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Journey To Tranquility

Priory St, Ware, Hertfordshire

Journey to Tranquility

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Science, emotions and cell renewal

Posted on 3 September, 2013 at 12:49 Comments comments (16)
Why and how Journey work can help you to achieve your full potential and find true happiness! 

Taken from www.thejourney.com: 
Journey work – Scientific Basis
The Journey is a globally recognized and critically acclaimed healing and transformational process to awaken you to your true potential. To date, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have experienced this simple, yet powerful step-by-step process overcoming a wide variety of challenges from physical ailments to emotional trauma or shut down, relationship problems and career performance issues.

Brandon Bays (the founder of the Journey process) recognized that her direct experience of healing has taken cellular science one step further by expounding upon the work of famed endocrinologist Dr. Deepak Chopra and renowned cellular biologist Dr. Candace Pert.
Dr. Deepak Chopra who made a life study of successful survivors of illness found they had two things in common:
1. They were able to access something beyond the mind to stimulate healing; Chopra calls this ‘Infinite Intelligence’.   
2. They were able to let go of memories stored at a cellular level.
Cells in the body regenerate at different speeds. In the eye they take only 48 hours, whereas cells in the liver take 6 weeks to regenerate. The question is: what stops these cells from regenerating healthily? Dr. Chopra postulated that memories can be stored in the cells and can cause degenerative disease patterns to be passed on, preventing healthy new cell replication.
Dr. Candace Pert went further in her book 'Molecules of Emotion' which describes her Nobel Prize nominated research on “how emotions affect our bodies at the cellular level”. If trauma and negative emotions are not resolved, they become physically stored as a cellular memory, preventing those cells involved from playing their part in the constant chemical communication taking place within the body.
In other words, when emotions are suppressed, a specific biochemistry is released into the blood stream and blocks certain cell receptors, which are then isolated and cannot communicate with any other cells in the body. If these cells remain blocked over time and if disease happens, it's likely to happen in the part of the body where the cells are blocked.
These memories not only 'switch off' these cells, but they can lead to emotional and physical disease years after the events originally occurred. Journey processes can enable one to let go of these memories, 'switching on' your cells, and enabling them to once again regenerate perfectly.
Further reading and references

  • According to the American Institute of Stress, between 75 and 90 percent of all visits to primary-care physicians result from stress-related disorders. P. Rosch, Job Stress: American’s Leading Adult Health Problem, USA Today, May 1991
  • Stress is the body and mind’s response to any pressure that disrupts their normal balance. It occurs when our perceptions of events don’t meet our expectations and we don’t manage our reaction to the disappointment. Stress - that unmanaged reaction - expresses itself as resistance, tension, strain or frustration throwing off our physiological and psychological equilibrium and keeping us out of sync. If our equilibrium is disturbed for long, the stress becomes disabling. We fade from overload, feel emotionally shut down and eventually get sick. Doc Childre and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1999).
  • In a ten-year study, individuals who could not manage their emotional stress had a 40 percent higher death rate than non-stressed individuals. H.J. Eysenck, Personality, Stress, and Anger: Prediction and Prophylaxis, British Journal of Medical Psychology (1988).
  • A Harvard Medical School study of 1,623 heart-attack survivors concluded that anger brought on by emotional conflicts doubled the risk of subsequent heart attacks compared to those who remained calm. M. A Mittleman, M. Manclure, J.B. Sherwood, et al, Triggering of Acute Myocardial Infarction Onset by Episodes of Anger, Circulation (1995).
  • An international study of 2,829 people between the ages of 55 and 85 found that individuals who reported the highest levels of personal mastery - feelings of control over life events had a nearly 60 percent lower risk of death compared with those who felt relatively helpless in the face of life’s challenges. B.W. Penninx, T. van Tilburg, D. M. Kriegsman, et al, Effects of Social Support and Personal Coping Resources on Mortality in Older Age: The Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, American Journal of Epidemiology (1997).
  • A heart disease study at the Mayo Clinic found that psychological stress was the strongest predictor of future cardiac events, including cardiac death, cardiac arrest and heart attack. T.G. Allison, D.E. Williams, T. D. Miller, et al, Medical and Economic Costs of Psychologic Distress in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease, Mayo Clinic Proceedings (1995). 

Are You Holding Onto Your Pain?

Posted on 21 August, 2013 at 10:46 Comments comments (12)
A contentious subject! If you ask someone why they chose to hold onto their pain, they can get very annoyed because it is easy to believe that we will always carry our past with us. I have learned (and experienced) that this is absolutely not the case. We have absolute freedom to chose to let go of what is past and refuse to allow it to define who we are now, or to drag past anger or hurt around with us every day. 

Through a Journey process you experience at the deepest level whatever pain you have been holding onto; and if you are serious about wishing to be free of it and live a truly happy life, the process very gracefully leads you to finally let go of all the anger, hurt or fear so that you feel clear and much more peaceful. 

