and accelerate your healing. Consistent practice activates a greater intelligence residing within your own body and mind. This healing intelligence will help you to digest the anxieties, fears, frustrations, pain and sadness associated with present and past hurts, losses and traumas. Painful and unpleasant feelings will soften and become more diffuse. You will become fully present in your body and experience a greater sense of wellbeing as that happens.

My mentor Horace, Shifu Li Tai Liang and numerous adepts of other ancient traditions have said over the course of history “You will never attain the high levels of development without the assistance of someone who has attained mastery.” Similarly, you’re not going to heal completely on your own without the assistance of a gifted healer. That would be comparable to performing surgery on yourself. Try as much as you want, it’s just not going to happen.

There are parts of the healing process such as doing your daily practice that you need to do consistently. But you do not possess all the resources you need to fully digest the many years of stagnant emotion that has accumulated in your body or to repair the damage within the physical and subtle bodies.

People who train in the ancient spiritual disciplines found in places like China and India receive the transmissions of power offered by their gurus or masters and work consistently with the practices that enable them to build a strong healthy foundation and facilitate the development greater resources. Native people of the Americas work with their traditional doctors and go through intensive healing practices such as the vision quest to seek a vision and develop the resources that would enable them to realize their true potential. Those who fail to make use of these resources may never fully actualize their true potential.

You can just sit back and think about what I’m saying, but that’s not going to accomplish anything. It is critically important for you to approach your work with me or any gifted healer like you would with any other medical professional. I began my training in 1983 and have worked with thousands of people since I began my practice. I’m very familiar with the many stages that take one goes through during the healing process.

I make recommendations based upon many years of experience working with a wide range of health related issues. There is a certain number of sessions, frequency in which they need to occur and practices that need to be done in conjunction to facilitate healing. You will get much better results and progress much faster when you follow through with my recommendations.

Those who listen, work consistently with the practices and follow through with the healing sessions have healed from digestive and respiratory disorders, serious injuries such as those resulting from automobile accidents and a wide range of other health related issues. Many have also healed from anxiety, depression and the intrusive symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks and panic attacks resulting from trauma. Many have been able to let go of toxic dysfunctional relationships and attract healthier partners. Others have gained a clear sense of what they need to be doing in their lives and have developed the resources that are enabling them to realize their true potential.

You are being presented with a very rare and valuable opportunity. My question to you is. Are you truly serious about healing your body and mind and realizing your full potential? Well then it’s time to show up, pay attention and get with the program.

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