In our team; Miriam and working with the shadow self

 
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Miriam Kaddouri is a motivational speaker who provides personal consults as a transformational coach, regarding topics such as identity and sexuality within the context of the shadow self. She identifies the shadow self as the part of us that we tend to deny or refuse to examine.  

She addresses these topics from different layers of consciousness with the intention to aid in neutralizing and transforming traumatic experiences, through shifting our perception and as such challenging people to take back the responsibility for their own creation as autonomous, unique, and creative beings. 

Due to her multicultural background, her approach is mostly based on working from her own life experience within a transcultural context. She believes that true connection derives from speaking our truth in how we truly feel and experience existence in this three-dimensional reality.  

Background

Miriam Kaddouri was born in The Netherlands to a Christian Dutch (Frisian) mother and an Islamic Moroccan father. Aside from her own multicultural- as well as multi-religious background, she grew up being influenced by many cultures such as Indonesian, Italian, and Canadian. Having been surrounded by all these cultures, she knew, even as a child, that even though it enriched her life, it also came at a cost. All these cultures with their different belief systems, carried with them a notion of expectations of how a young girl should look, feel and act within a given set of social and cultural codes. Because of all these cultural and religious convictions she never felt that she could connect to her true self. Moreover, she did not only feel this friction within herself, but also within society. This has been a major influence in how she perceived and experienced her identity and sexuality across these different cultures and religions. 

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Her life experience has also influenced her choice of education. She made the conscious choice to study Middle Eastern Studies to further increase her understanding of her Arab en Islamic background. After getting her degree, it became apparent that her calling was not within the scientific field, but rather within the social field. She therefore decided to get a degree in transcultural coaching from a private institute so she could help people. 

After having finished the coaching program she realized how these deeply rooted cultural and religious believes had damaged her emotionally. She therefore decided to pull back from society in order to create time and space to transform her old belief systems so that actual healing could take place. During this process that lasted for four years, she became aware that the different layers of trauma and conflict were not only an individual experience but also a collective one. She therefore examined different layers of consciousness regarding the aforementioned topics in order to bring a shift of perspective to a system, which is, in her opinion, increasingly failing. 

 
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