January 2015 By Shivi Verma and Anusha Singhania The third Life Positive Expo, Mumbai, with its exciting exhibition area, powerful workshops and sublime discourses, left the attendees mesmerized and energized, say Shivi Verma and Anusha Singhania The third Life Positive Expo hosted in Mumbai on November 15- 16, 2014, was a smashing hit. The stalls buzzed with activity. Enthusiastic participants jammed the workshops. Celebrated facilitators held forth articulately. Discourses by Smt Jaya Row and Sister BK Shivani drew huge crowds, and celebrities like actor Madhoo Shah, Suresh Oberoi, Smita Jayakar, and health expert Anjali Mukherjee, graced the event, making it a huge success. Says Satyendra Singh from Thane, “The Expo was absolutely amazing and wonderful. My business partner Shilpa and I enjoyed it very much. Both the workshops as well as the keynote addresses were superb. I will give it a 10 on 10.” Says Durriya Pardiwala from Lonavala, “The workshops were really fascinating. I only wish Dr Newton could have given us more time than stipulated. Smita Jayaker too was extremely good with her presentation. My daughter Masumah and I, both enjoyed it thoroughly.” The event started with Sister BK Shivani, Life Positive chairman, Aditya Ahluwalia, actor Suresh Oberoi, and host of the moment, actor Madhoo Shah, inaugurating the Expo by lighting the lamp. Then came the moment everyone was waiting for: Sr Shivani’s inaugural address. As she began to speak, perfect calm and silence descended upon the audience. People sat in rapt attention, drinking in every word uttered by the sublime speaker. Inaugural address by Sister BK Shivani: Life as celebration Speaking on the topic of observing life as a celebration, Sr BK Shivani said that in a world looking for peace we forget that peace is our own innate nature. Instead of looking for it outside of us, it is better to start using the peace we innately possess. All the celebrations of the world are a reminder of our permanent celebratory nature. Outer festivals remind us that we have the power to celebrate life internally even while doing our daily jobs. One could be singing and dancing inside even when mired in the toughest life situation outside. She pointed out that our problem is that we get stuck in our attitudes and mindsets. We put conditions to our happiness believing that we would be happy only when people and situations work our way. Each of us sees life through the lens of our samskaras, and we want everything to be through the same lens. Whereas the reality is that different samskaras, coupled with different parents from different places, result in different people with different perspectives. Each one’s samskara is different. Everybody is playing to a different recording. And you cannot understand a recording which is different from yours. Therefore you judge and force people to be different from who they are. She gave the example of a child who died due to drowning…as his hand slipped away from the hand of his father, his last thoughts would have been of immense fear. When reborn, naturally, the child would be fearful and timid. The parents might resent such behavior, and compare the child to its other more confident siblings, thereby further diminishing his confidence. Therefore, she advocated that we shift our focus from ‘I love you’ to ‘I accept you’. We complain about other people’s negative qualities because they give us discomfort. But our job is not to point out their flaws, but focus on their strengths. The more you focus on strengths, the more they will grow, and the flaws will die a natural death. We must know that nothing is wrong because from a person’s standpoint and samskaras they are right. Her compassionate and wise words gave the audience a fresh perspective of their many relationships. Day l Santosh Joshi: SKY healing The SKY healing workshop by Santosh Joshi was a fun-filled exercise. A facilitator who entertained as much as he empowered his participants, he cracked jokes and sang a ghazal on the request of a participant. Santosh talked about the problem of stress in human life, and how unlike animals, we cannot always fight or fly in response to stressors. Physical good health was possible only when a person was healthy emotionally, financially and spiritually. “Through SKY we come in touch with our bliss bodies. To get to the positive state it is important to flush out stored negativity in the body and mind.” Santosh led the participants through a grounding meditation where delegates were asked to imagine energy tubes emerging from their soles and palms and going to the centre of the earth where a fire burnt, into which they were to cast away their negativity. Santosh then began the SKY healing work. It began with Aum chanting starting at the solar plexus and ending at the sahasrar chakra, and went on