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A Poem for Peace
Recipient of 1st Place 2008 Poetry Award
Under The Gun by David Ohayon
What’s the word mockingbird
What was heard
That struck fear in my ear
What was it
That made me have this ﬁt
It was when that ﬁre was lit
That night, what fright
That it brought such distraught
When a bomb blew
Who knew that it was going on again
More people lost that friend
It was the beast from the Middle East
That started again that feast
That brought Death
And peoples last breath
It brought on blood, like a ﬂood
What can be done
To save every son
We don’t need them dying
While all these moms are crying
I can’t comprehend
How they continue to oﬀend
When will it all end
We must bend that corner of peace
Life must get out of that crease
If we continue to hate
We will not be able to create
Or levitate, to that
Spot, for which we had fought
And where they had sought
That peace of life.
Copyright ©2008 David Ohayon
The Other Side of The Curtain
Recovering from Deep Coma or The Power of Dreaming
by Dr. Nadia Judith Bijaoui
Brain Power Activation Through Dreaming
A life Assessed by Dreams Post Analysis
An amazing non-fiction story of brain injury and coma survival after an accident!
Travel with us back and forth!
Nadia’s interview with Kinshasha Kambui creator of HealthNotes: From the Hearts of a Natural Woman
SUPER MUSIC & INTERVIEW @ KFAI Radio Without Boundaries Minneapolis - St Paul
“There is always a hidden reason we usually do not see at first giving meaning to a trauma and providing a real chance to heal, to grow, and to transmit”
- Dr. Nadia Bijaoui.
Kinshasha’s interview focuses on the space between life and death, on dreaming, and on the recovery process with its main architect, Anna Boukris, Nadia’s mother. The interview also narrates a message for universal peace; and the creation of Bio Health Education, a health system that Dr. Bijaoui designed while working on her own recovery, growth, and self-realization.
About the Book
The author loved living in the South of France and studying French literature and poetry, until the political events of May 1968. One year later, at 18, she was pronounced dead after a motorcycle accident.
The Other Side of The Curtain is the space between life and death.
Instead of a motorcycle accident fatal statistic, The Other Side of The Curtain is an amazing non-fiction account of brain injury and coma survival in France.
A couple of years later, the author moved to the United States and tried to forget about her accident.
But there are things in life that one cannot forget.
Years later, in Los Angeles, Nadia began a secret search to understand beyond being “a miracle” why she survived the way she did. She found seven elements that made her survival a reality. She also realized that her accident was the consequence of her subconscious “Death Wish”, as explained by Freud.
The Other Side of The Curtain is also a visit to dreamland.
The author narrates seven dreams including a premonition dream of her accident.
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“Nadia is a miracle! She survived a catastrophic motorcycle accident! While she chronicles her fascinating experience of recovering from a coma, her comments and health suggestions as a researcher and doctor complete the picture of recovery.
She says, ‘I never remembered anything about what happened to me before and after the accident...The amnesia had removed the imprint of those events from my brain...Everything I have written about the accident, I did not know it. I lived it. I felt it in my body, my heart, and my soul. But I never knew it.’
The accident occurred in 1969 within the background of the student riots of May 1968. For people who are interested in coma... anyone who loves French literature or history ... and really anyone who loves a story of overcoming adversity this is a must read!”
Elizabeth Kerr, author of The Spin
“The Other Side of the Curtain is the poignant journey in three parts of a child of the Diaspora to become Dr. Nadia Judith Bijaoui, psychoanalyst and health educator. The first two parts of the book constitute a memoir about growing up in Tunisia, Paris, Nice and Marseille in a close-knit Jewish family, where education and spiritual heritage were paramount. Her descriptions of the sweets she devoured were enough to make one gain pounds while reading them. A half-gallon of Neapolitan ice cream and a tin of brownies were consumed (on her behalf)…it was the least I could do. Her pleasures consisted of long walks, dance classes, and those wicked sweets.
Following the rigorous French educational model, the author studied hard for the 1969 Baccalaureate Exam, after the infamous May 1968. No sooner had she passed the exam and gotten her score, than a terrible accident occurred. How she survived is the mystery she spent decades studying, seeking a therapy model that might help other victims of PTSD and coma in their recovery.
The third part of the book consists of her breakdown of the seven elements which she believes came together to save her. Rooted in Freudian perspective, Dr. Nadia Judith Bijaoui has created a model which incorporates the needs of the body, the mind and the spirit. As clinical as the last section reads, she has left room for the Divine. I’m not sure Dr. Freud would approve, but being a near-death survivor myself, I do. I wish her the greatest success.”
"“A mystery from a real-life experience that may help you make sense of your own life.”
“Bijaoui’s narrative tells an emotional true tale of recovery, love, and faith. Her story is as inspiring as it is jaw dropping. Her unique model for her book leads the reader into various doorways of her life at different time periods, which offers an intriguing glimpse inside the thought process and dreams she experienced throughout the years. The interconnectedness of her seemingly unrelated experiences is fascinating; her attitude and outlook on the world are equally mesmerizing.
Childhood memories, both good and painful, blur into that tragic night in 1969. A motorcycle crash sent Bijaoui flying 36 meters, and she landed on the pavement without a helmet and was pronounced dead. She writes about her time in French hospitals, the vivid dream she had about her three-month coma, the spiritual aspects of being in that transcendental state.
Bijaoui also details the time-spent decades later undergoing an emotional and psychological healing that she did not allow herself to engage in immediately after the accident. It is during this time period that she evaluates her dreams, some of them profoundly prophetic, and looks back at her life with a clear mind and open heart. She sought the ultimate recovery, which took her into her own psyche and to healers who extracted years of deep, buried pain that still existed in her ‘once-broken body’.
The Other Side of The Curtain is a compelling memoir of a woman whose life has been dotted with both joy and tragedy, but always with courage. Spirituality mixes with shocking true tales and the history of the past in her memorable book."