A NEW BEGINNING
It began when I was suddenly and unceremoniously made redundant from my job as head of department with a TV company. As the main breadwinner, I knew our house was at risk if I didn’t find another well-paid full-time job very soon.
I am a positive person, but the redundancy knocked me for six, and I lost my confidence. I knew it was all about the job being redundant and not the person, but it felt like it must have been because of something I had done wrong.
When I’d been job-hunting for three weeks, I saw The Secret reviewed in The Observer. It felt like something I would enjoy reading, and I made a mental note to buy the book when it was published, but along with several other must-dos, I didn’t.
Then, by “chance,” I was coming back from yet another interview that clearly wasn’t going anywhere when I picked up a copy of The London Evening Standard that someone had left on the train. I started reading, and there was an excerpt from The Secret. I had not had a good day, and this felt like a nudge from “upstairs,” so as soon as I got off the train, I went straight to the local bookshop to buy a copy.
As soon as I got home, I began to read and started the visualization exercises. I told the Universe I was ready to receive. Just as I finished reading the book at 5:30 p.m. (I had not put it down), the phone rang, and it was the deputy managing director of the company I wanted to work for – not a personal assistant, not a recruiter, the deputy managing director – asking me if I would be kind enough to attend an interview with him and the CEO the next day at 9:30 a.m.!
I was quite amazed and excited and dashed out of the house to meet my partner at the bus stop to tell him all about the book and the call. On the way home, a friend we hadn’t seen in a while, who worked at the local Italian restaurant, popped her head up from over a bush and invited us to come into the restaurant for a bottle of champagne – for no reason at all.
That night I imagined the drive to the interview, the interview going well, and the job being mine. The drive was fine. The normally heavy traffic was light. The interview was good but very long. The offer letter arrived the next day, and the package was 20 percent better than what I’d had at my old job!
I stayed happily in that job for five years and then moved on. The Secret stayed on the shelf until, out of the blue, my partner of nine years left me. I was devastated. In my heart, I didn’t feel it was over. I took The Secret down from the bookshelf and began to read and reread it. I also downloaded the film and played it on my daily commute, visualizing us happy together.
Visualizing was really hard. It felt wrong that we were apart, but I couldn’t say why.
About fifteen months after leaving, my partner came home. It was wonderful, and we took things gently. My work was manic, and he was there for me. Seven months later, at one o’clock in the morning, I found out why my soul knew he had to be home.
Without any warning, I had a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest.
My partner performed CPR until the paramedics arrived and stayed with me while I was in an induced coma for three days. He has been there for my full recovery.
I knew, and I visualized him home. I followed my truth. And now? Once again The Secret is working for me. See it, believe it, make it happen.
After my cardiac arrest, I knew things had to change – I am still working as a full-time TV producer and I love it, but I am also training to qualify as a clinical hypnotherapist and cognitive behavioral therapy executive coach and speaker, which I’ve always wanted to do but never thought I could.
But I saw it, visualized it, and made the time for the foundation course and the professional course (evenings and weekends), as well as the time to study, practice, and qualify.
My partner and I are still together with our two grumpy eleven-year-old rescue cats and our nine-month-old very happy puppy.
It does work: smile and you can’t be sad. Be grateful and thankful and generate more good things in your life!