In the Alchemy lab of our lives, there is invariably some catalytic agent that transforms us completely. Every experience is an opportunity to evolve into who we really are; even through the trials and tribulations, we are being called to a greater mission, a greater purpose.
Perhaps it is a person, place, thing, situation or an event that challenges us to our core. Whatever it is, that catalyst takes the Lead, that which has weighed us down with the illusion of being lost to ourselves and frees us to see the Gold of who we really are.
If we are so lucky, we have this experiences of “catalytic conversion” and the alchemy of transforming our illusions are shattered by the truth of our greatness: our soul’s calling us into being.
Thus was my experience with the nuns of Tibet in 1999 with whom I lived for a year.
My life, my perceptions of myself and all that had come before meeting them was burned in the fire of truth. I gave up the comfort of those masks, the lead of illusion and I instead became myself.
This initiation was the beginning of the Soul Portrait for it was out of this that I photographed His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the first time.
I believe everyone has something that motivates them, that soothes their heart and soul at a deep level and feeds them like a wellspring of hope. Making regular contributions to the Tibetan Nuns Project, serving the beautiful woman who are in exile from their home, giving them everything I would want for myself, has fueled my passion for this mission of photography.
Since that time, 10% of all my gross earnings go to the Tibetan Nuns Project and insure that they are educated, housed and that the future of women with passion and a calling from their soul will thrive! To find out more about the nuns please visit: www.tnp.org
Join me in the Alchemy Lab where I’ll be sharing more about my own personal journey of transformation + supporting the Tibetan Nuns!