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Joanna Bristow Watkins

Past Lives; Future Impact

Dressed up in Tudor clothes august 2016Some years ago, soon after qualifying as an Egyptian energy-healing therapist, I was invited to the home of Susan, a homeopathic vet.  In an effort to clear some 'stuck energy', which she believed was the spirit of a previous resident, we placed some powerful symbols in the air and felt the energy shift quite palpably.  Afterwards, as I was giving Susan a healing, she suddenly exclaimed "I am in a young Roman boy in a field, you are with me, we are picking herbs for use with our clients.  It is a beautiful sunny day, no clouds in the sky."

She may have listed some herbs, but I wasn't listening to the detail; I was stunned. Could it be that Susan was experiencing a spontaneous Past Life memory?  I hadn't been told that this was a possible consequence of a healing.  At the time, I actually felt a bit panicky, what if I couldn't cope?  What did she mean by 'you are with me'?  The session opened a 'can of worms' and I was going to have look into it!

I'd never really thought much about re-incarnation at that time, I wasn't a believer or disbeliever. Brought up in the Church of England, but not a regular church goer, I considered myself a Gnostic - a believer in the existence of a 'Creator' (and that Jesus and other 'Prophets' had most likely lived and delivered their parallel messages) - and sympathetic to a myriad of religions at core level, but not a 'follower' of any.  I remembered a couple of strange experiences in my childhood, a visit to Bangkok, aged 9, with my sister then 13, when we insisted to our father that we had visited the Emerald Buddha Temple before and seemed to know the layout with uncanny familiarity.  Another episode when I was 18, I was working part-time in my father's travel agency and was offered an 'educational' trip to Israel.  The trip involved a walk along the The Via Dolorosa; the route that Christ took carrying the cross on his shoulders before his crucifixion.  I was inexplicably moved to tears for the entire journey.

The experience with Susan led me to investigate what proof, if any, there was for re-incarnation and more to the point, Past Life recall.

In her book Yesterday's ChildrenJenny Cockell, from Northampton, was haunted from early childhood by memories of her 'past' life as Mary Sutton, living in rural Ireland; even including her 1930's death shortly after giving birth to her eighth child.  As a small child, she drew maps/plans of where Mary lived and following painstaking research and past life regression, she was able to pinpoint the village.  After further research and a visit to Ireland, she was finally able to trace two of the 'children' from her former life as Mary. Although a practising Catholic and therefore against the principle of re-incarnation, Mary's oldest son, Sonny, felt a strong bond and recognition immediately on meeting her. He then verified that many of the 'memories' Jenny recounted involved details never divulged to anyone and known only to him, his siblings and his late mother.

Further empirical data is supplied by the late Dr Ian Stevenson, an American scientist who compiled an amazing amount of circumstantial evidence for reincarnation. He spent decades tracking down over 2,000 children who demonstrated memories of a 'previous life'. Situated mainly in Lebanon and rural India, where re-incarnation within one or two generations is accepted as fact, many were able to give precise details including their former names and the circumstances surrounding their deaths. Often they can recall the names of friends and family, several of whom Dr Stevenson traced through birth records. Many knew intimate details known only to the deceased's family.

Furthermore, follow-up studies were witnessed by Tom Shroder, a sceptical journalist, who accompanied Dr Stevenson and subsequently evaluated his research. 

Intriguingly, Dr Stevenson found that some of these children displayed birthmarks or deformities reminisent of the injury that killed them in their former life. The case of Daniel Jirdi, in war-torn Lebanon, is typical.

From the age of two, Daniel repeatedly proclaimed to his 'birth parents' that he was not their son and theirs was not his home. He insisted that he was Rashid Khaddege, only son of Muntaha and Naim, who died of a head wound after being thrown out of a car following a high-speed crash. He recalls onlookers rushing over and saying "leave this one, he's dead".

Daniel would give his name as Rashid at school, such that the school contacted his mother about it, but she didn't tell them the full story until they called again to say that he made a suggestive comment to an attractive young teacher at school and pinched her bottom. Apparently, acting much more mature than their physical age is another common feature in these cases. Interestingly, Daniel was born with a lemon-shaped lump on his head, which was concerning enough for the birth parents to take him for a check-up. It disappeared after 3 months.

Daniel has since met the Khadegge family, convincing Rashid's mother and sisters that he is Rashid reborn. He even remarked about a jumper that Muntaha was knitting for him when he died. She unpicked it and knitted a tiny jumper for Daniel! Daniel has identified several relatives and friends of Rashid's and given personal details about each of them. He has confronted his cousin Ibrahim, who's bad driving caused the fatal crash. Now adult himself, Daniel, who was born three years after Rashid died, now has children of his own, and together with his wife, they regularly visit Rashid's former home seeing them all as extended family. Rashid's mother proudly displays pictures of Daniel's family and his birth parents seem to accept the situation, as re-incarnation is part of their culture.

Many Past Life Regression Therapists have presented transcripts from client sessions, which ultimately lead to new discoveries; unknown at the time the session was taped. Joanna Prentice has co-written a book on the life of the Essenes, derived from data noted from clients undergoing hypnosis, who remember a life concurrent with Jesus Christ. One of these recorded hypnosis sessions referred to a place within the ancient settlement of Qumran, which at that time had not been excavated, but has since been discovered. The book features revelations about Joseph of Arimathea (Jesus's uncle) being a metal merchant, causing him to make regular visits to the Cornish tin mines with his nephew in tow. Indeed, the book suggests that Jesus's heritage may have included some Celtic ancestry and that he may have undergone some training with practising Druids at that time.

Following my bizarre and unexpected encounter with Susan's 'Past Life' recall, I subsequently encountered 'Past Life' visions with other clients - and 'remembered' many snippets through dreams and experiences of my own - relating to Lemuria, Atlantis, Egypt, the Essenes, Shamanic lives of the Americas (North and South), Templars, Cathars, Middle Age Witches and more. I was able to furnish details to some of these through research and even Crystal Skull Readings with accomplished Clairvoyant Edwin Courtney*. I discovered that many of these lives were thought to belong to people whose heritage belonged to the 'Order of Melchisadec' a known lineage of healers through the Millennia. Could it be that I have myself descended from this lineage - that they form part of my ancestry - or might my soul have actually taken these forms in previous incarnations?  Or, maybe my personal interest and training in the healing arts enabled me to tap-into this knowledge through the 'Collective Unconscious', an underused resource which, I believe, is available to anyone.

It is a well-documented Shamanic belief that we may carry in our cellular programming the memory of physical afflictions from one or more past lives and even emotions, particularly connected with our thoughts and beliefs in the dying moments of a previous incarnation.

I also discovered that I had a penchant for 'glimpses' of Past Life images when working on people of all ages. Sometimes I would need only to hear their name  - or read an account of something that had happened to them - to get a snapshot event coming in via all available senses; sights, sounds, smells, emotions. I somehow 'freeze' this image and can later re-examine the initial sensations and even fill in an extraordinary amount of detail, through further consideration and research of similar events. Surprisingly, I wasn't very interested in history at school and now found that I was fascinated with learning to furnish relevant details to my ever-growing catalogue of frozen 'moments in time'.

Frankly it is exciting, tantalising, entertaining. Of course, I have wondered whether I am embellishing this 'glimpse' with my own imagination and story writing ability. It is as if a mini-novel is being compiled. I cannot refute that this might be the case. However, what cannot be denied is the number of times I have stumbled across a set of circumstances, which have an amazing relevance to that person's current life issues. As if the 'historical' setting with either real or fictitious characters, is a perfect metaphor for their life today, explaining many personal life patterns and emotional triggers. By examining the circumstances in this way, somehow remote to their current life situation, the solution can often be found in a less traumatic way.

