P.S. I have been so inspired by the book that I have signed up for their workshop in Mumbai on 26-28 April 2019. (www.mmiin.com)
Monday, 5 November 2018
This week in India we celebrate the festival of lights and prosperity – Deepawali.
Ajay, a school classmate, shared a book: , quite appropriate to the season!
This book provides a missing link between ‘desire’ and ‘current achievement’ of financial success. It is worth reading if you see a gap in this area of your life.
The author has gone from “struggling to make both ends meet” to “being a multi-millionaire”. He has helped thousands of people transform their financial blue print and bring prosperity in their lives.
He summarizes: if your subconscious “financial blueprint” is not “set” for success, nothing you learn, nothing you know, and nothing you do will make much of a difference.
There were many points that resonated with me and answered some questions I had about my own financial success. Here are some:
There are at least 4 realms in our life – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual worlds. They physical realm is merely a ‘print out’ of the other three.
Say, you create a document on the computer and print it out. You discover a typo in the print out. You use an eraser and correct the typo. Next time you print the document, you get the typo again. You attend a workshop on ‘effective erasing’. With all the acquired tools and knowledge, you erase the typo. Next time you print the document – same typo!! The real typo has to be corrected in the word document.
What’s going on here is that the real problem cannot be changed in the “print out”, the physical world; it can only be changed in the “program”, the mental, emotional and spiritual worlds.
… Imagine you are walking along the street with a five-year old. You come across an ice cream store and go inside. You get the child a single scoop of ice cream on a cone because they don’t have any cups. As the two of you walk outside, you notice the cone wobbling in the child’s tiny hands and, all of a sudden, plop. The ice cream falls out of the cone onto the pavement.
The child begins to cry. So back you go into the store and just as you’re about to order for the second time, the child notices a colourful sign with a picture of the “triple scooper” cone. The child points to the picture and excitedly screams – “I want that one!”
Now here is the question. Being the kind, loving, and generous person that you are, would you go ahead and get this child the triple scooper? Your initial response might be “sure”. However, when considering the question a little more deeply, most of our seminar participants respond; “No.” Because why would you want to set the child up to fail? The child couldn’t even handle a single scoop, how could the child possible handle a triple scoop?
The same holds true when it comes to the universe and you. We live in a kind and loving universe, and the rule is “Until you show you can handle what you’ve got, you won’t get any more!”
This book also points out ways to trace, understand and transform your financial blueprint. My wife has been advising me to transform my relationship with money to reach my true financial potential. So far, I have been struggling to find a way that works for me. This book gave me some definite answers.
May this book help you reach your true financial potential.
P.S. I have been so inspired by the book that I have signed up for their workshop in Mumbai on 26-28 April 2019. (www.mmiin.com)
Friday, 19 October 2018
I saw a TEDx Talk recently on emotional hygiene by Dr Guy Winch (7 million views). I could resonate with many points in this talk. I found the concepts and examples on loneliness, failure and rejection very compelling. He talks about how we are partial dealing with emotional wounds compared to how much care we give for physical wounds.
Here is a link to the 18 minute talk:
Dr Winch talks about his twin brother who is also a psychologist:
“We didn't study together, though. In fact, the hardest thing I've ever done in my life is move across the Atlantic to New York City to get my doctorate in psychology. We were apart then for the first time in our lives, and the separation was brutal for both of us. But while he remained among family and friends, I was alone in a new country. We missed each other terribly, but international phone calls were really expensive then, and we could only afford to speak for five minutes a week. When our birthday rolled around, it was the first we wouldn't be spending together. We decided to splurge, and that week, we would talk for 10 minutes.
I spent the morning pacing around my room, waiting for him to call -- and waiting ... and waiting. But the phone didn't ring. Given the time difference, I assumed, "OK, he's out with friends, he'll call later." There were no cell phones then. But he didn't. And I began to realize that after being away for over 10 months, he no longer missed me the way I missed him. I knew he would call in the morning, but that night was one of the saddest and longest nights of my life. I woke up the next morning. I glanced down at the phone, and I realized I had kicked it off the hook when pacing the day before. I stumbled out of bed, I put the phone back on the receiver, and it rang a second later. And it was my brother, and boy, was he pissed.
It was the saddest and longest night of his life as well. Now, I tried to explain what happened, but he said, "I don't understand. If you saw I wasn't calling you, why didn't you just pick up the phone and call me?" He was right. Why didn't I call him? I didn't have an answer then. But I do today, and it's a simple one: loneliness.
