Author: Aerin Alexander

Teacher’s Passion

Dear Being Energy Community,

My name is Pilar Soro. I was born in a suburb in magical Barcelona, Spain, surrounded by pine trees and Earth. This experience produced in me a love of nature.   As a teacher, I have loved helping children in my class succeed in their studies. Actually, I observed that when they convinced themselves that they could, they were good students.

I started working at a school, but I did not like the education system.  It did not look like the education system I had studied under, nor did it hold the ideals of education similar to my own, and I eventually left the job as a schoolteacher.

I started a family, and soon I was alone with two daughters.  I wanted to raise them in the country, and we moved to the Catalan Pyrenees. It had always been my dream: a city girl who wanted to live in the countryside.  The dream came true.

A job as a teacher was presented to me, because no teachers wanted to live in such a remote and hidden environment. This allowed me to go straight into the education department of the government of Catalunia, as a rural teacher, a much more relaxed and natural environment.


Over the years, we moved closer to the city, this time by the sea, surrounded by Mediterranean landscape.  Eventually my daughters were legally adopted by my new partner, and today they live on their own.

Now I am working three days a week at a public school in town. I’m in charge of fifth-grade students, and work with other groups and their teachers introducing tablets (mobile devices) to support learning. The rest of the time I dedicate myself to professional teacher training in the educational use of mobile technology, through my professional project Apptua.

This has been one of my passions: educational technology, and everything having to do with educational innovation, including multiple intelligences, collaborative work and projects, alternative schools, learning communities, art and music in school. I am passionate about anything that has to do with transforming education to adapt to the time in which we live and to educate children in the best possible way.

I love to promote the use of educational podcasts via mobile devices: reading aloud and voice recording to improve reading literacy, oral expression and creativity. Also consider that the practice of creating podcast listening has many benefits, including therapeutic help.


I love being with children in school, they are very active, cheerful, enthusiastic, intelligent and affectionate. I wish they could keep this energy, to grow and retain the energy to develop to their full potential.

Many students come to school with emotional problems, often exacerbated in adolescence. This is reflected in learning difficulties, lack of motivation, habits, low self esteem, failing classes, which is common in school today.  The system seems to have no answer for them.

Sometimes we practice conscious breathing and relaxation.  At first they did not take it seriously, and they would barely close their eyes, but over time they are the ones who ask me to lead these practices. We also practice some Being Energy® movements that are always motivating them and they respond with enthusiasm and joy.


I have followed the teachings of Carlos Castaneda for over 20 years.  On my bedside table, still with me, are at least one of the books of Carlos Castaneda, Florinda Donner-Grau and Taisha Abelar.  No matter where you open them, I always discover something new, something cool.

I feel very lucky to be part of this Being Energy® community and deeply grateful for the generosity of Aerin Alexander and Miles Reid.

I recently graduated from Module I training for Being Energy. I’ve started a new project to start teaching and practice, this time in an online form, offering a free practice once per week.  All are invited.

With this project I would like to reach out to my educational social network for those who want to become acquainted with the Being Energy® movements, meditation and breathing of the ancient wisdom of the shamans of ancient Mexico.  Thanks to Being Energy I can implement this dream.

The goal is simple: to increase energy, health and wellness, which is necessary to make any changes in our lives.

As Carlos Castaneda said in the preface of the book The Wheel of Time:  “Humanity needs now, more than ever, to be taught new ideas that are exclusively related to his inner world, shamans ideas, not social ideas, ideas concerning the human being to face the unknown, facing his personal death.”

Thank you very much to all, a hug,


How Did You Wake Up?

Dear Being Energy Community,

We are including three video links to help you get started with your recapitulation practice, that is, to start your day with a dreaming attention, to set your intent for a mindful day.

As we move closer to the dream of In Pono, our topic for Hawaii, we feel the pull to just get to it, to start a more sustained practice of recapitulation.  We’re going to let the videos speak for themselves and share with you why the Seers of ancient Mexico developed this practice into the art of clearing and enhancing our energy.

Another foundational underpinning of the Being Energy® practice is that we can shift our perception through movement. Before starting your recapitulation, try the Being Energy movements in the next video, or simply practice them throughout the day.

