“Sometimes I have had the impression of living ten lives at the same time. What for me was a tragedy before I see today as a gift”, says the charismatic healer in Brno, mother of two daughters and grandmother of three, the woman with a sense of beauty and art who is undergoing a profound transformation.
She was one of the five Czechs participating at the seminar of the transformation to pranic nourishment with Henri Monfort in France last year. We met at Dobrá čajovna, Dana ordered a black tea with spices and she began to tell her story.
You mentioned your grandfather as being your guru, your guardian angel and shaman. Can you explain that?
My grandfather meant everything to me. He loved the woods and working with wood. He gave me an insight into what was important in life and he taught me to love life. The time spent with him was most dear to me. He died when I was seven years old and then a part of me died. I was martyred as a child, my father beat me every day until I was eighteen and my mother watched on for fear of him.
I was often unwell, I suffered a lot of illnesses and accidents and I drowned repeatedly. I lacked love yet I was never alone: I had visions, I saw angels, my grandfather, I heard encouraging voices,otherwise I would not have survived. I felt the presence of my grandfather even well into my adult life.
While you were working at the hospital you became popular with people thanks to your empathy and sensitivity. Did you also use your healing abilities in your work as a nurse?
I had the gift to predict situations, sometimes it helped to save life, sometimes it helped me in my work with the immediate family. I worked in oncology. The doctors told me jokingly that they did not want to work with me because it happened that the patients wanted to die while I was on duty. I held their hands and accompanied them. After the Revolution, in 1990 I answered an advertisement for an internship in France. I was still working as a nurse. My work was respected and in return the Ministry of Health offered me an Erasmus postgraduate course in Brussels. There they care for oncology patients from the perspective of holistic medicine. I felt really at home. They do not take the patient as a diagnosis but as a connected whole. I was over there for a year. I interpreted what I had learned from Czech colleagues, doctors and nurses. In addition I gave conferences on caring for patients in the terminal stage of HIV/AIDS and patients who have undergone bone marrow grafts.
How did you find yourself in the USA?
An American medical supplies company approached me at a conference and I became its representative for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. I had my office in Prague, Brno and Bratislava.In 2000 I was acknowledged in the USA for my success, progressiveness and creativity. At thesame time I was very tired. I had a chance meeting with shamans at the Grand Canyon. I felt the energy and I decided to finish my business. I had a feeling of change. I had the wish to travel around the world.
Have you succeeded?
Half an hour after relinquishing all my business I was hit by a car. And so this wish came true. I actually did travel round the “world” but being pushed in a wheelchair around the “World” lake (Rybník Svĕt) convalescing. The Universe really can make your wishes come true but you have to pay attention to your thoughts because they are creative power. So I calmed down and I began another journey, the one in my inner world. Following an operation on my spine, I experienced a journey through a tunnel ending in light, then there was conventional care and a lot of drugs. I ended up in a wheelchair. I put on twenty kilos, I could not move, I was bloated. Before me there were years of suffering, my body searching for the soul. Then they met in time and space. After two years I realized that that was not the life I wanted. That I wasn’t cured - I was being treated, or happy. I have realized that no one will help me, that I must help myself. I decided to heal, not treat… right now my guides, the people of the Light and the spirits have joined me. Fortunately I have got there! In front of the mirror I asked my body what it needs. Its response? To lose weight and cleanse the body of toxins, drugs and food. For two years I detoxed every three months. My body refused food.
I ate little, occasionally a little rice and boiled vegetables. I started with brisk walking and I also focused on my breathing. My injured spine limited me. Later, I came across a rehabilitation doctor who had also been doing Iyengar yoga for over twenty years. I managed to unblock my body and energy began to flow through all the channels. At the same time my spiritual body was purified. I often lived extended states of consciousness, I had a lot of energy, I did not need to sleep or eat. The wounded soul appeared. I started working with emotions, forgiveness, submission, acceptance. Stepby step, chakra by chakra. …I purified my physical body. And miracles happened. The scars are gone, my hair got thicker, I stopped wearing glasses for reading. My body became purified so to be able to heal itself. I have settled accounts with negative emotions. I opened my body to prana. At that time, I did not yet know that it is possible to live without classic food. My body would not eat and in fact refused food. A friend of mine told me about a Conference by a Frenchman who doesn’t eat either. The conference was held in Brno, at the Bolek Polívka theatre. So I went to see him.
