Soul Rise - About Me - Beaverton, OR
Soul Rise - Your only obligation is to be true to yourself
     My name is Michele Elder and I come to you with the knowledge that we all have our struggles in life.  We all have trials and tribulations, ups and downs, times of hopelessness and times of joy.  This is part of being human.  My journey began when the life I had set up for myself came to a traumatic end.   I was now a divorcee, and for the first time in 20 years, I had to navigate my world alone.  I had two young kids to support and a mirror to look into in which I had no idea who that person was on the other end.
      After a year of not dealing with my tragedy, mostly because it was too painful to face, I finally got real with myself and thus started my innner journey to find happiness within.  I learned that I never really listened to myself and had no clue to who I was.  I spent months and months reading, journaling, meditating, and trying to find that voice in me that so desparately wanted to speak.  It wasn't an easy journey, but I've learned that sometimes it's these tragedies that lead us to our greatness.  So for that, I'm forever thankful!
     I also speak from my experience as being a nurse for the last 11 years.  I have seen so many patients struggle for their lives, sometimes winning, sometimes losing.  But it was within these struggles that I touch, and have been touched, by the hearts of so many.  I hold people's hands while they are dying.  I dry tears of others who are given a prognosis of only a few months to live.  I celebrate with joy when one of my patients finally gets that liver that will save his/her life. I give my love and compassion to these patients, families, friends, co-workers and even strangers who cross my path.  I began to realize that human connectivity was crucial for my survival. 

     I have become an expert in the teachings of the Law of Attraction and facilitate a large Meetup group called The Law of Attraction for Happiness.  The most amazing thing about this group is that I have brought (or better yet manifested) these fantastic people together who collectively share, grow, and dream without limits.  I am constantly learning with them as well as teach them about how to connect with their greatness that is already within.  The Law of Attraction is really one of the best tools for finding happiness, I believe. 

    Lastly, I am also a Certified Happiness Coach, trained by the best selling Hayhouse author, speaker and coach Robert Holden who is well known for his work on the Happiness Project that has gotten world recognition.  I've provided a link to him, as well as my Soul Coach teacher Denise Linn.  Both are fantastic teachers and have given me the tools to be the greatest resource to all of you!
     We all have what we need, right now.  All of our imperfections, fears, judgements- these are all wonderful lessons!  I know, I have had them all and man, have I made some mis-takes!  I come to you with an open heart and a passionate belief that we all have greatness within us.  I would be honored to help you in your journey of self-discovery.  You'll be amazed by who you really are.
"We must work on our souls, enlarging and expanding them.  We do so by experiencing all of life--the beauty and the joy as well as the grief and pain.  Soul work requires paying attention to life, to the laughter and the sorrow, the enlightening and the frightening, the inspiring and the silly." - Matthew Fox
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