From head to heal
Craniosacral therapy, immensely popular in USA, is now gain- ing recognition in India. Irma Battig, a Swiss by birth, with 12 years of experi- ence having trained with the best healers in USA, has recently set up shop in Mumbai, to help heal the most complex of head and spine-related illnesses, including migraines, back- aches, and even depression. An offshoot of osteopathy, a recognised stream of medi- cine in USA, craniosacral therapy involves “working with the bones of the crani- um and the sacrum and bal- ancing the forces in between with a more spiritual and emotional understanding,” according to Irma.
Besides subtly manipulat-ing the bones of the cranium, it also involves tuning into the cerebro-spinal fluid that protects the brain, and travels to the spine, carrying essential nutrients and energy.
“Most patients find the massage relaxing. Some are blissful, some are all over the place and some have also reported out-of-body experiences,” says Irma, who chucked up a lucrative corporate career in communications in Switzerland, to honour her call for healing.
A visit to an osteopath in Switzerland, who first introduced her to craniosacral therapy, caused the shift to healing. A chance meeting and she ended up training with Hugh Milne, California, one of the biggest names in craniosacral therapy and then the Sacred Journey Institute in Illinois.
“Many individual bones make up the cranium. Though they are sep- arated by the thickness of a carbon paper, a healer can magnify them to about a thousand times and then manipulate them. In many cases the bones are jammed as a result of a physical or a mental trauma, which I then assess with energy and intention to heal,” says the soft-spoken Irma.
At birth, the birth passage com- presses the bones of the skull which usually return to normal. “But the process may be affected in a C-section and cause immense trauma. We can therefore undo a lot of damage done then.”
A high point in her healing jour- ney came when a Swiss man expected to die of cancer within six months, approached her. “When I worked with his energies,
I felt a lot of life force in him, which did not suggest that he would die soon. Within five-six sessions, he was completely cancer-free. He also improved his relationship with his boss, which had almost caused him to quit his job.”
In the first session, which lasts a couple of hours, Irma not only asks some pertinent questions, but also uses reiki, chakra balancing and psychic surgery to access the darker energies stuck in various parts of the body, releasing them, causing an instant relief. She also does ‘result-oriented coaching’ for which she trained with master trainer Christopher Howard, a combination of hypnosis and NLP to direct you to achieve your goal. Six to nine hours of this therapy can completely change lives, according to her.
Homage to an angel
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding. With the passing whisper of their wisdom they make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. Stay in our lives for a while and leave footprints in our hearts…” an excerpt from Kala Kaarthikeyan: Forever in Our Hearts.
The president of Life Positive, Mr D R Kaarthikeyan, paid homage to his late wife, Kala Kaarthikeyan (1950-2009) on August 2, 2011, at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi, by releasing a book, Kala Kaarthikeyan: Forever in Our Hearts. Supreme court judge, Justice P Sathasivam were present at the book release function.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kaarthikeyan said, “This pictorial book is a humble homage to a remarkable, simple and unassum- ing human being, Kala Kaarthikeyan, who left for her heavenly abode in the early hours of Monday, August 3, 2009. She lived a full and fruitful life, comforting and relieving the pain of countless people, who came to be touched by her uncon- ditional and spontaneous love, care and hospitability.”
He added, “I am still receiving numerous tributes to her through e-mail, letters and phone calls from friends all over the world. I am also grateful to the well-wish- ers who have been coming for the several prayer meetings at Delhi and other places.”
The occasion also saw the release of Acupressure for Total Wellness by the internationally renowned acupressure practitioner, Ketan V Shah, published by Life Positive publications.
Mr Shah told the audience that the book has been designed to simulate the flow of an acupres- sure workshop. “We have been conducting workshops in many countries and also treating patients for various health problems. Many participants had requested us to compile the information in a book,” Mr Shah said. The event concluded with an elegant cultural pro- gramme that stirred and satisfied.
