Today, I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 13 of Annemiek Douw’s Virtual Blog Tour.
Annemiek’s book 21 Layers of the Soul: Healing the Karmic Ties with Friends, Lovers, Family and Enemies is celebrating its launch from December 2nd to 16th, 2013 at http://21LayersOfTheSoul.
ANNEMIEK DOUW, MSc is a management coach, light-worker, medium, energetic therapist, trainer and author. Her personal experience with long-term illness combined with her own work as a healer have led her to understand how the soul is an internal compass that continuously guides us. She has helped thousands of clients heal at many levels, teaching them how to read this compass for themselves. In 2011, she shared her unprecedented work in the Dutch language book De ziel in het licht van haar hogere auralagen, which is now available in English under the title 21 Layers of the Soul.
Yesterday, Annemiek visited Justin Bonnet athttps://www.healingforum.org/blog/ where they discussed the Children of the New Age, entities and attachments. Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Annemiek when I got to ask her some questions on the overcoming tragedy, healing, and growing a business. I hope you enjoy it.
BRENDA: Did you always know you were a healer?
ANNEMIEK: Haha, NO. On the contrary, first I became an engineer! Not much healing involved there!
I started out as a technical student, wanting to become a scientific journalist and making technical subjects accessible to others by writing about them. Inquisitive as I am, I like to understand how things work and to share that with others.
I worked in technical training departments for a while before switching to social skills training, So I changed from focusing on the rational to focusing on the softer skills. Then I discovered that I have paranormal abilities and wanted to be able to handle that ethically in my work as a manager at Ericsson. So I enrolled on a 3 year course to become a Paranormal Therapist and was, unexpectedly, fired the same day I had my first lesson as a PT-to-be.
So I had to let go of a lot all at once. I founded my own business and worked for years doing what I love to do as a consultant and healer before falling seriously ill. That phase in my life taught me more than all the previous years combined. I transformed into a medium, learned to work with angels and guides and how to read even more subtle energies than before. Finally, when I started to work again, I made an unprecedented discovery: the 21 layers of the Soul with their new information. I could work in them and write about them and so I did. It all came full circle and now I feel I have become the healer I was born to be.
BRENDA: How did you get through everything falling apart to do what you love?
ANNEMIEK: Interesting question, because I was already doing what I loved to do. Always. That’s why it was such a shock that I lost everything when I became ill. My health, business, relationship, friends, all my safety nets and the external things I could rely on before, were suddenly all gone. I hadn’t seen it coming. In fact, because I had already made the transformation from engineer and manager to Paranormal Therapist, I had already had to let go of a lot of the expectations I used to have for myself. So in a way, I thought I was safe. I believed I had made the right choices. But still I kind of lost everything.
Everything but myself that is, and that was what I gained from it and eventually it helped me through. Somewhere in the middle of being very ill, alone and desperate I discovered that I had only myself to rely on. Everything and everyone else was gone or seemed far away.
And every day I needed to guide myself through the physical pain and the emotional burdens I came across. So I talked to myself a lot, just liked I used to talk to others, for I’d always been better at being compassionate to others than to myself. But I needed help this time and so, sometimes minute by minute, I tried to console myself. Saying things like, “it hurts, it’s painful, but just breathe once more and you’ll be closer to the end of this no matter what the outcome will be. With every second that passes, you’ll be closer to the solution.” I told myself that I needn’t understand everything that happened – an old undermining habit of mine – and that it was okay to grieve over everything that I’d lost.
I used affirmations like, “Every minute I become more whole. The pain diminishes and my body becomes stronger at the exact pace my body needs. It will all come in the right time and I will cope. All my problems are in the process of being solved, even if I am not yet able to notice this”. And I worked with the angels and guides; I healed a lot of past lives. I found numerous energetic and Light exercises to heal myself and after three and a half years, I slowly started to reintegrate myself back into society.
BRENDA: How did you grow a business based completely on what you were born to do?
ANNEMIEK: Throughout my life I have normally made decisions by following my heart instead of my head. I didn’t on one occasion – my first assignment as a management consultant, a big project that would pay the bills for months – and decided afterwards: never again, not for money.
So one of my personal beliefs is to make the decisions we would make if money wasn’t an object. I ask myself, “If money didn’t matter, what would I do then?” And then I stay as close to my original choice as possible. That’s how I keep things pure and in the right perspective for myself.
Another important belief I hold is that if every choice I make is honest and pure then the end result will be the best possible. For if every step along the way is correct, the result must be too. Choosing honestly and purely is choosing from the heart. It’s also connecting from your Soul and that’s my guiding system.
I also believe that every Soul has his own reason for being here on Earth and has his own unique gift to bring to the world. Therefore, it doesn’t suit you to adapt to what you think might be expected by others, it’s crucial to be your Self because then you distinguish your Self from others. Shine the Light you can shine, express your Soul and true Being, for you are the only one that brings that specific combination of skills and energy to the table. That’s as true in relationships as it is in work. After all, work is about relationships.
So if you are the Real You, people find it easier to recognise and connect with you. The Law of Attraction will make sure you attract people anyway, so you’d better be authentic and attract the ‘right’ people, the ones that resonate with your essence and thus make your life much more fun.
The last hurdle I had to overcome was to allow myself to enjoy my work – I can laugh and still work hard. I’m even allowed to learn while I’m working and still get paid for it… and still do a great job! I used to think that I needed to give and someone else paid the bill. Now I know better, it’s supposed to be a win-win situation. So my final thought, is that we’re allowed to do the things that we love the most and do the best – and get paid for it as well. If you do that by bringing your unique gift to the world, it all comes together and will work well for you.
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I hope you enjoyed this interview with Annemiek Douw and that you’ll check out her beautiful new book 21 Layers of the Soul. Again, you can find it at http://21LayersOfTheSoul.com.
21 Layers of the Soul can help you tap into and master your inner guidance system, to help you navigate to your right path in life. In this book, Annemiek shares more than 100 case histories gathered over 15 years of healing work. During this time she discovered the 21 layers of the aura – something never before revealed in any other healing book. Meticulously analyzed and defined, Annemiek shows us how exploring these layers can provide us with a clear blueprint of the intricate system that leads us to incarnate on the Earth.
If you’re ready to unravel mysteries that have perplexed you for decades – or perhaps even lifetimes – pick up 21 Layers of the Soul and start to navigate the wonderful journey back to your Self.
*** FREE GIFT FROM ANNEMIEK DOUW ***
To show her appreciation for your support, when you buy 21 Layers of the Soul at http://21LayersOfTheSoul.com, Annemiek would like to give you a free, downloadable poster of the 21 aura layers, which you can print out and hang on your wall, so you can get a deeper understanding and connection to your own Soul.
Thanks for reading! Please share your comments and thoughts below. I love reading your feedback.
AND… be sure to follow Annemiek tomorrow when the next stop on her Virtual Blog Tour is Angela Jeffreys, who will be interviewing Annemiek on shamanic practitioners and “wounded healers”. To visit that “stop” on the tour, go to http://bluecrowinspirations.blogspot.nl/.