After ten years in the music industry, and another ten years as a computer programmer, Liesel Teversham started her third career in the emotional wellness industry in 2005. Her biggest eye opener was learning how unresolved emotions negatively impact our success journey, and she qualified in many methods to resolve past traumas and challenges quickly and simply.
Liesel is the co-founder of The EFT Academy of Southern Africa and an EFT Trainer. She’s the author of “No Problem. The Upside of Saying No” and she helps practitioners and coaches to stop procrastinating and perfectionism and build a business they love. She’s the creator of the Savvy Self-Care Secrets Telesummit.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love putting down my thoughts on paper. I was an extremely shy child, and started reading at the age of 4. I lived for books and reading! I can so clearly remember a scene as a teenager where I was supposed to make a speech in front of the class. I was frozen with fear, even though I’d practiced the speech to perfection the previous day in my bedroom. Performing in front of classmates or friends just froze me and of course, I had to repeat the exercise the next day, this time with my notes in hand. I was shy, very quiet, introverted - and yet that doesn’t mean I didn’t have anything going on in my head! I had (and still have) a wealth of thoughts about things. I think deeply and long about experiences and those thoughts find the easiest expression for me when I write them down. It seems that whenever I go and sit at the laptop and my hands touch the keys, words flow from my fingers effortlessly. I hardly have to think what to write… In fact, I almost never plan what comes out. It seems to flow without me having anything to do with it. I often feel that it’s not me… it’s Spirit expresses through me. I’m just the channel and what needs to be said, come through my fingers and the keyboard. It’s hard to describe the wonderful feeling of flow when I sit down to write, having no set plan… and 60 minutes later there’s a completed article or a piece of a chapter on the page in front of me. I guess I’m using all my best strengths when I sit down to write and that’s a joy and a happy feeling that I find hard to adequately describe. I love waiting to see what will flow from the keyboard. Sometimes I honestly think “Did I really write that? Where did that come from?”, and that’s the real big awe for me – I feel connected to something bigger than myself. My Guides, Spirit, God, The Universe, whatever we want to call it – something that is all-knowing flows when I write. I’m so grateful for this way of expressing myself!
What motivated you to become an author?
A teacher once told my parents I’d be able to write a book. I always enjoyed writing essays in class and her words stayed with me. Only when I was 42 years old did I start getting a really deep and insistent urge to write a book. Only… I didn’t know what to write about. It was an interesting process of discovery for me, one that’s lead to much growth and development of my confidence, skills and expression. In 2009, I attended a week-long course in PSYCH-K (Psychology Kinesiology) to help my clients change their limiting beliefs. For the 2 weeks before the course, I kept seeing and dreaming of spiders. They’re not my favorite insects so I didn’t really enjoy those dreams. On the course, on the last day we had time for some fun explorations. The instructor asked if anyone had been having recurring dreams and I piped up about my spider-dreams. He mentioned it could mean I need to write – because in folklore or animal medicine, spiders were the first creators of the alphabet and seeing a spider is a message to write. That set off my dream to write a book in a big way… and I still didn’t have a topic! I enlisted the help of a life coach to help me get clear and start the process. And oh boy, was that frustrating for me. Week after week I made a commitment to start writing, and week after week I did NOT actually start. It felt horrible and out of integrity. One of my action steps eventually was to commit to NOT write the book - because that is what was actually happening! Finally, months later, I enrolled in a short course on how to write an ebook. I was going to write just one short little book to get the ball rolling. There, one of the exercises was to help us get clear on a topic for our ebook and eventually, I had a list of a few problems I’d overcome that I could write about authentically. That started me off on the ‘I can’t say no’ e-book and as I gathered research, I realized this was a much bigger topic than I’d thought. And YAY – finally, I knew the subject for my ‘big book’. My second book, Coping with a Dying Pet, was mostly a healing tool for myself. And at the same time I thought I might be able to help other pet owners grieve for their beloved animal. I process emotions as I write and I also love knowing that someone else might receive healing as they realise they’re not the only person feeling bad about their problem. In a nutshell – writing heals me, and I firmly believe that my books can be of service to other human beings experiencing a hard time.
If you have a resistance to saying "No" to requests for your time and your diary is crammed full with no time for yourself or your family, then this book is for you. Using powerful Emotional Freedom techniques and other modalities, the author makes it easy to say no without being rude or creating animosity thus increasing personal self-esteem and personal value.
The author tells the story of her faithful dog, Jack, whom she loves unconditionally and cares for. As he begins to ail and battle with his health, she suffers deeply, but finds ways to deal with the anxiety and emotional turmoil that sometimes overwhelms her. She shares the importance of taking stock of these emotions and working constructively with them.