Who I am!


 I am a life explorer

The biggest adventure has to be exploring beyond my limiting beliefs, recovering a real good sense of self, freeing me to be who I am.  What an adventure it has been! 


What began this exporation?

Back in 1992 I was set to become the no.1 badminton player in Qld. It didn't happen.  When I was diagnosed with CFS. doctors said (and they still do) there was no known cure. Go home, they said, avoid any physical, mental and emotional stress, and you might be alright in 4 or 5 years.


The all-important decision 

I made a decision to Heal my life and help others to do the same.  I vowed to do what ever it took. I had no idea of the journey I was about to embark on.

 

This commitment took me a long way outside of my comfort zone. I read a mountain of books on mind body healing. I became the receiver of an array of mind/body alternative (and often weird) healing therapies. I even went to church, and gave myself to God and to Christ. All of these 'practices' were showing me the unhealthy beliefs, which lay way beyond my conscious mind.


CFS was my launching pad 

My findings fascinated me. By the late 1990's I became a practitioner of hypnosis, NLP, Time Line therapy, counselling and later energy healing. I loved it. I was a natural. It was like I just knew what to do. I also learned Yoga and Tai Chi. However, the concerns of my fellow Christians, regarding my so-called non-christian practices, which they considered were not of God, created an inner conflict. 


I took God and Christ out of Christianity

Eventually, I left the church, but I took the love of God and Jesus I found with me, in my heart. A new 'spiritual' life began to unfold. I was on a mission of raising faith and lowering fear. I knew even then, the real reason for my success in the healing field, wasn't the tools, but what was in my heart. My ongoing learning and healing was being passed on to many kids, adults and families to support them to overcome their life & life threatening challenges.  They say, Its in the teaching that you learn best. I have to agree with that. My work became my gift.

I'm still learning, growing and I am still sharing.


Was CFS a curse or a cure?

Needless to say, I don't have Chronic fatigue syndrome. As I look back I can see that we could easily change CFS to'Chronic Fear Syndrome' because the fear was present (as it is in many illnesses and unfulfilled lives) long before the symtpoms of fatigue turned up.


I am Here and Now 

Now, I am 66 years young.  I live on the Gold Coast by the beach and love it. I climb aboard my 2-wheel push scooter each day and I go as fast as I can on a 5 km round trip as a part of my keep fit, have fun program. I spend a lot of time walking on the beach. I body surf (well sort of). I pick up a coffee and sit on the dunes, meditating, reflecting and receiving insights. This is nature at its best. It's my peace of heaven and gives me a delicious sense of freedom. 


I spent a lot of my life with those uncomfortable niggling nervous feelings inside because of the fearful beliefs I held about God, the meaning of faith and what that would mean for me if I got involved. What would my family and friends think?


My reason for coming right out of the spiritual closet now, is to share my experiences without restrictions so that others like me don't have to spend a life time fighting their inner demons (I now understand as fear) in an effort to be in control and to become someone more.


I discovered the more I surrender to spirituality being the loving and faithful connection of my mind-body system the better equipped I am to ease myself of the mental tug-of-war and associated illnesses.


As I continue to remember faith as my core essence and the foundations of Life,  I can better relax and simply be who I am, without worrying whether it is enough or not. I can be happy now, not when I. It is from this stress-free state of mind that I am inspired to take faithful action, now doing things which before I didn't think possible.

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Testimonials from my readers...

 

"I love the way Marie invites me into what feels like a two way conversation. Her sharing through the book I AM A Spiritual Approach to Mental Health brings home some deep insights, and throws a new light onto the meaning of spirituality and faith, Love it - thanks Marie" - Wendy


"I am a mental health case worker and after reading Marie's book, I found myself spontaneously sharing some of the valuable insights with my clients. I quickly passed it onto my teenage son as a way for him to gain his own learnings.


I appreciate the courage it took for Marie to let me into her personal life to show me there really is a fine line between fear and freedom. This makes anxiety less scary and freedom a real possibility.   Thank you Marie"


I AM A Spiritual Approach to Mental Health reinforces how the power of faith belongs naturally in our day to day life and the important role it plays in the lives of carers, parents & teachers to keep our kids safe and well." - Lynn

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