Next, listen and follow along with the recapitulation exploration.  Start with Recapitulating How You Woke Up, each day and see what happens.

Some of the benefits of recapitulating every day, even if it’s for 1 minute at a time, builds a capacity for:

  • observing rather than making judgements about events or people
  • connecting to feelings, which leads to a fuller, more expansive view of a situation or event
  • healing ourselves, allowing us to give comfort or provide aid and relief to the self in the past event being recapitulated
  • self empowerment

Please share your thoughts and experiences.

Engineering Family and Life

Channel Tunnel Engineer Helps Engineer Village Shop

by Tim Ferreira

Dear Being Energy Community,

Tim Ferreira spent forty years with the largest civil engineering company in the UK building an island in Bahrain a dry dock in Iran, the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France, and travelling and working all over the world including in Egypt, Trinidad, Angola, Falkland Islands, Kenya, and Hong Kong.


Now retired, Tim helped build the “Best Village Shop & Post Office in the UK” and continues travelling: climbing Fuji Yama, Mount Kenya, cruising the Three Valleys Gorge, the Nile and the Mekong, standing with one foot in the Blue Nile, one in the White at Khartoum, and paddling in the Ganges and the Indus.

“To me,” said Tim, “travel means throwing all my pre-conceived ideas up in the air, and letting them settle down in a different arrangement. Later, reading Carlos Castaneda and working with Being Energy I realised I was moving my assemblage point, and not letting it return completely to its original position when I returned. It was nearly an addiction.”

Since retiring, Tim worked on the LINK scheme driving disadvantaged people to hospital and the elderly to their weekly shopping, rejuvenated the local tennis club, and helped build a club house and sports field – the valley centre for football, cricket, tennis, skate-boarding, netball, table-tennis, and indoor bowling. The village shop is the latest project.


Now with eight grand children, three in Hong Kong, Tim is making up for time away from the family, “I try to be as hands on as possible. When my three daughter’s families stay with us in the summer we sleep sixteen and it is a wonderful challenge; four 4-years-old and the rest ranging up to twelve. Often we set up a tent on the lawn by the river at the bottom of our garden for them to sleep in, guarded by me sleeping in at the entrance!”

Says Tim, “I have been a disciple of Castaneda for nearly 40 years. I discovered Being Energy partway through the first Path-with-Heart series, and joined for the second. It has added an extra dimension to my life, and I very rarely miss a Sunday evening session. It has given me a measure of detachment from myself and from others. The classes are extremely rewarding, and the energy and commitment Miles and Aerin put into the classes give them (the classes, and so us the receivers) a real boost.”

Partnering with Non Profits

Dear Being Energy Community,

We are including a link to our Kidneys and Adrenals Guided Exploration:

We welcome you to join us in the guided meditation this week to acquaint yourself with and strengthen this powerful internal organ system!

For the last 5 weeks, Miles and I have been teaching Being Energy® moves and energy practices to the Cancer Support Community at the Benjamin Center in Los Angeles. The classes there are intended for all patients with cancer, in remission or in treatment, and for their families and caregivers, to help them transition through challenging moments to restore and reemerge back into a healthy life.


Miles started Class 1 by teaching how to gather and manage energy; including teaching Being Energy® movements and the guided exploration for the kidneys and adrenals. Participants loved the idea of being able to connect and talk or communicate with the internal organs of the body, and learning how to replenish them by intending it. After surgery and chemo, most of our participants feel weak, physically, emotionally and mentally. What is going on in their bodies is a huge challenge.


By the time I went to teach class 2, everyone already loved the Being Energy practice. Do you know why?…Because people could feel that they were Energy FIRST, beings of energy in the midst of a human experience. This human experience happens to be a cancer experience with layers of opportunities to learn about themselves and others. They shared that they loved the emphasis on being active participants of their lives, that they could choose where to direct their energy.


After the guided exploration of the kidneys, everyone in the class gave the thumbs up! The guided meditation helped them to feel more stable and grounded when standing, and more centered, when interacting with others. Our intent is to remind them of their personal strength, and their own, innate well of energy.


As you will see from the video, we emphasized the role of thoughts in shaping and contributing to any level of health of the physical body. We guided participants to use their imagination, the inner eye through an experience of becoming acquainted with the internal organs, and suggested they use the process to build a relationship with the physical body.


