Embodied Awareness – Dr. Beth Hedva

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Embodied Awareness is a term that is being used by many people these days–from somatic psychotherapists and yoga instructors to dancers and researchers on cognition and brain function.

Embodied awareness is much more than just being in touch with our own body’s sensations and feelings.

Embodiment is about connection. It is about connection to your inner spiritual Source, your divine Self (with a capital “S”). Embodied awareness is also about connection with others, your environment and our world.

According to ancient Egyptian traditions, we use our five senses along with seven more subtle senses (1) to make these connections and awaken Self awareness. They are:

  1. Sight
  2. Sound
  3. Touch
  4. Taste
  5. Smell
  6. Feeling the transmission of energy perceived as a clairsentient ‘gut feeling’ or ‘felt-sense’
  7. Transmission of emotions, perceived as a telepathic, empathic feeling in your heart,  implies our ability to both send and receive emotional impressions
  8. Transmissions of ideas perceived as awareness of another’s intentions, a silent inner voice, word or thought; clairaudience
  9. Inner seeing and vision, which includes clairvoyant pictures or images, memories, dreams and symbolic impressions
  10. Spiritual discernment and direct knowing – allowing us to perceive a sense of karmic causes and effects that guide a deeper sense of what is ‘right’ based on an inner sense of direction that leads to liberation (as opposed to a ‘moral judgement’ of right-vs-wrong)
  11. Intuitive perception of patterns that extend beyond time and space awarding us with everything from creativity and creative problem solving to premonitions, de-ja-vu and precognition to predictions or prophecy
  12. Realization, (also known as satori, nirvana, enlightenment-or self-actualization). Self-realization, in particular, is a refined spiritual sense that awakens you to the realization of what you are here for, and who you truly are as a spiritual being occupying a human body


We are mediators between worlds, between physical and subtle realities. We process information about the physical world in the form of sound, light, heat, vibration, texture, movement and other sensory signals that are provided by our physical senses. Together with subtle inner signals and subtle awareness we also receive input from invisible spiritual realities. The synergy of the two helps us to become more insightful, more emotionally and spiritually mature.

In this EMBODIED AWARENESS BLOG. . .we will be exploring the intersection of these experiences along with research, personal reflections from me and you, within the frame of cross-cultural wisdom teachings on embodied awareness.

I invite you to share your reflections, insights and experiences in this blog.  Experience is our teacher, and by sharing we all grow and learn together.



Dr. Beth Hedva, author of Journey from Betrayal to Trust and the award-winning Betrayal, Trust and Forgiveness, is an internationally recognized authority in the field of ‘change’.

As a counsellor she helps individuals find enlightening ways to succeed in meeting life’s greatest challenges. You will find her listed in Cambridge, England’s 12th Edition of The World’s Who’s Who of Women and nominated for inclusion in the 1st edition of the Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine & Health Care. Beth Hedva was inducted into the American Biographic Institute’s 2009 Hall of Fame for “Humanitarian Contributions in Cross-Cultural Psychology”.  Dr Beth Hedva has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and a PhD in Psychology; was the Director of Clinical Internships and Field Placement at two universities in California and has trained and taught counselling professionals globally.

Dr. Hedva held core faculty appointments in Antioch University’s Department of Clinical Psychology, and John F. Kennedy University’s prestigious Department of Consciousness Studies in California. She has made her reputation by blending ancient and indigenous cross-cultural healing practices and spiritual traditions with modern psychological best practices to promote an integrative approach to community health and wellness. Dr. Hedva is licensed as a Psychologist and as a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor and she has practiced as a Clinical Parapsychologist – having worked as an ‘Expert Intuitive’ and liaison to the Office of Paranormal Investigation on research teams to explore ghosts, hauntings and poltergeists since its inception in 1989.

Dr. Hedva holds California State Board Certifications in medical hypnosis, and also somatic sexology, specializing in intimacy enhancement and sacred sexuality, coaching couples in the use of sexological bodywork and tantric practices. Plus she is certified as a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Psychological Specialties.

One of North America’s leading relationship experts, Dr. Hedva was the On-Line “Ask an Expert” for Reader’s Digest Canada. Dr. Beth Hedva lecturers world-wide on how to over-come personal, interpersonal, man-made and natural disasters, and has trained helping professionals in medical schools and universities across Canada in her Spiritually Directed Therapy Protocol for Recovery from Trauma.

Hedva was invited by the Indonesian Psychology Association to up-grade the training of psychologists and volunteer recovery workers in Aceh after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami Disaster. The United Nations Ambassador from the government of Burkina Faso, together with the Human Rights Committee, invited Dr. Hedva to present her work in Aceh on a panel entitled “Human Rights Violations and Recovery: Spirit, Mind and Body Practices.” In February, 2008 she joined United Nations Child Ambassador, Mariatu Kamura, on her UNICEF mission to post-civil war Sierra Leone, and was invited to join the Association for a Trauma Outreach and Prevention mission to Haiti, where Dr. Hedva and her team trained 275 local Haitian volunteer recovery workers in response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

Dr Hedva continues to train trainers in Calgary, Canada in her “Embodied Awareness” programs and her Trainers, Associates and trainees extend community health and wellness programs in North America and Africa. Director of Training and Counseling Services for Dr Beth Hedva and Associates, Dr. Hedva is the former Chair of Continuing Education, former Director of the International Council of Psychologists, and former Canadian Chair of the Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention.  Dr. Beth Hedva currently conducts professional development training programs globally, and provides customized training sessions to individuals, couples, families, groups, communities, associations and institutions in person, on-location, and at-distance, via telephone and internet, world-wide.



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