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Leslie Karen Hammond on Healing Ourselves And Other People
I have with me Leslie Karen Hammond. She’s called the Empowering Story Whisperer. She’s a three-time author, Keep It Real: Why We’re Afraid To Speak Up and What To Do About It, Women Rising: How To Go From Uncomfortable To UNSTOPPABLE! and Tap Your Source. She’s also a modern-day medicine woman and a national facilitator. Leslie teaches health coaches and healers how to embrace their triumph through adversity as a teaching tool to inspire global change. Welcome to Heartrepreneur Radio, Leslie.
Thank you, Terri. I’m so happy to be here.
I’m delighted to have you. I have to start by asking you how did you get this title, The Empowering Story Whisperer?
It took a lot of work. I reflected back on the greatest value that I provide to my clients and it all boils down to helping them become empowered by their stories instead of running from it.
I’ve seen people who are trying to overlook their story and trying to ignore their stories. It causes a lot of issues in their lives, businesses, and their health. Would you agree with that?
Absolutely, the body never lies.
One of the things I noticed for myself is lots of my clients don’t speak up. There are situations at work, in life, personal situations and that they don’t speak up. I’m a confident person and yet sometimes I have some hidden stories being transparent with you. What would you say about that? What do you do about that?When a story can be framed in a positive light and passed on to potentially save another person from pain, that makes all the difference. Click To Tweet
For one thing, you’re in good company. It’s how the story is framed when it is used as a tool for teaching and empowering others, it makes all the difference in the world. When everyone has experienced a person who’s telling their story and it’s bad news after bad news, you feel bad sometimes so much so you need to step back from the person because energetically, it’s too much to take in. When the story can be framed in a positive light and show that there was something learned, something that could be taught, passed on to potentially save another person from pain, that makes all the difference.
Talk to me a little bit about working with health coaches and healers, embracing their triumph through adversity. Talk to me about what that means and what that looks and feels like.
Many women get into these fields because of their own struggles. I’ve worked with a health coach before who had a lot of food addictions as well as other addictions. She was bothered by coming out into the world when she felt that she had not yet achieved perfection. She still had some food issues and, therefore, she was guarded. She hadn’t mastered everything she was teaching to the degree where she could be fully vulnerable and be praised. It impacted her in an adverse manner. As soon as we could get her to fully appreciate her whole journey that she wants hidden, that piece of her that wasn’t perfect is exactly what her clients needed to hear. Perfection is unattainable. It adds this human element to things and makes people approachable.
One of the things I say a lot of times to clients is we’re perfect with our imperfections. We can get brilliant shiny diamonds and all diamonds are flawed, yet we look at them and say, “It’s beautiful and it’s brilliant.” We’re brilliant and we’re magnificent with those imperfections. How did you get into this work? What brought you here?
An eighteen-year marriage to an alcoholic and a lot of worthiness and abandonment issues.
What happened? Did you one day just woke up and decided to make a change here?
I went to talk therapy for being constantly angry and I found that talk therapy didn’t work. Within two weeks of that, I went to a psychic fair. I had a reading from a woman who was also a Reiki master and a shaman. I went to every Reiki course that she did, became a Karuna certified master in two years, and began shamanic studies. I found that that was home. It changed everything and helped me realize that all of the pain I had gone through, not just in that marriage, but long before that was all for a greater purpose.
It was two years ago, for the first time ever, when I went and worked with a shaman. I’ve done so much personal development. Over the course of my life, I thought, ”What more could I do?” It was probably the deepest work that I’d ever gone through, the most life changing, and healing. It went back and healed all this inner child stuff that I didn’t even know I was walking around with. I fell in love with myself.
It is a privilege, not only for the recipient, but also for the practitioner to hold space for someone to transform like that. That is my favorite part of the work. It’s soul food to see someone transform. I understand that it’s a privilege for everyone who comes to me that has that experience.
Who is the average person who comes to you? What’s going on in their business or in their lives that makes them reach out? I’m curious because this empowering story whisperer is resonating with me.
