By Khaya Caine
I was seeking wholeness. A permanent reprieve from the feeling of disconnectedness that had taken residence in my busy life. I was overworked and overwhelmed. I wanted to feel that I was honoring all of me. I was ready to embrace my purpose and rewrite my story.
And so I prayed for an answer. Coaching for Transformation was my answer.
The next day I received an email from the Open Center telling me all about this nine-month coaching program. I was intrigued. The following week, I attended an open house and watched a demo coaching session that truly felt transformative.
Several days passed, and I still couldn’t stop thinking about it. I began to feel excited- like there was nothing holding me back from doing this! The program checked off all of my boxes. I wouldn’t have to stop working; the curriculum focused on nurturing the “whole” student; costs were more than fair, and there was an overarching desire to honor the essence of diversity and its healing effects.
Even the word ‘coach’ resonated with me. I’ve always been someone who champions others — a natural born cheerleader. And this was the commonality that rang true in my entire career journey, from journalist to filmmaker to angel card reader to teacher to counselor to project manager. Coach encompassed all of me.
The program did not disappoint. For me, the transformational process began almost immediately. By month two, I was engaged to be married and pretty adept at understanding how to identify my needs and values. I was opening in a way I had never experienced before.
My classmates and I connected right away. We all had our reasons for being there. All of us were scared, but we were more ready for lasting change. Some desired to add coaching to the wellness titles they already had. Others were taking the course to work through grief or simply because they wanted to learn more about themselves. We didn’t judge — we stayed present and let the magic of our shared connections unfold.
Through Coaching for Transformation, I gained another family. I mattered to them and they mattered to me. Our teachers, Madhu and Richard, taught us that the issues we explored in each class had to be real areas that truly mattered. They taught us how important it was to see our clients as whole while reminding us to coach the person — not the issue.
I have countless examples that demonstrate the many ways that taking the CFT course has changed my life for the better. Working with my clients who want more out of life isn’t “work” at all — it’s fun, exciting, purposeful, and in sync with every part of my soul’s calling. Whether I’m coaching a young adult who has just experienced trauma or looking into the eyes of a woman who is ready to walk away from it all, I lean into my coach’s stand and remember that my client is capable of overcoming any obstacle they face. My role is to lovingly show them that they have tools they can use to access their healing while standing in their power.
For me, there’s nothing better than seeing my clients light up with pride after a major breakthrough or feeling them vibrate with a renewed sense of purpose, self-love, and hope.
Coaching for Transformation taught me that I could come home to myself and that there’s room for all of me to thrive as long as I’m willing to show up authentically each day. I’d say that’s time well spent. 💛
Here’s to finding your path forward, upward, and onward!
Khaya Caine, is a certified professional coach, advocate counselor, writer, filmmaker, motivational speaker, angel coach, and certified yoga instructor. She has nearly 10 years experience in education, working with angels, and project management. She’s passionate about helping those seeking lasting breakthroughs, inner peace, and everyday solutions to finding joy in every moment.
Coaching for Transformation: 9-Month Coaching Certification Program
September 2019 – May 2020, 6 in-person weekends with
Kim Fowler, PCC, ORSCC, Mary Kuentz, PCC, CPCC, and Ana Polanco, JD, ACC
To learn more and register, click here.
Free Intros on 8/16 & 9/6