Friday, May 24, 2013
Is this our new normal? Apparently so.
After the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Cherokee Medicine Woman Nara White Owl warned me that "natural disasters" would increase in frequency and intensity. "Those are the only times we are coming together and connecting with each other, heart to heart," she said with a fierce look in her bright blue eyes.
At that time, Nara said that our values and priorities have become so skewed that Mother Nature was having to use her most terrific forces to remind us of what's really important.
In December 2012, I asked Nara what 2013 held for us. She said that the divide between conscious and unconscious people was deepening, and that unconscious people would feel their separation (from Spirit) more acutely, prompting them to act out against society in more and more terrible ways. I remembered her prediction when the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and the Boston Marathon bombing felt as though they happened back-to-back.
What do you think about all this?
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
In the process of TAT, we pretend there is a big pot in the center of the room into which problems, concerns and issues are tossed. Then, holding the TAT pose that capitalizes on connecting the vision center of the brain with master acupressure points on the face, the client puts his/her focus on a series of specifically formulated statements, one by one. People doing TAT often experience a spectrum of profound connections, insights, perspectives and/or healings.
As strange as it is to admit, Tapas Fleming can't really explain how TAT works. But she -- and TAT Professionals all over the world -- have hundreds and hundreds of documented success stories in the 25 years since its inception. TAT has been used to successfully alleviate food and environmental allergies and sensitivities, aid in weight management, reduce chronic stress and pain symptoms, even heal serious and chronic illnesses.
TAT has been called a portal of grace and my own experiences with TAT -- both as a TAT Professional for others, and in using it as a self-help technique for my own issues -- confirm that sweet description.
I'm eager to see what unfolds for the husband and wife who will be each putting his/her issues in the TAT pot this evening. I will keep you posted.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I have seen the husband on and off for a long time. The marriage has been troubled for a long time. I wanted to see if TAT could bring them some peace and was so pleased that they both were interested in trying it out.
As TAT allows, there was no need to look for specific issues to work on. After a brief discussion, I suggested the wording, "Whatever is in the way of healing our marriage," Then I suggested that each of them put whatever he/she wanted into the pot silently, adding to the "TAT pot" whatever came up for them as we went through the prescribed TAT steps.
As we went through the steps, the husband held the TAT pose and the wife sat with her eyes closed, hands folded, in calm silence. The room felt very peaceful.
At the end, the wife's smile was so warm that it almost brought tears to my eyes. And the husband had what I call the "TAT glow" of serenity.
I don't know what long-term benefit this session had, but my sense is that this session opened a door between these two that has been closed for a long time.
I'll let you know if I'm right.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The 6 am group is steady, consistent, supremely focused, aware and respectful of the concept of yoga.
The 9:30 group is all over the place. This morning a woman walked in nearly 20 minutes late and planted herself in the front row. Then she proceeded to fidget through the remainder of the class.
At first, I was really, really angry. What nerve! It's bad enough to come in so inexcusably late, but then why not take an inconspicuous spot in the back row? And since she was in the very front, why was it so important to keep adjusting her top, her bottom, her hair ...
About half-way into the 90-minute practice, my attention was drawn to the woman on her left who was also in my direct line of vision. If I was angry, she was furious. We caught each other's eye a time or two and signaled our mutual disgust. It felt good to have a companion in this unfortunate experience and I felt myself relax a little.
Then, at one point, I noticed the Fidgeting Late Woman checking out her toes. She continued to check out her toes as though that was the most compelling, fascinating activity ever invented. I couldn't help it, I started to laugh. I mean really laugh. The Teeth-Gritting Woman glanced at me and kept gritting. I stopped laughing but it was too late: the anger was completely gone. And so was my connection to the Teeth-Gritting Woman; we had lost the bond created by our wounds because I wasn't wounded anymore.
I love yoga.
Monday, October 29, 2012
With the advent of Skype, I've been able to connect very personally with handwriting clients from all over. It's been great fun.
Vimala System coaching as a stand-alone offering opens the door to tremendous personal, professional and spiritual growth. When I gave "L" the Declaration of the Letter L, it opened up a whole new avenue of self-exploration for her. Here's what she wrote in an email:
What a fantastic declaration! Thank you for sending that along with the suggestion for daily practice. I look forward to my "quiet" handwriting practice and will also incorporate your suggestion for a movement based meditation. I live quite close to the beach, so I'm thinking a morning walk in the warm months would really start the day off right :)
It was such a pleasure meeting with you and feeling your compassionate energy. I would love to explore some other techniques with you in the future.
Thank you again!
What is the Letter L Declaration? My life is an ongoing conversation with my soul.
I may be prejudiced, but it is my favorite of all the Letter and Ligature Declarations.
I was astounded to discover that it has been more than a year since I added to my Blog. Now that my daughter’s Big Fat Armenian Wedding is officially over, I have no excuses.
I am rededicating myself to sending regular posts, especially using this forum to pass on the wonderful feedback I get from my satisfied clients.
Here’s part of an email I received from the mother of one of my middle school clients who was having a hard time adjusting to the demands of a new school:
Thank you, Lucy, so much for meeting with us. K really did get a lot out of her time with you. She listens to your CD almost every night before bed. Her anxiety that started at the beginning of school has basically disappeared - yay! - and she's smiling and more playful again now (her old self).
Posted by Lisa at 5:53 PM
Monday, September 5, 2011
This was a great read, Lucy. Fascinating and informative. Thx. A friend of mine, her hubby could never fly and he went to a hypnotherapist w/ great success. It definitely works. I let go of 55 exces lbs that way too!!
Thanks so much for writing, J.S. I love hearing mind-body success stories!
Posted by Lucy Grace Yaldezian at 5:25 PM