Saorsa… Freedom’s Power
These are possibly the most powerful testimonials I’ve ever received – the last one came from a least expected source, adding surprise to my reaction of gratitude to the author.
I have known Lesley for many years. She is committed to changing society for the better, both by leading groups in personal empowerment, and her braveness in the face of injustice by standing up to those in power.Her courage, commitment, and love for the Earth and all its inhabitants make her a very special person, who I am proud to know.I have walked the fire, and walked glass with her several times, and each time is a life-changing experience. She was there for me when I was going through child-related trauma. If she had not been there, I would not have been able to have gone through it and come out the other end a happier person who now feels he can face anything life has to offer.
I thoroughly recommend attending any of her empowerment workshops as, with her encouragement, you will be able to face your own fears and break through any blockages which prevent you from going forward in your life.
Lesley, you don’t owe me anything, it is you that has done this, you’re the one who made the decision to go for it, and put the hard slog in. I just loved what you had to say and know that others will too. If anything, it is you that is owed.
We spoke about the ripple effect when we met in Glasgow. Well, since my first Firewalk with you, I went on to become an instructor, and my fears/barriers have been completely broken and I now run two successful businesses Lesley, one deals with training and the other is my new shop. You know, they would never have come to fruition if I didn’t walk across those hot coals that evening.
So you see Lesley, that first Firewalk has effectively become a legacy. My kids are now reaping the benefits of my business, and that comes down to you my friend! The ripple effect indeed. I don’t even know how the story will end, but I know one thing and that is that your story and your legacy is just beginning Lesley, and will be felt for generations.
That was you that did that Lesley. Think about it, it’s massive isn’t it? Some times if you just stop and look at the enormity of your efforts, you get a glimpse of how massive something actually is. Now think of this Lesley and ponder on this thought: I am only one person that your life impacted upon positively – multiply
that by the amount of people that you came in contact with and suddenly you begin to see how enormously important your ‘wee book’ is.
Keep up the good work Lesley, we need more of you in the world.
‘Given cause to search for meaning and identity, Lesley first found her path in the internal martial art of Taijiquan. This grounding in Taoist philosophy, combined with her appreciation of the effectiveness of the subtle applied movements of the Taiji system, led Lesley to pursue the level of belief that would allow her to walk on fire.
Lesley escaped the control of a difficult domestic situation by finding the strength within her to change her future and resolve her past. She set her mind to the challenge of empowerment by becoming Scotland’s first fire walking instructor.
For many years now Lesley has sought to provide the means by which others can open their potential to themselves and to live life as valued individuals.
Lesley has experienced life at the sharper end of political belief. Her desire to see fairness and an open and honest dialogue between politicians and the people they represent has meant that she has stood fast to protest injustice.
A believer in peace and peaceful protest it has however, been necessary for her to face the challenge of opposing policies which have been forcefully defended by the government.
She views this part of her life as another facet of her belief in fair treatment for all and that society should protect the vulnerable.
To say that Lesley’s life has been colourful is perhaps an understatement and it is certainly true that she spends much of her life in the pursuit of challenges which most people find quite terrifying.
For her the challenge is not with the heat of the flames or the sharp edges of broken glass, which Lesley will gladly stroll over, but within the mind and spirit. Preconceptions must be challenged, moulded or modified until the true power of absolute belief is found – only then can we walk the true path that is right for us as individuals; free of ego and willing to embrace others but able to decide if situations are damaging and make the required changes for a positive outcome.
Some would say that she is almost unrecognisable from the more insecure individual who first began her journey.
If Lesley had a mantra, it might be, ‘nothing can stop you but you.’
- A mother of a fire…