Article: Carissa Walford
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what the y dream of. It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” ~ Paulo Coelho
Your life purpose consists of the central motivating aims of your life—the reasons you get up in the morning. Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. Everyone has a unique purpose in life, and finding and following that purpose is the key to creating a happy, abundant, meaningful and fulfilling life for yourself.
Purpose will be unique for everyone; what you identify as your path may be different from others. What’s more, your purpose can actually shift and change throughout life in response to the evolving priorities and fluctuations of your own experiences. Life has a tendency to provide a person with what they need in order to grow.
Carissa Walford embodies this prolific shift in purpose through growth and change.
After fifteen years in the entertainment industry as an award-winning television host (Foxtel’s Channel [V]), journalist, and producer, Carissa’s path has evolved into a need to serve others and to raise collective consciousness from a place of awareness and compassion.
‘Having tried to stretch and squeeze myself to fit the mould of external expectations and outdated societal standards, I know the struggle that comes with losing sight of who I am. And, chances are, if you’re a woman in (or approaching) your third decade on this planet, you’ll know what I’m talking about too. But the best thing about losing yourself? Having the opportunity to find your way back again.’
Carissa has found and navigated the access point to her authentic self and now serves as a Coach and NLP Practitioner. Diving deep, she wields her intuitive gifts through the expertise of NLP, yoga teachings, philosophy, and energetics. ‘I believe in is a synthesis of body, mind, and soul. The power to rewire the beliefs that keep us small, stuck and stale… this is the answer. This is the portal through which we can access our authentic self.’
We recently spoke with this humble warrior as she uncovered her passion to consciously create a life purposeful for herself and for others. Carissa offers a six-week journey to alignment course that works to align people with their true essence through harnessing cultivated self-awareness, confidence and compassion.
After fifteen years in the entertainment industry at what point did you feel the need to act independently and free yourself from the conformity of the mainstream machine?
As humans we want to belong until we realize the ‘box’s we have been ticking’ aren’t making us happy anymore. It’s that inner rebellion in me that would call out the BS and want to cut through to the absolute truth of everything in life. After securing my role as the female face of Foxtel Channel [V], I spent most of my 20’s interviewing musicians, actors, celebrities, working on other television programs, and fronting campaigns. I simply grew and evolved out of this industry with a desire to go deeper into my own spiritual practice. I started Questioning WHY I do the things I do, dived into family conditioning, how our upbringing shapes us, and started to carve out a new career as a coach, studying NLP, Yoga Philosophy, neuroscience and energetics. That combined with my intuitive gifts sent me down a new path that was calling me all along. We all get the opportunity to start again and keep refining what it means to be led by your souls yearning to express.
How can we identify the experiences that will actually help us feel personally fulfilled on a daily basis?
Knowing and living by your values. How would you like to show up every day? Do you want to experience connection? Freedom? Security? And how do these show up. Our personal core values are what encompass your foundational beliefs, which then dictate your behavior and guide. Your core values are not something that you choose for yourself. Rather, they’re feelings and beliefs that operate in the background of your mind and influence your behavior. You discover what your values are through life experiences and during the process of building self-awareness. My coaching sessions have a focus on discovering these values and then integrating them into your life.
Why do you think there is such a deep disparity between what individuals actually want and what the individual pursues?
It simply comes down to being unconscious of your life decisions. Living on autopilot, societal expectations, cultural circumstances, conditioning. Everything is cause and effect. The funny thing is this is part of the process. I believe you have to experience what isn’t true to figure out what is.
How would you describe your True Essence?
My soul purpose is to bring people’s true self forward. Over the years this became clear as I realised my passion as a TV Host and journalist was to hold space for people to express themselves authentically through storytelling. I’m here to be of service, and to raise collective consciousness by continually self-enquiring for my own growth and in turn others.
‘True Essence’ The Course, is your new offering, who is it for and what do we learn?
True Essence is a 6 X week course created to guide people through the process of dissolving what is no longer serving them, and then consciously creating a life that’s in alignment with your essence. Your essence is the undercurrent of you that has always existed, we were just never taught how to access it. This is for people ready to peel back the layers and manifest a life that’s led from the seat of your soul. It’s an entirely new way to live when you finally make the choice to step away from the rat race of life.
My philosophy as a practitioner is about uncovering what lives in the subconscious mind - this is what is running your life. We dissolve old frameworks, habits and behaviors, rewire limiting beliefs, create sacred rituals and routines, understand energetics and how that comes into play when we are consciously manifesting from a place of truth.
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Your coaching concept explores the NPL concept. Is this a unique created concept? Can you break this down for us?
NLP - what is it? Let’s break it down:
Neuro (of the mind) -linguistic (language, the way we articulate ourselves) programming (automatic functions)
Manifestation has been bandied about so often that its meaning has been diluted. Far from the cross-your-fingers-and-wait approach, NLP teaches one how to reprogram the mind.
Through pragmatic techniques that allow us to consciously call in a desired reality for ourselves, we illuminate the connection between conscious and unconscious mental narratives in order to free ourselves from limiting systems of belief.
The way we filter the world around us has heavy bearing on the stories we live our lives by, and often the actions we take are from this place. NLP leads us down the path to self-mastery, providing us with a mental handbook to unlock the mysteries of the subconscious, make well-informed decisions, and enact lasting change to create a fulfilling life aligned to your unique truth.
Together, we dissolve old habits and frameworks using NLP techniques to rewire limiting beliefs, bring awareness to why you are the way you are based on conditioning, and as we pull back the layer, you may start to encounter who you really are, now what the world has taught you to be.
In order to truly live life in alignment with your truest-self, we have to break down the walls before we can create authentically.
It’s my mission to support people on this path to self discovery. To consciously create a life purposeful for you.
MEET YOUR TRUEST SELF: WWW.CARISSAWALFORD.COM
What is a mantra you live by?
Be Here Now - Ram Dass. The practice of placing your attention on the present moment. You will always find peace.
How does wearing EE make you feel?
FREE. I love how I step into my feminine each time I wear EE. Fashion has always been a way I’ve loved to express myself. I feel free flowing, light, and grounded. These days I feel more connected with myself wearing quality, simplistic pieces that are spacious, sustainable and timeless.
What is your favourite EE style?
Novo Flair & Ainu Dress.
How does it feel for you to be living in your True Essence?
I feel a sense of gratitude and constant inspiration.