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I’d always had a nagging sensation that there was more to life than what I was experiencing.
When I left corporate America, I thought it was to save my life and to get healthy, I thought it was temporary. I hoped I was going to fall in love and get married. What life had in store for me, however, was something much greater than I could imagine.
I’d been climbing the corporate ladder for nearly 15 years, and I had just moved to Seattle to open our first west coast office and I had designed and built out my corner office on the top floor overlooking the Puget Sound.
I had “made it” so to speak. Except I couldn’t shake the overwhelming sense of emptiness in my life that felt more real than any of my personal and professional accomplishments. Going through the daily motions, I wondered what was wrong with me? Why couldn't I ever seem to be happy?
I had done everything right and followed all the rules, but it hadn’t brought me the satisfaction I had hoped. In most external ways, I had accomplished everything I had set out to achieve, except I felt like I was still waiting for my life to begin.
When I witnessed a fatal accident on New Year's Eve, my very tightly bound life began to unravel. Watching the first drops of blood fall from the accident victim’s mouth onto the pavement I was spun into a memory of my own near fatal accident several years before this incident.
In that moment I knew I had not truly been living. In the weeks that ensued, I was broken open into a personal inquiry that ultimately landed me on top of a mountain contemplating throwing myself off the cliff.
I had been walking around mostly dead inside, and there was something else lurking in the shadows, an unidentified illness that was beginning to take its physical toll.
My health would be the final catalyst in my making serious life changes. I thought I was just eternally exhausted and then my hair began to fall out. I was diagnosed with a severe autoimmune disease, my right arm became partially paralyzed, and I was exhibiting the precursors of MS.
I felt I had to change my life, or die.
I quit smoking. I started cleansing and stopped eating processed foods. I fired my doctor after putting me on medication that led to a suicidal episode and I started devouring books and medical journals on how to heal my body.
I dove deep into the cutting edge of energy medicine, learning to heal myself of the crippling autoimmune disease, and ending an almost 30 year battle with depression, without medication.
My travels and studies took me around the world. I began to immerse myself in the ancient wisdom teachings, earth based practices, and energy medicine therapies.
In 2010 I sought to integrate my experience of the profound and the divine with the practical wisdom of what I have learned and founded Explore Deeply™.
I was initiated on to the path of Spiritual Guide in Peru in 2012 and continue my personal work while leading spiritual journeys for others every year.
My training has encompassed multiple indigenous healing practices, including ceremonial practices, plant medicine traditions, energy medicine techniques, and shamanic wisdom practices, taking me to the Andes mountains, the Stone Circles of Ireland, the Arctic Circle of Norway, the Amazon Jungle of Peru, the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, and back to my birthplace in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
As of 2019, I am currently living in the Arctic Circle of Northern Norway, observing the effects of global warming on the Arctic environment, and studying with the indigenous Sámi people to learn the impact of climate change on their culture and our future.
I have been trained in ceremonial practices of several living energy medicine traditions, as well as becoming a certified Native American Healing Arts Practitioner. I am also an ordained Spiritual Advisor, a professionally trained life coach, and certified in multiple healing modalities, such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or tapping), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), and have received Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation instructor trainings.
The Explore Deeply Movement™ originated from an understanding that every person, no matter where we are in life, how old or young, how successful or unaccomplished, how lost, unhappy or confused, has a unique and purposeful reason for being alive. I have walked in both worlds and understand the complexity of our Western existence, and the simplicity of our hearts desires.
The thing is, the majority of us are walking around in our lives, hoping that we’re doing it right. But the voices in your head that tell you what to do, beat you up for doing it wrong, tell you that you’re not good enough, or say that you like this, and you don’t like that—mostly—aren’t even yours.
You’re so busy living your life you never stopped to ask yourself,
Who am I?
What am I doing here this lifetime?
And how will I know whether or not I’ve accomplished what I came here to do and be?
The saddest thing is that most of us don’t even know when we’re truly happy, or if we are happy at all.
When we find ourselves seeking the meaning of our lives, chances are we are seeking the answer somewhere out there.
When you learn to distinguish what’s good for you based on your own internal gauge, you become the most powerful divining tool for fulfilling your life’s purpose that could exist.
I don’t believe that one system or one program fits all. I do believe that once a person has identified their true essence and has learned tools to empower themselves to act on this voice of inner guidance and has cultivated a relationship their own divinity, they are a powerful human being able to wield the forces of life and experience true prosperity.
My work is to help people uncover their blocks and beliefs that prevent them from breaking through and living their unique soul’s path.
The work I do with individuals centers around creating a deep connection to the voice of the true self in order to have the confidence and security to pursue passionate desires and achieve personal freedom. I believe that your soul knows and your soul alone has the map to your future.
I have had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to help them tap into their soul’s wisdom, and then turn their dreams, hopes, and desires into reality.
Many clients report positive results almost instantly. I don’t ask for this type of accolade, but I’m happy to know that receiving instant clarity and relief is possible for people who are suffering with confusion, depression, or high anxiety.
When clients report that they feel more themselves than they ever have and they no longer fear what had plagued them prior to our work, this is the highest praise.
I love working with the fundamental Soul questions:
“Who am I?”
"Why am I alive?"
"What is the purpose of my life?"
"What makes my life worth living?"
It is my wish to inspire you to trust your inner compass, as I have come to trust mine, to guide your actions in order to realize the fulfillment of your own unique destiny.
I have found it takes courage to take the leap of faith, it can be daunting to listen to the voice inside you that is telling you to explore something outside the box.
Very often, calling it drive and ambition, we become too focused on the tasks in front of us to realize the infinite possibilities that exist for us in each day. We may find ourselves struggling because we've done everything right and still we haven't connected to that one thing that makes us thrive, our own unique creative genius, and so we fail to find our own happiness.
When we allow ourselves time to be ourselves, be truthful, and feel our emotions, we make time and energy available to us for our soul’s pursuits. Your internal awakening opens the door to a truly unimaginable possibility. The potential of living a deeply awakened life is so magnificent and so far beyond most of what we see in the world that even when we taste it for ourselves, we often find it hard to accept that life could be this extraordinary.
Once you turn inward and fall in love with the truth of who you really are, you become whole despite the brokenness. Learning to explore deeply is opening to the ultimate possibility of your life.
Initiate of the Pampamesayok Lineage of Andean Energy Medicine 2012-present
Certified Stone Walker (Inyan Mani) 2017 | Inyan Pejuta Stone Medicine Practitioner
Certified Native American Healing Arts Practitioner 2015
Certified Professional Coach | ICF 2010 – 2012
Maryland Institute College of Art | Architecture & Interior Design 2004 – 2006
The College of William & Mary | Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Anthropology 1995 – 1999
Explore Deeply™ & The Explore Deeply Movement™ | Founder 2010-present
Project Development Services Inc | Senior Manager, Seattle Office 2008-2012
Eighth August Design Corporation | Owner, Real-Estate Development & Investment Consultant 2004-2008
Amica Mutual Insurance Company | Sales Supervisor, Licensed Property & Casualty Underwriter 1999 – 2004
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My life's work is dedicated to the revolution of human spirit through random acts of intrigue and experiments in joy.
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