Healing the mind and body : Brandon BaysConversations — By Neha K Kulkarni on February 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM
Brandon Bays is internationally acclaimed, best- selling author, speaker and mind-body-healing expert have helped number of people from the world over through her powerful healing method. The Punekar talks to this enigmatic lady to know what made her embark on this journey and how has it been so far.
What was Brandon Bays like before ‘The Journey’ began? What were you by profession before you got into healing?
From a very young age I knew there was more to life than just this physical form and its perception of apparent ‘reality’. Throughout university and my younger adult years I was on an ardent spiritual search and had studied many religions, philosophies, traditions, seeking deeper answers and eventually qualifying in many alternative healing modalities. I was working in a free of charge integrative clinic in New York and teaching the Vibrant Health Seminar for Anthony Robbins. Then, at the age of 39, even though I felt I was living a healthy life and doing everything ‘right’, I was diagnosed with a tumor the size of a basketball. This proved to be my wake up call, the call to get real and uncover the shut-downs, hurts and traumas which were unconsciously keeping me from living as an expression of my true essence. The tumour was my greatest gift, to get real and start living life from who I really am. Since then, my life is an ongoing journey, of freedom and liberation.
What inspired you to start The Journey?
Once the tumor was diagnosed, my doctor insisted that I needed urgent surgery, but after much persuasive negotiation she allowed me one month to try to heal myself using the alternative methods I knew. I ate only raw food, had massage and hydro-colonic therapy, I took healing herbs, did positive visualizations – in fact I tried anything and everything I could think of. I looked vibrant and healthy but the tumor was unchanged, still the size of a basketball. Then one day while lying in despair on a massage table, I simply and completely gave up. I let go all of my knowledge, my education, my experience, my mental ‘knowing’ and I listened very carefully to something deeper, to an inner stillness, some wordless genius within. It revealed to me an old memory of childhood trauma which I thought I had handled years before! It frustrated me that the same old memory would arise again, but having nothing to lose I let myself be guided deeper inside. Eventually I heard the word’ forgiveness’! I had previously accepted my past but this acceptance came with the sense of being a survivor, complete with its own story and some emotional’ baggage’ to drag around with me. So I found a way to completely forgive the past, and in that forgiveness was able to let go that cell memory with the old pain and the old story. I found that the tumour had not been clinging to me, but rather that I had been clinging to it. This left my body, completely and naturally, without surgery in only six-and-a-half weeks. It is from this that The Journey was born and grew into the healing and awakening modality that has helped so many thousands to heal from emotional and physical issues around the world.
Who is the book aimed at and how will it/ has it benefit(ed) the reader?
The Journey is for the everyday person, for anyone who realizes that there must be more to life than the existence we normally settle for. It is for anyone who has ever searched for deeper answers to life’s questions and challenges, for anyone interested in a practical, ‘how-to’ method for living a life of infinite potential, purpose and fulfillment. When I was writing the book I imagined an ordinary person in an ordinary town, living an ordinary life, and that’s who I wrote it for. The book allows the reader to accompany me on my personal journey of discovery and healing, but so often people tell me that it is their story, their challenges, their life issues and realizations that come to the surface when they read it. They uncover the reasons they were not living life as a full expression of who they really are – boundless potential. I regularly receive reports from people from all walks of life telling me about the physical, emotional and spiritual healing that has taken place in readers’ lives and in those of their family and friends. The Journey’s powerful emotional and physical process work is included in the book so readers can directly undergo the work and begin their own journey of healing and awakening.
Could you let us know what would the event on 12th Feb’12 include?
Titled ‘Liberating your life at a cellular level’: It will be joyous, liberating and healing experiential workshop complete with meditations, teaching and process work designed to clear emotional blocks, old beliefs–to get to the root cause of old debilitating fears and clear them at the deepest level. Though we won’t be able to do the full comprehensive 3 day workshop of the Journey Intensive, this powerfully workshop will be dynamic and life transforming and will be a catalyst for you to begin your own journey.
What made you choose India as the destination to introduce your work?
