Workshops, Courses, Seminars & Retreats - Transformation & awakening
I started this website to document my search for transformational experiences and connections, whilst working and living in Auckland. I showcase some of the life-changing workshops that I am facilitating, mentors I have had the pleasure to meet, and experiences that have inspired me on my journey.
For as young as I can remember this world has just never made sense. As a child I was shy and reflective in nature, and could not comprehend or make sense of the living experience….the meaning or purpose of life, as I viewed it. I carried a lot of fear and anxiety, not related to any conditioning, but synchronistic with an inquisitive mind and an early restless spirit seeking answers.
As a child, I would dream of the world filling up with rubbish and pollution destroying the environment. I later completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Environmental Law and Resource Management, and my passion for saving the planet has endured to this date.
As a child, I was also unable to witness any animal suffering or cruelty. My undying passion and love for animals eventually saw me convert to veganism and had a huge impact on my life. It demonstrated that a single action of respect born of my spirit could be enough. At that moment in my life I understood clearly, that we can be enough, that every action matters, that the problems of the world can be solved, one person at a time.
In my early years, I watched with horror in the school yard as people and human nature revealed itself in the struggle to gain acceptance, dominance, a place in the overarching hierarchy. Just as other people do, I feared that I would lose my family, safety and security. Fear very much shaped the early part of my life.
Over time and through happenstance, my working career moved from science and engineering to helping people with injury or disability, life coaching, and career guidance. I had found a space for helping people reset and realise their goals. I developed motivational training programmes based on changing mindset and turning intentions into reality. I credit these programmes for fuelling the success of my work and life-changing rewarding outcomes with people. I began to enjoy what I was doing. Life gained some purpose and meaning for me on the work front. 17 years later, after a successful career in the industry, my belief in the power of the mind has grown infinitely. The power of altering mindset to achieve all our personal desires is phenomenal and for me, undeniable.
Having my own beautiful family and watching what they contribute to the world already has been an honour and a blessing.
On reflection, the search for true meaning and purpose in life, the truth, and reality of human existence, has been the single most driving factor in my intellectual and spiritual development, all that has shaped me into the person I am today.
If I was to summarize myself and my life so far, I would say, I am blessed with talent and an infinite ability to create, morph, and evolve, a person blessed with three truly amazing children and an extended family who I love dearly, friends who I cherish, a gift for working with people from any and all walks of life, a passion for seeking the truth at all expense and, a desire to overcome the challenges of being human. That is a lot to be grateful for.
My desire is to be a part of helping this world transform and lift its consciousness so that we can all better the quality of our lives, as individuals, families, communities, as a nation and on this planet.
It is my firm belief that as individuals we must turn our attention to things that matter and give our energy to worthy causes in order to create the existence that we want.
We need to turn our intention to what we want to create. Transformation from fear to love, one person at a time, towards unity and oneness, is my great hope for this crazy world.
Sharing some of my favourite short stories.....
The Lesson of The Butterfly
December 10, 2007 by Paulo Coelho
By Paulo Coelho
A man spent hours watching a butterfly struggling to emerge from its cocoon. It managed to make a small hole, but its body was too large to get through it. After a long struggle, it appeared to be exhausted and remained absolutely still.
The man decided to help the butterfly and, with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly. However, the butterfly’s body was very small and wrinkled and its wings were all crumpled.
The man continued to watch, hoping that, at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away. Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its shrunken body and shrivelled wings, incapable of flight.
What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help – had failed to understand was that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to squeeze out of that tiny hole were Nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.
Sometimes, a little extra effort is precisely what prepares us for the next obstacle to be faced. Anyone who refuses to make that effort, or gets the wrong sort of help, is left unprepared to fight the next battle and never manages to fly off to their destiny.
(Adapted from a story sent in by Sonaira D’Avila)
THE BLACK DOT
One day, a professor entered his classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin.
The professor handed out the exams with the text facing down, as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked the students to turn over the papers.
To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions–just a black dot in the center of the paper. The professor, seeing the expression on everyone’s faces, told them the following:
“I want you to write about what you see there.”
The students, confused, got started on the inexplicable task.
At the end of the class, the professor took all the exams, and started reading each one of them out loud in front of all the students. All of them, with no exception, defined the black dot, trying to explain its position in the center of the sheet.
After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor started to explain:
“I’m not going to grade you on this, I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same thing happens in our lives. However, we insist on focusing only on the black dot – the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend. The dark spots are very small when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds. Take your the eyes away from the black dots in your lives. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love!”
TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Author: unknown monk around 1100 AD
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.
Once a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a person going back and forth between the surf’s edge and and the beach. Back and forth this person went. As the man approached, he could see that there were hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide.
The man was stuck by the the apparent futility of the task. There were far too many starfish. Many of them were sure to perish. As he approached, the person continued the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them into the surf.
As he came up to the person, he said: “You must be crazy. There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can’t possibly make a difference.” The person looked at the man. He then stooped down and pick up one more starfish and threw it back into the ocean. He turned back to the man and said: “It sure made a difference to that one!”