A few years ago, I was in Los Angeles actively running the entertainment industry’s rat race. I was trying to be somebody, trying to be famous, get discovered, be successful… The truth is I was only succeeding at one thing: getting NOWHERE.
That’s exactly what the rat race is all about. Like a hamster wheel that lures you with the illusion of getting you somewhere with movement disguised as busyness, being ‘swamped’, and exciting things to do, that ultimately leave you feeling spiritually empty, and as if life is passing you by.
You feel like a rat in the sense that all rats look the same. Like workers at a factory, or jailed prisoners who wear the same uniform. Each one performing their assigned duty or task to perfection, while secretly dreaming of a better life. As Lilly Tomlin says, “even after you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.”
You may drive the perfect car, live in the perfect neighborhood, be in a relationship with the perfect person, but deep in your heart you know this isn’t the real you. That version of you that longs to sing and dance to the rhythm of your own heart.
I clearly remember this one night in Los Angeles when I was feeling so depressed, that I prayed with all my heart for God to take all the pain away and send me somewhere in the world where my life could have meaning. Somewhere where I could actually make a difference in others’ lives, and feel that my life mattered.
My heart was crying out for help.
Several months later, I was invited to come to South Africa to work on a film project which fell through shortly after I arrived. That was followed by being robbed at gunpoint while walking the streets of Cape Town, and the sudden death of my mother a few days later. My life, my identity, as I knew it, had fallen completely apart.
Alone in a country far away from home, without money, credit cards and a passport ID, without a job, I remembered the prayer I spoke that night back in Los Angeles. Was this the answer I had been seeking? Was this the invitation out of the rat race? It sure as hell didn’t look like I imagined it would!
Getting out wasn’t easy. I had to face my deepest fears. What terrified me the most was the ‘Great Unknown’ my future held. How would I sustain myself? Where would I live? What would I do for a living? Who would help me? Would I be alright? Would I make it through?
Leaving a comfortable but spiritually unsatisfying lifestyle behind, to embark on the adventure of moving to South Africa and start a new life, required me to grow and stretch in ways I never imagined possible. It also required me to access a whole new level of inner wisdom, intelligence and guidance I now believe only your heart can provide. This is why I call this The Path of the Heart.
Following this path is how I became a volunteer at a non-profit organization and later started my coaching and training business supporting others who wanted to follow their own path. These days, I get to work with fun, interesting, and inspiring people, live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and a enjoy a lifestyle that truly makes my heart sing. When I look back at who I was, and who I’ve become, I can hardly believe my eyes.
And, this is exactly what I want for you…
I want you to wake up 3 years from now and look at your life with wonder and awe for the person you’ve become. I want you to enjoy the mental, emotional and spiritual wealth that comes when you start to access the dormant forces within your heart. I want you to be in relationships where you feel truly seen, loved, and appreciated for who you are. And, I want you to have a lifestyle that makes your heart sing, and from that place do your best work. The work you know in your heart you came here to do, and were born for.
The Path of the Heart Seminar is my invitation to you to get out of the rat race and begin the journey towards you highest potential in this lifetime. And, if you’re already on your Path, for you to learn a whole new set of tools to help navigate your way through.
I’d love it if you let me be your guide.
PS. Registration is now open for my Path of the Heart Seminar, happening May 6-8, in Cape Town, South Africa. Click here to learn more.
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