ABOUT LILY UMIANI
I am here to serve you on this journey because I know how painful it is. A pain that often feels like no one could possibly understand.
I know what it is like to have food consume your thoughts every second of every single day. I know what it is like to pick and prod and grab areas of your body and speak words of hate to it from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep. I know what it is like to starve yourself so that the pain of the hunger and the thoughts around food numbs out the pain and confusion, and I know what it is like to enter a trance whilst binging on food to fill the void, only to purge it all later. I know what it is like to spend every day in the gym, and to be too afraid to leave the house because I didn’t want anyone to see my body.
Why am I telling you this?
Because I think it is important that you know that I can relate to how you feel. I want you to know that you are in safe hands and that I understand.
My healing journey took many iterations including twelve step programmes, residential recovery programmes, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, CBT and just about every other holistic therapy. It wasn't that these didn't help, but there was never one approach hat felt like it was 'it', because they never addressed the root of the pain. came when I finally allowed myself to surrender and slowly take down the walls that had kept me confined for so long.
I had to go to the source and shed layers and layers of fear, conditioning and suppression to release my body, my brain, my emotions and my spirit which had become frozen.
Integrating the wisdom from years of following and attending different trainings, meeting different teachers and exploring as many different outlets as I could, I began to release the old patterns and behaviours. I began to become more of myself, the same one that I had hid in fear for so many years of my life.
Some years later, I would find myself travelling down a river for four days to visit a remote indigenous community in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon off grid. I know not how I got there, why I had been called, but I followed, and it is there that I found my spirit and Umiani was birthed - a name given to me by my teachers from the Huni Kuin tribe.
I have been studying with indigenous communities in South America under the guidance of medicine men and women, learning to work with different plant medicines and become a carrier of their sacred chants and songs.
It is a true gift to be able to share my knowledge and guide people to reconnect with themselves using a divine combination of ancient wisdom and modern science to reconnect mind, body and spirit to facilitate healing.