Ayesha Campbell-Payne

Nov 12, 2010

By If I thought I would only be on this trip for 2 weeks I had another thing coming

How to even begin to put into words how this trip changed my views and perspective on life is a challenge... As a BodyTalk practitioner I was excited to share this incredible self-healing tool with the children and their carers. I had experienced the huge benefit it had on my life and health and couldn't wait to share this with the orphans.

Working with the children and sharing these techniques was the most rewarding thing I have ever done! The kid's enthusiasm to learn and take part in the techniques was amazing. These kids don't have the doctor around the corner or the idea of when you're ill you take a pill, so to them they had no barriers or masks as to what works or doesn't!

I'm sure I speak for a lot of the people on the trip: We were going to help the orphans with the Access techniques but soon realized that the children were having a huge impact and healing on us

On the 18th January 2010 a group of youth were invited on a trip that would soon change their perspective on life forever.

My name is Ayesha Campbell and I am one of the youth who had the privilege to go on the last trip! I live in the South East of England in a Town called Haslemere. I am 21 years old and am currently a teaching assistant in a primary school.

How to even begin to put into words how this trip changed my views and perspective on life is a challenge... On the 18th of January 2010 I started off from England to Singapore where I met for the first time the youth who I would be sharing this experience with for the next two weeks! After the initial nerves of the unknown died down the thought of what was to come and the excitement of this unknown journey I was about to embark on kicked in! Nothing could have prepared me for what was to come!

If I thought I would only be on this trip for 2 weeks I had another thing coming!

I was really apprehensive as the idea of an Orphanage made me sad, the fact that these children didn't have parents. Many of the youth team had experienced BodyTalk before in their lives and had seen the change it could bring about. As a BodyTalk practitioner I was excited to share this incredible self-healing tool with the children and their carers. I had experienced the huge benefit it had on my life and health and couldn't wait to share this with the orphans.

Working with the children and sharing these techniques was the most rewarding thing I have ever done! The kid's enthusiasm to learn and take part in the techniques was amazing. These kids don't have the doctor around the corner or the idea of when you're ill you take a pill, so to them they had no barriers or masks as to what works or doesn't!

I'm sure I speak for a lot of the people on the trip: We were going to help the orphans with the Access techniques but soon realized that the children were having a huge impact and healing on us. They were giving us more than we could ever give them. The biggest thing that hit me was the fact that all these children were so loving and happy. They showed unconditional love. A lot of the children came with sad stories that not even you or I could comprehend but still they showed love. Their hearts were open.

Many of us are quick to want to help others that we think are less fortunate than ourselves. We see them in need of our help but we need to realize that we can't help or change anything until we change and accept ourselves. Looking at who you are and how you feel can be the hardest thing to do. This journey made each and everyone on the trip really explore themselves and really face some of the demons that lay deep inside.

Before I went on the trip I had been suffering with mental illness for the past five/six years. I had been through countless psychiatrists, doctors, counsellors, you name it I had seen them! I had been put on many different medications including antidepressants throughout the years. Within the last four years I had been hospitalized, sectioned and diagnosed with anorexia/bulimia and depression. For a long time I just didn't want to be here and live this life any more. Countless attempts on my life became a regular occurrence and self-harm became my coping tool whenever I felt out of control. I was fed up and really wanted to change my life.

I hated the idea of diagnosis because to me it felt like being put in a box and told this is how you feel! I always felt that how could it be healthy that everyday you reinstated the fact that you were ill and had that diagnosis. Although I think it is important to acknowledge there is something wrong, I don't think it necessary to walk around with a label branded on you for the rest of time. We see this happen so much in our society where doctors and the medical world are so quick to jump to conclusions and give you that label, it makes it easier to deal with! What if you are someone who doesn't want that label, who sees there are other ways to deal with it apart from taking medication, who believes that you will get better and leave that label behind for good.... hmmm... it becomes a battle against all that we are supposed to believe in, that is in the medical world! Don't get me wrong I do see that we need the intervention of medical help and this saves lives, as I know it did mine.

As I was only suppose to be going on this trip for 2 weeks I had taken just enough medication for that period of time. That soon changed, I suddenly was going about changing my flights to extend my trip and continue on into the jungle! This left me with the dilemma of not having enough medication! It opened up the idea that I would have to come off them. This wasn't going to be straight forward as I was on a high dose and they are known to have the worst side effects if you are not weaned off them slowly! I had wanted to come off them and never believed that they did any good so this was the perfect opportunity! The first day in the jungle I came off them cold turkey and instead of taking a pill I had BodyTalk! I can say hand on heart that the only side effect I had was a headache for the first hour then not a single side effect! If this doesn't show you the power of BodyTalk then I don't know what does!

This trip turned many of my thoughts and ideas around. For the first time I felt like I belonged and that it was ok to explore thoughts and feelings that I had buried down for so long. Since a child I had always thought I was odd and a little weird. I would feel, see and hear things that I couldn't explain. When I walked into a room I could instantly feel the conflicts or thoughts between people even when on the surface everyone seemed fine, this would always became over whelming and make me remove myself. Suddenly I was around people who understood and knew what I was saying as they too had experienced similar things! It gave us all a chance to explore this side of ourselves and be able to really fully connect to the earth and each other! I will never forget when I spoke to my brother and told him "the energy of the Rockies are incredible"...there was silence on the other side of the phone and he answered with 'You sound like a hippie!! In the past I would of just let that reinstate that I was weird, but now I've come to realize that I'm not weird or crazy I just need to surround myself in like minded people and to honor that side of myself.

A huge and powerful thing I learn't was the power of being an observer and holding space. To be there for someone but not get involved is a hard but very powerful tool. It gives that person a chance to truly feel but know that there is someone there, helping them through that energetically. We are all connected at a much deeper level all the time, if it be our energy fields connecting or sub conscious thoughts exchanging. By sitting there and holding space for that person you are connecting in a much deeper level than words could ever do. You are not letting ego or ideas get in the way. You are truly letting that person feel that wave of emotion without any interruptions. This was seen a lot on the trip through sessions and also when the group downloaded in the evenings.

This journey really made you reflect within yourself. It has given me the hope that I do want to live, and that even though sometimes that hole swallows you up and you see no way out, there is a way.
This trip was a life changing experience that has changed many aspects of my life. I have gained a great Canadian family out of it and friendships that will last a lifetime. I have been given a much greater understanding about energy work and how if you just stop for a moment you will see the most incredible miracles each day that are unfolding before us. It has given me hope that I will be able to fully recover from past experiences and be able to live my life to the fullest. I still struggle with certain things but I know that time heals and that if you believe that you will change, you will.

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