As a cancer coach facilitator, I have been helping individuals from around the world uncover their deepest passions and desires in life. However, I was not always in this role. In fact, I was once a student who had to learn the defining principles of what it meant to live a more honest and passionate life.
As I went through the very same program, that is when my life changed forever. I developed a sense of direction and motivation, which undoubtedly has led me to where I am today. The Passion Test had such a defining impact on me that it changed the trajectory of my life as I knew it. Today, I am a facilitator myself. My goal is to help others awaken to their passions and change the course of their life just like the Passion Test had done for me.
This past week I had the privilege of talking to the very creator of The Passion Test, Janet Attwood. Through this exclusive interview, Janet and I discussed the ins and outs of The Passion Test and how it can help you grow as an individual. Below are some of the key takeaways from our conversation together.
I'm really curious about what is so hard about self love and why is the default setting for so many people that we don't love ourselves?
You know, the reason why it's so hard for people to actually even understand self love is because we weren't brought up to say to ourselves there are no mistakes in the universe. And instead, when we were little, we got punished when we did something wrong.
I never had anyone say to me that the purpose of life is to grow and to learn. Life is just one big learning field. And no one had self love 101 when they were in kindergarten, or junior high school or high school, none of us were taught that. We weren't taught that everything is just a projection of ourselves and that nature is so efficient. Nature is always showing us ourselves through others. And so that is the best way for us to learn about our own self love. Ask yourself, “What is it that I'm not accepting in someone else?” Because the truth is, everything's just a projection. And that nature is so efficient, it puts a person in front of us to show us those aspects of ourselves, which we have decided are not okay.
The biggest thing about self love is really about self acceptance, self acceptance of who you're being right now, in this moment, how do you know this is the best you can do? Here you are, this is what you're doing, end of story. What happens is we start having this inner critic that grows inside of us. Because no one has ever told us that we are enough. Because of that, we start comparing ourselves to others, which can make us feel unworthy and depleted.
I'd love to hear from you about how finding passion in life during your darkest life storm can actually put you on the journey to healing.
Living your passion isn't something that is a luxury. It is our birthright. And the reason why it's so important for everyone to get clear on what they're passionate about is because science talks about a unified field. And each and every one of us are part and parcel of this unified field. If each one of us are waking up and striving to be the best versions of ourselves, then we're living in a peaceful world. But if we're not, if we're waking up, not knowing who we are or what our purpose is in life, then you can feel it. Living a passionate life isn't even personal. It's what we're here to do, to give back and have the wonderful opportunity to be able to breathe and be human. Such a beautiful gift for each and every one of us.
Something so simple to living our passion is being in alignment with a higher power. God, nature, the universe, whatever name you want to give that energy. It’s about listening to the general manager of the universe. We are all a part of this unified field, we have a role to play, and this is our gift to humanity. This is our gift. If we're not in tune with that gift, if we're not allowing ourselves to get quiet, and really ask ourselves, “What do I love? What do I care about? What turns me on?” then what we're going to find is that we're off.
When we're off, what happens are a number of things. One is low self esteem, we're not clicking, we're not on fire, and we start to feel like something's wrong. But when you're in tune with what it is that you're here to do, which I call your passion, then you're firing with all cylinders.
What happens is supportive nature starts to occur, support of nature, the people, the places the things start to show up. Why? Because when you're in harmony, when you're in alignment, then all of the different people and places and things are there to serve you. That's why passion is so important. Because passion, and self love go hand in hand, your passion or what you really love and care about. And if you're not giving that to you, you're not giving it to others.
So Catherine, you studied food science. Now you're in the business of advising people who have turned their low self esteem into bad eating habits, bad food, bad toxicity in the mind. Would you talk a little bit about your past experience and your journey to becoming a cancer coach?
I had become a food science engineer because I had felt like that was what I needed to do. I worked 20 years in the corporate world before transitioning to my coaching career. From the age of 17, I knew my passion was to help people, not engineering. In my corporate job, I was unsatisfied and unfulfilled with my daily life since I knew I wasn’t benefitting anyone.
My body started sending me signals that I was not aligned and was not on the right path. I ignored all the signs until my cancer came. My cancer was my wake up call to stop. That is when I asked myself, “What do you want out of life?” That's when I decided to change.
However, I was still always meant to work in food science to help me with what I do today. Not only do I help others with self love and finding their passions, but I also show them the importance of changing their diet and lifestyle habits to live a healthier and more vibrant life. Nobody tells you how you should live your daily life. So people go about their day almost as a robot until they get the big hit. So now I use my background as a food scientist to help people make those changes and heal themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally.
When someone gets clear on their passions we have them answer the question, “When my life is ideal, I am.” You think about the areas of your life that are important. Health, spirituality, fun, relationship, career, education, and environment are all factors. Vibrant, perfect health has always been high on my passions list.
When you get clear on your passions, then the course of action you need to take becomes clear. It’s not enough just to think about it. You've got to take action. So what's the action? Okay, so let me take a look at what I am feeding my body temple? Am I feeding myself genetically engineered food? Am I feeding my body all kinds of preservatives? So living a passionate life helps you to make those changes and notice how you can adjust your life for the better.
Janet’s Closing Thoughts
Ask yourself, “What am I grateful for?” Because in the Vedas, which are some of the most ancient books known to man, one of the things that they say from abundance comes abundance and abundance remains. And so when you start to put your attention on what it is that you're grateful for, it doesn't mean you're not conscious of what's not very comfortable right now in your life. It's just that you're refocusing where you're putting your attention.
What you'll notice is that the more you can put your attention on what's working for you and what you're thankful for, that’s when you start raising your vibration to the point where you're more open. Because when you're open, you're open to the gifts that are already there, they're always serving you. All the gifts are always there to serve you. But if you're always looking at what's not working for you, then you go into this contracted state, and when you're contracted, you can't see the gifts that are already there. When you put your attention on what's working for you, you're creating the world you choose to create, instead of the world you don't choose to create.