On August 21, 2018, Puja Thomson was interviewed by Wall Radio’s Van Ritshie to discuss her newest book, Track Your Truth: Discover Your Authentic Self. Below is the transcribed interview. To hear the audio, visit Puja’s "About” page. Stay tuned: a video of the interview will be posted soon!
VAN: Now, tell us, tell us about your books. Now, now, you know, as I look at this, one of your books is entitled My Hope and Focus: Cancer Organizer, another one is My Health and Wellness Organizer, Roots and Wings: For Strength and Freedom, it’s a CD and Workbook, and Aftershock: From Cancer Diagnosis to Healing. All quite interesting books.
PUJA: Well these started as, I was encouraged to write them as health resources because I was always focused on helping people to stay healthy from a holistic perspective.
VAN: I kinda figured that out, yes.
PUJA: So body, mind, emotions, and spirit. So, the first one was a CD of guided imagery and meditation because we can use our mind and we can use our imagination to help healing. And it was also for helping us understand our past. I chose the words “Roots and Wings” for my business as a matter of fact because in Scotland where I was brought up, it’s all about roots and when I came to this country it’s all about wings and space and outer space. And actually you need both: you need the roots to be grounded in your life and then you need from that grounded place you need to be able to take off and follow your inspiration and then move outwards. So, that is where I am grounded in roots and wings together and out of that the body, mind, emotions, and spirit, the inclusive perspective of using all parts of ourselves came for healing or for making decisions are now with my latest book to hone in on your truth and what’s true for you.
VAN: You know what, I kind of go along with what you say and what you write. As a holistic healer, I am sure that is what you are yourself, I want to say this to you, and tell me if I am correct in my synopsis of this, what I am about to say: I am one who firmly believes that if you focus on something, no matter what it is, if you focus on something happening in your life, let’s say you want to change something in your life and you really, really focus that, you know you focus on changing and focus and just putting all these good adaptations into the back of your mind, into your subconscious, that it will eventually manifest on its own. Does the same hold true for holistic healing?
PUJA: It does in a way that we have different parts of ourselves, and our culture tells us to use your head, think things through, and so if it’s only that that’s not enough. You need to allow the body to give you messages that tells you where something might be wrong and follow that through. And your enthusiasm and your non-physical senses can also help you. So, starting with the body that gives you messages and it can also give you messages about how you’re feeling through an ache and a pain, that could be literal, that could be overexertion or it could be that you’re holding onto an old hurt that gives you a pain in your body. And then also spirit, and that’s where intuition and hunch come in, and really seeing beyond the literal, physical, and mental, and emotional capacities. So, we have to get them all in balance, in a way.
VAN: Makes sense to me, you know what I understand that, sure. So, you can have a combination of holistic healing methods in the way of natural, foods whatever it may be, foods, vitamins, etc., etc. etc., combined with a strong mental outlook, you know, focused on what it is that you are trying to do with your body. If you combine them, you have a much better chance, I would think, of accomplishing what you set out to do.
PUJA: Yeah, there’s an energy principle that says: whatever you feed grows larger, whatever you starve shrinks. So, we often emphasize a particular part of ourselves, so some people wallow in their feelings and other people need to pay attention to their feelings. So, if you are too much of one to the exclusion of the others, then, it’s not so healthy. And food and so on is an important part of being holistic.
VAN: Now, it says here, future readings in the pipeline. Now, you refer to readings instead of like, a seminar?
PUJA: Well, I do seminars and readings. If it’s at a library, people are coming to be introduced to my new book, so it tends to be a reading and an explication of how the book came about and reading some introductory parts of it. Now, if it’s a seminar then they will be coming and going and interaction between the participants and working through the themes.
VAN: Okay, you have some readings coming up in September for Retired Men of New Paltz and then you have the Study Club of New Paltz on the 11th. And one of my favorite places in October, on the 7th, you got the Gardiner Library. You’ve got the Warwick Library reading coming up on October 8th and Oncology Support Program in Kingston on the 23rd. That’s all very interesting.
PUJA: That’s kinda combing the theme of the new book, Tracking Your Truth, applying it to tracking your cancer journey.
VAN: So, this is your latest book then? Track Your Truth?
PUJA: Yes, new last month.
VAN: Okay wonderful! Well, you know what, I want to wish you all the very best with this! I just opened it to a random page, and I see two categories: one is Get a Gut Reactions, Heartfelt Feelings, and Blind Spots, and the other is Health, Wellbeing, and Wholeness. So this, I can tell you right now, this is a book that I am definitely going to read because I like stuff like this, I really do.
PUJA: Well I love detective stories, so it’s applying the being a detective to your own life. Because a detective is tenacious, they have to be open to all possibilities and they have to start with where the clues are and follow the clues and even see what the culprits are. So, that’s what I am encouraging people to do in their own life because there are so many distracting voices that take us outside ourselves, you know? And so, this is to help people focus back inside themselves and to their own experiences and their own truth.
VAN: For me a lot of those distractive voices come at night sometimes, when I am trying to fall asleep. I can’t believe what goes on in my noggin sometimes, you know really? Anyway, I want to wish you all the best of luck with your new book. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
PUJA: Well, I’d just like to add that we do have, we can take responsibility and while this book can be for young people setting out, it can be for older people because it’s like we live three lifetimes now within one lifetime so that exponentially increases our capacity to go through change. So I am encouraging people to welcome change into their life and trust their own truth.
VAN: That’s wonderful, that’s very well said actually. Where is your book available?
PUJA: Well, it’s available from me, it’s available in book stores, it’s available on Amazon, it’s also an e-book, so one could go online to get it. It’s the first e-book I’ve done. It can be on Kindle or other e-books.
VAN: Track Your Truth is the name of the book folks. You know what, if you’re into this stuff, it’s kind of a must read for you, you know, get it. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, I’m looking forward to reading it myself. And Puja Thomson, I want to thank you so much for coming in and being with us on the air.
PUJA: Well, it’s been a pleasure Van, I’ve enjoyed this conversation.
VAN: Thank you so much, and you have a wonderful day.
PUJA: Thank you.