“Most people live on a very surface level of their consciousness,” said Amira. “And that’s why they don’t feel a lot of pain and think they are fine — they occupy only one part of their consciousness. But every once in a while the shit starts to seep upstairs through the vents. Freedom is being able to go into any area of consciousness and feel at peace and in harmony with every aspect of the self: anger, fear, joy, happiness and embrace the whole of the human experience.”
Some of her methods seem similar to forms of therapy including regression and Gestalt. The difference is a firm belief in a divine force. “It’s a form of deep meditation, guiding one to go into subconscious and unconscious layers. I don’t want to re-traumatize but release the emotional charge until you are at peace,” Amira said. “In psychological work it goes on for years. In my work the belief in the divine and grace can lead to a divine intervention and can heal within one session.”
Too good to be true?
The idea of a quick fix is problematic for some. A former student, Leiven Hwang (黃立文) was initially intrigued. “What was suggested was the possibility of the deeksha blessing being a potential source of instantaneous enlightenment; it sounded like a pretty cool thing to try,” he said. “The initial experiences were very powerful in terms of almost every aspect of being. In addition it brought different kinds of revelations about things in my life I wasn’t seeing and wanted to transform.”
He quit because he no longer “felt impelled by the work” as “delving into my own conditions and suffering, self-discovery and learning my own path” became more rewarding. “Amira may say her work helps process all those sufferings in a faster, more compressed and efficient way, but I felt like doing the work myself — I get much more out of the process.”
There can be benefits to her methods, Hwang said. “[There is] definitely the possibility for people to be in much more improved states, to be more happy. At the same time my belief is that the more we are looking at our inner state and evaluating what is better or worse, the act of making those judgments and not being able to accept where we are at is a barrier to be being able to be liberated.”
Other students have said the process helped them to become more self-aware, and according to former student Carol Chen (陳純甄) it “let the wisdom flow from the inner fog” so you can “accept and love yourself as well as [form] a link with God.”
Amira’s upcoming book-signing events are in Taipei Friday, Oct. 19 from 6:45pm to 9:30pm at the Tien Cultural Foundation (耕莘文教基金會), 22 Hsinhai Rd Sec 1, Taipei (台北市辛亥路一段22號). Admission: NT$300, includes a copy of Awakening into Love
Kaohsiung: Saturday, Oct. 20 from 2pm to 4:30pm at 288 Zhisheng Rd, Zuoying District (高雄市左營區至聖路288號). Admission: Free
Taipei: Friday, Oct. 26 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Eslite Xinyi Store (誠品信義店), 11 Songgao Rd, Taipei City (台北市松高路11號). Admission: Free
Taichung: Friday, Nov. 2 from 7pm to 9pm at the Taichung Dadun Cultural Center (台中市大墩文化中心演講廳) 600 Yingcai Rd, West District, Taichung City (台中市西區英才路600號)
There will also be a four-day Advanced Healing and Light Worker Training from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11, and a 15-day Awakening Consciousness Retreat in Nature from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. For information on the book signings, training, or retreat, go to: www.amiraevaloo.com or www.onenesscenter.com.tw. All events are held in Mandarin.