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This story made a tremendous impression on me. I have always deeply admired those who work through difficult circumstances only to dedicate themselves to helping others do the same.
THE JOURNEY BEGAN...
I've been studying relationships for more than 25 years. I received a B.A in Communications in 1994 - which was the first time I was exposed to the awe-inducing idea of subjectivity: a table is only a table because we all decide to call it that. Upon trying to explain this idea to my father that night, I began to see where some of the challenges of subjective communication arise!
THE JOURNEY CONTINUED...
In 2003, I was awakened to a vast world of spirituality through the book Conversations With God. Prior to this, I had been raised Catholic, but my clearest memory was looking at the pained and excruciating image of the crucifix and thinking "They're focusing on the wrong part." Some years later, I was in a church with a crucifix showing the resurrected Christ. I remember thinking "That's closer!"
THE JOURNEY EXPANDS...
Since then, my spiritual path has been influenced by the teachings of Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Paramahansa Yogananda, and new insight into the life and essence of the Christ, as well as many other insightful and wonderful teachers. In 2010 I received a Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. All of this has led to the method of searching within for answers and healing - the Inner Counselor.
THE JOURNEY BECOMES PAINFUL...
In 2012, a traumatic life event shifted all aspects of my life: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Upon introspection, this event showed deep ties to a past life tragedy. At this point I began to see how strongly our current life is impacted (and in some cases) held hostage by our attachments to the past. Other past life memories began surfacing, showing me the threads to thoughts, actions, and relationships in my current life. I studied and attained a certification in Past Life Regression Hypnotherapy - a means of delving into past lives in order to heal, transform and release their hold on us. This life event also led me to discover Bach Flower remedies, which I like to call "therapy behind the scenes". I have personally worked with the flowers for four years, and my clients have had equally powerful support from them.
THE JOURNEY NEVER ENDS...
Every life challenge that has presented itself to me since I have begun this work has led me to incredibly wonderful teachers, tools and insights in order to assist others. I continue to be led to new areas of study, such as the impact of Trauma and abuse, Compassion Focused Therapy and the processes of healing Shame. Working with clients such as yourself has been my greatest teacher. I am honored to walk beside you as we learn and grow together.
"This guy's walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out.
A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, 'Hey you. Can you help me out?'
The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
A priest comes along and the guy shouts up, 'Father, I'm down in this hole can you help me out?' The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a friend walks by. 'Hey, Joe, it's me can you help me out?'
And the friend jumps in the hole.
Our guy says, 'Are you stupid? Now we're both down here.'
The friend says, 'Yeah, but I've been down here before and I know the way out.'"
"I'm a strong person. But every now and then I'd like someone to take my hand and tell me everything is going to be alright."