A Time For Renewal
How Vivation® Resolves
Grief, Depression, and Turmoil
by Jim Leonard
Positive change is continuously available to
us, but sometimes life gives us a hard push. The end of
something beautiful can present emotional anguish, but our
future needs our attention. We need to pull ourselves
together, marshal our resources, and get on with life.
Vivation is a powerful skill for resolving our emotions and
going forward with energy, clarity, and creativity.
I developed the Vivation process in 1979, in
response to my own need for emotional resolution. I soon
found that I could also teach it to others, and that they
got the same great results that I did. Vivation is a
physically pleasurable skill that resolves
emotions directly at the feeling level, without words or
mental processing. Vivation is not a treatment applied to
you by someone else. Instead we teach you how to do
something powerful for yourself, and then we guide you
through your first few sessions. During these sessions, you
will integrate the feelings that have been troubling you.
After you complete The Seven Basic Lessons (usually in a
single weekend), you will continue to use Vivation on your
own for the rest of your life.
Vivation resolves stress, pain, and negative emotions.
In 1985, I suffered bereavement when my
father died unexpectedly. I had grown very close to him. In
young adulthood I came to appreciate his many unusual
qualities, like a rare sense of paradox. I missed him
terribly. Because of Vivation, I was able to integrate my
grief and come to a peaceful place of immense gratitude for
the years I got to spend with him.
Vivation resolves all emotions, directly at the feeling
level. For example, it can be applied with complete success
to the fear of flying, to body-image problems, and to bad
habits and addictions. I have personally given more than
sessions in twenty-one countries. I have given Vivation
sessions to traumatized war refugees, for whom grief was one
of many severe emotional difficulties. Vivation works for
everyone, quickly and efficiently, and works on all types of
physical sensations. Vivation works on everything that has a
feeling component. I have vast experience helping people at
times of bereavement, loss, depression, grief, change, and
Grief comes not only with
the bereavement of losing someone close to us, but can also
occur at the end of a relationship, a job, or anything else
that is important to us. A medical opinion, for oneself or
someone else, can bring on grief and
depression. Anything perceived to be bad news can trigger
grief. Any major change, such as moving house to a different
city away from family and friends can stir up grief.
Sometimes even a positive and desired change activates grief
over the end of a phase of life. I have also worked with
clients who had all the emotions of grief without even
Grief is a complex
emotion. It is much more than just the intense sadness that
people expect. Fear, anger, guilt, shame, regret, and
confusion are all common parts of grief. The death of
someone close to us can activate our own fears of aging,
vulnerability, and death. Survival fears, buried since
childhood, are often brought to the surface. No one wants to
experience anger at such a time, but people commonly do feel
anger as part of their grief. They can feel angry at the
very person whose death they are mourning. They might feel
anger toward a person who is blamed for the death, or even
anger toward God. Guilt is very common, even when it is
completely unwarranted. If there was a sense of dependence,
then shame and low self-confidence can come up. Grief also
brings old regrets to the surface.
Confusion and indecision at such a time of change can be
paralyzing. This is one of the main reasons to do Vivation
early. Vivation provides the clarity necessary for making
good decisions. The quality of the rest of one’s life may
depend on overcoming confusion and emotional paralysis, so
that the best decisions can be made.
Vivation works on the principle that if we
feel an emotion honestly and in detail in our body, and
simultaneously relate to the feeling positively, then the
feeling resolves itself permanently. I discovered this
principle in 1979 and developed it into a powerful skill
that makes the resolution of emotions very efficient. To
feel the feeling honestly and in detail does not mean that
the feeling needs to be intense. In fact the opposite is
true. Using the skill of Vivation, the client can reduce the
intensity of a feeling to a manageable level, and integrate
it quickly. Vivation is very gentle. Relating to the feeling
in a positive way is easy to learn in Vivation lessons. We teach many different ways of doing this and adapt the
presentation to the individual. This ability to change to a
positive way of relating to a feeling is a key skill that I
have developed highly during more than twenty years
experience working with thousands of clients all over the
world. A person who does not learn the skill of Vivation
will not get the immediate, thorough, positive results
readily achieved by a
person who does Vivation.
efficiency of Vivation is very important. Upon completion of
The Seven Basic Lessons, the client often achieves an
efficiency of about one integration per minute. Everyone has
experienced some integration, which means "the permanent
resolution of an emotion". But most people have few and
infrequent integrations as they pass through life. In a
single session of Vivation, it is possible to make
tremendous progress. Also the efficiency of Vivation makes
it pleasurable, even in
times of great difficulty. The relief one feels upon the
permanent resolution of a horrible feeling, feels wonderful.
Integrating layer after layer of emotions is an extremely
positive experience of coming into our body, of being here
now, of insight, clarity, and personal power.
The worst times of grief, depression, or
turmoil, can be the very best times to take a step forward
and learn the life-affirming skill of Vivation. Worldwide,
more than 100,000 people have used Vivation successfully.
Vivation will work for you, too.
Vivation is the registered trademark of the technique
developed in 1989 by Jim Leonard, and stems from the Latin
word “Vivere” - to live.
© 2002 Vivation, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Importance of
Loving Yourself iiiiThin™
Attachment, by iiiiJim
Leonard, the founder of iiiiVivation
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