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Ten Day Dark Room Retreat Practicalities

Ten Day Dark Room Retreat Practicalities

As many of you know, back in May I entered into a 10 day and 11 night dark room retreat. I have another blog that shares more about the transformative and life changing experience of living in the dark for 10 days, but I want to start with this blog about the...

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Going Dark to Be the Light – Dark Room Retreat

Going Dark to Be the Light – Dark Room Retreat

10 Days in a Dark Room.   On May 20th, after a week in meditative retreat with one of my wisest teachers here in the states, I will be heading down to Guatemala and entering into a 10 day Dark Room Retreat. When I mention this to people, I often hear, "Excuse me,...

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Two Truths

Two Truths

These days there are really only 2 truths that guide me in navigating life. And in abiding these 2 core guiding principles, life is so much more graceful, beautiful and alive than I've ever known it before. 1) I am not this conditioned and habituated ego (mind...

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Eternal Presence is Our Authentic Nature.

My love is more authentic than my hate. My peace is more authentic than my anger. My compassion is more authentic than my judgement. My faith is more authentic than my fear. Hate is of the conditioned mind. Love is the natural state of being readily available when the...

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Our Narratives Lead Us Away from Truth

Our Narratives Lead Us Away from Truth

I beg your indulgence to share a morning revelation... Our narratives lead us away from truth. I was presented this morning with various challenging story lines through a rapid series of received phone calls and emails. Disappointing circumstances. Surprising...

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Meditating Beyond Mind to Know True Self

Meditating Beyond Mind to Know True Self

Why do I meditate and how might meditation benefit you? The primary reason I meditate is because before my meditation practice I was mostly an uncertain and struggling childlike mess of a man lost in my own mind. A good a man? Yes. A kind and loving man? Yes. A smart...

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Struggle

I sometimes use the word "suffering" to describe the human condition that can result from being over identified with the ego-mind. I often speak about transcending the human suffering or being liberated from our suffering. For some that is too strong a word and they...

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Confidence

Developing self confidence with the aim of stabilizing our inner sense of peace, is a flawed strategy     A more powerful and enduring endeavor is to focus our attention on self realization - discovering the Truth of who we really are. A byproduct of knowing our true...

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What others have said

Chess is a gifted guide who stands at the threshold and holds the door wide open for you. His approach is based on true authenticity; which pulls to the surface the stuff you need to see in a loving and safe way. My experience with Chess is a cherished flow of growth and transformation. I can only hope that others will allow the opportunity to work with such an amazing soul! Chess is the a unique being who brings light to all who he touches!
Stephanie
Home Stylist
“That was a great session this week. It’s amazing how I can’t see those old patterns and how they’ve been holding me back. When that old pattern dissolved this week, I felt like my whole life opened up. I’m both excited and nervous, and I like it.”
Ingrid
Nursery Owner & Garden Goddess
"Working with Chess is truly a gift. With his compassionate wisdom and amazing clarity, Chess has guided me to discover the common threads underneath my thoughts and belief patterns that kept me feeling anxious and limited.

The work is freeing, and has rather quickly allowed me to embrace a new sense of self-love and confidence that I carry out into every aspect of my life."
Alison
Educator and Administrator
“Working with Chess exceeded all expectations. Each discussion had a very unique and organic feel to it. He sought to understand me on a deeply personal level, and helped me understand what was most important to me moving forward. Chess helped me learn how to make difficult life decisions from a place of peace and confidence.”
Travis
Wilderness Guide
“Throughout our work together I was able to deepen my truths, dissolve my limiting stories and build a strong foundation of belief in myself. Most powerful was shining a light on my true skills, talents, and all the things that fully inspire me. I’m now creating the bigger, better, beautiful life that’s possible for me. Chess holds THE most empowering, supportive, accepting and honoring space wherein anything feels, and is, possible.”
Lenore
Graphics and Creativity Genius
“Chess is a gifted and intuitive guide who helps me shift out of limited thinking and into big possibilities where I’m able to live closer to my desires and my truth. His true dedication to my progress makes our sessions a welcome challenge while his kindness and quick wit keep it gentle, human and joyful.  And, in my experience, results can come surprisingly quickly.”
Betsy
Producer & Product Manager
“Chess has a way of artfully examining where I’m not stepping into my full potential while simultaneously inspiring me to be a better, healthier and more courageous man. I always come away from one of our sessions with a clear idea of what actions I need to take and what ways of thinking I need to adjust to be more successful. Since working with Chess, my business has increased more than it has in the past 5 years”
Robert
Real Estate Genius
“Chess brings a certain calm and caring and nonjudgmental presence to his work that I, as a man, find to be very inspirational and positively disarming. I never feel that I have to pretend to be anyone other than who I really am, even when I’m feeling quite vulnerable. He asks the right questions at the right time and in such a way that allows me get past my old stories and take action on possibilities that I never even knew existed.”
Paul
Landscaping Visionary
"Working with Chess is an immensely worthy and valuable investment in yourself!

