‘Feel the Love Expo’
coming to Madison
Organizer Smitley describes it as a ‘mind-body’
event featuring many techniques
(March 2014) – Virginia Biasizzo was in college when she developed an excruciating ear ache for the first time in her life. After two rounds of antibiotics failed, a work-study friend took her across blizzard-lashed Boston to see his Chinese grandfather. Before she had time to remove her parka, the old man told his grandson in his native language, “She had her appendix removed. And her tonsils.”
‘Feel the Love Expo’
• March 1-2 at the Brown Gym in Madison, Ind.
• 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday
• Admission: $7 per day or $10 for the weekend
• Information: (812) 599-4440 (after 4 p.m.)
Her friend translated, asking, “Is it true?” Biassizo told him it was. Amazed, she rested on an acupuncture table, where her friend’s grandfather used two needles to puncture her inner ankle, just behind the bone. Her clogged ears instantly drained. The old man gave her tea and invited her to come again for seven more sessions. Biasizzo returned – and continued returning over the next five years to learn the healing arts from the old man, whom she now calls Master Wu.
Biasizzo is one of several health and wellness workers attending the first “Feel The Love Expo,” planned for the weekend of March 1-2 in Madison, Ind. The event will take place at the Brown Gym from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 per day or $10 per weekend. Vendors specializing in health and wellness will sell products and services, such as tarot card readings, astrology, palm readings, crystals and gems used for healing. The event also includes presenters who will speak about these subjects.
Event organizer Lisa Smitley of Madison, Ind., described the “Feel The Love Expo” as a mind-body event. “I’ve been attending events like this for 20 years. From the first one, I turned to my friend and said it would be great for Madison. I continued to think it over for the year, and then it dawned on me that maybe I’m the one who’s supposed to bring it here.”
Smitley, 57, said Madison’s location between Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati should help draw patrons as well as the “good downtown feeling you get when you’re there.”
In addition to acupuncture, Biasizzo has studied various touch modalities, including Reiki, Shiatsu and deep tissue massage. She also promotes yoga, aromatherapy and bioelectrical recalibration for personal wellness.
“I was raised thinking we could cure all with the proper diet,” Biasizzo said. She grew up between Massachusetts and her parents’ native France, where she was influenced by European attitudes toward organics and holistic living. Biasizzo was attending law school in Boston when she began her studies with Master Wu, eventually dropping out to refocus on health and spirituality. She earned Master’s degrees in healthcare and theology before going on to live in the mountains of Vermont for 20 years.
At 50 years old, Biasizzo resides in Indianapolis. She considers herself a DNA therapy practitioner and mostly treats cancer patients. Of the 47 patients she has treated, “all 47 are cancer-free.” She now conducts webinars for medical practitioners who wish to learn more about her natural approach to healing.
“All these different paths toward health come from a space of love,” Smitley said. “I want to bring that to Madison.”
Biasizzo explained that her success rate hinges on a patient’s self-determination. “Our mindset has a great deal to do with our personal power and who is controlling it,” she said. “If we are empowered to overcome illness, then we shall.”
Biasizzo and Smitley both anticipate the “Feel The Love Expo” gathering an intelligence audience that is open to communication at the spiritual level. “I knew bringing this to Madison would raise some eyebrows,” Smitley said. “My hope is that people will be open and accepting and realize that it’s OK to have different beliefs. Some people have a tendency to immediately fear what they don’t know about, immediately assume it’s wrong or not Christian. There’s no need for fear. All of the people doing these things are in service to other people and the planet in general.”
Although she takes classes at the Louisville School of Metaphysics, Smitley has no ambition of becoming an expert but is content to share her positive experiences from wellness events with others.
Smitley discovered the appeal of natural healing techniques when she went to a similar expo at a convent in Oldenburg, Ind.
She learned of the medicine wheel from a Native American woman and witnessed Reiki practitioners at work. Not every alternative health technique resonates with Smitley, but she encourages others to find what matters to them: “I used to go to these events and roll my eyes, thinking ‘Really?’ I don’t do that anymore, not because I believe but because I understand that, for some people, this is their truth.”
Biasizzo looks forward to sharing her knowledge at the “Feel The Love Expo,” saying she intends to “help people understand our general biological nature of survival and how our choices corrupt our ability to optimize health and wellness.”
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