Today we’d like to introduce you to Vibha Sharma.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Vibha. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Originally from India, I was raised in a family where we were exposed to the spiritual side of life from a very early age. I always saw my parents reading spiritual books and attending spiritual discourses, lectures, and gatherings and thus introduced to a deeper side of life at early childhood. I have been an avid reader of self-help and spiritual books since childhood, and it has undoubtedly shaped who I am today. I was always intrigued by the idea of our spiritual connection, origin, and enlightenment in this lifetime. I have always been fascinated with the metaphysics, the practice of mind expansion and meditation and law of attraction.
I first came to the US in 1994 with my husband after getting married in India. I was fascinated with the natural beauty of California, its coasts, beaches, hills and mountains and very soon fell in love with this place. I was still missing my parents and family back home. I started reading books again on spirituality, metaphysics, and law of attraction. And when my son started going to school my interest in this area grew deeper. During that time, I found out about Nichiren Buddhism, a practice based on chanting the mantra ‘Nam Myoho Renge Kyo’ which means ‘I devote my life to the law itself’. I loved chanting together with new friends I made and it gave me peace and happiness.
One day I found a small booklet of Master Ching Hai. I could not put the booklet down and read the whole thing all at once. It was so tempting to know how, through meditation, we can access different realms and dimensions and go back to our source. I wanted to experience everything that was described in the book. I started meditating for one hour each morning and evening and following everything that was required to get initiated into the Quan Yin Method described in the booklet and follow the path. I finally got initiated after two years of practicing the prerequisites.
Quan Yin Method — the meditation on Inner Light and Inner Sound. The Inner Light, the Light of God, is the same Light referred to in the word “enlightenment”. The inner Sound is the Word referred in the Bible:” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God. …”It is through the inner Light and Sound that we come to know God…
After studying and practicing, I found out that the Quan Yin Method was the exact same as Sant Mat teachings that I learned in India attending spiritual discourses with my Mom.
I started attending local meditation classes, took several courses on the topic. I would go to each and every meditation class that was available locally. I ordered and read every book on enlightenment that I came across. Over the years I read the teachings of Neville Goddard, Joel Goldsmith, Rev Ike, Esther Hicks, Andrew Murray, Emmet Fox, ACIM, Neal Donald Walsh, Rhonda Byrne, Gregg Braden, Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Emilie Cady, Hindu philosophers like Ramana Maharshi, Swami Paramahansa Yogananda, Hindu/Vedic and Sant Mat teachings.
I read ‘Divine Romance’ and ‘An Autobiography of a Yogi’ By Swami Paramahansa Yogananda. It’s an amazing book and explained the science of spirituality in an astonishing way. I got introduced to Kriya Yoga. Kriya Yoga is an ancient meditation technique of energy and breath control or pranayama. According to Yogananda, Kriya is the most effective technique available to mankind today for reaching the goal of Yoga: union with the Divine.
I found out about Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) a worldwide religious organization with international headquarters in Los Angeles. I registered myself in three years Self Realization fellowship course which gives step-by-step instructions in the yoga techniques of meditation, concentration, and energization, including Kriya Yoga.
After getting initiated into the Quin Yin method and Kriya Yoga, I realized how both the methods point us to the inner journey towards our source. I realized I was happier than ever by adopting regular daily meditation and noticed many positive changes in myself. My overall outlook towards life changed to a more positive one. I saw changes in myself and felt a great strength inside to deal with life’s challenges, which is a part of everybody’s life.
I became a spiritual seeker, dedicated to understanding mysteries of life. I took up meditation, read several books, attended classes and workshops, went to spiritual gatherings to deepen my connection to the divine.
Meditation became a central part of my life and my spiritual practice, along with prayer and scriptural/spiritual reading.
I meditate twice daily not that I’m supposed to but because I have come to enjoy the practice and benefit from it immensely in my life. It helped me evolve. It helped me become a more grounded, aware, and peaceful person.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Fear of losing loved ones was the greatest reason for me to pursue this path. I wanted to become immune to the pain by becoming enlightened and knowing the truth behind the veil…
My father’s deteriorating health and His death was a very tough time for me. I could not spend much time with him when he needed all of his children near him. This guilt kept me in a dark, sad place for a long time. I managed to stay balanced only because of my spiritual practice. I brought myself out of that dark place because of my spiritual study, practice, and meditation. I feel connected with him all the time. I feel his presence. I remind myself of my place in eternity.
Adapting daily meditation, practicing and developing my relationship with my source also gave me the strength to be immune to expectations from others as well as other people’s behavior towards me. I started to see the BIGGER PICTURE behind everybody’s actions and life situations.
Like Mother Teresa said, “It’s always between you and God; it never about you and others anyway.”
You start realizing when people judge you, blame you or criticize you, they are only doing it according to their inner state and level of consciousness. Their wounded self finds comfort in hurting others and it has nothing to do with you. Lack of love and inner security they have spills outside.
Before the spiritual growth, I was too sensitive and used to feel miserable on other people’s insensitivity and behavior.
But now all I need is me time, some quiet moments alone and I am good to go. Instead of feeling disappointed on things that life brings sometimes, I pick myself up comparatively quickly knowing the bigger picture and reminding myself that I am the master of my feelings.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am the Founder and Certified Holistic Life Coach/Corporate Wellness Coach and Mindfulness Coach at Cosmicways.com. I offer Corporate Wellness/Holistic Life Coaching, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Sessions and Guided Meditation Sessions online. I help my clients to get in touch with their center and inner guidance system to find answers to their problems.
As a spiritual/holistic life coach, I help them change their lives by changing the way they operate on a deeper level. Rather than just examining their behaviors and habits, we delve into their deep-rooted beliefs and their connection to the divine.
I realized that if there Is one thing I can do all day long and feel fulfilled is study, practice and share the spiritual teachings and its application to solve all kinds of problems and help people. I decided to become a full-time holistic coach to continue my own growth and helping others.
My experience with several spiritual modalities, an extensive study of eastern and western philosophy, deep interest to develop myself on a daily basis and then share something I truly believe in with others helps me understand different perspectives of life. I connect with people on a deeper level and can relate with my clients from all walks of life irrespective of their beliefs, cultural backgrounds, and goals.
My practice and teachings don’t belong to a particular belief system & are not a part of any religion or creed but resonate with followers of many spiritual systems.
In my work with clients, I seek to honor the individuality of each client and create a customized holistic plan based on their beliefs, unique preferences, goals, and intentions. I meet people where they are on their journey, and help them integrate simple holistic practices for lasting change.
I bring the transformational power of Holistic Spiritual Life Coaching and Meditation to private individuals, groups, corporate organizations, and schools.
What were you like growing up?
As I mentioned earlier, I was born and brought up in a family where we were exposed to the spiritual side of life at a very early age. My mom used to tell us mythological stories at night. Seeing my parents read spiritual books on a daily basis, I developed deep in interest in reading too. I have been an avid reader of self-help and spiritual books since childhood, and it has undoubtedly shaped who I am today. I was always intrigued by the idea of our spiritual connection, origin, and enlightenment in this lifetime. I have always been fascinated with the metaphysics, the practice of mind expansion and meditation and law of attraction.
I was introvert and shy in nature. Being a middle child I was a natural peacemaker in the family 🙂
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