The perception of separation has put us in bondage to fear; and fear makes separation seem absolutely real. Like the chicken and the egg, separation and fear form a never- ending cycle in our lives. It does not occur to us that this cycle can be broken, and the pain of separation becomes one more thing to fear. We convince ourselves that the solution to our problems is to win approval and gain control. We pretend that accolades and invitations, can fill us. But they never do. Even when their attainment brings us pleasure, we still yearn for something more.
When we take Step One, we take the first step toward having something more. Recognition of fearís illusion is a beginning. It shifts our perception of fear from something that is normal, natural, and unavoidable to something that is less solid, less powerful, less real. Before we take Step One, fear is our automatic reaction; when our expectations are frustrated, fear raises its ugly head; when any possibility of loss or disappointment enters our consciousness, fear takes center stage. Before we take the First Step, we do not consider that there is an alternative; the pain of separation seems to be part of our human condition.
Step One opens our minds to the idea that we do have a choice about the fear in our lives. But in order to exercise this choice, we must take further steps to heal the pain of separation. Fear and separation are mirror images. So long as we perceive ourselves as separate, we will be unable to see the illusory nature of all that is dark and fearful in our lives. Separation is a creation of the mind. The pain of separation is a disease that is leading us toward self- destruction.
One of the primary functions of the mind is to create barriers. It does this through its beliefs and through the labels and interpretations we place on our experience. Life provides us with the raw materials, but it is we who sculpt those materials into something we then experience as concrete and real.
If waters are placid, the moon will be mirrored perfectly.
If it is 60 degrees outside and we live in the tropics, we say that it is cold; but if we live in the extreme north, we experience that same temperature as warm. If circumstances allow us to buy a six year old Chevy with no radio and we have been dependent on taking the bus, we will be aglow with pleasure; but if we had to trade in our fully loaded Mercedes, obtaining that same Chevy will be painful. If we undertake a fast and make it through an entire week, we feel as though we have accomplished something; but if we spend that same week eating rice and beans because we feel we cannot afford more, we are miserable and deprived. Our experiences of cold, warm, pleasure, pain, success, and failure are real to us; but, in truth, they arise from the meaning we have projected onto the raw material of life.
In the same way, the mind defines our experience of separation. But, while we may feel separate from those around us, from Nature, and from time and space, we are not. The Truth about us is that we create ourselves from fragments of Life, some of which are consciously adopted, some of which are unconsciously absorbed. We may take pride in being who we are, but none of the elements of our ego-selves are exclusively and innately ours.
We are clearly not the same people we would have been had we been born to different parents, in a different culture, or at a different time in history. We draw from the larger Whole surrounding us, creating a cocoon of separateness that we weave out of beliefs, opinions, and styles. We then go on to label this cocoon I. The cocoon makes us feel special, but it also makes us feel lonely, needy, and afraid.
Could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy.
It is the sense of separation, which increasingly defines our human experience, that is painful. The difference now is when we feel that pain, we no longer need to seek escape in distraction, addiction, or denial. Squarely facing the pain of our separation is what gives us the motivation-is what empowers us-to go beyond all the trappings of approval and control, to stop seeing Life as being fearfully out of control and to begin embracing it as wonderfully uncontrollable.
The fear that closes our Hearts and makes our minds race is but one aspect of fearís manifestation in our lives. Fear also has a physical aspect. Mind is not some amorphous thing in our head. Every cell of our body has intelligence and memory. Because we are Whole, the fear in our thoughts becomes lodged in our bodies, where it seems to take on a life of its own. When we live for decades with anger, jealousy, ambition, or self-hatred, these energies become a part of us in a very tangible way.
Our defensiveness is maintained through our posture and blood chemistry-and it remains, even when cheerful images are the focus of our awareness at the moment. The fear that resides in our bodies creates a contraction that affects our health, our sense of well-being, and our ability to touch and be touched by other people and Life, itself.
Fear shows up in our faces as we age. It appears as scowl marks and turned down mouths that make us look older and less attractive than we are. It becomes visible as stooped shoulders, defensive body posture, excess pounds, or unhealthy thinness. It manifests as aching muscles, migraine headaches, skin eruptions, and high blood pressure. Fear plays a role in every chronic ailment to which humankind is subject. Sometimes we have a positive experience of things only because our bodies are absorbing the brunt of our fearful negativity; but making the pain of separation unconscious does not diminish it. We can bury our negative feelings, but we bury them alive.