Chess helped me move from my initial desire to build a new career to moving full speed ahead in my wonderful new career. I have completely removed blocks that held me back from fully believing in myself and my creative abilities."
Annie
Parent Educator & Family Enrichment Coach
“Feeling extra grateful this morning for my coaching call with Chess Edwards as he took me on an amazing journey to see where I was still holding on to the ‘shoulds’ that kept me from truly living and loving my authentic self. I highly recommend his clear, nurturing, and expert guidance.”
Bill
Marketing Director
“During our session, the mental images and feelings that came up in my body were so profound and are helping me step (FLY!) off the ledge and into my life…Fully. Thank you!!”
Hilary
Health Coach and Healer
“I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so heard as I do when working with Chess. He creates a space that is both remarkably safe and richly challenging where I can really do the work I need to do to get clear on how to reach goals that used to scare me to death.” If you’re looking to make big moves and get on with your big dreams, I highly recommend working with Chess.”
Stacy
Well Being and Health Consultant
“I more than enjoy our sessions, they are fantastic.
The work we did last week ignited a huge shift inside me.
I am immensely grateful for your ability to listen and to see me so clearly. Everyone deserves to feel this radiant, clear and focused.”
Barbara
Music Producer
“In a short amount of time I went from being a bit lost and mostly disconnected from my life to being clear, focused, inspired and charging ahead into my bright future. It hasn’t always been easy, but Wow, what a worthwhile ride”
Ben
Teacher & Youth Empowerment Coach
“My time with Chess in Sedona was extremely empowering. I came away from the retreat with a profound connection to my deepest and truest nature.

I encourage anyone who wants to transform their lives through expanded consciousness to book a private retreat with Chess and push through to a whole new level of awakening.”
Bill
Entrepreneur
While Chess was coaching me, I experienced so much clarity and the process was so much fun!  Prior to the coaching I was struggling with finding a way to talk about what I do in my business with executive clients in an elevated and authentic way.

By the end of our session I had a number of new strategies I felt comfortable using and experienced more confidence in my ability to relate to new clients.  Chess was masterful at asking me the right questions and moving me toward my goal through discovery and committed action.
Lisa
Executive Coach and Consultant
“Trapped, stuck and confused, I was scared to death to finally go for my life purpose that I’d been avoiding for most of my adult life. Chess helped me see how and where I was holding myself back so that I could clearly see the wonderful road forward. I am well on my way to creating the life that I’ve always wanted, but never thought I could have.”
Emily
Non-Profit Funding Coordinator & Visionary Entrepreneur
“Chess, you have come to my rescue multiple times both on a personal and professional level over the years. You have provided me with the guidance and tools needed to help me through my transformations in life and coach me down my new path. I am so grateful for you - thank you for helping me discover my self love and life purpose."
Pate
Account Executive
Hi Chess, I wanted to let you know I have been very committed to my practice, all that you recommended in just that one powerful session has been tremendously helpful and effective.
Isaiah
Fitness and Performance Coach
“My work with Chess has blown me away while it has simultaneously blown open all sorts of possibilities in my life. Chess get’s right to the heart of the matter so that we get the most use of our time together. When I try to keep things “safe” and try to deal with the surface issues, Chess jumps in, dives deep and get’s us right to the more foundational issue that ultimately gets me the hell out of my own way.”
Richard
Professional Speaker
”I came to Chess paralyzed with doubt and uncertainty. Never had life felt so confusing and out of control. Chess not only got me back on track, he helped my accelerate my life into realms of possibility that had always seemed impossible before. From desperation to excitement in such a short amount of time!”
Lynne
Physical Therapist
"Chess' light has helped illuminate that path for me. I am now moving away from the dark (habitual illusion of self) and into the light (powerful awareness of my true nature).