Guided imagery is a critical strategy to use for any level of health and well being. Whether we want to strengthen and sustain an already healthy body, or to recover the energy that is lost through trauma or disease, guided imagery, especially when practiced on a regular basis, focuses our attention directly on our internal organs. We learn to connect to the internal organs, powerful vortices of energy for the mind-body system.


We are beings of energy, and we are magical. No matter how old, no matter how weak, with chemo or without, everyone is important to all of us, and we, at Being Energy, are here to remind you, through movement, who you really are.

Enjoy this week the guided imagery for the kidneys and adrenals that we shared with the participants at the Benjamin Center.

Try this at least once during the week and let us know what happens!

Art – Creating and Building Dreams

Dear Being Energy Community,

My name is Chris Osgood. I’m a painter, an artist. I’m also a Being Energy practitioner and a member of our Path With Heart family. I live in Lincolnville, a small Mid-coast Maine town, in the United States. I live and work on the property my grandparents purchased in the 1920’s where a small river meets the Bay. It is a former tribal summer camping/fishing area, and later the site of an early European settled village. The unique energy of this little harbor continually attracts and connects with me.

As a painter I primarily work in oils and Japanese Ink, on canvas and paper. This is my studio, feeling a little neglected at the moment. I’ve had a long stretch away during the construction of my new house. Now is a time of cleaning up, sweeping, vacuuming, making space, and scraping palettes. It’s a time of transition much the same as my house and gardens, all waiting for blossoms, sprouts, and color. In my studio, as I get started again I have a typical struggle to remember – how did I do this, make a painting? With Being Energy I can practice Being Energy® movements, and jump into my painting groove, and reconnect with all the memories. My daytime dreams open up and out, and spill into forms and color. Then all I need is a little dance music, and I’ll be off.

Art Studio 1

I often wonder what it means to be an artist. And am typically challenged to find an answer. I fretted this past year, since I had so little time to spend in my studio. A year ago I began contracting out the construction of a new home on a tiny spit of land on our family property. I have been dreaming this home for more than thirty years. Now, I’m able to recognize this house/home is itself a work of creativity, a piece of art, just like a drawing only three-dimensional. It is still unfinished, with a fair amount of exterior work, steps, lattice, earthwork, and landscaping still to be completed. My Being Energy practice helps me to unfold my dreams and bring them to life.

House 1

My new house is a work in progress, much like my garden and orchard. Each spring, as soon as the snow melts, it’s time to prune the fruit trees. Each spring, when I begin pruning, it’s just like returning to my studio, I wonder how to do this, prune the trees. Yet, as I go along and begin to quiet, I listen to each tree, and each one tells me when I’m in sync with it and when I’m not. They let me know when I’ve pruned enough. And my recollection of, or connection to the art of pruning opens again. This little peach tree, is for me every bit as much a work of art as any painting I’ve done, and I feel great affection for it and all of the trees. The trees are still dormant, they are also in process, ready to flower and then bear fruit. Practicing Being Energy movements encourages me to be quiet and listen to the trees, and value their feedback.

Peach Tree

Here’s another example of an artistic piece of work. This old tree and I have worked together for more than fifteen years.

Old Tree

Here’s my vegetable garden, with weeds growing, nothing planted yet, and looking pretty grey. It’s another work in progress, about to begin its seasonal dance. In a couple of weeks peas, onions, sweet potatoes and tomatoes will be the first to take root. This garden is perhaps my principal place of connectivity, a place of connection up from the earth to infinity/spirit. It’s a place of heart and love and creativity. It’s definitely one of the premier works of art in my life.

Garden 1

I encourage you all to come back in late summer or fall to see how these works have taken root and blossomed.

I dedicate these works in progress to my Being Energy and Path With Heart family, and to you all, with a basket full of love.

Handling Intent

Dear Being Energy Community,

“Every warrior on the path of knowledge thinks, at one time or another, that he’s learning sorcery, but all he’s doing is allowing himself to be convinced of the power hidden in his being, and that he can reach it.”

–Carlos Castaneda, The Power of Silence

This week we invite you to immerse yourself in silence to manifest the power that is hidden within you, your connection with Intent.