When your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
Fear in our bodies makes us restless and tense. For some, it causes nervousness and insomnia, while it leaves others sluggish and dull. Without our realizing it, the fear we channel into our physical vehicles causes us to back off from Life, to live with caution instead of exuberance, with compulsiveness instead of relaxed enjoyment. In order to move beyond the pain of separation, we must work with our minds and emotions to change our beliefs and perceptions; but we must also address the fear that resides in our bodies-the fear that is so often disguised as something else.
Until we do this, the changes we attempt on the mental and emotional planes will be frustrated. The link between body and mind is too intimate for it to be otherwise. We cannot order our minds to relax and get results so long as our bodies are knotted up with the fearful residue of our pasts. No matter how much we may want to, we cannot fully embrace the moment when our physical selves are stressed out and tense. Nor can the Love in our Hearts flow freely if we reactively pull back from the touch of other humans. The way we respond to touch is a metaphor for the way we respond to Life. As we learn to touch and be touched, we address the pain of separation, which feeds the fearful reactions that cause us to create misery rather than joy from the raw material of Life.
Sacred Touch is a direct way to heal the pain of separation. Fear has built walls around our Hearts, and our bodies represent the outermost boundaries. Instead of using our bodies as they were intended to be used-as conduits through which to connect with Life-we have turned them into barricades that keep others out of our separate space.
Of all the senses, only touch is required for survival, yet many adults in our culture are squeamish about being touched by anyone who is not a spouse, lover, or same-sex family member. Religion has proclaimed the body unclean and has pronounced its pleasures dangerous, while the media has given us ridiculous standards of beauty. This, combined with well-publicized cases of sexual harassment and sexual abuse, has made touch deprivation a common condition in our modern society. Yet, touch is something we all require. Touch is a fundamental and important vehicle for the transmission of Love, and Love is something we humans must have.
Touch is food. Vital food.
Teane Juhan, Jobís Body
It is merely common sense, therefore, that we begin to break down the walls that isolate us by reaching out to one another in the most concrete way possible-through the agency of touch. But not just any touch. What is required is Sacred Touch. What makes Sacred Touch different from ordinary touch is intention. Sacred Touch is not lustful-it has no ulterior motives. Nor is it perfunctory. Sacred Touch involves acute awareness of both the physical sensation and the more subtle flow of energy that touch transmits. We refer to this Touch as Sacred, not because it has anything to do with religion, but because it honors the true Self that resides behind the ego.
Sacred Touch is an art-something we gain mastery at through practice. As we bring Sacred Touch more fully into our lives, we discover that it is a vehicle for healing the pain of separation at many levels. Massage does wonders for us on the physical plane. It releases stress and relieves many of the symptoms of fear that express as bodily discomfort. Sacred Touch of all sorts soothes the emotional nature. The loving touch of another can put us in touch with ourselves, allowing the release of frozen tears, the softening of defensiveness, the calming of anxieties. Sacred Touch also brings relaxation on the mental level by quieting the wild gyrations of the mind that keep the cycle of fear and isolation so well oiled.
As body, mind, and emotions relax, the Heart opens and we are flooded with a sense of spiritual well-being. Simply touching one another with Love seems a small thing, but its effects are far-reaching. When we practice Sacred Touch, we are not simply releasing a cramped muscle or letting go of stress, we are dismantling the wall of separateness that keeps us locked into fear.
A hug is a perfect gift-one size fits all and nobody minds if you exchange it.
When we touch another human being with consciousness and the intention to transmit and receive Love, we participate in a miracle. A miracle is anything that comes from Love, anything that brings freedom from fear, anything that deepens our awareness of Truth. Miracles allow us to transcend our normal, everyday perceptions of reality, and yet they express through the creations of mundane existence. In the miracle of Love, as experience through Sacred Touch, we use the body to transcend the body. When we touch in a sacred manner, we connect spiritually. We share on a level that gives us a sense of one another. We merge into Oneness.
At Benestrophe meetings, we have what we call hug-athons where each of us hugs everyone else in the room. To an observer, all of the hugs look pretty much alike. But what we experience as we move from hug to hug is unique with every encounter. As we become adept at the art of Sacred Touch, it becomes clear whether the person we are hugging is distracted or absolutely present with us; whether that person is joyful or sad; whether they are in a primarily mental, emotional, or spiritual space.
