In Conversation with Russ Hudson

Russ Hudson is one of the principal scholars, leading teachers and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram world today. Co-founder of The Enneagram Institute, he is the co-author of best-selling books The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Personality Types, Understanding the Enneagram and Discovering Your Personality Type.

Here we share a snippet of the conversation Siewfan Wong and Paul Chan had with Russ on shadow work. Siewfan and Paul are the organizers of The Enneagram of Shadow and Virtues with Russ Hudson in May 2019.

SW | What is Shadow?

RH | The shadow is a concept that is generally seen as coming from the psychologist Carl Jung, who was a student of Freud. Simply put, the shadow is any aspect of ourself that we’re not aware of. So the idea is that most human beings, we are aware of some things about ourself, but there’s other parts of ourself we don’t know very well. Those could be certain feelings that are suppressed, or it could be motivations that we’re not aware of. Really, the parts of us that we’re not familiar with.

Sometimes, shadow is created by difficult childhood experiences. Painful emotions, or times where we were very scared or shocked, and so we can psychologically repress those kinds of experiences, but they are still influencing us. And you can know when that kind of shadow material is coming up because it can make us do impulsive things that we would not otherwise do, kind of hard to explain.

But you know, shadow material can also be positive things. Some people aren’t necessarily aware that they are happier or their life is better than they think it is.

So basically, most serious psychology, and I see the Enneagram as involved with serious psychology, is in some sense an investigation of shadow material. What about me do I not know about? If I already knew about it then, well, I could do something about it. But the Enneagram helps us see the parts of us that we don’t usually recognise, especially in the areas of motivation as I was saying.

PC | Many people talk about shadow work in psychology. How does the enneagram help?

RH | Well, it’s part of why, I think, the Enneagram is more effective but also not as popular as some tools because the Enneagram really is explicitly looking at shadow work.

When we talk about the passion of each type [of the Enneagram] related to the sins in terms of the Christian view of it, you know, envy and avarice and pride and gluttony and all these kinds of things, or the fixated view, the Enneagram is really helping us see both emotions or motivations that we’re not aware of, but also it’s helping us see how our perspective on ourselves and life is more limited than we would usually recognise.

When we have shadow material going on, we don’t know that our view is limited. And you know most of the time, for most human beings, our view is limited somewhat.

The Enneagram is helping us see how we’re limiting it. It’s helping us see some of the underlying emotions that we might be feeling or have covered over in some way. It’s helping us see motivations we might not initially recognise that we have. Things like working very hard for success because we want our parents to love us and approve of us. Probably when we’re working we’re not conscious of that motivation. But if we were to look deeper we’ll see it’s there.

So the Enneagram helps us to see what we’re really after, what we’re seeking, and also points to maybe better ways to get the things that we’re looking for on the deepest level.

The Enneagram of Shadows and Virtues with Russ Hudson

Listen to Russ Hudson on the Enneagram Types.

No Pain, No Gain?

We are all familiar with the saying “no pain, no gain.” This does not apply in bodywork.

Some people believe that bodywork must be painful to be effective. Perhaps they believe that by having that by having that sore back kneaded forcefully that they are getting help. Or they are used to experiencing pain in their sessions and so they think it is normal. This is not always true or necessary.

There are of course different kinds and degrees of pain. Everyone also has their own pain threshold. Generally if you cannot breathe comfortably and your whole body tenses, then this protective mode can block the session’s potential benefits. Pain is a signal of blocked energy and energy is needed for healing. Inform the practitioner if you are experiencing this level of pain. Feedback will enhance the therapist’s ability to help you.

Pain during the session can be due to various reasons, including re-experiencing former pains or from loaded emotional content around your situation. It is easy for a therapist to feel from an ego standpoint that they know what is best for the client. Bodyworker Ricardo Neuman says, “Feeling it is okay to cause pain is not something a therapist should ever be comfortable with.” Some therapists may even justify the soreness, and even bruising, by the end results. To Ricardo “this doesn’t seem like the most skillful way to work.”

While soreness will go away, destabilizing a client’s equilibrium can have a more serious and long term negative consequence. Equilibrium here doesn’t refer to physical balance, it is about your system getting to a stable place in terms of resiliency and potency. Helping a person reach an improved equilibrium in their overall system is a major goal of advanced bodywork. While structural bodywork does change physical balance, it should always be towards an easier and more functional result. If physical balance gets worse in the short term it may also make it worse in the long term, so that needs to be remedied and addressed during the session.

