Published by Desa Seni & Bali Vegan Festival
Written by Obed Abbo
‘Can you help me put this black curtain in front of the window?’ I asked a good friend of mine. ‘Why?’ My friend asked. I answered: ‘My eyes are very sensitive to sun light. Even if I close my eyes the light hurts’. In 2014 I had strained my eyes and I was scared I had damaged my eyes for the rest of my life. As a result, I felt lost, overwhelmed and confused. I made a phone call to Rick Pursell, an amazing counselor from Namaste Retreat Centre in Bali, and I explained my situation. He asked me: ‘What is it what you don’t want to see Obed?’ I felt silent. Completely silent. Then I started to cry. This was the moment in which my journey as a Strategy Coach for Passion Compass started.
The answer to his question was very simple and at the same time very confronting: I told myself I was happy. However, I wasn’t happy at all. I had a job which didn’t suit me and I didn’t practice my passions as much as I wanted. While working in 6 different countries, I had met a lot of people who were in complete alignment with their passions and who were living the life of their dreams. I noticed these people were in harmony with themselves, with their community and with nature. And they shared so much with others! I also wanted to live like this. For this reason I had already created the Clarity Group Workshop. One month before I got sick I provided this workshop to my friends. In this workshop I guided them through a series of simple and powerful questions. They wrote down the answers of my questions and shared their answers with each other. During the workshop I didn’t give any advice. Instead, I encouraged them to tune in with their own greatness and to find the answers within themselves. My friends really liked it and it felt amazing to support them in their lives. Despite this positive experience, I still believed I was not good enough to do this full time and to generate income with this in order to sustain my life style. Moreover, I didn’t have a financial buffer and I was scared to fail. So I stayed with the job that didn’t suit me and I didn’t practice my passions as much as I wanted. The result? I got sick.
So while I was lying on my bed in 2014 with my eyes closed I reflected on this and I asked myself the question: ‘What would make me happy?’ My answer: ‘To help others find their passions and achieve their dreams’. I asked myself: ‘Why do I keep telling myself I am not good enough to help others with improving their lives?’ I realized it was bullshit. I had already learned to facilitate workshops while working as a Senior Coach for the renowned Kalff Fundraising Company from 2011 until 2013. And I saw how I was of help to my friends with the Clarity Workshop one month before I got sick. My fears were blocking me from living my dream and as a result my eye sight shut down. So when I was lying with my eyes closed on my bed I changed my belief: ‘I am good enough to be of service to others. I’m going to heal my eyes through working on the Passion Compass and I won’t stop, until I succeed.‘
In addition to that, I reminded myself of Mahatma Gandhi’s quote: ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. So I started by healing myself and by getting back in alignment with my own passions. With my eyes closed I started to play music and practice yoga again. I also recorded my ideas for Passion Compass on a voice recorder. After a few weeks I could work for brief periods behind the computer and I was able to go surfing and dancing salsa. Step by step I made progress with the Passion Compass and before I knew it, I had the privilege to provide workshops to 45 teachers at the Green School as well as to 85 people at the Bali Spirit Festival in 2015 (see video below). These unforgettable experiences gave me the strong motivation to keep helping people. And I'm proud to say that my Coaching Services have impact far and wide, with numerous happy testimonials. All these experiences were priceless and I couldn’t have done all this without all those AMAZING people who have supported my project with their services such as building the website, creating videos, giving valuable advice and investing money. I feel deeply humbled and very grateful for their support. Today, I see the Passion Compass as a symbol: It’s possible to find your passions and to live the life of your dreams. If I can do it, anybody can.
Bali Spirit Festival 2018
For the 5th time in a row, I will help achieve people their dreams at the world famous Bali Spirit Festival in March 2019. Feel free to join us and get USD 50 off on your ticket with promocode PASSIONCOMPASS.