Developing Intuition

How do you learn intuition?  A pneumatherapist bases his/her work on a vast array of knowledge and skill, however, my journey of spiritual healing training is teaching me how such knowledge is almost futile if not backed up by well-developed intuition.

I am no expert on the subject of intuition. So many scholars and experts have written about this matter.  What I will attempt to do here is merely share some personal reflections on how I am developing my own intuition and how I am integrating it into my practice as I journey along my pneumatherapist training.

Working without intuition

My early stages of learning the practice of meridian massage therapy focused on learning the techniques of such treatment: how to use my hands and my body weight when delivering such therapy, the sequence of the massage and getting acquainted with working with different types of bodies.  Looking back on the first few massages I delivered, I notice how mechanical I was in doing them. My mind was preoccupied with ensuring I do not skip any body part, wondering if the pressure of my touch was too strong or too soft and pondering what the person receiving the treatment was possibly thinking and feeling about what I was doing.

Was I working with intuition there? I think not! I was merely doing a job and my feeling afterwards was one of physical and mental tiredness (though still happy!) People who volunteered to practice on them were always polite at the end of the treatment and said kind words to me.  But something inside told me that somehow the therapy was not complete. Was that my intuition talking to me?!

Introducing intuition

Now that I have gained some more practice in meridian massage therapy, I believe I am in a better position to pin point more the differences between my early practice and the more recent one.  The more familiar I become with the therapy itself, the more confident I feel and the more I can let go and trust my self.  Once again, should I say trust my intuition?!

The more I get “out of my head” the more I get into the present moment and the more I can sense what is going on there and then with the energies of the person I am working with.  The result of this is that the treatment itself is flowing, rather than mechanical.  Whilst still very attentive to the body, especially when focusing on specific meridians and particular marma points, the focus goes beyond the body to a deeper connection with the Self of the other person.  What I feel afterwards is peace, calmness and energy, rather than a sense of incompleteness and tiredness.  Clients also report a variety of positive feelings:  energized, calm, serene, peaceful, insightful, liberated, and others.

Does this mean that I am using my intuition more? Perhaps!

There are other instances where I am learning to let my intuition guide me.  For instance, when deciding which meridians to work on.  After applying all the diagnostic tools to assess which meridians and chakras need healing and consulting with my teachers, the ultimate decision is taken when I silence the chatterbox in my head (which has a habit of working overtime), connecting with my Self, turning to the Divine to ask for guidance and allowing the answer to resonate in my heart.  For me, this is the meaning of intuition.

How am I nurturing my intuition?

However, all of this does not come spontaneously.  While we all have intuition, I believe that this is something we need to hone into and develop.  The following are some things that have been helping me develop further my intuition.

  1. Meditation – daily meditation helps me to silence the chatterbox in my head, free myself from self-doubt and the anxiety and shift from the mind to the heart.  That is the place from where I can listen to the inner voice.
  2. Prayer – healing is not about making magic but about connecting with the Divine and asking with humility that the person receives the healing that she/he is seeking. Channeling that energy for me is only possible through prayer.
  3. Awakening the observer – When faced with any situation – big or small – which may require some sort of action on my part, I step out of myself, become my own observer and ask the question: “what would a wise woman do in such a situation?” I find that taking the observer position allows me to drop my ego and respond truthfully and authentically.
  4. Becoming more sensitive to Energy – this work is a constant reminder that we are Energy and that healing occurs when one is open to allow Prana to cleanse and energise the heart, body and soul. Thus, increasing my awareness and sensitivity to Prana lies at the core of pneumatherapy.  This helps me be more connected with the people I encounter, thus more in touch with their needs for healing.
  5. Increasing my self-awareness – I cannot connect with others if I am not connected with myself first. Thus, the ongoing journey of self-awareness persists.  Stopping to listen to my heart, my thoughts and the different sensations in my body, allows me to be more present to myself and more genuine in how I respond to myself and to others.  Living truthfully, i.e., aligned to what I feel, means trusting myself and allowing the voice inside guide me.
  6. Knowledge – a pneumatherapist cannot work without sound knowledge. Reading, studying, reflecting, conversing with and observing my teachers work, are all factors which further enhance and back up my endeavor to develop my intuition in healing others.

The further along I travel along this journey of mine and the more people I encounter who come for healing at Siem Reap Spiritual Energy Centre, the more I come to realise the immense responsibility of this work.  Accessing the soul energies of others comes with a lot of ethical responsibility. Unless I am truly simplistic, compassionate and humble in my approach, then I risk damaging my self and consequently those who come for healing. To never cease in my quest for developing my intuition is a must. Without it I know that I cannot do pneumatherapy.  I trust that I will continue to grow spiritually, to learn more and more how to listen with my hands, feel with my mind and speak with my heart.

