Who am I?
I have been working in the health and inspirational fields for over 20 years. I was the publisher and editor of Lifestyle magazine for 10 years and I am the founding director of Karen Farley pure natural skincare. I am also a qualified practitioner of various modalities. But when I first sat down to write my story, I realised these credentials were a veneer masking a key aspect of myself. You see for many years I felt that there was something missing…
I grew up in rural England and as a child I always thought my life was very ordinary. My ancestors were country folk — farmhands, those in service, builders. I played in nature, I loved flowers, trees and the changes in season, each bringing its own energy, a vibe of transition and excitement that was so beautiful.
Growing up and going out into the world, the beauty of this simplicity and my connection to nature was not enough. You had to have qualifications, become "someone", have a “job”. I got these, but I never felt complete. Consequently, I’ve been a lane changer career wise… I’ve travelled.. Always searching, always seeking, always trying to do better. Whatever I achieved or wherever I ended up, I always felt something was missing. Novelty would make things feel right for a while, then the same emptiness would return…
Wake up Calls
Spiritual breadcrumbs appeared on my life’s journey and in the background I became interested in the workings of the subconscious mind, affirmations, natural health, energy healing, visualisation, and so on. I met my husband as I turned 30 and we went on to publish the highly successful inspirational Lifestyle magazine which I loved. Keeping busy gave me purpose and life on the veneer was good,
At 37 I became pregnant and immediately bonded with the unborn baby. However, 13 weeks later the foetus had died and I miscarried. I was plunged into despair, the loss amplifying the emptiness lurking within. Two more miscarriages followed, starting me on a journey of searching for my true self. I attended positive thinking workshops, practiced affirmations and eventually delivered two beautiful babies in my early 40s who are now in their teens. I was successful again on the veneer.
Family life brought different distractions and a new level of being busy, particularly as my husband and I left publishing and launched new businesses, that again chalked up success on the veneer. My spiritual interests slid over onto back burner as I chased my tail. Then at 51, I snapped exhausted and resentful. I nearly left my husband, initially sorely wanting to find someone to blame for my feeling unfulfilled….
I relaunched my uncompleted journey of self discovery, learning various modalities and putting them to the litmus test of my own experience. There were many awakenings, most significantly was discovering that my greatest aha moments came from within. I also discovered the significance of my early connection to nature and our dear Earth.
For many years wise ones told me to look within, but I thought I would find nothing there. Rather I was constantly looking outside of myself. Now I have found the treasure in the nothingness. I connect with the world of spirit and the earth. Words of wisdom and poetry from animals, birds and the earth are gifted to the world through me. This connection totally fulfils me and I can appreciate the true joy of the simplicity of my early days and connection to nature and the Earth. And I know that out of nothing comes everything.
So yes, whilst I am a successful business woman who has a beautiful family, my true passion is sharing the messages of the Earth and her guardians. I also love sharing what I have learnt to help facilitate people to rediscover their own uniqueness, their gifts and passion and who they truely are, why they are here and how they can live according to their true nature and shine their light in the world.