Since I was a child, I have been fascinated by the sense of something indescribable yet ever-present: a kind of radiant mystery at the heart of life. Through skateboarding, music and the 90s club scene in London, I found myself instantly in touch with this quality, moving into 5Rhythms Dance and Buddhist meditation when I was 18. It was when I turned 23 that this quality manifested itself beyond anything I had ever known before, when I met the ‘hugging saint’ Amma.
I moved into Amma’s world, learning from her and volunteering for her global humanitarian charity ‘Embracing The World’. I began exploring a diverse range of spiritual teachers including Adyashanti, Marlies Cocheret and Tony Parsons, and started my training in bodywork, Reiki, Vortex Healing® and other healing modalities. When I was 25 (and unprepared for it!) the radiant mystery spontaneously took over everything…..and suddenly there was a radical shift in the sense and feel of the whole of life. To put it simply, there was no longer the experience of myself as an ‘I’ apart from, separate from, life or others. Simultaneously, I perceived that no one else was an individuated ‘I’ either. Undivided-ness was perceived as the only reality. The felt-sense, ironically, was ordinary and natural. Yet everything was radiant oneness, visceral and profound, without even the slightest room for division or doubt.
After a few years living like this, my day-job ended and I opened my own bodywork and healing practice. Later on, having worked professionally with clients for a few years, I wanted to train as a therapist in order to expand my understanding of human psychology. I qualified as a Counsellor with the BACP and received my BA(Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2015. I worked as a Counsellor in private practice and in 4 voluntary clinical placements, specialising in drug and alcohol recovery in deprived areas of London. I was also an Equine Assisted Therapist for 3 years, working with horses to assist professional footballers and rugby players in recovery from addiction.
My training with Amma remains ongoing. My current work focus is in my integrated private practice and in volunteering for ‘Embracing The World’.