The following is an interview with Jasmina Kovacev on what she does, how she does it and some excellent tips on recovering from a cancer diagnosis. Thanks Jasmina for your time and commitment to working with those affected by cancer!
What is your profession? Where and how do you work?
I help people live healthier and happier lives and experience the world differently through education and inner transformation. I am mainly seen as an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) expert and trainer; this doesn’t quite describe my profession though as I utilise 27 different healing modalities in my healing tool box. N.B. EFT is based on the ancient principles of acupuncture and modern Einstein theory. It involves simple tapping procedure without the discomfort of needles. Properly applied, EFT quickly realigns the energy meridians while the client “tunes in” to their problem in a gentle, conversational manner. In this way an important link is established between mind and body.
EFT is usually my preferred tool for helping people change their beliefs and emotional states that are not serving them. To achieve the best results, the key is utilising a combination of my tools, knowledge and experience to facilitate changes at the emotional and mental level, which then reflect themselves at the physical (health) level.
“Round Rainbow” training courses are designed to help individuals to be on the path of becoming like a round rainbow (beautiful, multilayered and natural). Training courses include EFT for self-help and EFT for professional use. I deliver EFT whole day group sessions which are a popular way to do “spring cleaning” or releasing some of the baggage that everyone carries.
Individual work is often done over the internet or phone regardless of the location of the individual. Training courses are delivered in seven countries.
Can you explain how you came to work in the health area?
I do work in other areas too but the reason that I am in this field is twofold. One, I have a natural “healer” streak and two, I grew up in a family where we all were sick most of the time. My Mum was a world class microbiologist but it still did not stop all kinds of diseases coming our way. Even then I was interested in the secret of health. After doing a BSc in Phyto Medicine, I started my own learning and personal development journey. I completed a Diploma in Herbal medicine and Iridology opened new horizons for me, but still something was missing. I could not understand why a number of people kept going back to where they started when they stopped using products (or medication).
The answer came quite dramatically when we were facing bankruptcy due to a bad decision at one point. I had started experiencing physical symptoms in the form of shaking hands, a knot in my stomach, sleepless nights and a heart stabbing pain. All medical analyses showed that I was healthy but I was getting worse and worse. In my search for the solution, I tried many different things (mainstream and alternative) but none of these worked for me until I came across EFT. Within a few EFT sessions, all the symptoms were gone. That was the big changing point for me in my life, my further education and my work career.
Since that time, I have been a constant student of life, integrating all I have gathered in my learning and work experience into tailored made training courses and projects. I follow a number of world leaders in integrative medicine and it has been proven that the emotional and mental levels of our being impact on our health. Emotions and beliefs shape all areas of our life simply because they determine our thinking, attitude, decisions, and therefore our actions and our reality.
What draws you to and what do you enjoy about working with clients affected by cancer?
I do have a passion for working with clients with cancer. It might be from the fact that it is often perceived as a fatal condition compared to other health challenges. It does not always need to be that way but fears can drain the life force from our bodies and this is exhausting. Even with cancer, people can live a normal life.
Education and transformational work will make a huge difference in the way a cancer client feels. I love to see the changes in people’s faces and the life force and energy levels coming back. I love to see people taking charge of their lives and where they want to go.
Have you heard of epigenetics and switching on and off genes through our perception of the environment around us? Dr Bruce Lipton talks a lot about this and he will be speaking at the first NZ Holistic Cancer Congress, where I will be speaking too. I love helping people “switching off their activated genes”. From all the people that come to me, clients with cancer are more open to look outside the box for solutions.
What is your vision for working with clients affected by cancer?
For individual clients, my vision is to support their vision. In general, my vision for working with clients is to develop and provide a holistic educational and transformational platform with more emphasis on the role of the emotional and mental levels of their beings. For some it might be a longish personal development journey, but the whole point of being here on Earth is to develop and grow.
What is the purpose of the retreats for people affected by cancer?
The purpose of the retreats is for the attendees to understand holistically their bodies and their lives, and what affects what and how. The purpose is also to provide a number of transformations within attendees so that they can experience life force coming back, be excited about life again and get their confidence back in their body’s ability to heal. I also teach crucial coping skills that are needed in this kind of situation. They all still need to carry on supporting themselves in different ways, but this is a great kick start on their journey.
Which of your strengths and characteristics do you think will be essential for helping you run the retreats?
Apart from my specific knowledge and experience required to provide good quality content of the retreats, there are definitely some business skills and personal characteristics that are needed. I was always interested in business too and was involved in marketing and sales in the first part of my life. I did a number of business training courses along the way that have helped me and will help me in the future. In terms of personal characteristics, the main ones helping me are: attitude, persistence, open mindedness and putting the needs of the project first and my needs second.
What’s your secret for staying motivated and inspired?
Being connected with my heart keeps me going. My heart wants me to do what I do and my belief that I am contributing in the best possible way. People’s smiles and gratefulness for what they have achieved motivates me the most. Their personal growth and new approach to life is very inspiring.
What’s next? What are your plans for the future?
Related to cancer, next, I’m speaking at the NZ Holistic Cancer Congress in Auckland on 31stMarch and 1st April. The next cancer retreat will be in January 2013 and then in July 2013 at the Mana Retreat Centre. We are taking bookings all year round until we fill up spaces.
Other than cancer related work, there are EFT training courses coming in March in Wellington. For anyone affected by cancer, I would suggest coming along to learn how to use EFT on yourself. From April to July I am on a 3.5 month teaching tour in Europe. There is a lot going on.
What are your recommendations for people to get through cancer?
- Come to our “Full Spectrum Wellbeing” cancer retreat. It is a great kick start that gives attendees education, a number of transformations, some important coping skills and ways to recognise how they are doing, so that they can correct their actions and get back on track.
- Stay away from negativity and negative stories related to cancer. Your attitude matters.
- Resolve issues that brought you to this point. You can reverse the process by resolving what brought you there.
- Use your own emotional compass and;
- Nurture your body to bring back balance at every level of your being. Every little bit might help to increase the life force in your body.
What quick tips do you have for cancer patients on how to stay positive?
Many people find it takes an effort to stay positive after diagnosis.
- The most important tip is to resolve the trauma of being diagnosed with cancer ASAP and any emotions related to cancer. There is a lot of work to be done in this area, but if you do it, it will be much easier to stay positive.
- Be with positive people; do not focus on cancer but focus on health and healthy habits. Change your environment if it is triggering you in some way.
- Take ear plugs when going to medical treatments and the Oncologist and use them while in the waiting room. Your ears do not need to hear everything around you. Our mind can easily attach more meanings and create more issues (from others’ bad news stories).