Anyone can learn a new skill, but not many can put it into practical use and develop a successful practice. Michael Cohen, founder of RaphaYad Bioenergy Treatment, looks back on his success in becoming an internationally-respected bioenergy practitioner.
Eight years ago an acquaintance that was a training and networking mentor for a well-known CAM organisation said to me ‘You can’t be a full-time practitioner, you won’t be able to do it full-time and pay the bills’. I replied ‘Yes I will’. I had such clarity and focus I just new that I could and I would. It was the first time in 7 years that I had such clarity and I knew this was what I was meant to be doing. Without hesitation I closed our organic food shop and set about building a clinic.
Within 2 years I had an established full-time clinic in central London and I have never looked back. I was in a very fortunate position when I decided to become a practitioner, as I didn’t have to go through the arduous and indecisive decision that a lot of students go through. There was no need to deliberate and determine what was the right route for me. I knew from the onset that this was what I was meant to be doing. I wasn’t even looking at changing my career, when I first met a man who introduced me to some primary Bioenergy Treatment techniques. Immediately I had awareness inside me that these techniques and tools were there, but I never knew I had access to them.
Practice what you preach
I was my first client (and guinea-pig) and from day one I was working on myself every day. There was a fair bit of work, well actually a lot, bearing in mind I had 16 years of major spinal injuries and ailments as well as 14 years of hypersensitivities and food intolerances.
It was through working on myself with Bioenergy Treatment techniques that I not only began to experience the powerful aspects to the technique. But it gave me a fuller understanding of what it was like to be a client with debilitating long-term symptoms; how one goes through the different stage of treatment; but most importantly coming out the other side of it, and defying all the orthopaedic and gastro entomologist consultants.
For the first time in my life I started to function on a level I had never envisaged. I now began to not just understand but experience those gallant words ‘full potential’ and I am still surpassing them to this very day.
Most importantly I was a testament and example to the client. This process is just as vitally important today to me being a successful practitioner and a teacher and being able to ‘practice what you preach’ is totally defining….to be continued.
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