In Touch, we stimulate the Self to manifest more fully. Through the practice of Sacred Touch, we learn to spread joy rather than promote fear. As more and more of us learn to touch Life in this manner, Life responds by bringing forth images of healing, rather than images of pain. The long term result cannot help but be planetary healing; for when we move to heal the pain of separation on the personal level, we ease that pain on the global level.
We have all read of people with the power to heal others through the simple act of the laying on of hands. Such healings, clearly recognized as miracles, are generally thought to involve some special talent or grace. The Truth about miracles is that they are not special, but natural occurrences, which we can all expect with confidence. The Truth about the power to heal with loving touch is that this power resides within everyone.
Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners; so that if we will plant nettles or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it with many, either to have it sterile with idleness or manured with industry, why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.
William Shakespeare, Othello
All people are born with this healing power. The reason this has not been evident to us is that the sense of separateness we use to define who we are gets in the way. Once we learn to break down the walls of our sense of separation through the practice of Sacred Touch, we free up our energy to flow with life-affirming power into those who receive our touch.
We do not need to concern ourselves with whether we can be successful healers. It is not we who accomplish the healing. Healing of the pain of separation is simply the natural by-product when loving energy flows into a receptive Heart. We are merely channels for this healing energy. The practice of Sacred Touch helps us to get our fearful, arrogant ego-selves out of the way so Love can do its healing work.
The healing effect of Sacred Touch is cumulative. Occasionally, the healing experienced in a bodywork session or from some other expression of Sacred Touch is dramatic. More often, the healing is subtle-a release of something here or a shift in something there-that, like a seed planted in the Spring, takes time to grow into a recognizable effect. But we can rest assured that, visible or not, when Sacred Touch occurs, healing is also present. It is not something we need to be self conscious about, not something that we are responsible for-it is inherent in the process. Our responsibility is simply to touch and be touched with openness of Heart and purity of intention. We leave the outcome to Love.
Sacred Touch is not about form, but about intention. Its vehicle can be a highly skilled massage by a professional bodyworker or a hug from someone we have just met. It can come through a hand consciously placed on a trouble spot or from a hand that spontaneously reaches out to comfort. One co-creator of Benestrophe, a physician, shared about how he would, in the course of listening to each patientís heart, stop for just a second, clear his mind, and offer himself as a channel for healing. The patients never knew they were receiving something more than standard medical care; and the doctor did not concern himself with whether this Sacred Touching effected a medical cure.
The deprivation of body touch, contact, and movement are the basic causes of a number of emotional disturbances which include depressive and autistic behaviors, hyperactivity, sexual abberations, drug abuse, violence, and aggression.
Dr. James Prescott
As we practice Sacred Touch, we learn much about the power of intention and the subtle energies that flow among us. Practicing the physical aspects of Sacred Touch- massaging one another, hugging, caressing a cheek, or placing a hand on a painful limb teaches us to perceive and to transmit energy on a new level. But, as we become adept at giving and receiving through the agency of touch, we learn that Sacred Touch does not necessarily require physical contact. Proximity and loving intention are often enough; and those who are very skilled can even transmit healing energy from a distance.
The first thing that needs to be done when taking this Step is to confront any negative conditioning we have regarding touch. For some of us, this is no problem; but, for many of us, the pain of separation has resulted in strong notions about not liking to touch or be touched. Regardless of how we label our disinclination, its true name is fear. The willingness to go forward with this Step in spite of our fear is well worth the effort. Many of those who were initially reluctant to engage in touch end up among the most wildly enthusiastic proponents of Sacred Touch.
A sincere touch and a heartfelt embrace will make a believer out of anyone.
Ronald B. Levy
What transforms ordinary touch into Sacred Touch is intention, and the intention here is always to open oneself to healing. So we pay attention. When we hug someone, we empty our minds of random thoughts the same way we do when we are meditating or deeply listening, and we allow the essence of the moment to fill us. If we are in a group that is doing a hug-a-thon we do not rush. Our minds are not concentrating on who we will hug next. We keep our entire focus on the sensations and feelings of the moment.
