Category: Community’s Blog

Teaching Children to Gather Energy

Dear Being Energy Community:

When academic Erika Gavin first found the books of Carlos Castaneda she began a journey taking her from Padua University in northern Italy to Tijuana on the US border, devoting her life to the investigation of the mysteries of ancient Mexico.

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She first settled in Guanajuato, a colonial city in central Mexico, obtaining a Bachelors in Spanish Literature. She then worked at the University of Guanajuato as a Lecturer for more than twelve years, latterly winning a scholarship for a Master’s degree from the University of Perugia as an Italian teacher.

After meeting her husband Julio, a Math Professor and Taekwondo black belt, and having a son, Aimon, they moved to Tijuana on the USA/Mexico border where Julio took up a teaching post. Erika said, “I was so confident this change was a decision from my path with heart, urging me to experience myself as a mother, wife and instructor, to commit more with my life and my spirit.”

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Erika, a qualified Yoga teacher, then began studying with Miles Reid and Aerin Alexander and is now also a fully qualified teacher of the three Modules of Being Energy®. “I was so amazed and excited about the change and openness with which Miles and Aerin were hosting the legacy of Carlos Castaneda. Thanks to Being Energy I feel more stable and have a clearer direction and purpose in my life. I feel I’m finally on the way back home, more aligned with myself and the different aspects of my life… closer to my heart.”

Erika teaches the Being Energy® Daily Awareness Classes live on the web, and three weekly classes together with a monthly Saturday workshop in Tijuana.

The Tijuana classes explore a different aspect of Being Energy movements and silence practices each month. Her next Saturday workshop will be on August the 23rd with the theme of recapitulation.

She has also begun classes for children and teenagers between the ages of 6 – 14. Says Erika, “We are helping them develop trust through drawing attention to their bodies, noticing how everything that happens to us has an impact on the body. We are practicing a series of exercises called Gathering Energy and they love it!”.

She summed up her commitment, “There is nothing more exciting for me than this exploration, this knowledge that comes with every movement of my body. Every time I remember my breathing in a situation where I’m stuck, or the silence surrounding me when I finish a practice, I watch and feel another Erika take charge, more fluid, present, loving, returning to the pleasure of being alive that children experience, the unconditional love for others. Thanks to the work I’m doing with Being Energy I am learning to give and share without wanting to change people, without expectations.”

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  http://buscandoelsilencio.blogspot.com.es/

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,

Pilar

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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

Leadership: Awakening our Hearts and Integrating New Views

Dear Being Energy Community,

What skills does a leader need at a certain time in history? What does my idea of time have to do with my skills as a leader?

Leaders set a direction for themselves and others, so in Being Energy® leadership starts with becoming a leader in one’s own life. As gatherers of energy, we apply the Seer’s concept of time, to begin with, as practitioners of a daily practice.

We make a connection with our inner seer, every day, to remind us what is important in our lives, to reassess our priorities, to awaken our hearts and to allow our minds to integrate different views. Leadership is a potential, a seed for becoming that exists in everyone, ready to bloom when we work in groups.

We offer you an example of the leadership of Sergey Larushkin and Olga Volachaeva (Certified Being Energy® instructors), who taught a Being Energy seminar in dreaming called “The Spiral of Life” in Vladivostok, Russia. Read below about Sergey and Olga’s intent to create an energetic bridge from Chichen Itza, Mexico all the way to Vladivostok, Russia and the effect it had on their community of participants.

Dear Aerin and Miles:

A few hours ago we ended a two-day workshop in Vladivostok, Russia, attended by 12 people. Following the theme explored in the recent Chichen Itza workshop in Mexico, we explored the spiral of life. We called the workshop, “The Spiral of Life”.

In the announcement for this event we wrote:

“Being Energy Group Vladivostok. The two-day practice in the wake of the seminar BE the energy at Chichen Itza – “A crack between the worlds.”

