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I was an active part of Scotts Valley Toastmasters club over 20 years ago, where I was president for a term and also won the coveted Area Toastmaster of the Year award. Even before that I was teaching classes locally and have taught on such varied topics as juicing, live foods, cultured foods, portraiture, and chicken butchering, with the last 6 years or so focusing on this path of EFT and Insight. At this point, I have given dozens of podcast interviews to share my story.
Because it’s weird. With much of this inner work you need to move forward before you can look back to how you were before, so that you can see the changes you have made. Ten years ago I did not know that the phrases I would say to myself (“that was a stupid thing to do”, “don’t be daft”, etc.), where phrases my Dad had said to me. They just seemed like me talking to me. It wasn’t until I had removed the charge around my past that those phrases weren’t there anymore, my mind was quiet. Only then could I look back and say “wow, that was my Dad and he no longer lives in my mind like he used to”. So if I give too much deep information before people have experienced this for themselves, they have no way to relate to insight and understand that they can get there themselves.
About A Pathway To Insight – the book
A Pathway to Insight was published on 11/11/2020 and is available print-on-demand through Amazon.com. To support your local bookstore you could ask them to order it for you.
What is in your book that is not covered in your talks?
About Insight – the subject of Ann’s teaching
That’s a very individual question – it depends how much you want change, and how fast. Fifteen minutes a day is a good starting place, and I find an hour and half is about the most anyone can take, especially to start, as it can be very tiring.
Again that is an individual question – I would aim for every day, but be okay if you have to miss a day here or there. If I was retired or on vacation and wanted to make real change, I would spend a few hours on it a day, but that’s just the way I do things.
That depends on where you are starting from, how much desire you have, and how much time you put into it. Having said that, I believe if someone was really committed they could make huge shifts in their life in a year, and could attain high levels of consciousness within a decade.
Again that depends on where you are starting from, how much desire you have, and how much time you put into it. And it is an ongoing process – you clear out things that bother you now, and uncover deeper things that bothered you from your past. You then release the charge around those. As you move along though you become more aware of what is happening and can address what arises faster.
Because it is based on your starting signal. This is what I talk about in the Law of Attraction talk. Someone with more physical symmetry, perfect posture, and fewer traumatic events in their history will be able to get there faster – but at the same time they may have less desire to do so.
Because as you do this work it becomes more and more obvious. Your awareness increases. One minute my son might be telling me about a TV that rolls down into a box, and a few hours later he is telling his Dad about a truck with a back window that slides down. Well if you are not aware, those are two independent conversations; you have so much other stuff going on in your mind that the awareness cannot get through. As you clear out your past and your mind quiets, your awareness increases so that during the second conversation a flash from the first conversation comes into your mind and you realize the second came about because of the first. If you have someone in your life that you do not like, you come to realize that they are a replay of someone similar earlier in your life; you attracted them so you could dig out that old memory and release the charge. It’s an awareness, a “knowing”, that develops as you do this inner work.
My definition is this: Insight is the ability to see within the body – literally “inward-sight”. Once the defenses of the body have been removed sufficiently, awareness can move from outside the body, to within the body, at which point insight is achieved.
Visualization is mind work. Insight is body work. It’s like the difference between imagining a hand, and feeling your hand. I am not visualizing or imagining where my awareness is in my body, I am feeling where my awareness is – I can feel fascia move beneath my awareness, and can hear it when it dissolves.
Sure! I have some fun stories. We had an old Sub-Zero refrigerator that was in our house when we had bought it 17 years prior. In that whole time we had never once had a piece of advertising from Sub-Zero. Well our freezer stopped working so we had it replaced with another one. While the workman was here at our house installing the new fridge, I came home and collected the mail, and there was an advertisement for Sub Zero! That was a year ago. We had none in the 17 years prior, and none since. It was crazy fun, blew my mind. Love it when those things happen! And they happen more and more often as you release more and more tension.
My recent x-rays show remarkable changes to my head and skull, and the releasing of tension in my neck has resulted in my growing 1/2 an inch. Additionally, my mind is quieter and more peaceful, and I am less reactionary. I feel lighter, laugh easily, and my voice has changed.
I have started to use something called Block Therapy. It is a way to access connective tissue, or fascia, from the outside, rather than from the inside. To me, it feels like Block Therapy is akin to massaging a piece of meat. It tenderizes it and makes it more flexible. The steps on A Pathway to Insight are more akin to chewing the meat – all the fascia is accessible, and it is way more satisfying – but it needs less chewing when it is tenderized first.
The short answer is “no”, and because the cross has been used for millennia as a symbol of inner wisdom.
The longer answer: I have come to see religion as an outer portrayal of what should happen inside of us. The clues offered by the architecture of churches and temples, and by religious texts are immense, but it takes awareness to see them for what they are. The steps I discuss in my book and talks allows for that awareness to develop, and when it does, you will see what I see, and feel what I feel.