When you are an empath, you tend to feel everything. That sense when you walk into a room and you can just “feel” the energy, and then are instantly shifted into the energy itself. Well, I recently had the wonderful opportunity to walk through the office doors of “The Hazel Tree”, in Mono, ON, and sure enough, I felt instantly at peace. I couldn’t quite tell what felt so special about this place, and then when she walked in, instantly I knew I was somewhere special, and with someone extraordinary.
“She”, is Hazel McGuiness. For the past 20 years this talented woman has been helping individuals from across the globe manage the storms that life sometimes throws our way. In the next few editions of Living Spaces & Life Styles magazine, Hazel will be sharing some key lessons in life, which while some of us may have forgotten, some will be inspired. As an intuitive counsellor, author, and keynote speaker, Hazel is dedicated in mentoring both her business and personal clients in achieving a life balanced with integrity, happiness, and success.
“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”
Beyond all the readings Hazel is so well known for, she is also known as a person who more often than not, learns as much from her clients as they do from her. One of the life lessons that Hazel is passionate about, is the lesson of “time.” Hazel explains, “Time is the most precious commodity we have. We cannot buy it, we cannot own it, we cannot recover it, and we cannot go back.” A simple lesson, but one that has major impact on all of us every day. “We are moving at such a fast pace these days, we forget to slow down, and be “present” in the moment. Simple things, like walking the dog, grocery shopping, having tea with a friend, can infuse a joyful experience into your day, if you slow down and enjoy it.” While we were on the subject of time, Hazel posed a question that very much resonated with me; “If you knew you had a certain amount of time left in this world, would you do things differently?” A question we should all be asking ourselves, because the truth of the matter is that we’ll never really know how much time we have to spend on this earth.
If like me, you answered the question with a “yes”, she then hits you with the next one, “then why aren’t you doing things differently now?”
This is the point where the work begins when you spend time with Hazel. She thrives on her client’s success, and mentors them to move forward in life; regardless of the reason they’ve come to see her. “There are some clients I have that use me as a business consultant” says Hazel, “not from a ‘how to run a business’ perspective, but from a personal perspective. Then I have other clients that come to me in order to hopefully connect with a loved one who has passed. Other times, I have clients that are looking for a tiny piece of hope in life. It is truly a blessing to have people come into my “Reading Room” and trust me with the personal things that life is showing them.”
The life lesson of time is a big one. In these days of high-speed technology and social media, we’ve grown accustomed to the concept of “instant gratification”, but are we getting the things we really want, or really need? This is where Hazel wants us all to slow down, and be present in our lives. Be reflective with yourself, and with the others around you. If something doesn’t feel right, then change it. And if you don’t know where to begin? Well, there is a safe, comfortable chair at The Hazel Tree in Hazel’s “Reading Room”, that sits you directly across from this lovely, talented lady, whose sole purpose in life, is to help you make yours better.
The next “Lessons from the Reading Room” instalment will focus on “Discovery, Direction, and Achievement”.
Written By: Kelli M. Maddocks