May 2011 A rich brew of powerful workshops, illuminating discourses, retail therapy, free services and the presence of kindred spirits made the Life Positive Expo an experience of a lifetime Excitement reigned at the India Habitat Centre on the morning of March 25. It was the beginning of the Life Positive Expo, the three-day body-mind and spirit fest organised by Life Positive Foundation and Life Positive magazine. Participants had arrived from as far afield as Muscat, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kerala, Jamshedpur, Mumbai, Chandigarh, and Ludhiana, united in their common passion for personal growth. There were many who were repeating the Expo for the second and third time. Sampriti Mukherjj, who has been attending the workshop for the last six years, wore an air of ineffable satisfaction as she confessed that she had had her cataract operation done on March 2nd just so she would be free to attend the Expo. “I don’t let anything interfere with my attendance of the Expo,” said she firmly. Holistic author, Dr S Mohanambal, from Barcelona and a dedicated Life Positive reader, said that she was happy that she was attending the Expo. “I was drawn to the Expo and I am glad that I could make it. The workshops are doing me a lot of good,” said Mohanambal. Gunni Kamson, a beautician, travelled all the way from Shillong to New Delhi to attend the Expo. “It is my very first Expo. I am happy that I made it because I can use what I learnt at the acupressure workshop in my practice back home,” Gunni said. The Expo was flagged off on a sublime note with an inaugural address by B.K. Shivani, a Raj Yoga meditation teacher with the Brahma Kumaris, whose regular discourses on Aastha channel has earned her tremendous popularity. That the popularity is deserved became more than evident during her address: Feeling Great, No Matter What. Using the lamentable example of Japan’s present trauma, she questioned, “Is it possible to feel good when one part of the world is enduring so much pain? And is it desirable? Should we feel good?” Through her hour-long discourse she went on to masterfully explain how and why we should indeed feel great, no matter what. When it came to Japan, she explained that the only way we could reduce their pain was by sending them positive vibes which could only be done from a stable and loving mind, free of pain. Explaining that the transition from Kaliyug to Satyug required cleansing, she likened the tsunami to the annual Diwali cleansing. Tsunamis were needed, she said, and urged the participants to stay aware of their responsibility which was to create the New Age by changing their thoughts. What better introduction could there be to an Expo committed to help make the move to the New Age? Workshops Looking in the mirror Nilima and Vijay Bhat conducted the Enneagram workshop entitled Nine Psycho-Spiritual Paths to Presence on Day I of the Expo. Over 30 enthusiastic participants enrolled for the workshop that has transformed the lives of thousands across the word. The Enneagram, an ancient concept that affects transformation through knowledge of personality types, works like a psychometric test that has applications in areas like executive coaching, parenting and education. Participants responded to the facts that were revealed about them with questions like Who am I, Who can I be and Who am I not? There are nine personality types according to the Enneagram paradigm – challenger, enthusiast, peacemaker, loyalist, investigator, reformer, helper, achiever and individualist. The Enneagram tells us that we all have a unique place in this world and each of us is endowed with a gift. We need to align ourselves to our natural gifts in order to progress both individually and collectively. Learning from past lives Newton Kondaveti’s Past-Life Regression workshop on Day One revealed to over 35 participants our power to understand existing patterns of behaviour and that which we call fate as the fruits of our past lives. Newton revealed to the participants how he became a past-life regression therapist. Born to an atheist scientist father who chose to name his children after men and women of science (Curie and Einstein being the name of his siblings), he found himself a guru while at college, and notwithstanding his father, ventured into metaphysics rather than physics. A series of exercises designed to push participants beyond rational thinking into the enriching clue-filled world of intuition, enabled insights that proved to be remarkably illuminating. Participants, who came from a variety of backgrounds from business to medical sciences and even insurance, experienced how they were connected through a past life to other participants whom they had never met. Almost all participants reported seeing what their co-participants were about, their inner motivations and even what hindered their