With her permission, I’d like to share with you Mihaela’s experience:
Some time ago I was reading in a newspaper about a Hollywood star saying “Oh, my life improved since I have a Life Coach!”, and I was thinking: “It’s the ultimate trifle in the modern world”.
My life was grey and heavy, sometimes waking up in the morning life seemed meaningless to me. I was struggling between different diagnostics that caused me pain, insomnias, panic attacks, lack of appetite, nausea, headaches (and the list could go on and on). I was the patient of a psychologist, rheumatologist, neurologist, physician and, of course, my family doctor. After two years, the psychologist decided that I have a circumstantial depression, meaning it was caused by the overwhelming daily situations from my life. And, since I couldn’t change them, it was useless to narrate all these to a psychologist when a friend could listen with the same patience and, eventually, cry with me, swear with me, maybe give me advice.
Looking for resources, seminars and books online, I found Gabriela Casineanu’s page… it was there an album with cards that have different messages. I’ve contacted her via facebook, congratulate for the inspirational texts from those cards, and she sent me the full package to use the cards daily. It was a strange and new idea, but since I’ve tried so many other treatments … one more was a balsam, since the pictures and messages were pleasing. But each day they brought to the surface emotions and feelings, some cheerful, some sad… but something was working in me!
Last January I’ve decided to contact Gabriela. I was desperate (suspected of cancer), I was loosing faith in the traditional medicine. For me, it was the last chance I was willing to give myself. She accepted to work with me. The start was painful shocking: I discovered how the pain from my left ankle, for example, was caused by a strong emotional experience from the past. Four months went by since we work together, weekly, on my way of perceiving life, and my daughter – the keenest observer! – noticed: “Mammy, you’re so funny”, “It’s wonderful to cook and dance together”… things we didn’t do before.
Now I tell everyone who cross my path: “Let me tell you what is a Life Coach.”
Mihaela’s testimony made me realize how narrow minded could be the traditional medicine. While it’s obvious to me that our way of thinking and strong emotions from the past could affect our health, the traditional medicine looks at patients from a much narrow perspective, often trying to eliminate the visible effects not the real causes (that might be hidden).
Why should we give up when life circumstances become overwhelming? There are ways to learn how to turn these experiences into powerful lessons for personal self-growth, so we can not only overcome life challenges, but also enjoy life as a continuous journey with lessons to pick up from around us and within.
I coached Mihaela for 10 months, witnessing her in time getting rid of her panic attacks, sleeping without pills for insomnia, removing the dermatologist’s drug prescriptions and feeling better, understand how her anger caused headaches (how to remove them), and standing up for herself in situations that overwhelmed her before.
PS: To answer someone else’s question: Yes, I still do Life Coaching when I’m asked to. I approach Life Coaching from a system perspective, since each of us is a system with so many inner selves and external challenges.