to include tapping with affirmation, alternate nose breathing, open-mouth nasal breathing along with a few more breathing techniques. The trance thus induced was so powerful and achieved in such a short span that participants felt energised for the rest of the day. Said Asit Mohapatra, “I wish there were better words than ‘Thank You’ to convey my sincere appreciation to Santosh. I find it quite useful, and have recommended others to learn this process.” Smita Jayakar: Chakra healing “If you suffer from aches, fatigue or any recurring fear and emotion, it is your chakras which need to be balanced,” said Smita Jayakar in her workshop on Chakra healing. She added, “Chakras are the powerhouse of shakti. They are responsible for all energies in our body, and the balance of each one is vital.” The announcement of this simple fact gripped the audience, since they now knew the cause and possible solution to many of their problems. The workshop offered an indepth understanding of chakras, helping the audience to recognize not just the properties of each chakra, but also the symptoms of inbalance, their chanting mantras, colours, corresponding deity and cheat codes to remember all of these. For instance, the Manipur chakra symbolizes our inner power. If under active it leads to passivity and victimhood; if over active it leads to aggressive and dominating behavior. What made the workshop unique was the lively interaction between the delegates and the facilitator, creating a high level of involvement. The workshop ended on a high, as Smita led the participants through a chakra balancing meditation. The therapeutic music with peaceful chanting left the delegates fresh, detoxified, and, hopefully, with their chakras balanced. Book launch: Travelling Lighter Day 1 wound up with the launch of Editor-in-chief Suma Varughese’s second book, Travelling Lighter, sequel to the much-acclaimed Travelling Light. The panelists included Sathya Saran, former editor of Femina and Me, and Rajni Bakshi, Gandhian and author. Actor Smita Jayakar played the moderator. The gathered dignitaries as well as Life Positive chairman, Aditya Ahluwalia, launched the book with much fanfare, before moving on to a panel discussion on The Twists and Turns of the Spiritual Journey. “Sharing about the inner struggles with readers is not something which comes easily to a writer,” said Sathya Saran. Suma Varughese shared that the book, which was a compilation of her popular columns in Life Positive, was a reflection of her conviction that just as she had learnt from the wisdom of those who had walked ahead of her, she too was obliged to share her own learnings for the benefit of those who walked behind her. She also mentioned that many readers had remarked on the honesty of the narration and said, “By allowing myself to be so vulnerable, I am also encouraging the readers to shed their own masks, and be vulnerable.” Author Rajni Bakshi talked about the struggle that each butterfly goes through to free itself of its pupa and fly free. And that it was this struggle that strengthened its muscles, and made it a fully formed butterfly. She likened the book to the author’s struggle in the pupa. Sathya Saran shared that while she might like to travel light, she was still encumbered with her fondness for pretty things and added, “There are readers for books like Travelling Lighter, which acts like a lighthouse during hours of need.” Reflected Rajni, “Though the caterpillar is vastly different from the butterfly, it carries within itself imaginal cells which hold the information of flying, and in due course other cells too begin to replicate those cells. Human beings too carry similar information of spiritual transformation. When the process begins, they rapidly transform.” After a delightful Q and A session, the audience lined up to get a signed copy of Travelling Lighter from their favourite writer. Day ll Past-life Regression by Dr Newton and Dr Lakshmi Kondaveti World famous couple Dr Newton and Lakshmi Kondaveti mesmerized the participants of the Past-life Regression workshop with their profound explanation of the soul science. Sharing how souls clambered up the ladder of evolution through reincarnation, they said, “Many of these incarnations are useless and easily avoidable if the soul learns its lessons,” while suggesting that past-life regressions put a person in touch with the purpose of the present life, and with unlearnt lessons. Dr Lakshmi then guided the memory of the audience to childhood times and from there to womb memory. After that participants were asked to pair up and exchange one of their belongings with their partner. Lights were switched off, and they were asked to look deeply into the eyes of their partners without blinking. This process shifted the physic
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