After a bodywork session, it is recommended that the client drink plenty of water and rest to replenish themselves and to integrate changes in their system.
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Ricardo Neuman is an expert bodyworker and therapist of 30 years. He is skilled in a range of mind-body therapies including structural bodywork, myofascial release and biodynamic cranial sacral therapy. Ricardo is visiting Gallery Helios from 22 to 29 September 2018 and is available for somatic therapy and biodynamic cranial sacral therapy sessions. A session is 60 minutes ($180) or 90 minutes ($240). Check here for availability.

In Conversation with Gennet Song

Gennet Song is an essential oil advocate who works with people to enjoy greater health and wellbeing and to discover their deepest passion in life. We speak with Gennet about how essential oils came into her life, the integral role they play in her own wellbeing and journey, and where she’s headed.

Gennet’s first workshop in collaboration with Ho Kah Keh at Gallery Helios is a “Get to Know Essential Oils” series in July and August 2018.  Join Gennet and Kah Keh and find out how to use essential oils from the pure fundamentals and their functional uses in all areas of your life.

Each workshop is $25, with an essential oil giveaway and the first evening is Tuesday 24 July 2018 from 7.30 PM to 9.30 PM.

How did you come to into essential oils?

Essential oils have been part of my life since I went to massage school in Australia decades ago. At that time, Aromatherapy was a “by-the-way I use essential oils in my massage”. It was more for aroma first, effect second. I didn’t really believe essential oils had any real therapeutic effect until I finally started using Young Living.

How are the oils part of your life?

I wake up to using oils after my morning shower to prepare for the day, I exercise and do yoga with oils, I meditate with oils, I “essential oil” myself in the car at red lights. Waiting for appointments, hanging out with friends, before a meeting, during one … Before bed!

Essential oils are my partner in health and wellness!

What’s your personal mission?

I get a kick out of watching people succeed at what they do, especially if I have in some way been a part of their journey or contributed to it. There is a sense of fulfilled achievement from playing a part. Through my Young Living business, I have the privilege to serve through my skills, experience and gifts.

What is something exciting you would like to see happen?

What would be exciting is for us to go one full circle and go back to our ancestors’ partnership with nature for healing and a toxic-free environment and lifestyle!

What are some of the different skills you have acquired over the years?

I love somatics, healing modalities and personal growth. My interests are pretty diverse so I have invested my learning from Reiki to basic horsemanship to being a Death Doula to animal wisdom. I love learning.

I think the NLP curriculum gave me a foundation to some of the people tools I have been using without working from within its framework. Kundalini Yoga instilled in me a sense of discipline and stillness. My Integrative Health Coach training excites me that healthy emotions is primary nutrition and food secondary, besides understanding the physical aspects of health. My Passion Test training is the cornerstone from which I create a safe space for people to get clear on what they truly want in life.

Which skills do you find the most relevant to you now?

The skill to create and hold a non-judgmental space for people on their life journey, either through the modalities of essential oils business, relationships or health challenges.

Do you see these “alternative” methodologies fit into or help with our circumstances?

I look for a language that those who come to me would feel comfortable with. I present them as complementary perspectives rather than alternative. My latest interest is Dr Joe Dispenza’s work which through science invites people to experience the so-called “supernatural” and the mystical.

What motivates you?

What motivates me – I recognise my worth and teach people to do the same. After all, I believe each of us want to be loved and accepted and to belong.

How would you explain or define what being on the path and self work means?

Being on the path is living my truth, who I am, unapologetically and respectfully and self work is recognising what my stuff is and taking responsibility for my growth and healing, in partnership with the Divine.

What does “living” mean to you?

Living means I’m fully vulnerable to the pain and challenges of being human yet fully embracing the divinity within which can at any moment surprise me.


Gennet Song’s life revolves around health, wellness and personal growth. Often seen as a seminar junkie on subjects related to holistic well-being, healing, body and emotional wellness and resilience, she is driven by her passion for learning and growth.

Her unique gift to others is her nurturing presence of stability and trustworthiness. She awes her audience with her communication presence of love, grace and passion that usually captivates and inspires them on a deep level. She now leads people to rediscover their true deepest passion in life and nurtures them on a holistic and transformational path of growth through a conscious business entity called Sparks of Life.

