At some point, I made the choice to reach out and learn from others. I was not able to find the answers and deal with my underlying emotions on my own. I clearly understand now, that we are not able to see ourselves and depend on life and the other to get to know ourselves.
I hereby express my gratitude towards those, whose teachings and life’s wisdom have altered my view on reality. Many of the wisdom they touched upon continues to deepen as I go along.
I started out in the domain of NLP and thank Paul Liekens for introducing me to a new world inside of me, which I could now enter through my mind. I learned about beliefs and limiting conditionings. I thank Anné Linden who invited me deeper into myself through the skillful art of Ericksonian Hypnosis. It allowed me to deepen my wisdom about the unconscious mind. I thank the whole ITAM team who brought me in touch with the technique of mindfulness. Gratitude towards Frits Koster who guided us so humorously through the vipassana retreats, even if at some point it became physically too painful. I learned about awareness and the power of now. I’m grateful for all the insights and understandings about my character as I came to learn about the enneagram through Sandra De Clercq, Katherine & David Fauvre.
I’m forever grateful for the teachings I received from David Deida, James Baye, and Michaela Boehm. They introduced me to the ever ongoing play between the Feminine & the Masculine, the original forces of all existence. The power of engagement and the experiences of embodied consciousness altered my life once more. I’m grateful for the profound learnings & wisdom I received from Darrel Calkins. He brought me in touch with the seven levels of change & consciousness. I’m grateful to have encountered Dr. David Wagner on my path as I experienced the impact of his teachings about our vertical reality & the ego, he playfully referred to as « Larry ».
I’m grateful for all the learnings & experiences throughout the years in the invisible realm of shamanism brought to me by Hema’a Drolma Mata, Françoise Rambaud & Gabriel Harkay. I’m grateful to have connected with the powerful tools of transurfing through Olivier Masselot. Thank you Mahasatvaa Ma Ananda Sarita for introducing me so delicately into the world of tantra. It allowed me to look deeper into my sexuality & all of the conditionings related to them.
I was deeply touched once more – this time also in a most physical manner – when I engaged in a body de-armoring seminar with Andrew Barnes. This allowed me to connect to my energetic body, something I was longing for, for so long. I was able to let go of some more guilt and shame. Gratitude. As I continued to explore my energetic body, I came in touch with bio-energetics through John Hawken. He made me realize the benefits of learning through felt sense experiences and the wisdom of our energetic body. I thank you.
Many of the teachings and insights came through my intimate relationships. They provided for a structure, allowing the most powerful transforming experiences on my inner journey. I’m most grateful for every single one of them. Emotional heart-breaks were always followed by profound learnings and the discovery of new virtues. I know now, it was not my heart that got broken but the layers of protection I had built around it. It did take some time to reach the point where I was able to alter my view on this.
India has always been one of the greatest manifestations of life’s teachings. Many of my Western conditionings were challenged. India is the master of letting go. I’m grateful for all the people I got to work & co-create with. I co-created the first leaf collection and fell in love with the process of co-creation. I especially thank Smita & Moksh Thapar, for allowing me to discover the inner Joy, Love & Beauty that arises out of the process of co-creation. I thank life for bringing me in touch with this process after a moving end of our co-operation.
Without my parents, I would not have made it into this world. I’m grateful for the gifts I received from them. It took time to unwrap them! They also provided me with the perfect set of conditions to venture on my inner journey. I’m grateful for they have served me in ways I’m still discovering. They also provided me with great financial support & the only way I could accept it was by investing it in finding my deepest truth. From a special place in my heart, I love you & I thank you!
I’m grateful for all my conditioning as I explain further in my writings on Divine Co-creation, for they have protected me along the way. After many fights, I got to know and accept them as my partners of co-creation. They became my friends on my inner journey.
I thank Maya and Jacek Towalski, founders of the fairytale-like seminar centre « Tu I Teraz » in Jonkowo, Poland. Their heartfelt hospitality provided me with the perfect setting to start my writings, surrounded by nature’s magic. BARZO DZIȨKUJȨ !
To all, I did not mention, including the therapists I had the privilege to work with.
To life, inviting me to see more of myself through its unlimited number of opportunities in each moment. Deep gratitude & humbleness to life, by far my greatest teacher.
A special thanks to Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, Professor of Psychology and clinical psychologist in Canada. I came in touch with his lectures and teachings on human psychology in the summer of 2017. They have allowed me to verify and confirm what I had learned through many different sources on my journey so far.
Last, but definitely not least, I’m grateful for who I’m. I patiently and persistently kept inviting all of me deeper into existence. I do the best I can to show up & to surrender, just a little more than expected. I trust life and realize that all of what happens is part of a larger plan.
Steven Pauwels, founder of Scent&Sense.