Episode 88: Awakening the Witness through healing into consciousness

madaIn this episode I have the delight of connecting with Eliza Mada Dalian who is a healer, mystic, spiritual teacher, author and founder of the Dalian Healing Method (DHM). In the beginning of our conversation she describes the influence that the Indian teacher Osho has had on her work. She then goes on to explain the power of uncovering the Witness. Here is a short passage from her book In Search of the Miraculous – Healing into Consciousness: “Witnessing is an alert watchfulness of whatever is happening moment to moment without mental or emotional engagement. In other words, it is the detached, unidentified, and non-judgmental observation of what is. When you experience that you are not your mind, body, and emotions, you are in consciousness. The only way to understand this is to observe your body, mind, and emotions” (page 11). We extend this discussion through emphasizing the value of anchoring this witnessing capacity in ones body and center, and Mada explains further why it´s so important to work with the body if one wishes to engage the transformational process of making whats unconscious conscious. A thought provoking theme emerges as she points to the role of compassion, seeing it as a capacity that will naturally emerge as a consequence of going through “the dark night of the soul” (rather than trying to actually practice compassion directly). Another topic we discuss is how to understand challenges in life as important signposts for what we need to work on regarding our own ego and maturation. In this regard Mada explains the importance of acceptance, while also pointing to some of the transformations that take place when one has truly transcended the ego (as in enlightenment), and how working to help others will subsequently arise as a natural impulse, as a way to further ones own evolution. It was in this context Mada devised her own healing method, called the Dalian Method™, a process that helps to uncover and set free what she describes as “thought forms”. We go into detail regarding this process and she gives a couple of examples that demonstrate how this particular method can benefit people on the path. Towards the end of our conversation Mada explains her view on past life experiences and how such a notion can be understood in relation to the transformational process of healing into consciousness. 

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Episode links:

Eliza Mada Dalian (official website)
In Search of the Miraculous – Healing into Consciousness (book)

James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (33) er lærer og arbeider ved Åsvang Skole i Trondheim. Han har i tillegg en variert opplæring innenfor dialogbasert prosessledelse, nærværstrening og konflikthåndtering. I fritiden trener og instruerer han aikido. Han er oppvokst i Oslo, men har studert og arbeidet i Trondheim siden 2005. Ta kontakt med James på følgende adresse: james.arnfinsen @ gmail.com
James Alexander Arnfinsen (redaktør)
James Alexander Arnfinsen (33) is a teacher, his subjects being geography, religious studies and sports science. He is currently working as a teacher in primary school. In his free time he practices Aikido, a Japanese martial art that in it´s essence is about creating a healing relationship towards oneself and others. James lives in Trondheim, Norway.