This is the beautiful landscape within which I am based.
Before I did healing, therapy and leadership work I was the High Weald Farm Conservation Adviser for a national charity know as FWAG (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group). My job was to have one foot in the world of conservation and best practice environmental management and one foot in being a farmer and the need to run a viable business. I loved this job, it was a university dream come true, and it fitted with my goal of being of service to humanity and the planet.
My job involved running workshops, doing talks, writing technical information sheets and visiting farmers to talk through their business and point out conservation features on the farm.
One of my key objectives would be to educate farmers on the historic and environmental importance of what they managed, praise them for existing good management and inspire them to introduce/re-instate management practices that would increase biodiversity, protect historic features, protect waterways and conserve soil. Ultimately the goal was to stem environmental decline brought about by neglect or modern farming methods and take steps to reintroduce techniques that would restore it back to better health (or at least as much as was practically possible).
The people I met were lovely and most cared deeply about their environment, like me. Some were new to land ownership and knew nothing about its management, some were hard nosed business men and women driven by the bottom line and others were seasoned land managers that had over 50 years of farming experience. All of them them gave me their time and at least listened, even if they didn’t act on my advice.
A surprising switch
My switch to healing and leadership work was actually as much of a surprise to me as anyone else. At the time it was because I wanted to get to the source of why it was even necessary to educate people on why they needed to look after the resource that supports them. I had come to realise that a disconnection brought about by a lack of knowledge and of the importance to be connected and/or inner pain from unresolved trauma caused them to not only stop looking after themselves, but also the world they lived in.
I realise now, in order to lead others, I needed to know how to look after my incredible, fragile, valuable and resourceful Self – so that I might be an equal to the abundant landscape and world around me.
It would be fair to say, that my outer environment and what I learnt about caring for that, encouraged me to apply the same attention to my inner environment. By my inner environment, I mean the environment in which I exist and the biochemistry that results from overthinking and habitual behavioural patterns.
So instead of giving best practice advice to farmers on how to manage hedgerows, ponds and buffer strips, I now give people best practice advice on how best live out their soul/sole purpose. My tools haven’t changed much, I still do talks, run sessions, write blog posts and meet people one to one and create healing programmes to achieve a certain outcome.
The best bit is, where I am based helps me do my job.
When people see something beautiful and healthy and vibrant around them, they reconnect with the beauty, health and vibrancy inside of them. Through the process of entrainment, being in a relaxed and harmonious environment, the inspiration for a new internal environment bubbles up from inside of us.
Becci Godfrey is a Mind Detox practitioner, Meditation Teacher, Reiki Master and Teacher and Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator. From her base in Mark Cross, East Sussex she helps hundreds of people locally and all over the world overcome their life, emotional and health challenges to fulfil their potential through one to one and group sessions (also available through Skype).