Today, I am equal parts Soul + Science … and I easily move between the two.
I am just as comfortable presenting to a board, advising the C-Suite, or managing a full-blown crisis as I am coaching, teaching intuition, guiding a meditation and talking about the spiritual sciences and healing arts.
But it wasn’t always like that for me.
The first time I remember seeing someone who had already died and passed over, I was about four years old. I told a family member who had, I think, a pretty typical reaction. That person told me not to talk about it because people would think I was crazy. So I did what any four-year old would do – I didn’t really talk about it.
Fast forward to 2003. I am now 33 years old and in the back of an ambulance, with a very nervous looking EMT and in excruciating physical pain. I was also having my first ever, full-blown panic attack.
Between four and 33, I spent my life largely dedicated to intellect, science and doing what I thought everyone expected of me. I had academic degrees, I was a Fulbright scholar, my career was accelerating, I had lived abroad and was travelling to far-away places. I was a networking machine. I worked hard and played hard.
Trying to Ignore
During this time, soul would occasionally try to creep in.
But I did everything in my power to ignore, hide, reject and deny my soul’s work and my God-given gifts — it just didn’t seem that it would pay too much and would get in the way of my career! And then there was also that crazy thing that I was warned about.
But, that ambulance ride changed everything for me. It woke me up to the fact that something just wasn’t right in the way I was working and living.
A year later, the best medical doctors in New York City said, “congratulations, you are healed” and were honestly perplexed and had no solutions when I reported back, “but I’m still in terrible pain.”
Searching for Solutions
Out of absolute desperation to heal my body and get on with my life, I finally gave in to my mom’s pleas to make an appointment to see Donna — a retired nurse who was also an energy healing practitioner of Reiki and Cranial-Sacral Therapy. I was skeptical and terrified, but I did it anyway.
Slowly, I was able to start calming my body and clearing my mind and this is when both my physical recovery and Soul work started.
This is also when I started to realize that traditional Work-Life Balance programs weren’t going to work for me.
Curating It All
What followed was a 15-year journey of significantly advancing in my corporate career while, in hiding and in parallel, I was researching and experimenting with body/mind/spirit work, mindfulness and ancient traditions that society doesn’t view as intellectual and scientific – as a matter fact they’re pretty much stigmatized.
These include tools and practices across many fields, including the spiritual sciences (intuition, mindfulness, meditation, boundary setting and discernment) energy healing (Reiki, chakras, cranial sacral therapy) and ancient wisdom (oracle cards, mediumship, and astrology).
I sought out practitioners, coaches and teachers who were magical in their own right but also had academic or scientific credentials – yes, there are lots of them in hiding too!
I read everything I could get my hands on and embraced a new-found appreciation for the history and practice of spirituality and god-given gifts in cultures and communities around the world – including my own.
My faith was also my companion – as a matter of fact, my first Reiki teacher was a Catholic nun.
It is on this journey where I reunited with my soul and my soul’s work that I had left behind at four years old.
Eventually, I found the courage to plan for a new life and a more well-rounded career where I could fuse my corporate, executive experience with my soul training, purpose and natural superpowers. And most importantly, I no longer wanted to be in hiding.
Over time, and with much planning and many personal breakthroughs and breakouts, everything fell into place. A little more than a year-ago, I gifted myself with a fabulous one-year sabbatical.
I am now a traveller bound between the two worlds of career and soul. I coach executive and emerging leaders, corporate teams and individuals on closing the gap between soul and science in order to feel fulfilled and free, and become authentic truth-tellers.
Using intuition, intellect and ancient wisdom, we can all master the timeless practices of knowing, hearing, and doing. I share with you how to discern and understand the gaps between soul and science in your life,
Please join me. Now, more than ever, the world needs the whole you.