I learned how important the sea turtle, or Honu, are to the Hawaiian people and ancestors about two years ago. I celebrated the sale of my business with a trip to the Islands. Honu are considered sacred, and legend has it they guided the people to the Islands and unearthed fresh water springs as they dug their nests. They are common symbols of guardians and represent longevity, perseverance, and luck.
I ended that adventure by marking a new beginning in Maui with a sunrise at Haleakala Crater. It was a breathtaking experience. As the sun peeked above the clouds, I wondered what was next for me. I saw myself writing, speaking, and working closely with people who somehow needed help to understand their circumstances and heal. I had no idea how it might manifest, but I promised myself atop that volcano that the “new me” would find the way. It’s been an interesting couple of years (to say the least) but I believe I am (finally) getting a handle on all of this “new”.
There is a story about one sea turtle born on the black sandy shores of the Big Island. She has a unique, dark and shiny shell, consistent with the Kauila tree, indigenous to the Islands, and so she was named. Kauila (pronounced cow èe lah) has unique and special gifts. Among them, she is able to leave her fresh water nest and take the form of a little girl. She guards and protects the children as they play on the beach, and keeps them from harm’s way. Sometimes, she joins their play and acts much like a happy little girl might on a warm summer’s day.
You meet two little girls that live within me in my first book, Untethered. One is a fierce protector and the other a bubbly heart wanting to play. One goal I had in writing the book, was to begin conversations, and reach into the more challenging points of life in a manner that promotes healing, and evolution within. When I learned about the legend of Kauila, I realized the best way to honor this journey and continue my intention to live into my purpose and passions. A couple of weeks ago, I took the next step into my “new” and founded The Kauila Project.
Kauila will support personal development, and provide coaching, publications, seminars/retreats, and motivational speaking. The core belief is rooted in the perspective of change as a perpetual state, and healing as an attainable goal within everyone’s reach. It’s about how we find balance in an environment that seems to constantly attempt to keep us off-kilter, how we find our soul’s voice amidst the noise and distractions around us.
The Kauila Project seeks to provide insight into the possibility that exists within each of us to shift our lives, and reach fully into our soul’s passion and purpose. Change came from me, because of me, because the person that lived within me wanted to get somewhere in life. I also was blessed along the way. I came to know some loving, guiding souls, who didn’t tell me what to do, but instead showed me what was possible. They kept a hand close by as I made choices and took my first tentative steps. Kauila will serve as that hand, for all those who reach for it. Our intention is not to lead or pull you along, rather, to walk with you as a “knowing” soul, and an open heart as you seek greater levels of insight, healing, growth, and enlightenment.
Our approaches will blend proven practices and methods, with experiential wisdom. Every journey will be individual, even if experienced in a group environment. Every experience will include opportunities to dig deep into your soul, visualize your dreams, and create an intentional path to your goals.
There will be more coming in the next few weeks, including the web site and another major announcement about a core component of The Kauila Project. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about The Kauila Project, or are interested in contributing, feel free to drop me a note via email,or by completing the form below.