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Warriors are fluid. They monitor manifestations of the Spirit in their lives, and express their gratitude. Warriors treat magic as the magic bird, where they themselves agree with the shadow of its wings. This bird, during meditation, inspired by Miles and Aerin’s Being Energy movements, the “Plumed Serpent” opens its wings and flies. Tomorrow at our practice, we intend to explore the wings of perception and to look closely at their SPIRAL Life. “

We devoted two days of practice to the Spirals of Life. Thanks to the energy received from the Being Energy movements at the Chichen Itza seminar, we were able to recapitulate our own lives in 12-year cycles. We studied our lives for the 12 years before our birth and watched what happens after we leave this beautiful earth. We viewed our baby pictures and saw the world through fresh eyes, without the “difficulties and challenges” of social life. We practiced movements to open the gates of dreaming, and used the breath to place our attention on dreaming.”

Using a specific Being Energy movement sequence; we created an energy bridge between Chichen Itza and our workshop. We changed our perception. We all felt that we were not in the hall in Vladivostok, that we were on the grounds of the ancient city, and next to us were 48 practitioners from different countries, Miles, Aerin, and the eternal pyramids. I remembered my own perception of the pyramids at dusk, and I saw that they are connected with the stars. I realized what it meant to be linked with the world. I touched the harmony of the Toltecs, and their impeccable intent. The feeling of Peace and joy of life is incredible. I realized an Eternity of intentions.

At the end of practice I noticed another sign. At Chichen Itza, during the practice of the Plumed Serpent, a butterfly flew into the hall and sat on me. It inspired me to finish our practice of the “keys of death” in Vladivostok. After seeing the rest of our life, we turned into a cocoon, removing all interaction with the world. Once inside the cocoon, we set an intent to consciously choose our path. We then launched out of the cocoon, as butterflies and opened our wings of Perception, flying into a new, conscious life, where life itself is an advisor. 
We thank Being energy, Miles, Aerin, and all participants around the world for this wonderful and magical time. It is so uplifting to live and realize that we’re part of a team of people walking along the path of knowledge, on the path with heart.

Here are the comments from practitioners that have attended the workshop:

“Today at the workshop I felt free and happy. I experienced a feeling that I can do anything! I am all-powerful! I have been loved, supported and helped always! Fear, stiffness and resentment at the time hid me from this truth, this knowledge. Today, I regained it, the knowledge and feeling of confidence” Olga

“It was extremely useful to take a sober look at one’s own life. I felt like a little kid again, when there was a lot of love and joy. Sergei, the whole group, thank you for this excellent practice! Understanding the seminar is just the beginning”. Nicholas

“I was recapitulating the moment of conception until I felt the power that inexplicably joined the line of life to my parents with their aspirations, education, and qualities. They integrated a particular pattern in my life and have evolved as my growing. Touch of Power … and immediately changed the perception of life, seemingly random events, encounters filled with meaning. Even negative events I considered in this way. Thank you all … I love you!

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“Today at the seminar were amazing subtle energies silence presence here and now. Despite the reference to scan the past, for some reason threw me into the present, the present was interesting, mysterious, something new, including my children’s picture I looked out with the eyes of the child in the here and now.” Nalini

Beth Hartley in the Spotlight

Dear Being Energy Community:

My name is Beth Hartley and I am currently an Alaska Statewide Mentor, a position funded by the State of Alaska and run by the University of Alaska to support beginning teachers that have moved to teach in rural Alaska.

The vision of the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project (ASMP) is that every student in Alaska has the benefit of a great teacher. The mission is to give new teachers the support they need to succeed. Not only are these young adults new to teaching, they are new to village culture and the unusual exigencies of living in rural Alaska, often partly off the grid (inclusive of “honey buckets” i.e., indoor, rustic, non-flush toilets).

The resiliency the teachers demonstrate as they rise to the, often, unexpected demands of teaching in the bush is truly inspiring, even as I help wipe away tears, shoulder burdens that can’t be shared otherwise, and still praise and push their practice on behalf of the village students that depend on them for academic success.

