Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I’m Barbra Gilman and I’m a therapist, coach, speaker and author—I’m known as the Quick Change Artist because I help people rapidly change their energy so they can change their lives… and change the world. No matter what projects I’m working on at any given time, that’s always my current focus.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I knew it was the place for me when I walked into my first meeting and the leader of the group was hosting an interview with a transsexual. I thought, embracing DIFFERENT! I love this… I’m in! This is not an ordinary networking group, this is the one for me. I love that Ellevate welcomes the new paradigm.
How would you define your professional mission?
My mission is simple: to assist in creating more consciousness of the planet!
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
My most recent memorable accomplishment is publishing my newest book, Whatever the F*ck It Takes. And one of the best things is when younger readers tell me that the book is helping them start choosing for themselves and how that is changing their lives. I get to be part of this new generation being happier and more creative as they are changing the world!
What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?
I’m very proud of what we created when I served as the Director of Family Education for Neale Donald Walsch’s Heartlight Education program because it began to change the entire educational and parenting model. We helped moms and dads stop giving themselves up and getting lost in the old paradigm of parenting. It was all about conscious parenting—allowing kids to experience life and learn to be themselves and simply helping them navigate the experience—rather than manipulating them to be a little “you.” Parenting becomes something really different when you focus on allowing your child to be who she is. I love that we helped parents help their kids choose the energy that’s going to work for them, because that is how we change the world.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
Well, what led me to where I am is BEing who I am. Since I was small, I have been aware. In my work, I’m not coming from a certain modality or having been educated a certain way—in my case, the awareness was always there. As a child, I picked up people’s energy and spoke to it. I was always doing it—it was my play and my joy and I just followed it. I came into this world being me. I kept following my joy (and still do)…. and here I am!
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part is doing what I love to do. My work is my play. I love being the contribution and assisting people in moving from a life that doesn’t work into a life that starts working. I love seeing the change in them. They blossom! They smile! Magic happens. I get to see people like my client who was a wealthy trophy wife who then stepped into being an amazing healer writing a Broadway musical about consciousness and creating a nonprofit for parents for healing… She’s changing the world. Then there’s my client in Portland who works in juvenile justice. He is changing the way the system works and changing the lives of these children because he’s now facilitating this body of work.
It is incredibly rewarding being a contribution to people living in consciousness and seeing how that’s changing our world and our communities!
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
Consciousness! I want to leave a legacy of people who have their own knowing and create from that knowing. People who choose consciousness and are a contribution to the planet and everyone in their lives. When I think of the ripple effect of this it’s like a parent seeing their child grow up and be incredibly successful—it’s that kind of amazing, proud, inspired energy.
What would you say your personal superpower is?
My awareness. In other words, it’s not about thinking. When I’m with a client, facilitating a training or being interviewed, I don’t have to think or remember. I don’t have to take notes. I get their energy and immediately respond. It’s like magic. I don’t need someone to tell me very much of their story in order for me to pick up on where they’re stuck and how we can get the energy moving.
I’ve got to add that this is my gift, and everyone has it—you simply have to learn how to be in touch with it more. And if you want to get there faster, come talk to me!
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
Well, I’d advise them to look at this outdated idea we have about working moms as the myth it is. I would love to help them see that this myth does not serve them at all. I would help them look at parenting and their kids in a very different way. For instance, what if you could be a mom and have your profession—and by doing so show other women that you can be who you are and that being a mom is just part of who you are—without doubts, worries, or judgments?
What if we could create a whole new paradigm? So, instead of feeling guilty and anxious about bringing a child to a meeting, you could come in relaxed. Instead of prioritizing everything in your life all the time, it could all be like play. Your attitude could be like this: I’m a mom and a professional and these two things go together. What if this could be easy? What contribution can my child be to my work and my life?
It’s really time to give up all the notions about what motherhood vs. career is. Being fulfilled and successful as a mother and a business woman is closer and easier than you think.
It’s all about a new possibility. Hey, women are taking over! It’s not going to be long before we have a female president. Let’s just give up the old notion that a working mom’s life has to be challenging and stressful. What if it could be easy and fun without fighting and stress? What if it could mean playing, enjoying and doing with ease?
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I would say I’m a seeker of consciousness, Jewish mother, 5 year old playful child and warrior princess all in one being, because it takes being whatever the moment calls for to be extraordinary. In fact, the title of my recently published book is Whatever The F*CK It Takes, because that’s the energy we require to bring to the world now. I have a warm, fun, and irreverent style that connects with people who are... Continue Reading
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