For years now many wellbeing and spiritual leaders have been telling us all we need to do is to think positively for our lives to improve. Books like The Secret promise that changing what’s in our heads will change our lives, but it is no secret at all that this doesn’t always work. In comes Theresa Cheung, author of two Sunday Times bestsellers alongside multiple other books, with her practical manifesto, 21 Rituals to Change Your Life.
Proving that, as Aristotle said, ‘we are what we repeatedly do’, this book is inspiring. To celebrate its launch, we caught up with Theresa to find out how she got here.
Sum up yourself and your job in 2 sentences?
A truth seeker who has dedicated her life to awakening people to the infinite potential that exists within and around them. Also a best selling author with a masters from Cambridge who feels truly blessed life has given her opportunity after opportunity to help others discover their meaning and purpose in life.
What was the inspiration behind it?
I was doing all this meditating and positive thinking but my life didn’t change for the better. I realised there was something missing and that is the power of I do. We are not just what we think. We are what we repeatedly do.
What has been the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Fall in love with yourself before you try to start helping others. You can’t give what you don’t have.
What piece of advice would you give to others wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Take any opportunity to write that is offered – even if it isn’t what you want to write about. Years ago when I was pitching ideas to editors that were rejected one wrote back and offered me a book about Irritable bowel syndrome. That wasn’t what I wanted to write about at all but I did the best job that I could. The editor was impressed by my enthusiasm for a less than thrilling topic and a year later remembered me and asked me to work on an encyclopedia of holistic health. This took me one step closer to writing what I truly wanted to write about – personal transformation.
You’re a new addition to a crayon box, what colour would you be and why?
Purple – because it’s a deeply spiritual colour and whenever I wear it for my author videos I get more views. Law of attraction at work.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
My time. I’ve realised that that is the most precious gift you can ever give anyone.
What inspires you?
My readers. I love them. They write to me or get in touch with me on my Theresa Cheung author page on Facebook or via my email: angeltalk710@aolcom with astonishing stories of courage and personal growth. I’m in awe of them all and often feel I learn more from them than they do from me. Getting response from my readers is the best thing about being a spiritual and personal transformation writer.
What is the difference between right and wrong?
That’s like asking what is the difference between day and night. Night is the absence of light and wrong is the absence of right. What is right? It is love, joy and compassion, whereas wrong is fear, guilt and competition. You will know when you do something right because it will inspire and satisfy you. Doing something wrong will drain you and leave you feeling unsatisfied.
When have you been most satisfied with your life?
Recovering from anorexia in my teens and later in life from narcissistic abuse in relationships and growing stronger and more in love with myself and life when I finally understood that happiness can never be found in relationships or through material things. The only way to find happiness is to seek it within. Don’t blame circumstances or other people. They are messengers of the problem. Not the problem. Heal yourself from the inside out and then everything falls into place.
If there was one thing you could say to your 5 year old self, what would it be?
Self-love is key.
Tell us in 3 words, how you got to where you are today?
Passion, discipline, love.