Who Am I
My name is Simon Berkowitz and I started working with clients in 1997. Since then I have trained extensively in several different modalities and methods (Acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy, Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Dreamwork and Improvisation amongst others) and spent well over 10,000 hours in training and working with clients.
Each method I have trained in has revealed some powerful aspect of healing. But none could answer to my satisfaction the questions that had been puzzling me since childhood- who am I? What is my place in the world? What am I here to do?
During my search to find answers I took several very wrong turns which can all be summarised in one way- mistaking my faulty thinking for truth and ignoring the quiet messages that have always been coming from the inspired mind.
The solution only began to fully take shape when I started to work with dreams. As my life and understanding began to transform I began to see a way to be able to share the distillation of all these years of work. This is the series of tools and techniques that I am now offering as the Samaii Method.
‘Simon's work is profound! I have felt beautifully supported and seen in my wholeness. His unique way of assisting deep unconscious or resistant internal parts to get on board with the greater vision I have for myself is graceful, powerful and transcendent.’ Shellie Nelson shellienelson.com
Mission and Values
Every single one of us has something unique to offer. No matter what we have done (or not done), what stage of life we are at this seed is lying there waiting for us to turn towards it. If we water it, it will grow.
Whether our purpose is big or small it is uniquely ours and we experience a sense of peace and clarity when we align to it. The highest desire of this part of ourselves is fullest expression, whatever that may mean for us in each and every moment.
But when obstacles come up in our lives it is all too easy to take it personally.
When this happens we start to think about ourselves in a way that inhibits and then destroys our connection to our inspired mind. We become limited to what we are thinking and lose touch with the true source of our inspiration.
Fortunately, the mechanism that puts us back in touch with the inspired mind is built in. We just have to know the right way to go about it.
The modern world trains us to look outside of ourselves for answers. Parents, education, society, technology and even science all train us away from our inner knowing.
In a world that is continually evolving at an ever increasing pace the most important skill is the capacity to adapt- and that is exactly what this method is designed to help us do.
How I'm Different
The first reason my work is different is because of the wide range of modalities that I have worked with over the last 25 years. It has given me a powerful understanding of how our inspired mind works in us and how to manage our thinking minds so that our creativity is nurtured and fully expressed.
This is a common theme that underpins every single method I have encountered. When we work directly with our inspired mind it amplifies the beneficial effects of everything else we do.
The second is the 7 years one to one training I have received in working with dreams and Kashmir Saivism. Exposure to this method has been quite simply life-changing and has helped me answer the big questions that have been playing on my mind my whole life.
The third is my experience with Improvisation. Improvisation is a truly delightful way to get to know, train and play with our inspired mind and one that can be an incredibly enriching experience both for us and those around us. It is simply fantastic for improving confidence and interpersonal skills.
And lastly on a personal level I have experienced a variety of challenges. I know what it's like to really struggle and how good it feels to come out of it.
Over one 12-year period there was almost no let-up- financial struggles, relationship issues, legal problems, housing and building problems, illness. I was even closely involved for 4 years with a spiritual teacher who turned out to be very different from how he appeared.
Painful, but without it the method would not be able to offer the same level of power and flexibility to those who work with it.
“Even if these two opportunities hadn’t come up, I needed some help. I was just really unhappy. I knew I didn’t want to teach anymore, I’d had enough but didn’t have the clarity to make that big step. I’ve always been creative but had shut myself down to it to the point where I didn’t even want to talk about it with people. The session with Simon was more than just helping me make a decision. It helped me to create a turning point in my life, a moment where I discovered within me the strength to go for what I really want.” Jaime Turner, Founder Kindred Studios
Without even realising it I have spent the majority of my life caught up in thinking that wasn't creative. Worse, I can now see this faulty thinking was largely counter-productive both for myself and those around me.
Looking back I can see that even as a child I spent a lot of my time out of the present moment and caught up in little worlds of thought. Sometimes it was intensely creative, but increasingly as I moved more into the adult world it became deadening. I lost touch with my creative spark.
The sense that something fundamental was missing was what started me on this path of exploration.
It was only when I encountered the dreamwork and the framework that underpins it that I really began to understand just where I had got it wrong and how we all have the capacity to put it right built in to us (even though it is hidden by the training we have been given by our parents, education and society).
Every dreamwork session revolves around how to have a deepening direct experience of the inspired mind- something that will often happen several times in a session. Understanding how to uncover and facilitate these moments of epiphany is key to the Samaii Method.
I've included one early and pivotal example below from one of my early sessions to show how it works.
I was sitting on the concrete floor of my apartment (the place had been gutted in order to be remodelled) having a conversation with my teacher about an apparently unresolvable electrical issue. Everything had gone wrong and this was just one more impossible (and expensive!) challenge to resolve.
As we worked with the issue I suddenly had a flash of insight into the problem and realised that from one moment to the next all my worry had disappeared. It had been replaced by calm, clarity and the knowledge of exactly what I needed to do next.
I became fascinated by how in an instant my whole state of being had been transformed. Where had my worry gone? And where had all the energy and clarity come from?
It wasn't through anything that my teacher had done specifically, it was more that he had helped me use my thinking as a springboard to something else, a direct experience of the clarity that lies behind our thoughts.
Once I'd had this initial experience I was hooked and set about finding out the exact mechanism by which this inbuilt process of insight and self-revelation works. The key lies in understanding the relationship between our thinking and this place of inspiration in us.
Our inspired mind doesn't come from our thinking, it comes from somewhere outside of our thinking and the Samaii Method teaches us how to get there.
'What bought me to the session was a sense of free floating anxiety that had kicked in the latter part of last year. I could not point out at that time why I felt so anxious but subliminally I was not in a safe emotionally cared for relationship. Simon was able to give me an exercise to stop the whirring thoughts - to literally stop the 'overwhelm'. It was very helpful as took me out of my head into my body and to re identify those thoughts with myself in a different way - from the energy of my own heart.’ Penny Granycome, Actress
Creating a Joyful, Playful, Purposeful Life
When we connect to our inbuilt creative spark our purpose starts to reveal itself. When we think of life purpose we often tend to jump immediately to the big picture- our legacy, doing the work we're born to do, changing the world for the better.
This approach is extremely valuable. What it can do however is tend to direct our focus onto our thoughts. While it is part of the process of finding our fuel, it can also serve to take us away from the present moment, into our thoughts and away from the inspired mind.
This is a shame because the only experience we ever have is now. Nothing else actually exists. As we begin to focus our energy on revealing our own creative fire we become more interested in what we can do in this moment. This naturally brings us into contact with our intuition which in turn clarifies and enlivens our bigger vision.
And as we do this we stop living in our thoughts and regrets about the past and what could or should have been. We stop living in anxieties about the future and we increasingly start to experience the pleasure of this moment.