Knowledge and the Meaning of Our Lives

I came across this inspiring text today:

Knowledge is an all pervasive energy. It was there, it is here, and it will continue to exist forever. Knowledge is independent, unbiased and impersonal. In other words, we don’t create knowledge, we discover it, we reveal it and we manifest it. History is full of examples of tremendously subtle and curious minds that, throughout the time, observed thoroughly their surroundings, both abstractly and tangibly, and have been able to reveal amazing knowledge that, nowadays, make our standards of living much, much higher than in the past in almost all fields of existence. Now, if we look if from an individual perspective, many of the ancient traditions of the world have extensively written and described about the majestic beauty of existence, the main challenges and advantages of each of the phases of life, the important values that lead to a purposeful and inspiring life, the horrifying traits that take us all the way to the bottom and, most importantly, the path that we ought to follow if we are fully determined in pursuing the evolution, the freedom and the complete manifestation of our souls innermost dreams. So, if all the knowledge about the self is available for us to get to know our own nature, why are we still living under the influence of limiting, segregating and selfish beliefs and behaviors?. This is exactly the quintessential question that triggers the person’s initiative to go out there aiming to find out the answers that will bring more awareness, more discernment and more meaning to his life. So, either if you are going through the suffering phase, or if you already got that spark of curiosity burning inside of you, equip yourself with determination, freedom and discipline to find out about the majestic beauty of your own nature so that you can live your life with more wisdom, love and abundance. (Tadany – 26 08 16)


The benefits of bodywork

I am happy and grateful to Hiba Giacoletto who did an interview with me on the benefits of bodywork in April 2016 for Know it all.

Freedom Through the Body: Interview with Rita Rütsche

We tend to forget this, but the body is key when it comes to eating, and the way we listen and relate to our bodies can make all the difference when it comes to changing our eating habits.

This is an interview I did with Rita Rütsche, a practitioner with a unique approach to the body. I met Rita through her MLC group class (more on this below) and individual Grinberg sessions and found them both so helpful in allowing me to increase awareness of my body that I wanted to find out more about the way she approaches the body.

What exactly do you do?

I teach people to become more aware of their bodies so they can change disturbing behaviour patterns in their lives. I help them become conscious of how they walk through life, and what made them into the person they are today.

Through this process, they become aware of conditioning and influences. They are then able to find the freedom to make choices that are more fitting to their qualities and potential, that come from their heart, rather than being driven by common beliefs and other people’s expectations.

This is important because we are constantly influenced by the beliefs of our parents, our surroundings, our teachers at school etc from the moment we are born. Even though their aim is to provide a frame to grow and evolve in, they also transmit their fears, pains and limiting beliefs about life and about ourselves.

So even though these sources of influence give us a sense of security because of their familiarity, they also create dissatisfaction, physical discomfort and erroneous choices in our lives.

To be more precise: We are less afraid when we know what is right and wrong. When we know what is expected. When we can simply do what is expected. One of the basic biological human needs to grow and evolve is the need to be loved and get attention. Children will do anything to get love and attention from their parents.

For example, if it is very important to my parents that I become a doctor or a banker, there is a good chance that I will try to satisfy their ideology and do my best to become what they approve of, despite the fact that I might feel that there is always something missing in my life or that I lose strength and joy. The same is true with parents who would like to have an actor or a musician in the family when we would actually prefer to work in an office or become an architect for example.

When people first come for an individual session I do an assessment through their feet called foot analysis, since behaviour patterns, all kinds of blockages and physical discomfort are visible on the feet.

What is the role of the body in all this?

The body is reality. It cannot lie.

It has specific requirements to be able to function like sleeping, eating, rest etc. If we do not respect the basic needs of the body, we become sick or unhappy.

So in this way, the body doesn’t care about belief systems. It doesn’t care if we are driving it to exhaustion because of a belief about the need to be successful. All it knows is that it is exhausted.

For example, on an emotional level, the body doesn’t care that I believe it isn’t safe to get angry because this is the message I got from my family. When anger shows up, it shows up in the body. We can try to suppress it or not feel it, but the effect will still be there, the body experiences it and will create tension. Chronic tension leads to a dysfunction in the body and becomes a breeding ground for sickness or conditions like backache, headaches, hernias, heartburn etc.

The shape of the body can be a reflection of something that is going on for us. For example, extra weight can be a shield when it is not safe to feel attractive or we want to avoid being hurt again in a relationship.

Is it easier to live according to our hearts rather than our conditioning?