I have lived 25 years in Alaska – an adventure from the start! I came up as a Bilingual/ESL (English as a second language) specialist and trainer serving villages around the state then settled into the larger community of Anchorage to serve as a bilingual/ESL teacher and specialist, and finally to “retire” to take this new position with the State.

Aside from my primary work, I love to work as a Special Olympics Alpine Ski Coach (Click here if you would like to donate), and as a driver for the Horse Drawn Carriage Company; both great ways to stay active in the blustery winter months.  James, my partner, and I love to travel the world and experience new places, people and cultures in our “free” time. World travels – along with moving to Alaska – have been dreams manifested.

Which brings me to the practice of Being Energy and the legacy that engendered it. As I have reflected and dreamed in our Path with Heart classes, I have come to realize that my work as a mentor is serving as a recapitulation of my career; that I have accessed intent and intent has accessed me to move me in this direction, cleaning up my path and dusting my link with intent along the way to make me most suitable for service to this unique constellation of students and teachers. Participating in the various classes provided by Being Energy has also provided a network of friends and resources all over the world – one of the best gifts a “warrior traveler adventurer” could ask for!

Guido Ortelli in the Spotlight

My name is Guido Ortelli. I am a physician specialized in psychiatry and have worked as a psychiatrist for more than thirty years in the National Mental Health Service in Italy. For years I have been researching in combining psychotherapy knowledge with energy fields and modalities. One of my biggest dreams was to work with “Doctors without Borders” organization. After my second year of taking classes and workshops with Being Energy, and becoming a instructor, I decided to go for my dream.

The MSF (Doctors without Borders) project in Amman is a complex project based on three surgical specialties (orthopedic, maxillo-facial, reconstructive plastic) that treats patients coming from Syria, Iraq and Yemen who were victims of violence and war. There are more than 300 patients divided between the hospital and rehab center with a wide range of medical, surgical, physio, psychological and social needs.

I lead the psychosocial team and provide the specific needs of this area that are connected with others departments.

Soon after arriving a few months ago, the reality of the MSF project struck me – I’d never before seen so many patients, all of them together, with their bodies seriously injured, burned, disfigured and limbs amputated. Behind and within these bodies there are people who have lost their physical integrity and live through heavy feelings of shortcoming, lack and loss. As the physical body is damaged the mental function is involved in the loss of integrity.

The process of care and treatment is very long because it attempts to recover not only a certain level of physical function but also a new mental identity accepting of the impairment. Our consciousness, which works as an adaptation organ, is not so ready to accept a severe disability as witnessed in phantom pain. Usually the mental system body – unconsciousness – is much stronger than the consciousness and only a long process of knowledge and awareness can allow more energy to be brought to the consciousness.

I feel very involved in this work with the patients hoping to give some relief against the devastation produced by war. I am grateful for this opportunity I have to serve others. Thank you

Bernard Rooney in the Spotlight

Hello, my name is Bernard Rooney, 

I am an artist from Australia. My great loves are to be in my studio at home, working on a woodcarving, or perhaps a painting – sharing/growing our home and garden with my partner Lisa and kids. We have the rainforest National Park virtually at our doorstep, featuring Antarctic Beech trees which are thousands of years old, relics of Gondwanaland. We love the wild life here; insects and birds enrich our days and nights with their calls and chatter, wallabies (small kangaroos) regularly graze in our garden, whilst the strange calls of dingoes occasionally cross in our valleys.

I live in order to create but find often that my ways of making a living are creative processes in themselves. I am, for instance, currently working as a mill manager on a coffee plantation. I don’t actually like coffee much, although this coffee has won world championships. Its a great opportunity to learn about quality production and operations. Among other things, BE practices have helped me to contact other coffee farmers in the area for greater co-operation and resource sharing. Due to the international daily gatherings on BE platforms I feel I am less insular than I was two years ago; more willing and skillful at connecting and reaching out.

I have plenty to be healthy for, and showing appreciation for life through being healthy, is something I feel strongly supported in at Being Energy. To receive this support-energy in constant mild doses through the days and months is one of the little miracles of my daily life in recent years.

Bernard