Naturally I have been asked how this apparent 'knowledge' comes about. I believe that anybody can do this, but like anything practice makes perfect. 

To begin, I offer a telepathic contract between myself, and the person asking for Past Life clarification; let's call him John; on some level, I am invited to decode any messages hanging in his auric field. I then 'tune into' the name and vibration of the person - connecting with the unity consciousness aspect of that person which is therefore in unity with me. In effect, I send a 'probe' from my heart to his, accessing hidden codes in the energy body. It is like the story of the 'message in a bottle'.  A message is written, popped inside a bottle and sent to sea. Once discovered, centuries later, it is like a time-capsule, detailing events from a time long passed.

I then map that energy over my body and read the message as it is sensed. Sometimes these relate to actual areas of pain or discomfort in the physical body of the person for whom I am tuning in, at other times they are emotional (often relating to the final emotions in that life which may have left an imprint on this) or they are metaphors  ...

When a successful 'connection' is made, I feel sensations within my body, which act as clues. I tune-into these sensations (which may last seconds or longer whilst I concentrate on them) and then my own 'glimpse' appears. Interpretation would rely on feedback from John himself (body language, responses to questions) but in the case of a distant 'reading', then it takes form by itself.  It could be a jumble of senses, which I will need to co-ordinate into a sequence of events until a scenario is created.

Sometimes the clue has an obvious linguistic meaning, for example I may see a man running across the top of a high building and flinging himself off. Typically this person will have a personality trait of not facing issues, but always running away. Often there may also be a fear of heights. The same issue on another occasion may involve more detail, I may get a sense that the 'runner' cannot believe who is chasing him to his death, a sense of betrayal is tangible. In this case, there may be an issue with trust in this lifetime.

When I am 'channelling' this sort of information about a person, I have no idea what stream of information is going to come and no time to 'sensor' it before stating some kind of interpretation. It might be an actual past life event or a metaphor invented by my guides (I predominantly work with Angelic energies and Egyptian Deities) to highlight an issue, which needs addressing at that time.

For example, on tuning into Amelia, I felt a pulling sensation under my arm, as if I was hanging from the edge of a cliff, dreading the fall! 

This represented feeling unsupported and afraid of the future and could be corrected by pulling herself up or by letting go and surviving unscathed. Or did she have a preferred solution of her own? Yes, I'd like to fly away but I'm afraid of birds. Uncensored, I blurted "Well I know why that is" which I immediately regretted as I didn't want to elaborate! The audience looked on expectantly, I'd have to explain "Well, I saw this life where your eyes were pecked out by birds!"

"I know" she remarked, "I've seen that myself, I was telling Helen about it this afternoon (gesticulating towards the audience) and about my fear of heights!" I was speechless, maybe, I had 'tapped-into' the earlier conversation rather than an 'actual past life'.

She left a marriage because her partner blocked her spiritual progress.  After years of being alone, she'd embarked on a relationship with a man who seemed compatible, but was now showing an intolerance for her desire to grow spiritually. By imagining herself flying away she could lose her fear of birds and re-pattern her cellular programming, liberating her from repeating this life lesson.

I once looked at Claudia and immediately remarked, "You are like a headless chicken, always juggling lots of activities with no direction". "Yes" she agreed.  I proceeded to etherically (go through the imaginary act) sew her head back on, with invisible needle and thread, the intent being to 'trick' her sub-conscious into accepting that she will no longer need this life pattern. It was very surreal. A few weeks later, I received a tongue-in-cheek but none-the less heartfelt e-mail stating "Since you stitched my neck back on ...ha ha ... it is uncanny because I have felt more grounded and my head actually feels it belongs to my body which was an underlying issue for me."

I recently tuned into Maria in Mexico, via an email she had sent me.  The 'knowing' I received from de-ciphering her auric codes, was that she had a connection with the barbaric 'hung, drawn and quartering' process seemingly unique to our glorious isle! I undertook some research on the grizzly practice. Apparently, victims, were dragged behind a horse, hung until they were almost dead, they were publicly disembowelled, and finally split into four with each quarter being separately buried. Although I felt she had died via this torture, it could simply indicate that she would have physical issues with her throat (or difficulties expressing herself), digestive complications (Crohns Disease, Coeliac or more minor issues such as ulcers, acid reflux etc.) and feel generally fragmented with at least four projects on the go at any one time. Incredibly, all this proved to be the case, as well as the fact that she had actually been 'dragged' behind a horse in this lifetime! This Past Life glimpse - whether a genuine Past Life or not - was a comfort to her as it explained a great deal and she was able to concentrate on re-integrating her soul fragments.

Another lady, Wendy, was 'seen' leading a Macedonian Army to victory during a healing session. Afterwards she was 'found' to have a head injury from her helmet, so we applied healing to the wound. Subsequently, her recurring headaches stopped, but furthermore she felt empowered by our discovery. In her own words "When in my mind's eye I see myself riding the horse, going into the battle, I get this fantastic brave and magnificent feeling of utter strength in my chest. I have already recalled few times and boy it works!!!  I would also like to say that the visualisation I had during the session was sooooo clear; like taking pictures with the best camera."

In my own client therapy sessions, past life images have been coming up more and more. Sometimes I alone get the image and at other times the client is also able to tune into it.

Of course the sceptics view is how can so many people have been 'Cleopatra' and 'King Arthur' and the like. This gives rise to the understandable concern that it is 'ego' that drives people to discover who they may have been in previous lives.

With regard to the issue, over whether hundreds of souls could have been Cleopatra. My view is that, if on one level we are all one, then surely we could all have been Cleopatra! At least we should all be able to access the aspect of 'ourselves' that could have been Cleopatra. Maybe the process is easier if we are personally derived from her soul group.

In other words, when working with a client, a competent past life 'decode', may be able to access a key archetype - sometimes represented by a famous iconic personality - which somehow identifies the key life lesson for that client in that moment in time. However, in my experience, more often than not, the remembered life is mundane but generally sums up a current issue in that person's life, which may need to be resolved.

Past Lives: Future Impact  by Joanna Bristow-Watkins of Harmony Healing, originally written July 2009.
(Pseudonyms are used throughout for client examples)

A 10 minute podcast of Joanna, talking with Jill Bennett from Brooklands Radio, called Do Past Lives Exist?

Yesterday's Children by Jenny Cockell, Paitkus Press, 1993. Not the most well-written book, but a touching account of her relentless search for the children she remembered leaving behind.
Old Souls by Tom Shroder, Simon & Shuster, 1999.  I really enjoyed this book, which I felt was very evocatively written and analysed Dr Ian Stevenson's work thoroughly.
Essenes: Children of the Light, Stuart Wilson & Joanna Prentis, Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2005. I found this gave fascinating insights into the life of Jesus Christ and his uncle Joseph of Arimathea.

Joannas website:, e-mail: 

Harmony Healing, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK, KT12 3BH. Tel: 01932 244518.

Full 1-2-1 healings cost from 120 (weekdays, distant) or 200 (evenings or weekends, in person).
Past Life Readings cost 60 

*To book a channelling with Edwin Courtenay (clairvoyant) contact Carole Humber on 020 8337 4122. There may be a long waiting list.  He may offer personal readings in Carlisle or even Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Sacred Sites - is it the Ley of the Land?

Pilgrimages have a long and established history: Followers of Jesus visiting Calvary, the Haj to Mecca, the crusades, the aboriginal walkabouts and the sacred Camino path to Santiago de Compostela are all prime examples.