Intent, the pervasive force of the universe that is connected to all things, inside and between all of us, is the force that allows us to perceive. It gives us direction and purpose. The ancient seers asserted that anything we perceive is a result of the pressure of intent.

We all are irreplaceable parts of a larger picture: an infinite universe that is constantly changing, attempting to become aware of itself. According to the ancient sages, the universe itself is compelling us to expand our consciousness through our life experiences on this blue, magical planet Earth. In this universe of energy, consciousness is what weaves us all in a vibratory concert of love and enlightenment.

How can I live in a higher state of consciousness on a daily basis? How can I flow through daily life interactions without getting stuck? How do I move from the victim or bully mindset, to the higher state of consciousness that Castaneda talks about and how can live joyfully? How can I authentically, in my uniqueness, co-create what I really want for my family, for my community?

We can actively shape our lives through a consistent practice that engenders unbending intent. By offering the physical body different experiences of movement and feelings, we expand our perception. In the process of expanding perception we create direct access to consciousness, to all things. We flow with life instead of struggle. We learn to handle Intent.

Being Energy® movements provide the physical body and the mind to remember, on a deeper level, the Intent that exists within us, and our connection to all things. We move into deep states of Silence and access Intent.

All of the above is what we will be exploring in our retreat in Tuscany, Italy: reconnecting through deep silence to Intent. In this retreat, based on your individual physical and energetic needs, we will guide you to create your own unique connection with Intent. We will provide both the tools for a consistent practice, and the inspiration for sustaining an unbending intent.

There will be practical instruction and group sharing on how to support a sustained purpose and commitment to your life, as we build a consistent practice and engender unbending intent. You will be given tools for a deep encounter with your inner self: your seer within and how to return to this experience when you are back in your daily life.

For a taste of what we will practice in Italy, try this exercise for moving into Silence and connecting with Intent:

• Watch or practice along with any of the Being Energy® movements; here is a video sample for you to follow
• Pause to observe how you feel before and after practicing the movements.

We invite everybody who wants to gain practical experience and knowledge of the ancient seers to join us for this practice!

The Mood of the Warrior

A doorway to conscious dreaming

Dear Beings of Energy,

This week, inspired by Being Energy® Teachers in Moscow, we are reflecting on the mood of the warrior and fashioning a mood of acknowledgment and gratitude.  We choose to think of ourselves as beings on a journey of awareness; we focus on spirit, consciousness, to guide our daily actions. When we are grateful, we can detach from fears, anxieties and stressful thoughts. We feel uplifted, our skin radiates, and even if it lasts only for a few seconds, we have experienced the mood of the warrior.

It takes consistent practice, without giving up, to expand what may be a few seconds of clarity of focus into minutes and hours. And, yes, it is possible.  We did it, our Being Energy teachers are doing it and so can you too!

Seers and sages from ancient Mexico asserted that consciousness is divided into three parts:  the first attention, which is consciousness that we need to deal with the daily world; the larger part, the second attention, is awareness that is needed to perceive more subtle things, like the wind, or energy, or to perceive ourselves as energetic beings; and the largest part, the third attention, is an immeasurable consciousness that includes undefinable aspects of awareness.

We are we applying the fundamental premises of those sages, to explore the second attention.  We practice a review of our lives, since it is where we place most of our attention, to foster detachment, and to clearly find the dreams we hold and carry. When we become aware of our personal dreams, we can also become aware of our “spirit dreams,” what the universe wants to dream through us. Our personal dreams, and what the “universe” dreams for us, become aligned.

Aligning our personal dreams to larger forces is what our teachers in Moscow will present and practice this weekend in Moscow.  And we would like to invite you to join us in this practice this upcoming weekend too.

Can my dream become “real” or it will remain only a dream?

Each of us has a dream, a deep desire for something that we think of day and night. It is so bright and burning that sometimes we deny it, because we secretly fear that it may become a reality. We guard it with our fear. We feel we don’t deserve it. Now and then this dream seems to us too inaccessible and incredible.

Whatever our dream, big or small, we are going to face it with the mood of a warrior: wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance, in a state of love and inner calm.