I never know what lies ahead or how life wants to use me. All I can do is listen, trust and stay right here now in the present moment, responding to the call of grace and how life wants to use me. For the past 12 months there has been an increasingly persistent calling from India, a strong pull to serve, even though my work is relatively unknown, is brand new here in India. So I pray that The Journey book, as it has in many countries throughout the rest of the world where is still a bestseller, gets into the hands of millions here in India so people can wake up to the truth inside themselves, to take the lid off and live life as a true expression of who their deepest potential.
Could you tell us more about your India trip? Which cities will you be visiting and what events will you undertake?
I have already done numerous book shop talks, speaker events, television and countless press interviews in Mumbai, Delhi & Chennai and still have more 1 day workshops and book launch events to come in Bangalore, Hyderabad and of course Pune. I will be following these events with the 3-day Journey Intensive and Advanced Skills workshop in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. It is an in depth teaching and experiential seminar where people get to roll up their sleeves and undergo the Journey process work, uncovering and clearing at the deepest level stored pain, limiting beliefs, emotional blocks and physical challenges and they leave soaring having taken the lid off their potential and recognizing the truth of who they really are.
The way your tumor was treated without surgery, does ‘The Journey’ include similar treatments for different ailments? Or does it only focus on ways to lead a better life?
The Journey Method is not a one-time fix of every issue in your life! It is a straightforward and accessible process that hundreds of thousands of people are using worldwide. Anyone, no matter what their background, can do the process. Every day it is being used with children in schools, by nurses and doctors in hospitals, in prisons, in businesses, by Government Ministries, sports people, families and friends – people just like you and me. In fact the process is in the back of The Journey book so anyone who has a copy can begin their own healing journey now. When you do a Journey process it opens you to the truth inside, to the infinite potential you were born with. It strips away the lies and limitations which are imposed upon us throughout life by parents, teachers, friends and authorities, and it pierces through the layers of conditioned ‘protection’ that we put in place – protection that we thought would keep us safe, but which, in fact, has shut us down to our own natural healing capacity. The Journey Method allows people to uncover and clear their ‘vasanas’ and ‘samskaras’, their unhealthy or traumatic cell memories, and open into a deep sense of freedom, coming to a place of wholeness on all levels. The results are remarkable. People from all over the world report that their lives – their physical bodies and their health, their energy, positivity, their emotional experiences of day-to-day existence, in fact every aspect of their lives – have transformed in ways they could barely have dreamt of.
Kindly share a couple of inspirational anecdotes that you may have experienced personally in your life and how has it benefited you.
I once heard that when we are born we come into life as shining, flawless diamonds, priceless in our perfection. Then throughout life’s trials and tribulations, and for most of us they start at quite a young age, muck gets thrown at us and some of it sticks. The negativities, the hurts, the projections of others soon begin to layer us and cover our natural light. Sometimes we even buy into the negativities, agree with them and smear more dirt on ourselves, and eventually, after a lifetime of covering our brilliance is so deeply submerged in the brown stuff that we forget all about the pristine preciousness that is hidden deep inside. Then, through some act of grace, through some inexplicable mystery, some of us get the chance to wake up to the beauty within – we get a glimpse of the light, of the radiant wholeness in our heart and we realize that it has always been there. And for a while it seems like we are digging in the dirt, moving a whole lot of ‘stuff’, but then the brilliance reappears and the light is stunning! We realize that this radiant light is who and what we have always been. And then for some of us, in gratitude and reverence to our eternal discovery, it becomes a ‘choice less choice’ that we clean and polish the diamond of our Being for the rest of our lives.
What are your future plans? Are there more books to come or more Journeys to take?
I live my life fully surrendered to where grace, life wants to take me all I can ever do is listen to the needs of the moments and go to where the calling is strongest. My only prayer in life is to use me and I live in daily gratitude of how life chooses to do that.
Brandon Bays will conduct a workshop titled ‘Liberating your life at a cellular level’ at The O Hotel, North Main Road, Koregaon Park on 12th February 2012 from 2pm to 5pm. To participate contact on +91 (0)20 3058719 0/1/2
For more information or guidance please visit www.thejourneyindia.in or the worldwide site www.thejourney.com
You can also visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Brandon-Bays/149399693039 for the most up-to-the-minute information.