Loneliness creates a deep psychological wound, one that distorts our perceptions and scrambles our thinking. It makes us believe that those around us care much less than they actually do. It makes us really afraid to reach out, because why set yourself up for rejection and heartache when your heart is already aching more than you can stand? I was in the grips of real loneliness back then, but I was surrounded by people all day, so it never occurred to me. But loneliness is defined purely subjectively. It depends solely on whether you feel emotionally or socially disconnected from those around you. And I did.”
Friday, 28 September 2018
Me & my family and many friends have been greatly benefitted by THAC (The Health Awareness Center) advice, in specially helping our home become medicine free. My fear of death by illness has also disappeared. I also learnt that wellness from inside is quite different from fitness outside.
Many people keep asking us about THAC. Since THAC has a limited digital presence. I thought it would be worthwhile to collate some useful links:
1. THAC facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thacmumbai/
2. Some blogs written by me on THAC experience:
a. Nutrition and Wellness - sharing a new awareness journey (this is my own journey on curing skin allergy (Urticaria) in 5 days & learning difference in fitness outside and wellness inside
b. Nutrition and Wellness - part 2 : This has some concepts that I learnt from THAC
c. Time to take that leap of faith - my personal experience : This is my family journey – From Dad’s paralytic stroke and mom’s depression – with 10 tablets each to zero medicine since last 36 months
3. An apt eulogy for Dr. Vijaya Venkat (THAC founder) by Archana Pai Kulkarni (ex editor of New Woman magazine) –
Here are some stories by some of my buddies who have personally experienced these benefits.
4. Vineet khandelwal’s story on Diabetes
1st Feb 2017 - 11:30 AM - Random Blood sugar testing in office
Sugar reading: 416
Medical Technician: Sir, this is too high, please get it checked
V: Really! But I feel fine
Medical Technician: Please get it checked properly it should be around 100
4th Feb 2017 - Lab blood test
Fasting Blood Sugar: 235 | HBA1C: 12.1
Still cannot believe the test. Let us get another done. Maybe the report is incorrect
10th Feb 2017 - Lab blood test
Fasting: 210 | Post: 257
Time to take this seriously
13th Feb 2017 - Visit the doctor
Doctor: hmmm. Mom has sugar?
V: Doctor, what does this mean?
Doctor: Simple, you have type 2 diabetes and your cholesterol is also high. Here are some medicines. You have to take them for life (lifetime!). Brisk walk for 45 minutes daily and eat this low fat diet (a standard printout is provided)
K: But V, look at all these medicines! they have a ton of side effects! there is no way you are taking these medicines. Diabetes is a lifestyle disease, we must treat it with a diet. Let us talk to a dietician
20th Feb - Dietician
Eat every two hours. Eat one walnuts, one almonds in the morning with oats. Eat roasted channa, makhana, diet khakhadas, salted lassi, multi grain roti. Avoid Mangos/Bananas
7th March Follow up - Dietician
Dietician: How are you feeling?
V: I feel low in energy, bloated all the time, sleepy, thirsty in spite of drinking 7 to 8 glasses of water as prescribed
Dietician: Ok. Let us change the diet a bit. Add sprouts to the breakfast and eat two almonds and two walnuts. Drink skimmed milk. Eat two diet khakhadas at 4 PM. Take 10 to 12 glasses of water a day and drink butter milk in the night. Continue to eat every 2 hours
I feel :(
Kavita attends 3 day workshop at THAC in April 2017
K: V, I think you should start eating the THAC way. It will help
The next day starts with fruits and all the goodness that THAC teaches. Mangos, bananas were eaten with no fear. Milk and milk products were dropped, wheat was dropped, refined Sugar was dropped, single grain, salads were adopted. Oil was reduced amongst other things like deactivating etc
19th May 2017 - blood report
Fasting Sugar: 104 :) | Post: 123 :) | HBA1C: 6.9 :)
21st July 2017 - blood report
Fasting Sugar: 88 | Post: 108 | HBA1C: 5.5
That status has remained that way until now. I am confident that this will stay like this for life.
There is something to be said about this body of ours. More than 50 years of abuse or ‘eating right’ was fixed in just 3 months. In fact, my weight started coming down within two weeks after THAC and the energy level shot up.