Here are the steps to align our dreams:

  • Practice any of the Being Energy® movements; here is a video sample for you to follow.
  • Pause to observe how you feel before and after practicing the movements
  • Sit down and write 3 things you would really really really LOVE to happen in your life, it may be changes you want to make, about your financial situation, relationship, body weight, etc.
  • Ask this question: What is in my way of fulfilling my deepest desire?
  • Observe if an image, a feeling or a thought comes as an answer.  Make a note of it.
  • Create specific steps you will take to overcome this fear.
  • Keep practicing the steps above.

Oh, by the way, our certified instructors of Being Energy (Modules 1, 2, 3) that will guide the workshop are: Anastasiya Ganich, Pavel Pavlov, Valentina Lantzinova, Denis Dario, Valeriya Malinina, Sergey Karapetian, and Nataliya Alexeva.

We invite everybody who wants to gain practical experience and knowledge of the ancient seers to join them!

In Pono – In Harmony with all our relationships

Aloha Community!

Pono, a word from the Hawaiian language, represents the concept of being in harmony with all things. It includes the quality and the respectful loving caring relationship one has with oneself, with all the people in our lives, with the Earth and with Spirit, God, or the Universe. For example, to be in Pono with oneself is to feel that our beliefs and behaviors, or the choices we make are aligned with larger forces, and that we are living with a sense of integrity and wholeness. Being in Pono adds to a greatness of Spirit and self-power that is at the core of an ancient Hawaiian belief.

At Being Energy, through movements and breathing practices, we access the mood of Pono to then review our life stories and reflect on our life purposes. Pono is a guide to Recapitulation; it helps us to reflect on these important questions:


  • When am I in pono with myself or with others?
  • Who am I not in pono with?
  • Who do I need to forgive?
  • Who do I need to ask for forgiveness?


The process of Recapitulation, as we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, allows us to go back to any moment in time in order to balance the energy of that moment in the past. This process has a profound effect on our energy and energetic system as a whole bringing tons of benefits to our lives. When “making peace” with our past and healing our wounds, we become more present, less fearful, more alive.

Recapitulating is entering into conscious dreaming states
One benefit from recapitulating one’s life is the access to states of “conscious dreaming.”

When recapitulating, we start by choosing a memory we want to visit and begin by seeing ourselves, as if in a movie. We observe ourselves without judging and cultivate a state of quietness and focused attention that transcends the barriers of time, just as we do when dreaming while asleep.

Similarly, when we start recapitulating, we start paying attention to a particular moment of our lives and we travel in time. “I,” the one that is observing the experience, enter into a state of “dreaming,” transcending space and time, enhancing the view of the particular moment being experienced, being able to shift my perception to a higher state of consciousness.

Music to Enhance Dreaming and Recapitulation
There are a variety of strategies for incorporating the Recapitulation practice into our day-to-day routine, and tactics for creating the space, or the right mood for Recapitulation. We start by clearing the stress of our day and altering the vibrational patterns of our thoughts by listening to music, or the sound of waves or chimes, and enticing a new, calmer mood.

One of our Being Energy® teachers, Robert Savery uses music to access Pono. Robert is a musician and songwriter, and has written hundred of songs, many of them, lullabies to help create the mood of pono for recapitulation. Lullabies gently soothe the nervous system, and lull us toward a dream state.

Join us in a daily practice of Recapitulation for 7 days, just 5 minutes a day and find out for yourself the benefits that this will bring to your life.

Here the steps:

• Sit comfortably in your bed, or in a chair, close your eyes.
Play the Lullaby by Robert Savery. Listen to it once or twice until you are feeling quiet.
• Go over the events of your day and notice when you were not in Pono with someone you were with that day.
• Pause and start observing that particular moment: notice where you were; what did the room look like? What did you say? What did the other person say?
• Breathe deeply aligning your breaths with a movement of your chest and head.

    • Inhale fanning your heart and head in one direction, exhale fanning them in the opposite direction

• Continue to view the scene and notice: What were you feeling?
• Keep breathing and observing the scene without trying to alter it in any way.
• Whenever you feel you have finished viewing the scene, or if your mind begins to wander, stop.
IMPORTANT: There is no need to arrive at any conclusions, no need to make up a story of the situation. Trust and allow your body to receive the knowledge and wisdom that comes from observing without judgment.

