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On Fear, Healing Schizophrenia and Frozen Iguanas
Written by Yuliya Cohen   
Friday, January 26, 2018

 

As a Healer, I have been generally unfazed by various kinds of weird and distorted energies that we often encounter as part of a spirit realm. That may explain my interest in healing people with schizophrenia, who as part of their "hallucinations” see strange entities and hear unfriendly voices. People are generally surprised by my interest. Schizophrenia is one of the most feared of all mental illness conditions. Similarly, entities are probably one of the scariest and most avoided topics in modern shamanism, among healers, and in general. They are dark, unappealing, and may make some want to scream.

Not Knowing to be Afraid and Siberian Winters

Last week, I was listening to the news and heard that it was so cold in Florida that iguanas were falling out of trees; frozen. This news brought back a memory of the time between ages 3 and 6 when I lived in Siberia. My father, a physicist, worked in Akademgorodok ("Academic Town” of the city of Novosibirsk, Russia), an educational and scientific centre of Siberia. The winters there were extremely cold, and frozen-animal-fall-out was a common occurrence. All kinds of animals would end up frozen - squirrels, and rabbits, and mice among them. As a part of child’s play in that Siberian town, when the winter came, and many feet of snow fell, the snow was piled up so high, that us kids would dig up small caves inside the snow banks. Sheltered from the wind, we would decorate inside with collected frozen animals. Among the kids, finding a frozen animal was like getting a trophy.

One day, I brought home a large frozen mouse. When my mother opened the door, she screamed seeing me innocently and proudly holding it by its long-frozen tail, just as the Florida man is holding frozen iguanas in the picture above. I was genuinely surprised and did not understand her discomfort. “What got into her, and why was she screaming?” - I thought. "It was just a frozen mouse that I was lucky to find, nothing to scream about. Adults are really strange.” I did not know the frozen mouse could be feared until I heard my mother scream.

When Entities are not a Big Deal

When I began as a fledgling healer, I would on occasion come across energies, embedded in a client's field, that resembled spiders or oversized ticks. They were clearly something to be removed. Removed carefully, I reasoned myself, so that no part of the tiny legs remained behind. Just as I would remove the real-life spiders or ticks. Encountering those energies did not elicit any supernatural fears in me. "This is just what energy looks like in this particular case. Not a big deal”, I remember thinking. Years later, when I was doing my studies in a healing school headed by an internationally acclaimed healer Rosalyn Bruyere, I overheard a group of healers discuss, with concern, issues around removing intrusive elemental entities. I was curious to know what they were talking about. They explained that people have entity attachments, and those entities have various levels of intelligence. “Elementals” are the ones with a lower intelligence. They differ in size and come in various shapes and forms - some are wormlike while others look like spiders or octopi. Being parasitic, they feed on people’s energies. You need to remove them very carefully making sure that you extract all the tentacles. "Nothing should be left behind. And you may need to be careful handling them” they cautioned me. "Oh, so that is what I was working with all these years, unknowingly” I realized. I had been successfully and effortlessly removing them, not knowing to be alarmed. I did not know that I was supposed to be concerned until their explanation, just like I did not know to scream at the sight of a frozen mouse until I saw my mom do so.

Shifting From Fear to Curiosity

This brings us to the issue of fear. That frozen mouse was not scary to me because children are naturally curious, rather than scared, of new experiences, until others teach them to be fearful. I’ve been bringing this curiosity back to those who are diagnosed with schizophrenia or any other form of psychosis. Well, just a couple of weeks ago, before the cold spell, if someone would have told you that it would be raining frozen iguanas on the streets of Florida, you would call this person seriously delusional. Whereas a child’s face would light up with enchantment when imagining that possibility. Over the past 30 years as a healer and an energy mastery coach, I have come to discover that many so-called delusions are about “things" that are more real than we think, and these “things" are feared out of proportion to their real meaning. The real problem and the real source of fear with schizophrenia is that people are told their experiences are not normal or real. That if they see or hear things, it means they suffer delusional hallucinations, and hallucinations meant they have a structural brain abnormality, basically a disease of the brain. That will scare anyone. We can turn minds of adults around to regain that childlike curious way of perceiving the world.

Improbable Realities

Let's begin treating entities and voices just like frozen iguanas falling off palm trees - improbable, but nevertheless a reality. A reality that people who experience them and I can share. I say to my clients: "No need to be alarmed. Don’t get me wrong. Yes, they are dark and unappealing and frightening. Yes, they may make you want to scream. I see them too. And I am not scared. I will help you not to be scared. Because they feed on your fears. In fear they grow. The more you get scared, the stronger they can get. Instead, tell yourself - it is just how it looks, not such a big deal. I am not crazy. My visions and my voices are not simply a figment of my imagination. It may show up as any kind of creature. It doesn't matter. Something happened along the way to make it possible for them to intrude. Most likely a recent or past trauma. Anything that is intrusive does not belong here. Remember iguanas. Being not native to Florida, they are similarly unwelcome invasive species and when the freezing weather comes their population greatly diminishes.

