Greg Barnes - Love Actually
NAME: Greg Barnes
LOCATION: Chilcotts Grass NSW Australia
Complementary Therapist; Renovations; Handyman; Landscaping; Human Rights Advocate
From young I have always been employed in a variety of different occupations including building and construction, working as a waiter and barman, as a security guard and as a complementary healing practitioner.
My teens were full of fun and sport with little regard for work, although during this period of my life I usually held down two jobs. I would frequently binge drink with sporting mates, using alcohol to check out from what I didn’t want to know about life.
Having said that, healing was something I have always felt drawn to, and at my first job when I was eighteen, I would do foot massages for the staff as we sat around after work drinking. There would also be the odd person who had a toothache, headache, sore shoulder or knee problem that I would do some healing on. I found that I took on the person’s symptoms of the headache, earache, sore shoulder etc. Usually these symptoms would leave me within a day or so, but generally the same problem would occur again for them down the track.
My twenties were a follow-on from my early years with sports and drugs taking pride of place while I held down two jobs. In my late twenties I spent twelve months in Europe chasing snow and competing in International Judo competitions including the World Judo Titles. This was in preparation for the Olympics, until at twenty-nine I broke my ankle while working as a security guard. That was the end of the Olympics for me.
In my thirties I was known as the ‘gentle giant’. This was also the time when I knew that my life really had to change and I started to look toward alternatives like the New Age movement and vegetarianism – so as to have all the answers by the time I was forty! The New Age movement held me in a spell in many ways – all of which have now been revealed as an illusion. I searched for something outside of myself to believe in, but none of it came from a truth. In my late thirties I started to do energetic healing work again as a second job. I had always done healings for others on a casual basis.
By the time I turned forty, I was still working doing security work from which I finally retired at forty-four without ever throwing a punch or being hit, although on separate occasions I had a gun, knife, chain and a belt used against me, plus lots of verbal abuse and drunken threats, all of which came to naught.
At this time I decided to stop all drugs, as the intense aches and pains in my lungs could only be attributed to smoking, and the rest of my body was not what I would have called a picture of health.
I am now an accredited practitioner for several modalities, and I bring commitment and integrity to all my clients.
From my early thirties I would pose the ‘love’ question. No one I talked to about love could ever give a definitive answer or a deeper understanding of what the word ‘love’ actually meant. I am sure that just about every woman I asked about love thought it was my way of coming onto them and never took the question too seriously, and the guys must have thought I was gay!
Firstly, I had to bring an understanding to myself that to accept love in my life I needed to develop a relationship with self-love. This I came to through the inspiration of Serge Benhayon. To go straight from my issues about life to truly living love in full was too great a leap! Many things in my life have changed over the last twelve years by introducing self-loving choices so that I no longer leave an imprint of disregard – a disregard that could draw me back to old ways of living. Now, everything I touch, how I move, how I walk and how I express is always in consideration of being more loving.
Now I simply walk with the pleasure of a joyous rhythm in my body. I love the feeling of my body becoming almost fluid from my toes up through my ankles and legs through my spine to the top of my head. My program occasionally includes using lightweights – a much more self-loving approach than the way I used to exercise, so very stilling, calming and rejuvenating for the body. Connective Tissue Exercises are also a vital part of my daily routine.
Exercising in this way has had a flow-on effect to the way I conduct myself in work, bringing a stillness to my body instead of the racy way I used to be. In fact every aspect of my life has become more self-nurturing, but it wasn’t until I first got an understanding of what the word ‘love’ truly meant that I started to live in this way.
The tenderness and respect with which I now treat myself and my body shows in every aspect of my life. As far as I am concerned this caring quality would not be possible if it were not for the presentations by Serge Benhayon.