Follow the yellow brick road – my search for spiritual enlightenment

“Follow the yellow brick road..follow the yellow brick road.. follow..FOLLOW…follow…follow…follow the yellow brick road…”

My journey in search of spiritual enlightenment began at a young age. My first real experience of spirituality was when I made my Holy Communion. I can remember feeling a sense of belonging, so much so that I begged my parents to pull me out of public school and send me to Catholic school at the age of 9. Through my tween and early teen years, I was a devout church goer. And in my late teens I joined the Church youth group, but I soon began to become disillusioned with the Church, and stopped going.

In my early 20’s I felt something missing, so I joined the Charismatic movement of the Catholic Church. But that too was short-lived. Organised religion just wasn’t something that resonated with me.

I drifted for a few years, recommencing my search for spiritual enlightenment again in my 30’s, immersing myself in the world of the Goddess. As I had lost touch with the essence of me, I needed to reconnect with my inner-feminine. I studied the goddess archetypes, read their stories and tried to apply their teachings to my everyday life.

Each day, when confronted with life’s challenges, I would ask myself: “What would the Goddess do?” Now that’s a great question, but what I should have been asking myself is: “What would I do?” I realised that by asking what the goddess would do, I was still trying to be someone who I was not, and not embracing my inner-Michelle.

So that’s when I turned a page in my life, and began to live my life more consciously. I started to listen to myself, rather than everyone else; I began to rust my instincts. Everything in my life went under the microscope: my core values, my workaholic work ethic, my choice of friends, and even the values of those closest to me.

I found a life coach to work with who shared the same values as I did. She came at things from a spiritual perspective and challenged me in ways that at times made me squirm and want to crawl under my bed and stay there. She pushed me to my limits, helping me to discover my shadow-self – you know, that part of yourself that you deny or suppress because it makes you uncomfortable or afraid.

Before long, I started to study the chakras and ultimately the teachings of Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung. The more I read, the more I delved into learning about my shadow self.

Now we all have a shadow, and a confrontation with the shadow-self is essential for self-awarness. We can’t learn about ourselves if we don’t learn about our shadow, otherwise we end up attracting it, mirrored back at us by those around us.

An adage from the alchemists of ancient times says: As above, so below, as within, so without, so that the miracle of the one can be established. This means that what is within us is also outside of us, that inner-states of consciousness are reflected in our daily lives time and time again. However, if we are willing to look at the significance of these repeating patters, we will see the synchronicity  of the events and situations in our lives, and ultimately begin to become one with ourselves.

Read Part 1 of my story

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About Michelle

A Soul Coach and healer, Michelle is a sought-after speaker and consultant.

She is passionate about her Soul Coaching® practice where she helps burnt-out executives who have lost themselves to rediscover their passion for their lives.

Michelle serves as a mentor for Denise Linn's current on-line professional training courses, "Gateway Dreaming," and "Soul Coaching® Oracle Card Certification" program with Hay House.

Michelle was a contributing author in the award-winning spiritual anthology, Soul Whispers II (Soul Wings Press, Sydney), which was published in October 2010.

With a rich and varied background in the healing arts, marketing, public speaking and writing, Michelle is also a Chakradance™ practitioner (a dynamic, moving meditation to balance and harmonise the chakras.

Michelle runs a successful private practice using these tools to help people "rediscover the sacredness of their lives."

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