As the operator of Harmony Journeys I personally escorted sacred site tours - I am often asked why people are attracted to sacred sites and what is the personal benefit of visiting them?

In the 1920s, a British archaeologist named Alfred Watkins (not one of my relations!) hypothesised the existence of, and mapped a few ley-lines which he defined as an energy alignment connecting a number of sites, each with historical interest (such as ancient monuments or megaliths) or geographical features such as natural ridge-tops, hills and waterways. Since his time, others have devoted many years to charting other ley-lines within the UK and indeed internationally.  Christopher Street (, who calls ley-lines Pathways to Enlightenment, has identified some fascinating Sacred Geometry overlaid on London.

Essentially sacred sites are locations identified in ancient times, where the veil between this and other higher vibrational worlds and dimensions is thin.  Often they are energy "hotspots" positioned on strong ley-lines (typically where many cross) or electro-magnetic force-fields which I believe our ancient forefathers were much more capable of detecting.  With practice some of us can sense a tingling sensation and visiting them in person undoubtedly fosters a feelgood factor.  It's as if the ley-lines mark the meridians and the sacred sites mark the chakras of Gaia (the name used for the consciousness of Planet Earth) herself. The human meridians were once aligned with these, integrating humanity into the lattice-work of Earth's ley-lines sometimes known as the Earth Grid.

Not only are sacred tours a wonderful way to see international sites which have inspired generations, it is also unbelievable how much spiritual clarity and psychic growth comes from these experiences.  We all carry personal codes. When we enter these sites, we absorb new data and activate latent programmes, which have awaited our arrival and bring love and light to the area.

Egypt, for example, overflows with powerful and sacred energy hotspots.  As your soles touch the Egyptian soil, a personal journey of awakening commences.  When visiting the Giza Plateau, we have been lucky to gain special permission to meditate between the paws of the Sphinx.  We've also spent 2-3 hours inside the Great Pyramid, taking turns to lie in the sarcophagus (which was believed to be a high initiation chamber) chanting powerful personal and global healing incantations and the entire group creates a vibrational vortex for each person in turn, which is wonderfully nurturing.

Saqqara, near Giza, was probably a healing metropolis some 7000 years ago.  You can still see the platform used by the healing physicians to diagnose medical conditions.  Patients would stand on the stage and the physicians would enter one of 21 chambers surrounding the stage area.  These chambers each contained, at around head height, a niche about two foot wide, two foot high and two foot deep.  By placing his/her head inside the niche and concentrating on the patient, the physician made an empathic connection with the patient's auric field and also with Gaia's energy field.

Tel El Amarna, some 3-5 hours away from Giza, is a like a parallel universe housed in this dimension, even as you approach by means of crossing the Nile tributary, you feel as if you are shifting into a dream reality.  At the ruins themselves there is a definite connection with the Christ Consciousness Energy and many of us have experienced parallel episodes concurrent with the Christ era whilst at this amazing place.

Herodotus wrote, around the 5th Century BC: Of all the nations of the world, the Egyptians are the happiest, healthiest and most religious.  This was attributed to their holistic view of man as a function of the Cosmos; they saw it as essential to be in tune with metaphysical realities in their daily lives.  The complex vibrations of the body were a reflection of the rhythms, harmonies and pulsations of the universe. They believed that man was created in the image of God and embodied all living creatures and all aspects of nature, such as colours, crystals, animals, plants etc. When out of tune, the body would display disease.  To heal a person, it was necessary to use magic to summon the healing harmonic phenomena. 

The Ancient Egyptians, who called themselves Khemitians, believed that man was created in the image of God and embodied all living creatures.  All aspects of nature, such as colours, crystals, animals, plants etc. had counterparts within man.  Man's body was his temple; and the rite of self-perfection was his soul purpose and ultimate destiny. Interestingly, the Khemitian name for God being Neter is almost certainly the linguistic route of our word Nature.

They also understood that if man was a miniature version, or microcosm, of the universe, then all aspects of man would manifest on a magnified scale within the universe; in other words the universe was a macrocosm of man.  The Emerald Tablets, attributed to Djetuti (also called Tehuti, Thoth and Mercury at various historical junctures, with the Greek version Hermes Trismegistus giving us the term Hermetic Philosophies) details how everything we see is a representation of what we don't see - As Above, So Below - with man being a 'Microcosm' or miniature replica of the 'Macrocosm' being the All.

Thus we are intimately connected with everything. Our individual actions cause reactions in the macrocosm and activities in the greater universe/stars manifest within us.  Physical functions of body parts were seen as manifestations of cosmic functions and particular attributes with specified planets.

In the UK, following on from Alfred Watkins's pioneering work, author John Michell first named the St Michael Ley, which runs from St Michael's Mount in Cornwall to just south of Great Yarmouth. In his book "View Over Atlantis" ,Michell states:

The St Michael line of traditional dragon sites in south-west England... is remarkable for its length and accuracy. It appears to be set between two prominent Somerset hills, both dedicated to St. Michael with ruined churches on their summit. These two hills are Glastonbury Tor and "The Mump" at Burrowbridge some ten miles to the south-west. Both these hills appear to have been artificially shaped so that their axis align with each other, and their orientation, 27degrees north of east, can be read off a large Ordnance Survey sheet. Here's the Michael Line as it goes through Avebury.

Micahel Line through Avebury

Amazingly, in addition to St Michael's Mount, Glastonbury and Avebury, the line joining these two points passes through a string of other powerful sacred sites including The Hurlers Triple Stone Circle (Cornwall), Cosdon Hill (Dartmoor), Ivinghoe Hills (Chiltern escarpment) and Bury St Edmunds Abbey (Suffolk).

Through many millennia, Stonehenge and Avebury have served as initiatory centres for students of a higher learning. These ancient sacred sites work in partnership, with Stonehenge being aligned to solar frequencies whereas Avebury is aligned to lunar energy. Avebury is also fed by a grid of powerful natural energies, patterned above by the stone megaliths of the Henge and other local Neolithic monuments (including Silbury Hill) and below by three separate waterways which congregate beneath.

Paul Broadhurst and Hamish Miller, in their book The Sun and the Serpent, proposed that the St Michael Ley had a masculine (yang) and feminine (yin) aspect to it.  Whilst they generally wove alongside each other, like two inter-coiled snakes, at the Avebury Complex they separate and intersect in a fascinating dance.  Broadhurst and Miller called the feminine aspect the Mary Line and mapped it going alone through Silbury Hill, West Kennet Longbarrow and Swallowhead Spring, then crossing the Michael Line at the Sanctuary, Windmill Hill and the entrance to the Avebury Stone Circle at the bottom of the Avenue, known colloquially as the 'Stargate'.The Michael Line runs along the Avenue from the Sanctuary to the Stargate. 

On our Harmony Journeys to Avebury (often packaged with private access to Stonehenge) we've found it an invigorating experience to conduct a barefoot meditative walk along the Michael Line, and it's something we include.  The barefoot aspect is optional though I tend to advocate this in almost any weather!