On working with physical touch and becoming a pneumatherapist

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If I had to identify the one factor that drew me to embark on the journey of becoming a pneumatherapist it would be the spiritual connection inherent in the work. Whilst mentally preparing myself to start this training course, I was excited to discover how I would incorporate spirituality in the healing, and its impact on me. But I also knew that one of the methods employed by pneumatherapists to achieve such outcome was through working with bodies and physical touch. I must admit, I was not particularly excited about this aspect of the job! I knew it was there, but I consciously pushed it aside, hoping that it would somehow take care of itself.

However, being a firm believer that self-awareness is one of the keys towards self-development, I simply could not ignore this issue without giving it its due reflection. I hoped that it would lead to some insight.


What did I discover about myself?

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Where do my hang-ups about physical touch come from? I guess it all boils down to my relationship with my body. I was brought up in a culture where nudity is considered bad, or should I dare say sinful! Going to the beach at the age of 3, I was made to wear a two-piece swimming costume, covering both my buttocks and chest. As if there was anything to cover on that tiny body! I still recall vividly my first ever blue-and-white bikini and my protest at why I had to put on the ‘bra’ when my brother could go bare-chested. My dad’s response was, “cause girls need to cover their chest”. That was one of the earliest messages I recall receiving about bodies and nudity. And such message continued to be re-affirmed throughout my entire childhood and adolescence, not only by close family but also by society at large. During my early teenage, a religious movement I belonged to, prohibited all its girl-members from wearing trousers and imposed wearing a dress (yes a dress!!!) as our swimming costume! What does that teach a teenager who is at the crux of experiencing her sexuality about her own body image and that of others? Put all of this within a context of media bombardment of perfect bodies.

So yes, although many years have passed since then, the after-effects of such messages persist. My current body image is not exactly one that I am proud of. Although I believe that I’ve come a long way from that timid, extremely self-conscious teenager, I can honestly say that I do not burst with confidence when it comes to the way I perceive my body.
So what does this have to do with becoming a pneumatherapist?

Here lies my dilemma: how am going to feel comfortable in the presence of others’ naked bodies if I am not comfortable with my own body? How am I going to touch another person’s naked body for healing if I have my own doubts about others’ touching me? Worse still, how will all my hang-ups effect the healing of the people I work with at the clinic? The answers to all my questions came from the practice itself.

In the few weeks of my training, I have practiced giving massage healing to a number of people. I have therefore, seen, met and touched various bodies, and the feeling I am left with is one of awe and deep gratitude. All my nervousness, insecurity, doubt, that I had prior to starting this work, somehow drifted away, practically with the first massage that I gave. Of course, the thorough training, preparation and support by Adele, my trainer, contributed immensely to this. However, I believe there were other factors which came into play. I will try and identify them.

People’s trust in me as a healer at the time, is something which makes me very humble. It takes away the focus from my ego and places it where it should be. Seeing how people are ready to make themselves vulnerable because of their belief in the healing of the massage, not only deepens my respect for them but is a big realisation and a constant reminder that what is happening at the moment is not at all about the body, but about the spiritual connection taking place between myself, the person receiving the massage and all the spiritual beings present with us at that moment.

And this brings me to another point – that the body is merely a vehicle that is transporting the soul. Just like other vehicles, it may be brand new, latest model, or have some wear and tear on it. But nonetheless, it’s just a vehicle doing a job, which once on the road, starts experiencing its depreciating value. Never having been one to be impressed by nice, sexy cars, perhaps makes it easier for me to use this analogy. To my surprise, I have discovered – quite early on in my experience of massage healing – that it really is not about the body. The body is simply there to give us an indication of where the healing in the spirit of that person is needed. Touching the physical body is our way of making contact with the soul. In this way, the body almost becomes irrelevant – I nearly do not see it anymore. Instead, I am in awe of the spiritual connection that takes place during that time.

So back to how am I to physically touch others given all my hang-ups about bodies? Easy! Massage healing is not about the physical body. The physical body is nothing more than a map, guiding us to direct Prana energy wherever it is needed the most. All this work is also teaching me to be more respectful of my own body and to challenge my warped perception of my body image. Who knows? Perhaps by the time I am a pneumatherapist I would have overcome my hang-ups!!

So if I had to go back to the original motivation of why I wanted to become a pneumatherapist, i.e., to work spiritually with people and not to work with physical bodies, I should worry no more. Working with bodies is indeed a beautiful, humbling and enriching way of working spiritually.

