Monique Fay's Biography

Dec 18, 2009

By Monique Fay

 I would like to briefly introduce myself to give you an idea of what brings me to step forward at the request of John and Esther Veltheim to teach a course on healing with the power of the elements using nature photography as portals for a deep personal process of transformation.

I was born in France on the Italian border during World War II. It was only after the war that I was allowed to go outside to play in nature. That was the biggest gift I had ever been given – to be outdoors. My father was both a physician and a photographer. At times he would let me hold his camera. I discovered at an early age the fascination of "framing" a landscape. Each time it made me feel as though I was entering a very private world, one of my own choice.  My ambition growing up was to be a medical doctor and follow in my father's footsteps, but being "right brain" and ADD there was no way it was going to happen in the traditional way. Oddly enough, all of this came to fruition later in life when I embarked on a degree in Oriental Medicine mostly to study the 5 Elements.

 I was first asked to give a workshop with those images by my Tibetan teacher H.E.Tai Situpa who had just founded the Maitreya Institute in Honolulu in summer of 1983. During a three month period, teachers from various backgrounds, including Tibetan, Hawaiian and Native American cultures had come together to share their knowledge.

Little did I know that what had started as a personal journey with taking photographs for my own healing, would one day become a tool for others to heal themselves with the same images. I am thrilled to be able to share my healing journey with you and hope that it will open up new horizons for you.                                               

The premise of the course is to learn a very powerful system which I am simplifying to make it very user friendly. What makes the course different is that we will be using photographs of the 5 Elements in nature as doorways to the subconscious.

In Tibetan culture, the five elements – earth, water, fire, air, and space- are considered to be the substance of all things and processes. The study of their interactions permeates Tibetan thought. An understanding of the elements forms the basis of medicine, astrology, psychology and is the foundation for shamanism and spiritual practices.

 After a long journey, that took 35 years of exploring different healing systems with the elements and observing their similarities, I am back where I started, back with the Tibetan system of the 5 Elements which seems to help me put it all together. In T. S. Eliot 's words," We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know it for the first time." 

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