I have been publishing books since 1974 and most of them contain a lot of techniques for healing and personal development. Sometimes, over time, variations on certain techniques are developed, perhaps to make them easier to do, or perhaps to extend their use into different areas. In this article I am going to update three well-known and well-used techniques with variations that are not found in my books.
Kahi, from Urban Shaman
The Kahi that I wrote about in Urban Shaman is actually"Stone Kahi" in the larger system. It is the only "movement" that uses dual focus. Others incorporate a type of focused breathing called "pikopiko," which involves inhaling with attention on one point and shifting attention to another point as you exhale.
While a lot of people like the dual focus, a lot of people also find it very difficult, so in workshops and classes I began teaching pikopiko for Stone Kahi instead of dual focus. Regardless of which one you may have learned and like, both forms are equally effective.
The Dynamind Technique, from Help Yourself With Dynamind and Healing For The Millions.
For greatest effectiveness, Dynamind (DMT) combines awareness of a physical sensation with a set of words, a set of touches, and pikopiko breathing. While using words alone will sometimes produce a physical change, this only happens when the words themselves evoke a change in sensation. Even after learning DMT a surprising number of people try to use words without any reference to a physical sensation, and wonder why it doesn't work so well. This is a reminder to include a reference to a physical sensation whenever possible, and if it is not possible, to try either a symbol for the problem or try a different technique.
A surprisingly effective variation that I have taught successfully on a number of occasions is the use of DMT for the problem of "possession."
When a person has certain physical problems or sensations that her or she defines as being caused by a non-physical entity, DMT may be able to help. Here is the process that I have used to very good effect in a very short time:
The Inner Garden, from Imagineering For Health, Mastering Your Hidden Self and Urban Shaman.
The Garden is usually taught as a symbolic inner space where you can work on your personal problems, discover things about yourself, be creative, invite the spirits of guests, and use as a base for deeper inner adventures. Not in the books, however, is the possibility of going into someone else's Garden and help solve problems for them.
Now before you start worrying about invasion of privacy and manipulation, it is very important to understand that you cannot really go into someone else's Inner Garden. What you can do, though, is enter your version of someone else's Garden. In other words, after you have entered your own Garden, you make the decision to find a path to someone else's Garden. Then your own imagination, subconscious, and Higher Self combine to create a facsimile of that person's Garden, built from whatever you know or think about that person. The focus on the person creates a telepathic connection.
When you are in your version of that Garden and ask for a symbol of that person's problem and heal it, this information goes out over the connection and is received as a suggestion that the person may accept or reject. The more the person really wants a positive change, naturally, the more likely he or she is to accept the information and use it in his or her own way. You can always help, but never control.