This week I am talking to Ingrid Honkala about her book “A Brightly Guided Life: How a Scientist Learned to Hear her Inner Wisdom”.
Ingrid says of her book;
The focus of this book is not the history of Ingrid, for the world is made of many amazing histories of incredible people. My intention with this book is to guide you to discover your own Self. It is to take you beyond your personal experiences and histories, and to guide you to see that we are something beyond the form.
The beginning of the awakening of my own conscious awareness came to me when I drowned in a tank of frigid water, when I was only three. Through the years as I remembered my lifeless body suspended in the water I wondered: How could I have seen my body lifeless if I was still alive? More alive than ever?… Then I realized that what makes possible the existence of a painting is not the painting itself but the canvas on which is painted; what makes possible the existence of the written letter is not the writing itself, but the paper on which it is written, and what makes possible the existence of Ingrid is not her body, personality or beliefs but the essence of Ingrid. The personality gives us the possibility to be unique, which serves as a feedback for the expansion and evolution of the Universe, but without the essence of who we are there is no life.
Have you ever asked yourself, what would be of you if someday you completely lost your memory and forgot who you are, including your name? So, if you are not your name, your beliefs, your studies, your profession, your successes and failures, then who are you? With this book I invite you to ask the most important question of all: WHO AM I? And the most important realization of all: I EXIST.
Close your eyes right now and be at awe to discover that above all you: ARE, and from there everything else happens
Ingrid Honkala, PhD was born in Bogota, Colombia, where she grew up with her parents and three sisters. From the moment she drowned in a tank of cold water at the age of nearly three, Ingrid was aware of other dimensions of life than those most of us normally experience. She was also gifted with the wise input of “Beings of Light” who gave her invaluable insights and assistance as she faced the challenges of growing up, falling in love, and finding her professional destiny as a research scientist and oceanographer. Despite many hardships she accomplished her dreams, becoming not just a successful marine scientist, world traveller, author, international speaker, and a mom, but also a mentor and a giver of light.
Through her compelling life adventure that journeys from her native Colombia to Europe and her eventual home in the United States — and from a deadly war zone to underwater explorations and a NASA research center — Ingrid reveals how any human experience can be illumined from within. If we are willing to pay attention to subtle signals, take our intuition seriously, and forgive our most challenging difficulties, anyone can experience a brightly guided life. Throughout her life Ingrid has been guided to meet and help many people on their journey to become aware of a deeper reality and reconnect with their inner wisdom.
When she was nineteen, the Beings of Light told her, “Someday your life experiences will talk for you and you will pass our teachings to others.” In her autobiography, “A Brightly Guided Life: How a Scientist Learned to Hear her Inner Wisdom,” Ingrid reveals how after having her near-death experience (NDE), the first glimpses of heaven were revealed to her and the doors that allow her to communicate with Beings of Light were opened. Since then a myriad of experiences that many could call as mystical and perhaps impossible have crossed her path. However the Beings of Light have made it clear to her that she is not here to convince anyone about anything but to be a giver of light.
To accomplish this purpose she has been guided through an amazing journey of unimaginable challenges, awakenings and miracles where along the way she became the vehicle to help others to rise up from some of the deepest states of hopelessness and bring them back to life. Through helping others she was also able to become aware of her own shadows and overcome them as well. For all of this she is forever grateful. So she wants to continue awakening, growing and giving anything she can to anyone that is open to listen.
Excerpt from her book: “As I grew up and remembered my drowning, I could never get away from the question, ‘How could I have seen my body lifeless if I was still alive?’ This experience made it clear to me that there was an existence beyond the body. Like the shell of a crab is an extension of the crab itself, our body is also but a shell, and when it is not needed it will fall away. Before I was three, I was gifted with knowing that I had existed for a very long time. In fact, I have come and gone in different realms many more times, wearing many different shells.”