Here it is folks! The big day. Or moment. My book is out in the shops! Actually it has already sold out of the shops here in Avalon (a real place, but you might know it better as Glastonbury!) and they’re waiting for more copies to arrive – YAY! Four years in the making and it’s now made its way into the world. There’s a big thank-you page in the book to all the stars and angels here on Earth as well as those in Heaven and Hell, who’ve helped me along the way – this book is for you! I hope you feel inspired to read it for yourself – you can read reviews and buy it here … but first, an introduction!
I’m Natalie Fee, the author of my new book, The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook. I’m pretty sure I’m the one in the photo on the back cover of my book, as well as the top of this website, but I can’t be certain, as I don’t feel like her anymore. You see, the thing with being on a journey of self-discovery, or so I’ve found, is that who I was last year is different from who I am today. And, given that I began writing the book four years ago, it seems strange, bemusing even, to claim that I am the author! Happily, who I am today loves the book. I’ve read it numerous times and each time it offers me fresh perspective, resolve and inspiration. I do not claim to have embodied all the wisdom, techniques and insight that are held in its pages either. Rather, I see myself as a writer who brought these ideas and inspiration into physical form, as they are precisely the words I need to read myself. No doubt at least once a year for the rest of my life!
When I started writing the book, four years ago, on a retreat at the Findhorn Foundation, I was developing a seemingly traditional career in the self-help world. I was writing articles, which led to people writing to me for advice, which led to me becoming a coach. My training in Energy Awareness provided the foundation, along with my feng shui knowledge and previous work as a yoga teacher. I enjoyed it. But two years later, one hot, sunny day in Australia, whilst driving past the Actors College for Theatre and Television, my heart did an extraordinary leap. It was one of those unmistakable, life-changing moments that would steer me in another direction – albeit one that, unbeknownst to me then, was deeply interwoven with my love of spiritual discovery.
Today, the crisp, white linens and pashminas of the self-help coach have made way for the glitter, make-up, wigs and high heels of the TV presenter and cabaret performer. I also work for an ethical film production company, Plastic Buddha, where I find joy in combining creativity with business, conscious story-telling with structure. And I’m also training as a Fool. Last night, my eight-year old son, ever the one to ask a penetrating question, said “What’s it like being an author as well as a presenter and everything else?” I stopped and thought about it, before replying … “It’s an adventure.”
And it’s in that spirit that the book was written. My seemingly unconventional life path is simply a reflection of me putting into practice what I write about in The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook. I strive to follow my heart, to become increasingly aware of what I need to do from one moment to the next and practice techniques that enable me to do just that. I do my Energy Awareness exercises daily, and have done for the past seven years. They bring me the energy to go beyond my current levels of awareness and intent, and they open new pathways and opportunities to realise more of who I am, as well as who I’m not. It’s through my ongoing training with the School of Energy Awareness that I was able to discover the art of everyday alchemy, realising the extraordinary power that’s held in my stresses, struggles and shadows. I wanted to be a happier person, less weighed down by judgements, less stunted by fear, more able to give. Which is hopefully what The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook offers – my experience of being on that journey towards a more joyful, more compassionate and more loving human being!
There have been moments when I’ve considered not seeing the book through to completion. The editing process was long, sometimes it was like reading a bookwritten by another person! Yet I persevered, knowing in my heart the book isn’t really about ‘me’, my career, or my current state of awareness. It’s from me but it has it’s own time, it’s own energy, it’s own message – and my task is to bring it into the world. I’m thrilled that Findhorn Press decided to take a risk with me – having such a wonderful publisher whose core message is one of spiritual awakening, is an immense gift that I feel privileged to receive. So here it is. The Everyday Alchemist’s Happiness Handbook. With lots of love. xo
Want to get to know me a little better first? Watch this short film by James Light …