Let us know how you feel. Has anything shifted? Do you have any new perceptions?

Carlos Castaneda wrote in The Wheel of Time, “Don Juan’s claim was that once any practitioner has viewed his life in the detached manner that the recapitulation requires, there’s no way to go back to the same life.”

Join us in Hawaii to explore Pono in depth and to more fully enhance your life.

Aerin and Miles

Inge Schouman in the Spotlight

Dear Being Energy Community,

Hello, my name is Inge Schouman and I live in the Netherlands. About 23 years ago I moved from the “big city,” The Hague near the sea, to a small village, Hellendoorn, at the eastern part of my country to start my own business. More than 10 years ago, I sold my business and started to work for the local government. I have a son, whom I have raised alone. For more than 22 years we lived together, and just last December 2013 he started living on his own. I have three cats as companions and we have a lot of fun.

In my daily life I am a communications advisor, or you could say, a spin-doctor, but without working for any particular political party. I work for the local government and my task is to bring to the public the decisions made by this local government. Each day is different.

We are now working with the phenomenon of participation in government by our residents. This is becoming a trend due to financial cuts. My work place is a beautiful battlefield for my ego, and in the moment I think I have won, another part of me arises to be investigated.

The building I work in won the Dutch Architecture Prize in 2008.


Part of my job is being a member of the so-called crisis team, meaning I am the spokeswoman during a crisis. Recently people who were working on a new road found a World War II bomb (see picture). This bomb was a British manufactured “500 pounder” and can be extremely dangerous when moved. We had to evacuate more than 150 people and their pets. We formed a team in which everybody knew what to do. I was responsible for contact with all of the residents, the press and the social media. The people who had to leave their houses for a day went to stay with family or to a special rescue location. This meant that we had to register every individual and record where he or she spent the day. Some were disabled; some had horses or other big or small animals. All had to be removed and registered. When the area was clear of people and animals, every house was sealed by the military. Then a special unit, specialists in dismantling bombs, came and removed the igniter with a robot. Putting the robot on the igniter was a critical moment. All went well and now the bomb could be transported to a deserted place where specialists detonated the bomb. For the residents it was one day away from home. For me it was more than three weeks of work. And, of course, we had a script in case the bomb went off. To work in the public domain and to help to build our society feels rewarding.


For more than three years I have been a member of the Being Energy community. When I started with the Path With Heart, I had the urgent feeling, “it’s now or never.” I practiced energy movements for more than 20 years, but I got stuck somewhere on my path. Being Energy opened a door in me and I entered a brand new phase in my life.

I would like to share an example of how I went through a transformation with my hair, because it expresses one of the ways I walked through the door in me. For more than 20 years I dyed my hair, because, back then, I had some grey hair and I was ashamed of it. I started to dye it and I could not stop. I had low self esteem and felt that having grey hair I looked old. A year ago I started to feel uncomfortable with this. I eat organic and healthy food; I use organic cosmetics, but I was putting chemicals in my hair. I wanted to be the real Inge. All these years I told myself that I dyed my hair because I liked it that way. Being Energy taught me that this was a story that I was telling myself. The real reason was that I was concerned with what the world would be thinking of me.

So, eight months ago I went to the hairdresser and asked her to cut it as short as possible. Now eights months later I feel great with my original hair. The quality of the hair has changed for the better, and I feel free of negative thoughts about myself. I feel better than ever before, I feel free! I am getting older, yet I am getting more vital and gaining more knowledge.

My spirit is uplifted, since I am part of the community of Being Energy; and applying what I learn in the Nutrition classes, I eat much healthier. On top of that I practice the Being Energy movements every day, which changed my posture in a positive way. It is definitively true that Being Energy is fitness for the body, soul and mind.

Meeting so many fantastic people on the Internet and sometimes meeting them in person, at a workshop, enriches my life deeply. Now for the past 1-½ years I have been an instructor of the Daily Practices, which I enjoy enormously. It forces me to be in the Now and to be Conscious of my Energy Body, which is that part of me I always felt separated from, but is me all the time.

It makes me utterly happy to walk this Path With Heart with so many other people; for me it is a Path With Love. I always considered myself an open and friendly person. Together with Aerin and Miles, and all the practitioners I learned to really open my heart and let my self-created shields come down. This makes me vulnerable in a most delicate way, namely, not being attached to my thinking and living from my heart.