I have witnessed first hand with many clients the sense of relief, happiness and freedom that is experienced once they have finally let go of an issue that they may have been dragging around with them for many, many years. 

It is always an honour to help someone to release themselves from whatever has been holding them back from experiencing true happiness. Having experienced it for myself through many personal journey processes, I love to pass on this gift of freedom to other people! 

Getting Down With The Kids!

Posted on 29 May, 2013 at 8:32 Comments comments (7)
I had the honour of working as a trainer at a Kids Journey day recently here in Hertfordshire. The children were aged between five and eleven years, and had a wonderful mix of innocense and wisdom beyond their years! 
 
The day started with artwork and games to help them to relax and get to know each other. We talked about what happens when we experience upsetting emotions and are not able to express them at the time. How when we 'stuff them down' or 'swallow them', they get stuck in our bodies and make us feel unhappy inside.
 
The children get to give each other a mini back massage, and practise sensing where on the back of the child in front of them there might be areas of heat or cold. These indicate areas of blocked energy.
 
We talk about a time when each of us experienced some sort of upset that left us feeling unhappy, and we draw a picture of this. Then we talk about the sort of healthy resource qualities that would have helped us to deal with the situation far more positively and healthily, such as 'knowing I am loved', 'trust', 'protection', 'safety', 'asking for help'.
 
The children are then encouraged to 'breath in' each of the supportive resource qualities and then draw a picture of how the situation would have looked if they had had access to these qualities. The second pictures are always brighter, more colourful and have smiley faces :)  Then we have real fun acting out the scenes, with each of us playing a part.. if there are no people parts available, then we play the best chair that we can be, the best desk, the best pair of curtains!
 
When it comes time for the kids to have their journey processes, we get them really comfortable, so they feel safe. The physical journey is like an exciting adventure inside a spaceship that can travel inside their body and go to the place where the unhappy experience and emotions are stored.
 
The body/mind always knows what the memory is that needs to be dealt with, and kids are very straightforward in speaking out what the problem was and find it quite easy to let go of any pain and forgive anything that needs to be forgiven.
 
They look so shiny and happy when they have finished, and I hear that the changes in behaviour once they are back home are quite amazing.
 
It is such a priviledge to be able to gain the trust and confidence of these lovely little souls and help them to let go of unhappiness they may have experienced in their lives. It also gives me a chance to be a kid again and get playful! It is so liberating to experience again the freedom and innocence of being childlike - try it yourself sometime!
 
 

Farewell To CRI Hertford

Posted on 20 February, 2013 at 15:32 Comments comments (12)
For the last few years it has been a pleasure to give voluntary treatments to clients of CRI (Crime Reduction Initiative) drug & alcohol rehabilitation centre in Hertford. The clients were able to relax and find their own inner stillness in quite a profound way through Aromatherapy massage, Reiki and seated massage. Many of them found that the benefit lasted for several days afterwards, which all helps with chosing a healthier way to live.
Addiction always has an emotional root cause.. the challenge is to uncover the cause and be able to move on from it. In a few cases, I was also able to do Journey work; which allowed one client to let go of the huge guilt and grief felt for the loss of a friend. This person was finally able to forgive themself for something which was not their fault, but which they had taken on responsibility for. It is so rewarding to see someone put down a huge burden they have been carrying around for  so long.
 
Sadly, I have now ended my service with CRI, as there are new opportunities I would like to pursue. I would like to say thanks to all of the staff at the centre who made me so welcome and supported my time there.

Healer, heal thyself!

Posted on 17 February, 2012 at 11:25 Comments comments (6)
I am just recovering from a full blown flu, which really knocked me for six for a couple of weeks! As I cannot remember the last time I had flu (probably in my 20's), it came as quite a shock to be so poorly! I am convinced that what set it off was a really deep Journey process I had just prior to becoming ill, which felt very raw at the time.Often when you have a holistic healing treatment, there can be a 'healing crisis' afterwards, where your body does a lot of clearing out of old 'stuff' you have released during the healing treatment. This can come in the form of a cold, upset stomach, headache, or in temporary reoccurrence of old symptoms.
It is important to be able to recognise this phenomena, and be assured that once everything is cleared you will feel much better. And indeed as soon as the Journey process was over, I felt much better emotionally; it was just the body that took a while longer to catch up!
 
While this was happening, I supported myself by using my lovely Aromatherapy oils in steam inhalations, hot baths and massaged into my face, neck & chest. There are specific oils which are anti-viral (Lavender, Tea tree, Ravensara) and respiratory decongestants/ anti-bacterial (Eucalyptus, Benzoin, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Marjoram). I drank lots of fresh honey, lemon & ginger steeped hot water as these are good for the throat too, and I find that up to 2g of vitamin C per day, and Echinacea really help to boost the immune system to aid recovery. Finally, it is really best to listen to your body when it needs to rest and take the time out to let it heal itself. Illness is often the body's way of forcing you to listen to the undercurrent of what's going on in your life and take necessary action once you are well again.
I wish you well!
 
