As a child, I experienced a deep connection with nature. I easily sensed an All-is-Well-ness when alone outdoors.
As a young adult, I had several life-threatening experiences. Each time, at the peak of danger, a commanding presence knew precisely what to do, (or not do), to keep me from harm. After one particularly intense incident, I wondered: What is this Power? What if I could contact it or be in touch with it at all times—not just in times of physical danger? Is there anything I can do to feel its comfort and power whenever I need to--such as during times of psychological suffering? When I feel lost, abandoned, unloved, rejected or afraid?
From that desire, I developed a passion for spiritual books and practices. My first teachers were Zen and Taoist masters. I studied martial arts and meditation for many years. Then, in 2000 I met Eckhart Tolle.
Learning about the emotional “pain-body” principle, as presented by Eckhart, was a turning point. The discovery was: the comforting Power that I had experienced in those emergency moments, is simply the Presence of Being. And the way to connect with it and invite it to come forth in one's life, is by being present--by paying attention to What is Aware seamlessly aware, without interruption. To the degree that it is honored and given attention, It grows and shines in the mind as wisdom, clarity and love.
Simple--but not easy because of something called the pain-body: accumulated, un-faced emotions that were experienced in childhood; layers of "negativity" felt as tension, bracing, contraction and agitation; stored in the nervous system, and able to be released through the nervous system. Unreleased, the stored negative energy subtly implies a "me" which is constantly either threatened (chronic fear, unhappiness or other types of emotional stress) or aggrandized (pride, anger, lust, greed, avarice.) Fixation of attention on the implied, imagined "me," is what prevents paying attention to Presence of Being. Thus the power of pure Being remains dormant in one's life experience.
However, through consciously addressing the pain-body, (stressful thoughts intertwined with bodily agitation), choosing presence becomes easier and easier. In my case, it took many years to be willing to make that choice consistently. Once being present became the priority in my life, The Presence itself supports this process.
It has been, and continues to be, a truly joyful experience to fall in love with what is Real. If I can do it, you can do it!
It is my honor and privilege to serve you in your desire to make Presence a priority in your life. I look forward to guiding you with inquiry.
My past experience includes:
- The Work of Byron Katie
(Institute for The Work Trainer)
- The Sedona Method
(Certified Coach; Assistant Director Certified Coach Program)
- Certified Practitioner, The BodyTalk System
- Pain-Body Release Coach
- Published Author
- Macrobiotic Chef and Instructor
- Ayurvedic Chef
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Knowing how to yield is strength. Use your own light and return to the source of light. This is called practicing eternity. --Tao Te Ching
"Finding this work and being facilitated by you has changed my life. I understand the utter simplicity of 'going within' and how to get the clarity I need." J.M.
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