I try to always walk my talk so a lot of my work is based on my own personal journey. I don’t consider myself seperate or better than my clients. We’re all having this human experience which is kind of a learning on the job type of experience, isn’t it? There’s a reason why life doesn’t come with a manual because it’s a unique journey for us all individually, as well as it’s meant to be an exploration vs a step by step, linear trajectory from birth to death.
I don’t know about you, but life hasn’t been linear nor an upward curve for me. I don’t think it’s meant to be that way. I think life is cyclical and the path isn’t straight but all squiggly. And life is really just filled with experience after experience which all have a way of showing us more of who we are, should we choose to look with curiosity.
What I’ve learned along the way is that it’s all grist for the mill and the most valuable part of anything I’ve ever done in my life out there, is what I’ve learned about myself in here.
I’ve cultivated a relationship with myself over the past 25 years where I can now truly say, I don’t judge myself nor my experience. The tail is no longer wagging the dog and I trust myself profoundly. That doesn’t mean I’m perfect and all zen and positive all the time. It means I’m accepting of my entire human experience, my vast spectrum of emotions, my sensitivity and vulnerability…my humanity! I have built a home within myself that is filled with love, understanding, patience and kindness. I feel safe, I know that no matter what arises I have my back and I feel free to express myself with abandon.
A large part of that comes down to how I communicate with myself, but it’s also due to my ongoing practice of consistently showing up and being present with myself. We are called human beings for a reason. Getting to know ourselves requires a lot of being.
I’m grateful for where I am within myself even though I know that my growth is forever evolving and unfurling. At least I know that along the way (which is sometimes a bumpy road that goes up and down and all around) I’m there to hold my hand and support myself through the journey.
What got me into this work
In my early twenties I suffered an injury that took me away from my career as a professional ballet dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. It was the first summer I had had off in probably over ten years and I remember sitting on my front porch under the California sun, reading a Stella Adler book on acting, when I found myself asking the question: Who am I without the identity of being a dancer?
It was a profound question that would catapult me onto my spiritual path, journey, if you will. Much of my focus turned inward as I meditated, reflected, read a lot, spent time in nature and observed both people around me and my own experience in relationship to others, my life experiences and my reactions to all of these. Relationship was also a huge spiritual teacher for me, as I somehow always held the perspective that they are a catalyst for growth and self-exploration. Even as each relationship in my youth came to a close, I always learned so much from them. They were never a failure but an opportunity everytime, to discover more about myself.
I’d always had a passion for helping people and a curiosity around self-development. Along my own journey, I recognised I wanted to support others with their own. Authenticity was the key to my inner peace and happiness and I wanted to share that knowledge and wisdom with others. I wanted to help people know that it’s ok to be who they are and that the more we live from our Authentic Self, the more energy and creativity we have to live the life our heart desires.
The work I do
I always say that I’m not so much of a coach as I am a guide leading people back home to their true Self.
My work focuses on creating a conneciton to our Authentic Self, as well as guiding people in authentic relationships; whether they are single and wanting to attract the right partner for them, or a couple wanting to deepen their current relationship.
What inspires me about doing this work, is that I have the opportunity to witness people discovering, accepting and loving all of who they truly are, and feeling safe and at home within themselves. It’s really an honour to witness and hold the safe space for.
Feeling at home
I’ve learned through my own journey, and more than twelve years working with clients, that fulfillment isn’t about being happy, it’s about being at peace with ourselves. When we feel at home within ourselves we feel free, empowered, confident even in the times when we may not believe in ourselves fully, there is the underlying knowing that it’s ok. It’s ok to be you in this moment, no matter what it is that you are feeling, thinking or experiencing.
Movement Therapy My background as a former professional ballet dancer with the San Francisco Ballet taught me a lot about the body and our emotional and psychological relationship to it. When I retired, I looked into the various ways of using the body as therapy. We store all of our memory and experience in our bodies and often when words and processing cannot unlock an issue, moving through the body has a tremendous effect. I created my own method in 2006 working mainly with actors and dancers, but have since found it compliments coaching remarkably well. Learn more about movement therapy here.
My radio interview on Dream Corner hosted by Viv Oyolu
Click here to listen to the show. We talk about my journey from a former professional ballet dancer to my life as a coach and Evolve Wellness Centre, which I co-founded with Adrian Kowal. I hope you enjoy! You can also visit Dream Corner here: http://www.dreamcorner.co.uk/corinne-blum/
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