How could I share this force of love that I felt so intimately?
As a young girl, I often felt like there was something missing in my life and the world around me. While my family and culture didn’t talk much about spirituality or God, I knew deep down that there had to be more to life. It was as if an invisible hand was guiding me towards a path of discovery, far from the conventional models of the world.
This journey eventually led me to study Chinese Medicine and the interconnectedness of all things. I became fascinated with the idea that true healing was about returning to a state of wholeness, of seeing the world through a holistic lens, and understanding that love was the glue that held everything together. It was a revelation to me, and I was obsessed with the quest to realise what this fully meant.
As I ventured out into the world, I lived as an expat in various continents and cultures while raising my three daughters. Everywhere I went, I saw so much pain and fragmentation, and I began to feel an urge to do something about it. It was during this time that I started coaching women who were working in international development and humanitarian organizations, and I was amazed by their passion for fixing the world’s injustices. But I also saw how these women were struggling to fit into a male-dominated culture, often fighting for justice, inclusion, and gender equality from a place of lack and exhaustion. They were doing important work, but it seemed as though their efforts were draining them rather than fuelling them. I saw that if they could tap into the source of Love within themselves, they could better serve the world and themselves.
Through my own struggles in marriage and raising three daughters, living in international and multicultural contexts, I discovered that the hardships in my life were the very elements that forged my path. I worked to cultivate my own connection to Source, and I began to experience myself and the world more compassionately. But it wasn’t until I experienced a profound moment of infinite love and connection that I truly understood the power of love as our source.
One day, while meditating, I was gifted with a feeling of infinite Love – a force unlike anything I had experienced before: A deeply intimate and yet universal intelligence – Source / Love which dwelled at the core of all things, of which I was inherently a part. This force, became the driving inspiration behind my work, and I knew that I had to find a way to use it to heal and transform the suffering in the world.
How might I channel this force of love as an instrument to soothe, heal and transform suffering?
And so, Women Rise was born. Through my program, I help other women change-makers awaken to the Source/Love at the center of their beings so that they can show up as their unique selves and lead with impact in their own spheres of influence. My journey to create this work began as a sensitive girl on a quest to mend what was broken in herself and the world. It was honed as a globe-trotting young woman and mother immersed in holistic healing, spirituality, and coaching.
Through all of these seemingly disparate parts of my journey, covering the far reaches of the globe, I have discovered a guiding premise: each of us has a unique transformative healing journey to be on, one meant to unearth within us the expression of Source/Love so that it can shine through our unique prisms. Each of us is of infinite value and dignity, with unique gifts to offer in our shared world’s transformative healing.
“With clarity and deep compassion, Claire helped me access my deepest heart’s desires and to realize new concrete projects deeply aligned with my values. In addition, through engaging in new practices, I was able to develop new behaviors in my personal and professional life that allowed these new projects to be sustainable”.
— External relations manager, UNHCR, Beirut —
M.Sc. Oriental Medicine (Samra University of Los Angeles)
M.A. Chinese Language and Taoist Philosophy, (INALCO, Paris)
Master Coach Certificate in Integral Coaching (Integral Coaching Canada)
Diploma in Integral Leadership: Generating Transformative Change in Human Systems (Pacific Integral and LIOS, Saybrook University)
Practitioner Certificate in Core Energetics Body Psychotherapy (Netherland Institute of Core Energetics)
Mysterial Woman, Emergence Leadership program Graduate