We’re so excited to bring you this interview with the lovely Rebecca Campbell: best selling author; inspirational motivational speaker; spiritual teacher and mentor and intuitive guide.
Rebecca believes that we all have the power to be bright lights in the world: all we need to do is come home to ourselves and show up to who we truly are. She calls it Working Your Light.
Through her powerful meditations, talks, workshops and bestselling books, Light Is The New Black and Rise Sister Rise, Rebecca has guided thousands all over the world to listen to and courageously answer the unique callings of their soul and create a life that is completely aligned to them.
Rebecca’s words really get you thinking your own life and how you are working your light in the world. Enjoy the interview. ~ Rachel
Credit: Sarkodie photography
1. How are you doing what you love and what’s your personal mission?
My personal mission is to connect people with their soul’s whispers. To be courageous enough to answer the callings of their soul and live a life that is in complete alignment with who they are at soul level. When we are in alignment with who we are at soul level and listening to the whispers, we are in alignment with the rest of the universe.
2. When did you first realise that you are a light worker?
My whole life I knew that I wanted to devote my life to something bigger. I had this niggling feeling that there was a mission for me: work I was meant to be doing and messages that I was put here to share. I just wasn’t sure how I’d end up doing it.
It wasn’t until I attended my first ‘I Can Do it’ conference with my friend Angela Wood as a teenager that I first heard the term ‘lightworker’. It was such a relief to put a name to what I had always felt deep in my heart.
Early on I erected a spiritual closet because people thought it was weird to talk about past lives and the journey of the soul. I was highly sensitive and empathic and the best way to deal with this was to keep it to myself.
I trained up in the intuitive and healing arts but never felt ready. I decided to go undercover as a lightworker, forging a really successful career as a creative director in advertising where I helped some of the world’s biggest brands find their authentic voice.
I then moved from Sydney to London and as the years progressed it became harder and harder to hold the pieces of my life together. It became very evident that the life I had consciously created was not in alignment with who I came here to be. After a year of extreme losses, such as the death of several people I was especially close to, and the end of my 11 year relationship, I finally surrendered to the call of my soul and began publically sharing my writing, soul whispers, started teaching and began my intuitive guidance sessions.
The moment I made that decision life just clicked into place. It’s only now, looking back, that the path makes sense. The dots are gradually beginning to join.
3. You talk a lot about aligning your life with who you are. What does this mean and why should we all invest in ourselves and do it?
We are not separate from nature, we are nature. Just look at something as simple as flowers. There are so many different flowers: the rose, daisy’s, tulips, wild flowers… the climbing rose doesn’t try to be like the sunflower, it is just focussed on being a rose. Flowers don’t open and close according to who is walking by. Nature can teach us a lot about being human. In our society we have been taught to fit into a set model. But doing so dulls our uniqueness and dims our light. When we contain ourselves in some way we are going against the natural flow of all of life.
There is a mysterious force that controls the spinning of the planet, the waxing and waning of the moon, and if you’re a woman – your monthly cycle. When we resist who we truly are we are not only out of alignment with ourselves, we are out of alignment with the rest of life. My number one focus is always staying in alignment with all of life. This does not mean blooming all year round, rather allowing nature and this effortless flow of life to call me home.
4. You say that when we face darkness in our lives it’s a birthing process and that, in order to find your light, you first need to venture through the shadows of your ego. How do you know if you’re being guided by your ego or your wise inner voice?
The ego always has an ulterior motive and is driven by some kind of fear, the soul speaks in whispers. This is why a regular spiritual practice like meditation (my favourite form is light sourcing) is important. [Tweet “The more you listen to the whispers of your soul, the more clearly you will be able to hear them.”]
5. Like so many women out there, I felt like you’d written your first book, Light Is the New Black, for me. It’s a real heart opener. What inspired you to write it?
Well since I was young I really craved a book just like this. And so in a way I wrote it for me because I knew I was not alone. I could feel others out there just like me, but I didn’t know where they were. So in a way I wrote it for you too.
6. If you are a naturally empathetic person, it can be difficult to differentiate between the thoughts, feelings and emotions that you are picking up from other people and what your soul is calling you to do. What are your top tips for nurturing your spirit and strengthening the connection with your soul?
On top of developing a dedicated spiritual practice, for highly sensitive people I really suggest being in nature and in communion with your own spirit/soul and doing things that soothe your nervous system. For me that means: floatation tanks, massages, watching a lot of Netflix – things that switch me off as I am so highly sensitive it can be exhausting keeping my senses “on” all the time.
7. We’re very excited about your gorgeous new book, Rise Sister Rise, which is a call to arms for women to rise up, tell their truth, and lead. What can readers expect from it?
I saw how so many women (myself included) were exhausting themselves by trying to make it in a man’s world. To fit into a linear system that was not aligned with the cyclic nature of being a woman. How so many of us were taught to ignoring our inner wisdom and the potency of our power instead of use them as our superpowers. Rise Sister Rise is an initiation into surrendering to your feminine nature, tapping into your ancient wisdom and unleashing the potency of who you came here to be.
It is a guide to co-creating a whole new archetype for women in these awakening times – a woman who does not keep herself small in order to make others feel more comfortable, a woman who knows she is not her body weight, her sexual partners or her career. A woman who understands the true meaning of sisterhood, and that alone we are strong but together we are fierce. It is a manual for healing the insecurities, the fears and the limiting inherited patterns that stop women trusting their innate power and wisdom, and being the person they came here to be.
The book came to me very clearly when I was deep in prayer in the Chalice Well Gardens in Glastonbury. It taps into a consciousness known as the Magdalenes and it is an invitation to surrender to what is rising in you in these significant times.
In Rise Sister Rise I show you how to: tap into the ancient feminine wisdom that is our birthright; to surrender to the cyclic nature of our bodies and use it to our advantage; tap into the mysterious flow of the Universe; unleash the raw, wild potent power and be supported by life. The book contains some very powerful messages which have deeply changed my own life and I am so humbled to be able to share these with all who read it.
8. The things that scare us most, or the areas in life where we feel most resistance, are often the very things that we need to face in order for our soul to evolve. When you look to the future what scares you most, or where do you feel most resistance, and how will you overcome this in order to grow?
Hmmm, it used to be around sharing my message but that fear eased when writing Rise Sister Rise. I’d say the area that is raising itself to be healed right now is to do with giving myself room to breathe and more space. I am going through a significant shift where I am realising that in order to do the work of change I need to do it in a deeply sustainable way. So where I am stretching myself is asking for more time on projects and reassuring myself that while we may be living in urgent times, we must not be overwhelmed by that urgency.
Working her light: Australian-born Rebecca now lives with her husband and puppy Shakti in London
9. What passion projects are you working on at the moment?
Ultimate relaxation. I am fascinated by how we can soothe the fight or flight tendencies of the highly sensitive and am testing many things out, which is SO much fun and really changing me as a person.
10. What’s your ultimate dream?
To be in complete alignment with all of life and to be surrounded by and connected to my soul family.
Rebecca leading a workshop at the Wellbeing Festival, London 2016
11. What advice would you give to anyone who isn’t doing what they love?
Nothing is never wasted. If you hate what you are doing, follow what lights you up. Follow the baby steps. Meditate and listen to the whispers. We need you to be doing what you love – which doesn’t have to be a job – but it might be.
12. Finally, please would you share a quote and a poem that you live by…
“Forget safety, live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.” ~ Rumi
And, this poem by Hafiz…
Tripping Over Joy
What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?
The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God
And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move
That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”
Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.