Within Ireland, few appear to have mapped any Ley-lines yet. Stephanie Bolton ( has identified an intriguing complex of energy lines running through an area 30 miles north-east of Dublin called the Hill of Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland from 300 to 1022 AD.  She has ascribed a colour to each of the lines in keeping with the qualities she detected when dowsing the site. In particular, she highlights a central 'silver' line - which she says would give enhanced access to higher spiritual awareness - running through the Banqueting Hall (an ancient initiatory linear earthwork), the King's Chair, the Mound of the Hostages (an ancient chambered cairn) and Teach Cormac where the High King would have resided

In April 2012, I stayed in Limerick with Nicola Ryan, a colleague who also practices RSE Egyptian Alchemy healing. We were meeting with Michael Fox, (, a local guide specialising in the area including Newgrange and other lesser known sites, to finalise the itinerary for our September 2012 Harmony Journey In Search of Gaelic Myth.  Michael had arranged private access to Fourknocks, a Megalithic Passage Tomb built about 5000 years ago.  Having collected the key, opened it up and described the archaeological features, Michael left us to enjoy a private meditation inside. After about 15 minutes Nicola and I went to leave and simply couldn't open the door despite our best efforts (and we're not weaklings). Since personal empowerment procedures are enhanced in sacred sites, we went to the centre of the ancient mound and performed activation attunements to connect ourselves to the Violet Flame*, a reputed agent for changing negative energy into positive energy, darkness into light, destiny into opportunity. Used for spiritual alchemy and transmutation, the Violet Flame has long been revered as a potent form of protection. Subsequently, we still couldn't open the door, so we decided Michael must have locked us in while he went off to do something, so we did another ceremony with tuning forks and drew some ancient symbols with amethyst wands. Afterwards, we used a mobile to call Michael and he told us it had been unlocked all along. He opened the door easily. Hmmm, strange goings on ...

A few days later, I visited the Grange Stone Circle, near Lough Gur, with my colleagues Nicola and Neil Fitzgerald. Dating back to 2000 BC, it's the largest standing stone circle in Ireland, comprising 130 stones with a diameter of 150 feet.  We visited just before dusk and could really sense the power of the place, indeed we could almost glimpse white robed Druids conducting a ceremony in our midst. Historians have found little evidence of Druids pre 200 BC, but they are traditionally associated with this sort of stone monument, perhaps they recognised and harnessed the potent atmosphere?

It's my belief that dedicated Lightworkers (a term used to describe someone who is either already a healer or is interested in healing) are being called to action to spread their genuine concern for the planet and desire for global unity. Interacting with sacred sites is part of this all-important process, since by harmonising with nature at these vortex locations, we can re-activate our personal Axiatonal Lines (high frequency meridians) such that we are once again an intrinsic part of our planet Earth's natural power Grid.

Etheric Encodements

ETHERIC ENCODEMENTS by  Joanna Bristow-Watkins, written July 2005 (updated August 2008/June 2018)

Sometimes I wonder what a strange quirk of fate led me to spend much of my time on such bizarre activities. I am fully aware that some of the less unorthodox activities I undertake would have challenged my own belief system not long ago. I therefore recommend that you read this with an open mind.  Whilst I consider myself lucid and well-informed, this after all, is only my opinion and if it does not resonate with you I am in no way offended.   Try not to dismiss it all, put the incredible on one side and see if more information transpires that will shed new light on the issues.  Some of you will find that the ideas presented here will help to clarify all sorts of unanswered questions.

I have identified several types of encodements, sometimes called etheric blocks/devices or energy constructs, which may be hostile or non-hostile.  The term etheric means that they exist on a non-physical level, although they may manifest in physical discomfort. They predominantly fall into three categories: Melchisadec/Atlantean devices, sacred truth deterrents and past life constructs. 

They can be quite tricky to remove at first, but it gets easier with practice.  The first thing I do is beam in a telepathic thought that I am determined to remove it - I’m sure that these devices have a degree of sentience of their own - or perhaps they retain a memory or echo of the thought pattern of the person who placed it there.

Occasionally I find hostile energetic implants; however, these are much rarer than the non-hostile ones.  When I come across them I simply follow the guidance I am given; trusting intuitive messages about how and why to remove them in a particular sequence.  I don’t think I have ever found one other than in group healing situations; perhaps group support is needed to safely diffuse them or maybe fear driven thoughts within the group energy field caused them to be detected or to manifest in the first place.

Melchisadec (Melchizedek) Atlantean Devices

These are generally non-hostile energetic constructs and are activated in response to a vibrational imbalance between the physical body and the spiritual energy body.  Dismantling this etheric structure seems to remove a block in psychic development (frequently the person feels stuck on their spiritual path) and often activates a circlet around the top of the head with an etheric crystal over the third eye. This is an emblem of the order of Melchisadec (an ancient priesthood order now re-grouping for global healing action) and often enhances psychic growth.

They are called Melchisadec Atlantean Devices because they occur in members of the Order of Melchisadec Priesthood who were incarnate in Atlantis and dedicated to the veneration and anchoring of the Melchisadec energy, the spiritual presence on the planet. Members generally have a strong connection with Egypt, the Essenes (including the era when Jesus lived), Rosecrucians, Knights Templars and Cathars, Native American and other Shamanism and various Eastern religious healing orders.

 In Atlantis there were several different factions of the Order of Melchisadec.  Melchisadec was the first angel to be created as a direct emanation of the Divine Source; a direct expression of God’s Love.  Melchisadec is considered, by many, to be to the angelic kingdom what Christ is to mankind and that the Melchisadec energy is a bridging consciousness that connects the rest of the angelic continuum with the Divine.  Melchisadec is also often considered to be the Womb of the Divine through which the entire angelic kingdom was born.  This is why the sacred geometric shape attributed to Melchisadec is the prism, symbolic of the Loving energy that shone through Melchisadec and became the angelic continuum. 

Each of these factions handled different emanations or expressions of the vast Melchisadec power upon the planet.  Common to all was the empowerment; transmissions of energy from the Angel itself which enabled them to perform their allotted tasks.  These transmissions could lead to transformations within their mental, emotional and physical bodies, but were inconsistent as certain constructs of energy actually regulated growth, ensuring that the evolution took place in a healthy and beneficial harmony, without unbalancing the body or creating dangerous diversions. Without these constructs, the sudden spurts in cellular vibration (resulting from a surge in spiritual understanding) could seriously harm the physical capabilities of the body, which had no way of channelling this rush of extra energy.

These constructs were introduced during the rituals and initiations of the Melchisadec Priesthood and lay dormant until the host reached a key stage of spiritual evolution and was ready for a new transmission of energy from the Angels. Physical symptoms could include problems down one side of the body especially hips, knee and ankles (not necessarily all three) and sometimes a minor version on the opposite side.  They could major on either side of the body, depending on the male/female balance within the host.  These devices are usually also connected into one or more of the chakras, often terminating at the third eye. This is why, when they are removed by appointed representatives of the Order, the coronet of Melchisadec around the brow is activated.  This is happening more as we experience periodic increases in global vibration rate, significant planetary alignments, powerful numerological dates and other triggers. In a sense, this can be seen as a summoning of all the old members of this Order who are ready to move into their next evolutionary state and download the new energies of this great angelic force to the planet.  Although there are different strands of this knowledge, the key thing is that this gathering is happening – now. It is important to recognise this and to reach out to these people, to inform them of the truths that are coming their way. And once they know that they are part of the ancient Melchisadec Order, to help them define their spiritual path and utilise the energy that they feel flowing through them.

The main structures tend to be either in the upper torso (generally shoulder/heart) or lower down (foot/ankle/knee) and resemble wires or chains anchored by rods, plates or bolts at various other locations. They run along the axiatonal system; which is a Higher Self version of the meridians. The bolts are often found situated at the Spin Points; the interface between the acupuncture meridians and the axiatonal lines. 

According to the channelled writings of J.J. Hurtak, the axiatonal lines of our bodies were originally connected to the Earth grid, which circumnavigates the planet crossing at various sacred sites. These also connect to the universal grid. At some point, we became cut off from these lines that served as our interface with the universe and allowed transfer of information and energy between macrocosm and microcosm, the universe and humankind. The remaining energy flow, now separated from Source, evolved into the meridian or acupuncture lines we are familiar with today. Removing these etheric blocking devices restores the axiatonal lines, re-establishing the connection to the natural and celestial world and lifts the natural vibratory frequencies of the energy body bringing light and information onto the planet and promoting vitality, faster healing, improved understanding of our soul purpose and greater confidence and enthusiasm.

