How my midlife crisis set me on a profound personal path of self-discovery and transformation
My midlife crisis didn’t feel like some great opportunity at all—certainly not at first. It came on a bit early compared to most others, as I approached my 40th birthday. I was searching, confused, and frustrated. By most measures my life was quite good, yet I sensed strongly there was much more to life and myself than I was experiencing.
I didn’t know quite what I was searching for, but I knew deep down there was something truly great I was missing out on. I’d looked everywhere in my life to find it: different jobs, careers, hobbies, groups of friends, living in different places. I’d searched in a few too many bottles as well. All that searching brought me no closer, however, to what I was really looking for. At the start of midlife I finally became ready to make the greatest discovery of my life, and it came through a lot of deep pain and frustration.
That was the start of my awakening. Over the next few years, I experienced the stages of awakening that I describe in Rise & Shine. It was a remarkable period of self-discovery and transformation. I found the light that existed within me all along, and this changed me in remarkable ways. My perspective opened up radically, and I adjusted to it the best I could. I navigated some remarkably joyful days, and some very challenging ones too.
Awakening is both a transcendent and disrupting experience; the process is filled with a lot of ups and downs, and serious challenges. I made my share of mistakes and learned as I went. Although this experience is deeply personal, and all of us will experience it in our own unique way, I felt I could offer others some helpful guidance and encouragement for their personal odyssey. This was the birth of Rise & Shine, which I spent nearly three years writing.
At this point, my awakening has reached Stage 4 – which I refer to as The Awakening Life in the book – and is ongoing. I’ve learned there’s no finish line, just a joyful daily process of engaging with myself and my life. I’m truly blessed and honored to have been called to do this.
I’ve dedicated my life to helping others experience their awakening. In 2014 I earned certification as a professional life coach (CPC) at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). There I was trained in the Energy Leadership system and earned certification as an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. I’ve designed and have administered LIVE FROM YOUR CORE, a program for discovering and living by your core values.
On my journey of awakening, I discovered the incredible intuitive power of tarot. It is a cornerstone of my daily mindfulness practice, and I assist others to awaken to their Essential Self with this wonderful mystic art. I’ve been certified as a Voyager Tarot Coach, and have been published in Tarosophist International, a leading tarot magazine. Currently I teach classes and workshops on the subject of tarot, mentor others on the method that works so well for me, and I maintain a blog on the subject of tarot as a tool for awakening.
I love spending quiet time hiking and photographing nature, and I’m a huge fan of the Beatles. I live with my wife, Dawn, and our three cats Maggie, Otis, and Sammy near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
To read my blog or learn more about my favorite tool for awakening, please visit www.TarotAwakenings.com.
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