I don’t think it’s easier. It needs more courage, it takes more attention. A good dose of humor is helpful also since we take ourselves way too seriously when driven by our beliefs. Yet living according to our hearts leads to a more fulfilling, meaningful, happier life. We end up doing what’s most dear to us rather than what we’re supposed to do.

Could you share an example?

I had a client who came from a very close-knit family – to the point where it was seen as a betrayal for her to do things on her own. She felt guilty and anxious each time she had to leave for a business trip.

In the learning process through the body, she learned to manage her fears and guilt differently and gradually became free to choose who she wanted to spend time with, to do what she enjoyed on her own and also choose the times when she wanted to be with her family. Today, she knows how to tackle anxiety, has much more energy and joy in her life and has a real social life and friends.

She discovered through her body how much she had been ‘twisting’ herself into trying to fit the family rules and the cost on her life and sense of freedom.

Another example is a girl of 14 that had strong period pains and missed school 2 days every months. Through our bodywork she learned to work with physical pain and the fear of it and now gets her period without pain.

What is your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is to make people free and aware of their automatic behaviour patterns, their conditionings which act like computer programs they don’t even realise are running in the background and controlling their lives.

I wish to make people aware that they have the keys to their freedom and happiness inside them. The body is a precious tool in unfolding our potential and leading a fulfilled and happy life using all our qualities on a physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual level.

Who would you be without this conditioning? Who are you really?

What methods do you use?

Various methods have shaped my path; Yoga, The Grinberg Method, MLC (Méthode de Libération des Cuirasses), Hsin Tao, EFT etc. All these tools appear in my individual learning processes and workshops. There are many tools to awareness nowadays, the idea is to find a discipline and practical way to apply them in every day life since it takes practice.

Mark Twain said: “A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.”

It takes courage to choose listening to your heart instead of “secure” patterns because this requires us to be attentive and alive. And life then is intense and wonderful.

Upcoming events:

Saturday 23 April Du mensonge à la réalité from 9:00 – 13:00, a workshop in French with various exercises to become aware of behaviour patterns that are limiting me in my life.

MLC (Méthode de Libération des Cuirasses) Class in English: Practical exercises to learn to relax and pay attention to the body and it’s limits.

Every Monday 18h45 regular MLC classes in French from 18h45 to 20h15

All courses take place at Place des Augustins, 1205 Geneva. Individual sessions, foot analysis in French or English or German take place at 15, rue des Voisins, 1205 Geneva every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.




Many things are within our individual control and, among them; willpower certainly has a tremendous impact in our lives. Therefore, it is necessary to know that willpower can be enhanced and increased by any person, without any exception. However, one must be ready to apply oneself completely and unreservedly to a systematic and methodical process of strengthening one’s own willingness. It does not matter what happened in the past because previous failures should not dictate one’s present, much less the future. In addition, I truly believe that no one is destined to be weak, helpless and hopeless because these are cognitive states and, if one honestly chooses to elevate one’s will-power, eventually he will reach a better, higher and nobler standard of living. Therefore, stand up, be courageous and be aware that the power you need to achieve anything is intrinsic to your own nature. It just needs your volition to start manifesting it.

Happy New Year

« By Ochwian Biano (chief of the Pueblo nation), White people are crazy because they pretend to think with their head and only crazy people think like this. I was very much surprised by this statement of the Indian Chief and I asked him to tell me what he was thinking with. He answered that he thinks with his heart. »

Carl Gustav Jung : « Ma vie ».


We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another.

Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough, and we’ll be more content when they are.

After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with.

We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our partner gets his or her act together when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice holiday, when we retire.

The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges.

It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.

A quote comes from Alfred D. Souza. He said,

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time…and remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until winter, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink…. there is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Work like you don’t need money,

Love like you’ve never been hurt,

And dance like no one’s watching.

Robert Westerburg


Dear interested anglophones!

A time of change? A time of challenges! You are most welcome to join our free lecture on “facing change” – an opportunity to learn how change can be an enriching experience. Please click on the flyer for easy reading.


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MLC – check out the new tool of body consciousness! Deep relaxation and quietness of mind!


Méthode de Libération des Cuirasses MLC

MLC© is a global approach to the body, using movements in order to encourage physical awakening and perception ; a method on the level of mind, body and energy, based on Marie-Lise Labonté’s personal eyperience of self-healing and several years of research and experiments in psychosomatic and energetic medicine. (

MLC liberates from muscular, circulatory, energetic and postural blockages. These blockages, also called muscular armor (“cuirass”), hinder our vital energy to flow and can result into rigid behaviour, pain, handicap or sickness. We are not only unconscious of the origine of our tensions and discomfort, but also often do not know how to get rid of it. In a soft manner you significantly develop your perception of the messages of your body and thus free yourself from accumulated physical and psychological tensions in order to experience vitality, relaxation and wellbeing.

