September 2011

by Arjuna Ardagh and Jonathan Robinson

This Thursday we launch our new tele-seminar series on how to thrive in the new economy.

Pretty much anywhere you go these days, you hear people talking about what a tough economy it is. Of course, unemployment is at alarmingly high levels, people are losing their houses, and many countries today have national debts skyrocketing out of proportion to their Gross Domestic Product. These are real problems that require real solutions.

At the same time, many people today are thriving in a way that they never thought possible. By thriving, we don’t mean simply making more money. We mean living a multidimensional life that is ultimately, deeply fulfilling: one that includes openhearted, loving relationships, a spirit of service and community, and the unwavering certainty that you have gotten in touch with the gift you were born to give, and you are giving it passionately to the world.

We’ve investigated why some people thrive beyond their wildest dreams in this “difficult economy,” and some people contract in a feeling of fear and dis-empowerment. We’ve managed to isolate 27 characteristics, which “thrivers” demonstrate.

Another way to look at these times is not so much  a “difficult economy,” but an economy of transition. When the agricultural age turned into the industrial age, or when we shifted from mechanical based industry to electronics based,  the old rules no longer applied. We are going through a shift today more dramatic than ever before. We are living through a shift  in collective consciousness, where we must evolve or perish.  People who are firmly committed to the old ways of doing things, who want to repeat what they’ve learned in school, may be in for a tough time. On the other hand, thrivers have learned how to ride the wave, and how to tune into what is coming next, instead of into what is crumbling.

Over the next 12 weeks, between now and December 8th, we are going to introduce you to the 12 most important qualities needed to thrive in the new economy. Our guests include people like Jack Canfield, Lynne Twist, Ivan Misner, Lynne Mctaggart and Hale Dwoskin. These people are not just financially successful (although most of them are), they are experiencing extraordinarily high levels of fulfillment in every area of their lives, and they know how to pass it on. (more…)

A few weeks ago I was in Tucson AZ, for a meeting of the Transformational Leadership Council.  Before the conference began, I gave a talk at the local Unity Church.  When he picked me up from the airport, my organizer told me an interesting story.  He had been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy a few years before, and had all but given up on all hope for a normal life; until he met a man who had taught him something he called “tremoring.”  He didn’t say much about it except that it had healed him in only a few months. Since training in the method as well he had witnessed miracles with other as well.  He asked me if I would like to meet the teacher of this method, and I agreed

The next day I got a ride to a hotel outside of Tucson, where I met David Berceli.   David was a Catholic missionary for several decades, working in war-torn areas like Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia.  His role as a missionary was not so much to convert people to Catholicism, but to help alleviate the human suffering created in the aftermath of war.  He became very familiar with the symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and even began to suffer from it himself after spending so much time in areas where there was bombing.  He returned to the United States, got his Ph.D. in psychology, and investigated deeply the mechanisms by which trauma gets stored in the body.

He explained all this to me in a few minutes and then asked me if I would like to try his method.  “Sure,” I shrugged.  “Why not?” What happened in the next 20 minutes was nothing short of a miracle.  He asked me to put my body into different postures which put it into mild stress.  For example: raising my body up and down on one bent leg, or “sitting against the wall”.  After I went through his instructions, which were not painful, just mildly uncomfortable, a shaking began, first along the psoas muscles that run between the inner thigh and the belly.  Once the shaking became strong and involuntary, he asked me to lay down on my back, with my legs slightly open, and to breathe deeply.  The tremoring increased and moved up into my belly.  It would build up in a particular place in my body to a crescendo, and then completely dissipate.  A minute or two of nothing, and then it would build again, in another part of the body. This continued for about 15 minutes, until David suggested we had had enough for that day.

When I sat up, I felt relaxed in a way that I have probably not felt since I was a small baby.  I had let go of tension in my belly that I never knew I had.  Once I “got it” about the power of tremoring, David told me a little bit more about what he has been doing with his life.  For example, he just got back from Norway, where he was working with the education department, training them to conduct tremoring sessions with the teens who survived the shooting tragedy in July.  He worked directly with 35 survivors from the bombing in downtown Oslo.  This year, he’s already been to Japan to work with earthquake survivors, as well as regular visits to Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq.  He’s worked with the U.S. military with PTSD soldiers, as well as the civilian victims of war.  David does almost all of his work for free, in huge groups of people.  In Africa, for example, he might work with 150 people at a time, in many groups throughout the day; thereby facilitating several thousands of people per day in trauma release.

This work is powerful and effective.  Once you learn it (which you can do from a DVD), you can duplicate the effects any time you like.  It releases core stress from the body, reaching places that even the most skilled massage therapist would have trouble in helping you let go.

I find this approach particularly interesting because I am primarily a teacher of awakening.  It’s relatively easy these days to have a glimpse of limitless consciousness; the challenge is how to live it in day-to-day life.  And why are we challenged?  Simple.  You know the answer as well as I do.  Because of stress.  Because we are overwhelmed with decisions and responsibilities, and we lose connection with ourselves.  This method is one of the simplest and most powerful ways that I’ve found in a long time to relieve stress and come back to a state of innocence in your body.

It’s rare these days to find someone as devoid of self-interest as David Bercelli.  He lives in a small apartment in Tucson, and travels the world.  He’s on the road almost 300 days out of the year, and does almost all of his work for free.  The only thing he gets paid for is to train other people to be facilitators of his work, and the course is relatively inexpensive.

I want you to join me for a free tele-seminar with David Bercelli this Thursday, September 8th, at 6 pm.  I am going to talk to him about the extraordinary work he’s been doing around the world, as well as how easy it is to learn this method for yourself.  You will be able to pick up his book and DVD in the security of knowing that the money you spend will help him to support people much more traumatized, and much less fortunate, than you and me.

Please make sure you join me to meet this extraordinary and life-changing man.