If we are giving a massage, we focus on how the other personís flesh feels beneath our hands and on the subtle communication that touch affords us. We do not worry how our skill compares with others, for Sacred Touch is not a performance. It is not so much our knowledge of muscles and tendons that makes us skillful as our ability to come present and be with another person in a loving way. We let our intention to be a channel for healing take precedence. We can trust our intuition to move our hands to the appropriate spots, to apply the appropriate pressure in the most appropriate manner. We can increase the flow of healing energy by visualizing white light flowing from our touch, or by seeing the energy blocks within the other person being permeated with Love and melting away. On a subtle level, this is exactly what is happening. Likewise, when we are receiving a massage, we quiet the mind and become as receptive as possible, drinking in the pleasure of the experience. Such pleasure is good for us. It releases into our bloodstreams a vast array of healing substances that strengthen our immune systems and promote health. In addition to bringing us pleasurable sensations, bodywork promotes the circulation of blood, restores alignment, relaxes muscles, stretches connective tissues, and flushes out toxins. Sacred Touch also releases emotional toxins that build up as painful memories become locked into our muscles. When we open fully to Sacred Touch, we are opening to the direct power of Love.
The willingness to touch and be touched leads us to look for opportunities to practice this wonderful art. The more willing we are, the more we incorporate touch into our daily lives. We do this by hugging more often and more fully. We do it with back rubs, foot rubs, scalp rubs, and facial massages shared with friends and family. We do it by scheduling professional bodywork and by practicing Sacred Touch on ourselves.
The purpose of Sacred Touch is to loosen the knots of fear in our bodies, quiet our minds, and open our Hearts. It is a joyful experience, and we can do all sorts of things to make it more powerful and effective. While a quickie back rub in the kitchen while dinner is cooking can do wonders after a stressed out day, itís nice to sometimes make Sacred Touch the main event. By taking the time to create an atmosphere with candles and incense, and, perhaps, obtaining some fragrant essential oil, the stage is set for an encounter that can be truly magical.
Music is another very important element. Classical, soft soulful blues or jazz-anything that puts you in an expansive and relaxed frame of mind-can greatly enhance the experience of Sacred Touch. Music has a vibration that directly affects the nervous system and adds much more than mere atmosphere. Sound works directly on both the physical and the emotional bodies, and is, in itself, a vehicle for the transmission of healing energies. When music accompanies our bodywork, the experience is enhanced.
As its name implies, Sacred Touch primarily utilizes the sense of touch, but, in fact, each of the senses allow us to touch Life in a slightly different way. It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and eye contact can be an especially profound way to communicate Love.
Another less direct way to express Sacred Touch is through dance. Not formal dance, necessarily, but simply moving as the body and intuition direct. We can do this alone or with others. When we are by ourselves and feel the need for Sacred Touch, we can give our muscles a relaxing massage though stretching or dancing in a way that utilizes our full range of motion. We only need to remember our intention as we do this process. Dance is also an excellent way for a group of people to all participate in sharing Sacred Touch together. When everyone gets into a loving space and resonates with the group energy, the result is a sacred ballet, a celebration of Sacred Touch.
Because of past associations, touch feelings which are pleasurable are often miscategorized. Such sensuousness is an appreciation-delight in light, texture, color, sound, flavor; the continuous play of the senses.
What makes any of these activities sacred is the quality of awareness we bring to them. In order for dance to become Sacred Touch we must do it with the intention to bond-to merge into Oneness-and allow the free flow of healing energy. For eye contact to become Sacred Touch, we look with the intention to share Love. When it comes to Sacred Touch, focus upon our intention is everything. For this reason, it is recommended that all forms of Sacred Touch involve a minimum of talking. We find that when we stop relying so much on words to express ourselves, we learn to communicate on a whole new level. The practice of Sacred Touch will demonstrate that much can be said without anyone uttering a word.
It has been said that doubt is trust on the way. When confronted with a problem, an inconvenience, or a frustration, we now have a method to shift our awareness from doubt to trust. When negative, doubtful thoughts come into our minds, we can practice Sacred Touch to reestablish our sense of centeredness.
