From Pain to Peace & Joy
Six years after the suicide of her father, in one moment her own intense suffering was swapped for amazing joy, altering her life permanently. Happiness and peace became her predominant states. Laughter exploded at the simplicity and power of it, and tears of gratitude flowed.
Understandings began to come about how we have been living backwards, how we have mistaken the outside for the inside, and how we have tethered ourselves to the uncontrollable winds of change in the midst of freedom—and how we can return to truth, sanity, and peace.
She dropped everything she was doing to show people how to feel good no matter what because when you shift your state, problems dissolve, villains become victims, and compassion kicks in. So much gratitude came with this revelation, she now helps people awaken love and joy in their lives. There is no shadow dark enough to keep her from walking through it with you.
Months after discovering joy, one day in the woods she was knocked to her knees by an explosion of love that was followed by the end of time and space, self and other, and when she looked up at the trees, she saw them as herself, as everything is. Uncontrollable laughter belted out from the belly of being, tickling every cell in her body as it lay in the snow, laughing and crying at the simplicity and unbounded joy of it all. Forty years of self baggage suddenly fell away. She could not speak for a while, and the thinker and speaker she thought she was, was gone. Yet the Self remained. Cindy is writing about that “direct seeing” of Self in a third book she is working on.
Pointings from numerous guides struck home, including Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Zen Masters, Ramana Maharshi, Nisgardatta Maharaj, Mooji, Papaji, Jeff Foster, Bankei, and Adyashanti, sort of in that order.
Loving gratitude for the gift of each piece received is continuous. It was Papaji’s message on the video “Can you show me God?” which was pivotal before the “direct seeing.”
Speaking the Unspeakable with Mooji
The practice of Alchemy reverses perception and experience so that one may have the ultimate in forgiveness: recognizing that what they thought happened, never happened. For that reason, many of her readers identified parallels in her message with the teachings in “A Course in Miracles (ACIM).” The process she calls “Exposing the ego,” which she uses to help people directly discover who they are not in a fundamental, radical, irreversible way, came about through both her own experience with self-inquiry, and efforts to help clients realize the same thing.
Practical and Spiritual
Cindy calls the simple but powerful practice that anyone can do, “The Alchemy of Love and Joy.” It has been described as a cross between Byron Katie’s “The Work,” and Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now,” and Mooji’s satsang. Beyond transforming worldly lives, for those with deeper questions, she points out the false so it can fall away, and points to That which is eternal, and not of the world, thus bridging heaven and earth.
Bringing Light to Unconsciousness
Whether your pain is caused by your life not going the way you want it to, or whether you are plagued by thought demons in the mind, Cindy can help you break free. Through direct, tangible understanding of the natures of thought, feeling, and your self, and using the five powers everyone has, she shows people how to be happy and at peace without controlling thoughts or healing the past.
Cindy is suicide awareness and intervention trained (ASIST), trained in Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), practices Zen, and embraces self-inquiry. She loves the woods and waters.
Cindy works with:
Healing from Hurt, Trauma, Abuse
Dating and Relationships, Divorce/Separation
Betrayal, Resentment, Conflict, Anger
- Physical Pain, Terminal Illness, Death
Abandonment, Grief, Shame, Guilt, Low Self-Esteem, Fear
- Spiritual Seeking
2015 Think Well Award
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Listen to this story about How The Alchemy of Love and Joy was born, and what happened to the Author
Alchemy chapter, read by the Author…
Cindy is the author of The Alchemy of Love and Joy™. The practice came through her own suffering and later discovery of joy, and it emerged and took form in words, to help someone else. Her life has become happy and often ecstatic with the most simple things. She is excited to continue this adventure and wonders just how good it can become as she practices allowing more and more joy. She encourages the world to—Seek Joy!
Now Cindy helps other people end suffering and awaken joy in their lives.
Cindy Teevens, Author/Alchemy Facilitator
“The last 4 days have almost been continuously like this. Shivers tingling up and down my body give rise to goose bumps. I beam at strangers everywhere—and they beam back! Even sitting alone, smiling, my happiness and pleasure grows. My thoughts now are joyful, peaceful. It wasn’t always like this, though…”
My father attempted suicide, and I found him. There was too much brain damage so we removed life support, and seven days later I was there when he passed-away. That experience started me on a quest; I promised Dad “This would not be for nothing.” One day, literally in the flash of a moment, I went from intense agony to amazing joy. My life changed dramatically, inside out. I became peaceful and joyful, and at times ecstatic, from just being alive. I had no words to explain what happened to me.
My own experience of transforming suffering into joy churned inside wordlessly, until the words were drawn through me to help a friend in need, and the practice of The Alchemy of Love and Joy™ was born. I was driven. I had to share this. I had been moving in a different direction; it was not my intention to write a book, I was thrown-into it by circumstance. Yet within four days I had the first book written, design, produced, printed, and a website up. I dropped practically everything else and began organizing groups to share and practice this with. The book and practice are now altering people’s lives. Alchemy has been described like a cross between Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now and Byron Katie’s “The Work.” I look at it as a joyful way to question yourself into the power of now.
Master Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner training has supported my ability to guide people in finding their own happiness, yet the practice is so simple that it can be learned from a book. Due to working with a lot of people from common suffering to those experiencing suicidal pain, I took suicide awareness and intervention training. I have been a Zen student since just before Dad passed away. The Alchemy of Love and Joy™ is my purpose, passion, and life.
Cindy currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.