Ahead of the London Wellbeing Festival in May, we caught up with Brandon Bays ahead of her workshop 'Emotions-Gateway to the soul'. Brandon Bays is the world's leading authority on emotional healing and life transformation. It was in the face of adversity that acclaimed speaker and mind-body healing expert Brandon Bays discovered her true calling. Diagnosed in 1992 with a large tumor, Brandon embarked on a remarkable, soul-searching and liberating healing journey. In doing so, she uncovered a means to get direct access to the boundless healing potential that exists inside each of us. She is internationally known for her radically transformative work in the fields of cellular healing, emotional wellbeing and spiritual awakening, and is the pioneer of The Journey Method ®.
Who is 'The Journey' for?
The Journey is for the everyday person, for anyone who realises that there must be more to life than the existence we normally settle for. It is for anyone who has ever searched for deeper answers to life’s questions and challenges, for anyone interested in a practical, ‘how-to’ method for living a life of infinite potential, purpose and fulfillment.
When I was writing The Journey book I imagined an ordinary person in an ordinary town, living an ordinary life, and that’s who I wrote it for. The book allows the reader to accompany me on my personal journey of discovery and healing, but so often people tell me that it is their story, their challenges, their life issues and realisations that come to the surface when they read it. They uncover the reasons they were not living life as a full expression of who they really are – boundless potential.
What feelings, knowledge or skills will be acquired from the workshop?
The Journey Method is a straightforward, practical means of uncovering your inner diamond your innate radiant beauty and really living free from the lifetime of baggage you have collected. This simple and powerful step-by-step method has helped many thousands of people around the world to heal from physical and emotional issues, debilitating illnesses and life challenges, opening the door to joy, inner freedom, vibrant health, boundless potential and wholeness.
When we are at the height of a strong emotion, our bodies release a quantifiable chemistry into our blood streams and if we do not express these strong emotions at that time then these chemicals get stored inside the body. And if over time an illness is going to occur, it is likely to occur in the areas of the body where the shutdowns occurred.
The Journey Method is a closed eye guided meditation where you go on a journey inside the body and uncover and access these stored memories, to express fully what was being experienced at that time, to release the stored pain and associated biochemistry and facilitate the body to go about its natural healing process as it knows how to do automatically of its own accord without you having to do a thing.
During the process you ‘empty out’ and express all the stored pain associated with that memory and ultimately forgive all the people involved with your previous issue, leaving you feeling whole and free. The process is a straightforward tool, which can be used by anyone, anywhere irrespective of background, age, education or culture.
A big part of The Journey’s popularity has been because it helps you to dig deeply, get to the real root cause of your self-sabotaging patterns and clear them completely. Then your true, limitless potential as a divine human being can truly shine!
Some people experience spontaneous healing after just one process – like my husband and partner in Journeywork, Kevin Billett, who healed from chronic, genetically inherited life-long depression after just one process because he got directly to the root cause of what had put his depression in place and fully cleared it out.
With other people, the illness or life challenge may result from multiple issues or different facets of a single issue. For example you may in one process clear the issue of having been humiliated by a teacher at school but that won’t clear the anger you felt or you may clear that childhood issue of feeling unloved by your mother but that won’t clear the feeling of grief and loss of a loved one.
I always say The Journey is not a ‘Band Aid’, a quick fix one-off method that we then store in the filing cabinet. It is a ‘Journey’. I myself still have a Journey process once a week because I am certain there is more than one issue stored inside this body and I would never be so arrogant as to think I had got it all handled!
What issues can be resolved or what can be achieved from attending the workshop?
The Journey Method clears emotional blocks, unhealthy or traumatic cell memories and stored issues, often from childhood, which have set up a pattern of behaviour, which as adults we now live our daily lives from. At the Manifest Abundance Retreat which, is only available to Journey Grads, we uncover the issues or ‘Silent Saboteurs’ as I like to call them, which hold us back and keep us from achieving our dreams, our goals, our true potential. We look at Career, Relationship, Health, Finances, Creativity and what prevents us from achieving our deepest prayers and intentions and having uncovered and cleared these deep seated issues, are left soaring as all possibilities.
