Day 65, May 4.
My last full day in Europe! Very hard to believe. Spent the night at the Aber Hotel, right next to Kirsty’s house, and I really liked this place. Very peaceful (as opposed to you-know-where of a few days ago).
Had another wonderful coaching day with Kirsty and Russell in beautiful Kenwood Park. The weather was perfect; I have been so lucky on this trip. The grounds and flowers were incredible. In the Kenwood house I saw another Rembrandt painting, which stood out from all the other beautiful paintings there.
Today we talked about the four words that I believe are the crux of the meaning of the Three Principles, at least to me: creation, illusion, essence and Oneness.
I asked others in a training on this trip to come up with their 2-4 words, and no one came up with any of these.
With Russell and Kirsty we explored what these mean for fear and ego, and how they apply to the problems their clients bring to them as hypnotherapists. We talked about whether there was a place for hypnotherapy in helping people learn about the three principles in a similar way to the use of medication to sometimes help people with severe mental illness calm down enough to hear the 3Ps—a very interesting question.
Then they brought me to the Holiday Inn Express near Tikun, in time for me to do an on-line check-in for my plane ticket home tomorrow and to take a nap and a shower. I don’t know where the time went because by the time I walked the 10 minutes to Tikun looking for an open restaurant, I didn’t have time to eat dinner because I had to either write down a lot on a flipchart before this session or set up a power point.
But no one was around at Tikun to help me do either. So I scrambled to find paper and was a little frazzled before this session started, unlike my others. Most of the people in the audience were from the Jewish community surrounding Tikun, and I recognized a lot of them from the training Amy and I did there three years ago, and from the conference.
My Last Session of the Trip
My last session of this trip started a little shakily with people not participating, unlike my other groups, but about 1/3 of the way in it clicked in and ended up being a very good session.
My talk was about what I know that has kept me afloat in trying times, and I used my own personal story as the basis for it. I actually went a half-hour longer than scheduled because it was flowing (but late).
Two heartwarming things happened for me:
- One woman said she had seen something in my book that had completely changed her life, only I’m positive I never wrote what she said she saw in it, and she said she re-read it 4 times and could never find it again, yet it totally changed her life—proving once again that it is always an inside job; the answer is never in the outside world (a book), it is always one’s own insight.
- The other thing was that Kirsty, who was in the audience with Russell, told me afterwards that she really heard something very deep tonight where she really got it and felt it.
Also, two women afterwards told me they wanted to speak with me privately about relationship issues, both very touching stories, and I was able to help one of them break out of her habitual thinking; the other needs private counseling.
I got out of there very late. By this time, at almost 11:00 PM, I was really hungry, but all the restaurants were closed except one Persian restaurant, where I had a delicious bowl of soup. And then it was on to spend the last night of my trip.