Who I Am
I'm Maria Ji.
I've been a Professional Leadership and Transformational Coach for several years.
And I have firsthand experience with chronic pain.
In September 2016, 6 months after a messy divorce, I developed a sharp pain running from my lower back to right foot. After several trips to my doctor and acupuncturist, I learned a new word – sciatica.
In the following 10 months, I was drained by pain. I tried everything to make the pain go away so my life could be back to normal. There were times I had thoughts of ending my life: why bother?
To make the struggle worse, I felt like there was something I was supposed to know and it was my fault for not knowing it: I am a coach, and I should have this figured out. I am not supposed to have a problem that I can’t solve.
I became the pain. It became part of my identity.
Then my coach challenged me. She had me declare a date by which I'd be pain-free. I took on the challenge and declared: I will be pain-free in two weeks!
I had no clue how that would be possible, but what more did I have to lose?
I woke up with half of body burning in pain the same night. Could not go back to sleep, I paced back and forth in the living room. Frustration, anger, rage, fear, sadness, hopelessness, rose and washed through my body. I dropped on my knee and surrendered: Spirit, God, Buddha, whatever you are, I surrender. Please guide me. I am lost.
I prayed for the first time in my life.
I woke up the next morning, pain-free.
My logical mind couldn’t comprehend what I did to make the pain disappear. So I dove into figuring it out.
I began integrating what I learned into private coaching practice, and my clients started experiencing improvements in their physical health including reduced pain or completely pain-free.
I have been able to stay pain-free ever since. There were times the familiar sensation arises; I would do my work and it disappears almost right away.
I want you to achieve that same pain-free state.