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The Alchemist's Heart

Overflowing with Joy from Client Transformations


Celebration of Success

Do you ever have one of those moments when you are are so freakin’ proud of someone you love that your heart could burst?

sunflower-1That’s how I feel when my clients make such amazing progress they are ready to “Graduate” from our sessions. Sometimes I jump up and down and do the happy dance to celebrate! There’s no use trying to stop up the feelings of joy when they wash through – I’ve learned to set propriety aside and just go with it.

And right smack in the middle of my enthusiastic exhortations to “GO GIRL!” lies the spark of an answer to balancing our society’s focus on all that looks WRONG.  Rather than focusing on the prospect of imminent doom (as presented by mass media), we have another CHOICE!

Sure, we responsibly examine our lives, set goals and strive for self-improvement….I’m all for that – BUT there is one sure way to shift gears into an endorphin-filled state – and that is to embrace the moments when another precious spirit takes a step into a healthier life.

You get to ride the wave of joy as a two-for-one – help them “anchor” their positive state with a mini-celebration – and help YOURSELF remember that we are all in this together.  The success of any one of us shows what’s possible in the world for EACH of us.

And just in case you need an example, I will be sharing a story later this week of one of my client’s transformations – from dejection into bubbling laughter – guaranteed to show how the simplest steps can bring the most joy.

In the meantime, you KNOW I would love to hear, ’cause I’ll celebrate WITH you – what are YOUR “Burst-with-pride” moments?

The Alchemist's Heart

Engaging in Deep Play

Deep-Play-Pic-200x300I dedicate my inaugural post of The Alchemist’s Heart to my mother, Linda Semrau, on her birthday.  She was the first to recognize my Alchemical nature, and consistently provided rich opportunities to nurture my unique gifts in life.  Happy Birthday, Mom!

My passion in life is engaging in the field of deep play – the space that challenges me to bring my best, risking deep authenticity, daring to explore the boundaries of my client’s beliefs, joining up in the adventure of expanding our capacities for wellness.

There is rush when a client breaks through old limits into a new space of possibilities.  In these moments, we both feel intensely alive, appreciative, and filled with a greater sense of Lightness.  Every time, I marvel at our strength and courage as human beings, and feel privileged to be able to share the journey of growth with another beautiful spirit.

Once you have experienced this magical space, you will return to it in your mind, diving into the memory to reconnect with your truest nature.   In this case, you will resonate automatically with the concept, but for those of us who also crave word play, here are excerpts from Diane Ackerman’s book (2000) Deep Play:

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning and maneuvering.  It feels satisfying, absorbing, while offering rare challenges.”

“It always has a sacred space in which it happens…invites problem solving, allowing a creature to test limits and develop strategies. ”

“Play has a time limit which may be an intense but fleeting moment….or the exact span of a psychotherapy session.

“Play requires freedom – it happens outside ordinary life. ”

The original meaning of play involved the concept of risk.  In early times, play was far from frivolous, requiring “daring, risk, concentration, the ability to live with uncertainty, a willingness to follow the rules of the game, and a desire for transcendence.”

THIS is what makes life worthwhile – the reason I love my work and look forward every day to the sacred space I am honored to hold with my clients.  Alchemical transformation through life coaching and counseling inspires my days, but so does dancing, hiking to mountaintops, and fishing in beautifully remote areas.

I would love to hear from you.  What are YOUR areas of Deep Play? What moments bring you vibrantly alive?  Thank you for sharing YOUR your favorite areas of life!