Both the axiatonal and acupuncture meridians are located in the etheric body, which interpenetrates the physical body. The acupuncture meridians are a 4th dimensional grid, whereas the axiatonal meridians can be seen as a higher dimensional energetic grid that connects each cell in the body to Source. Axiatonal energy is Light and Sound which spirals through the meridians and via each spin point into the axial circulatory system.

The etheric blocking devices are very effectively removed in a group healing environment.  However, with experience one healer (even in a distant healing session) can detect and dismantle these structures.  I generally start by undoing the bolts that first grab my attention (usually at the hips) which makes it easier to remove any rods from the predominantly affected area - through the bottom of the foot.  They may also be fastened (by hinges or strapping) at the knees and/or ankles.

I work with 'Archangel' Michael (who is actually from an angel hierarchy well above the archangels and I never refer to him as Archangel Michael personally) asking him to invoke his sword to cut away any remaining wiring.  Sometimes I draw the sword itself, or Egyptian symbols such as Ayebt or the Staff of Life empowered by Ankhs, to cut away and clear any debris. I also work with the Ascended Master St Germain and the Angels of the Violet Flame, which is another tool for spiritual alchemy and transmutes negative energies by returning it to its own dimension.  I often use Hekau (Egyptian/Atlantean mantras or power words) to invoke ancient mystical forces to help the process. Affected areas can be purified with violet flame or etheric crystal and tones to re-establish the optimum cellular vibration.

Once a Melchisadec Device is removed, the etheric circlet around the forehead, and the colour of the crystal suspended over the third eye may be determined.  A tightening around the upper arm could signify a serpent bangle, or a long dormant emblem may be activated over the thymus gland.  Generally, if these are at all uncomfortable, it is only to briefly draw attention to their existence.  The areas can then be filled with empowered etheric crystal breaths and a tone can be placed into the crown to re-connect the emblem transmitters back to the angelic hierarchy.  Soon they will be ready to receive the next download of data from the Melchisadec Order to progress the host on their spiritual path.  This can be further enhanced by singing the Melchisadec Chant.

Sacred Truth Deterrents

There are some variations to this theme, but generally there is a small etheric vial (the shape of which varies) placed in or near the Solar Plexus or Heart.  It is often connected to the throat.  If in past lives the host was privy to the ancient truths these vials were full of poison that would kill anyone tempted or forced to divulge their knowledge.  Although lethal, I believe they were requested; as to betray this wisdom beyond the trusted confines of the Order would mean a painful death for them and their colleagues. 

In this lifetime they are only energetic constructs and no longer dangerous - just inhibiting. Frequently, the host has experienced fear when talking about their healing interests; as if they have said something which they irrationally think was too much.  If the client would like to be liberated to speak more openly and if they are ready to release this structure, I simply unhook it and levitate it out, then pass it to Michael or Ma’at or St Germain. 

Afterwards, I fill the area with etheric crystal energy, usually sapphire or lapis towards the throat, gold to nourish the solar plexus and emerald, rose quartz, turquoise or pearl for the heart as appropriate. I then place an intuitive tone into the area to recalibrate the vibration back to its optimum rate.  Tuning forks could also be used for this.

I have also removed these from whole groups by leading a group meditation, setting up an etheric tetrahedron filled with violet flame in the room, suggesting that the individuals present release any constructs that are holding them back and asking Michael, Ma’at and St Germain to escort any released debris out of the apex of the tetrahedron and transmute it back to its own dimension.

Past Life Energy Constructs

Past life energy constructs are now occurring more frequently both in private and group sessions. This is where, within the loving support of the healing room, clients are able to re-live past life and death experiences which often pertain to similar patterns within this life-time. Some believe they are genuine previous (or future) life experiences, others see them as metaphors for current life challenges. It is a Shamanic belief that we can hold, within our energy field, areas of weakness where we will tend to manifest issues time after time in the same and/or different incarnations; in other words we have a pre-disposition to repeated emotional and or physical manifestations. This either causes, or is perhaps due to, disrupted energy patterns in that part of the body.

Whilst they will only occur if it is in the highest good of the healing recipient, I have found the best way to induce these, in a safe and supported environment, is to place the healers hands under the head - covering the back of the third eye (brow) chakra - and using slight pressure to gently stimulate the occipital ridge at the back of the head. This is a Shamanic technique for inducing a trance state and it is worth noting any thoughts that come to mind; often they will turn out to be of key importance.

These past life experiences can be very dramatic and even gruesome. We recently ran a group session where one lady remembered being killed in a jousting tournament. She felt her arm was hanging off (and it did look somehow limp and pathetic) and needed to be released from her helmet.  Her emotional concern was that she was dying away from home without being able to say goodbye to her love ones (she was actually male in this scenario). For a short while the experience was so vivid it frightened her, although always it was clear that this was a reflection of an event and not the event itself.  As is the norm with these experiences, we sought to repair her ethereally, in this case sewing the arm back on, as if we had to hand all the necessary medical equipment, herbal salves, bandages etc.  Afterwards it seemed a very surreal experience.

At other times the healing recipient simply feels as if they are observing their past life or death as a detached bystander. Or else they may be telling their story in an animated way but not require any input from us other than nods of agreement and loving support. A metaphor, symbolised by the event revisited, is often apparent. This can shed light on why life patterns are recurring and present opportunities for future change.

General advice to those working with energetic encodements.

I believe it is possible to remove many devices (including on oneself) purely by positive intent. The secret is to go with the flow, liberate your intuition and see where it takes you.  We can never rule out an active imagination, but if we get positive results does it really matter?  Certainly it is true that we often find, within groups, that we can all contribute to the picture we are creating and one person’s contribution embellishes that of another.  Whether we are fabricating a group fantasy, or somehow tapping into the expectations of our healing recipient, these sessions really change people’s lives and as long as the changes are for the better then true understanding of what is going on is probably unnecessary.



If, having read the article, you feel you may have one or more etheric device(s) and/or any entities, there are various options open to you:-

1/.  Self-healing.  Ask for help from ('Archangel') Michael, St Germain and Melchisadec. If possible, get into a relaxed and/or meditative state and try to connect with these angelic beings as well as making a connection with other members of the Melchisadec Order. Concentrate and see if you can identify where the devices are within your energy body. Ask that the devices be released and trust and believe that this has taken place.

2/.  Healing Session (£130/160).  Make an appointment for a healing to include a scanning and removal of any devices, which present themselves for removal at that time.  There may be others offering this service, use your intuition to determine who you want to use.  In my experience, I find that one session (from £120 distant/£150 in person) is enough to make a difference and could be all that is required.  Occasionally more complex structures appear in subsequent healing sessions, but in many cases a large amount of issues (should that prove necessary) can be addressed in a single session, so be wary of anyone who suggests you should commit to a long or expensive series of treatments.

Soul purpose alignment sessions currently cost: -

Distant: £130 for a weekday and £160 for an evening or weekend.

In person: £160 for a weekday and £210 for an evening or weekend.

