Today I speak with Turiya, who – among other losses and traumas – shares the turning point in her life when she lost her then 33-year-old husband Welf von Hannover in 1981. Her relationship with death and the impermanence of physical life significantly changed another time with the loss of her most beloved partner Maja just 6 months ago, where she experienced something, she never had before:
‘Then one night the message came, and it was: Love Is All. And there was such a strong feeling. Love is the bond that brings us over the bridge and that brings two things into oneness, that overcomes the separation. In this case, the separation is a loss of the physical body. But the heart and the love are there. Love Is All.’Turiya Hanover
Turiya’s story is deeply moving and will encourage you to look for something beyond the physical.
About this week’s guest
Turiya is the co-founder of Path Retreats and the transformational process – Path of Love with Rafia Morgan. Together they also lead a one-year Holistic Counsellor training for therapists called Working with People – School of Counselling.
She has been trained in many different modalities such as Gestalt, Bioenergetics, Psychodrama, Family Therapy (V. Satir), NLP, Hypnosis, Somatic Experiencing™ (Peter Levine), Ego Psychology, Family Constellation, Enneagram and Astrology, and Essence Work.
Turiya’s personal journey into human development started when she did her first 2-year Jungian Psychotherapy course aged 22, followed by an encounter workshop in 1970 in Germany. The revelation and exploration of this Humanistic Psychology approach took Turiya by surprise. The internal shift that she experienced was so profound, that she and her husband, set on a new course of human discovery, which led them to India. Through learning meditation, living, and working in a community under the guidance of a master, she developed a unique approach to working with people that is a synthesis of eastern insights, living awareness, and a western approach to humanistic psychology.
The sudden, unexpected death of her husband marked a turning point in Turiya’s life. This profound experience deeply influenced her own personal search and how she works with people today.
Today Turiya has the joy of being a grandmother and spends her free time painting and writing a book about the rising of the feminine and about Death as a friend and the realisation of Impermanence.
- Website: https://www.turiyahanover.net/
- IG: https://www.instagram.com/turiyahanover/
- FB: https://www.facebook.com/turiyahanover
- Path Retreats: https://pathretreats.com/
- Working with People: https://www.workingwithpeopletrainings.com/
Topics discussed in this episode
- The death of her grandfather when she was 7 years old
- The sudden and unexpected death of her husband Welf von Hannover at the age of 33 years old at the Osho Ashram
- The lacking understanding of shock and trauma in the 80s
- The fear of death always being present
- Living in a culture that avoids death and experiences a lack of connection to the formless
- Osho’s death
- The death of her partner Maja
- Grief and loneliness can make one feel orphaned by existence
- The importance of contact in the face of grief
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Quote by Carlos Castaneda:
‘Death is our eternal companion. It is always to our left, an arm’s length behind us. Death is the only wise adviser that a warrior has. Whenever he feels that everything is going wrong and he’s about to be annihilated, he can turn to his death and ask if that is so. His death will tell him that he is wrong, that nothing really matters outside its touch. His death will tell him, I haven’t touched you yet.’
- A Year to Live: How to Live This Year as if It Were Your Last by Stephen Levine
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