We can ask for a hug or simply close our eyes and gently massage the back of our neck, our temple, jaw, or wherever it may be that the energy of doubt is physically manifesting. Much of our mental and emotional negativity is rooted in fears that are buried in our bodies. If doubt is stubborn and we find that anxiety, discouragement, or depression is getting the better of us, we can schedule bodywork and experience a new lease on life instantaneously. Instead of being an affirmation of Lifeís danger and difficulty, our doubt can become a wake-up call that alerts us to the need to realign ourselves with Love through reestablishing trust.
Once we stop depending on control as our only way to make things happen, our lives miraculously open up.
James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy
Trust is a priceless gift we receive whenever we disengage from fearful interpretations of the appearances that confront us. Sacred Touch is a doorway into this miraculous state. It takes us out of the mind and into the Heart. Our bodies are strong symbols of our separateness, and it is very difficult, if not impossible, to experience Trust when we are physically rigid. Sacred Touch relaxes our bodies and teaches us to let go of control and enter Loveís timeless flow. By learning to open to the touch of another human being, we automatically learn how to enter a state of Trust. Having learned this on the massage table, we transfer this knowledge into other areas of our lives.
The experience of Sacred Touch demonstrates the healing nature of vulnerability. In this experience the participants become open to one another on a profound level. Having someone work on a sore muscle teaches us to relax, let go of defensive holding, and simply enter into the sensation. Even intense sensations that contracting in fear would cause us to experience as painful become extremely pleasurable when we approach them with Trust. Sacred Touch teaches us that Trust is a miraculous elixir that can transform any number of potentially painful experiences into experiences of enjoyment.
The lessons we learn from Sacred Touch about Trust are vastly more far-reaching than one could imagine, because Sacred Touch shows us how to shift our focus from the fearful rantings of the mind to the pleasurable experiences of the body. Everyoneís life is filled with a lot of down time- time spent waiting for busses, trains, doctors, dentists, and mechanics; time spent driving to and from work; time spent on mindless chores and on personal hygiene. Before we learn the art of Sacred Touch, much of this time is often filled with negative self-talk, worry, or impatience-mental states that promote doubt, fear, and pessimism. After practicing Sacred Touch for a while, we realize that by shifting our focus from mind to body, these experiences can be filled with any number of delightful sensations. Thus, we spend more time each day feeling positive, enjoying Life, and having fun. We become more positive people. We learn that a positive state of being is a trusting one.
Sacred Touch does wonders for our ability to live life in a state of Trust. Learning to trust Life in this moment naturally leads to learning to trust Life in other moments. The Trust we experience in the present creates a sense of optimism about the future. This is not merely a matter of denying difficulties and burying doubts-it is a process of learning to keep our focus on all the beautiful, pleasurable, wonderful things that are always present. Remember, Life supplies the raw materials, but we create the experience. Whether that experience is positive or negative comes down to whether we choose to suffer the pain of separation or embrace the joy of Love.
What determines how much joy or pain Life will hold for us is our attitude. There will always be things that we can grouse about, circumstances we can judge and that we can use to justify anger, self-pity, or concern. But it is equally true that there are always things we can delight in. There is nothing we encounter in this life that does not hold some sort of gift. Our job is to seek out that gift. Anger or compassion, self-pity or self-affirmation, concern or Trust-these are the choices we must make regardless of the situations we face. Nothing in Life is truly negative. Negativity is always a choice.
Whoever takes delight in his task is an optimist.
Sacred Touch provides us with something concrete to support ourselves in choosing to experience Life as a wonderful adventure. It provides us with an instant attitude adjustment, and attitude is the essence of any experience. The proof is in the practice. When we learn that Life is not an adversary we need to control, and we begin to live with a positive, trusting, optimistic attitude, we experience Life in a whole new way.
Attitude effects outcome. The attitude with which we play the cards we are dealt has a definite impact on the next deal. Fear is a self-fulfilling prophesy; but so is Love. When we learn to live optimistically, the optimism we express in the present attracts future circumstances that affirm the wisdom of living optimistically. Optimism is its own reward.
