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TCI: When the student is ready, the teacher arrives!

The saying goes: "When the student is ready, the teacher arrives." This certainly is my case with TCI.

I am a registered physiotherapist and have been practicing for 27 years; 25 of those in my own private practice. I Love my career; being of service and interacting with people and have never stopped learning. This life-long learning has found me on a path of inquiry into the mind: body relationship when it comes to health and healing. My clients appreciate that my approach and focus is rarely about the "presenting problem". Getting to the cause is such a wonderful journey! I have added many arrows into my quiver over the years from orthopaedic manipulative specialisation to qualifying as a Reiki Master and many things in between! Anecdotally many of my clients refer to me as their "life coach"...I did not know that such a thing existed!

Just before my 50th birthday last year, the TCI page popped up on my facebook. I phoned straight away, more out of curiosity. Within a month I had signed up to "go the whole way" to the Master Practitioner: 2 years of study. I believed that then I could DO life coaching and BE the person my patients thought I was! Little did I know that this learning would be like no other.

My FOCS weekend was in September 2014 and the excitement I experienced whilst being exposed to much of the content was wonderful. A lot it felt vaguely familiar, especially the mind- body connection. The huge difference was the one liner: "All I need is within me right now." This statement challenged me, because as a physio I believe my clients need me and my expertise. If all they needed was within them, then what was my purpose? Since the FOCS weekend I have walked gently with this reality and it has changed my life... and the lives of my patients.

One of the fascinations to me was the discussion about established neurology. I know about this and describe it to patients especially with reference to physical pain. Joe's demonstration at FOCS of the collapsed anchor was a mind blast for me because it took that neurology to a whole new level. It was SO powerful.

On my return to Perth, I scurried around in a whirlwind doing my triads, webinars, pro bonos and assessment whilst still running my home and physio practice. It was whilst treating a patient that I had an opportunity to play with the collapsed anchor technique. Her daughter was getting married in 2 weeks time and was in a panic. About a month beforehand, the bride-to-be was feeling ill on the day she went for a wedding dress fitting. When she put on the dress she fainted. No thought was given to the incident as she was unwell, however the next week when she went for a fitting she fainted again....and the week after that. The neurology was obviously well established and the fear was now immense. I mentioned to her Mum that I "knew a technique that would work to stop her fainting".

They also taught us on the FOCS weekend to "Say yes and then work out how!"

The following week Mum arrived with her daughter and I followed the collapsed anchor technique that Joe had demonstrated, including the camel bonking the tortoise. Immediately she felt that the fear had gone and when she thought about getting into her dress she just laughed. Her sweaty palms and dilating pupils that I had encountered before the technique were also gone.

Their wedding went off without a hitch and she was the most beautiful bride (fainting-free)!

When I spoke to her after the wedding she said that she had re-told the story of her session with me many times, with much laughter.

The gift of that learning has cemented the power of what TCI is teaching. I did not appreciate that I could have such a profound impact on someone's life so early in my training.

I have registered a business: "Wholehearted Life Coaching" as this encompasses for me the reality that: "All I need is within me right now." The gift of enabling clients to discover that is a wholehearted reality.

Thank you TCI!

Lynn Matthews
- ICG Credentialed Master Practitioner of Coaching
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