Intuition expert, healer and sacred tour facilitator Clare Russell, creates transformative events & services that challenge and nurture personal growth.
1) Please tell me what your work entails!
I am a healer, coach, mythic alchemist, energetic change catalyst. Trained in healing, metaphysics, meditation, coaching, organisational change, shamanic practices and alchemy I often become a bridge for individuals and groups to step into their next evolutionary stage. I especially have trained and have an interest in feminine wisdom lineages that include intuitive, embodied, systemic, mythic holistic ways of engaging with ourselves and the world. I work with individuals grappling with big changes in their life, (relationships, purpose, health, Spiritual awakening) , groups in sacred rituals and practices to connect to the cycles of sun, moon and earth and organisations looking at new ways of leading, how to increase the number of women at the top and how to create change.
2) What lead you to your current profession?
Since I was little spirituality had drawn me as a path of seeking truth, to really come to know what was at the heart of life. I studied theology and philosophy, explored in depth the ideas of what is true, however this drew me ever more into knowing and experiencing for myself – the mystical path, which is what was and is, drawing me deeper into my profession. My big leap from working in marketing was when I was living in China and I studied Reiki – it opened up a direct experience of my ability to heal, the energy of the universe flowing through my hands and I knew, we all have the capacity to be healers if we want to be, we can ‘know’ things in intuitive ways because we are connected to a universal tapestry of light that holds all this information…it was the aha moment that changed what I knew it was to be human. From then on in, I was deep in study of meditation, intuition, coaching, healing, metaphysics and when I returned to the UK a couple of years later, it became natural for me to start sharing intuitive approaches to living, how to get into synchronicity with life, how to heal ourselves and others.
3) What did you expect to be doing as a profession?
Great Question! Actually I don’t think I ever had an expectation of a specific profession, but perhaps I did have a culturally derived understanding of what ‘proper work’ was, that involved sitting behind a desk, being highly efficient, logical and clever! I think I had always managed to play the game at that, but then realised, hey – Life is so much more colourful, crazy, emotional, LOVE driven. I want to dive into that, I want my work to dive into that and I want to work with people who want to know themselves deeply and tap into this magic of being who we truly can be…because then we reveal our true beauty and creativity and ‘profession’ becomes our art in the world, evolving all the time, creating through us.
4) What made you keep going when things got tough or challenging? What motivated you to continue?
My experience of challenge in my life has been to get me really focused, sensitive and aware – that both increases my sense of vulnerability, yet also increases my felt connection to a deeper source of love in my life. When challenge arises, I get really quiet within because I hear the universe shouting through the din of everyday life. I probably don’t understand what it is saying to me, or have a concept of what I am learning, other than: now is the time for me to get really coherent in myself, to listen with great clarity to my intuition, to hold strong to my values and choose to be courageous. I may not like the challenge, I may want to give up at every step, however I keep listening because I know that if I push on through with lack of sensitivity I will just replay old tapes of ‘have to try harder to be good enough’ or if I give up when something really matters I am enforcing a belief of being powerless which would prevent me creating my dreams. So I suppose I keep going because I keep listening, I keep an open dialogue with myself and the universe through my intuition
5) What motivates you now?
To love and be loved. To unfold layers of what love is, loving others, loving myself, loving this world, loving spirit and god/goddess. It’s hard to put into words as it’s a deeply spiritual motivation however for me a big part of love is acting and creating in the world in a way that feels fully authentic – to express, to discover, to create and collaborate with others. I LOVE to really ‘meet’ people, to support my clients in coming to experience their true essential self and love that self deeply. I find great joy in seeing the beauty in others and watching as to their surprise they feel and see it too! A big part of my work now is with women and supporting them is coming to know the Goddess within – the often hidden wisdom of the divine feminine. Which I believe is a big part of what will heal ourselves and our world and rise us up into the next level of our evolution. (See Clare's Yin power is rising blog post for more on this)
6) What do you do for fun, which is not directly connected to your work?
Sing! All the time, to everything, especially to my 3 month old daughter Thea, and to nature – be it the sky, flowers, trees. It’s such a freedom and natural thing for me to do; it feels like the most beautiful conversation with life that is about celebration and understanding of life. Thea loves it; at the moment she is encouraging me to get as high pitch as I can whilst staying in tune!
7) What ONE question would you like to know the answer to?
What is love? A question with lifetimes of answers, I feel that perhaps all my questions come back to the route of this, kind of like a Rumi poem, the mystery opens more and more in the joy of asking the question.
8) Do you have a favourite place in the world?
I am a big traveller; it’s been a huge part of my learning and growth having visited over thirty countries and hundreds of sacred sites all over the world (as I also take people on sacred journeys around the world). I love the world too much to have just one place, however a couple would be: Uragh stone circle in Ireland which is a divine space in nature surrounded by lakes, waterfalls and mountains, and on Sacred tour to Egypt, I had the blessing to be able to go into the Sphinx enclosure and be at her feet. Just walking up to her, I felt my heart melt – a sense of deep coming home to myself, to being loved by this amazing cosmic mother.
9) Without hesitation, describe yourself in five words:
Joyful, soft spoken, present, fulfilled.
10) What ONE piece of advice would you give to your 18 year old self?
Love your awkwardness, sensuality and sexuality; you are radiant even when you think you’re spotty, foolish and naïve. I love you the girl and the woman you are to become.
Do you want to be part of the rising wave of feminine energy in 2017? Check out Clare’s In Sync with your purpose Women’s circle that happens live and online each new moon: http://www.guidetospiritualliving.com/sync-purpose-inner-circle/
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