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From skeptical software engineer to Pranic Healing teacher

Update on July, 2020: Get the updated version of this article published on Marlene's Sound Outlook magazine!

I discovered Pranic Healing by chance, about 9 years ago in Brazil, where I'm originally from.

As a successful software engineer for almost two decades now, I used to be very skeptical about life energy, spirituality and esoteric teachings, and would hardly consider studying anything that was not fully endorsed by western science.

One day I stumbled upon an article featuring a Harvard research on the benefits of meditation and became very curious about it. It was early 2011, so as a "New Year's resolution" I decided I would learn to meditate and figure out for myself if that was something I could use to improve the functioning of my brain, my memory and my emotional control. Little did I know that so much more would come!

I was lucky to know the perfect person to point me in the right direction on these matters. This childhood friend of mine is still one of the most brilliant minds I've ever met, and I remembered he once told me one of his dreams was to scientifically prove the existence of chi energy (prana) and potentially win a Nobel Prize for that. I reached out to him telling I wanted to learn to meditate. He told me to take a Pranic Healing Level 1 class, and so my journey began.

I registered without thinking or reading what the class was about, so I had no idea what to expect of this weekend-long workshop. Perhaps a new age, hand-holding chanting ceremony, some "let's get together and feel alright" kind of thing. It couldn't be farther from that!

In a Pranic Healing class the human energy anatomy is taught very methodically, with a level of depth I had never imagined before. We learn about the 11 major chakras (energy centers), their physical and psychological functions, and practical, powerful, no-touch hand movements to remove energy blockages and improve the quality of the energy flowing through a person's body. Ultimately, a Pranic Healing session leads to an accelerated rate of healing, leveraging the body's own ability to heal itself, substantially improving the quality of one's physical and emotional health.

As cool as this may sound, it's needless to say that my engineer's mind did not believe any of it and instantly rejected it all. I even considered not coming back for the second day of class, but something inside me told me to "finish what I had started". Besides, on the second day we would learn the Meditation on Twin Hearts, my main goal from the very beginning.

After the class I decided I could practice this meditation every now and then, but I was still skeptical about the whole healing thing. My friend then wisely challenged me to validate what I had just learned - or prove it to be wrong - emphasizing that "disbelieving things without experimenting" is just as unscientific as "believing things blindly". I accepted his challenge and decided I would practice the Meditation on Twin Hearts every single day for at least one or two months. Furthermore, there was nothing for me to lose by just spending ~20 minutes a day sitting on a chair while following this relaxing meditation recording.

Less than four weeks later I had an experience I instantly knew had changed my life forever. During my meditation that morning I started to feel intense bliss, originating from my crown and flowing down through my whole body. The closest to that sensation I had ever experienced till then was an orgasm. This bliss, however, was like a gentle, energizing, full-body orgasm which lasted for no less than 14 hours! I was so amazed by that sensation that it was difficult to work that day!

On a side note, it's interesting to think that on that very night I would be catching a flight to Las Vegas to go to another friend's bachelor's party. It's hilarious to recall his disappointment every time I would tell him I didn't want to "go party" with the guys because I'd rather stay in the hotel and meditate instead. How curious that, of all days, God picked that particular one to let me experience the most outstanding sensation I've ever had even up until today!

Back at home I knew very well what I had to do: I contacted the Pranic Healing center in São Paulo and asked them to make me a "package deal" so I could take all the classes they offered. I knew this path was "the real deal" and I needed to see "how deep the rabbit hole goes". The rest is history...

These teachings continue to be part of my life on a daily basis, continuously helping me become the best version of myself I've ever been, with more intelligence, loving-kindness, and willpower. Out of gratitude to Master Choa Kok Sui, it is my greatest pleasure - and moral duty - to help His teachings spread and alleviate the suffering of humanity.

Today I'm an Associate Pranic Healer, currently organizing events in the Seattle area. Apart from having my private practice, I also teach Pranic Healing introductory classes, lead meditation sessions, community healing meetings, and healing expos.

If you want to learn more about Pranic Healing, Master Choa's teachings or hear more about my journey and the events I organize, don't hesitate to send me an e-mail. I'll be happy to help you realize by yourself how these amazing teachings can improve your life to levels you had never imagined before!

In the meantime, I leave you with this short CBS News clip:

- Eduardo Sztokbant