Hi, I’m Juvie, a corporate jungle survivor. In my last gig, I went from non-management to heading global communications for a multinational company with 55,000 employees—within one and a half years. As a result, I mentored many individuals who wanted to do the same. Despite all the “success,” though, I was becoming increasingly happy. It sucked. I wasn’t where I thought I wanted to be and I wanted out. I was successful yet unhappy, in power yet powerless, lost in a world where I didn’t feel I belonged, where I didn’t feel I mattered, and where I had lost myself completely.
The statement, “Everything happens for a reason,” proved to be exactly right in this case. The seemingly devastating events in my life around that time turned out to be the push in the right direction that I needed. I was given the opportunity to go back to who I truly am—the one before I was molded into what I had become.
After I was “divinely removed” from that job, I knew that life as I knew it was over. Something inside me was telling me I was never going back to that world. Still, I tried. I really tried. But apparently, the cosmos had other plans. Literally, I was “asleep” and all of the sudden, I was shaken up, feeling that something was very wrong with my life and I was being pushed to find out what it was. Breadcrumbs of signs after signs led me to a fast-track awakening "adventure." The undoing of my false self had begun.
It was a journey that re-acquainted me with who I truly am, the way I was born—the one that was buried because of the way I was raised and molded by the physical world; the one who believed what others said about who I was and lived a life chasing a dream that wasn’t my own.
My awakening explained to me perfectly aspects of myself that I struggled to understand since childhood and had suppressed my whole life. I learned that I'm an empath—something that made certain things and situations that were a breeze for others but excruciating for me. For the people around me, I was just extremely shy. At one point, I thought I was agoraphobic. Nobody around me cared to understand what it was. And *I* certainly did not understand what it was.
Decades later, I understand that I am extremely sensitive to energy. I had no control over it. Everyone's energy just comes at me all at once and I didn't know how to deal with it. I remember as a child, I would burst into a sobbing mess just being around people. When I was around 7 years old, I remember meeting the husband of a distant relative. To everyone else, he was nice and charming but I retreated from him. He gave me a big smile and made silly faces to win me over but I felt something about him that frightened me.
And then, there's the precognitive thoughts. I didn't know what those were, either. I learned to turn them off because they scared me. But even when I block them, they come out through another way--my dreams. When I was about 10 years old, I lost a book report that I needed to submit after the weekend. I looked everywhere and didn't find it. I was in complete panic. That night as I went to sleep, I had a dream where it showed me exactly where to look. When I woke up, I went straight to the spot that I saw in my dream and there it was.
Many years ago, the World Cup was on and my parents-in-law decided to play a betting game with me and my husband. It was just for fun and literally, placed a quarter for each bet. We would guess the final score for each game. But we stopped playing because I got it right five times in a row. We never played since. A few years later, the World Cup was on again. As my coworkers and I talked about the final match that night, I told them the story with my parents-in-law. They all laughed at me. They said I couldn't possibly get it right five consecutive times. So they decided that we will place a bet—whoever wins gets free lunch. And guess what? I won. The most skeptic of them all looked at me in disbelief and said, "How did you know that?"
So, combine that with being an empath, I come across pretty intense sometimes.
Several years ago, when people from a newly acquired company joined us, I pointed a couple of them and said to the team, "Those two are going to be forces to be reckoned with." Some of them laughed as if I pulled it out of my a$$. I had forgotten all about it until months later when they came to me and said, "You were right. about them. How did you know?" Then, when our big boss quit, I told them who was going to replace her. They laughed about that, too, because they said it was highly unlikely. But it also came to pass.
The point is, my awakening led me to accept, embrace and love myself the way I was born into this world, embrace the gifts with which I was born and help others awaken and reconnect with their true self and their reason for being. In particular, I am here to help other volunteers—seekers, wayshowers, lightworkers, who I prefer to call Light Warriors—find their place in this world and remind them of the reason why they came here in the first place: raise the vibration of this planet and its people through the uniqueness they came to bring with them.
Since you're here, ask yourself why. Perhaps you were led here so you'd tread that path of inner discovery. The question is, are you willing to take on the challenge?