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"Ben Oofana is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. He walks his talk and it all comes from his heart."
"Ben helped me get my life back. When we first met I was a confused, angry and broken person and my body reflected all of this pain. I was also very determined to heal. Session by session, Ben gently and patiently guided me through the process of opening up to the pain, releasing it and replacing it with what was important to me. I began to feel less fragmented, more whole; living less in the past and more in the present.
Benís medicine is strong; it is a process that requires commitment and taking responsibility for yourself.
That is true healing.'
"I had a very difficult childhood and before meeting Ben I often felt that I was looking at the world through a window, or that it was only a dream. I also had a low tolerance for stressful situations and would be completely worn out after a tough day.
After two sessions with Ben I noticed that I no longer had the feeling of being separate from the world around me and I cope with stress and conflict much more easily now."
The Magical Elixir
Cynthia had been suffering from debilitating fatigue for the past few years and had recently been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder. She had tried all kinds of conventional and allopathic approaches but nothing seemed to be making a difference.
Before I begin to work with a client, I take time to observe whatís taking place within their body and mind in order to make an initial assessment. The chakras and layers of the aura reflect the health of the internal organs and systems of the body. They also provide a form of infrastructure that serves as a support system for the entire body and mind. The subtle bodies help to facilitate consciousness and the healthy functioning of the organs and systems of the body. This infrastructure will often begin to break down in people who are suffering from autoimmune disorders and I could see this happening with Cynthia. I could also see that her life force was very week and that she didnít have what she needed to really sustain herself.
Cynthia was very responsive to the healing sessions. She experienced some ups and downs after the first three sessions, but told me that her energy level was gradually improving. I was able to observe the changes taking place in her body after each session. Cynthia was digesting volumes of old emotional residue and other stresses that had accumulated within her body. Her life force was growing stronger and I could see that the presence working through me was rebuilding the subtle bodies. The changes became much more pronounced after the third session. Cynthia was becoming far more resilient and her energy level more consistent. She had gained a considerable amount of weight as a result of her inactivity, but she commented that her stomach had gone down an inch or two after the fourth session.
I have worked with many people over the years who have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein Barr, Rnase-L Enzyme Dysfunction Disease and other autoimmune disorders. In many instances the underlying cause of their suffering is primarily biological in origin.
Marc was only in his late twenties but he suffered from debilitating fatigue and mental cloudiness that made it extremely difficult for him to function. He initially sought help through conventional allopathic means. Marc later sought the assistance of a Naturopathic physician and then tried a number of other holistic practitioners, but no one was ever able to determine the nature of his illness.
Marc lived with his father in Chicago, but he would call and schedule healing sessions whenever he came back to New York to visit his mother. Marc showed phenomenal improvement over the three year period we worked together. Some issues did surface during the course of our work, but I could see that the source of Marcís condition was primarily physiological. His energy level increased dramatically, he became more physically resilient and he regained the mental clarity that enabled him to resume his studies. Marc was able to go back to grad school and complete a degree in filmmaking. Since that time he has moved to Hong Kong to pursue his passion in filmmaking.
A large percentage of the people I have worked with who had been diagnosed with autoimmune disorders were subjected to some form of trauma or other forms of extreme stress for extended periods of time. In many instances these individuals have spent so much of their lives avoiding the feelings, issues and realities of their lives. Their bodies eventually became so overwhelmed by the backlog of painful emotions and other stresses that a major collapse was inevitable. The organs and systems ability to function eventually became severely compromised and the body began to shut down.
A combination of factors precipitated Cynthiaís health crisis. She struggled with the feelings and issues that were surfacing during each of the sessions, but they needed to be brought to the surface because the body and mind cannot possibly heal until they are digested. Cynthia was literally squirming in her chair after the fourth session and it was quite obvious that she was feeling uncomfortable with the emotions and issues that were emerging. I could see very clearly that Cynthia wasnít willing to address the issues that were coming up.
