Submitted by Michelle Greenwell
Dr. Rashida Naraharasetti’s journey to the IKC Conference in Bali…a follow-up interview
How did you achieve the opportunity to present in Bali?
In the beginning of 2018, I was approached by Henry Ramanlay, the organizer for Bali. He emailed me with an invite to be the keynote speaker. We had first met in Banff in 2015. I was very surprised by the offer, and he told me that I had been recommended by a couple of senior members of the IKC.
How did you prepare your presentation?
Initially, I was not sure what to present. I decided that I should reach out to the people who had recommended for the keynote to see what they felt I could offer. They supported my emails with encouragement that I had lots of information to share. I then considered that a keynote speaker must be special in what they have, so I thought about what people might be seeing of me. I thought about the spiritual cycles and how I had been practicing with them personally for over a decade. The program was being built for almost 15 years in bits and pieces but not as a full program. I realized that the Spiritual Cycles should be presented. Preparing was not a big deal, the pieces were already there. Dancing to the Rhythms of the Cosmos that I presented in 2011 and 2015 with Michelle Greenwell had repetition and cycles and was built from some of the information from the details of the spiritual cycles. When I had prepared DRC for 2011, I had a co-presenter to share ideas with, but this time I had to prepare the ideas alone. Sometimes that can be a challenge when you don’t have anyone to bounce ideas around with. My experience with the material is what helped me to put the presentation together easily.
What was it like sharing your techniques to an international group of people?
It was very exciting to be a part of an international community. Also, I was a little nervous about people’s expectations and how it was going to be received. However, while I was presenting my knowledge from Indian teachings, it was warmly accepted by people from various cultures from all over the world. People were in tears because the tools touched their deeper energies. In the presentation, even though the techniques were only the most basic components they were very impactful. I was moved by this beautiful experience. So far I have been using these techniques only in my balances, so I never realized that facilitators could feel such a deep connection to themselves with these simple techniques.
What would you recommend to others who think they might like to present at a conference?
In my personal experience, you need to be known, not just as a presenter but with commitment and compassion towards this work. Once the organizers identify that you are sincere and passionate, even if they don’t know what you want to present, they will accept your proposal. If the organizers are unfamiliar with your work, introduce yourself with testimonials about your work and about yourself. After you are accepted it is up to you to do your abstract and paper. If the application is written factually, people will be interested to come to your presentation, especially if there are extra presentations at the same time. Offer something that they can take away, this will be more interesting and personal. Lastly, always work to improve your skills, gaining experience and striving to be better. Uncle “Google” can provide lots of great background information with presentation tips. Begin with presenting to small groups, do online presentations, webinars, mini workshops. Get to know your material in various settings and gaining experience with presenting to different groups. Then you will be ready for a conference and an international community.
Will you be presenting anywhere in 2020?
I am going to present at a conference in the Netherlands at the beginning of October. I’m always looking for opportunities and special invitations, whether in Canada or another international engagement.
What was it like to be a member of the faculty for the IKC for the first time?
The Bali conference was the first time I was accepted into the faculty for the IKC as the representative for India. I learnt a lot in the faculty meetings. There is so much that goes on at the IKC that I previously had no idea about. For three full days, we had major brainstorming sessions, several discussions and a lot of senior members speaking of their experiences which was a great learning experience for me. I felt so warmly welcomed into the IKC family. IKC was very respectful of the new people and valued the younger members and their opinions, presence and contributions
There was so much passion and dedication within the group that some of the faculty members joined the meetings online from different time zones even if it was at odd hours. It takes a lot of thought and insight to write bylaws where one must have in depth knowledge of their residing country as well as be up to date on what is happening on a global scale. This is what I would call pushing boundaries and I am very blessed and grateful to be a part of such a team, and also to be able to share my experience with you.
Michelle Greenwell has worked on the newsletter for over a decade. Always enjoying a good conversation and getting to know fellow members better, she has interviewed many members over her time on the newsletter committee. She first met Dr. Rashida at the 2005 Conference in North Carolina, and they became steadfast friends. They have collaborated on international presentations, created programs together, served on the board of CanASK together, and shared time at more conferences since 2005. They are currently working on a new project involving case studies.