Ester Nicholson, author of "Soul Recovery --- 12 Keys to Healing Addiction." Healing comes from looking in the mirror and facing the truth. Twenty-five years ago, when Ester Nicholson looked in the mirror, she saw a broken young womana teenaged mom hopelessly addicted to crack, food, abusive relationships, anything to bury her shame and self-hatred. Today, Ester is an acclaimed healer with a breakthrough spiritual approach to the 12-Step recovery process that's proven more effective because of its integration with empowering divinity-within principals.
With her book Soul Recovery - 12 Keys to Healing Addiction Agape Media/Hay House she tells her profoundly inspiring story and systematically reveals the spiritually transforming process she used to liberate herself from crippling addiction. "Our day-to-day dealings are grounded in our root beliefs, and those beliefs are predicated on what I call 'core wounds,'" Ester explains. "The more we can heal those core wounds, the more we can experience wholeness and live a life of purpose and strength."
Ester maintains an impressively expansive career. She is an Agape-licensed, spiritual therapist who for 17 years has studied under Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, who is probably most famous for his appearances on Oprah and as a featured "teacher" in the popular book and motion picture, The Secret.
She's a motivational speaker who brings her personal experience of 25 years of sobriety coupled with a deep understanding of spiritual practices to audiences around the world. In this capacity, she facilitates workshops and gives inspirational keynote addresses to institutions, companies and organizations, incorporating concepts from the Soul Recovery process she developed. She's also a gifted vocalist who's completed two world tours with Rod Stewart and Bette Midler, performed multiple times at Madison Square Garden, appeared on Oprah, The Tonight Show, The View, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and has released her own critically-acclaimed albums of soul-nurturing music.
Soul Recovery yields quick and demonstrable results because it gets deep into the structural center of the problem that perpetuates the cycle of self-destruction-people have experienced 5 years of recovery progress in 6 months. Soul Recovery releases the reader from the obsession of dependence by taking the integrity and accountability of AA's 12 Step process, and fusing it with 12 key metaphysical principles and practices. "In my recovery, I realized I didn't need a feared-based value system to heal. I didn't need a higher power to kick me down if I didn't pray hard enough. I'm not powerless in the face of addictionthe power to transform is within me," Ester says. The result is a unique self-help curriculum with profound power and broad application - even for those who may not have a history of substance abuse.
In Soul Recovery - 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, Ester outlines the step-by-step process that saved her life. Her warmth and non-denominational approach to her teachings make recovery inviting and empowering. Ester gives generously of herself in sharing her own astonishing story, and her brave journey is the most compelling case study of Soul Recovery's success. "When I first started writing, I was terrified about exposing my life," Ester reveals. "I was worried about being judged as a horrible mother because of everything I put my daughter through. But people need to know the truth, so I started writing my deepest horror stories. It took me 4 years. Sometimes it would completely lay me out revisiting everything and I would just be a pile of mush in bed crying."
There is no destination with healing-it's a rich and awe-inspiring lifelong journey. "With my approach, you get more out of it the longer you keep peeling back layers and searching," Ester says. "That first year, a veil parted and I saw myself not as a horrible mother or an abused kid, I saw myself as a possibility. Because it's not just about recovery, it's about seeing the possibility in the mirror and working from within to reveal your true potential."