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By: Caroline Sutherland

I had never written anything except a thank you note until 1980. Then, out of the blue, a friend who was the fashion editor for a major city newspaper, approached me to write a budget fashion column. I loved fashion. I loved shopping – why not.

Over the years, I helped out my friend with various fashion shoots and would frequently feed her column ideas – makeovers, color layouts or how to translate Paris into practical etc.

Now it was my turn to write. Three weeks later after that initial meeting, my budget column Fashion $$avvy was born.

I hadn’t a clue how to write but I “knew” how to spot clothing. My sister-in-law owned a clothing store so I picked out an outfit and wrote about it. My first 500 word column took 10 days to write. The newspaper came out on a Thursday, there were cheers around our dinner table and I was launched as a writer making $50. per week.

I joined a local writers group, met a few “key” editors and my writing career expanded to a glossy magazine where I wrote fashion and interior design articles. This went on for a few years until boredom with my subject set in. How many times can you write about hats, belts and hemlines and still make it sound fresh?

It was time for a change. If you’re like me you are bound to believe in the serendipitous nature of things.

Early in 1983 I got sick. I started to experience some of the early warning signs of Multiple Sclerosis – the light-headedness, numbness in my hands and arms, memory loss, bumping into things, neurological imbalances and other vague unrelated symptoms. I went to my doctor who referred me to a specialist in Environmental Medicine. That meeting would change the course of my life.

It turned out that while my symptoms presented themselves as MS, I did not have the disease but multiple food allergies and a condition that I had not heard of at the time, the “yeast syndrome.”

I was put on a specific diet and given liquid Nystatin, a prescription anti-fungal agent and all of my symptoms disappeared in one month. I knew that I had witnessed a personal miracle and I wanted to understand what had happened.

I started researching, attending lectures, asking questions, creating food plans and giving demonstrations about non-allergic cooking for the patients in the clinic. I was in heaven, I found my passion and I started to write.

I started with recipes and my impressions of my healing journey. I submitted these to local alternative publications.

All my fashion magazines and books were thrown out and replaced with alternative medicine, healing and books on spirituality by leaders in the field of consciousness. I learned to meditate and over time developed the art of “tuning in” to what I call “knowing” or inner guidance. Then I quit my job at the newspaper and committed to writing only information that was healing, uplifting and useful.

Then the next step was revealed. The doctor who was treating me for my imbalances asked me to train to be his assistant and learn to do allergy testing using subtle energy equipment from Germany. This took skill and intuition and over time I began to develop “impressions” about the patients which turned out to be accurate. The physician who was intuitive himself valued my input and very often would incorporate my intuitive insights into his treatment plans. Soon the clinic was very busy with a year-long waiting list.

Allergy-testing formed the basis for the books that I now write. It is the cornerstone of how I consult with clients and the content of my presentations. I feel very fortunate to have the clinical experience which forms a solid background for the information I deliver. Very few people in the field of medical intuition have had this kind of hands-on evaluation and treatment of thousands of patients.

My next big writing breakthrough came again, serendipitously in 1999, when I met Louise Hay – I call her the grandmother of metaphysics and author of the famous book You Can Heal Your Life.

I was giving a presentation at a Health Expo in San Diego when the editor of a local holistic magazine called me and asked if I would like to have my picture on the cover of his magazine and a feature article written about my work. How could I say no!

A woman was organizing all of my consultations in the area. She called me at the hotel to say that she had made up my schedule in “color” and she’d faxed it through to the hotel. I knew right away that anything in color would appear in black and white and as I looked at the schedule I could see the appointment times but not the names of the clients. Oh well, I figured this would be a nice surprise.

Surprise indeed when the next morning Ms. Hay arrived for her consultation. I took one look at her, made some suggestions then she went away and implemented them. The next thing I knew she asked me to write a book and Hay House, one of the most prestigious self-help publishers on the planet would publish it. I wrote like a maniac that summer and presented my manuscript on September 1, 2000.

Then, one year later, The Body Knows was published eleven days before September 11, 2001. I had a full speaking tour in place, media appearances plus a presentation at a famous writing guild in New York City. These were dark days for a first-time author, and publicity for my book about health and healing was the farthest thing from the media’s mind. But, I weathered that storm and many others.

As authors go, I think I have been very successful. My first book "The Body Knows How to Tune in to Your Body and Improve Your Health" has sold 18,000 copies which is considered best-seller status. My diet book made it to #1 position on Amazon.com as a result of an intense email book campaign and my other books and CD’s continue to sell well. But it has not been easy. I owe my success to hard work and “keeping at it” and continuing to expand my sphere of influence through the internet, radio shows, teleconferences and speaking engagements. To any author, any speaker or anyone creative – I say stick with it, nurture your contacts and trust in the process.

I stay aware of the “flow of the universe” and respond to what is coming to me – doors opening and opportunities coming.

My website www.carolinesutherland.com and my weekly free teleconferences and radio shows, keep me in touch with people and I am honored to have had many years as a speaker on the same lecture circuit as a lot of the “heavy hitters” in the alternative and self help movement such as Dr Christianne Northrup, Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, and Deepak Chopra to name a few.

I am approaching my 70th year and I have boundless energy and no intention of retiring. Writing is something that I can do for the rest of my life just like water color painting which I love to do when I have time.


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