A report by Rob Brill, published in Times Union, a newspaper serving New York’s capital region of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, USA, on August 21, 2015
Ma Satprem Yeshe Dolma of Ikiera Divine Holistic Healing Arts is seen in her home on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 in Clifton Park, N.Y. (Photos by Lori Van Buren / Times Union)
Ma Satprem Yeshe Dolma
Background: Born in Germany in 1943, she grew up in West Berlin, was an actress and artist before going to India in 1979 and came to Clifton Park in 2012 with her Ikiera Divine Holistic Healing Arts center.
At first, you seemed hesitant to have a conversation called Faces of Faith.
I have no belief, belong to no religion, but I have trust in the wisdom of nature. I am free, connected with Jesus, Maria Magdalena, Buddha, my masters Lama Thubten Yeshe, Osho and Papaji, and so many others.
What was life like before you went to India?
My mother couldn’t deal with my spontaneity, longing for truth, freedom and my dream visions such as this one, which appeared again and again: I was a young girl riding on a white horse, with a flame coming out of my hands to bring messages of light. I left home to fly out into the reality of life. I disappeared into the world of music and dance. In Hamburg, I would dance at the Top Ten Club, where a band from Liverpool played. Some months later in Switzerland, I saw napkins with their faces. The Beatles had become famous, but I never saw my friend John Lennon again.
In Berlin I was a successful actress but missed inner happiness. I longed for a broader view of Western culture, studying theology, psychology and art. I was 29. I had to leave my old life behind and went to live as an artist on Ibiza, an island in Spain.
I had read the Tibetan Book of the Dead and knew, thanks to three out of body experiences, reincarnation exists. I had a dream vision from a Tibetan monastery whose inhabitants called me to stay as their teacher. One week later I met the Tibetan Lama Tubten Yeshe, teacher of Lama Zopa Rimpoche, who initiated me, giving me the name Yeshe Dolma. She is the Prakna Tara, expected by the Tibetans to come on a white horse with a flame of purification, to rebalance female and male energies, exactly the figure of my dreams as a child. I connected with other spiritual seekers and moved with my husband to India.
How did you change there?
I found my guru, Osho, and lived next to his ashram. He gave me five purification groups. They freed me from depression, anger, suicidal tendencies and brought me to receiving the name Satprem (True Love). I felt at ease for the first time of my life. I learned meditation, acupuncture, prenatal healing and Sufi whirling. In the ashram, I created Zen gardens, was coordinator of the children and led therapeutic groups.
I was 40 when my daughter was born. The time with Sahajo, watching and supporting her growth, was the most important in my life. I learned about myself, and wounds of my own childhood were healed.
When Osho left the body and my husband left us, the ashram didn’t support mothers with kids anymore, claiming this was Osho’s message. Sahajo was 6. I was called from another guru, where children where accepted and mothers supported. His name was Poonja, called lovingly Papaji. I was initiated in all levels of Reiki, the universal life energy and became a Reiki master-teacher.
Meditation is medication, as Osho says. It’s not the kind of chemical medicine you get from a doctor. Meditation clears the ideas written on our brains. It purifies our minds. The inner screen becomes blank. Sitting in silence is a way to become alert of your thoughts and develop the inner watcher. To be one with the light means dropping all fears. Life is about being joyful in the moment.
You have a workshop for women next month in Clifton Park.
Authentic femininity is openness, creativity, nurturing with unconditional love and being in harmony with nature. Women are frustrated with their roles in the male-dominated society. They are mostly seen as sexual objects, as a being created out of Adam’s rib, not as social and spiritual soul partners. I teach women to find their own female identities, their own power, dignity and self-trust. The workshop reclaims female ancient wisdom, reconnects with our intuitive side.
We need to heal old wounds to become again a role model for men by being female, living and expressing our Inner Goddess. After the women’s group, I will start with male groups. The goal is to bring woman and man together in harmonious oneness with the final healing work.
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