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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.
At 35, I’d been climbing the corporate ladder for nearly 15 years, never married and without children, 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 and structured life began to unravel. Watching the first drops of blood fall from her mouth onto the street 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 meds that led to a suicidal episode and I started devouring books and medical journals on how to heal my body.
Learning to heal my body placed me firmly on the path to complete self discovery.
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 world of non-traditional therapy, earth based practices, and ancient wisdom teachings.
My training has encompassed indigenous healing practices from several living traditions, including ceremonial practices, energy medicine, shamanism, and plant medicine traditions, taking me to the high mountains of Peru, the Stone Circles of Ireland, the Arctic Circle of Norway, the Amazon Jungle, and back home to the Blue Ridge Mountains to study under a Native American Medicine woman, and to other exciting places in the known and unseen realms.
In 2010 I sought to integrate my passion for life with creativity and my experience of the profound and inspiring and founded Explore Deeply™ & The Explore Deeply Movement™.
The Explore Deeply Movement originated from a belief 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 was initiated on to the path of Spiritual Guide & Visionary in 2012. I am trained in ceremonial practices of several living energy medicine traditions, including the Pampamesayok Lineage of Andean Energy Medicine, as well as a certified Native American Healing Arts Practitioner of Inyan Pejuta.
I am also an ordained Spiritual Minister, a professionally trained life coach, and certified in multiple healing modalities, such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), as well as receiving Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation instructor trainings.
I have walked in both worlds and understand the complexity of our Western existence, and the simplicity of our hearts desires, and our longing for real happiness, self acceptance, true love, and passionate fulfillment.
Here’s the thing, the majority of us are walking around living our lives, hoping that we’re doing it right.
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, 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 do I like?
What am I doing here this lifetime?
And whose authority have I subscribed to in order to gauge whether or not I’ve accomplished what I'm 'supposed’ to?
The scariest 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.
The work that I do with my clients is different than most because the outcome is that the individual becomes connected to their own inner guidance system, not someone else’s.
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 integrated a spiritual relationship their own divinity, they are a powerful human being able to wield the forces of life and experience true prosperity.
My passion is to help people uncover their blocks and beliefs that prevent them from breaking through and living a life they truly love living…this passion of mine sprung from my own internal struggles, then my undeniable burning desire to break through my own limitations, know myself, be myself, and experience real happiness.
I have had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to help them heal, and then turn their dreams, hopes, desires, and passions into reality.
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 freedom. 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 relief is possible for people who are suffering with confusion, depression, and high anxiety.
I’m not against medication, especially when you are in such a dark place that you can’t see your way out of it, however, having been there myself, I do know that thriving without medication is possible.
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.
My body of work centers around the fundamental questions:
“Who am I?”
"What is the purpose of my life?"
"Why am I alive?"
"What makes a 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. Every person has a life purpose and a reason for being alive.
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.
Sometimes we 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.
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.
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. Why? Because when we feel more alive, we are more connected to the flow of the Universe.
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. 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.
Initiate of the Pampamesayok Lineage of Andean Energy Medicine (2012-present)
Certified Stone Walker (2017): Inyan Pejuta Stone Medicine Practitioner
Certified Native American Healing Arts Practitioner (2015)
International Coach Academy / Certified Professional Coach ICF 2010 – 2012
Maryland Institute College of Art / MPSArchitecture & 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 & Investment Consultant 2004-2008
Amica Mutual Insurance Company : Licensed Property & Casualty Underwriter 1999 – 2004
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