Gennet is a Certified Integrative Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York, a Certified Passion Test Consultant for Business (Solopreneurs and Executive Leaders) as well as a Certified NLP Master Practitioner.

In Conversation with Ricardo Neuman

Ricardo Neuman is an expert bodyworker and therapist of 30 years. He is skilled in a range of mind-body therapies including structural bodywork, myofascial release and Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy. Ricardo has worked in clinical, wellness centers, and private settings. He has also been a trainer and spa director in one of Asia’s environmentally-conscious spas. Based in Koh Samui since 2005, Ricardo travels regularly to Singapore and in the region to offer his individually-tailored bodywork sessions to people from all walks of life, from yogis and weekend warriors to computer folks and athletes.

What is your philosophy of health?

I’ve come to feel that we all have the pattern of perfect health, or perfect expression of our genetic heritage within us. All healing is intrinsically coming from within the system. There is no external onto-the-system healing. Tissue regeneration, wound healing, and everything else is coming from the body’s own systems.

Western medicine I came to understand is largely, up to now, an attempt to deal with symptoms and remove causative agents of disease. While I am grateful for western medicine’s ability to deal with certain acute situations, there is no long-term health without the body’s systems doing the work. So supporting them through diet and lifestyle is essential and now I am coming to understand more and more, right thinking and energy level kind of stuff is the real essence of healing.

How do you see your role as a therapist?

As a somatic therapist, I feel that we all have an innate level of intelligence. At some level we know everything that is happening with us so as a therapist, I try my best to connect with that level and find out how I can assist using my resources and my skillset to help the system come back and to get the most out of whatever the system itself knows it needs and can benefit from in that session. Of course, the client expresses their own conscious situations and hopes for improvement, and that is a key starting point for the session. Sometimes I’ll tell people to look to some other modality or person as possible solution. Any responsible healthcare practitioner does that.

What is your approach to your work?

In a certain sense and at a certain level, like hospice care, just being present with the person is already fundamentally powerful modality. There is something we can do which is being present and mindful with that other person and hopefully that becomes sort of a substrate. My work is grounded upon the degree of success that I can do that for myself and the other person. I find that it’s become my spiritual practice, my meditative practice, to do my work with that attitude. I find it easier to do bodywork with a meditative attitude than to do meditation.

Who benefits from your modalities?

At one level, everyone with a modern lifestyle is suffering from office syndrome and Myofascial Release Therapy is very beneficial for that. On another level, dealing with trauma whether physical, energetic, emotional, is amenable to physical manipulation or the craniosacral approach.

I would say since there is a lot of good regular massage, physios, and whatever out there, people who feel like they should be getting better but not finding a way to improve, especially people who fall between the cracks of muscular-skeletal modalities. When they go to a physio, it gets better but it never really gets better. Or if the doctor says “oh you’ll be fine in a while” but they don’t actually get fine.

Or people on the other end of the spectrum who are trying for higher and higher levels of performance and health and they are being blocked by some physical or energetic limitation that may be amenable to this kind of practice. Like for people practicing yoga who are struggling to do the lotus or even some of the simpler things because of restrictions in the body. Dancers or athletes who previously had attained some level and regressed due to injury or they feel some physical aspect is holding back improvement.

Can you explain more about what happens in the body with our modern lifestyle?

When you have an unbalanced structure, being in the office all day, wearing high heels, being hunched over the keyboard, the tissue responds by getting shorter and stronger which means it doesn’t move as easily. It doesn’t stretch as far.

When you are talking about performance, whether it’s on an instrument or with your body, getting through limitation into balance, lengthening, pliability and being able to fully contract and relax can be blocked by the response of the body to shorten. It gets sort of twisted because we are asking it to support us in twisted unbalanced ways. This kind of release work, both physical and energetic, can help release the system back into the more neutral mode. Unlike working with only muscles, working with connective tissue has a longer effect and with changes in your lifestyle, can lead to long-term improvements.

What makes your work different from a purely physical approach?

There seems often a lack of a whole three-dimensional sense of the client’s body. Working with different layers, instead of specific muscles, and getting the sense of concentric layers of themselves and of structure, releasing fully into breath and into the connection between soft tissue and the bones that can be a more dynamic relationship with the body. These patterns arise from our personal history, use of our body, and traumas of all sorts. Giving space in the session to release some of that and to reorganize the structures leads to more profound results than just attacking tight places or working on isolated structures.

