May 2015 By Punya Srivatsava and Jamuna Rangachari As always, the three-day Life Positive Expo at New Delhi, gave the audience a cornucopia of healing, insights, inspiration and wisdom, say Punya Srivastava and Jamuna Rangachari These three days were the richest days of my life, and enabled me to move from ‘almost not attending’ to a ‘lifetime commitment to attend’. Thank you LP!” said Suman Maheshwari from Gurgaon. “I felt as if I were meeting long lost relatives,” said 41-year-old Razi Ahmed, from Delhi, “There was a sense of biradiri. I never felt I was among strangers.” The annual Life Positive Expo in New Delhi is indeed a family reunion. The union of Life Positive readers who are linked in their quest for self-realization, and the union of souls who may have emerged from one soul family. Perhaps that explains the bonhomie, the high energy, and the quantum growth that is generated by the Delhi Life Positive Expo, year after year. As the biggest and best of all our Expos, the three-day body-mind-spirit fest was a sublime blend of soul-stirring discourses and life-transforming workshops. The stable of committed and superb facilitators gave of their all, and participants went home armed with a rich repertoire of tools and techniques, wisdom and insights to mine through for the whole of 2015. Day 1 Inaugural address by Sister Shivani She radiates a palpable aura of peace, calm and serenity. Her very presence is as refreshing as cool water on a hot day. But it is when she begins to speak that one can best appreciate the depth from which she operates. Sr Shivani is effortlessly and intuitively profound, yet simple. Her crystal clear perspective can shatter long-cherished illusions and jolt us into awakening. At the Expo, she spoke on the subject, From Expecting to Accepting. One gentleman shared that he was a strong believer in honesty and justice, and was uncomfortable being around people who were not. While seemingly in agreement, she launched her counter offensive. She suggested that behind every hurt or irritation, there lurks an expectation. Children, she said, were malleable. And we taught them that it was natural to expect. It is this assumption that invites pain into our lives. “Now we will have to teach our mind that it is natural to accept,” she said. Expectation, she continued, was a subtle attempt to control, which when unfulfilled, leads to pain. “When I radiate the energy that the other is the cause of the pain, then the relationship is spoilt.” Referring to the expectation that everyone should be honest, she said that since not everyone could reach the same standards, it was a recipe for discomfort. When we choose to accept, on the other hand, we would be able to stand for honesty, while at the same time, not be disturbed by the wayward conduct of others. She added, “The minute I radiate judgement, the other moves away, and when that happens, your power to influence her dissolves.” Pointing to a member of the audience clad in pink, she asked, “I like white but should I ask her to wear it when she loves pink? Maybe, some day I can ask her to wear white and she may agree because I respected her choice to wear pink.” She urged the participants to respond to the other with love and respect. She pointed out that we forget that all of us are souls whose journeys are very different, and are therefore born with different samskaras. How then can we be like the other? Recalling the Taliban attack on school children in Peshawar in December, she said that just before their death the children had been exposed to vast quantities of anger, fear, hate and other corrosive emotions. If one of these children were to take birth in our homes, these emotions would surface, and perhaps we may judge and label them. This in turn would send the children spiralling down into a vicious cycle. Instead, could we learn to accept them? Focus on the samskara you want to increase, not on the one you want to diminish, she suggested. She urged the participants to change from, ‘I love you’ to ‘I accept you’, because without acceptance, there is no true love. “And later, we will say, to expect is unfair,” she concluded. Ketan Shah kindles hope and wellness After Sr Shivani’s discourse had generated sparks of empathy and introspection in the participants, many thronged to the hall where the acupressure maestro, Ketan Shah, awaited them. Most had read his book, and were eager for a firsthand experience of his expertise. “He is the first person who told me that my son who has juvenile diabetes can lead a normal life,” said Parneet Kaur, a 39-year-old mother who had come specifically to see if she could help her son. Now, she is faithfully giving him home remedies like raw ladies finger soaked in water every day, while pressing on his relevant acupressure points. Her acidity and her husband’s sinus too have become better thanks to acupressure. Mr Kuldeep Singh was extremely grateful to have learnt how to manage incontinence. Now, he practises the same points faithfully, and had already begun to feel much better within a week. “As a doctor, I do not wish to keep giving medicine to people, but wish to help them become independent in healing themselves,” said Dr Malti Gupta, a retired plastic surgeon, who had come for the workshop all the way from Jaipur. Ketan Shah taught not just acupressure but simple exercises like Swasio and spoke on other self-help techniques like oil pulling. Participants were extremely engaged, making quick notes and sharing their views with each other. At the end of the day, everyone gave an enthusiastic thumb’s up to both Ketan Shah and Life Positive, as a platform for complete well-being. Rohini and Tathagat typecast the audience Rohini Singh and Tathagat Roy held each participant’s attention till the end of the day with their very interesting workshop on the Enneagram. The Enneagram, which is a compendium of personality types, is a modern synthesis of a number of ancient wisdom traditions. It presents a set of nine distinct personality types. While each person may resonate with more than one type, there will be one type that fits their personality more accurately than others from childhood itself. The workshop took off to an interesting start, when everyone was asked to go through a list of adjectives and choose the one they associated with the most at the age of 17 or 18. After this age, one takes on other people’s traits, which veil their own dominant personality type. Based on their personality numbers, participants were grouped into nine clusters. Thereafter, each group was asked to come up to the front of the room, and describe their traits and habits, and their reactions in various emotionally charged situations. The detailed study of different personalities, their strengths and weaknesses, enabled everyone to look within and identify themselves. Furthermore, the workshop also helped understand others better, by identifying their personality type, and taught how to handle relationships at home, work and in one’s social circle. Towards the end of this very intriguing workshop, the facilitators explained that the adjoining numbers of each personality type composed the wings of the type; for instance 8 and 1 were the wings of the 9 type. Most types lean towards one of these wings, which explains why two people of the same personality type can still be different from each other depending upon their dominating wing. The duo also described how each personality at its best strives to achieve the best qualities of its corresponding triad number, and at its lowest, reflects the functioning of the negative traits of the other triad number type. Day 2 Drawing the heat out of anger As always, the psycho nuerobics expert, Dr BK Chandra Shekhar, was a popular draw, with his workshop on anger management. He began by outlining the root causes of anger: desire and expectations from self and others. The workshop was divided into two parts. The first one dealt with healing the negative effects of anger on the body. Dr Chandra Shekhar began by checking the energy centres and auras of each of the participants with a lecher antenna as well as physical tests. Likening our energy centres or chakras to emotional fuses, he explained that emotions can cause each of the fuses to blow and our body to switch to ‘generator mode’. To instantly energise the affected chakras and neutralise the effects of anger, Dr Chandra Shekhar taught participants how to charge water and food – water with orange frequency and food with yellow. And voila! When a participant with severely disturbed chakras drank the charged water, her chakras and her aura showed up as near perfect on the lecher and physical tests. In the second part dealing with managing mind and boosting memory power, Dr Chandra Shekhar demonstrated the extraordinary results of empowering the intellect. Specifically to deal with anger management, he urged participants to start with acceptance and forgiveness. To forgive, we have to hand over those who have harmed us to the Lord, first visualising them enveloped in a divine green energy, just as we hand over culprits to the police in the corporeal world. The workshop ended with a healing meditation in five steps based on the four languages of the intellect – image, colour, music and art and graphics. The participants were asked to draw up the energy from their real energy bodies and then receive divine energy in all the colours of the rainbow to replace the withdrawn energy. With enthusiastic participation, live demo, physical experimentation and tests, the workshop was, all in all, a very energising experience! Healed and happy in Renu&
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