My name is Gillian Pace and I'm on a mission.
I believe passionately in the power of people doing what they love. My view is that the world has to expand a little every time someone escapes their personal prison and becomes an authentic expression of that vibrant, passionate and engaged individual that they are when they are 'on purpose'!
I have an acute understanding of what it feels like to have something inside that is burning to be expressed and to feel the despair of 'there's no point - I'm never going to make this my paid work.'
For as long as I can remember, I have had a passionate interest in words and language. At the age of 10, I decided I was going to be a writer when I grew up and started work on my first novel. At 16, I had work experience with our local newspaper - and hated it. Journalism most definitely was not the outlet that my talent was looking for! My concerned and loving parents suggested that I maybe needed another career 'to fall back on' while I was writing my novels. Let's just say I did a lot of falling back for a lot of years....
Finally falling forward
While I had an abiding interest in all things related to human psychology, it wasn't until I took a self-hypnosis class that the pieces of the puzzle finally came together. My dream all of these years has been to use words to change the world. The daily work of hypnotherapists is to use words to change the world, one person at a time! After much research, I enrolled with The Quest Institute in London, UK. At the time, their Cognitive Hypnotherapy training seemed to me to be the most cutting edge and time and experience has strongly reinforced that impression.
An impressive list of my multi-syllabic credentials
I currently hold a Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, a Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy and a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner qualification. I am also working towards my Master Practitioner qualification in Cognitive Hypnotherapy. I am fully insured and an international member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (UK) and the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioners' Association.
As you may have guessed, I have a lot of Big Ideas and I've been known to get pretty political. I hinted on my home page that I believe that doing the thing you love is not so much a matter of personal preference, more a matter of divine duty.
But let me state my case my plainly: I believe we all come into our physical incarnation with a purpose, something that we alone can bring to the world, a task that is entrusted to us. We know we have found it because of the way we feel - we love doing this thing of ours like nothing else. It isn't always fun: it is sometimes eviscerating, sometimes frustrating. And sometimes demands of us more than we believe we might ever have to give. But in order to be healthy and whole, it is something we have to do.
The other part to this has to do with the state of the world at this particular point in history. Our natural environment is in desperate need to our care; financial inequality has rarely been so extreme; and geo-political instability is at its worst since the cold war. What is the average woman or man in the street to do? I've long believed that real change happens in communities. That people getting together to trade their skills and the fruits of their labours is the way that we get past the worst excesses of the broken capitalist system. This is why the world needs you. It needs compassionate leaders, teachers and out-of-the-box thinkers. It needs visionary entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial visionaries. It needs inventors and creators and creatives. It needs inspirators and revolutionaries and evolutionaries. It needs all of us, whether or not we know our part in creating a better world. We just need to start with what we love.
And that big grin up there? That's a woman doing what she loves.