Chess has really helped me open to the wisdom of my heart."
Grant
Leadership Consultant
"Working with Chess helped me move from being stuck in work and in life, to living a life that is full of meaning, direction and joy.

Chess helps me follow my true calling and shows me how to bring the work I love into my everyday life. The opportunities and possibilities that exist now are limitless.

I'm grateful for how Chess creates a space that allows me to experience more deeply what makes my soul feel alive and full of grace and love."
Rochelle
Healing Trauma Through Nature Therapist
“When I started working with Chess I experienced amazing breakthroughs that I hadn’t been able to reach any other way. Words of praise cannot begin to express the accolades he deserves. Unbounded gratitude fills my heart when I thank him. With Chess’ guidance, my life path looked more inviting, more joyful, and more hopeful despite a host of life conditions that presented great difficulty.”
Mimi
Writer
“I am constantly amazed at the resources you so spontaneously bring to the coaching sessions… Thank you SO much! It is always an uplifting pleasure to have conversations with you. You are very good at what you do.”
Kathleen
Financial Planner
"A session with Chess is very personalized, as he met me exactly where I am on my spiritual path. It ignited my Spirit at a very deep level and I am now able to return to and maintain this powerful embodiment of inner peace. Thank you Chess! I highly recommend his sessions!"
Rhea
Transformation Coach
“Thank you Chess for helping me see and embrace my dreams as actually being possible. I feel a freedom I’ve never felt before. Thank you. I can’t wait to take the next step, and the next, and the next. Bring it on.”
Kelly
Pilates Instructor
"What a delight it has been to work with Chess! I consistently feel safe, seen, and celebrated by him, even in the moments when I have lost sight of myself.

It is with a gentle strength that he expertly navigates through my challenges with me. At every touch point, Chess has helped me move further on my journey, creating more peace and freedom of heart."
Amy
Executive Coach and Business Advisor
"After my sessions with Chess I felt an incredible peace and clarity which I haven’t felt in a long time, if ever.

Chess guided me beautifully in how to inquire deeply into my true nature and awaken to my true essence of pure love."

Alexandra
Healer & Intuitive
"I am in a state of euphoria this morning, like I’m on top the world (or a Sedona mountain!!!)

Thank you for using your gifts to guide me so beautifully on my journey.
Barbie
Student Bright Future Advisor
"In my session with Chess...he was able to hold a powerful presence while gently guiding me on a deep meditation. I had a profound experience & now utilize what I learned from Chess in my own daily practice.

I highly recommend Chess for anyone wishing to enhance & deepen their daily meditation practice and their spiritual journey."
Jonathan
Multidimensional Sound Healer
“It’s amazing how much your life can change in an hour. I entered my life coaching session with a sense of openness, yet an awareness that having a dream doesn’t make it come true. Chess was a great listener who was able to capture the essence of my thoughts and emotions and steer them in a meaningful direction.

He engaged in the coaching session with creative techniques that helped me hear and translate my authentic voice into achievable steps and embark on a path to reach my goals. If you are planning a coaching session with Chess, prepare to stir up your soul’s desire and be ready to move towards the change you want!”
Bobbie
Psychotherapist, Professor & Yoga Teacher
“I was open to the possibility and challenge of a new direction in my life, but was not expecting the profound positive changes via coaching with Chess. Career opportunities have opened up, friendships have deepened and my view of the world is more in line with my core values.

Chess has a gentle and professional coaching style that is a perfect balance of compassion and directness. He has an ability to ask enlightening questions and provide strategies that facilitate a person’s innate ability to guide their choices. His style has been perfect for me and I highly recommend him!”
Linda
Music Teacher and workshop facilitator
"Chess is a portal to Knowing for my whole being. Each time we talk I am reminded of the highest of Truths.

I leave every conversation empowered from a place of love and strengthened with a much quieter mind."
Benita
Radical Love Life Coach

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