MLC is practiced with tools such as tennis balls, sticks and soft balls to reach the various layers of muscles and joints and allows you to discover that you are your proper tool of healing. I respect your own personal rhythm of learning in paying attention to the sensations of your body, which enables you to gradually establish awareness and take better care of your needs.

The next module of MLC movements starts on Monday 7th September. It consists of a lunchtime class at 12h15 to 13h30 in English and an evening class from 18h45 to 20h in French.

Planning of the 10 classes in English and in French :




Monday 12h15


LUNDI 18h45



7th September – trial


7 septembre – essai



14th September – trial


14 septembre – essai



21st September


21 septembre



28th September


28 septembre



5th October


5 octobre



12th October


12 octobre



19th October


19 octobre



26th October


26 octobre


2nd November


2 novembre




9th November


9 novembre


Please register by mail or by phone before the 27.8.15

The registration is for 10 encounters (except missing dates announced before starting). There is a progression in the movements along the weeks. Price of the module : Frs. 300 (Frs. 30.-/encounter) or Frs. 250.- (Frs. 25.-/encounter for AI, students and unemployed. Partial payment possible.

PS : Individual classes (Frs. 80.- individual encounter) can take place according to your availability at 7, Pl. des Augustins on Mondays or at Tao Institut the other days of the week.




Retreat at Bogève – February 2015

Here is a comment of a participant of our retreat:
It was a fantastic experience for me. During the intensive course I learned more about myself, realised how many pain I create in my body and where some reactions are coming from. The most important was that I learned how to be more present and trust the body, not just mind.
  • The place for the session is absolutely fantastic. It is well located – it is easy to get there and at the same time you feel that you are far away from the civilisation. Nothing takes your attention from the practice. The rooms are comfortable and the food is fantastic.
  • I had several intensive sessions and each time it was extremely useful for me. Each time I learned new things and met new great people from whom I also learned a lot.
  • My therapist Rita Rutsche and the methods she employs helped me tremendously. I suffered from the pain in belly for many years and now I have control over it. The chronic pain in the back and shoulders disappeared. My mood is more stable and I feel much better in many ways.
  • The main issue with what I come to Rita was the lack on possibility to control my emotions under pressure. I would easily cry if someone criticise me or if I feel being treated unfairly. It was very embarrassing for me to cry in front of people, but I could not stop it. The tears would come themselves and in 99% I would know that it is an overreaction. For many years I was not able to “cure” myself from this. The psychotherapy help me a lot in many ways, but it did not help me with the tears. I tried the NLP with the personal coach and it did not work either. Only with Rita’s guidance I realised how much I was disconnected from my body and learned how to stop my automated reactions. My problem in finally gone and I am extremely happy about this.


Hello everybody!
I just finished our retreat with Tahona Santana and Marilyn Devaud last week in the mountains.
La Soleillette
Here three testimonials about this wonderful place and event:
“I loved the retreat and had great time and benefit both from the amazing individual sessions and the group events. Getting more in touch with and tune to my own body and waking up its various sensations made the experience mind-blowing for me. There was time to relax and time to play, time to be nicely on my own and with myself and time to bond and laugh a lot with a bunch of cool people. It was fun and a great opportunity to learn more about myself and my body with guidance and support that make all the difference. I relaxed and recharged so well. Thank you! I did enjoy fully :)”

Winter retreat and “amazing treat” 6-8 February 2015

We are preparing our special winter retreat. Please read the following comment on last winter’s retreat.

“I’d had a half-dozen or more Grinberg sessions when the opportunity came up to do an intensive weekend in Bogève. I’d had such good results with the regular sessions that I was pretty sure that there would be some break-throughs with an intensive weekend. And I was right. If it wasn’t the best present I’d ever given myself, I can’t think of what was. “Intensive” was certainly the right word – and it started exactly the kind of shift I was looking for. The intensity of the individual sessions however, was nicely balanced by the group sessions at the beginning and end of each day, and by the relaxed atmosphere and surroundings of the lodge where we stayed. A final positive note was the really excellent food. Often at retreats like this, the food is bearable, but nothing to get excited about. It’s safe to say that we were very excited about meal times – they never disappointed. All in all, a well-organized and personally profitable weekend – highly recommended.”

Enrolments till 20.1.15 on a first come first served basis

Details of the program here:

Special Winter Program.English.5 sessions.26.11.14