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First Impressions Debbie Ford’s Passing - THE DARK

SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS - She will live in our memories forever...

The death of Debbie Ford in February affected me more than I would have thought. I had not know that she was ill – especially with Cancer.

Her sister Arielle was the one that I always spoke with when there was something new that The Ford Sisters agency was promoting. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago on a Spiritual Cinema cruise promoting Neale Donald Walsh’s biographical movie, Conversations with God. Arielle impressed me as someone who was in charge, someone who would get the job done.

I gained a lot of respect for Debbie Ford through her work. One quote from a workshop that she was leading stays with me. The workshop was about embracing your shadow. She was taken aback when a woman in the back of the room exclaimed, “You’re a bitch!” Debbie took a deep breath and said something to the effect: “Yes and bitch serves me well, especially when I’m $20,000 over budget and 30 days behind deadline.” I don’t know if that story is true or not, but it has always warmed my heart. Having been a small business owner and entrepreneur most of my life, I certainly understand and appreciate the need to be able to embrace “bitch”.

Claiming our shadow and understanding that it is an integral part of ourselves is a rare understanding that we are not often taught to accept. As women, we’re encour- aged to “Put your best face forward.” “Put an a smile and suck it up.” How many times have we (especially Southern women) been told that “Nice girls just don’t show their temper.” “Ladies just don’t talk like that.”

It’s not only women who are taught that only perfection is acceptable. Men are raised with this programming too. Men dare not show any emotion, other than anger of course. How many men give themselves heart attacks or work themselves to death trying to be the perfect husband, father, provider etc?

Embracing our shadow has allowed us to accept our- selves and to understand that we are beautiful, deserving, spiritual souls regardless of our past and regardless of our dark side. Debbie Ford gave an entire generation per- mission to be less than perfect and to still value ourselves, not for our accomplishments or our looks, but as a person – a whole, healthy, valu- able person.

Sherry Henderson, Editor Publisher Oracle 20/20 March 2013


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