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Ben’s story

At my lowest

Hi, I am Ben Clarke. Today I am truly so blessed to have the privilege to live the beautiful life I get to live and do the amazing and fulfilling work I get to do.

But this was not always the case…

I truly believe that in life ‘we go through what we go through’.

Reflecting back on most of my teenage life and early 20s I was so caught in my head. I was do judgemental and hard on myself and when I looked in the mirror I actually hated the person I saw looking back at me.

My body, my status and my achievements were just external extreme paradoxes of the way I felt inside.

The truth is I was just a insecure, sad and angry little boy in a man’s body.

Though maybe viewed to be ‘successful’ and happy by some at that time, the truth was I constantly wearing a mask, not living my life in alignment with my highest values and therefore I was constantly looking for happiness through external means such as control, status, and escapism.

Then one day the external world I had created all came crashing down.

Through a series of events, I lost everything and my physical and mental health suffered greatly.

In the process this left in thousands of dollars of debt, severe anxiety, depression and as a result I couldn’t even leave the house without having an anxiety attack.

Things got so bad that I just wanted to go to sleep and never wake up.

The day everything changed

I stayed stuck for years in this place until one day I got honest with myself.

Ultimately I realised, I had two choices!

Continue to feel sorry for myself or I could rebuild EVERYTHING… including MYSELF!

I knew I had to start from the inside and work out. I realised until I had some mastery of my inner world I would never be able to even try to master the outer world.

Did I still make a heap of mistakes along the way? OMG YES! YES SO MANY MISTAKES!

Has Michael Singer so beautifully once quoted;

“In order to be who you are, you must be willing to let go of who you think you are.”

I decided enough was enough and so I committed to a process of healing and unlearning.

I realised that I had to change my inner world for my outer world to ever change.

There is only so much a book can teach us. It’s a great place to start but to completely surrender and decide to commit to journey of self discovery and self mastery I believe is where the real magic happens.

This journey guided me to study Integrated Psychology, NLP, Hypnotherapy, Time Line Therapy, Energy Healing, Breathwork, Meditation, Yoga, Ayurveda and other somatic practices to gain a better understanding of how to cultivate a true sense of inner wellbeing and ultimately unlearn what I needed to unlearn.

One of the most profound experiences of my life however was actually a spiritual experience I had while I was living and studying in an ashram in India.

I vividly remember that experience like it was yesterday as it truly changed my understanding of life forever.

In many ways who I thought I was died that day. Things could never be the same again. It was like I was reborn.

Empowering others

From that moment onwards I committed to discovering my gifts and and sharing them with the world.

Today, I appreciate all the challenges, as they were catalyst that started my journey inside.

Today I am grateful for all that fell away as it revealed to me what was pure and true.

Today I now grateful for all of my suffering as it lead me to where and who I am today.

Through my greatest adversity I have gained my greatest wisdom.

I now believe life is NOT a journey happening to you.

I now believe life IS a journey happening for you.

“A journey of the Self,
through the Self,
to the Self.”
– The Bhagavad Gita

It is through my personal journey, studies and experiences that Empowered Academy was born with one simple mission…

To empowering you, to empower others.