Who is Ama?
Who am I?
I am someone who loves nature, being together with others, good conversations, healthy food, dancing, sunsets, creating something with other people, seeing people grow, wisdom of ancient cultures, the stars, beauty in little things, Africa (& the pre-colonial history of it), children and their sparkling eyes, health, writing and so much more! I also love different cultures and their languages, people and their life stories and which twists and turns they take. I am intrigued by how people grow.
Maybe because I enjoy learning and growing myself. At the moment I live in a house in the beautiful mountains in Kwahu, in Ghana, in the middle of nature. But that wasn't always the case. I was born and raised in Antwerp, in Belgium, in the middle of the city.
Even though I was an atheist for a long time. Somehow I was looking for something more, something bigger. I was satisfied with my life, but at the same time something was missing. I felt like I wasn't living the life I was meant to live. I sometimes didn't know where to go with myself or I just couldn't break certain patterns. In romantic relationships, for example, I continued to end up in situations where I didn't dare to commit myself or fell hopelessly in love with unavailable men. I also wanted more clarity in who I was and what my purpose was here on Earth. I wanted to start living more spiritually but honestly, I didn't know how to get started.
My life in Belgium
I studied educational sciences in Brussels because I was interested in how people learn and I wondered which tools and environments were needed to support that. I obtained that masters degree, but it didn’t feel enough. As I am so eager to learn, I decided to do a life coaching training in Gent as well, so that I could support people in their crossroad moments, or with different themes in life. Simultaneously I started a Shiatsu training which was the first time I came in contact with a holistic way of learning and healing. I also continued with energy healing with the same teacher and that’s how a whole new world opened to me.
I delved deeper into spirituality, which started very rationally at first, through reading books. Soon I started participating in retreats. It was at that time I went to Plum village and did a ten day Vipassana silent meditation retreat. But still, I felt there was more.
Searching for myself
In 2017 I left Belgium in search of the life I wanted to live, in search of that deeper spiritual growth I was longing for. I lived as a nomad for a while. I lived and traveled in different countries, learning from different people and situations. I have worked with or watched various shamans and medicine men in Bali, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Suriname, New York, Burkina Faso and Ghana.
A lot changed when I lived in a spiritual-ecological community in Brazil. I learned to read people's auras. On my journey I had learned about myself that I had the sensitivity to get messages and images about people, but I had not yet been properly trained. It was good to have a mentor. During this training of learning to read auras, I had a very confrontational journey with myself, my own pains and blind spots that I did not see (and felt!) before. That was intense. Many tears streamed down my cheeks. My heart ached because I had to feel things that I had pushed away for a long time. I saw things about myself and about what I had been through that I didn't want to look at, at first.
At the same time, it was liberating and it gave so much clarity. As if I could see clearly how I could change things in my life and what I had to do! Living in that community and reading auras were experiences that brought me closer to my intuition & made me realize more and more how all those books and courses had been external impulses, while I could also start from my intuition.
These experiences made me no longer run away from myself. I started to follow my intuition. As a result, I found my own spiritual path and myself. I never expected that healing certain pains and breaking patterns would be a result of this! I finally dared to look at the pain I had from an absent father, for example. Sometimes it wasn't nice, sometimes it was exhausting. But I got insights. I still fell into the same trap over and over again. But Rome wasn't built in a day ;-) I got up again and again! And now, there is a beautiful, present, mature man with whom I share life.
Gratitude & always learning more
There was a certain calm that came. I began to understand more and more how this search for spirituality and another life was a search for myself. How one was connected to the other. Everyone has their own quest, which often has more to do with ourselves than with the other. I am convinced that if we dare to look at ourselves, start working on ourselves and follow our intuition, we come closer to our spirit in a way. It works empowering and a lot of clarity arises.
2019 was a transformative year for me as I started doing deep spiritual work and group rituals. I also learned how to facilitate rituals myself and became even more sensitive to energies and certain spiritual beings found in nature, for example. I like to delve into ancient teachings and rituals right now. Through all these experiences I now follow Spirit and my ancestors completely. I am grateful and I look forward to what is to come.
Everything I have learned, know and integrated into my own being so far is what I can offer you. At the same time, I continue to learn myself, also along the way with you. There is so much to discover. We never know everything. And that’s exactly what makes it challenging and so interesting.
You also feel like taking on the journey to yourself?
PS. If you are interested in hearing more about my journey and aurareadings, you can listen to a podcast episode where I was interviewed. We talk about aurareadings, shiatsu, energy healing, rituals, ancestors, nature and more. If you don`t have spotify, you can listen to the episode on your podcast app through the podcast channel `Natural Woman Alchemy`.
To conclude, I would like to share my favorite poem with you:
"Have patience with everything
unresolved in your heart
and to try to love
the questions themselves
as if they were locked rooms
or books written in a very foreign language.
Don't search for the answers,
which could not be given to you now,
because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps then, someday far in the future,
you will gradually,
without even noticing it,
live your way into the answer. "
Letters of a young poet - Rilke
Thank you so much for reading!
Enjoy your day!