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Derbyshire in January 2009
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THE DERBYSHIRE MAGAZINE
Lessons in Life
Derby woman Caroline Rowlands has spent years studying the route to personal fulfilment
and, when she reached her goals, used knowledge gleaned over decades and holistic therapy skills to offer life-changing courses.
holds Integrated Life Force 12 week courses.
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I have helped people overcome all types of hurdles in my work as a personal evolvement
mentor. There was the bride who was so worried during the run-up to her wedding she couldn’t sleep; the client who needed
to learn how to relax to ease their heart
condition and the 49-year-old woman who needed to gain resolve to transform her life. For some, one session is enough. Afterwards the insight gained can be applied
whenever they are in a similar situation.
I am not particularly conventional.
I never longed for the
semi-detached suburban lifestyle. I have
always been a searcher and can remember pondering some of life’s big questions when I was only 13. At 21 I had an experience with a haunting and that crystallised things further, but it was not until I was
35 that I began to pro actively explore the spiritual aspects
of life more deeply.
Freedom has always been my key motivator.
Not the free-from-responsibilities type of freedom, nor that born out of a desire
for adventure. Freedom of spirit is what I seek. All our lives we are taught to say what
people want to hear, mask our true selves
and focus on who we should be rather than being who we are. Most of us see this as crucial to maintaining relationships. For others this is felt acutely. Day-to-day
life maybe lived with a powerful sense of
living life as if on a stage, acting a part. This was
how I experienced life.
20 years working in marketing doing training and developingpresentations.
This was satisfying to a degree but there was always a sense of something missing. I was always yearning to be fully who I am.
I have a name
for that feeling that something deep down is missing in life – “noble discontent”.
I realised that there
was a more authentic, more fully human aspect of myself that was left
unexpressed. This deeper sense of ourselves is powerful, with a yearning to be released. When it is you can feel more vibrant, more alive. There is
a life-affirming promise about it.
persistence over the years eventually resulted in the personal evolvement courses and coaching I offer through seminars and one-to-one sessions. As
well as developing experitise in psychology and personal enlightenment, I am a Reiki Master Teacher and
have diplomas in holistic massage, reflexology, Indian head massage,counselling and am an NLP Practitioner. This
combination means I can see people in every sense – mind, body and spirit.
I spent years searching for a deeper meaning to life and self
work, I had a secret life dedicated to
discovering a breakthrough –
what some might call the true meaning of my life. In the
early 80s I went on an intense existential psychotherapy
seminar, a powerful approach to self awareness which takes the human condition into account. This had a lot going for it but lacked a vital ingredient.
Just like all the myriad of self help books,
counselling models and personal development themes, it left people
temporarily motivated and aware but then the impact faded. Nevertheless, after years spent studying counselling models, personal development, self help genres , Buddhism,hypnosis, NLP and meditation, I believe I have found
the key. I call it “The Integrated
Life Force Key”. It is a distillation of all that I have learned and the course I run on it is registered with the Complementary Therapists’ Association.
Each of us has potential
yet untapped, skills and capabilities not yet developed, personal
goals not yet accomplished.
for most of us, the challenges of day-to-day life consume us. Dreams are put on hold, even small goals can
seem out of reach and we are at a loss to know how to change things.
It’s wonderful to help others release their inner
potential to find fulfilment. Every time I do this I experience a sense of magic and
wonderful humility for the privilege of having been on this part of their journey with them.