I have worked with Thessa for 10 years in dual meditation, she is my primary guide and ally along the path, and most of my approach to healing and self inquiry is grounded in our work together.
Globally we teach one to one retreats together and are continually cultivating new pathways together. The beauty and richness of our ever expanding playground for consciousness research and play, and capacity for healing has my deepest devotion. I see my role as midwife to her work and supporting her to make her teachings accessible to others along the path in my own unique way.
Thessa Sophia is an experienced therapist in many modalities including trauma healing, nutrition, allergy therapy and herbalism. Her background in experience-based consciousness research has allowed her to develop advanced trauma healing techniques and the Alchemy Structural Self Inquiry program.
She says about her work, ‘I see my role as developer of and teacher in Structural Self Inquiry as one of guide, and fellow traveler along the path. I am not here to pass along some great knowledge but to help the student develop the skills to gain that knowledge from within themselves and be able to share this amongst their peers.’
Ever since I can remember I have had a profound interest in the nature of perception, experience and consciousness. I had a difficult childhood in many ways with a problematic family background.
However, I almost always experienced an underlying sense of happiness, despite these challenges and this fascinated me. Why was this the case when many people I knew were generally unhappy even though they seemingly had more agreeable circumstances? I also had a highly developed sense of intuition and was quickly able to sense whatothers were experiencing.
The term for people with this ability is ‘empath’, but we have developed ways to teach everybody how to develop this capacity. I remember one situation where a school mate was in serious trouble at school and was in danger of being expelled.
As he went through the process of being called to the principle’s office, I had the experience that I actually was him in that moment –I could feel his fear, shame, and sorrow in my body and directly experience his viewpoint of the traumatic situation. This and other experiences fascinated me. Mainstream science has largely ignored such phenomena and is only now beginning to examine these kinds of things.
If we are separate individuals and our consciousness is a product of and is located in thebrain, how is it possible to ‘sense’ energetic and emotional aspects of someoneelse? Of course Western science is way behind what mystical traditions haveknown for millennia. Mystics throughout the ages have been aware that we are allaffecting each other on subtle but profound levels. This is not just a spiritual idea but also a reproducible experience for those with refined kinaesthetic andemotional sensitivity. This ‘non-locality of consciousness’ is an everydayexperience for us and we teach our students ways to become aware of thisphenomenon, as it is a crucial part of the transformational process.
Indeed, if weare not aware of the extent to which our consciousness is affecting people andtheirs is affecting ours, we are unlikely to make significant progress on thetransformational journey.I studied Psychology at university in order to explore my fascination with thehuman condition, but I was largely disappointed by the subject matter.
The pseudoscientific methodology didn’t relate to my everyday experience and largelyignored extraordinary states of consciousness.After graduating, I took an MA in IT and in many ways, some of the concepts I learned in this second degree have been more useful to my explorations. Experience of how data is gathered and organised has led to practical applicationsfor self-enquiry in our processes. After a short-lived career as a computer programmer I began studying a variety ofdisciplines related to consciousness and healing. I became a nutritionist and masterherbalist. I trained as an allergy elimination therapist using a technique called NAET. This was a fascinating period in my life. I had a full time practice workingwith allergies and found that a process of trauma healing led to the resolution ofmany allergic reactions and some serious disease conditions.
This encouraged me to investigate further, in order to find the causal level behinddisease and consciousness itself. I explored a number of modalities such as yoga,Introduction to Tools for hemi-sync, neuro-feedback and a range of meditation practices. I also studied witha variety of teachers in the shamanic, yogic and psychotherapeutic fields and I started to encounter a range of peak experiences and extraordinary phenomena,such as the development of High Sense Perception.
I worked with a group of consciousness researchers who were experientially examining these phenomena and looking at how some serious diseases could beaddressed through advanced consciousness and trauma healing techniques. Thiswas an intense experience as I worked full time exploring deeply into the nature ofself, perception, healing and consciousness.
I began teaching others during this period. I also met and married Rob!This led to the formation of The Academy of Modern Alchemy and thedevelopment of Alchemy Techniques as we decided to begin sharing our workwith a wider audience. So far we have taught the material we have developed in residential settings and over the Internet. Our work is still very much researchbased as we explore ever deeper into the causal level of experience. It has been and continues to be an exciting and fascinating journey.
We are blessed to be able to share that journey with others.