How one cocktail evoked a transformation.
By Amy Crawford
I'm someone who loves change, embraces it and needs it. Without change I can end up feeling restless and unstimulated. That sense of sameness leaves me feeling uninspired and less prone to creativity, less prone to bring about the change that I so badly need to keep moving forward. As I head towards a full third year with THI I recognise the need to mix things up, change things around (oh the ideas that are whirling!), reinvigorate my offering, for you AND for me. Some days I think my head will explode from thoughts and ideas, other days I prefer to push them away, not knowing where to start, so it's easier not to. Does anyone else feel this way?
In any case there are some absolutely constants in my business and one in particular, one STAND OUT constant is my need to continue to see CTC clients in my therapy practise. This 'therapy hat' that I wear leaves me feeling amazing, emotionally and energetically, and whilst my role is to 'clear the crap' from someone else's life, in turn it helps clear my own; because in the energy healing world - when you give you receive.
However it's the countless emails that arrive from clients in my inbox each week, emails from every corner of the world, serving to remind me how utterly blessed I am to have chosen this path, and that no matter what exciting changes I decide to make within THI, CTC must remain the constant driving force, the 'thing' that serves me and others in so many wonderful ways.
Last week I received an email from Anita Fredericks, a Perth writer, speaker and fellow health coach and previous CTC client. Anita had written a blog post about a challenging 'hiatus' in her work and personal life and how one 'cocktail' (or CTC session) had impacted her life. She asked me to share her words in the hope that they might inspire others to a happier life, to help others understand that they have a choice to free themselves of whatever it is that is holding them back. It is with absolute pleasure that I share these words with you today.
Words by Anita Fredericks, May 2015:
When I pushed the “publish” key on my blog post on 15 June 2014, I had no idea that it would be five months until I published again. These two publishings effectively marked the beginning and the end of a hiatus in life.
In a period marked by heightened anxiousness I remember pushing quite hard through feelings of lethargy, effectively making nothing much happen at all. It was compounded by a feeling of frustration – why did I feel so confused by what I wanted from life? Even worse, what did I want from life? Where had my sense of “inner knowing” gone?
I look back on this time as a period of massive personal transformation. As much as I was desperate for more clarity, I knew the time was now to invest in myself even more than I ever had before (by now you know that I advocate looking inward as the strategy for changing the outward experience in life). It was a time to be patient and to choose trust.
First up: a few things I have learned with the benefit of hindsight
This period of time did have some challenges, but I am abundantly grateful that they spurred me on to push the boundaries of my comfort zone.
I’m not “all fixed” or devoid of ever feeling anxious or even totally clear on what I am supposed to be doing in life! But I am so much more comfortable with those uncomfortable feelings. And that feels good.
I’m learning that I don’t need to define myself by my past and I'm slowly creating a more awesome version of myself.
My creative buzz is returning and ideas are blossoming – yay!
In matters of life and the heart, there is absolutely no one-size-fits-all magical, calming cure. But one thing I know for sure is that you must have trust and you must take a step. Any step!
The cocktail approach (it’s not what you think!)
One of the steps that I took early on (way, way before I started feeling any gratitude at all for the situation I found myself in) was to speak with Amy Crawford of The Holistic Ingredient. I have long been a fan of Amy’s food eBooks which is how I got introduced to her wellness therapies and in particular, her Combined Therapy Cocktail (which sounds delightful, doesn't it!).
Amy’s Combined Therapy Cocktail (AKA CTC) is an opportunity to go deep. Her processes delve in to the negative feelings, fears, insecurities, limiting beliefs et cetera that are holding you back from feeling the way you want to feel. Through one personalised cocktail of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), EFT (emotional freedom technique which is essentially acupuncture without needles), Reiki and meditation you work together to break down the energy that is the root cause of the feelings that may be weighing so heavily in your life today. The combination of therapies she chooses for a client depends upon the issues you are experiencing. It is a truly emotional, highly energising and empowering experience. I remember finishing my session and feeling as if a massive weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I had a little bit of homework to do that helped me to embrace the surge of energy I felt and carry it through a recalibration of my desires in life, which are evolving all the time.
A note from Anita:
I should mention that I’m not being paid to write this. I am sharing this experience because I believe that my story will resonate on some level for so many people. And it’s great to know that there are in fact many wonderfully liberating experiences that can help to move us through difficult times in life – expanding us all along.
Amy is one of those people that has a gift for compassionate listening, creating a strong connection and deep understanding that enables her skills to affect real, positive change. I am very grateful for the way my CTC experience spurred on a transformation that today has me feeling like a different person. In the process of working with Amy I had to submit a list of the feelings that I felt were holding me back. Today I can’t remember what they were, which is a good result, I’d say!
Is there anything holding you back from feeling amazing? Are you feeling stuck or blocked? Do you suffer from anxiety attacks? Do you have a fear of public speaking? Have you lost that sense of positivity and optimism that once helped propel you forward? Whatever it is, please know you do have a choice. If you'd like to learn more about this remarkable 2 hour life transformational therapy please email me now email@example.com