Later on that evening Cynthia told me about one of the new magical elixirs that a friend had recently turned her on to. I had an uneasy feeling the moment Cynthia began to talk about this new potion and I knew instinctively that she would attribute the change in her condition to this magical elixir. Crediting the berry juice with her recovery meant that Cynthia didnít have to be honest with herself by addressing the deeper issues and emotions that were the root cause of her suffering.
I called Cynthia a week after the session to see how she was doing. Cynthia said that she was fine and no longer needed my assistance because her magical elixir was working wonders. Cynthiaís response was nothing new. I have received the same kind of response on number of occasions from people who not willing to face their issues or experience their true feelings.
The changes that have been facilitated by the healing sessions may hold up for a few months or years, but Cynthia still has never really dealt with feelings or issues which are the underlying source of the problem. Itís just a matter of time before the same kinds of symptoms begin to resurface. People like Cynthia have usually spent so much of their lives avoiding the feelings and issues they donít want to face. Their vision becomes so obscured by their own denial or avoidance and that prevents them from really seeing the issues for what they are. They tend to slide deeper into unconsciousness and their condition usually worsens over time.
Many of us have learned from a very early age to shut down or disconnect from the feelings and issues we do not want to face. We have also grown up in a culture where we have been told that we can cure our ills with pharmaceuticals. Many have stopped taking pharmaceuticals in recent years and have turned to natural remedies. Herbal, homeopathic and other forms of natural medicine can be very effective and they address a wide range of health issues. But the old mentality of medicating our symptoms rather than addressing the underlying cause still carries over.
Svetlana is a very caring and compassionate woman. Sheís not very present in her body and she experiences all kinds of erratic symptoms in her body-mind that are characteristic of someone who is holding a great deal of stress and trauma within. During our sessions, I would have Svetlana center her awareness within the feelings and physical sensations that were present in her body, but she would only stay present for about five minutes at a time before she popped out. She could never experience the full benefit of the healing sessions because she was extremely resistant to being present within her body.
Svetlana has been practicing a form of nutritional analysis for many years. She has a huge following and is often booked for months in advance. Some people follow her dietary recommendations as if they were the word of God. Svetlana is very good at determining which vitamins or minerals people are deficient in. She can often recognize other peopleís suffering, but she was never really willing to deal with her own. All the vitamins and other nutritional supplements Svetlana had been taking for years had helped her to hold it together by maintaining a certain level of physical functionality, but she never really addressed the underlying source of her own physiological and psychological issues.
Svetlana would occasionally refer people to me for some time, but it was very frustrating at times. She could see that the person was anxious, depressed or traumatized, but her understanding was very limited because she had never really dealt with her own issues. She would often tell the person she referred to me that they needed to do one or two sessions, when in fact they needed at least a year or two of consistent work.
Some of Svetlanaís referrals were also very resistant to dealing with their own feelings and issues. I remember one woman who had endured a great deal of trauma as a child. I could feel all kinds of intensely chaotic energies and emotions within her physical body. The subtle bodies were severely damaged and they had a very dissonant quality about them. This woman was on an extremely strict dietary regimen and the slightest diversion would often precipitate a major health crisis.
This woman was initially enthusiastic about working with me, but became very angry afterwards because the session brought up all kinds of feelings and issues that she was not willing to face. Many people do react when their issues and emotions are brought to the surface, but they need to understand that they will never heal until they face the issues and digest the emotions that are held with their bodies.
Every year a new magical potion from the Himalayas, Amazon Rain Forrest or some other remote part of the world hits the market. Many people buy into all of the marketing hype that promises a miraculous cure for a wide range of ills. There are some really good products coming out, but we also need to keep in mind that any food or medicinal plant will lose much of its nutritional value when it is processed, packaged and stored for extended periods of time.
I use supplements, take herbal and homeopathic remedies from time to time and consume as much raw organic fruits and vegetables as possible. We all need the right blend of healing modalities working harmoniously together. Supplements and foods that are full of life can be a very important part of our healing process. It is also very important for us to understand that supplements will never resolve the deeper issues. Magical potions are not going to cure the ills that are psychosomatic in origin. They will never heal the damage we are doing to our bodies and minds when we are avoiding our feelings, issues and the realities of our lives.
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