My heart also goes out to gardening. I love to work with my hands in the soil. It is magical to see a small seed developing into a plant with flowers. Caring is a substantial part of my character. Putting care into growing plants and flowers, gives me so much energy. It is my passion to grow vegetables in my small garden, which I can harvest and eat. Whenever I can, I also take long walks in nature, just around the corner from my home.

I am sharing some pictures with you. There are pictures from the flowers growing in my garden, and some growing in the public areas near my house. I hope I can share the fresh and exuberant energy of Spring right here in the Now! Other photos show my birthplace, The Hague at the sea, and other photos show Hellendoorn. This village borders a National Park where I spend many hours walking in nature. I hope you enjoy them.

With Affection,
Inge Schouman

Recapitulation: finding out who we really are

Dear Being Energy Community,

The Recapitulation is a practice developed by sages in ancient Mexico. The technique guides one’s awareness back in time and space, making a quantum leap, to insert itself in specific moments of our lives where we “got stuck,” where we lost a part of ourselves. With the awareness of today, the present, and through a state of inner silence, it’s as if we have traveled in time and we have arrived at that experience, accessing a particular memory with the intention of freeing the energy caught in it and bringing back to the present.

In Being Energy® we see the recapitulation as a state of dreaming where you recall the pieces of yourself you have left behind, so to speak. It can free us from unconscious beliefs we’ve developed as a consequence of our interpretations of past experiences and relationships and which we still carry today, no matter how long ago the event took place.

It is a restorative process for healing, restoring our wholeness and integrity. Recapitulating allows us to rearrange our “inventory,” our set of beliefs, ideas and responses to fellow beings. The purpose is to create more inner space for silence, mystery, and for exploring the very nature of our existence.

We start, like Carlos Castaneda told us, with recent events, and then go back in time all the way to childhood. We choose specific events, especially the ones with an emotional charge, when our hearts felt broken, or when we got fired from our jobs, or when a loved one died. We bring our attention to those moments when we did not have the time to process them, or the awareness to embrace them, when we did not know what to say, we said the wrong thing, or when we did not stand up for ourselves or others.

One great way to start, to immediately feel the benefits of Recapitulation, is by acknowledging the stones we carry in our hearts. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Choose a comfortable and quiet place to sit down. Be sure to turn your phone off. This whole experience should take no more than 10 minutes.
  • Take three deep breaths to quiet your mind for a minute or two.
  • Start remembering the details around the experience you have chosen to recapitulate. Where were you? Where was the place? What was the timeframe? What was happening? How did you feel? What thought ran in your head? What was said? How did it end?
  • Take a moment to fully recall the feeling and be with it.
  • Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest. With your eyes still closed, inhale deeply as if wanting to inhale the feelings, thoughts, images, colors, the whole experience. Then, breathe out, letting go and freeing the situation and any attachment to it. Let it go and set the experience free.
  • Keep breathing in and out until you feel something has loosened up.
  • Bring both hands to the heart, open your eyes and notice any changes in your perception and state of awareness.

Recapitulation, as a technique, brings results when practiced systematically. Some of the benefits of recapitulating one’s life are:

  • Physical level: More alertness, more focus, more energy, lighter, less muscle contraction, relief of chronic pain, flexibility
  • Emotional level: Expanding views of yourself and the world around you, organizing thoughts and emotions (your inventory), quieter mind, kindness, acceptance, “loving what is,” compassion
  • Energetic level: being more available to the spirit, entering into non-local vibration.

After almost 20 years of practicing and teaching how to review one’s life to hundreds of people, we can say that Recapitulation is an ongoing revelation of energy as it flows in the universe.
Because it shifts or relocates our perspective, we begin to see our lives from a different place, the vantage point of our soul. This dreaming state becomes clearer, our relationship to it gets stronger. We may eventually perceive that our soul, our energy body, is dreaming us.

The most interesting result of Recapitulation, Carlos Castaneda told us, is how we rekindle our journey of awareness, our purpose in life. We unfold it as a bird unfolds its wings, and open ourselves to a larger, more encompassing understanding of the mystery we are.

A&M at Chopra Ctr