I felt alive once again. Not only was Diabetes and Cholesterol back at normal levels, my headaches that I used to have frequently is gone. There are various other improvements that I feel internally.
It has been a great journey. I subsequently attended the workshop and learned first hand the workings of this magnificent body and the way to maintain it. I learned that death and disease are not related and that we become what we eat. Proper input is very important to live a medicine free life.
I Don't need to have medicine with food. Food is the medicine my body needs.
5. Amit Mittal – On diabetes and other things…
What a journey its has been:
Nudging someone usually gets irritating. My journey towards Thac started with a friend of mine Nudging to come & take a session at Thac way back in 2007.
That time (2007) i considered myself as very healthy though was very over weight & a diabetic (insulin, medicines for diabetes). Still no complaints with life.
After repeated persuasion from my friend, i took an appointment & visited Thac just for time pass sake n more so for my friend. I had visited several diet planners before (nudged by several frnds n relatives) but none of the diet plan made sense to me - most of the diet plans were starving me so did not follow any of them as i am a big foodie.
I was counselled by Anju, heard her, had a few questions regarding diet plan which were answered. I found the diet that Anju gave to be very practical & there was no bar of quantity. (I am saying diet plan coz that time i did not know THAC - neither its principles nor what it stands for).
I followed Thac diet & surprisingly within 20-25 days i had to stop My insulin. I followed this Thac plan for 2 months n odd & just stopped following & was back to my old lifestyle & never turned back to Thac. My life was good & thought how can diet make so much of difference.
In January 2015, I fell ill, my Sugar was high (by now i was taking Insulin 2 times a day & 5 tablets for sugar), was diagnosed with High BP. Just within a week i started feeling paralytic - could not feel sensation on my left side if face, could not move my left side hand n legs, no energy, could see my end coming near. I was in regular touch with the best doctors & was on high medications. Sometimes my BP used to shoot up inspite of heavy medicines which made me feel very un-easy & doctors use to suggest day care hospitalisation & sometimes my BP use to drop considerably again landing me in hospitals.
This went on for a month or so. I had given up hopes & thought that i have very limited life left. I was on total bed rest. Just when things were going out of control, dont know how, Anju Venkat came in my mind & i thought let me try this as a last alternative. Somehow manged to get an appt with Anju in bout 10 days time.
Had to take physical support of two person who cud make me get up & take me to Thac. Reached Thac & Anju fired the hell out of me. I cried in front of her & begged her to take charge of me. That was The Day for me. I was asked to stop all medicines (except for diabetes), a detailed plan was given to me for diet, de-activation n more.
I was so scared & requested Anju that i will need their support for me to come out of it.
I started following Thacs advice to the ‘T’. I faced numerous problems in coping up but Thac made me walk through the Journey by holding me & making me cross all the hurdles step by step.
It took 4 months for me to recover & get back to my feet & about 6-7 months for total recovery. For every small thing i use to approach Thac - be it on phone call or on Mail. I was guided like a child by them. From here on there was no looking behind.
I was out of all medicines in sometime (except my sugar ones - offcourse no Insulin). Post my recovery i did my 3 days workshop in 2016 which opened up a new world to me & i realised the true meaning of being healthy, understood my body & the incredible powers of our body.
Never realized or it never occurred that we are embedded with 75 trillion cells apart from organs, blood, etc. Was fortunate to have attended this workshop with Dr. Vijaya Venkat (Amma) being a part of the same.
In 2016 end, i tore my right leg toe little finger in an accident. My toe fingers were plastered with 7 stitches. This was an emergency measure taken. Post this surgery, doctors gave me a list of medicines right from antibiotics, pain killers, fast healers, etc etc. I wrote to Thac & as usual - No Medicines-
My medicines were substituted by Haldi, Tulsi ginger lemon shots, Onion shots, no cooked meal, more on raw. My family got paranoid saying i being a diabetic my wounds will not heal & specially my toe being injured, i have to take medicines, bla bla bla.
By now i was confident on Thac principles & to a certain extent on my body too. Doc had asked me to go to him after 20 days for follow up & remove stitches. The Doc was surprised seeing my progress & told me see my medicines have worked. I did not tell him that i had not popped a single pill.
Post this incidence, i started trusting my body totally & further understood that when body is given Time, Space & Energy - body can n will do its best to make a Human life Healthy. We just need to Nurture our body & rest will be taken care off.
The above incidents made me realise the power of our body - Mother Natures & Mother Earths best gift to us. Incredible body which works 24x7x365 even without we realising the same. We take our body for granted all the time without understanding our body.
