‘A meditative and spiritual approach on how to thrive in the face of adversity’
Liberation by life coach and author Emma Eker was just published on January 28th with Evolving Press. Described as ‘raw, introspective, and deeply personal.’ I am delighted to be kick-starting the blog tour today sharing an extract with you all from this story of ‘one woman’s struggle with the human experience of the 21st century.’
[ About the Book ]
Find your way. Find your freedom. A book for these times.
Framed by an incredibly moving and rousing story about entering rehab at the age of 28, Emma Eker’s debut Liberation is a story of breakdown to break through and everything in between. This solution-based memoir, with its easily digestible teachings and guidance, will help the reader to forge a deeper connection with them-Selves and move through challenges and suffering. Liberation demonstrates that with a change of thinking we can relinquish all mental barriers and truly thrive.
Liberation allows the reader to free themselves from self-imposed and perceived external constraints. This book acts as a guide, helping an individual to move from surviving to thriving, from constriction to expansion, from judgement to acceptance, from impossible to I’m-possible. This book is about showing up as your very best Self and living your very best life. A must read for these times.
[ Extract from the Introduction ]
Life is a fascinating journey and, in my case, an adventure of extremes. It seems I’ve spent my whole life trying to get ‘there’. Destination still unknown. It has been an interesting ride, one that has not always been pleasant, smooth or indeed comfortable, but entirely necessary to the process of unfoldment, re-membering and be-coming… me.
A defining moment in my life occurred in 2006 when I found myself in rehab aged 28 following a breakdown whose time had come. It had been building for some years – maybe since forever – and finally in March of that year, I crumbled and the game was up. It was the beginning of a new way of being for me and the entry point for a new phase of my life to begin – it provided a doorway that would ultimately lead me home.
In order for me to search for a solution, there needed to be a problem and, in my case, it showed up in a few ways, but primarily as addiction. It was a slippery slope that started in childhood – the desire to fit in, the longing for connection, the search for identity, the unanswerable questions…
Many of you will resonate strongly with my story for we all inhabit planet Earth and our struggles are similar. We are all looking to find meaning and make sense of who we are. In this book, I share some of who I am and some of my journey – the confusion and bewilderment, the suffering, the addiction, the isolation, the loneliness of the search and the journey back home… we’re all doing our best to navigate our course and find our way. Wherever you are, you are not alone. We’re all in very good company.
If traversed ‘well’ with a sincere desire to come to know the Self, there is an incredible upside to the journey – there are precious gifts in the suffering. Disappointment and heartache can be signposts, golden opportunities, that can ultimately lead us to freedom. Our pain can be our doorway to joy. Indeed, as the great Sufi poet Rumi said, “The Wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
The journey has, at times, been incredibly challenging for me and deeply painful, but it has also been filled with magic, with synchronistic happenings that continue to astound me, and this human experience now feels exciting. All experience is an opportunity for growth if you’re interested in looking in that direction and, gratefully, I am. I have accumulated a wealth of understanding of this process of be-coming (me) which has been fundamental and more than a little helpful in navigating life’s pitfalls. Everything I have been through has brought me to this moment and I am in awe of life. I share with you that which has made sense to me along the way, allowing me to find an element of peace in the madness, a place within myself that is my sanctuary. I want this for you too, truly I do.
Is life still challenging? You betcha! Would I change anything? Not a thing. I know who I am and I love what I know. I am human so I have my moments (sometimes considerably long moments), but with its continual surprises, I see that life is perfect and there is a greater plan for each of us if we’d just get out of our own way. I have an unwavering commitment to this path and it is my soul’s desire to help others to re-member who they are and to help make this journey of life a little more joyful.
[ Bio ]
Emma Eker is a life coach and author from London. Trained in Psychosynthesis Psychology (PG Dip), Emma has worked as a coach for over 14 years, helping individuals understand how their experience is created in order for them to realise they are in control of their reality – far more powerful than they imagined.
Emma is passionate about the human experience, evolution and helping people to live in alignment with who they truly are – moving away from restrictions, limitations and negative self-talk in order to live fully expressed. Liberation is her first book.
Twitter – @emmaeker
Website – https://emmaeker.com/