The Amazing Power of Taking Leaps and Closing Back Doors
I’ve been a shaman and teacher for more than 15 years, but when I turned 40, I was deeply entrenched in a corporate job. I had been working in HR, and I wanted to see more of my kids. I was trying to leave to have the summer off, because I knew I could get another job but I’d never have that summer with my kids again. When I was offered the job that I thought I wanted, I realized how much I really had to take this leap of faith into making space for what was next.
And now, in hindsight, I would say that spirit kept showing up.
Take the Leap, Let Doors Open
On vacation, somebody handed me a book about shamanism, called Shaman, Healer, Sage. It’s about the shamanic path and stepping into healing. And it opened a doorway.
I remembered studying and connecting with nature before I had kids. I remembered getting married in a medicine wheel.
After a summer with my kids, I needed a break, a changed of scene, and I came across a workshop by the author of the book about shamanism, Alberto Villoldo.
There was one place left when I signed up for the class, and I got it. During the workshop he talked about shaman school, and I knew immediately I had to go. And it cost $10,000. I wasn’t working. I didn’t know where the money was going to come from, and I knew I needed to take this leap.
When I got really clear with my YES about school, when I committed to myself to go, I got a phone call. Out of the blue, a colleague offered me a consulting job — worth $10,000.
When to Close Back Doors
I did consulting work while I was studying shamanism. I continued working with former colleagues, while I began practicing. It worked for me, and you need to be clear if you are walking both paths.
Are you leaving an escape hatch open and leaking energy?
You need to ask yourself, “What's your love? Where are you nourished?” Keep asking yourself is this ______ nourishing me? The other thing you can ask is “Give me a sign if this is the time to close the door?” My consulting work wasn’t an energy leak. I felt nourished by the work. Until the day I did not.
Only you know when to close that door, to take a leap of faith to close it.
You aren’t closing off your past or your experience. All of the work you’ve done, all your experiences prepared you for the now, for your future. My HR experience wasn’t a waste, everything in our life is preparing us for the next thing. The experiences there serve me in what I do now. And it's helpful to be focused in where we put our energy..
When things are happening to you, look around and say, “Wow this is a really interesting experience. Why am I having this experience now? Something's coming in the future. I wonder what it is.”
As a shaman and a teacher, part of my work now is helping people get to that truth: what's your truth, who are you, what do you want to birth?
I am committed to helping you discover your self, your joy, and the beauty in life. I am passionate about connecting with people and helping each and every one discover their own special strengths and gifts. Our work will remove the barriers that keep you from your possibility.
I believe that these teachings are so important for people to live a life that's in the frequency of love and to have a magical life.
You have the support you need right now. It's all around us, even if you can’t see it. You have the support you need to make this leap.
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