Each of us is different and has our own healing experience, so there is no formula to it, when we allow our analytical minds to fall away, when we drop our knowing, our beliefs, have no expectations of any outcome, stop striving to ‘fix’ ourselves, stop the story of blame and allow our arrogance to fall away, some divine mystery comes into play. And in our surrender to what is, we experience an innocence that invites the seemingly impossible to become possible, and all of life can rush in to support the ultimate healing that is possible.
At the age of 39, even though I was living a vibrant, healthy, fulfilled life and doing everything ‘right’, I was diagnosed with a tumour the size of a basketball. This proved to be my wake up call, the call to get real and uncover the shutdowns, hurts and traumas, which were unconsciously keeping me from living as an expression of my true essence. The tumour was my greatest gift, and made me get real, explore the real truth of my being more fully and start living life from a deeper realisation. Putting into practice what I learned in this process, I healed completely and naturally from the tumour on only six-and-a-half weeks’ time.
The Journey is not about getting ‘rid’ of what we perceive to be ‘unwanted things’ rather it’s a processing and welcoming everything within ourselves which is not yet free. The results are remarkable. I get reports from people from all over the world, by mail, email and on my Facebook page, that their lives have transformed radically and that they have experienced natural cellular healing similar to my own. They report healing from a huge variety of acute and chronic physical and emotional conditions, and each report seems as extraordinary to me as my own healing – it never ceases to amaze me!
At every Journey Intensive we have people who spontaneously heal – like my Husband Kevin. And there is always at least one person who by the end of the seminar no longer needs glasses for reading or driving.
During 2012 we published, ‘Living The Journey’, which is a collection of true-life stories from 15 people who underwent Journeywork and healed all areas of their lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Ultimately if even just one person heals and comes to wholeness in their lives, then that is the greatest success you could ever wish for and the truth is thousands of people have been liberated and woken up to the truth of who they really are, to the infinite potential inside to the freedom and love that pervades all of life.
If you could speak to your younger self, what advice would you give her?
Stop playing the games of ‘victim, blame and defence’. Our tendency to collapse into ‘poor me’ stories just perpetuate our suffering. Our attemts to blame and ‘fix’ others are cover-ups, excuses for not looking truthfully at our own issues, and they keep us stuck in our own pain. And our rigid barracades of protection against life isolate us and rob us of empathy and love. Better to admit our own shortcomings and treat them with the compassion we would show to a small child who was hurting. Better to be truthful about our own weaknesses, and to love them to death.
Be still and open in the face of emotional ups and downs. Realise that the current circumstance, challenge or problem you face is not the real casue of your emotional reaction. Your feeling is probably related to something much older, to a ‘cell memory’ that you are still ‘hooked’ by and which remains unresolved. And know that every emotion is a gateway to a priceless gift, and that if you open completely with that emotion, surrender totally into its heart, the precious gift will be revealed.
Recognise that seeking for answers outside yourself has been fruitless. The search for knowledge, connection, relationship, wealth, status has brought at best only temporary respite from life’s challenges and has left you unsatisfied, still seeking. Know that all real answers lie within you, as you. You are That which you seek.
Count your blessings: So often we focus on the negatives in life – what’s wrong, lacking or missing – that we overlook the ways in which we are already blessed. Gratitude draws grace. So take some time each day to focus on and write down how life has gifted, showered and honoured you. Start with the small things let them flow, and if you are really honest you’ll be amazed at how life is already rich and bountiful.
I know this is a cheeky thing to say, but read The Journey book and in particular do the process work included in it. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have used it to awaken and transform their everyday lives from the ordinary to the extraordinary. It deals with all of the issues I’ve mentioned here, and it gives you a simple step-by-step method to heal, to find the limitless Freedom that is your own true nature.
Meet Brandon live at the Mind Body Spirit Festival on Sunday for her workshop - Emotions-Gateway To The Soul
In this mini workshop, Brandon will guide you to strip away any illusions and ideations you may have created about emotions. All emotions, especially those that seem to limit us are the very gateway to our soul, to freedom. When we fully embrace them we open in the infinite embrace of love, freedom, Grace!
More info and to book here