Are you at danger of catching NAFI infection?

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By: Jean duPlessis. Published by Parody of Satire Press, 2017

NAFI, this dangerous spiritual disease spreads rapidly. What you can do to protect yourself

NAFI is a dangerous virus-like infectious disease that can be transmitted from friends and family. Every month, NAFI claims victims all over the world. NAFI lays desolate what once were viable souls, and now, says spiritual doctors, “They seem like mere shells, zombie-like creatures, in a manner of speaking.”

Learn how to protect yourself from NAFI.

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How to know whether you are coming down with NAFI

NAFI slowly taps your very life force until it has drained you of all vitality. Spiritual doctors describe chronic sufferers of NAFI as zombie-like creatures with no more soul, no more purpose than breathing.

Early Symptoms of NAFI

  • You sleep more than 8 hours per day, yet you still feel lethargic.
  • You can sleep during daytime, yet you don’t feel more rested, alive and energetic afterward.
  • You snack during daytime and in the evening, yet you don’t feel better afterward.
  • You prefer to be up at 12 at night rather than 6 in the morning.
  • Your food makes you feel tired, rather than energized and ready to take on life’s exciting little challenges
  • Of all the foods available, you gravitate to fried foods, sugary foods, wheat based foods, and synthetic tasting sauces and cheeses.
  • You drink pop and coffee to “get a life”, yet it does not lift you high as it should, but merely keeps you going.
  • You are developing a victim mind-set, blaming society or circumstances because you are not anymore naturally happy and life is rather hard to deal with.
  • You are bored and ‘lazy’ more often than happy, sprightly and out-and-about.
  • You are prone to weight gain.
  • You are prone to pessimism.
  • Your skin may be pale, even taking on a somewhat translucent colour at times, sort of greyish at times.
  • You watch more TV or shows on your phone than before.
  • Your social life may revolve around your mobile device and television.
  • Your digestive system is not what it should be, your farts smell worse every year that goes by.
  • You think you have enough sex to be normal but are surprised to learn that the world average for persons aged 28 to 55 exceeds 150 times per year, and you are falling below average
  • You have not read any philosophy or poetry in the past year.
  • You have difficulty with self-motivation.
  • You like and forward quotes about being the best person you can be.
  • You hear about people who travel and experience amazing things in foreign lands, but you have no ambition or energy to do same and will in any event easily cite many reasons why you cannot do it, cannot get away, or cannot afford it.
  • You don’t attend church, schull or temple because you don’t agree, yet you have not figured out what your new truth is. You have no spiritual framework to speak of, yet you may hold erroneous opinions on Buddhism: that is not a religion, does not encourage worship, does not believe in blessings and magic tattoos, and does not have gods and heavens and that monks are poor, and monks are vegetarians.
  • You find self-validation in paying for “quality” clothing several hundred % more than what the same clothing sells for in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. External validation is at the root of your sense of self.
  • Every year that goes by, you find that you care a little bit less about how you look, what you eat, and what mind-food you consume, yet your arrogance grows as your self-worth diminishes.

If you suffer from eight or more of the above symptoms you are considered a High Risk case, and should take immediate action to not fall prey to full-blown NAFI.

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How to protect yourself from NAFI and repeated re-infections

NAFI is highly infectious but the good news is that nature is helping you to fight back. You will notice that NAFI people like to hang together, and non-NAFI people don’t like to hang with NAFI people. This creates a pool of NAFI re-infection and the potential soul mortality rate increases exponentially the more contact you have with NAFI people.

  • The first order of business in protecting yourself from NAFI infections is to stay away from NAFI people as much as possible. Don’t let them breathe on you, don’t share intimate space and soul energy with them as far as possible.
  • The second thing to do is get healthy antibodies. If you still have what it takes, have intimate relations with non-NAFI people. This will help you to drink up their non-infected energies and boost your immune system to resist NAFI.
  • Eat fresh foods and stop associating with foods where NAFI breeds: pizza, North American pasta, synthetic cheeses and sauces, fried foods, wheat, foods with preservatives and artificial flavorings, stay away from homogenized milk and soy products. Use only unsweetened fermented milk products (natural unsweetened yogurt), fermented soy products (tofu, soy sauce), full milk, and avoid all low fat, low-cholesterol labelled foods. Avoid chain restaurants and fast food places, all their food is toxic when you have NAFI; you simply cannot survive the constant re-infections. See the article, The NAFI-buster Diet.
  • Walk barefoot indoors and outdoors.
  • Keep your toilet bowl clean as an eating plate, wash your shower with bleach. Replace your toothbrush every few weeks.
  • Get out of your community and meet new people, eat different foods with different pathogens to stimulate your natural defenses, and listen (yes, listen) to people from different cultures.
  • Clear your social network diary and go out, walk about, watch the stars and the ants.
  • Refuse to masturbate out of frustration, boredom and loneliness. Only masturbate when you feel sexy, beautiful and alive.

