I sometimes joke who needs re-incarnation when I seem to have lived so many lives in this one life? In fact, it would take a ‘War and Peace’ length novel for my full story to be told. Instead, here’s a short summary of some of it…
An under-achieving bright girl, grammar school dropout, single parent by eighteen, once married, two superb children, five delicious grandchildren, a mature returnee to education plus training as a psychotherapist for seven years and then a Master’s degree at fifty-one, also trained in coaching, training and alchemy from my thirties, divorced, sometimes attacked for my alternative views, have worked with thousands of women in over thirty years of my amazing professional life. Phew!
So how did I get to be the Wild Elder?
Some years ago I specialised in guiding people to recover from depression in six sessions. Yeah yeah… I know! The medical profession would say impossible. But that’s what I did and still do when a client with depression finds their way to me. Anyhow, I had an intuitive sense that there was more for me to be and do but didn’t know what.
Then my Mum became terminally ill and my ‘more to be and do’ intuition was swept away by supporting her and maintaining my life the best I could. Doing that mainly on my own, I became just a little crazy toward the end.
Then, in her last few days, I overheard a remark she made to no-one in particular. I couldn’t cope with the enormity of it, the shock of it and the pain of it. She said simply… ‘What a waste of a life.’
After she passed, I spent months in personal and professional turmoil. As well as grieving, the sense of ‘more to be and do’ returned. And I began to get downloads of bits of information and clues. Over time I pieced them all together and, in a lightbulb moment, realised my truth.
My ‘more to be and do’ and my Mum’s legacy was for me to work with women who didn’t want to die with a wasted life as she had done. To work with women who want to find their truth, purpose and meaning, and learn how to live it.
If that wasn’t enough, I became seventy and that go-darn intuitive sense of ‘there’s more to be and do’ was back big time. Oh no… not again! This time I felt constipated, blocked and had a knowing there was stuff I needed to clear. By working with an alchemist-guide, in no time I saw the block, how I was getting in my own way, and turned that around alchemically.
Yet there was more to come. The awesome thing that emerged was I downloaded my next evolutionary incarnation, my ‘far more to be and do.’ Sure my age had something to do with it and what I got was way beyond anything I could imagine.
The words came, ‘The Wild Elder.’ I asked for guidance and, in a culture so bereft of the benefits age can offer, I was being called to bring eldership back to and for the modern woman. And not any eldership but WILD eldership.
While I have a great mind, WILD eldership goes way beyond analytical, logical mind. While I use my psychotherapeutic coaching and training skills, my wildness taps into my essential nature and my very soul. It taps into skills and abilities from what I call beyond – beyond. A creature of and with a connection to the earth and the universe who knows the journeys that lead you to healing, wholeness and your truth.
It seems my whole life has been a preparation for this sacred work.
Sharon Eden FRSA MA Registered MBACP Psychotherapist (Accred)
Member Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals
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