flowering across lifetimes. A book to look for The closing of Day One of the Life Positive Expo 2011 saw the release of Life Positive Assistant Editor Jamuna Rangachari’s selection of illuminating stories entitled More Teaching Stories. Present at the launch were author Rajiv Mehrotra, Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Life Positive President DR Karthikeyan and author and trainer Anil Bhatnagar. After the formal launching of the book, Ms Rangachari read out her favourite story – Savitri – from the book. She told the audience that she had been 13 when she first read the story. During the discussion that followed the launch the learned guests spoke on the power of the story to entertain, educate and illuminate. “While all stories are not great, the great ones are shortcuts to truth,” said Mehrotra. Day 2 The energies set into motion on the first day of the Life Positive Expo 2011 build up to a new high on day two. After a rejuvenating session of SKY yoga in the morning, the participants readied themselves for the day ahead. Workshops Getting the point Acupressure therapist Ketan Shah was introduced to LP Expo 2011 participants as a trainer and workshop facilitator who gathers the most accolades at most events organised by Life Positive and elsewhere. He did not disappoint. To begin with, he shared how his seemingly incurable pain following a botched-up appendix operation, was cured by acupressure, which, in turn, made him explore the field himself. Today, after over a decade of practice behind him, Ketan Shah has travelled to 28 countries, where he has healed over 90,000 patients of a range of ailments. In the first half, Dr Shah spoke of the theoretical basis of acupressure, its Indian origins, how it travelled to China and Japan via Sri Lanka and its return to India. “It is an Indian thing to appreciate things foreign. We do not appear to have appreciated it enough when we had it in India,” said Dr Shah as the audience erupted into laughter. The second half of the workshop was dedicated to practical demonstrations of the power of acupressure to heal where conventional medicine had failed. The participants, who included a cancer specialist, healers, several homemakers and Life Positive readers from all walks of life, enthusiastically plied him with questions on the points to be pressed to cure their ailments. Those suffering from chronic conditions were also administered healing on the spot. For those who were unable to attend, there is a two-day workshop by Dr Ketan Shah entitled The Healing Touch scheduled for May 28 and 29 in New Delhi. Call Vijay Dhiman on 9873951104 for details. The Theta healing cure When we are on the right path only then does true learning begin, said Theta Healer Sumant Kant Paul at his workshop on Day Two. Kaul taught how words determine our future and ways of experiencing, expressing and evolution. Theta healing is a meditation process which goes deep into human consciousness and heals the sufferer. He spoke on the principles of psychic thought and explained that every thought has a psychic energy that affects health and happiness. The energy also attracts people and inanimate objects and affects us on the core, genetic, history, and soul levels of our being.Sumeet Kaul, Sumant Kaul’s son, described the theta state of mind which is obtained through our chakras when they are connected with God. Theta healing uses the five frequencies of brain waves: Beta, alpha, theta, delta and gamma. These waves are constantly in motion and are regulated by the frequencies of the brain waves. Theta healers work on the crown, throat, heart, sexual and base chakras for holistic healing. Discourse Ecstasy of the mystic At the close of Day II, Swami Bodhananda spoke on how the path of the mystic and that of the meditator are one and the same. “A mystic is one rooted in the self and ecstasy is the transcending of the ego. This is only possible through meditation which involves watching the body and the mind and being aware of the rise and fall of breath,” said the Swami. Swami Bodhananda spoke on how people blindly react from memory. “A man will unthinkingly call his son the son of a donkey! The mind goes where we do. Which is why moving to the Himalayas does not help.” The Swami pointed to the value of doubt in spiritual life. “Positivists say that all self-doubt is destructive but I would describe self-doubt as the beginning of a spiritual journey. We need to put the brakes of doubt when we speed like mad men through life,” he explained. The Swami welcomed questions after his discourse. Responding to a question on degradation of values in the contemporary world, the Swami said he did not think society was undergoing degradation. “People are getting more assertive. Children don’t like being talked down to, wives will no long
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