Episode 163 - Diana Zaheer, “Making Peace with Our Reactions”
We invited Diana Zaheer to join us again to discuss "Making Peace with Our Reactions." We spent a majority of our time talking about her "Reaction" healing room. We discussed how we ALL have reactions and how to learn to recognize and control reactions. Questions we worked on during our discussions - How does our "Critical Voice" affect our reactions? What is a reaction and what to do about them? How to deal with the reactions of others? Diana gives us tools and resources to acknowledge and hopefully work to change our reactions to be more loving and empathic to cultivate richer relationships with others.
Recommended Resources: Sufi poet Rumi
Quotes: "We have a lot more material there, that's getting in the way of really being close to those people because we have unfinished business inside of us that comes out in reactions."
"When I'm not a reaction, I feel very relaxed, I feel very peaceful, things seem to find place effortlessly, I don't have to push myself."
"If there's a way I can reconnect to myself, everybody's gonna benefit especially me because I'm not going to step into my history and recycle what I saw people do."
Diana says, “As far back as I can recall -- I think I was four years old -- I saw energy. It didn't seem strange; in fact, it felt quite natural. Its visual presence provided comfort and companionship. It reminded me that I was not alone in my everyday conventional life but part of a greater reality that was beneficent, unbounded and true. I come from a family with generations of sensitive people. Two of my grandparents worked as healers.
After working as a journalist for many years, I began studying energy healing techniques and spiritual traditions from around the world. I wanted to help people understand energy and healing with the same precision and measurability of journalistic science. I have lived in the United States, Dubai, Nepal, Kazakhstan and India. I come from the birth place of Berkeley, California.
My formal healing studies began at the age of 23 when I joined the Diamond Heart Training of the Ridhwan School in Berkeley, California. I studied with that group for 15 years. To better understand the physiology and anatomy of the human body, I completed a California state approved massage therapy and healing arts certification from the Diamond Light School in Marin County, California. From Healing Touch International, an organization started by U.S. nurses to share techniques and understanding about energy work, I learned the importance of being able to clearly talk with clients about the energy field and the healing process. She has also lived overseas meet and learning from
practitioners of different spiritual and healing traditions.
“I am a veteran homeschooling mom. I didn't expect that would be our path, but both of my kids wanted to homeschool for most of their educational careers. We have two sons, Ali, 16, and Nuri, 10. Their wishes and choices fit naturally with my work and the way our family functions. My husband and I put family first and take pleasure in witnessing, attuning to and guiding the lives of our two boys. We have homeschooled all over the world -- on a mountaintop in Nepal, in a desert community in Dubai, in a primitive Kazakh town and in vibrant cities in India. Our homeschooling journey involves gifted learning and twice exceptional learning.”
Living overseas, I have had the privilege to meet and learn from practitioners of different spiritual and healing traditions. In Nepal, I began privately studying Tibetan medicine with gifted master teacher Dr. Namgyal Phunrab and have integrated its ancient philosophy and practices into my work. In Nepal and India, I have had the great fortune to spend time in many monasteries. In India, I have been truly blessed to attend workshops offered by His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and his root teacher His Eminence The 12th Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche and to meet with them personally. I have focused my studies during the past few years on teachings from the New Thought - Ancient Wisdom tradition, immersing myself in the works of Ernest Holmes, Joel Goldsmith and Michael Bernard Beckwith. I am truly grateful for my private work in this tradition with Ester Nicholson, author of Soul Recovery.
Many of my clients seek support from me as part of their inner journey to find depth and meaning in their lives. I also have specialized experience working with people who - are gifted and talented, have trauma in their personal history, experience high sensitivity to their environments, underachieve despite big natural capacities, feel alien in the conventional world.