There are healers, health coaches or yogis who’ve had a challenging time in their life. When people come to me in different phases. Sometimes it’s for local ceremonies or if I’m traveling, maybe I’ll do a ceremony somewhere across the country. A lot of times they’re looking for a community where they can be accepted for who they are and exactly where they’re at. They’re hungry. It’s as though they’re seeking the next level of where they can be. For those who are the bravest and the ones who believe that whatever they’re going through at the moment is holding them back from something more beautiful and expansive than they can possibly imagine, then they step forth and experience the extraordinary breakthroughs that they hadn’t had the courage to address before.
What happens as a result of somebody working with you?
All kinds of beautiful things. There are energy shifts. They’d become a lot more confident. They can own their past and see it in a completely new light. They have the ability to forgive people who came into their life and caused them pain and can now see them as the teachers instead of someone who is trying to make their lives miserable. In some cases when people move to the next level, they feel so confident that I’d take them through the process of publishing books. I help them write their story from beginning to end and then we publish the book. If they’re ready to take it a step further, then I can help them with speaking, crafting, and talking that will help to draw people into them and attract their ideal clients.Perfection is unattainable. It adds this human element to things and makes people approachable. Click To Tweet
I often tell people, “Everybody has a story.” We’ve got stories within us and we can all write our stories. I meet people who say, “I’m not interested in being published.” You don’t have to be. Getting your story out changes everything.
I tell people that the book is a byproduct of the process.
I have to take a moment and acknowledge your wording. I love how you language things. How do people get in touch with you? Where do they get their books? How do they move forward to get more information and perhaps even decide to work with you?
They can go to my website, LeslieKarenHammond.com. They can also find me on Facebook, the business page is @HealingThroughYourStory. There will be an abundance of information that they can find in both places. There are a lot of Facebook Live recordings, so that they can go back and check it out. I’m always offering material to give people, new insights into how they can reach their perspective.
I want to acknowledge the Facebook page. It says exactly what the benefit is and what’s going to happen as a result of getting to work with Leslie. Are there any last words of wisdom you want to share?
I want to invite every person to embrace every experience that you’ve ever had for the teaching moment that it is. The sooner that you can embrace it in that way, the faster you’ll be getting toward where you want to go in heart, mind, and spirit
Everything that happens in your life is a gift no matter what it seems like in the moment. Leslie, thank you so much.
Thank you, Terri. It’s been a pleasure.
- Leslie Karen Hammond
- Keep It Real: Why We’re Afraid To Speak Up and What To Do About It
- Women Rising: How To Go From Uncomfortable To Unstoppable
- Tap Your Source
About Leslie Karen Hammond
Leslie is an International Speaker, Spiritual Teacher, and Three-time Author. Her specialty is helping Health Coaches, and Healers get clear on what they will no longer tolerate so they can immediately start living their mission from a higher vibration. Her clients experience immediate, significant breakthroughs in relationships and enhance the experience they deliver to their clients.
Over the last 19 years, Leslie has mastered teaching women how to trust themselves, feel like they belong wherever they want to be, and how to be more empathic without taking on the energy of others.
Leslie is the creator of, The Love Your Truth Blueprint, a program that empowers individuals to cut and heal ties to the past so intent can be set and lived.
Leslie’s clients refer to her as a master ceremonialist; her ability to create and hold a sacred space for people to transform is extraordinary. Leslie is Native American; the Medicine Woman for the Croatan Nation, she has studied with shamans in US and Peru and is a certified Karuna Reiki Master.
A three-time published author, she is a sought-after speaker who presents nationally and a leader in her community. She also serves on the board of Girl Scouts of CT. She is happily married to her soul mate, Mark and has a son, Josh.
Leslie believes and operates from the perspective of:
- Every experience has the ability to empower you
- You are an expert in your own right
- Every experience can be spiritual
- You are intuitive
- You have a unique gift to make the world a better place
- A new perspective changes everything
- Your story matters
- You are worthy of whatever you desire
- You can speak your truth without being hurtful
- Anyone can overcome unworthiness
Leslie books can be found here:
- Tap Your Source 2011
- Women Rising; How To Go From Uncomfortable To UNSTOPPABLE 2013
- Keep It Real; Why We’re Afraid To Speak Up and What To Do About It 2016