The Gentle Art of Bowen

The Gentle Art of Bowen

I am noticing  that we live in a world where we increasingly use military words such as “fight”, “battles”, “beats”,“kills” to describe how we manage our  pain and the symptoms of any disease that we might have. To me, this suggests that we have to respond in a way that is equal , or perhaps even stronger,  to what ails us …and I wonder where the gentle art of Bowen, that I practice,  fits in with all of this.

Now, it’s likely that you might not have heard of Bowen…many people haven’t.

So …Tom Bowen was an Australian who worked as a  therapist in the 1950s. He is described as a very “observational” man who noticed that by giving the body periods of rest in-between the movements that he had performed, gave the opportunity for it to initiate the changes necessary for healing and repair. The moves, themselves, are made on particular areas of the body and involve moving the soft tissue that lies under the skin. This superficial fascia, as it is known, is a great connective “undercoat” that envelops the whole body from head to toe, allowing, in essence, for the whole body to be treated, not just parts of it in isolation.  In simple terms, the therapist is able to stimulate the nerves that run through this fascial tissue by making gentle moves on the surface of the skin. This  sends impulses to the brain, which then responds by creating the changes in the body that are necessary for healing.

The pressure that  the therapist  uses is appropriate for each individual client allowing  the desired response to be achieved…making it a truly bespoke therapy. And this is something that continues to amaze me… that Bowen can work for everybody and every body …making it suitable for all …. from newborns to the elderly and infirm… and all stages in between. Many of my clients are elderly people who need some help in maintaining their mobility and independence…and, yet, it is known that Bear Grylls (survival expert ) is a super fan …while another of my regular clients who attends for maintenance sessions (plus extra in times of injury!) is Isle of Man TT rider Michael “Jack” Russell.

It seems to me that, somewhere, we have lost  trust in our own bodies….which, to be honest, are amazing pieces of kit. The life sustaining processes that continue to happen on our  “insides” …new cells being grown, old ones being broken down, blood flowing, heart beating, breaths in and out, the absorption of oxygen…along with many, many more amazing workings….all  happen without our conscious awareness. 

 And of course, at some levels, we have the ability to heal ourselves …see what happens when we cut our skin, or how our body responds to infection or how our muscles contract to splint an injured joint. But yet, it has the ability to go beyond this, as 21st Century science is proving. When we give our  bodies the correct  environment,  they do indeed have the ability to  self - heal .… and this is something we can support and enhance in a gentle, congruent and balanced approach such as Bowen.  

 

The Rites of the Munay Ki

The Rites of the Munay Ki

 

Just as I sit to write this piece about the Munay Ki, I hear a replay of the  announcement on TV advertising a programme with Stephen Hawking in which he discusses the need to search for a new planet. I am incredulous. And I want to shout “what about this world ...our world - Planet Earth?”

This raises a huge question for me ...Why are we considering finding somewhere else to live rather than healing, repairing and protecting our Earth? We live on a beautiful planet, ideally situated within the universe that provides us with everything we need to survive ...air, water, warmth, the right conditions for growing our food ...and so on. And, as far as I am aware, there has not been a discovery of another planet that would sustain us in the way that Mother Earth does.

Added to this, I am left wondering what Professor Hawking’s message gives out to the world. He is a hugely respected and clever man who continues to defy all the odds in the way he is surviving his life limiting illness. Is he suggesting that we've trashed this planet, let’s go and find another one? And reap havoc there? Doesn't it sound better to use the amazing technology that we are capable of to repair the one that we’re living on just now? And learn from our mistakes ...so that we don't mess up again?

It is very easy to see that our planet is struggling just now.

Signs such as the melting polar ice cap, global warming, rising sea levels, extensive flooding, out of control fires and extremes of weather, such as the recent Hurricane Irma that has created huge areas of devastation across the Caribbean all suggest an ecosystem that has become destabilised and out of balance.

Whether we would (or wouldn’t) want to admit to this, it is a fact that, as human beings, we have all contributed to how the world is now. And my writing here is not to aport blame ...but to offer solutions as to how we can be the change that we wish to see in the world, and this is where I would like to introduce the Munay Ki and how important it is at this time.

So, part of my work is as a Shamanic Practitioner and I belong to the lineage of Medicine Men and Women of the Q’ero tradition, that extends way back through time. These people were the last of the Incas and they escaped from the tyranny of the Conquistadores when they arrived in Peru over 500 years ago. The Q’ero took their medicine high into the mountains and preserved their sacred teachings for a time when they prophesied that there would be a huge “turning” in the world. This

 

time they called the Patchakutti and would be when harmony and order would be restored to a world that had become chaotic and disordered.

The Q’ero continued to live in solitude, high in the Andes from this time until around 50 years ago, when they recognised that it was time for them to return ...as the world was in need of their medicine.

It must have been a beautiful spectacle as they made their descent from the mountains during the Feast of the Collor R’iti (The Feast of the Return of the Pleiades). This was a gathering of around 70,000 pilgrims and medicine people at the base of one of the Scared Mountains in Peru. The Q’ero wore their bright ponchos which were emblazoned with the Royal Emblem of the Sun, identifying them as the last descendants of the Inca. The crowds recognised these visitors and the crowds parted to allow them through, welcoming the Q’ero with the message “We have been waiting for you for 500 years”

Since then, the Q’ero have released their teachings to the West through their collaboration with Alberto Villoldo, a psychologist and medical anthropologist who lived and trained with them for many years. He has been pivotal in bringing their rituals and prophesy to the awareness of the modern world, and it is through Alberto’s work that we are now able to share the Rites of the Munay Ki.

The word “Munay” means Love, while “Ki” means power.

These Rites are transmissions that bring us back to a place of balance ... a place from where we can see and speak from our hearts - rather than from our minds, taking responsibility for ourselves along with stewardship for our world and for all of creation.

These 9 Rites also prepare our luminous energy field for the time to come. This time ...after the tumultuous changes that are happening within our world, when it is prophesied, that a new human will emerge, one who is known as Homo Luminous. These Rites are the codes of this new human, changing our DNA, which allows us to age differently, heal differently and die differently.

So, as such, we have the opportunity to be informed by our “future selves”... those we are becoming ... and to dream and create our new world into being ... rather than living the one that has been handed down to us. It creates the potential of creating a world we would wish to hand down to our children and our children’s children.

These prophecies themselves are optimistic ... they do not speak of the ending of the world, but more that there will be an ending of time as we know it now, that our current thinking will change so that we are taken to a place where we are at “one” with each other, nature and the Mother Earth.

NOW IS THE TIME, and actually ....
WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!

WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL?