Monday, February 24, 2014

An Example of Higher Self Hypnotherapy Work by HCH


Below is a video on Higher Self Hypnotherapy session from HCH, an amazing institute based in Lafayette, California where I obtained my Hypnotherapy Certificate:




Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year, May you experience the light and its shadows in 2014 and beyond...

"Light" by Linda Hogan

"In the first morning of the world created,
on the skin of water reflected,
in the spread of a sun,
and the sun, like god, is a power
you cannot see.
Only what it lights on,
only what it touches with warmth,
and yet it always has a shadow at its feet.

Then there is the sea, the sheer weight of it,
but the lightness of its creatures,
some sliver as they leap above it,
and those at the bottom
making their light
in what they have been
night infinite, as if the sea carries no
shadows at its feet.

Then there is the light of wood decaying
out by the stagnant pond,
where the eyes of the prey nearby
shine in the dark, betrayed
when the deer tares one last time
to see if the hunter still follows
out in the shadows of living trees.

And bodies of men at war, they say
give off light.
One I knew fished the sea
and told me of the silver fishes falling
from the mouth of the netted one.
As if in the last breath
perhaps we give back all the swallowed,
all the taken in, and it is light, after all,
first and last, we live for, die for.
We fly toward it
like those who return from it say.

But for now, for here, we fly without will
toward it, drink a glass of it,
see it through green leaves.
There, walk toward it.
Lift it, it has no weight.
Carry it, breathe it, cherish it.

You want to know why god is far away
and we are only shadows at his feet?
Tell me, how long does it take a moth
to reach the moon?"

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Freedom by Khalil Gibran

And an orator said, “Speak to us of Freedom.”

And he (the prophet) answered: At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom, Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them.

Aye, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.

And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment.

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief, But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?

In truth that which you call freedom is the strongest of these chains, though its links glitter in the sun and dazzle your eyes.

And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free? If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.

You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them. And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their own pride? And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.

Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.



These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling. And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light.

And thus your freedom when it loses its fetters becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What is EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique?

"EFT" or "The Emotional Freedom Technique" is an energy therapy technique which provides freedom from negative emotions.

"EFT" utilizes the energy meridians of the body. All that is required to simply focus on the negative emotion or problem and "tap" certain meridian points on the body.

The real beauty of the technique is that anyone can do it; it is simple to use and easy to learn. You can use it on yourself, with your family or with friends.

Developed by Gary Craig: "EFT is now revolutionizing conventional therapeutic thought and astounding many who use it, Gary has extensively promoted and tested the technique providing relief or freedom from negative emotions, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress syndrome, migraines, self doubt, reluctance, self-esteem, grief, rape, physical, sexual or emotional abuse, intense fears, phobias, panic attacks, physical pain, addictive cravings and many other of life's challenges, in Gary's words: "EFT will change your life."


For those who are interested in finding out more about "EFT"," please refer to the "EFT" web site at www.emofree.com

*Above excerpt was taken from my course materials on EFT from the HCH institute in California.

Monday, July 22, 2013

One Poem with a New Way of "Seeing"

Please Call me by My True Names- Thich Nhat Hahn

I am the 12 year old girl, refugee on a boat, who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate.

And I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving.

I am member of the politburo, with plenty of power in my hands, and I am the man who has to pay his ”debt of blood” to my people, dying slowly in a forced labor camp.

My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all walks of life.

My pain is like a river of tears, so full it fills up the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names, so I can hear all my cries and my laughs at once, so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names so I can wake up,

and so the door of my heart can be open the door of compassion.



© 2013, Tamara Nakhjavani

Monday, July 8, 2013

Being Still...Even for a Moment

A few days ago, I visited a local cafe to get some tea, as usual, I had my smart phone in my lap, as I was sipping my tea and ignoring my messages (not from a lack of desire but from exhaustion), I started paying attention to the people around me, something I seldom do in a cafe as I'm always working or checking messages coming through email, text, social media...there were approximately 6 to 7 people all deeply delved into their laptops, without passing judgment, I started becoming more aware of myself and ignore my phone, in a sense, I was hoping to to be able to still for a few minutes, something I had not done for a while. As I sat still, I started to feel a bit of discomfort kicking into my senses, each time I got uncomfortable, I tried to overcome it, this happened quite a few times before a sense of calmness took over my body. The only great thing was that I had full awareness of what was happening to me making it an experience worth mentioning.

Why am I sharing this story? I'm sharing it because stillness is hard to do in this day and age but it's also incredibly beautiful even when it's not easy to achieve, the process of telling myself to sit still, realizing what my senses were going through, and fighting my normal reactions was in itself a growth experience. While I do deeply regret the days of having less distractions and stimulation, I also appreciate our innate human desire to evolve and find ways to balance ourselves, the intrinsic mechanism that helps us move beyond the first dimension to seek peace and comfort from the inside, rather than relying on external stimulation to make us happy.

Moreover, our energetic system, this precious myriad of chakras and energy centers, needs to be treated with love and care, when we are constantly bombarded with information, stimulation, messages, etc., we don't get the proper chance to ground and calm our system, thereby causing misalignment and blockages in our energetic pattern ultimately manifesting as disease and restlessness.

So, what is my lesson in all this? to find a way, no matter how hard, no matter what time of the day or in whatever situation to sit still, to set aside all external stimulation, to go inside and journey into that beautiful space of true discovery.
I hope you do as well…

Peace

© 2013, Tamara Nakhjavani


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Freedom in not knowing...

A few days ago, I was very sick lying in bed thinking of how I should deal with a specific situation, so many thoughts raced through my head weighing all my options and pros and cons of each, my mind was definitely working very hard to dictate how and why a certain path was the right one, this went on for quite a while when strangely enough, I suddenly felt this incredible opening, one of those moments when everything seemed so clear and crisp, when I feel completely at home in accepting that I JUST DID NOT KNOW ANYMORE...my brain knew but the rest of me didn't and for the first time in my life, it felt completely acceptable and in fact pleasant not to know.

I say first time in my life because we are constantly taught to "know," since our moment of birth we are bombarded with values, judgments, lessons, advice, etc., to supposedly help us increase our knowledge. Our ego feeds on this so called "knowledge" and the more we think and pretend that we know, the more powerful we feel. But is this knowing of the type that will feed our souls or is it a pathway to some temporary sense of achievement and superiority? And what is wrong with admitting that we don't know sometimes. Well, for one thing, surrendering to not knowing means loss of control, a feeling we seldom want to associate with, loss of control endangers the ego signaling the brain/mind to quickly calculate ways of gaining its position of control back; in essence, our minds are fundamentally threatened by this form of cognition.

It is only when the comfort in not knowing emanates from the heart itself that our mind ceases to fight; this explains why certain experiences and decisions motivated by our instincts rather than our brains and egos leave such a lasting impression. So ironically, in accepting that we don't know, in letting go of control and our fear of what will happen on the other side of losing control, we gain so much knowledge, the true "knowledge" stemming from our heart center, thus creating a more real experience.

To that end, I should stop writing and pray that this feeling lasts for one more minute, or even just one more second. Amen!