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 is 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 (not the illness) and to 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 my heart-felt love of God and Jesus with me. A more personal '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 the power of my new-found faith and when applied turned those tools into power tools.
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
I am 67 years young. Having overcome those religious beliefs and my personal fears, I continue to enjoy exploring more of my interior Life and I can now better accept my soul's guidance. I have come to love the powerful practice of prayer for my self and for others.
My home by the beach is my favourite place to work, rest, play and keep fit. I love to exercise, pick up a coffee and sit on the dunes, meditating, reflecting, receiving insights and sometimes writing. I finish off with a swim in the ocean. 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.
I AM Soul Talk
My writing began during the early days of my inquiring mind. It was as if the pen had a mind of its own as it flew across the paper. I called it 'soul talk.' It really did feel as if my soul was talking to me, guiding me, and sometimes gently chastising me. My intuitive writing became a big part of my personal healing and my work.
I AM - An Inspiration
In 1999, as I sat down to write a simple daily program, it was as if the keys on the keyboard had a mind of their own. An Inspired program called I AM was delivered through me. I AM became a way of life for me, and the foundations of my intuitive teaching and healing.
I AM 4 Kids
I was lucky enough to get this program into schools and worked and played closely with teenagers for fifteen years. Our purpose was (and still is) to support them to look within, to find their real sense of Self, Self Belief and Self Worth, and to express their new found self in a way that was right for them. Together, we were on a mission of of raising faith and lowering fear. Again these amazing teenagers were as much of a teacher for me as I was for them.
I AM 4 Kidults (kids and adults alike)
My passion took me into the lives of kids, adults and families presenting an array of life challenges. I worked within organisations who funded the programs. I supported people with CFS, cancer, injury, and over the past few years people presenting mental health issues.
I AM Faith
All of these showed me that if our beliefs about our self are anything less than Good, we rob our self of good health and true well-being. When we lose faith or trust in that intrinsic part of who we are, we stand to lose everything. As we let fear into the drivers seat of our life we will see the signs of mental, emotional and physical pain increase. As we restore and develop faith, we will be better equipped to prevent the onset of illness and we can better intervene diseases and disabilities. As we put faith back into the drivers seat we will have the power to drive ourselves and others to greater heights of healing, living, loving and achieving, more easily and naturally
I AM ... Faithfully yours Marie
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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