 

Fund Raising For Hill Breeze

Posted on 25 January, 2012 at 13:10 Comments comments (73)
Several months have gone by since I was in Kenya, the school staff still keep in touch with me to let me know how things are going and the children still play the games I taught them!
When I was there, many friends asked how they could help with this project, and now I have some facts and figures to offer as suggestions.
There are currently four teachers serving at the school, with no guaranteed income other than the donations of well-wishers to back them up. They also have plans for a number of self-sustainability projects for which they will be fund raising.  
 
Without the service of qualified teachers, the school cannot continue, so their first priority is to look for a donor or number of donors willing to offer to sustain one teacher's salary for a year. For example, the teacher/ director's salary would be 15,000 Kenyan Shillings (KSH) or £112 per month. If five people pledged £22 per month, this would guarantee that the role of managing and giving direction to the school could be fulfilled.
 
If this is something you feel you would like to contribute towards, I would love to hear from you, please do get in touch with me. I already have a generous donation of £100 which I am going to match, and I am setting up a system of feedback with the school, so that they can let me know each month what work the school has carried out, and provide some photographs and paperwork to record who has received the funding. International funds transfer means that the salary payments can be sent directly to the teacher's mobile phone with confirmation of receipt.
 
You can mail me on: [email protected] or call on: +44 1920 413764
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I wish you all the best for 2012.
 

Thanks to the Staff at Hill Breeze

Posted on 14 November, 2011 at 11:07 Comments comments (7)
Ken Ariri –founder of Hill Breeze Orphan Support School (on the right in the photo with me in it). Ken welcomed me with great enthusiasm to the school, involved me in all activities, introduced me to the local community (and his extended family) and ensured that my visit was both enjoyable and successful.
 
Joseph Ouko – co-founderof Hill Breeze school and teacher at Nyabola Girls Secondary School (on the left in the photo with me in it). Joseph introduced me to the pupils and staff at his school and offered (as an alternative option) his house as my accommodation, which was very kind.
 
Samuel Omoro –Head Teacher (on the left in the second photo). Samuel helped me to settle into the school, and was great company during the evenings when we all shared dinner together.
 
Lorenza Ochieng –volunteer teacher at Hill Breeze (in the middle in the second photo). Lorenza worked really hard; aside from teaching, she prepared delicious meals for Ken, Samuel, herself and myself. She also did my laundry.
Non of the staff get a formal salary, they may get a small sum for expenses of 2,000 KSh (£13) if funds allow. They do this work out of the goodness of their heart, and to gain experience until they can find permanent employment.
 

Farewell Hill Breeze

Posted on 14 November, 2011 at 10:56 Comments comments (4)
 
Three weeks went very quickly at Hill Breeze, and it seemed as though we were just settling down and getting to know each other when it was time to leave. Ken organised a wonderful farewell send off for me, having coached some of the children to sing very touching messages of thanks and good wishes. We had a really joyful celebration, with the children dancing around the compound waving their ‘resource balloons’. I felt very honoured to have been a part of this little community and thankful for the contribution I had been able to make towards the continued success of the school.
 
‘Dont forget us, please come back’ was the common message to me, and if it is meant to be I would love to!
 

Lake Victoria

Posted on 14 November, 2011 at 10:53 Comments comments (3)
I also visited Lake Victoria one weekend with Ken and we took two of the school children as a special treat. The lake is so large that you cannot see the other side so it looks just like a sea. We soon attracted a band of local children who were obviously unused to having many white visitors, providing a new source of entertainment for them. Many of Ken’s extended family live in this area and again I recieved a very warm welcome from everyone. We spent a very entertaining evening dancing to traditional African music, the sight of a western lady willing to get up and dance alongside them caused much amusement!
 
I witnessed first hand the simplicity of a farming community who rely on the land or the Lake for all oftheir resources and sustenance. Many people have quite large pieces of land by European standards, but their lives are hard and entirely dependant on the benevolence of the forces of nature to provide food and produce to sell. Life is based entirely on the priorities for survival; food, shelter, water and clothing. There are no luxuries to be seen in these rural homes. Clothes are worn until they fall apart and furniture is passed down from generation to generation. No self-indulgent consumerism here! With no running water in rural areas, all water for drinking, cooking, washing and bathing has to be brought back from the river unless there is a bore hole on the land. It is a common sight to see ladies carrying heavy containers of water on their heads, and the river may be at least 15 minutes or more distant from their homes.
 

Hil Breeze Children at Play

Posted on 14 November, 2011 at 10:43 Comments comments (54)
Watching the children at play was a lesson in simplicity. With no expensive gadgets or toys available to them, a football consisted of a number of plastic bags all wrapped together. A make-shift steering wheel and the imagination of a young boy took him on a drive all around the compound! A bicycle tyre  and a stick could be expertly kept uprightand rolled around as yet another play activity. The older children watch out for the younger ones, but they learn to be self-sufficient at a very early age.One little boy of 2.5 years wandered around in his own little world, without any demands for attention from anyone.
 

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