Instilling human values
At last, education with a human touch. And oddly enough, the initiative comes not from a school or a college but from one of Mumbai’s largest private tutorial houses: Mahesh Tutorial Educare (MT).
MT has presently initiated a pilot programme called Creating Excellence in conjunction with One World Academy, Chennai. One thou- sand of their brightest will partici- pate in this programme which aims to develop compassionate leaders who will create a greater destiny for themselves and the country.
The students, who will be appear- ing for the SSC exams next year, were chosen for the programme by virtue of a test on the lines of IIM and IIT entrance tests.
“Though we are turning out aca- demically bright students year after year, we have observed that these students develop arrogance and fail to imbibe very human qualities like compassion.
We also feel that most of these students are bookish and lack leadership skills. As a result of which they shy away from leader- ship responsibilities in the corporate world,” says Mahesh Shetty, moving force behind the tutorials.
“As human beings, we desire the very best, be it finance or physique, friends or fiancé. But for that to hap- pen, it is important to be intelligent, not only in thought but also in appli- cation. It is also important to keep a tight check on destructive emotions and move away from pain to a place of intelligence and clarity,” says Prahasita, from One World Academy, who will be conducting the programme for MT.
The propelling factor behind the programme, therefore, is to teach students to resolve emotional distur- bances and master the art of con- verting frictional energy into creative energy. Spread over a month, the programme will also involve the par- ents and teachers concerned.
The programme will also teach the students to focus on relationships, with not only their parents, teachers and friends but also with oneself.
The focus will also be on living a life of purpose. “Some choose to live by power, some by pleasure. True leaders choose to live by love… love for another or love for a cause,” says Prahasita. The emphasis will be to reach out and co-exist, rather than live a “self-centric life with colliding interests”.
Mahesh Tutorials Educare is one of the biggest players in the private tutorials segment in India, with 190 centres, and has many firsts to its credit.
Scientists of the spirit
The 4th Global Congress of Spirtual Scientists 2011 will be held from October 1-4 2011, at Pyramid Valley International in Bangalore. The four- day spiritual event is organised by Indian Federation of Spiritual Scientists and supported by The Pyramid Spiritual Trust, Life Research Academy and Times Foundation. The cosmic event is expected to draw over 1,500 delegates from all over India and the world.
The Congress will comprise of workshops, research paper presen- tations, panel discussions, medita- tion sessions, and exhibitions. Several renowned spiritual masters will express the beauty of their spir- itual transformation and their efforts towards making every individual on this planet an ‘anapanasa- ti meditator’.
Many New Age mas- ters will mull over esoteric and exo- teric topics. The inter-spiritual inter- active sessions at the Congress will educate and enrich the awareness of spiritual transformation and pro- gression.
The Congress will aid participants to bring much-needed reformation in the world in sync with cosmic reality. It promises to be an exciting fair for all seekers as well as medi- cal doctors, academicians, scien- tists, students and businessmen, who will have an opportunity to apply the wisdom of these global masters in their respective fields for social development.
Key sessions include: The Science of Meditation by Brahmarshi Patriji, Ancient Earth Wisdom for the Emerging World by Bennie LeBeau aka Blue Thunder, Three Waves of Volunteers and the New Earth by Dolores Cannon, Extra Sensory Perception by Deepak Rao. Mt. Shasta 2012 – Wisdom of Mt. Shasta’s Mystics by Erik Berglund, Aquarian Bodhisatva – A Meeting of East and West by Jacqueline Maria Longstaff, Pathways of Peace – Creating a World in Peace by Jasmuheen, Future Progressions and Present Choices by Dr K Newton, Diamond Light Body Illumination by Soluntra King, and How to Hear the Voice of God by Susan Shumsky.
For registrations: http://spiritualcon- gress.org/GCSS4/Registration/ registrations.htm
LIFE POSITIVE SEPTEMBER 2011