I allow 1½ to 2½ hours for a session, depending on what I find.  A session can be conducted in person (lying on a healing couch, fully clothed) or at a distance.  For a distant healing, we select a convenient time and ideally you lie down somewhere comfortable, where you will not be disturbed, with a drink of water nearby.  If you have a recording device (IPhones and most smart phones have a memo facility), or a friend who will sit with you, to make note of anything you feel or sensations you experience with times, it can be fun to collate this with my recording later, but this is by no means essential.  It is best not to try and make written notes yourself (although this would not influence the effectiveness of the healing) as it may detract from your experience and/or enjoyment of the session.  Unless we've arranged otherwise, I generally text or telephone just beforehand to ensure the timing is still convenient.  I call your etheric energy body onto my healing couch and work on you as if you were in the room.  A running commentary of the entire session is recorded and this is sent to you afterwards. Recordings are also made for those visiting in person and may be kept for future reference. Occasionally the subsequent playing of the tapes seems to initiate another healing!

On the whole, I prefer not to know too much detail in advance as this can alter the time spent on issues I might otherwise consider a priority.  In other words, areas which gain my attention first may not correspond with areas manifesting physical symptoms, as I am working at a level beyond the physical.  There is no manipulation involved and you remain fully clothed.

The format of a session unfolds as I go along.  I usually start at the head and work along the body to the feet, scanning and adjusting energies, which may feel similar to a Reiki-type healing session.

Part of this process may induce past life recall, I will detail anything that comes to mind on the tape.  The healee (person being healed) may experience the same and/or different past lives or have no recollection of this process.

I then perform a negative energy drain on part or all of the body.  In my view, it is not really negative energy being removed, just heavy stale energy, which is in the wrong place.  We offer a portal to return this energy to its own dimension. Generally, this energy drain system will also release any entities provided the host is ready to let go!  Any etheric devices discovered may be removed before or after this drain as appropriate.

I finish with a Melchisadec chant, a high vibrational invocation to re-affirm your connection to the order.

Frequently the healee feels immediately different; they describe it as feeling somehow lighter. There may be an adjustment period of three days to three weeks, during which there could be a worsening of symptoms although this is uncommon. It is important to stay positive and not invite the problems back!  Keep drinking as much pure water as you can (2 litres per day if possible) and keep toxins such as coffee, tea, fizzy drinks and any other artificial sweeteners, high sugar diets, cigarettes etc. to a minimum, especially if you are suffering any discomfort.  A good balanced diet, preferably with fresh organic vegetables, is ideal together with as much time for yourself as is practical!  You may have released constructs which have been with you for hundreds if not thousands of years, so a period of self-reflection and relaxation may be advisable.  It is certainly best not to plan too much for later the same day; although some previous clients have experienced an immediate burst of energy, a renewed zest for life and an apparent upturn in their luck!

This is just my personal approach, there may be many successful ways of achieving this end result, including the self-healing option listed earlier. My healing sessions often lead to accelerated spiritual development; hence a soul purpose alignment may result.  Other healers may offer a telephone service, personally I like to have comfortable use of both my hands and I prefer the couch format.

I send a client consultation form should you decide you wish to go ahead with a healing session.  More details and booking link.

3/.  Workshop (£300) - as detailed below.  This will include initiation(s) to facilitate your sensitivity when working on others and re-connect with the Melchisadec Order as an active member of the team in this life-time! 

A one-day workshop option (the first day only for £200), includes the scanning and removal of any devices etc, some greater understanding than can be achieved during a healing session, plus an initiation into Archangel Michael for future protection and a more passive reconnection with the order.

The second day, with one initiation into Tehuti (Thoth/Hermes Trismegistos/Mercury) and also an initiation into the Eyes of Horus (comprising the Eye of Ra and the Eye of Tehuti) reconnecting with the left and right eye of Horus ancient Egyptian Mystery Schools.  I feel those drawn to the two day courses (or those offered as part of the Reyad Sekh Em Healing system) will be fast-track individuals, who are ready to take a more active, maybe even a teaching role, in the unfolding spiritual revolution.

2 day course  – etheric device removal workshop, £200 (1 day), £300 (2 days)


A one or two-day workshop covering the detection and removal of etheric devices, including Melchisadec Devices, and how removing them opens up the Axiatonal System or Ka Channels (a Higher Self meridian system) facilitating faster progress along one’s chosen spiritual path.  This workshop also covers sacred truth deterrents and past life energy constructs and will feature attunements to Archangel Michael and Thoth (sometimes called Tehuti in Egypt; known to the Greeks as Hermes Trismegistus and the Romans as Mercury).  Please look out for an article in the July issue of Paradigm Shift Magazine.

A one-day workshop option (the first day only), features the scanning and removal of any devices etc, some greater understanding than can be achieved during a one-to-one healing session, plus an initiation into Archangel Michael for future protection and a more passive reconnection with the order.  The second day features an initiation into Ra (the Egyptian Sun God), Tehuti (Thoth/Hermes Trismegistos/Mercury) and the Eyes of Horus (comprising the Eye of Ra and the Eye of Tehuti) reconnecting with the left and right eye of Horus ancient Egyptian Mystery Schools.  Those drawn to the two day courses will be fast-track individuals, who are ready to reconnect with the Melchisadec Order and take a more active, maybe even a teaching role, in the unfolding spiritual revolution. They may become functional members of our growing team of healers practising around the UK or overseas. 

Space will be limited to ensure that all participants are thoroughly scanned for devices, and to allow plenty of time to practise using the skills.  The subject is deep and the pace will be fast and intensive.

Email Jo for a course booking form.

I have only just uploaded this article onto the website (June 2018) and haven't offered the above workshop for a while. Since writing this article 16 years ago, I have now seen etheric encodements in many other formats including Past Life glimpses (See my Past Lives, Future Impact article also under this Joanna's article heading or linked here)

Etheric Encodements is offered as part of Reyad Sekh Em Level 3 (Advanced Practitioner) but I would be able to offer a dedicated Etheric Encodement Workshop in Walton-on-Thames and/or other locations according to demand. Contact me to register interest.

What's the Big Deal With Metaphors? What Metaphors Reveal About You.

As someone who likes Etymology – the study of the origin of words – I’ve always striven for a wider vocabulary.  As such, I listen carefully to people, and it is apparent that a person’s choice of words in everyday conversation is coloured by their interests, educational background, profession, beliefs and even state of mind at the time.  Pilots talk of navigating their way around a problem, projects taking off, contracts landing, taking flight from a situation etc. Rally drivers refer to racing out to the shops, a poor quality product being a heap of rusted metal, a difficult route to success being a rough road. Chefs pepper their conversation with talk of sweetening a situation in their life or news being a bitter pill to swallow.  Yet most of us know what they mean because our mind is able to decipher the comparison into a meaningful statement; somehow we are able to translate the general understanding to the relevant context.  As a result all of the above examples of metaphors, although they may have originated from the stated professions, are now used by people from all backgrounds and occupations.

Metaphor is how the Unconscious relates to and expresses reality. It is a method of using language to bridge from one way of understanding to an alternative. Metaphors can provide a bridge between one familiar item and another. We state that we are "drowning at work," bridging between the idea of being unable to cope in water and the idea of being unable to cope at work. Similarly we may refer to being ‘out of depth’ in a work situation yet we realise this doesn’t mean that we are wading through a pile of paperwork that is literally taller than us!  In a therapy situation, we might observe that this phrase ‘out of depth’ is dropped into the conversation casually, maybe even with reference to someone else, but the clue is there to the active listener that the client’s unconscious mind is dropping us a hint that this description is apt for his or her work or home life.  It will take a little detective work on our side to determine which.

