Intention Tops Technique in Galway 2012
Dr. Mike Smith, NADA founder, and Jo
Ann Lenney, RT from New York, traveled to Ireland in May to do another training
– this time at the Galway Rape Crisis Center.
The training was held at a beautiful old country home,
Killeen House, which was being used as a venue for meetings with various
support groups. Mary Guckian, one of the
managers at the house, told us that there were men working at the property that
day who had mental and emotional issues, and she asked if we would give them a
treatment. After the treatment, one of
the men asked me, “When are you coming back?” I was glad to be able to say, “Tomorrow.”
They came again the next day reporting that
they had felt calmer and that they had had a good night’s sleep.
The trainees gave the treatments the first morning having had
very little practice and knowing only two points – the Sympathetic and the
Shenmen. Despite all that, the results
were dramatic. And dramatic results were
also noted in the way the students responded after giving the treatment and
seeing how it affected the clients. They
saw that their intention was more important than their technique.
Mary, who said that it was no accident that we showed up on
the day that she was working, joined in the training and easily caught up and
was soon leading the group not only in point location but, more importantly, in
the NADA spirit. Along with another
worker, she hopes to be giving the treatments at Killeen House on a weekly
basis to start. Her plan is to get
others trained to make the NADA protocol more available to all the people who
come to Killeen House.
Billy McCullough runs a weekly clinic in his community in Belfast and offers the
NADA protocol there free of charge. He
came to Galway to complete his RT
apprenticeship and already has been asked to do a training at a local youth
forum. Billy and two other RT mentees
who came to Galway -- Leigh Stewart and
Raymond McCambridge from Ballymena -- are working together to set up satellite
programs in outlying areas.
Leigh and Raymond work at the Ballymena Hope Center with “at-risk”
young people. When Leigh first came to
the Hope Center, he was addicted to both legal
and illegal drugs. He had trouble
leaving his home because of paranoia and depression. He told us that his first acupuncture
treatment helped turn this around enabling him to attend group sessions and a
12-step program at the Hope Center. Recently a 15-year-old boy, who occasionally
came into the center, committed suicide – one of the first things Leigh did
when he heard about the death was to take an acupuncture treatment
Raymond was in and out of the court system as a
teenager. He is hoping to learn more
about Drug Courts so he can bring the NADA protocol there. Raymond told us that now that he is doing the
acupuncture on a more regular basis, he is noticing how many more ways it is
helping people. One of the things he
learned at the training in Galway was not to
be afraid to do the treatment -- he did not have to have “a head full of
theory” for the treatment to be effective.
After starting their own recovery, Leigh and Raymond became volunteers
and are now full-time youth workers.
They had already been trained in the NADA protocol and came to Galway to become RT’s and to learn as much as they could
from the “source,” Dr. Mike Smith.
Orla McGuinness and Aoibheann McCann from the Galway Rape
Crisis Cclass=MsoNormal They had both attended a NADA workshop two years ago and were already
using the magnetic beads. They attended
this training with another counselor, Agnes Kelly, and are now treating the
staff and volunteers at GRCC and have reported “great uptake and great
response.” They will be moving to larger
premises in August and will then be able to offer the service to their clients
on a regular basis -- although they do it now “as needed.” Another one of the trainees from Galway is Maara Mulgrew.
She works at the Galway Community Action Network and is now offering the
NADA protocol at a local youth services center.
Eléanore Hickey, Tommy Kielthy, and
Rachel Peckham, RT’s from Switzerland,
Ireland, and England
respectively also attended the training/seminar. They came to assist in whatever way they
could, helping with technique and sharing their own stories. Megan Yarberry from Hawaii had hoped to come to Galway for this event but
sadly for us she was not able to make it.
Among other reasons, she wanted to attend because: “conversations with
Dr. Smith are an inspiration and an education.
He shares tales of his experiences over the course of his rich life from
SE Asia to Ethiopia,
what to pay attention to when providing trainings in faraway places, how best
to adjust treatments for diverse populations.
He is clearly a visionary who has given himself to an idea he believes
in. Fortunately for all of us, this
vision is a crucial and useful tool for effecting real change in the
world. What an amazing man, and what an
honor for us all to know him.”
From: Anne Henry [email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:53 PM
Subject: NADA Training in Galway
Hi Jo Ann,
Hope you and Dr
Mike are well. I just wanted to thank you for giving your
time to deliver training to Leigh and Raymond.
Raymond has come back with confidence and is eager to carry on with his
new found knowledge. He felt he got so
much out of the training sessions both on a personal level and a professional
Leigh also was
excited and brimming with confidence at the prospect of making a difference to
people’s lives through Auricular Acupuncture and improving their quality of life. He has already organised training for our Gym
Instructor and some volunteers.
Leigh felt inspired
by Dr Mike and related to all Dr Mike had to
say on a personal level, he feels that Dr Mike’s
comments have helped him in his personal recovery.
This training will
be a great benefit to all at the Hope Centre and to all who to wish to learn
and take it to communities across Northern Ireland. Thank you and Dr Mike so
much. Your passion,
knowledge and understanding have certainly made a difference to Leigh and
May your work continue for a long time to come.