So, give your intrusive voice or a vision an icy look, a frigid greeting, and cold shoulder. Then have it taken by its long-frozen tail, and carried far away back to where it belongs. The Healing Manual “Energetic Boundaries: Healing Without the Effort” will give you guidance to the know-how when handling intrusions powerfully, and safely. And in case you cannot do it by yourself, I am that guy in the picture, a healer and an energy coach who can help.

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Happy New Year and Russian Tradition of Gift Giving
Written by Yuliya Cohen   
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

First a Russian Joke: - a Santa Claus and a Grandfather Frost (Ded MOROZ) a Russian counterpart Of Santa, bump into each other on streets of a city, “How is it going” asks Ded Moroz. “Not so good”, responds Santa, “having a hard time finding chimneys to get in”. “Yes, Russian generally do not build chimneys” nods Ded Moroz with sympathy. “How do you get in?” asks Santa, perplexed. “Oh, through the window” explains Ded Moroz. "Why not through the door then?” shrugs Santa. “Then it would not be a surprise!” Exclaims Russian Santa.

It is true that most of the houses in Russia, including those in villages do no have conventional fireplaces. Oh, and there are not reindeers, of course. Ded Moroz gets around in a carriage driven by three horses that offer enough power and speed to get him to where he needs to go—the Russian Santa has no need for eight reindeers  As a reflection of the pagan origins of this holiday, Grandpa Clause’s carriage is sometimes depicted pulled by wild animals.

And one more thing - the meeting in the funny story could only have happened in a place like Ukraine, where Catholics may celebrate Christmas in December. Christmas in Russia is most widely celebrated on January 7, according to the Russian Orthodox calendar. The Secular Russian New Year trumps Christmas in importance with the New Year tree and gift giving on January 1, when children unwrap their presents brought in through a window by Russian Santa - Ded Moroz

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Touched by the Hand of the Master
Written by Yuliya Cohen   
Thursday, December 01, 2016

hand caresses face

A true master does not shout his greatness from the hilltops or through flashy adds nor does he demand recognition. The depth of his mastery is revealed powerfully during ordinary moments and simple gestures.

This took place last spring at ISTA 1 in Guatemala. I was seated next to the workshop facilitator Bruce Lyons during a lunchtime break when he noticed a speck of food that landed on my chin. He reached out with his hand to wipe it off my face. What happened next was one of those illuminating and transformative moments, that shift your consciousness and light up your psyche when you are least expecting it. In his simple touch there was so much reverence, kindness and tenderness- it took my breath away and melted my heart into openness. Bruce’s touch was an outpouring of universal consciousness as pure love, and that speck of food on my face became the most precious thing that existed in that moment.

I was being very still trying to memorise this touch, as every cell of my body was drinking in the vibrational energy of the teaching pouring into me from his direct transmission. I wanted to take it all in, to take it into the very core of my being, and into my heart. I asked myself - Can I bring this level of sacredness with which Bruce wiped the crumb off my face to everything and everyone in my life - my loved ones, my clients, my friends and strangers i meet? Can I be that way with myself, when I touch my own body, my own heart? Can I access it whenever i have to wipe off all the fallen crumbs that drop down on me throughout my life journey?

That day at a lunch table, as I was receiving from Bruce an expansive heart-opening experiences that allowed for a new window to pop open in my being, I knew i was in the presence of a true master. Months later It still feels like a huge gift — a powerful dose of new awareness received through our connectedness to contemplate and grow. This is the nature of awakening, as I experience it, not transcendent through detachment, but en-heartened awareness through embodied presence. Now when I say I AM LOVE I know what it actually feels like, because the memory imprint of being touched so deeply at the lunch table during the temple training lives on in my temple body.

 

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Healing Room Stories. Shaking in trauma release: The Missed Landing
Written by Yuliya Cohen   
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Trembling and shaking are considered to be a natural therapeutic form of trauma release mechanism. There are many trauma release exercises (TRE) that encourage and activated shaking and tremors.  The story teaches us the importance of approaching these mechanisms with care and awareness.

We were sitting on the couch in my healing room.  I was holding her in my arms as she was connecting to an emotional knot held tightly in her belly.  We knew it had to be some intense past trauma.  That is why I held her. Her body started shaking, and the shaking was growing more violent.  I kept holding her.  A long time ago, even before my career as a healer,  I was trained in catharsis based counseling, so I was totally ok with people shaking, and crying, or even screaming and shouting.  But here something was not right.  After a few moments of confusion, I knew what it was - she was completely gone, energetically I mean.  Her shaking body in my arms felt empty, almost like a hollow tube. It was a very strange feeling. Her body was here, without her.

- Hey, "I said softly”,  “Something must have happened. I feel as if you are not here, not in your body right now.  Where are you? Where did you go?”

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