Tissue restriction is sort of my specialty and I work some with the self awareness parts of change. I tend to go more on the physical and energetic rather than the movement education and such but I make it at least a part of the sessions to try to help the person to be aware of the change that happens.

How does bodywork help if the lifestyle or habits cannot be changed? A computer programmer, unless s/he change careers, needs to return to the computer and a violinist plays “one-sided”.

It helps to release the tissues and to increase their awareness that they can do this activity with less negative effects. It takes years to get more and more strained. Myofascial Release Therapy can take us back to a more neutral structure in one or several sessions and restore ease with less pain. Then it’s understanding how to do that activity in a way that is less unbalanced and it’s also helping them to feel the difference from what was their old normal and this better feeling. That helps them get some relief and to understand how they seek balance through exercise or other practices.

Even sitting at the desk or sitting at the piano, people expend a lot of unnecessary tension and stress and they use their bodies less gracefully and expertly than they could. Once they’ve done that, they’re sort of trapped in their own tissue. They may still be doing an inherently unbalanced activity.

For singers that would be more cranial sacral work to open up the bones of the face and also releasing the diaphragm. When I say bones of the face it also directly works with the membranes in the cranium and the facial structures. Releases here can not only open up the voice in themselves, but also to open up the student to better feel what their teachers are trying to get them to accomplish.

Ricardo himself studied voice for three years and has performed Beethoven with a professional orchestra so he has an appreciation for the art, acoustics, and the physical structures involved. He finds the more technical and less well-known level of working with the resonating cavity in the head very interesting. This work is not only for singers as everyone has a voice.

What is your philosophy?

I consider myself an animist because I never lost track of the childhood experience of realising that everything around us has an intrinsic kind of energy. That’s technically called animism while animism is often looked at as a pre-formal lower kind of religious activity.  To me, it’s the right description of a reality that is my direct sensory experience. In terms of my own spiritual practice, it’s been much influenced by shamanism, and more formally by Mahayana Buddhism.

How did you become interested in somatic work?

I had taken many classes after I dropped out of college, partly from a lack of knowing what I wanted to do, partly from a total disillusionment with western intellectualism as the pathway to both self-knowledge and larger knowledge. At the time I felt dualism was the biggest difficulty inherent in the western intellectual tradition, and in language and human thought. So I explored everything Asian to try to look for non-dualistic ways of understanding.

My entry into doing this as a career was a search for a calling and my philosophy is that we are all gifted with something or somethings and that with that gift as a responsibility to share it or use it in a positive way. I realised in the classes I had taken in Shiatsu that I could immediately feel a point versus a non-point. I had a direct immediate sensory experience. This was unusual in fact to do it so easily that in fact this is a gift and I could use it to help people.


Before moving to Hawaii and becoming a professional bodywork therapist, Ricardo was already involved in the health and wellness fields. He continued to study a variety of modalities including sports massage, Soft Tissue Release, Namakoshi Shiatsu, Swedish/Esalen massage, and Hawaiian Shamanistic Lomi Lomi and Cranio Sacral Therapy.

He offers Myofascial Release Therapy and Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy at Gallery Helios. The release work, which is sometimes referred to as “deep tissue massage”, is effective for tightness from injury, athletics or lifestyle habits and other limiting conditions by lengthening and releasing shortened connective tissues and bringing the body back into alignment. Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy is recommended to release energetic and emotional blocks through subtle touch to rebalance the cranium, facial bones, and nervous system.

Ricardo is at Gallery Helios 22 to 29 September2018.

Fees: S$180 for 1 hour / S$240 for 1.5 hours.

Click here to book a session with Ricardo

Or contact Siewfan Wong,  text or WhatsApp +65 9459 8262.

Click here for more about Ricardo’s work.

The 5 Elements Approach to the Unified Field – Soul-stice Weekend Seminar.

The 5 Elements (Air “Wood”, Water, Fire, Earth & Ether “Metal”) are the building blocks of everything in creation. They hold the balance to all life.

By Intertwining the AIR: Zero Point Transmission, WATER: BreathLight Experience, FIRE: ShamanEka Somatic Movement, EARTH: Sacred Cacao Sound Medicine, and ETHER: Soul-stice White Tantra, we harmonize a unified field of resonance in our physical, emotional, sexual, psychic, and spirit bodies.