BODY - A Masterpiece creation !!!
I thus always Thank My Body ! Trust My Body !! Love My Body !!!
🙏Self care is Health Care is Earth care🙏
6. Megha – on asthama, fertility, PCOD, Obesity…
I would like to talk about my personal journey with THAC. It started in 2012 and I was fortunate to start my journey with Dr. Venkat. I came to THAC battling with asthma, pcod, obesity. Apart from that I was also trying to conceive and the “experts” were pushing me in the direction of various interventions like IUI, IVF. All Dr. Venkat said was, “Trust Me”. And so I did. And it has been a fantastic ride since then.
I don’t want to go in the principles around which THAC works because all of us have gone through the workshops and discussed it to no end.
All I want to focus is on the positives that came about because I trusted the system; learnt to listen to my body and thoughts. The two phrases that have stuck with me are “It is ok” and “Let it go”.
I hope my journey inspires you and helps in your own. I am work in progress and will forever be. I leave this with heartfelt gratitude to THAC and its team; to all of you here who are my support and guide.
My challenges came when my daughter was born. Convincing my family to agree to not give vaccinations, milk, sugar and wheat to her was a struggle.
The biggest challenge was though to overcome my own fear when she fell sick at 2 years. Her fever touched 103+ and she would just wanted to be held through the night. Today I don’t even remember very clearly what I did and how I got through the night. It took a lot of faith in what I had learnt and experienced myself with THAC; and instincts as a mother to let her to heal on her own. It was only couple of hours; the fever gave way and she slept peacefully. Next day she slept a lot, ate/ drank a little and was completely recovered by evening.
7. Ruchi Maheshwari (my wife) story – Freedom from 20 year pain
When I first visited THAC 3 years ago, I thought I was just tagging along with my husband & his parents who were having specific dis-ease. How could eating fruits and not having dairy disappear the mild pain and soreness I lived with for last 20+ years & the tail bone pain of last 10 years. Those were structural and posture issues…
But I went along anyway – what’s the harm in eating healthier??
In 3 weeks of following all that Dr. Venkat told me, my pain disappeared! I started sleeping throughout the night, every night. My unpredictable menstrual cycle, which had disrupted my life since the age of 13 eased out into a predictable pattern over the next few months.
Waking up every morning with the energy, raring to go was new to me – all my life, I had trouble getting out of bed because I had tossed and turned most of the night. I didn’t know my “normal” health could become so much better. Food becomes structure, Thac tells us – That is so obvious, why didn’t I ever think about it?
Last week, just as I finished my dinner, I started to hiccup. Every 10 seconds, very uncomfortable on a full stomach! I tried holding my breath. I tried sipping exactly 8 sips of water. I tried a cold pack on tummy. I tried deep breathing.
The more I tried to control the spasm in my diaphragm, the more the hiccups continued. Then I remembered a recent discussion with a group of Thac friends on ‘letting go’. So I just lay down and relaxed those stomach muscles I had been clenching. “I surrender to my body” I thought, and the hiccups were gone! This small event taught me to get out of my own way and let my body do what it needs to.
8. Shabana – from medical emergencies to freedom
My journey from illness to wellness.
My childhood was a series of medical emergencies. My dad had rheumatic heart disease and my mom had kidney problems. There was a constant worry about health and also the worry that these health issues would be passed onto us.
So life was always dont eat this or you may get heart disease dont do that or your kidneys might get affected. Drinking eight glasses of water to eating salt free food all was practiced.
The relationship with my body was of fear and distrust. My self esteem was low.
When i met Dr Vijaya Venkat she explained that all the "issues" i had with my body were actually the body's mechanisms aimed at preservation and management of health. Anju helped me change my position from having no control to being in charge of my health.
I was about to have my first baby. Around this time i picked up Neale Donald Walsh's book Conversations With God. Also for my pregnancy i read a lot of Sheila Kitzinger's books.
These three influences helped me cope with a lot of my challenges. I have come to realise that life will change its routes and frequencies and all i have to do is be prepared to adapt to it to the best of my ability.
I have simplified my life to make work-life balance, i have made awareness my compass and dispensed external compulsions. Awareness demands independence in thought and action to follow it. Dr Vijaya helped me establish this. I cannot explain the impact this has had on my experiences. This is what i want to hold on to till the end of my days. All is well.