January 2016 By Shivi Verma and Punya Srivastava The fourth Life Positive Expo in Mumbai was a heady mix of learning, healing, growing, fun and laughter, say Shivi Verma and Punya Srivastava Come November and the Life Positive Expo hoves into view in Mumbai, bringing with it a promise of joy, fun and quantum growth. This year, the Expo took place on November 28 and 29 at the World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade. An apt time for Mumbaikers wanting to enter the New Year on a note of positivity and buoyancy of spirit. There were workshops, a discourse, body-mind products and services and a mini theatre workshop to heal and energise. As always, the Expo delivered on its promise to introduce seekers to a bouquet of new tools and techniques from the holistic world. Day 1 Cure Chronic ailments naturally by Darryl D’Souza The slender and popular Darryl D’Souza, who has himself healed from a host of ailments through the methods he advocates today, introduced long-term sufferers of lifestyle diseases to the possibility of a cure. Darryl said that modern medicine did not fully understand the human body. Else it would not create inorganic remedies for an organic system. Modern medicines have no concept of subtle or energy bodies within the physical body of a person. Citing his own example, Darryl said that for 14 years he suffered from one chronic problem after another, but no medicine could cure him. The suffering became so acute that he decided to commit suicide. It was then that he was introduced to Dr Ashwin Dalal, an acupressure expert. With his help, Darryl bounced back to health and happiness. He realised that to maintain his health he needed to ingest healthy food. He began to study food and came to a few conclusions. He found that fruits and vegetables were natural foods for human beings and easily absorbed and digested by the body. Grains, dairy, fish and meat had to be processed to become edible. He concluded that the first step to regain health is to avoid wrong foods, which include milk, sugar, refined oils, and table salt. The only oils he advocated were coconut oil and rice bran oil. And in salts, rock salt. An integrated therapy, according to him, included a healthy diet, healthy habits, body detoxification, acupressure, yoga, counselling and energy work. He asked delegates to include more alkaline foods in their diet, since cells, which are acidic in nature, must exist in a slightly alkaline environment. He then gave an exhaustive list of alkaline foods including spinach, cucumber, and capsicum. After that he created a diet plan for people to follow if they wanted to heal through natural foods. Navel activation through sound and frequencies byRivesh Vade “Ninety per cent of people living in the metros are neurotics,” claimed Rivesh Vade, in his workshop on navel activation through sound and frequencies. And rightly so. Turn around and we see people focussing on their mind, trying tools and techniques to empower their ‘minds’, and doing everything in their power to enhance their ‘mind power’. This obsession with the mind to enhance the quality of life, according to Rivesh, has superseded all other important aspects of human experience. Human beings are blessed with three energy centres that work in tandem. These are; a mind that thinks, a heart that feels, and a navel that senses. However, so much energy is being focused on the mind alone that we are losing touch with the other two energy centers. “The more you use your mind, the more disconnected you get with your heart and navel,” said he. “The one who is centred at the navel is sthitpragya or aware in the present moment. When we connect with the navel, we connect with consciousness – with the Universe.” Rivesh facilitated this experience with the help of singing bowls and gongs that produced various sound frequencies. “Every organ has its own sound frequency. When these sound frequencies go out of order, our bodies get dis-eased,” he said. According to him, one could clear the blockages created by childhood conditioning, as well as those embedded in the DNA, by altering its structure using harmonic sounds. The participants meditated upon sound frequency 414 hz to release energy blockages in their bodies. Rivesh also performed navel activation of each participant by placing vibrating bowls on each navel. “I was pleasantly surprised seeing the effect of sounds on my physiology. I felt it was genuine and effective enough for me to buy his set of CDs and I have been using them since. As for major changes, I probably would still have to wait and watch,” said Mumbai-based Dr Uma Ladiwala, one of the participants. Inaugural address by Jaya Row Jaya Row shone with brilliance and captivated the audience with her sparkling discourse on the lessons of living. She emerged with six principles for good living: using the intellect, contentment, gratitude, excellence, oneness, and witness consciousness. She stressed the vital importance of consulting the intellect in taking decisions. “All of us have an intellect which must be consulted. And if we do not have it we must consult someone wiser”. Elaborating on contentment, she said that a person who is free of wants is supremely content. Be content with where you are and whatever you have. Contentment does not mean being lazy and unproductive which is a sign of tamas. A satvic person is dynamic, vibrant, creative yet content with life. She urged people to be thankful. “There is always something to be thankful about,” she stressed. “Be thankful that you have free oxygen, roads to walk on, a liver and spleen. Like this the attitude shifts from profiteering to serving and happiness begins to flow freely in life. Emphasising the importance of working, she said that Vedanta is not meant for failures. Worship your work and power it by right motivation which is working selflessly and with detachment. Know that you can do precious little to change the world, but still give your best, selflessly and without attachments. Fix your attention on something higher to transcend desire. Get inspired with something higher. Believe in the oneness of humanity and All that Is. Today, every family has discord. No two brothers are getting along, but earlier, generations of employees worked with generations of employers. All the ladies of the house would get together to make papads and pickles and drudgery used to get converted into revelry. When people got together even the most difficult tasks would get done. And finally she asked the audience to cultivate sakshi bhaava, or witness consciousness. “The world is an illusionary projection. Do not take it so seriously. Witness the events of your life like a distant observer. Do not get too embroiled in its ups and downs,” she exhorted, leaving the audience greatly inspired. Day 2 Theta healing by Renu Agrawal Neat, composed and confident, Renu Agarwal, the master Theta healer, started the workshop by asking delegates if they were happy. People gave several replies. She said that the first answer was of the subconscious, the second of the conscious and the third of the heart. She asked people to lead a life of choices instead of compulsion. “Instead of leaving the bed unwillingly every morning, choose to get up joyously. Make a choice of everything you do. Create a stress-free environment wherever you are. Develop a bond with God. Share your anger and negative emotions with Him,” she advised. Moving onto Theta healing, she said that Theta healing is a meditational technique that creates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing through focussed thought and prayer to the creator. In Theta healing focussed thought is achieved by slowing our brain waves to 4-7 cycles per minute. Through illustrations Renu showed that our cells had the same composition as the universe and we could access the highest plane of oneness by doing guided prayers. She asked the participants to conjure up a miniature image of themselves which is lodged in their heart chakra, and then go down through the chakras into the core of the earth. There she asked them to englobe themselves in a ball of light and then travel back via the chakras into outer space, leaving the planet behind, and then after crossing several planes, enter the pearly white domain of the Absolute. There she instructed the participants to shed their covering and merge with the white light. In this state whatever we asked for is granted unequivocally by the Divine. She taught how to send love and light in this state to our homes, family members, baby in the womb, workplace. The experience was so powerful that many participants lost the chain of Renu’s instructions and were steeped in the bliss of merging with the Divine. Some of them were found sobbing. Said Renu Arora, “I feel I can heal most of my issues through this powerful technique.” Total wellness through acupressure byKetan Shah Ketan Shah’s workshop, as always, was a perfect mix of knowledge, practical exercises, interactive interface and handy tips. Talking about body-mind-emotion wellness through applied acupressure, Dr Shah held a perfect space for an interactive and beneficial session. The best part of his workshop were the plethora of seemingly small but extremely valuable tips that he doled out from time to time. He started with explaining the body-mind-emotion connection, and how applying pressure on the corresponding points can significantly change the body-mind complex. Thanks to his decade-long deep research in this sphere, Dr Shah expounded in detail the role of each organ in our emotional wellness, especially liver and gall bladder. “People with weak livers generally suffer from migraine, are unable to sle
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