I'd like to share a little of my journey with you. We all have a story to tell and many are very colourful, yet they all share some common themes of life. This may highlight why and how I can be of value to you along your journey toward empowerment.
Until age 38, my life resembled that of a discarded carrier bag; empty and weightless, carried along by the strongest gust of wind without direction or purpose. I trundled along, doing what I thought was best, fighting against convention and other people's opinions of who and what I should be; at times caving under the pressure of conforming to both the written and unwritten rules of society, culture, religion, peers and parents, guardians and significant others surrounding me. Yet every time at some point, I would return to the fight with even more determination. I made choices and took actions that were labeled crazy, careless, immature and even blasphemous. I was labeled a sinner, and mentally unstable by close family and friends. Although it was never an official diagnosis, does that even matter when you are treated as such by those around you? At one point, I was said to have been 'touched by the devil'. I had a lot of battles to fight, and every battle brings its own scars. Is it any wonder that until then I was unaware of who I was and therefore my purpose?
During those battles all of my focus and energy was directed outside of myself; looking and keeping guard against the next attack. I didn't even take the time to tend to my scars, but hid them, buried them, and moved on; bearing it, handling it, getting on with it, or so it appeared to me at the time. Please keep in mind, I had no idea who I was back then because I had taken on the persona of a warrior in battle. To give you an idea of what I mean, think of Xena, warrior princess. I identified so strongly with this character that I was no longer able to see beyond it and consequently my life continued to consist of a series of battles. As courageous, noble and fearless as that may sound, it was overshadowed by a lack of purpose, which stole away every victory. My battles were not as bloody or physically challenging as Xena's, but just as fiercely challenging on an emotional and mental scale, and they became a way of life of me.
So, what happened when I was 38? I gave birth to my son, which led me to the courage and inspiration I needed to lay down my sword and begin seeking the knowledge and assistance on how to be Human; not a woman, or a mother, or a daughter, or a warrior, or a girlfriend, or a lover....or any other label forced on me by culture, society, and religion. I began my journey into self discovery: I attended workshops, classes and talks; I read books, listened to recordings and watched videos by experts in the field of self awareness; I acquired a therapist, a spiritual coach, an energetic coach and an intuitive coach; I wrote in my journal, meditated, prayed and learnt incantations. I studied and practiced and became a NLP practitioner, a life coach, an energetic healer, an entrepreneur and a master of manifestation. I developed a focus in life and things began to shift for me and my life began to transform. At each stage of this personal transformation I would uncover a scar, buried long ago, and as I began to tend to it with love and compassion, the scar transformed into a priceless treasure.
The alchemy of human transformation. Here are just a few of the treasures I have discovered among my buried treasure once I began to reclaim my power;
The light that stems from darkness,
The love that is born of hatred
The joy that coexists with misery
The peace found among the chaos
The courage that is the other face of fear
The inspiration which springs from oppression
The compassion that overcomes anger
The forgiveness forged from revenge
The unity discovered in loneliness
The power of healing that grew from pain
The trust derived from disloyalty
The faith that is always within
You and I are not much different, we all have our unique battles, challenges and pain. Yes, I do continue to have my challenges and battles in life despite all that I have achieved, I however, have learnt how to recognise, overcome and transform them easily and fluidly into priceless treasures. I don't claim to have all the answers or even claim an expertise on anything other than my experiences and the knowledge that I have gathered along my journey. I claim that I will support you along your journey using every tool, tip and technique at my disposal as bests suits your purpose.