By Dave B.
from BC, Canada
I have a long story, but I'll try to keep it brief. :)
I had a successful life -- studied as an Engineer and graduated into a good paying telecommunications job. But almost immediately upon entering the engineering profession, I found myself to be very unhappy. I felt like I was always taking from the world and not giving...yet I so desperately wanted to give.
Like many people I was starting to get comfortable. Even though I didn't really like my job, I was getting good money, I was starting to get all the 'stuff' -- apartment, furniture, car -- and I had some good friends. But after only 2 years with the company I got laid off.
Although I was terribly upset, I thought it was a good thing.. Because it gave me the opportunity to explore a career that had been bubbling in the back of my mind: teaching ESL in China.
So I got myself ready to go abroad -- pretty much immediately after being laid off I "magically" found a position teaching ESL in China -- and by December 2001 I was ready to go.
Except I started experiencing severe panic attacks, anxiety and, later, depression. For the 10 years from December 2001 until now I have been fighting severe symptoms of anxiety and depression. For a decade I have worked with all kinds of medical professionals, tried all kinds of therapies and medications, and had some of the most epic internal wars imaginable.
In that decade I traveled around the world, and though I was raised in a small town, I had been living in cities of up to 15 million people (Beijing). My intuition kept telling me -- get out of the city, and get out of engineering -- but I forced myself to stick it out. I spent 5 years in Vancouver doing a job I hated to my core, just to be secure and safe with money. But I hated everything. I could not find a ray of sunshine to be grateful for.
In June 2010 I made the decision to quit. I decided that it was time to live a life worth living. And when I did that, pieces all began to fall into place.
My wife found a job in my home town, so we were able to relocate to a small town, close to the environment. I got disability leave for a year, so I could take my time volunteering and exploring what makes me happy. And though I didn't have a "job", my life started to get so much better.
Then in December 2010 I met an Ontological ('being') Life Coach. My coach began to have me look forward... to begin to learn to create the future that I wanted. She helped me to see the possibilities in life...much like what is shared in The Secret. Together we began to create a new possibility for me, and hold it in our minds.
In a few short months I discovered my true purpose in life. And I began my journey to become a Life Coach myself, as a way to fulfill my purpose.
And now I am free from depression, anxiety and panic attacks. I no longer need medication. I no longer need therapy. I was told at one point that there was no cure for anxiety, but thank the Infinite Intelligence that I had healers around me that focused me on the possibility that there IS a way to overcome anxiety!
I still get down, I still get anxious, I still get stressed. I am not earning the income I want... yet! But what I am SO grateful for is:
--an improved relationship with my wife.
--an improved relationship with my mother.
--improved health and well being.
--new friends that never existed to me before.
--incredible teammates who never existed to me before.
--incredible colleagues who never existed to me before.
--a (modest) income from a career that I am so passionate about.
--and finally, after so much searching, a Purpose.
This all came from being around people like the creators and contributors to The Secret -- people who understand that you get what you create in your mind first.
Everything I have experienced -- both good and bad -- was created in my mind first. It took me a long time to figure that out, but I wanted to share my story with you, so that you can see that it's not all about money... and this is not fake New Age woo-woo mumbo jumbo.
Intention. Possibility. Creating an Impossible Future. The Law of Attraction. This is reality.
I just want to get better at utilizing these principles so I can manifest my financial freedom -- to bring even more balance to my life.
About Dave B. from BC, Canada:
Studied as an Engineer, wound up experiencing severe panic attacks, anxiety and depression. The journey I have been through in the past decade led me to discover that I am meant to be a Life Coach. This is my story.