There were no major surprises during the knife massage; it was about what I had expected, albeit more relaxing than I had envisioned. But I'm not expecting what comes next.
It's time for Olivia to look into my subconscious with the yi jing board. First, I need to fill out a form with some basic information, including name, age, address, phone number, and family members' names. She asks me to place my hands on the table with palms facing upward.
She glances over the things I've written, then closes her eyes and begins tapping sporadically on the yi jing boad using a thin bamboo stick with a piece of metal on its end called a tian zhu kuai (天竺筷). She holds the tian zhu kuai in her right hand, while she taps gently and simultaneously on the board with the fingers of her left hand.
She stops intermittently to share the information she is picking up. The things she shares are remarkably accurate, beginning with describing my personal and spiritual traits, aspects of my character that I am subconsciously aware of but have never admitted to myself or voiced to others.
She describes imbalances between my natural character and my mental behavior that are leading to stress in my life, materialized as tension in certain locations in my body as we have just discovered on the massage table.
She goes on to summarize my children's personalities, so vividly and accurately that I am taken aback. To be clear, I mentioned above that Olivia and I are acquaintances, but we've only met once several years ago, and she's never met my children. She describes Sage as a carbon copy of me, my soul twin (absolutely true!) and Lavender as my polar opposite (again spot on), and describes how my failure to identify with Lavender's personality and deal with her behavior in certain circumstances is creating stress to my life and tension in my throat chakra.
There are far more details than I've glossed over here and don't really care to share, but what really surprises me is how with just a few superfluous details about myself provided, Olivia is able to tap in to my deeper self, and I find myself freely conversing with her about things that I've never discussed with anyone before. It is both liberating and overwhelming, having a light shined on my innermost imbalances, tensions that I bury deep inside of me and allow to fester unresolved.