Change has always been part of my life. With a father in the
RAF I remember making dens out of old parachutes when I was a child but I never realised
that the 'jumping out of a plane' scenario would become a metaphor
for my life.
After teaching English across Europe I returned to the UK
in '94 to market language training programmes for Blue Chip
companies. During four years of tramping the square mile in
my power suit I went on a business trip to Italy and, as I
slipped under a train in Milan central station (a combination
of power heels and a divertingly attractive stationmaster),
I got my wake up call. In case I didn't hear it, as I limped
on to my business meeting I was robbed, the straps on my remaining
briefcase broke and when I boarded the plane home, thinking
nothing worse could happen, someone opened the overhead locker
and a heavy object crashed onto my head!
As Rafi Gabor says: 'God speaks as softly as he can
and as loudly as he has to'. God must have required a
packet of throat lozenges by the time I tottered through customs
to be met unexpectedly by my mother with some devastating
This traumatic turning point led me to discover therapy
and self-development and to start reading 'change your life'
books. After an 'alternative' holiday in Crete (well we did
yoga and some chanting - my comfort zone at the time didn't
encompass anything involving baggy trousers, no make up and
minimal sanitation), I then wrote a vision of what I really
wanted and acted on it. Within 24 hours I was offered a job
working on a holistic magazine. Rule 1 for change: Clarify
your vision. Rule 2: act on your vision as if it's absolutely
possible and true.
Once I got the hang of visioning and listening to the inner
voice rather than the outer ones, life began to flow. That
still small voice whispered it was time to move to Sussex
and I didn't hesitate. I did a stint at the Institute
for Optimum Nutrition whilst changing flats and moved
to Hove. The next step was job at the Hoffman
Institute and doing their course 'The Hoffman Process'
which took my personal growth to a new level. I then made
several trips to the Findhorn
Foundation in Scotland. After doing their Life Purpose
programme I walked back into my office job and knew that the
shoe no longer fitted.
I had a bad case of WUS or Waiting Until Syndrome. Waiting
until..... I was enlightened enough to be a healer, knew enough
to be able to inspire others, had saved enough money to make
choices, had a partner who believed in me and a cast-iron
business plan. I didn't wait for a train this time, I resigned
and left the station and my job.
My inner voice led me back to Findhorn to train in facilitating
the Transformation Game a powerful tool for personal growth
which became my vehicle for inspiring and supporting change.
Once I had developed a good base of clients I was offered
a place on a Vibrational Medicine course with the College
of Vibrational Medicine an organisation I had long admired
for their integrity. I signed up with no idea how I was going
to pay for it but knowing it was the next step. A few days
later they told me that they had been guided to offer me a
I have since also qualified as a Gaia energy healer and
my consulting and healing work is blossoming. This April I
was invited to speak at Brighton Alternatives and the still
small voice became much bigger and brighter as it shared its
understanding of change and its need to inspire. I have been
self employed for two years. I have learnt much about myself.
I've exchanged wisdom with amazing fellow travellers and have
discovered very touching depths in my friendships. I am living
my life instead of thinking about living it. The path of service
serves me as much as those around me.
In the words of Guillaume Apollinaire: 'Come to the edge,
he said. They said: we are afraid. Come to the edge, he said.
They came. He pushed them. And they flew' and guess what?
They didn't need parachutes!
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