Today, a client said to me, “do you know how blessed you are to work here? Do you really know how special this place is?” I said yes. This client is a seasoned family therapist…and quite a good one. So I was pretty sure she new what she was talking about, considering therapy is her business.
I am very blessed to say my dream of spreading happiness and making a living doing it has come true. While I do workshops and see private clients, my main gig is at Lifescape Solutions, a rehabilitation center for addictions and mental health disorders.
Every day I literally think to myself, I can’t believe I am on staff and being paid to simply show up as me, a happiness coach and spokesperson for love and truth. Pretty cool huh? I believe what makes this place so special, and their success rate at 70% as opposed to the norm of 40%, is the fact that the owners believe in a magnificent recipe of love and spiritual healing. And it works.
I am surrounded by alternative healers at Lifescapes. There is a trans-medium on staff, a holistic physician who lived and studied with the Dalai Lama for eight years, a chi-gong expert, meditation, sound healing bowls, vibrating serenity beds equipped with healing music, chiropractors, art therapy, martial arts, yoga, hypnotherapy, Gestalt therapy, daily trips to the gym, an NLP expert, family advocates…and most of all, the most passionate owners I have ever seen. There job is not a job, it’s a passion and commitment to changing the way healing is approached using alternative techniques that feel quite spa-like, and most of all, are very loving. And isn’t the secret to healing as simple as love? My teacher, Robert Holden says all addictions are a call for love and I always remembered that, having no idea I would spend the majority of my day healing by loving.
I remember the day I was hired. My dear friend Julie who teaches improv (another alternative vehicle for healing) at Lifescapes got me an interview, and I met with a lovely woman named Renee. When she asked me what I do, I remember being 100% me and telling her I love unconditionally. Can you imagine saying this in an interview? And her response was “that’s exactly what the clients need”. And I was hired. TRU DAT! Can you imagine being hired to be the presence of love? To this day, the owners have no idea what I do. And they comically remind me of that quite often. They just know the clients feel loved in my class, and love heals…and it works! A lot of the clients have been judged for so long, they simply need to feel loved and cared for, and reminded o their true essence. That is exactly what they get at Lifescapes. Tons of love, tons of caring, and tons of un-traditional, spiritual healing.
I work with the most amazing people and feel so blessed everyday to be able to show up as me. It is so very exciting to watch this place grow, and watch the clients flourish! I am amazed at the trauma many of them have experienced. And more amazed as they learn to love themselves, and completely re-habilitate in a matter of months. I remember a young man arriving within the first two weeks of my being there. I was running a mental health group and asked him to share his story. My jaw was on the floor (I tried to be cool) during the hour and a half saga that this twenty-four year old told, and he was a mess. I really thought to myself, how is this kid gonna change? And now he has a phenomenal job in marketing at a well-known firm and is a beautiful example of determination, mindfulness, and miracles. Another one of my favorite stories is of a very hardened thirty something man who had committed crimes, been involved in gangs and had a very rough life. When I first met him, I was honestly a little put off by him, as he walked out of my group within minutes. He had no interest in hearing about love. As the weeks went on I watched this man soften, and look forward to my classes, and then become one of the most vocal participants. As we got to know each-other over six months, he shared with me that after his treatment he was going back home and going to jail for at least seven years. Over time his hardened exterior faded, and he devoured all the spiritual classes and became completely devoted to the spiritual therapy at Lifescapes. My heart is big thinking about this man and his story and his huge turn-around I was so blessed to see. Before he left for home, sure of his destiny behind bars, we had a talk. He was feeling anxious (who could blame him) and I remember inviting him to be present, and suggesting that he let go of the idea of prison, and be open to letting life take it’s course, whatever that may be. What we focus on is what we tend to experience, and no matter what his fate, focusing on prison didn’t feel good, so why give it air time? Be here now, and trust in life to love you, no matter what that looks like. I remember that day well. I remember where I was sitting, the hat he was wearing, and wondering if I was comforting him at all. A few months have passed, and this client went home to face his fate. Love showed up and miracles do happen. The judge was very pleased with the client’s progress and rehabilitation. The client did not go to jail, and was awarded custody of his daughter. Miracles happen when you trust and love, and I am so grateful to be able to experience the most amazing people who show up in desperate need of love, and receive just that in the center. I have fallen in love there in more ways than one. For more information about this unique healing center, you can find more information at www.lysepublishing.com