For many years I have worked in providing a supportive service to other with a focus on empowerment, not as a life coach but as a “psychic” reader. I offered astrology consultations, read tarot cards to help people find their way along their path in life. This is a rewarding job, but one that comes with mixed expectations and, many times, an assumption that the reader is the person who has the answers in life.
I found out a few years ago that I wanted to be a life coach. I recognised something in life coaching that seemed to me to be highly positive. I liked the sense of empowerment or better yet, a sense of empowering other people. The role of the coach was different. What you find out is that it's the client who has the answers in life. This was not a new concept for me because it is something that I have always believed in! However, it is a message that is difficult to convey through offering psychic readings, even though components of the work process are in some ways similar to what goes on with the coach. What I like about the facility to work as a coach is that I am not dissuaded from asking questions; this is something that is sometimes frowned upon in the world of card and chart reading; there is an assumption that the psychic “sees” all.
I do see a great many things when involved in a consultation of this nature, at the end of the day only the client can decide whether my vision matches theirs. Having been on the receiving end of a number of psychic readings myself, I am aware of how much the reader can impress upon me. In the situation of being coached by a coach it is quite a different matter. I am aware in that situation of how well another life coach - who is good at his or her job – is able to follow my thinking and match and support my direction. In this I am not so much being guided by the coach, as being supported in understanding more about my own vision. I find this extremely appealing!
I know that having my own vision supported by a coach gives me a feeling of confidence to break through blocks and go out and do what I want to do in life, I know this is also something that, as a coach, I can offer to others. It makes me feel tremendously happy to see other people growing, feeling confident and doing things they only usually dream about doing. So, rather than impress upon my clients what “the spirits” might be telling me about them, I am happy to work with them as a coach, in order to see what their spirit wants to tell me! I am still happy to lend support to my existing clients who wish to seek my guidance in the traditional role as a psychic reader. However, I suspect that the more I offer the skills that are specific to coach training, the more I will veer towards the life coach role in providing the support that people need. Seeing the future is a fascinating talent, but helping people, as a coach, to create their own future is even more exciting!
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