Continuous Opening Up of New and Greater Prospects
It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects. ~ Nikola Tesla
This quote by Tesla captures the journey I am on in a nutshell; skinning my knees climbing the peaks, sliding down again into the valleys with a wet and muddy backside, sinking into feelings of self doubt, disenchantment and lack of motivation. Then something changes and the fire in my belly grows again and I pack my things and march off to scale the next peak. Peaks and valleys. Peaks and Valleys.
God it can be heartbreaking at times. And completely joyous the next.
Upon reflection I always feel immensely grateful for this uncomfortable process of enlightenment. On an average Tuesday, how many folks out there get to feel what I get to feel?
Totally exasperated and frustrated! Then I crack the smooth brown shell of the Macadamia Nut I am working on at that moment and the sweet, salty and creamy gem of sub-tropical Queensland spills out of its casing and I finally get it! I finally nail that piece of unfamiliar tech or understand how Loom works or manage to deploy my first blog post. Boy! Then I feel successful, victorious, proud and very, very fortunate to be here.
You cannot massage forever! This was generally considered an unavoidable reality across the industry when I was in training almost two decades ago and some of my teachers certainly reinforced it. It is too hard on your body, you get work related injuries, repetitive strain blah blah blah… At least one role model I chose for myself spoke of another reality, a reality you choose, where you decide how things are going to be and so I chose to tell my body something other than to break down while massaging.
I chose to be smart with my posture and techniques, to look after my own health and fitness. I didn’t have to consciously decide to take regular breaks from providing physical therapy, my desire to travel took care of that. And my desire for something better, an evolved solution to a problem I didn’t realise I had until we arrived in Melbourne in 2016, has led me to where I am today, talking with you.
Stopping myself doing what I’d always done was harder than I thought
Melbourne, our second long distance move in two years and without thought I almost got busy doing what I had always done, the way I had always done it – it’s what I know and feel comfortable with afterall. I almost had a routine: move somewhere, set up a practice, create a nice healing space with my table and some comfy chairs for Coaching, working steadily toward building up a client base and sharing my gifts. Surely I said to myself, surely there is another way, a better way.
After being so wanted and valued and prosperous in Moranbah, Central QLD in the preceding five years, I had become so depressed upon landing in Brisbane in 2015 (move number one).
Doing what I’d always done; pouring so much effort, sweat, care and LOVE into setting up another therapy practice, only to have it evaporate twelve months later when we moved.
Continuous Opening Up of New and Greater Prospects
If you couple the two moves in quick succession and the personal evolution it triggered within me with my recent experience of living in a small, relatively isolated and under resourced regional Queensland town, the Macadamia Nut of an idea about the better way, for what to do next, began to crack its own shell. You know, the green outer shell you must patiently wait to dry out sufficiently before it cracks of its own accord, ensuring a 100% ready and tasty nut on the inside?
In this day and age I thought, why should folks miss out on the healthcare and personal/professional development they need and want for themselves, just because of where they choose to live? And wouldn’t it also be totally cool if I could move and move again, continually exploring this world, looking for “home”, while carrying my clients with me in my laptop? Win-Win. Yay!
So the idea of delivering healing opportunities through change and growth online to wherever my clients are was born and I have never looked back. And because I have experienced and witnessed in my clients the deep level and self empowering healing and change possible by using NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Hypnosis in supportive Coaching, helping folks get this goodness for themselves has become one of my goals in life.
Some of what I choose and believe
Believe me, I honour Massage and I always will. It is the finest of arts when done well and its touch is the simplest of gifts even when not. And I know I will treat folks’ bodies again one day. I am looking forward to it. I also know for certain and hear me loud and clear here – if we are not treating the Mental and Emotional causes of our Physical pains, they will return and return and return until we do.
So I choose to treat the cause, creating long lasting change in ways of thinking and behaving and believing and I’m helping folks find happiness, wherever they are, which is what we all want when it comes down to it isn’t it? Happiness.
I believe in the power of the mind and the massive power that lies in learning how to change it. And while this journey of enlightenment is making me acutely aware of my limitations, it is also continually opening up new and greater prospects for me and I am grateful for that.