“Sumitra held the space beautifully during our session. I felt bathed in the radiance of her quiet, warm, steadfast presence. The level of rest that I reached during the session was very soothing and peaceful. I experienced great value from the time spent together. I fully endorse her as a Living Inquiries facilitator.”
“I have sat with countless therapists and practitioners over the years in an attempt to heal early trauma, so it was a surprise when I had my first session with Sumitra to discover that I had not experienced someone holding a space of 100% acceptance for me before. Sumitra continually held the most loving, gentle and accepting space; and rapidly became a role model for me so that I could learn to do that for myself. Sumitra is a very skilled facilitator – she drops the perfect question in when needed to help me open to my experience, and is comfortable remaining quiet and simply holding a space when things are naturally unfolding. I will always be thankful for the incredibly loving and safe space that Sumitra holds, and her skill as a facilitator."
“I feel so fortunate to have met Sumitra during our immersion training with the Hakomi method and to have received her thoughtful guidance with Scott Kiloby’s work. She is a bright light who embodies what she teaches and shares; she truly lives from the heart and creates a safe, nurturing environment for beautiful self-discovery to unfold. I am deeply grateful for what Sumitra has brought to me, and highly recommend her Living Inquiries sessions."
“You have a way of being present and totally in the moment. When you work with me, each little thing that comes up seems of utmost importance and worthy of infinite time spent looking at them. It feels like a reincarnation each moment working with you.”
“It has been a real pleasure being facilitated by Sumitra for the past 6 months or so and having someone who is skilled at facilitating with the Living Inquiries is a real blessing. Sumitra makes it very easy to feel safe when I am having a session and I feel that it is very important with this kind of work. Thank you Sumitra for all your help and support and great sessions.”
“I have experienced a gentle dissolving of body contractions with Sumitra’s facilitation. I cherish her divine feminine essence breathed into each word as she guides me on this simple weaving of looking within. Thank you dear Sumitra for your light of inquiry.”
“Sumitra is warm, wise and understanding. In the process of working with her on the Living Inquiries, I have received valuable insights that have led to a more peaceful and joyous life. Highly recommended!”
“Our facilitation was like no other experience I have had with facilitation in that Sumitra was just present for me. She witnessed, she held such a deep space and guided me through a self facilitation process intertwined with the living inquiry principles, so that I was able to see that the pain and sadness I felt were OK. She sat with me while I wept and it was one of the most cleansing experiences of my life.”
Most of us learned in our youth to avoid problems or obstacles at all cost, to turn away, run away or hide out. We were taught to plan out our lives and work to achieve our goals, allowing nothing to stand in the way of our struggle to control every detail.
Little did we know that life would have its own way most (all?) of the time and resisting what was offered only made things worse.
I always wanted to live happily ever after. Fairy tales led me to believe that “my prince” would come to save me and take me on his amazing adventure, and would love me forever. So I married at 19 the young prince who had shown up for me, and ten years later found myself alone with 4 kids to raise, devastated! I had no idea who I was or how to be happy.
Soon I heard about Enlightenment – another promise of “happily ever after.” I practiced meditation, lived and worked in a spiritual community, studied communication skills, and still would be triggered in my daily relationships so that real happiness felt elusive.
In 2012 I began training with Scott Kiloby in his Living Inquiries practices, became certified as a facilitator of those inquiries in 2013 and in 2020 with his newer Kiloby Inquiries.
Amazingly, to me, the happiness I’d been seeking outside was finally being found inside myself. All those years I’d been expecting life to unfold in a certain way – so that I’d be happy – and that expectation had been holding me in bondage.
The Inquiry process has turned me around, to be curious and compassionate about the situations that naturally arise in life and my responses to them. Instead of running away or hiding from the outcomes I did not want, I could turn towards them, hold them lovingly in my inner awareness and come to accept them. I could flow with life rather than resist it.
Inquiry sessions usually include a short guided rest to focus attention in the body, followed by a curious and compassionate exploration into the words, images and sensations that have become stuck together at times when we didn’t yet have the tools to remain centered and free in our relationships.
By listening to the words, looking closely at the images and being willing to feel the sensations and emotions that flow through the body, we can experience those bonds loosening and releasing their grip. Freedom is experienced. And that freedom can feel like “happily ever after.”
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