Blog by Valerie Lower
Unlimited Futures gently challenges us to create the life we want for ourselves. We have to believe, know what we want and focus, yes. But what my husband Gary and I found that makes UF different is that in order to create these wonderful things, we need to strengthen our bodies, minds and spirits. In other words, release stress from those areas.
After several years of battling cancer, the surgeries, chemo, radiation and all the side effects, I was pretty wiped out. I could only walk for twenty minutes at a time, and at a slow pace. I had been used to walking 90 minutes a day in 45 minute intervals. I had let my spiritual counseling practice go because I didn’t have any energy. And I was depressed. I understand this happens a lot with cancer survivors and I did get on an antidepressant, but I wanted to do more than survivor. I wanted to thrive!
During meditation one snowy February day when the last thing you want to see is snow, I asked the question, “What do I need in order to move forward?” And I heard, “Call Bobbie.” Well, Bobbie had been my dear mother-in-law and I hadn’t seen her in years, after my former husband and I parted ways. So I asked the question again and again I heard, “Call Bobbie.” It took me most of the day thinking about it to finally do it! I knew she and Dean lived in Naples, so I found her number and called.
I was met with such warmth and kindness, I knew immediately it was the right thing to do, though I still didn’t know why. I didn’t think I would be able to attend the Introductory Class because I didn’t have the money to fly down there. But I trusted. We talked for awhile and she said she would get back to me. A day or so later, she called and made me a very generous offer. She said they were working on getting DVDs made of the course and it was in rough form, but she would send us the whole package under a couple of conditions: 1. that both Gary and I would do this together and 2. that we would report back to her every two weeks to let her know how we were doing and if we had any questions. It didn’t take me long to say yes.
Since I had done the class with her many years before, I thought it would be a breeze. And mostly it was. But there was information I had forgotten and it was great to be reading it and hearing it again. We never fast forwarded through anything because each part had a purpose and I was so thirsty to get it all, as was my husband.
Each morning Gary and I would get up and do the exercises, meditate, and then do our affirmations. He decided he wanted to retire and move to Florida because he had been sick quite a bit during the previous winters. I wanted more energy. We made a “map” of what we wanted with palm trees, tennis shoes, oceans, sunshine, fresh fruits and vegetables, things like that. One day on my walk with a friend I said, “Let’s do an extra 10 minutes” and it felt great! Gary found he could start a microscope franchise down in Florida, something he had been dreaming of doing for years! We looked at each other and said, “This stuff works!” We were committed to doing it morning and late afternoon, even when he traveled for his work.
Eventually, I got up to a 45 minute walk and it felt wonderful. And many more exciting things were beginning to happen. I can’t wait to share them all with you in future blogs! Yes, this “stuff” truly does work!
Note – by Bobbie
I have described the process that Valerie and Gary experienced in detail and provided step-by-step guidelines in my book on Changing Your Life. I have also created a CD, DVD and a Companion Workbook to help you get started working with the process. In addition we now have our Core Course completed and on DVDs so you can experience it in the comfort of your own home wherever you are located.
Once you start experiencing this growth process, we also provide courses that you can attend to accelerate this natural evolutionary process.