Choose Positive Living with Sara Troy and her guest Will Sharon, ON AIR FROM OCTOBER 24TH
Feel the Dream do not analyze it for it is the fearlessness of the SOUL
As a coach, I have combined the experience of my clinical work with a number of new approaches that are often not taught in traditional coaching certification classes. Central to my work is the idea of the Anam Cara. Within that context, I generally use some or all of the following tools we will be discussing here.
Anam Cara refers to the Celtic spiritual belief of souls connecting and bonding.
In Celtic Spiritual tradition, it is believed that the soul radiates all about the physical body, what some refer to as an aura. When you connect with another person and become completely open and trusting with that individual, your two souls begin to flow together. Should such a deep bond be formed, it is said you have found your Anam Cara or soul friend.
Your Anam Cara always accepts you as you truly are, holding you in beauty and light. In order to appreciate this relationship, you must first recognize your own inner light and beauty. This is not always easy to do. The Celts believed that forming an Anam Cara friendship would help you to awaken your awareness of your own nature and experience the joys of others.
According to John O’Donahue, an accomplished Irish poet, philosopher and Catholic priest, “…You are joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy and definition. When you are blessed with an anam cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place: home.”
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‘Life is about transitions and as you will read, I’ve had several’ says Will.
For the first thirteen years of my adult life, I worked in psychiatric facilities, initially as a teacher in a children’s unit and then a therapist doing individual and group work. I hold an MSW degree from Hunter School of Social Work.
Following that career, I spent time studying acting and working on soap operas and in off-Broadway theatres, was a law school student for a year and a half and spent time as a waiter and a bartender. On impulse, I taught myself the basics of telecommunications and bootstrapped my way into a job with a Wall Street brokerage firm.
Over the next 25 years my career was governed by a series of phone calls at opportune times asking me to take on projects for which, on paper, I had no qualifications. I worked on large construction projects in financial services culminating in an expanded role in the construction of 60 Wall Street followed by a position as COO of JP Morgan Corporate Real Estate and similar projects around the world. From those assignments, I shifted into a role as the Chief Risk Officer for Technology and Operations at the bank and then as Managing Director of an Operational Risk Management practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
A stint in my own risk management consultancy led to the position as CIO of McCann Worldgroup followed by a return to my own firm and engagements in Kenya and Thailand.
And then some downtime and a struggle to listen to the narrative of my life.
While the careers I’ve had are varied, the element common to them all is curiosity, which is what caused me to seek out an understanding of who we all are in the early days of my adulthood. Coaching and its emphasis on the wholeness, creativity resourcefulness of the client is a return to that early work but with the wisdom that comes from choices and experience and an understanding that the only lasting change comes from within.
I work as an Anam Cara and use Dreamwork and the Internal Family Systems model to guide my clients toward their soul’s purpose.