When we move through these 5 sacred elements with the ensuing seminar experiences, we can shift timelines, we can shift psycho-emotional stagnancy, we can shift “lost our purpose” feeling, we can shift dysfunctional relationships, we can shift depression, we can shift anger, we can shift stress & confusion, we can shift “things not working anymore” and we can shift anything not in personal alignment towards a huge conscious breakthrough of collective heart freedom.e move into an empty-spaciousness beyond our tricky minds, transcending the ego-personalities, forming a deeper self-love of our physical body and ultimately returning back to our core soul feelings of why we incarnated here, anchoring a loving expanded clarity in our emotional intelligence.  We come home to ourselves.

We move into an empty-spaciousness beyond our tricky minds, transcending the ego-personalities, forming a deeper self-love of our physical body and ultimately returning back to our core soul feelings of why we incarnated here, anchoring a loving expanded clarity in our emotional intelligence.  We come home to ourselves.

We come home within the space of each other.

The one thing we all have forgotten is how to “FEEL”, really feel without judgement, without fear, without comparison, without competition, without being controlled not to feel anymore.

There is immense power in our feelings. ridiculously immense. But one must clear the ego-mind and release the pent up or stagnant emotions in order to start the feeling process through beloved innocence again. It is a Return to Trans-personal Remembrance.

Over this powerful Summer Soul-stice Full Moon window, which begins a week before and lasts a week after June 20th. We have an incredible opportunity to dramatically shift these old ancient karmic cycles and move swiftly into a newer, clearer individual embodied space of true authentic feelings, align and unify our purpose together.  And we can do all of it with personal courage, truth, wisdom, compassion, understanding, love, joy and even blissful ecstasy.

The Power of Choice is always yours, I can be your Unified Field Soul-stice guide & help open the gateway but you have to walk through on your own.

Are you ready to show up now, dear friend?

Love, Mikael

 

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Mikael King

Mikael King is a Sacred Sound Master, BreathLight Founder, MU Star Jewelry Designer, Ecstatic Dance DJ and Documentary Film Maker. Since the inception of his DivineJoy.org Global Ministry in 2005, He has led and co-facilitated life-affirming events all over America and the Islands of Hawai’i. He has led in-depth trainings, seminars, ceremonies & experiential retreats internationally in Japan, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, Russia, Peru, Bali, Brazil and Singapore. He is a certified Sampoorna Hatha Yoga Instructor and Ecstatic Dance DJ known as Mikki MU. He has lived in Mt. Shasta, Kaua’i and since 2013 resides currently in Bali.

Over eighteen years ago, Mikael awakened to the enlightened heart sovereign path when he returned from a “near life ending, eternal review” Pacific Ocean drowning experience. The divine message received was simple, ”Serve Planet Earth by assisting Humanity to Consciously Shift, Embody their Fullest Potential, and Remember who they are and why they have incarnated.”

Since that moment, he has journeyed to over 36 countries, studying, learning, counseling, facilitating, initiating, dancing, playing, surfing, activating and awakening the sacred heart codes for thousands of fellow human beings into the inherent truth of living in the Unified Field Magic of DivineJoy MU Presence.

 

Unified Field Soul-stice FIVE ELEMENTS Workshops
Thursday, 16 June 2016 Unified Field Introduction: Sound and Mantra Purification
Saturday, 18 June 2016 Unified Field Air: Zero Point Transmission
Saturday, 18 June 2016 Unified Field Water: BreathLight Experience
Sunday, 19 June 2016 Unified Field Fire: ShamaEka Somatic Movement
Sunday, 19 June 2016 Unified Field Earth: Sacred Cacao & Sound Medicine Ceremony
Monday, 20 June 2016 Unified Field Ether: Soul-stice Fullmoon Ritual and Resonance

Unified Field Soul-stice ADVANCED WEEKEND Workshops – Breath and Sound
Weekend, 25 & 26 March 2016 Unified Field Soul-stice Advance Weekend – Breath and Sound

Rainbow Diamond Heart Activation – Private Sessions
Weekdays, 21 – 23, 28 2016 Private Unified Field Sessions

New Earth Destiny Documentary and Q&A
with Mikael King (Proceeds to be donated to Charity)
Monday, 27 June 2016 New Earth Destiny Documentary