The above list is a good start. Get some of those things done asap and when you have mind-space, read more of groundbreaking works on finding a NAFI cure.

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Learn more about NAFI

Definition of NAFI:

NAFI is an acronym for the technical name of a dangerous soul infection named No Ambition Fuck-all Interest.

Every year, NAFI is responsible for the soul-death of millions of North Americans and Western Europeans.

The WNF (World NAFI Foundation) considers NAFI to be the number one killer of souls in the western world.

The most prevalent NAFI symptom is an unrepentant unhappiness that in time leads to an inability to feel happy.

Germany has officially given up on finding a cure for NAFI. The prevailing wellness-thinking for sufferers of NAFI in Germany is to work harder and stress more, because that will lead to less time to be aware of the victim’s mortal unhappiness, and s/he will have money to spend on things that will bring brief relief.

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Jean duPlessis, a prominent spiritual healer works in clinics in Cambodia and Ontario, Canada . He is a world-leading authority on curing NAFI. His research and clinical notes reveal that people from no less than fifty different countries regularly visit the Spiritual Energy Center in Siem Reap for consultations on symptoms related to NAFI. According to Jean, the success rate for a complete NAFI cure is higher than 85% with a retention rate exceeding two years, if you catch it early.

NAFI affects children as young as 6

The greatest danger of NAFI is that sick people stop to think, infected people have a significant drop in IQ which compounds with a drop in EQ (emotional quotient), which leads to stupidly unhappy people sitting on couches.”  Jean duPlessis, pneumatherapist

People infected with NAFI masturbate a lot in the beginning, way too much. But that tapers off as the infection takes over the body and soul until finally they have no sex at all, even losing the desire to take matters in their own hands.” Jean duPlessis, pneumatherapist

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NAFI articles from PARODY PRESS:

NAFI: The Yogi Water Cure enema and other disruptive remedies

NAFI: How pity-sex spreads the malady

Is NAFI the result of modern-day slavery?

NAFI: the malodorous malady

The 8-day anti-NAFI retreat in Cambodia: 99% effective treatment and wellness program

The NAFI cure: a clinician reveals

The NAFI-buster Diet

This article is a satirical piece of nonsense by the otherwise-talented author Jean duPlessis. Blame him, and him only any inconvenience and psychological damage caused by having been exposed to this material.






St Thomas pneumatherapy

St. Thomas honoured in Kerala at local theyyam as healer

Early Kerala history and St Thomas pneumatherapy

In our tradition, “St Thomas pneumatherapy” is one of the earliest historical references to the ancient healing art of atman-jiva cikitsa happens when St. Thomas arrived in a South Indian port city in 52CE. In the Kerala history of the northern areas mentioned below, he was referred to as Father or Grandfather Thomas, or Thomachan (Thondachan) in the local dialect. When Father Thomas’ ship arrived, the crew and passengers were inflicted with scurvy. Father Thomas was taken in by a household who extended their hospitality. There, Thomas would be able to recuperate before continuing his journey. They treated him with concoctions of the Goosberry. However, the patriarch of the kind household was dying from infected wounds sustained in a feudal duel. Father Thomas, being sick himself, nevertheless sat down next to the patient and did what pneumatherapists still do today. It is said that “he meditated, then laid his hands on the patients’ brow (ajna chakra) and his chest (anahata chakra), then his throat (vishuddhi chakra) and his groin (muladhara chakra); doing healing”—text in brackets my addition. Within days, the patriarch was up and about and lived to duel again when it was required of him to protect his small clan.

St Thomas trained Nayar Women in pneumatherapy

Thomachan did not leave Kerala before training some women in the skills of what we know today as pneumapathy. Today, Thomachan is honoured as a household protector, temple guardian and reverent ancestor in the northern parts of Kerala. He is also revered at the annual festival of Theyyam where he appears as a bearded deity. During Theyyam , each area honours its own protective deity, and for the group of Nair people of these areas, that deity is Father Thomas.  His idol is that of a bearded divinity with bow and arrow on his left hand and a churika (a type of knife used by healers) in his right. His citadel serves as the site of performance for two forms of oracle dances namely Vellattom and Kaliyattom. The former representing Vaishnava and the latter representing Shaiva elements respectively. Thondachan thus traverses the main Hindu cults and is revered as Vishnu-Shiva in single form, as Guru and Vaidya (physician).

