Lifestyle – Former teacher reflects on seismic decision to refocus her life as a spiritual healer. She talks to Bernie Ní Fhlatharta
It’s never easy to leave a permanent, pensionable post – but that’s what Carol Kelleher did, more critically at a time when she could least afford it. In hindsight it was for the best; giving her an unexpected opportunity to discover a hidden gift of healing which has opened up a whole new world to her and her family.
The Salthill native believes that being a healer is her true calling and one she would never have discovered if she hadn’t left her job.
Carol had loved her teaching job and held the position of Deputy Principal in a city primary school until she stepped down following a difference of ideologies with new management.
She remained on the teaching staff for a few more years, because she believes she had a vocation and a natural flair for teaching. But she felt she had no option but to resign when matters became intolerable.
This was a decision made at a time when it wasn’t economically viable for her and her husband and their five children to do so – but looking back twelve years later, she has no regrets, only gratitude.
Carol describes in her first book, Reflections of a Cleaning Lady, the angst and financial pressures surrounding that decision but remembers the love and support of her family, especially her husband Peadar.
“I took a risk for sure but I started reading a lot of self-help and spiritual books and I asked for guidance and I noticed a huge energy shift in myself. I started to get this understanding and awareness,” she says.
Around that time Carol took a philosophy course and it seemed that drew her into meditation and self-awareness courses.
She readily admits that meeting Cork-based global mystic and spiritual healer, Ger Lyons, made a huge difference to her life, leading her to becoming a healer who now runs her own Core Cellular Healing workshops.
Carol says she has found a calm in her life, a strength she didn’t know she possessed.
“When I started attending Ger’s workshops, I never thought I would ever be running my own workshops because I hadn’t the confidence and I was very shy. But the more I learned, the more I realised I had to share what I had learned and I started a weekly healing circle here at home.
“I do one-to-one healing and facilitate healing groups of up to 15 people in other venues outside of my own healing room which would be too small.
“Most of us have emotional blockages which stop us from living the lives we should be leading. These can be blockages going back to our childhood or even further.”
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