Life is a series of experiences and chapters. Although each experience is lived individually, and appears to be isolated in one’s life journey, each experience is beautifully connected. Every experience serves its purpose.
Added up, these experiences intricately trace one’s global life portrait. Here are the intricate experiences and events that trace my journey into becoming an Intuitive Life Coach.
Meditation & Mantras
In 2009, I had the opportunity to meet Deepak Chopra, while attending the first Chopra Center 3-day Yoga & Meditation retreat held in Toronto, Canada. During this retreat, I was introduced to the Primordial Sound Meditation technique where I learned to meditate by repeating a mantra that comprised of the first sound I had heard upon my birth, according to my birth date. I was instructed to repeat this mantra the entire duration of my 30-minute daily morning meditation.
Each participant was given a recorded CD of the Primordial Sound guided meditation. This CD began by a recording of Deepak’s voice instructing us to ask the questions ‘Who Am I?’, ‘What do I want?’ ‘What is my purpose in life? How can I help? How can I serve?’ and then followed by 30 minutes of silence, repeating mentally my primordial sound.
For 3 months, I sat alone, every morning and followed this guided meditation by repeating those 3 questions sequenced by my primordial sound mantra.
Awareness of My Desire For a Professional Change
In 2009, after ten years of passionately working (or volunteering) in International Development & Community Projects, my 18-month contract as a Management Consultant in Mozambique (Africa) ended.
After the end of my contract in Mozambique, I returned to my home country -Canada- and felt my professional aspirations were undergoing transformation(s). Everything I had known and identified with up until now did not seem to fit. It simply did not feel right any longer. My heart sought more profoundness; it was craving for something to share with the world. Although these feelings weren’t 100% clear to me, I knew change in my professional life was necessary. For the very first time, in over 10 years, I could not see myself pursue this career path.
This revelation profoundly struck me, sparked me, saddened me and terrified me all at once!
How could my ultimate passion for the last decade seem so obsolete? How was that possible? When did this happen? Where had my passionate motivation for community projects & management gone? All of these questions popped into my mind over the period of several days. I remember feeling like I was a stranger to what I had once loved & known. Why was I feeling like I was breaking up with my passion (It felt like the ‘It’s not you, it’s me’, ‘We aren’t in the same place anymore’ dialogue)? Why did I feel this intense urge & desire to find and do something else, something other, completely different? Strangely, I had NO idea why nor what. My unique certainty was that THIS was it. Change had been subtly introduced into my life, into my being.
My Inner Self was clearly communicating to me that I was seeking for more meaning in my professional life. As I searched for what to do next, I felt that if I continued working in the same field, applying for the same positions, I would only repeat the same things over and over again. At that moment, I had the vision that every contract or organization, no matter where it was, nor which country I worked in, felt all of the same to me! Every project activity, every issue, every meeting, every person appeared to be THE same; the conversations, the exchanges, the solutions, the ideas. Nothing felt new or unique. It was such a strange vision. Yet, it resonated the truth within my core.
The Realization Of Change
Even though, over the years, I had worked with different people, in different organizations, in different languages, I could only hear & see the SAME things repeatedly. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g seemed the same. The most striking observation I had was that everything seemed to be carefully tidied up inside of a box (the discussions, the goals, the people, the risks, the finances, etc.). It was as though there were strongly defined limits of what was possible. I could clearly see and feel that creativity was difficult to express. It was so bizarre to me to have these revelations on what I once considered a world of possibility & change. And, yet, it made perfect sense once I realized this simple truth: it was time to change and to move on.
At the time, I had no idea that the end of my contract in Mozambique simultaneously meant the end of a life chapter…
After having accepted that my professional life had reached a dead end and was approaching a serious transformation, I felt this profound sense of peace & love. It was beautiful!
From that moment on, I knew that my path was going to change. I had no idea of when & how… I kept wondering what was I going to do now? The list of answers to the ‘what-now’ seemed endless in my mind, unsatisfying and incomplete. Nonetheless, the truth was that change was the only option.
Questions for YOU to Explore:
Q. Have you ever felt that it was time for change in your life, without knowing what that was exactly?
Q. What clarity or insight did you gain from experiencing the profound need for change?
Q. How did this appear in your life and what sensation or questioning was brought about within you?
Feel free to share your impressions or answer these questions in the comments below.