After many years supporting individuals to rebuild health after serious illness, I realise true healing only occurs when body and mind align with deep spiritual intent. We can identify our spiritual intent or purpose by listening to the wisdom held within our hearts.
My career began as a nutritional therapist supporting people with cancer. My science background qualified me to do such work - a degree in Biochemistry, diploma in Nutritional Therapy, and a Masters degree in Nutritional Medicine, however, it was actually life experience and personal study on topics related to mind and spirit, that taught me most about what encourages healing. During my time as a nutritional therapist, I headed the nutrition teams at two UK cancer charities, lectured on natural healing and cancer at various colleges, and spoke regularly at conferences. I also contributed to several scientific papers and wrote the nutrition chapter for the book Enhancing Cancer Care, Complementary Therapy and Support. However, although I found the work rewarding, I was struck by the limits of nutritional therapy when emotional and spiritual issues remain unaddressed.
With a long-held interest in the idea of unresolved emotional pain at the core of physical illness, I have expanded my therapeutic training in the last few years. As a HeartMath Coach, I support people in connecting to their heart, our source of inner wisdom, in order to explore psychological issues. My training in the Energy Psychologies, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Matrix Reimprinting, as well as the healing modality of Reiki, allows me to support individuals in releasing old emotional pain and trauma, freeing up energy for healing. Bringing all of this together, along with my experience in nutrition and lifestyle medicine, I have created a pathway for emotional and physical healing that fully engages and utilises the power of the heart; I call this 'The Heart's Path'.
Since my training with the HeartMath Institute, my interest in the energetic heart has grown considerably and I now realise engagement of the heart is essential for all physical and emotional healing. I am currently writing a book on the healing power of the heart and am committed to spreading the word on this life-changing topic to as many people as possible.
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"There is no need to run outside for better seeing nor to peer from a window. Rather abide at the centre of your being; for the more you leave it, the less you learn. Search your heart and see, if he is wise who take each turn: the way to do is to be".
About the heart
The heart is so central in all of our lives and yet we know so little about it. Despite our recent technological advances, the heart remains an unsolved mystery. When we speak of the heart, we could be referring to the physical organ, but equally we could mean the energetic heart. Both have a vital role in our lives and without one, the other couldn’t exist. Scientists believe they know a fair amount about the physical organ, but even though cardiac surgeons are able to save lives with heart transplants, there are still many unanswered questions. It is not even clear how the heart pumps our blood.
In my work, I am mostly concerned with the energetic heart. I’ll also call it the spiritual heart, as this energy centre, situated in the middle of our breastbone, is the point at which the physical aspect of our being connects with our higher or spiritual consciousness. Whilst modern science knows little about the energetic heart, our ancient ancestors knew a great deal. We are wise to tap into this ancient knowledge because from this we can learn to awaken our heart and listen to its guidance. When we do, we discover the heart’s path is the ONLY path to true healing and lasting happiness.
In the ancient Eastern scriptures, the spiritual heart is depicted as a Lotus flower. The lotus, found in lakes and ponds, first begins to sprout under the water amongst the mud and dirt. It pushes itself up to clearer water and eventually emerges above the surface where, in the light of the sun, it slowly opens it petals to unveil its pristine beauty. Our spiritual essence, found within our energetic heart, also remains untouched by the impurities of our material world. If we focus on higher attainment, we too will leave the dirt behind and move towards the light. As we bask in the warmth of Universal love our hearts will open to reveal the perfection of who we are.
"Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout. Just as a lotus flower springs from the mire to bloom splendidly, the interaction of the cosmic breath causes the flower of the spirit to bloom and bear fruit in this world.".