What was your first meeting with Henri Monfort?
It was eye-opening. During the first fifteen minutes I felt everything and nothing. Everything he spoke about I knew from my own life. I had actually been living from prana for the last year and I had nobody to talk to and share with. I learned at the conference that it was the state of Bigu 3 – we drink and eat from time to time. I lived the confirmation of my experiences and self-acceptance. I was relieved. I have seen prana since birth. In the room I saw a shower of light spreading out. The people were happy, smiling. Our cells communicated, we were unified. Everyone’s interest created a uniform aura. It was impressive.
Last August you participated at the 21-day seminar for the passage to prana with Henri. What was that like?
It was an intensive transformation and inner work. There were visualizations, meditations, cells were reprogrammed, and we did qi gong series. We touched the essence. Not everyone wanted to pass toprana, some just wanted to lose weight or see what the seminar was like. Every one of us hit rock bottom through energy processes. My room was next to Henri’s and I had a surprise the first night. I was sleeping and suddenly I felt a kind of energy acupressure in my head. It wasn’tunpleasant but I didn’t know what was happening and I couldn’t sleep. Then I learned that Henri hadbeen meditating.
After the 21-day process I felt given to the flow of life. I couldn’t see any difference between the inner and the outer world. It was the Great Spirit inside. With the trust a child has in its mother. I had to go forward with courage and overcome limitations. Become free. Renounce my dependence on food, let the frustrations go. Be kind and patient to my body. I left slimmer, without everything that was not useful but happy and full of energy. I realized that with inner energy you become strong. After my return I spent a month in Hostýnské vrchy. Full of energy, my weight stable, I slept just an hour and a half a day. I was happy. My life turned into one long meditation. After a month in the mountains I came back to town to my day-to-day life. Because it’s possible for me to pass on universal love always and everywhere.
How you feed now?
During the last year I have hardly eaten any classic food. My body was telling me what was good for me. Before the 21-day process I was actually pranic. From time to time I ate rice with ghee and drank ginger tea or water or coffee. Now when I see my grandchildren I eat a little rice with them. The difference is such that I can eat, but I can do without. I am integrating the changes to my body, mind and soul. The 21-day process is not the end but the beginning. Henri says that it may take another six months to integrate the new life. The body is further purifying itself. I look with my inner eye at what is happening and how I can help it. I see the difference between life in the city and life in nature where everything is simpler. I do breathing exercises, asanas, I harness the power of thought and energy that follows. I succeeded in being in equilibrium, so I rejoice each day.
Henri received you last November and you exchanged experiences. How was this time?
We worked together twice a day. He really does live in twelve square metres yet you feel infinite space. We did some medicine wheels, we meditated, exchanged. We went into the forest to work with prana, Mother Earth, the spirits of nature, of the air, fire… We worshipped the spirits of the trees, the water, animals. Birds accompanied us. The bird is a symbol of the future, of take off and air for shamans. It sees further. We communicated with passing dogs and cats. The cat is a symbol of the present, of water and fire, it has a clear perception. A snake slithered in front of us, a symbol of the past and of magnetism. We danced the dance of unity, full of energy, wisdom and presence. The dance of the three parallel states of being; of the past fully in the present, heading towards the future. The Great Spirit and the people of the universe showed me their miracles during my stay. I relinquished my remaining doubts I brought my self-confidence to life.
Dana Hájková is preparing a book on her life. We will also be able to see her in the new film by V. Poltikovič together with H. Monfort and Jasmuheen. They will talk about their experiences with pranic nourishment.
Published in Meduňka magazine | May 2013Back