A few years ago I was working in a role where the workload was far more than I could manage. Consequently, I experienced burnout and a significant drop in my self-esteem. As my self-esteem dropped, my inner critic rose up. My mind was filled with thoughts such as “I’m not good enough”, “I should be able to cope”, “I’m a failure”, “I’ll never get another job” etc. And as I believed these thoughts—I suffered.
On the outside, I held up an image of having it all together, but on the inside I was miserable. This was the beginning of my search for freedom from internal suffering. I tried several programs, all which helped in some way, but there was still something missing. When I came across The Work, I found the missing piece.
“I discovered that when I believed my thoughts I suffered, but when I didn’t believe them I didn’t suffer. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional.”
When I read this, I wondered how/if this was even possible. How do you not believe your thinking?
The idea of “Loving what is” seemed impossible.
Well, I have since discovered that it is not only possible, it is very doable. By following the simple directions of Inquiry—freedom from suffering is achievable in any moment. Self-criticism can be replaced by forgiveness, self-respect, and kindness.
The effectiveness of “Q4—Who would you be without the thought” to undo and heal any painful situation is unrivaled.
Realizing that the painful stories were simply images and a habitual way of thinking, I was able to let go of being driven and create a new way of being with myself and others. This left me with far more mental energy to create the life I wanted and to live it in peace.
Inquiry is a powerful way for me to resolve any issue I face. It enables me to let go of stressful thinking and be open to all possibilities.
I currently work as a Self Esteem Enhancement Consultant offering clients Inquiry as a way to overcome and move on from:
- Feelings of not being good enough
- Having done something you feel is unforgivable
- Resolve a painful end to a friendship or relationship
- Being stuck in comparison and jealousy
- Experiences of grief and sudden loss
I am also a Chartered Accountant (Australia and New Zealand) and have worked as a Chief Financial Officer, Manager of Business Partnering, and Business coach in several public, private, and charitable organizations. I also hold a high school teaching diploma and have experience teaching high-school students.
I offer The Work as individual coaching, workshops, or in a format suitable for a corporate or large group setting. Courses can be tailored to suit the client or the organization’s particular needs.
I look forward to working with you.