The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell
you must ask for what
you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
People are going back and
Across the doors
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.
ARTICLES by SURJA
Listening to the Body's Wisdom:
Combining Bodywork and Hypnosis,
READ THIS ARTICLE...
If the body could speak, what would it say?
The body reflects our thoughts, emotions, and
spirit- my hands have intuitively felt this for as long as I have practiced
acupressure and bodywork.read
Surja's article, A Child's Head Revisited is featured on SOULS CODE website... As a hypnotherapist, body-worker and holistic practitioner, I am frequently challenged in sessions with clients by resistance to change due to experiences in their past.
Thanks to a life-changing trip to India nearly two decades ago, my personal style of hypnotherapy has merged with a practice of spiritual inquiry — the investigation of what is really true, here and now. Read more here at Soul's Code website
Another article by Surja:
Releasing the Past, Embracing The Present
By Surja Jessup, M.S., C.H.T.
As a healing arts practitioner who uses hypnotherapy, body work, and
counseling, what I value is creating a safe place for people to be fully
present with themselves, as well as guiding them deeper into their inner
being, where powerful resources for healing lie hidden. Most people
come to see me in some kind of pain or discomfort about their lives.
They might be in transition, experiencing physical or emotional stress,
struggling with a creative block, or wanting to release self -defeating
habits. In any situation, the first thing I offer is body relaxation
through acupressure, breath-work, and guided imagery, which gives people
an opportunity to let go of tension, and take a hypnotic journey to
the events which need healing.
Often there is a memory or an old trauma, which can be subconsciously
affecting a person's life in a negative way. When the person receiving
the session is simply present with the old trauma with full attention
and loving awareness, the energy contraction held in the body/mind can
be released, and the limiting mental story dissolved. Emotional pain
is connected less with actual events from the past, than with feelings
which get held in the energy body, and remain held in place with guilt,
shame or resentment . All of this can in turn create a deep subconscious
ãstoryä which gets imprinted in the mind, and told over
and over. Often the story is connected with feelings of victimization
or helplessness, which get projected onto the present situation, such
as a job, relationship, etc. In this way, things are not seen as they
really are, but become distorted by conditioning from the past.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool, because it can help heal the past,
so we can see the present moment as it really is, rather than through
the “child’s eyes” in memory. How amazing it is to
have the possibility of a direct experience of life, freed from the
past; and even more amazing to realize that the key to healing lies
within the inner self, where clear seeing can be accessed. Then this
moment is fresh with new possibility.
If a person is experiencing illness, there is an opportunity to look
without judgment, being fully present with symptoms, and truly listening
to what the body wants to communicate through the illness. Sometimes
illness is an attempt to bring something back into balance. When the
gift or deeper understanding of the illness is recognized, the illness
may be able to be released. By listening to the inner body, one can
stop resisting what us happening, and be present with what is so. In
this way the body can start to strengthen, because there is no longer
Another important aspect of my work as a healing arts practitioner
is to assist the person receiving a session to look deeper and see where
the source of the pain is coming from. Many times what we think is the
voice of truth is in disguise as one of the ego’s inner voices,
such as the cynic, the judge, the rescuer, the victim, the rebel, etc.
A lot of pain can come from believing these voices, because they speak
from confusion and fear.
There is a process I use derived from a spiritual practice in India,
in the non-dual or Advaita tradition, which looks beneath the voices
of fear into the singular voice of the truth. In this process, I ask
the person to look very deeply at the thoughts he or she is identified
with, and ask, “Who is believing this thought?” Often the
person can see that it is the conditioned mind believing the thought,
and as he/she lets the conditioned mind relax, the false belief falls
away, revealing peace, silence, presence. In this presence, a deeper
truth, the truth of this moment reveals itself, allowing relaxation
and well-being to be experienced. Thus, the key to healing is always
within the self, in the underlying wholeness of each person, which is
always here and now.
This article originally appeared in Open Exchange, September/October
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