Occasionally I am asked if I teach a specific technique. That is a valid question but my answer isn’t simple, or short. Over the years I have studied both Eastern and Western philosophies
from teachers all over the world. While I spent the initial part of my life in India and was influenced by teachers there, my appetite for learning all I possibly could on the subject of healing, metaphysics, energy, and personal development expanded well beyond the country of India. Some of my teachers and influences other than Prema include Louise Hay, Osho, J. Krishnamurti, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Paula Horan, and Marion Rosen.
In addition, throughout my childhood, I attended different schools that taught various disciplines—among them philosophical, Catholic, and Hindu—that broadened my spiritual perspective. I was always drawn to non-fiction books more than fiction, and our home library was stocked with volumes such as Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and the I Ching. I remember reading Richard Bach and J. Krishnamurti well before I understood the abstract existential concepts and philosophies they wrote about.
As I grew older, I bought books with my own saved-up pocket money such as the Chicken Soup series by Jack Canfield and Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. During the ’80s and ’90s, reading these books one by one, I absorbed and assimilated the teachings that would one day help my own healing philosophy evolve out of some of the profound insights I gleaned from their work that resonated with me.
Of all the bodywork and transformation techniques I studied, I believe it was Reiki that helped me the most initially. It might have been the meditative quality combined with the light touch that synthesized body, mind, and spirit. These hands-on healing sessions were always
deeply relaxing and rejuvenating.
I have also studied with some of the best teachers there are in modalities such as feng shui, Bach flowers, massage therapy, Ayurveda, yoga, chanting, and the Rosen method of bodywork. I have personally experienced the benefits of these therapeutic modalities as well as worked closely with an incredible group of masters and mentors. All these healing approaches have helped me get in touch with my own truth and voice. This enabled me to develop my own inner awareness, instinct, and intuition as a teacher, formulate my own message, and present it to the world as “I AM—Inner Awareness Manifestation,” or what I call the “I AM Consciousness.”
I don’t see myself as a teacher of a specific sect, style, or form of meditation, transformation, spirituality, or belief system. I would rather not create distinctions that separate one lineage or style from another. I see my body of work as all-encompassing, inclusive, and primarily a self-expression of my experiences on the spiritual journey of my life. I feel fortunate to have had an awakening at the right moment in time to join the dance of the cosmos. I continue to pause in silent witness to this awareness within me and my search for a deeper understanding of human existence.
When my healing began during a retreat, the insights and experience were deeply profound. But when the retreat came to an end and everyone had to go home, I found myself wanting the work to continue. What was I supposed to do? Besides, we all have existential questions in our lives, questions like Why? or Why me? or Why did so and so do this to me? or What am I supposed to do? or Where am I supposed to go from here? This quandary led me to an insight that I paraphrase and display on a poster at my retreats:
If you ask a question, expect the answer.
Participants often ignore it at first: “What’s the big deal in that?”
In short, the big deal is that if you can learn to listen, your inner voice will answer you.
When we ask those existential questions like Why me?, every so often our inner voice may at first respond with answers such as, I don’t know. Maybe because you suck and this is your destiny, you’re not worthy, you’re not good enough, you are rotten, you are damaged, and on and on. I reached a point, as does anyone exposed to other possibilities, where
I began to question the validity of that voice. I know it seems like it’s “the” voice, but it’s not.
If we’ve been steeped in negative and damaging relationships, chances are that the voice we hear may be tainted by these influences. Your true inner voice would speak to you with love and compassion. It would speak to you the way you would speak to your friend or your beloved whom you cared for more than anything or anyone in the world.
Shouldn’t we give ourselves enough time to allow the cacophony of the negative, self-limiting thoughts from that inner voice run their course until they fatigue and fade away? And in the stillness that follows, shouldn’t we leave time to allow the grace and beauty of our true inner light shine through and reach us?
What happens when you run water through a faucet that hasn’t been opened for years? What does the water look like at first? It’s nasty and disgusting, and we know to let it run until it is clear. Our thoughts charge at us with nothing but the old negating self, and we don’t let the water run long enough to reach the springs of the divine spirit within us. The essence of If you ask a question, expect the answer lies in becoming present and surrendering to the moment. It lies in having the mindset of the spiritual seeker willing to bathe in the ubiquitous cascades of divine light.
Every answer you need is already within you. You just have to get quiet so that you can listen.
You need to have the attitude that the answer may not be apparent at the start, but trust that it will come.