However, metaphors are not just a feature of our spoken language. We also use metaphors, both consciously and unconsciously, every day in our non-verbal communication through gesticulations, movements and behaviour. We don’t realise what pointers they are giving to outsiders about ourselves. We can learn to 'listen out for' and 'read' these metaphors to glean insights about our clients and colleagues.  They can even be expressed in our manifestation of ailments; shoulder pain can represent difficulties with ‘shouldering’ responsibility and joint pains can indicate an issue with flexibility.  Louise Hay was one of the first to document this back in the 1970’s with her book ‘You Can heal Your Body’, which is still in print.  Louise, who died last year aged 90, identified links between a host of health conditions with specified emotional causes and went on to suggest ‘affirmations’ to help alleviate them. Whilst Louise’s work has produced many loyal fans, she is not universally applauded as some feel that her interpretation of all ills being created by our own inner turmoil somewhat simplistic and patronising.

However, professional bodies do concur that metaphors play a key role in uncovering suppressed emotions.

“Over the past 30+ years, it has become clear that metaphor is not simply a literary phenomenon; metaphorical thinking underlies the way we make sense of the world conceptually. It governs how we think and how we talk about our day-to-day lives.” …
Researchers at the School of Critical Studies, Glasgow University.

"The ‘metaphor transfer effect’ undoubtedly affects our feelings".
The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

“Like any science, psychology depends on making links from the known to the unknown. Throughout the history of psychology, metaphors have proved an invaluable way of gaining purchase on the unobservables of human cognition. Indeed, a history of metaphors of mind might look very much like a history of psychology.”
The British Psychological Society Report

Last October, an advert for a ‘Random Dialogues’ Meet-up caught my eye. I was intrigued and decided to go along to meet the hosts Arthur Partridge (Aypee) and Jane Tyson. 

Aypee quickly established that we both used metaphors extensively in our work, helping us to determine underlying explanations for our client’s behavioural and/or physical manifestations.  It’s certainly a technique well known in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy, where stories are often used to illustrate an explanation, both by the client and practitioner.  A client who finds it hard to verbalise how they feel might find it easy to say ‘life is an uphill struggle’ telling us instantly that they lack strength, energy and/or stamina and that they are finding it difficult to cope. It’s also indicating that they feel ‘low’ compared to others.

Since a slumped body posture is likely when people feel sad, metaphors relating depression to a burden are common.  Interestingly even the word ‘depression’ is itself a metaphor as it is derived from the Latin deprimere, translating as “to press down,” indicating the suppressing of emotions.

Aypee’s many qualifications included being a Metaphors of Movement Practitioner, which he had studied with Andrew T Austin. Aypee explained how when he was coaching he used the positioning of events and situations in his client’s mind to determine all sorts of metaphors which he could apply to his/her coaching journey.

In contrast, I discussed with Aypee how I used Past Life ‘glimpses’ and symbolic images which came to mind when I energetically ‘tuned into’ a client, to create metaphors which I could apply to his/her healing journey.

So Aypee suggested that we joined forces on a joint Metaphor workshop.  It was agreed that we should collaborate on an event and promote it via Harmony Healing and Random Dialogues.

Jo Aypee at Clandon Wood with bucket better croppedOn 21st December, we met up at an early morning Winter Solstice celebration at the Clandon Wood Nature reserve and decided to take some photos together for our event.

Our friend Annette asked us to pose and noticed that a metal bucket was very close to our feet, she remarked “Mind you don’t kick the bucket, Aypee”, to which he laughed and suggested that we embrace the bucket and bring it into the picture.  We did.  The next day I started promoting the event on social media, using the picture with the by-lines “Is your life beyond the pail” and “Have you got any bad habits which you need to kick the bucket?”  As I was sharing the posts, an SOS from Jane alerted me to an emergency, and when I called her, she relayed the shocking news that Aypee had just suffered a fatal heart attack.  Obviously, I instantly withdrew the photo campaign and workshop promotion.

As time passed, in consultation with Jane, we began to realise that this bizarre photo synchronicity could have been Aypee’s final cosmic joke to leave his epitaph in the form of a metaphor.  It also felt like a strong message from ‘beyond the grave’ that the workshop should go ahead because metaphors are not to be underrated.

My friend and colleague Geoff Rolls immediately came to mind as my new collaborator as he had known Aypee for many years and was a fellow metaphor practitioner and enthusiast.  He was more than willing to share knowledge that can help us on a daily basis, when we observe, listen and witness more around us.

Here’s what Geoff had to say about the use of metaphors as a life tool:

Storytelling and use of metaphors allow us to explain complex subjects relatively easily. This is because when we tell stories people’s defences drop, maybe they metaphorically “take off their armour,” making is easier for us to connect and communicate efficiently.

Have you ever seen the wonder on a child’s face when you begin to read or recite a story to them? Often they relax, their breathing slows down, the pupils dilate and they begin to play out the story in their own mind, giving characters qualities that maybe have never been there

Metaphor has been used by generations to convey messages, to reframe situations that may have been difficult and to learn from others’ pursuits to indicate simple ways of growing and developing.

Metaphor is so powerful that actually uttering certain words, phrases and sentences have a dynamic effect on people’s minds and bodies. Within Touch for Health Kinesiology we can recognise the shifting of muscle integrity when considering a new concept, or even focusing on the function of part of the body. The promotion of an altered state can be hugely beneficial and if we learn to speak on purpose, by using metaphor, maybe we can easily promote manageable and enjoyable change.

Metaphors make it possible to:

  • Help clients to understand why they are stuck in repeated behaviour patterns and aid their aches, pains and chronic conditions
  • Produce a framework for releasing blocked emotions and reboot their life plan
  • Free them from their distractions and get them to feel good, no matter what.
  • Access their commitment, satisfaction, happiness, contentment, increase their resilience and confidence.

Together, Geoff and I will show how to use metaphor in therapies, coaching and healing to quickly and easily improve life for our clients. Furthermore, this skill can be implemented in our daily life to improve our interaction with others.

Article by Joanna Bristow-Watkis with input from Geoff Rolls, April 2018

We are hosting our next Metaphor Workshop, 10-4, Walton-on-Thames on Sunday 24th June. Cost is £75. This will be an eye-opening (there's a great metaphor), collaborative and fun workshop which will enable you to communicate with others more effectively. See Harmony Healing Training for details and to book you place.

We are available for closed course bookings for corporates and/or private individuals.

Here are a couple of Videos we've made looking at 'what the metaphors you use tell others about you'. It's especially useful for therapists but actually the skills discussed are transferable to business and home use too. The videos are 7.5 & 11.5 mins long respectively.

1/. You Tube/Linked In video, featuring how alchemy metaphors can be applied in a corporate setting.

2/. Facebook live from Monday 23rd April 2018, which discusses some metaphors which have come up in our therapy work, pinned to the top of Joanna's Harmony Healing Facebook Page.

The Magic of Peru

Carved by the powerful Urubamba River, the Sacred Valley of the Incas in south-eastern Peru is protected by the slopes of the Andes that surround it. The air is warm and humid, crops flourish and the agricultural terraces, originally hewn by the Incas, are still in use today.

The presence of Pachamama, Mother Earth, is strong in this primal landscape and, despite the advent of Catholicism, belief in the goddess and her powers to bring safety and abundance is strong. Before putting up a new building, it’s common practice to make offerings to Pachamama, leaving coca leaves and chicha (traditional corn beer) in the foundations to ensure her blessings.

The Sacred Valley is home to native Quechua people, who depend on Pachamama’s bounty for their survival. They live in adobe dwellings, made from the earth they stand on, and still mostly wear traditional dress, as they tend their fields, working on the time-honoured principle of ayni – ‘today for you, tomorrow for me’.

Many of the Andean people still consider each mountain to be a spiritual entity – an Apu – to be honoured and respected and shamans lead sacred ceremonies to tap into the core essence of the peaks.

