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MAY AL NAJJAR
Healer and lover of people

By Tim Koehn, up close and personal
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May Al Najjar has always lived a life of discovery. Her memories of childhood are filled with big biology books and mail-order dissection kits filled with the endless secrets of life, all waiting to be revealed at the turn of a page or pinch of a tweezer. Even while she was dreaming of a future as a researcher, she was living that dream, cultivating the passions that would follow her into adulthood. She grew older and found herself drawn to the study of genetics, but ended up in Boston studying Bio Medical Engineering instead. The inevitable stress of her university studies was compounded by a sense that the bio-med program was not exactly what she had signed up for. She soon realized that her unrest was on a deeper, more spiritual level. That’s when she discovered the power of meditation.

May had always wondered what the Koran means when it says to “meditate, meditate, meditate.” It seemed she was drawing closer to an answer. According to May, meditation can simply be described as being wholly in the moment. Whether you are listening to a friend, breathing, or eating, that is what you’re doing—period. In such a state, one is profoundly reacquainted with the beauty of life. One of the benefits of being in love with life is being able to speak with candor about some of the most enjoyable facets of human experience. For example, when meditation is applied to eating, May describes it as “making love to your food” (which might sound funny to hear it said that way). In all seriousness, however, this ability is enviable. A meditative state entails purposefully experiencing something to the fullness of what it exists for, even if it’s just existence itself. May says that in these moments, everything just clicks, everything is right. As she began to meditate more and more, she desired to make these moments of peace sustainable. This longing prompted her to join a group of like-minded individuals on a trip to Egypt in March of 2007. This became her moment of transformation.

After her time of extended meditation at high-energy locations around Egypt (like the pyramids at Giza), she returned to Kuwait a different woman. Her friends didn’t recognize her. She had become fully confident with her identity. She no longer was concerned with creating any kind of image for herself that wasn’t essential to her unique being. It was as if her self had moved comfortably out of the way so she could see others more clearly—and she found herself wanting to heal them.

Her introduction and eventual training in pranic healing came through a man named Prakash. May visited his Dubai clinic with her cousin who had been making significant progress with Prakash in relieving her Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. As soon as she walked into the clinic, May thought, I must do this. She immediately inquired about training, and the first time she met with Prakash, he identified her innate ability. This was July 2007. Since then her progress has been accelerating. Her most cherished moment so far is healing a friend from the frightful grip of suicidal depression. She now spends her time balancing her medical engineering job, time with friends and family, traveling around the world to meditate, and her true passion: healing and teaching others to heal.

For those of us who wonder what it’s like to heal or to be healed, most things unseen fortunately seem to have some visceral manifestation in the physical world. Pranic healing is based on the manipulation of the “life force,” that is, energy, or prana, inherent within every human. What does this energy feel like? According to May, while healing, the energy feels warm and pressurized in the hands, producing a tickling sensation. In general, negative energy tastes bitter, smells “dense,” and feels rough between the fingers, while positive energy feels smooth and soft and moves like waves between the fingers. Visually speaking, negative comes in tones of gray, while positive may be violet. Not surprisingly, violet has always been May’s favorite color.

May’s bright brown eyes, bubbly laughter, and infectious smile lend authenticity to her one-word philosophy of life: love. All skepticism aside, there is profound wisdom in this. So May is living a life of love and healing as best she can, while she continues her pursuit of new discoveries. Her dream is to be instrumental in research that will reveal pranic healing to be cooperative and valid within the realm of modern science and medicine. In the meantime, you can sign up for May’s second healing course in mid-June. Maybe you’ll discover your own ability to heal. If nothing else, you’ll be loved, which certainly never hurts.


bazaar Questionnaire

 

Born: October 17, 1980 Kuwait

Work: Ahmadi Hospital – KOC.


What 5 words describe you?

Spiritual, loving, happy, smiling, flying.

What do you consider to be your most treasured quality?

Finding the good in everything.

To what do you attribute your success?

Continuous love of the Divine and my parents.

What is your greatest fear?

Death of loved ones.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My lovely car.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Indecisiveness.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Amaaaazing!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Eating more veggies… even though I’m a vegetarian.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I just finished teaching my first course with great success!

Who do you admire the most?

Osho.

What is your most treasured possession?

My magic wand.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Her unconditional love of her children.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

His responsibility.

Where would you like to live?

Anywhere where I can interact directly with nature.

What is your greatest regret?

No regrets.

If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?

Go to a “samra” where an “Adani” singer is singing.

What is your motto?

The essence is Love.

 
 
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