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By Belinda Farrell, B.A., C.H.T.
Our world is shifting.
Some of us have felt the tremors deep within our core. I, for one, have been pushed
out of my comfort zone. I felt that my choices were to either find a rudder to
steer the course or, abandon ship thrashing and struggling to stay afloat. Fortunately,
the struggle to survive is innate in all of us. So I found the rudder. What is
that special something that makes someone transform a negative
situation into a positive experience? The old John Lennon quote, Life
happens to us while were making plans reverberates loud and clear
throughout our lifetime. If we can weather the storm when we find ourselves swimming
through a sudden rip tide, then we are certainly ahead of the game.
first 40 years of my life, I didnt have a clue about spiritual survival
I dealt with problems any way I could and, fingers crossed, hoped
for the best. I made choices which led me towards a certain direction and I had
to deal with the consequences. My life was filled with fear. I deferred power
to my husband and others. I didnt know I had a voice. Finally, after 18
years of marriage and a divorce that lasted 4 years in court, I was determined
to find easier ways to deal with life.
I was looking for opportunities
to spread my wings. What better way to start than with fire walking.
Tony Robbins provided a somewhat safe, super-charged experience of walking on
2000 degrees of hot coals, anchoring me with a powerful metaphor for life. Imagine
what else you could do after such an experience.
After 18 firewalks (corresponding
with 18 years of marriage, I decided to fulfill a deep desire to drive a race
car. Tonys metaphor, If you cant, you Must, if you Must, you
Will!! became my own. And I did Take Action. And as a result
I become a professional stunt car driver for 8 years filming TV shows and commercials
all over the country. Spinning and sliding cars, doing 180s and 360s
on cue, elevated my confidence. But my inner emotional Spirit quietly awaited
more lessons to come.
While I could perform feats of courage, I was still
experiencing internal fears. A long-standing water phobia began to surface as
the majority of my self improvement training took place in Hawaii. Here I was
learning how to help people overcome past traumas when I knew I had to conquer
my own. In addition to Hypnosis, Past Life Regression, Neuro Linguistics and Psychic
channeling, I was introduced to an ancient Hawaiian healing process called Huna
The core of this work is forgiveness. Hooponopono
is the official Hawaiian name which means to make amends inside ourselves twice.
You forgive yourself for holding on to the perceptions of the past that destroy
your body. For example, anger releases a chemical that bruises the heart muscle
drawing a parallel to the medical fact that heart attacks are the leading cause
of death in this country. Fear and sadness are known to reduce the immune systems
ability to heal itself. Often these symptoms are simply called depression
and pills are prescribed.
Being sensitive to drugs, I always looked for
an alternative way to heal myself. As I started to practice the forgiveness process,
learning the Hawaiian chants and other Huna secrets over the next 3 years, I began
to feel lighter and better about myself.
Nevertheless, I was still keeping
up a heavy schedule and pushing my body like an adrenaline junkie. Then I collapsed.
My body would no longer support me because I was not listening to it. After an
MRI, the doctors said I would not walk again without back surgery. Riddled with
nerve damage, sciatica, herniated discs, and paralysis on my left side, I had
no choice but to finally listen to my body. I knew by this time that lower back
issues related to the material concerns of money, power, blame and guilt. Sure
enough, those issues raged inside me. When I listened to my real internal dialogue,
I was unconsciously saying to myself I cant be supported. We
know that the Unconscious Mind is a computer running our body via our thoughts.
Consequently, my computer was gradually destroying my spine with my
verbal permission. Instead of surgery, I decided to apply what I had learned about
Huna. Before I could help other people I had to prove that I could heal myself.
Could these techniques really work? Physician
Once I was conscious of this, I could then change the dialogue. I began to
literally thank my back for supporting me, despite my fears. I cleansed
myself with Hooponopono and allowed my unconscious to bring up the buried
memories that were stuck in my lower back. Deep, conscious Ha breathing
helps to bring up the memories. It is a deep breath to the top of the head where
the Higher Self lives, and then an exhale with a Ha breath. The ancient
Hawaiians practiced this Ha breathing in sets of 4, sometimes for hours. This
breath connects us with our Higher Self which can heal anything and lead us to
Once I cleared my memories, I began to see myself
climbing trees. You have to have a strong back to do this. The emotional
part of us, ruled by the Unconscious Mind, has a direct connection to the Higher
Self. My Unconscious got very excited about the prospect of climbing trees again
and sent these seeds to my Higher Self. After 4 days of practicing
this exercise, my back completely healed ---even the scoliosis that I was born
with, went away. My doctors were shocked but could not deny the reversal of symptoms.
Its one thing to heal from an illness which happened 15 years ago. But
when a sudden emotional storm comes out of nowhere, as it did for me recently,
do these spiritual survival skills still apply? My only son Brian passed away
suddenly last year after he graduated from college and became a Sergeant First
Class in the Army Reserves. Nothing in life prepares you for losing a child. My
grief was beyond comprehension and emotions still rise and fall within me like
a raging tide.
Then a few months later, all my income was wiped out
in a bad investment. I felt completely powerless. Still not over the death of
my son, it took me several weeks to face the reality of having my income cut off.
I started to sell what I had just to live. Thankfully, I am still healthy and
grateful that for my daughter, grandson, and son-in-law who took me in. I always
knew that money never defined me. I would find peace of mind thanks to my decision
to let go and count the abundant blessings I did have. I also had
to clean and forgive myself every day for the feelings of guilt, sadness, fear
and anger that accompany such a loss. Thank God for Hooponopono, the forgiveness
The act of letting go played itself out years ago when I was
learning how to swim in Hawaii. Being rather confident, one day I swam too far
out and started to panic as I drifted further from shore. I called for help and
suddenly a giant turtle appeared along side of me. I could hear the turtle say
Stop struggling and do what I do.
Immediately I relaxed and
moved my arms back and forth like the turtle. With penetrating eye contact, the
turtle led me gently over the current that I had been fighting and safely onto
the rocks. Then he disappeared. The turtle saved my life. Again and again I thank
the turtle for teaching me how to let go and flow over the current.
When I lost my money I let go of the worry and began to take stock of
what I could do to thrive. In a miraculous way, the money that was lost came back
to me from a different source. Dissolving our perceptions everyday keeps us in
the present time so we can be open to receive without the entanglement of negative
Having gone to the depths of suffering we can rise like the
Phoenix seeing the world through different eyes. I am grateful everyday for the
forgiveness process and the ability tolet go, my main spiritual
survival tools that have brought me full circle to the present time. Letting
go of the interpretations of the past is the key that will open the door to peace
of mind despite what goes on in the world.
Belinda Farrell is a Certified
Master Hypnotherapist, Neuro-Linguistics Practitioner, and certified Huna Practitioner
of ancient Hawaiian healing. She holds a B.A. degree in English and Spanish from
the University of California at Berkeley and a Life Time Elementary Teaching Credential.
Belinda teaches 4 Levels of Huna as well as conducts Personal Breakthrough Sessions
on the phone or in person in Santa Cruz, CA. Her 3 internationally acclaimed CDs
incorporate the Forgiveness process together with the ancient Hawaiian chants
to call your Spirit back.
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