Pneumapathy has a long history of development, much older than this 1st century story. It is said that Thomachan taught female students that he learned his healing skills at the feet of his guru, when the guru traveled in the West. He spoke of his friend, an Indian woman of whom he said, “she is my mentor” as someone who also learned, years earlier from the same guru. He called that woman “Mari, from the land of Magadha”.  Before Thondochan left the Nair community, he gave them for silver coins as a token of his gratitude for their hospitality. He related an interesting story as to the origin of the coins. In the tradition of the Nair, Thondochan told that his guru had given him the money when they were together in the land of Sinai. His guru gave him the money after he was crucified by the Jewish people of that land. His guru sent him to India to work, and told Father Thomas Thondochan to use the money as he wishes.

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Understanding Svadhisthana Chakra

A few weeks into my trainee programme for Pneumatherapy at the Wayist Spiritual Healing Retreat Centre in Siem Reap, a woman visited the Centre for a Know Your Karma session.

For ease of reference, I shall refer to this person as Kate. Kate, a 40 year-old single woman, presented to the Centre in a calm, gentle manner. Slightly withdrawn at first, she stated that she was feeling stuck in her life and was searching for “more”, though could not verbalise at the time what this more was.

An initial chakra reading revealed that Muladhara and Manipura Chakras were weak, and the rest of the Chakras were fine, except for Svadhisthana, which was completely blocked. Continue reading “Understanding Svadhisthana Chakra”

How to explain pneumapathy?

As part of my course, I recently went about studying the theory behind pneumapathy and it dawned on me that it is almost impossible to describe what we do in scientific terms as it simply goes far beyond science. I’ve grown to reconcile myself to the fact that I will not be understood by general public. Some of my friends where rolling their eyes when I announced them what my plans here in Cambodia are. That I am going to learn how to work with energy. That I am going to learn how to heal people. That I am going to study about natural medicine, much of which actually dwells inside of us. A completely supernatural concept. Because pneumatherapy is supernatural. It is neither physics, nor science. Is not psychology either. It belongs to the realm of metaphysics.

But to speak of metaphysics we need to go back to the root and understand the etymology behind it. Continue reading “How to explain pneumapathy?”

Healing smile of Cambodia

Two months in Cambodia and I still cannot believe how beautiful this country is. Yet I don’t mean its landscape or nature which are truly and unquestionably stunning. I don’t mean the ancient Angkor temples with their amazing energy which I have the privilege to live so close by. I don’t mean the food which is very decent or the party which in Siem Reap goes on night and day. I actually mean Cambodia’s tissue, its core, which to me is its people.

When I first came here while still on travels, crossing the border from Vietnam just felt good. It felt familiar, warm, kind-hearted. There was something in the air that made me feel at home. Or maybe on the faces of people? Now, when I returned to live and study pneumatherapy here, it still feels the same. Just good. There are many absurdities in Cambodia, no doubt about it. Continue reading “Healing smile of Cambodia”

Becoming a healer…

Time flies. It’s been exactly five weeks I first started my new life journey joining the Wayism Spiritual Energy Healing Center workers and studying at the Siem Reap School of Pneumatherapy. Many things have happened over the past few weeks. I have learnt a number of things that have brought me closer to becoming a healer. Wait, in a way, I have actually become a healer. Still with a limited number of healing techniques, nevertheless one that has already helped somebody. And the rest is still work in progress…

The past week and a half I was busy learning how to perform a meridian massage. It is an energizing massage which focuses on the 12 main meridians of your body. If chakras are energy centers, meridians are the distributors of this energy, energy pathways. Continue reading “Becoming a healer…”

Five challenges of becoming Karman Meditation teacher

First learning and then teaching Karman Meditation has been one of my endeavours here in Cambodia since I arrived mid January. And I must say one well worth immersing in. Not only does it teach you how to start your day in a positive way, but also a lot about self-discipline, mindfulness, gratitude and energy we project as well as ways to deal with life’s challenges. Having said that I need to admit that I’ve struggled on a number of occasions on this journey to become a teacher.
Challenge no 1 Memorize the movements

When I look back, the single biggest initial challenge for me was to memorize all the movements. Karman Meditation consists of 14 movements in a particular sequence and this sequence is important. Gosh, did I struggle with it! Continue reading “Five challenges of becoming Karman Meditation teacher”