To celebrate my one year soberversary on New Years Day, I saved my drinking money and went on a ten-day yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia.
It was one of the most powerful, eye-opening experiences I’ve ever had. If you’re on Twitter, you can find lots of photos from our daily yoga, meditation, beach workouts and adventures at @nowineimfine Bali is an incredible place!
One thing I experienced on retreat was Theta healing. It was such a profound experience I feel inspired to share it with you. But before I get into it, let’s be honest – I’d never heard of Theta healing before this retreat. I was skeptical when I learned what it was and wasn’t going to do it. But I’m so glad I opened my mind and embraced it with both arms. For those of you who haven’t heard of Theta healing, here’s a definition from www.thetahealing.com :
‘a meditation training technique utilizing a spiritual philosophy for improvement and evolvement of mind, body and spirit.’
Some of the other girls had appointments with our Theta healer earlier in the week and their changed perspective was obvious from the outside. Their physical demeanor was just… different. They appeared fresher, more grounded, somehow more relaxed. To this day I have no idea what their personal story with the healer involved. And I didn’t need to know – their change in physical demeanor said it all. Interestingly, they came out of their respective sessions with the same sentiment: that they felt absolutely, positively, free of the burden that they addressed with the healer.
Let’s get some of that please!
So off I went, and booked an appointment. When I met Gabby, we connected from the start.
- 🌿 How the session started. Gabby started off by asking me what I wanted out of the session. I wasn’t sure, actually. But the thing that sprung to mind instantly was a desire to NOT CARE what others think or say about me. Over the past year, I’ve written plenty of posts about the drinkers around me who take exception to me not drinking. And the ones who don’t respect boundaries. I thought things had calmed down but for some reason, just before I went on holiday, the questioning ramped up again… I was inundated with interrogations (I don’t mean the warm, sincere, friendly kind) from some unnamed ‘friends’ about why I was going on retreat. I WAS SICK OF HAVING TO JUSTIFY WHAT I DID! I was so claustrophobic and it was suffocating me!
- 🌿 Through the looking glass. After a brief discussion with Gabby along the lines above, she started to ask me questions about growing up. For example, she asked me about specific situations and my memories of them. This lasted about 40 minutes or so, time flew by so I can’t really say. What I do remember is that her inquiries were so on point, she continually hit raw nerves and it was very intense. I was straight up with her and together, as our introspections grew, I figured there’s no point being closed minded or vague with my responses. Quite frankly I don’t recall being so up front with a stranger before. I don’t recall even thinking about some of the distant memories she resurfaced! But I sensed it was a safe environment and would only get out of it what I was prepared to put in. So I went all out.
- 🌿Meditation. The third part of the session included a deep (and I mean deep!) meditation. It lasted maybe 20 minutes. This included a series of statements whereby Gabby always asked my permission for everything she tabled throughout the meditation. And held my hand the whole time. This continued to appeal to my sense of safety and commitment to the session. I can’t recall the specifics but suffice to say I felt this massive weight comming off my shoulders. I’m struggling to describe it. So I should take this opportunity to apologize to my poor reader – by now, you are probably confused beyond all doubt!
- 🌿 Reiki grounding. Once complete, Gabby asked my to lie on the bed to close out the session with a Reiki grounding process. For me, this kind of ‘sealed the deal’ and was final closure.
I think the session was about 1.5 hours. After she left, I felt incredibly drained and quite strange. She encouraged me to drink lots of water and to sleep it off – which I did, for two hours.
To the Theta healers and Reiki practionners our there, thank you for opening my eyes to a wonderful new experience. I genuinely feel different now. By peering through that looking glass, I believe the we took a massive weight off my shoulders.
Thank you for reading, I’d love to hear about your experiences with Theta healing. And if you haven’t tried it, I’d encourage you to consider it with an open mind.
Below are some photos from the retreat. I didn’t used to believe in magic. But now I do. 😘