As we have seen, the practice of Sacred Touch goes far beyond simply coming into physical contact with one another in a loving way. It promotes healing, not just of our bodies, but of our attitudes. It increases our receptivity, making us more sensitive to what is happening in our relationships and in our own bodies. It enhances our intuition, which, in turn, guides us to more appropriate action in all arenas of Life. And, it conditions us to live in a relaxed, open manner, to attune ourselves to the potential for pleasure in each situation and to optimistically count on a pleasurable future.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
The means it uses to accomplish all this is the stimulation of Trust. When we learn to trust in the miracle of Sacred Touch, Trust brings the miracle of Love into our lives. The flip side of trusting is being trustworthy. Dishonesty is always an expression of fear, a response to the pain of separation. As the art of Sacred Touch opens our Hearts to Trust, we no longer feel such a need to hide behind masks of deceit or to manipulate and finagle. Sacred Touch allows us to share contact at a level that makes visible the vulnerability that we all share as part of our human condition. Such loving contact diminishes any impulses we may have had to cheat, take advantage, or in any other way be dishonest. We see clearly how it was our fear that led us into dishonesty and see also how our own dishonesty eroded our Trust in Life and fed back into the cycle of separation and fear.
As we address the pain of separation, we come to see that we are not, in fact, separate. The cocoons we have woven are indeed unique. But beneath the identity of ego, we each have a sacred Self that is doing its best to cope with the human condition. Recognizing our Oneness makes us want, not only to experience for ourselves as much joy as possible, but to want that same joy for everyone. Trust and honesty, like two sides of a coin, become the currency with which we begin to buy back the Unity, Freedom, and Bliss that is our birthright as inhabitants of this planet. Trust and honesty go hand in hand.
The frequent practice of Sacred Touch brings a new level of consciousness into our lives. We begin by touching one another with purity of intention and the willingness to heal. But, ultimately, we find that we touch everything with more awareness and that we begin to live less in the mental realms of past and future and more in the immediate present.
We feel more fully the texture of our clothing against our bodies; the warmth, coldness, smoothness, or crunchiness of our food; the comfort of our favorite chair. We become aware of the pleasurable sensations available in simple things that were formerly taken for granted- how good the steering wheel of the car feels in our hands, how truly wonderful it feels to blow our noses or scratch our heads. Attuning ourselves through Sacred Touch shows us the essence of what it means to be here now, for when we are focussed upon the sensations of the moment, we cannot be anyplace but in the Eternal Present.
When we use sensation not to escape Life, but to embrace it more fully, we discover the true purpose of our sentient nature. When we come present with something through any of our senses, we discover Love. We cannot have a true experience of anything, so long as we are comparing, contrasting, or judging. Since what we experience in Sacred Touch cannot really be described in words and never more than approximates any label we might place on it, we learn to go beyond our labels and search for what truly is there.
Underlying the infinite diversity of life is the unity of one all-pervasive Spirit.
Some of us found the First Step difficult because it required we take responsibility for the fear in our lives. That reluctance is understandable because taking only one step leaves us in a precarious position, standing on one foot. But two steps! Ah, that is movement! Just so, taking the Second Step brings any hesitation we had about the First to a joyful resolution. Taking responsibility for fear is not a dismal exercise in mental discipline. It is an exciting foray into the joys of the present moment.
As you finish reading this chapter, stop for a moment right now and massage your face. With just the amount of pressure that feels exquisite make little circles on your temples, then smooth the skin across your cheekbones, then along your jaw from your chin. Let the Love in your touch flow back into your body affirming the goodness of you and the goodness of Life. If there is someone in the room with you, get up and give them a hug. The pain of separation has no place in your life. Benestrophe is being here now!
Sacred Touch is touch without lust. Give an example in which Sacred Touch had a positive impact on your health and well-being.
Share about an experience of listening to your bodyís wisdom.
What is the most profound experience you have had with bodywork?
How does the way you respond to Sacred Touch serve as a metaphor for the way you respond to Life?
Tell about times when you felt the need to be touched.
Share an experience in which you felt the pain of separation.
How might you help others to lessen their pain of separation?
We practice the art of Sacred Touch to heal the pain of separation. Describe a specific experience youíve had with Sacred
Touch. How did that experience heal your pain.
Describe your relationship with a person you trust.
How is your life different now as a result of Trust?
Share an experience that demonstrates the relationship between mind and body.
Doubt is Trust on the way. Give an example in which your consciousness shifted from doubt to Trust.
Describe an event in your life in which blind trust saved the day.
Tell about a time you recovered from an illness. What role did your attitude play in the healing process?
What comes to mind as an incident in your life when you needed to trust someone?
Tell about an event that helped build your confidence.
Coming from your own experience, how would you define miracle?
Share about how taking the Second Step has changed your life.