In their shadow, throughout the Sacred Valley, are many megalithic temples, immersed in the geo-energetic wisdom of the ancients. Sacsaywaman is a natural power site made with perfectly engineered stones weighing in excess of 300 tonnes. Mysterious carvings adorn the rock, which probably date back thousands of years prior to the Inca Empire.   It is a multi-tiered site with a natural energy vortex on the highest level, which originally housed a water tower reputedly used as a cosmic calendar. Hundreds of the most mysterious machine-like carvings are found in the living rock, some of them resembling petrified waves and I found many children (and adults) were sliding down the stone flumes!  Perhaps this is evidence of an industrial civilization dating thousands of years prior to the Inca Empire.

At Ollantaytambo there are incredibly complex structures constructed from stones weighing over 230 tonnes taken from non-local mines. These fit together with such precision that it’s supposedly impossible to fit a razor blade between them. But how these incredibly heavy and bulky materials were transported across the high altitude peaks is a subject of much speculation; as is the observation that most of the rocks have small raised areas.  One theory proposes that they were used as grips for positioning the stones, I favoured the idea these nodules contain encoded messages that we are yet to decipher.  Another view, also put forward in connection with the Egyptian Pyramids at Giza, hypothesises that these civilizations were able to liquefy the stones and remould them on site.  Ancient sources talk of an acidic substance extracted from jungle plants that actually softened the surface of the rock causing them to bond, so perhaps this technology was available.  Some say the area was a landing pad for the ancient ones, a pre-cataclysmic power spot.  Perhaps the stones were transported by highly advanced aircraft power? 

The highlight of any trip to Peru has to be a visit to the mythical ancient city of light – Machu Picchu – surrounded by the cloud-forested slopes of the Andean foothills as they sweep down towards Amazonia. The ancient sacred site is fed by a grid of powerful natural energies patterned by the surrounding peaks above and from extensive caverns below.

Many cultures have built at Machu Picchu but skilfully-crafted megalithic structures suggest that an ancient, highly advanced people, many thousands of years vanished, were the first to make this their home. Through many millennia, Machu Picchu has served as an initiatory centre for students of a higher learning. On my last trip, the first glimpse of the city and its vast scale simply took my breath away.  The architecture embraces a constant flow of water, which cascades down in gentle stages via carefully chiselled channels.  Water vapour disperses into the air, magnifying the combined elemental forces.  The effect is wonderfully empowering.  I had brought a few crystals with me from home and delighted in finding little nooks and crannies in which to place them; leaving me with a permanent connection. Some of them I placed in the water, enjoying the way they caused the rivulets to deviate slightly.  Synchronicity led me several times to bump into the same few kindred souls in our group with whom I had already connected.  At one point I sneaked into a narrow passage between rocks which I felt had beckoned me in for an impromptu ritual.  As I drifted off into a meditative state, I began to sing and found that my vocals were answered by another of these folk who had crept into the same gap from a different direction!  I had a strong sense of a tunnel, like a deep lift shaft, being created miles down into the rock, it felt like an access point to the centre of the Earth. Interestingly, I later discovered that this area was known as the Condor with many mummies having been found here.

The energetic climb to the top of Wayna Picchu, the iconic sugarloaf mountain next to Machu Picchu, is well worthwhile, not only to appreciate the stunning views of the ruins below but also to connect to the powerful energy vortex which runs through this sacred aerie. The climb was more strenuous than I expected and as we all travelled at our own pace, I soon found myself walking alone.  At one point I took a wrong turn and reached a dead end with a branch overhanging a ten foot drop.  I took off my rucksack to assess whether I could successfully negotiate the drop and as I did so, my water bottle slid out of the side pocket and disappeared over the edge of the mountain.  Near the top, there was a tight squeeze through a cave, and emerging the other side I felt a real sense of achievement.  Our climbing party gradually congregated at the top and being situated on a powerful energy vortex, this afforded us an ideal opportunity for reflection and integration of everything to date.  I texted my family at home, amazingly after two attempts I got a signal! 

One member of our group was determined to climb down a back route to the Moon Temple, a stunning example of Inca stonework aligned with the Pleiades.  The rest of us dithered at first, fearing that the diversion might cause us to miss the last bus back to our base at Aguas Calientas.  However, we had not come this far to miss such an exciting opportunity. 

The climb was steep, difficult and tiring and at one point a narrow vertical ladder was set into the rock; having lost my water I soon felt parched.  Eventually we reached the Moon Temple and grouped together in the cave at the back.  We all held a moonstone crystal with our right hands, to charge it with our combined energies, and found that we were swaying in an anti-clockwise circle which felt really powerful.  I slipped climbing up to a high shelf where I planned to leave it and scraped my wrist.  Afterwards we went back outside to create a wheel, placing our heads together so that our bodies formed spokes.  Spontaneously we found ourselves singing and chanting.

Soon the air was spangled with energy and we all felt fantastic.  More people joined our wheel, some of whom were not with our group, so that it kept expanding.  We didn’t want to move, but realised we had better return for the bus.  We hadn’t realised that the Moon Temple was well below Machu Picchu, so we needed to climb up again before hiking back down to the ruins.  It required major effort, I called on Archangel Michael to give me strength.  I asked around if anyone had spare water.   One lady, who had less than most, offered me half of her remaining supplies, I gratefully accepted.  We got back half an hour after the last bus should have left, but amazingly one was waiting, thank you angels …

In the midst if the Sacred Valley nestles Willka T’ika, a yoga retreat and guest house created and run by Carol Cumes, author of Journey to Machu Picchu – Spiritual Wisdom from the Andes. Willka T’ika, which means ‘sacred flower’ in the Quechua language, is built completely from local natural materials. The rooms are scattered around lush organic gardens, full of medicinal herbs and fragrant flowers, which are regularly visited by hummingbirds.

Connected by meandering flower-lined pathways and arches draped with fuchsias and honeysuckle are seven sacred gardens, each representing one of the energy centres of the body. The imagery used is a combination of Andean and Asian, reflecting the fascinating fact that the traditional Andean belief system recognises the same chakras as yoga, and other eastern philosophies. There is also a huge spiral garden, which Carol felt directed by nature to create. Originally intended to facilitate walking meditation, the swirl soon also became a plant hospital, as the staff discovered that ailing plants quickly began to flourish when moved into this energetic position. There’s also an organic garden where fresh vegetables are harvested daily for sumptuous gourmet vegetarian meals, and there’s always an array of fresh herbs and hot water available to make delicious healing infusions to sip during the day.

In a secluded nook there are outdoor pools where you can bathe in solar-heated water infused with salt from the local Incan mines and healing herbs and petals. Lying in the warm, aromatic water, with either the sunlight and mountain views surrounding you or the phenomenal starlight of the Andean night above you is a deeply healing experience. The centre also has a crystal bed, which Carol brought back from Brazil after her stay with the legendary healer João de Deus, which is reputed to have amazing healing powers. As well as Andean massages and other therapies, there’s a purpose designed yoga studio, fully equipped with mats, belts and blankets. Guests are free to use the facilities at will, and can take the equipment out into the garden or one of the cosy round rooms if they prefer.

Through the Willka T’ika Children’s Fund, Carol has also maintained contact and support with local mountain village schools where the children still wear traditional dress.  Weather permitting, we are privileged to visit the schools.

Willka T’ika is the main base for Harmony Journeys trips to the Sacred Valley, allowing guests time to take advantage of this inspiring place and fully absorb the life-changing experiences that seem to be part of any trip to this mystical land.  We hope you will join us and discover the magic of Peru for yourselves.


The Magic of Peru, by Joanna Bristow-Watkins with Kathryn McCann, was first published in Paradigm Shift Magazine in October 2006


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