Before, I was very confused. And very afraid of looking at my feelings and what was actually underneath the surface of myself. Very scared. It felt unsafe to look within. But, I did want to heal, and I did want to access those dark parts of me….I didn’t know how. I was very anxious and afraid…I was already on a spiritual path, practicing certain disciplines, and I knew about certain tools to know myself better. So, what made the difference?
First of all, the support from my mentor, Maia, was constant, wise, non-judgmental, and allowing. When I say allowing, having her walk this scary path within with me allowed me to look at my own feelings. I was carrying a long-held shame that I kept hidden from others in fear of being judged or rejected. Doing the work and all the assignments were cathartic for me and I experienced so much release and healing. Being able to understand that I did my best in each moment of my life freed me of that self-judgment I carried around for such a long time. The tools YOU University teaches are constantly used and applied during the whole program, becoming second nature because of it. The tools: seeing that life is a school changed my whole perception of myself, my experiences and life. Learning to find the gift and being grateful for those experiences gave them value. Most of all, having a friend in-deed, I felt supported, carried through the whole process, reaching the other side of the tunnel lighter, brighter, happier.
Now, I have these wonderful tools that I use in my life today, every day. They work. Maia’s support and care did not end with the completion of the program. It’s on-going, on learning, and I have gained a mentor, a friend, and a community of other fellow coaches whom I can depend on and also support. Onward it’s about bringing this knowledge to others so they too can experience self-love, self-discovery and forgiveness.
Savina Cavallo, Ministerial Counselor, Emotion-Based Senior Coach, Ft. Lauderdale FL [email protected] 305-968-0443