“(…) Healing has always been for me a work that is very close to the work of the actor, a search behind the scene, what is no less than a profound way to self- knowledge, because it is not aiming at an end result, but leads you to an outcome through the process, as an ongoing discovery of the flow of life and of our path. It is a range of possibilities where we can see and be seen. And where we go on… and keep … exploring..”
João Miguel, actor and rewarded director of films, plays, soap operas and open and close TV series. He stands out in rewarded movies: “Estômago” [Stomach], “Cinema, aspirinas e urubus” [Moovies, aspirin and vultures], “Céu de Suely” [Sky of Suely], “Cidade Baixa” [Low City] and others. At the theatre, he has directed and played in “Bispo do Rosário” [The Rosary Bishop] and other plays. His work at TV includes soap operas as “Cordel Encantado” [Charmed Twine] and series as “Canto da Sereia” [The Mermaid Song], “A Teia” [The Web] and many other outstanding national and international works.
“Isis Pristed stands for honesty, integrity, simplicity and deep knowledge about the several energetic dimensions of our being. I admire and feel deeply thankful for her work that I have been attending for more than 20 years, as a member in her healing groups.
This guidance has brought me significant changes and has taught me to deal with everyday life tensions, as well as strengthen my own expression and my creative potential.”
Lícia Couto Loureiro lives in Salvador, is an architect and a business woman.
“Since I was very young, I had a strong need for inner searching, for trying to know myself better; in 1987, that guided me to find Isis work with healing. I have kept a relation of deep study and individual learning with her since then; during these 30 years that has brought me a growth I would never had imagined before, which has rebounded on my professional life in an extraordinary way, inciting me to bring the healing into the academic environment.”
Geraldo Ramos Soares, teacher at UFBA, Doctor in education, coordinator of the extension courses “Educando Educadores” [Teaching Teachers], “Sociologia da Solidariedade” [Solidarity Sociology] and “Desenvolvimento Humano e Healing” [Human Development and Healing].
I see a close relation between the work of healing and the work of art, or with theatre, to be more specific. They both labor within the field of expanding the human experience, both allow the immersion in the impenetrable and they boost the opening of the individual creative potential. I have followed Isis Pristed’s path since the implantation of her work with healing in Brazil, still in the eighties, when I first met this work, and I have been linked to it since then, establishing correlations with art practice. One of the key-moments in this relationship was Isis’ constant monitoring of teenagers of the art groups in high school, specially with the play cast “Cuida Bem de Mim” [Take Good Care of Me], which dealt with the issue of destruction and the need of reconstructing life in public schools; healing had a fundamental role in the professional qualification of these young actors. I also have published an article in 2003, “A Luz e a escuridão no palco e na vida” [Light and darkness on the stage and in life], where I reflect on the polarity and the attraction of these to creative aspects of human nature.”
Luiz Marfuz, Theatre director and teacher at Escola de Teatro da UFBA.
“Getting to know healing through Isis Pristed has been an experience of self- knowledge. Isis lives in her everyday life with healing and that is what inspires and transforms. This practice implies a continuous process of reflection, confrontation, and supporting in order to go ahead with life. As a doctor, the learning of healing helps me a lot in the support aspect, in following the patients in their sickness/health process.
As a teacher at the Escola Bahiana de Medicina [Medicin School of Bahia], I started three years ago a Group of Meditation within the physical structure of EBMSP, with Isis support and the openness of the School. In that free and open group to students, employees and patients, we are sharing meditative practices based on the healing methodology. I hope it will be an incentive to add meditation in any person’s everyday life.”
Regina Maria Brasil Santos, physician, master in internal medicine, specialized in Infectology, teacher at the Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública [Medicin School of Bahia and Public Health].
“Healing is an old meeting with me, with other people and with the collective. My professional identity alchemized this knowledge and it´s already been 28 years of sharing it with my clients in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In Isis, this subtle river of wisdom has found a foundation of respect, simplicity and knowledge of our human nature. My master celebrates 40 years as a teacher and I hope to be able to follow the flow of her work wherever she goes. As Adélia Prado says, “God lives in the details”. Such are the leading features. Hail Bahia for having that special woman, as only Bahia can have!”
Bia Ferraz lives in Rio de Janeiro and attends the healing at Rio and São Paulo.
“With the help of individual and group exercises, healing has amplified my understanding of education as a systemic learning process, in making contact, expression and inclusion of what is human and sacred in our coexistence. As a teacher, when preparing or having a class or any other pedagogical activity, I try to associate the learned principles of healing: contacting the Source, contacting the individuality of the students, contacting the matters to be learned and the evaluation of learning. Expression and inclusion of mistakes, hits, instabilities, stays and changes have turned to be part of my pedagogies. The inclusion of such principles, apart from the subject to be taught, leads us to the need/possibility of practicing the pause, to self- knowledge (personal and social), to diversity and solidarity as basis resources in a process of teaching that aims to humanize; it also brings us to experience the everyday events as complex outcomes of attraction points that can be brought into harmony or included in their own singularities and pluralities.”
Washington Carlos Oliveira, teacher, journalist, master and doctor in education; works at the Fundação Visconde de Cairu, at the Centro Universitário Estácio da Bahia and serves as a consultor at the Associação de Educadores de Escolas Comunitárias da Bahia. Healing member since 1988 with Isis Pristed.
“I believe and feel the healing as a natural process in life, where beginnings, middles and ends always are there. The practice and the meditative process allow comprehending what is possible and staying in non-comprehension very often. The support to bear oneself becomes fundamental in healing. Isis lives her vocation with all her sensibility and tenderness as a master. Grateful for ever.”
Graça Nieri, psychologist, lives and works in São Paulo.
“(…) Isis work is always based on the premise that there is a knowing inside that tells us our truth. She provides the container for supportive work in looking at our wholeness and getting to the underlying source of imbalance.
(…) Isis allows us to fully engage in this process of transformation believing in our individuality and unique qualities. All exercise link the physical with the non- physical with the inner to the outer; a) supporting us to outline the problem b) to hear and gain a better understanding of the difficulty c) to make a decision to change d) to attempt to put a decision into action.
And of course it may take years but no quick fix lasts and this work is an on- going transformation and in the consistent quiet disciplines we glimpse often at little miracles.”
Christine Ovenden, teacher, lives in England.