By Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.
Here’s how I received my spiritual upbringing and guidance. These roots support me to stay on the path of serving others, which led to my life’s focus – practicing and teaching Acupressure points.
This brief personal story will give you insight into my unique background, my college education, and on how Acupressure transformed my skepticism.
Surrounded by Love: I was brought into this world with tremendous love. My parents loved and cared for me consistently throughout my life. My mother wisely taught me, “You can have anything you want in your life – but you have to know what you want to be able to get it.” Can you imagine what the world would be like if children were welcomed into the world, loved, and given this empowering perspective?
My father believed it’s best to treat people the way you’d like them to treat you. In addition to this Golden Rule, he believed in positive thinking, and taught us to look people directly in the eyes, to see the essence within each person.
Just Imagine what the world would be like if children were given this spiritual guidance and were loved unconditionally.
My First Teacher: I had an awesome, inspiring teacher in high school who completely changed my life view, how I lived, and my perception of the world. Every social, economic, and psychological aspect of life was put into a completely new light, with a global understanding. This changed my goals and directed me to pursue alternatives in health and in my education.
My Bachelor’s Degree is in Social Relations, an integration of Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Economics, from Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood. I began attending class in 1970 when they first opened their admissions to men, after being a Christian women’s college since their inception.
My College quickly became 50/50 men and women, greatly influenced by the then great dean of admissions, who attracted the most awesome students nationwide. I was blessed to go to IHC and be surrounded by creativity, new cutting edge thought, and aliveness in the students, faculty, curriculum, and the stimulating small college community.
My Skepticism with Yoga & Acupressure: I also studied Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness, and Acupressure Therapy points and meridians. At first, I was very skeptical about healing energy and the idea that Acupressure points could boost the immune system, heal emotional wounds, and awaken spiritual experiences. I had a constant internal skeptical dialogue with myself – I just couldn’t see how simply holding Acupressure points could possibly work.
The Creation of Acu-Yoga: I realized that the Yoga Posture press specific Acupressure points. Increase effectiveness is the result of integrating these two systems of holistic health. Now, after nearly 50 years of healing experiences, along with more patience in holding the Acupressure points, I can feel the healing energy in my hands. My skepticism has melted away like an old mountain that gets worn away by snow, water and wind.
Experiencing the healing energy in my hands, and channeling it in different ways, is now just part of my life…