Amanda Hart is an intuitive consultant and therapist who has practiced a wide range of natural healing and psychological techniques for over 20 years. In 2003 Amanda was diagnosed with meningitis septicemia and close to death. Her doctors informed her she would not survive. Determined to bring up her children she somehow healed herself and looked at how she did it so she could help others heal. ‘The Guys Upstairs’ showed her that everyone has a blueprint of their best self that when accessed they can live their true destiny. She has since helped hundreds of people access their true power and voice to break negative patterns and live their fullest lives.
Why do you travel?
Since I was a little girl I found travel for me was a journey of inward exploration enhanced by my outer experience. As I grew up in a rich outdoor environment it was only natural as an adult that I yearned to plug myself in to new and unexplored territory to enhance my inner sanctum.
What does travel do for your soul?
It allows me to release and let go of all my responsibilities in my day to day life, restores my body’s equilibrium, recharges my energy and allows me to step out of my world to reassess who I am. It restores my soul’s purpose so that I can move to the next stage in my life experience.
What was the most significant journey you have taken and why?
My journey up the River Nile in Egypt with a group of 40 other initiates has to be the most spiritually advancing travel experience I’ve had to date. Known as the Great River of Light, the journey took us to many sacred temples along the River Nile which represents the kundalini serpent energy of Egypt. It took me out of my comfort zone at every level possible and reconnected my authentic self. It was much more than just a journey of self-realisation…it was where I left the ego, to fear less and love more.
The River Nile
Where is your most inspirational place on earth?
Surprising perhaps for some, but it is a rock on the top of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean between Coogee and Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Why? What do you experience there?
Incredibly, I’ve only been there once but I visit this place often in my meditations. You could say it saved me! I travelled to Australia when I hit rock bottom and there seemed nothing left in my world to hold onto. That rock nurtured me daily, the ocean became my muse and cleansed my pain. The vastness of my surroundings reminded me that though I was only a small part of this incredible human experience, I was still loved and cherished by nature and drew great strength and incredible inspiration from that place. It changed the course of my life incredibly and one day soon I will go back to pay my respects in gratitude for all that she gave me.
Which sacred place would you most like to visit and why?
For the past 11 years I’ve yearned to travel the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees. An ancient route which pilgrims have walked for centuries, it has transformed the lives through its spiritual or religious calling. It can take up to 4 weeks walking nearly 800km and have tested hundreds of thousands of people over the years to endure the path. Having read Shirley MacLaine’s book “The Camino, A Pilgrimage of Courage” it resonated with me to honour the path myself as my personal life journey has been a hugely significant journey of courage.
The Camino Path
How do you choose your travel experiences and destinations?
Every destination has always been inspired by an inner yearning. Whether it be a weekend walking around historical sites such as Avebury or Glastonbury, walking the 87 mile prehistoric Ridgeway Walk from West Kennett to Ivinghoe Beacon or 2 weeks spent exploring all the temples of the River Nile up to the Great Pyramid of Giza, every experience unearths the reason for my inner calling.
What was your last trip and what was special about it?
When I was 8 years old, we had a small house built on the coast of the Costa del Sol in Spain. It was built on the edge of a pine ravine which had a preservation order on it that still stands today and for over 40 years, the landscape has not been touched nor developed further even though all along the coastline it has changed beyond recognition. When I go to this place I feel I return home. The enormous trees shelter me through a healing process, the coastline cleanses my soul and leaves me feeling reborn and ready to face my world on my return.
Do you believe travel can support rapid spiritual transformation?
Throughout my personal travel experiences I’ve always felt a deeper connection to self, a profound shift in my intuitive faculties and a deeper sense of purpose. It is my medicine for the soul whenever necessary and deepens my belief in the power we have in our connection to mother earth and its sacred ancestry.
The best book you’ve read whilst travelling?
I’ve believed for many years that books find us at a point in our lives when we need them most. Whilst in Australia, I walked into a tiny second hand book shop and found a book that seemed to jump out at me. It was Paulo Coelho’s “The alchemist” and I read it throughout my stay there. The book was a metaphor and message for my soul’s recognition to live my dreams. It was the catalyst to the start of that amazing journey I live today.
“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George Moore
Amanda Hart GQHP, Intuitive Consultant
Author of “The Guys Upstairs, How I Found My Power and Voice”