Why did I abandon my six figure income as an IBM engineer to become a healing practitioner? Who walks away from a substantial salary, enviable benefits, reasonable job security, plus ten years of hard-earned education? Even my manager said she’d never had an employee quit, explaining they all either retired or were laid off. I was well-paid, well-appraised, and so miserable it was hard to drag myself to work. I faced seven long years until retirement and was unlikely to get laid off even though my misery seemed to spill into everything I touched. My management reassured me I was doing well but inside I was not.
Every day at IBM I shriveled more, feeling underemployed, disconnected, and without purposeful livelihood. Eventually I admitted to myself I wasn’t the same person who slogged through my Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate in Chemical Engineering who could tolerate work that didn’t energize me. I had become someone else. Myself. I knew I had to leave the corporation I’d started working for after my freshman year at Purdue University way back in 1981 and close the door forever. I made sure I had no option to return, no possible reversal.
This didn’t come from some entrepreneurial aspiration. I wanted to serve others and have a rich and meaningful life instead of an arid and unsatisfying one. As clear as the internal shift was, it took me years and then a few more years to give myself permission to quit. By the time I finally did leave, I was already blessed with unexpected intuitive healing abilities and the fortuitous arrival of Jin Shin Jyutsu® Japanese acupressure which is both cerebral and spiritual. I quit IBM right after I became a Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu® Practitioner in July 2010. At that point I wasn’t even aware of the Akashic Records that would later become such a powerful part of my life and my healing practice.
While IBM did offer material security and consistency, being myself is priceless. I’m aligned to myself, others, and the Divine with a depth and resonance I never expected. What a blessing and privilege to live and share transformation!